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  • Choker

    Choker

    by Elizabeth Emma Woods Year Published: Average
    What are best friends for? Murder, maybe. Zoe and Cara were as close as friends could be—until Zoe moved away in fourth grade. Miserable without Zoe, Cara grew into an unhappy sixteen-year-old, tormented by the popular girls and nursing a hopeless crush. Then one day Cara returns home from a miserable day at school to find Zoe sitting on her bed. Shocked and delighted, Cara agrees to hide Zoe from troubles at home and the two resume their friendship as though no time has passed. Zoe even helps Cara get up the courage to stand up for herself and talk to her crush. But when one of the popular girls winds up dead, Cara begins to suspect that Zoe is responsible, and her questions only feed Zoe’s anger. As Cara searches for answers, she is forced to confront a deadly truth…. Show More Show Less

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  • Elsewhere

    Elsewhere

    by Gabrielle Zevin Year Published: Easy Reading
    Poised on the brink of turning 16, Liz Hall believes that all good things lie in her future. She will earn her driver's license, graduate high school and go on to college, her first love, marriage and a fulfilling career as a veterinarian. But on the way to help her best friend shop for a prom dress, Liz is killed by a hit-and-run driver. End of story? Not even close.

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  • How It Ends

    How It Ends

    by Laura Wiess Year Published: Average
    All Hanna's wanted since sophomore year is Seth. She's gone out with other guys, even gained a rep for being a flirt, all the while hoping cool, guitar-playing Seth will choose her. Then she gets him – but their relationship is hurtful, stormy and critical, not at all what Hanna thinks a perfect love should be. Bewildered by Seth's treatment of her and in need of understanding, Hanna decides to fulfill her school's community service requirement by spending time with Helen, her terminally ill neighbor, who she's turned to for comfort and wisdom throughout her life. But illness has changed Helen into someone Hanna hardly knows, and her home is not the refuge it once was. Feeling more alone than ever, Hanna gets drawn into an audio book the older woman is listening to, a fierce, unsettling love story of passion, sacrifice and devotion. Hanna's fascinated by the idea that such all-encompassing love can truly exist, and without even realizing it, the story begins to change her. Until the day when the story becomes all too real...and Hanna's world is spun off its axis by its shattering irrevocable conclusion.

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  • Strings Attached

    by Judy Blundell Year Published:
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  • Such a Pretty Girl

    Such a Pretty Girl

    by Laura Wiess Year Published: Average
    Meredith was promised nine years of safety, but they only gave her three. Her father, who was sent to prison for sexually abusing Meredith and other children in their small town, has been released on good behavior. He was supposed to be locked up until Meredith's eighteenth birthday, when she could legally be free of both her abusive father and her delusional mother who dwells on a fantasy that the three of them will be a happy family once more. But Meredith is only fifteen, and her father is out of prison...and her mother is bringing him home. And Meredith won't let him hurt her, or anyone else, ever again. No matter what the cost.

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  • The Mockingbirds

    The Mockingbirds

    by Daisy Whitney Year Published: Easy Reading
    Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way–the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds–a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

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  • You Are Not Here

    by Samantha Schultz Year Published: Average
    Annaleah and Brian had something special—Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn’t need anyone else. It didn’t matter that it was secret. All that mattered was what they shared. And then, suddenly, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living on the outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely. How can you recover from a loss no one will let you have?

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Great Reads

  • Beastly

    Beastly

    by Alex Flinn Year Published: Average
    I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.

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  • Burned

    by Ellen Hopkins Year Published: Easy Reading
    This is a heart wrenching novel about a Mormon girl named Pattyn who gets sent to live with her aunt. While there, she learns how to drive, ride horses, and she falls in love. The only problem: he is not Mormon, and Pattyn's dad would kill her if he found out. Upon returning home, her father beats her, so she decides to leave with the love of her life, Ethan. However, when they get in a car accident, things only get worse. ***This book review was given by Katie Hayes

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  • CRANK

    by Ellen Hopkins Year Published: Easy Reading
    CRANK is a story about Kristina Snow who gets sent to her father's house and meets a boy named Adam who introduces her to "the monster", also known as crystal meth. Kristina begins introducing herself as Bree, her alter-ego. She falls in love with Adam, but then when she gets sent to Reno, she dates two other guys named Chase and Brandon. At the end of the book, she is still using and finds out something very shocking! ***This book review has been provided by Katie Hayes

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  • Fracture

    Fracture

    by Megan Miranda Year Published: Average
    Seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell has the chance for a do-over. She survived the seemingly unsurvivable—11 minutes beneath water, before being pulled out. But her survival has come with a price: she now has the ability to sense when another person is near death. She is drawn to Troy Varga, another accident survivor, who has her same ability, but while he tries to shorten the suffering of the dying and help them towards death, Delaney is determined to save them. The unique plot would be enough to draw YA readers to Miranda’s first novel, but add multifaceted characters, a true-to-life high-school setting—complete with all the cliques—and the fearful love-hate relationship with Troy, not to mention a love affair between Delaney and the boy who saved her, and the novel has further appeal. Pair this with Cynthia Voigt’s Izzy, Willy-Nilly (2005), Wendelin Van Draanen’s The Running Dream (2011), and Davida Wills Hurwin’s A Time for Dancing (1995) for interesting reads on living life in the midst of death. Grades 8-12

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  • Impulse

    by Ellen Hopkins Year Published: Easy Reading
    Impulse is a book about three different people with different problems including: cutting, pills, alcohol, and homosexuality. Conner, Tony, and Vanessa all end up in the same place known as Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted suicide. This book goes through their lives, and it lets you see how they fought their demons, and how their lives connect. ***This book review was given by Katie Hayes

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  • Lessons from a Dead Girl

    by Jo Knowles Year Published: Easy Reading
    This book is a little on the raw side. Two friends have formed a bond full of secrecy, deception, and abuse. The book is a quick read, but the content may be a little hard to swallow.
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  • The Chosen One

    by Carol Lynch Williams Year Published: Average
    This is a really intense book about a girl trapped on a polygamist compound. Kyra is thirteen (almost fourteen) and struggling against the limitations imposed on her by the lifestyle chosen by her parents. Kyra's struggles come to a head when the Prophet (the leader of the compound) informs her family that Kyra has been "chosen" to marry her 60-year-old uncle.

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  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    by Milan Kundera Year Published: Average
    This is my all-time favorite book. Kundera writes about the pros and cons on whether it is better to live with weight, or live light, and what is lost when choosing each path. If you live with weight, if you can get your heart broken, you feel, you can love, etc. If you live light, you never have to worry about a broken heart or feeling sad. But, isn't the weight what life is all about? Read this novel, and develop your own opinion!
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  • Touching Spirit Bear

    by Ben Mickaelsen Year Published: Easy Reading
    Within Cole Matthews lie anger, rage and hate. Cole has been stealing and fighting for years. This time he caught Alex Driscal in the, parking lot and smashed his head against the sidewalk. Now, Alex may have permanent brain damage'and Cole is in the Biggest trouble of his life. Cole is offered Circle Justice: a system based on Native American traditions that attempts to provide healing for the criminal offender, the victim and the, community. With prison as his only alternative, Cole plays along. He says he wants to repent, but in his heart Cole blames his alcoholic mom his, abusive dad, wimpy Alex -- everyone but himself -- for his situation. Cole receives a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. There, he is mauled by Mysterious white bear of Native American legend. Hideously injured, Cole waits for his death His thoughts shift from from Anger to humility. To survive, he must stop blaming others and take responsibility for his life. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that may save his soul.

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  • WTF

    by Peter Lerahgis Year Published: Easy Reading
    WTF is a book about five very different people whose lives all change after one crazy Friday night. Three boys want to go to a party and have a good time. Unfortunately, their plans are foiled when they get into a car accident. When Cam appears to be dead, his two friends leave the scene fearing the worse. It's not until the end of the novel, when all the characters meet up, that the seemingly unconnected connect. ***This review was given by Katie Hayes
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Classics

  • Brave New World

    by Aldous Huxley Year Published: Challenging
    Huxley set out to write about a distant future, and since the publication of this novel, it's scary to see how many of his predictions about the future have come true. This is a more challenging read, but worthy if you enjoy futuristic novels, and if you would like the chance to examine a world that exists today with a more critical eye

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  • Siddhartha

    by Hermann Hesse Year Published: Average
    This was my favorite book in tenth grade. I loved the journey that Siddartha took on his way to achieving enlightenment. Siddartha is about a teens adventurous journey and rite of passage into manhood. The writing is descriptive, and it really is beautifully written.

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  • The Bell Jar

    by Sylvia Plath Year Published: Average
    This isn't an easy read. Plath is a very depressing and pessimistic author, and her story is not at all upbeat. The novel is about a young woman's journey in the world. Often times, discussion of suicide, depression, and other tough topics are discussed. However, it's a classic, and a really well written novel.

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  • The Jungle

    by Upton Sinclair Year Published: Average
    When the meat packing industry first opened, it was not a pretty sight. Sinclair paints the vivid, gruesome, and quite disgusting picture in this novel about just how terrible the industry was. Not for those with a weak stomach!

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  • Walden

    by Henry David Thoreau Year Published: Average
    Have you ever felt stressed out? Does life seem to move too fast? Do you hate shopping and the hustle and bustle of everyday consumer driven life? If so, this is just the book for you. Thoreau writes about his life as a hermit. He abandons society and goes back to living off the land. He also shares, in detail, how you could do this too! It's a really easy read, and it makes you wonder... could you do it?

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Comming to a Theater Near You

  • If I Stay

    by Gayle Forman Year Published:
    t's about a young woman who gets in a terrible car accident with her family, and it follows the 24 hours of her outside of her body in a coma. We're just about to go to cast. It';s got an edge to it and it's funny and heartbreaking and it's a little Lovely Bones-esque. There is definitely a lot of humor in there but it's definitely more dramatic than I've done before. It's been an amazing experience and it's an incredible story Read more about If I Stay (2010) Movie Trailer, Review, Photos, Video Clips, Cast by www.reelzchannel.com

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Autobiographies

  • Born on a Blue Day

    by Daniel Tammet Year Published: Average
    Daniel Temmet writes about his life as an autistic savant. If you have seen the movie RAIN MAN, you'll know that a savant is a highly gifted person able to calculate numbers and mathematical algorithms without so much as a blink of an eye. However, life with autism can be sad, lonely, and frustrating when people don't understand you, and you can't understand them.
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  • Go Ask Alice

    by Anonymous Year Published: Easy Reading
    This is a journal of the life of a fifteen year old who records all about her life. Her family moves, and Alice feels like an outcast at school. In the summer, she goes to visit her grandparents, and she unknowingly does LSD for the first time. Then, she begins experimenting with more drugs. Soon, she moves in with her boyfriend, Chris, and continues to do drugs. She ends up going to an asylum, and it continually goes down hill for this girl. ***This book review was given by Katie Hayes

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  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    by John Elder Robison Year Published: Average
    The autobiography is another story about a person who lives with Asperger's and the daily struggles he encounters. It is funny, sweet, sad, and very informative.
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  • Notebook Girls: Four Friends, One Diary

    by Julia Baskin, Lindsey Newman, Sophie Pollitt-Cohen, and Courtney Toombs Year Published: Easy Reading
    As you can see from the cover, this is a notebook published as a book. Four friends in high school, faced with conflicting schedules, chose to keep in touch by passing this notebook back and forth amongst themselves to keep track of each others' lives. It still has the original hand writing of each of the girls, and it will make you laugh, cry, and totally get what it is they're going through. Great book for the females.
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  • Tweak

    by Nic Sheff Year Published: Easy Reading
    Tweak is a personal documentary about Nic Sheff's life and struggle with drugs like crystal meth and heroin. His addictions get so bad, that his father refuses to help him unless he goes to rehab. After trying many times, he finally goes, and he is successful. This book discusses the ups and downs of his life along with his different lovers and their drug addictions. ***This review was given by Katie Hayes

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Historical Fiction

  • Between Shades of Grey

    by Ruta Sepetys Year Published: Average
    Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions. Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously-and at great risk-documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

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  • The Book Thief

    by Markus Zusak Year Published: Average

    Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents.

     

     

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  • The Luxe

    The Luxe

    by Anna Godbersen Year Published: Easy Reading
    Chapter One The Richmond Hayes family Requests the pleasure of your company at a Ball in honor of the architect Webster Youngham on the evening of Saturday the sixteenth of September at nine o'clock at their new residence no. 670 Fifth Avenue in the city of New York Costumes are required They have all been asking for you," Louisa Holland told Elizabeth, quietly but firmly. Elizabeth had spent eighteen years being groomed as her mother's prized asset and had become, among other things, an expert interpreter of her tones. This one meant Elizabeth was to return to the main ballroom and dance with a partner of her mother's choosing at once, most likely a young man of enviable, if slightly inbred, lineage. Elizabeth smiled apologetically at the girls she had been sitting with—Annemarie D'Alembert and Eva Barbey, whom she had met that spring in France and who were both dressed as courtesans from the Louis XIV era. Elizabeth had just been telling them how very far away Paris seemed to her now, though she had only stepped off the transatlantic steamer and back onto New York soil early that morning. Her old friend Agnes Jones had been perched on the ivory-and-gold striped damask love seat as well, but Elizabeth's younger sister, Diana, was nowhere to be seen. Most likely because she suspected that her behavior was being monitored, which, of course, it was. Elizabeth's irritation at the persistent childishness of her younger sister flared up, but she quickly banished the feeling.

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  • What I Saw and How I Lied

    What I Saw and How I Lied

    by Judy Blundell Year Published: Easy Reading
    All 15-year-old Evie Spooner wants to do is grow up. Fast. We first see her and her best friend, Margie Crotty, smoking candy cigarettes and talking about wearing lipstick. Her beautiful mother, Beverly, is all Evie wants to be when she grows up. “You couldn’t stop looking at her. She was a knockout. The way she held a cigarette, the way she danced in the kitchen, the way she could make supper with a cocktail glass in one hand --- that was movie star glamour. You could almost forget she was just a housewife from Queens.” But Evie’s mother is overprotective. She still treats her like a child and doesn’t want her to dress like an adult, telling her that she shouldn’t be in such a hurry to grow up because “it’s not all polka dots and moonbeams.”

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Vampires/Werewoles/Fantasy

  • Beautiful Creatures Book 1

    by Kami Garcia Year Published: Average
    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

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  • Blue Moon

    by Alyson Noel Year Published: Easy Reading
    This is the second book in the Evermore series. Now that Ever and Damen have found each other, it seems like nothing can keep their eternal love apart... except for maybe a creepy new kid. Now, Damen's not acting right, and the entire school has turned against Ever. Can Ever save Damen? Does she want to? Which path will Ever choose?

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  • Evermore

    by Alyson Noel Year Published: Easy Reading
    If you like the TWILIGHT series, you have to check this series out! Ever is a high schooler who meets an immortal, Damen. Turns out, she and Damen have a history together... over 400 years old! Although Damen is not nearly as charming as Edward Cullen, it's worthy of a read.

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  • Fairy Tale

    by Cyn Balog Year Published:
    captivating and witty dark fantasy that will have girls lusting after it. Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King. Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies and stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan’s no longer sure what’s best for everyone, or whether her and Cam’s love can weather an uncertain future. Show More Show Less
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  • Linger

    Linger

    by Maggie Stiefvater Year Published: Average
    This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one. Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies...

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  • Marked: A House of Night Novel

    by P.C. Cast Year Published: Easy Reading
    This is the first in the House of Night series. I'm not completely sold on it, but you might enjoy the novel. Zoey Redbird has been chosen to go to the House of Night. She proves to be an extremely gifted pupil and thrives at the school. Unfortunately, a few are not pleased with her success, and Zoey must defeat evil in order to prevail. Check it out! If you like it, there are still 3 other books in the series.

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  • Need

    by Carrie Jones Year Published: Easy Reading
    Need is a fantasy story about werewolves, love, pixies, and tigers. When Zaras stepfather dies, she moves to Bedford, Maine with her grandmother and learns that there are weird things happening in this small town. Zaras ends up being one of the only ones to figure out how to fight the pixies and falls in love along the way. I recommend this book if you are a TWILIGHT fan, because it has a similar twist.
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  • Shiver : The Wolves of Mercy Falls

    Shiver : The Wolves of Mercy Falls

    by Maggie Stiefvater Year Published: Average
    For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human... until the cold makes him shift back again.

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  • Uninvited

    Uninvited

    by Amanda Marrone Year Published: Average
    Since his funeral, Jordan’s ex-boyfriend Michael has sat outside of her window every night, begging her to let him in. It’s now three months later and Jordan’s resolve is wearing thin. She can’t sleep and she’s starting to think maybe opening the window isn’t such a bad idea. The problem is Michael is dead, and Jordan doesn’t know if letting him in would be the answer to her prayers or the end of her.

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  • World War Z

    World War Z

    by Max Brooks Year Published: Average
    The end was near. Zombies were taking over. They were infiltrating ever corner the world. No neutral ground existed, no nation was secure, and we were in serious danger of becoming extinct - overrun by hordes of the living dead. WORLD WAR Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (Crown Publishers, September 12, 2006), is a recounting of these apocalyptic and horrifying years that will make sure we never forget how close we came to total annihilation. Told from the perspective of numerous survivors from all over the world, from Denver to South Africa, Sydney to Yonkers, Malibu to India, WORLD WAR Z captures the sacrifices and, toward the end, the ingenuity of our race to defend and save our cities, towns, and villages from a plague that seemed virtually impossible to stop. Brooks tells a moving story of courage and survival and gives us insight into the key military strategies that helped us take our world back.

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Holocaust

  • The Cage

    The Cage

    by Ruth Minsky Singer Year Published: Average
    This reflective Holocaust memoir presents a series of brief scenes from 1939, when the author was 12 and Hitler invaded Poland, through the Russian liberation of the Mitelsteine labor camp in 1945. Like many other survivors of the Holocaust who have written accounts, Sender presents harrowing descriptions of life and death in the ghetto and concentration camps, and gives fervent testimonials to the love, strength, and dignity that helped make her survival possible.

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Series

  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes

    by Maureen Johnson Year Published: Average
    Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again? Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes

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  • Deadly Little Secret (Touch Series #1)

    Deadly Little Secret (Touch Series #1)

    by Laurie Faria Stolarz Year Published: Easy Reading
    Until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes far from ordinary. Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead she's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help – but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something...but he's not the only one with a secret.

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  • FOREVER

    FOREVER

    by Maggie Stiefvater Year Published:
    The final installment in the trilogy

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  • Fugitives

    Fugitives

    by Alexander Gordon Smith Year Published: Average
    Forever altered by his experience in Furnace Penetentiary, Alex has done the impossible and escaped. But the battle for freedom is only just beginning. Charged with his superhuman abilities, Alex must uncover the last of Furnace’s secrets—the truth about the man who built the prison, the man known as Alfred Furnace. And to do that he must stop running and finally confront his greatest fears.

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  • Lockdown: Escape From the Furnace

    by Alexander Gordon Smith Year Published: Average
    From School Library Journal Grade 9 Up—"Beneath heaven is hell. Beneath hell is Furnace." That's 14-year-old Alex's description of the underground prison a mile below the surface of the earth where he and other teen boys are incarcerated for life. The first title (Farrar, Straus, 2009) in Alexander Gordon Smith's new series begins when the protagonist is caught by strange silver-eyed men as he and a buddy are in the midst of a house burglary. Resigned to jail time, Alex is shocked when he's framed by these ghostly black-suited figures who pull guns and murder his pal right in front of him. Pleas of innocence are ignored and Alex lands in Furnace. Gangs bully everyone, the food is disgusting slop, bizarre guard dogs tear inmates apart, and boys are arbitrarily dragged away late at night and return as killing automatons. When all seems lost, Alex and his savvy cellmate devise an escape plan. Last minute calamities bring the plan to the brink of disaster, and a cliffhanger ending definitely carries listeners to the next installment.

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  • The Last Little Blue Envelope

    by Maureen Johnson Year Published: Average
    Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end. Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

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  • The Mockingbirds

    by Daisy Whitney Year Published:
    Some schools have honor codes. Others have handbooks. Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds. Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way-the Themis way. So when Alex Patrick is date-raped during her junior year, she has two options: Stay silent and hope someone helps, or enlist the aid of the Mockingbirds-a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of the student body.
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  • The Monstrumologist

    The Monstrumologist

    by Rick Yancy Year Published: Challenging
    These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me...and the one who cursed me. So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore War throp, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a grueso me find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.

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  • The Rivals

    The Rivals

    by Daisy Whitney Year Published: Average
    Part 2 Mockingbirds.When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn't do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that's been given to her, she's now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before. It isn't rape. It isn't bullying. It isn't hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don't add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.

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Dystopian Teen Books

  • Delirium

    Delirium

    by Lauren Oliver Year Published:
    Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

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  • Divergent

    Divergent

    by Veronica Roth Year Published:
    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

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  • Hunger Games

    by Suzzanne Collins Year Published:

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