One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read — and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school — especially summer reading lists — are not exactly inspiring. Thus we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List — more than 300 titles that we think are perfect choices for reading and discussing. Our dream is that schools will use this list to help them make their own for summer reading or, even better, suggest that students just read what they want from this list.

How did we create our list? We compiled entries from Teenreads.com readers who weighed in with their selections and we also asked our staffers for suggestions. Titles range from young adult books to books that we read on adult lists that we think would be enjoyed by teens.

Thanks to all who participated in this project, which spurred a lot of conversation about books. We encourage you to share this list with your teachers and fellow classmates, as well as librarians.

1776
David McCullough
History
ISBN-10: 0743226720
ISBN-13: 9780743226721

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough unfolds the dramatic story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence — when the entire American cause was riding on their success.

 


 

1984
George Orwell
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0452262933
ISBN-13: 9780452262935

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In 1949, on the heels of another literary classic, Animal Farm, George Orwell wrote 1984, his now legendary and terrifying glimpse into the future. His vision of an omni-present and ultra-repressive State is rooted in the alarming world events of Orwell’s own time and is given shape and substance by his astute play on our own fears.

 


 

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN
Sherman Alexie
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316013684
ISBN-13: 9780316013680

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In his first book for young adults — a finalist for the National Book Award — bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, an aspiring cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

 


 

AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES
John Green
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0525476881
ISBN-13: 9780525476887

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Dumped by 19 girls named Katherine, child prodigy Colin Singleton and his best friend take a heart-healing road trip where Colin hopes to prove mathematically that relationships are predictable and earn his way into adulthood as a certified genius.

 


 

ALANNA: The First Adventure
Tamora Pierce
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0689878559
ISBN-13: 9780689878558

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Becoming a legend is not easy, as young Alanna of Trebond discovers when she disguises herself as a boy and begins training to be a knight. Alanna’s skills and stubbornness help her befriend Prince Jonathan but alienate his evil uncle, Duke Roger. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, this book is a rousing introduction to the intensely satisfying story of Alanna.

 


 

THE ALCHEMIST
Paulo Coelho
Religion/Spirituality
ISBN-10: 006019250X
ISBN-13: 9780060192501

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Timeless and entertaining, exotic yet simple, this fable breaks down the steps in the journey we all take to find the most meaningful riches in our lives. Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams about finding a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt, shows how along the way we learn to trust our hearts, read seemingly inconspicuous signs, and understand that as we look to fulfill a dream, it looks to find us just the same…if we let it.

 


 

AM I BLUE? COMING OUT FROM THE SILENCE
Marion Dane Bauer, editor
Short Stories
ISBN-10: 0064405877
ISBN-13: 9780064405874

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The group of YA writers — some gay, some not — who have written these sixteen short stories have something to say about gay awareness. Their stories cut across color and class lines to incorporate everything from a contemporary tale about a girl’s coming out to a nod to the Vietnam War to a fantasy in an Amazonian kingdom and a story set in a Catholic girls’ school.

 


 

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY
Michael Chabon
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0312282990
ISBN-13: 9780312282998

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In 1939 New York, a young artist who also has been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, teams up with his cousin teams up with his cousin to create a great American literary product — the comic book. As the shadow of Hitler falls over Europe and ultimately the world, the boys end up immersed in the Golden Age of Comic Books, finding greater fame and more trouble than they could ever have imagined.

 


 

AMAZING GRACE
Megan Shull
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0786856912
ISBN-13: 9780786856916

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Imagine being a teenage tennis superstar worth millions of dollars and world-famous. Sounds pretty fantastic, doesn’t it? But Grace Kincaid has more than enough of the celebrity life and the pressures of being what she refers to as “a name brand.” She leaves it all behind and escapes to Medicine Hat, Alaska to begin her new life.

 


 

ANANSI BOYS
Neil Gaiman
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 006051518X
ISBN-13: 9780060515188

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Mythology and modern times collide again in this masterpiece from Neil Gaiman. This follow-up to American Gods is equal parts humorous, terrifying, adventurous, and epic in the standard mythological style — but it is also an intimate story about the beauty, and danger, of family.

 


 

ANGELA’S ASHES
Frank McCourt
Memoir
ISBN-10: 068484267X
ISBN-13: 9780684842677

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“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while,” write Frank McCourt in his memoir. ANGELA’S ASHES, imbued on every page with McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.

 


 

ANNIE JOHN
Jamaica Kincaid
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0374525102
ISBN-13: 9780374525101

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ANNIE JOHN is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua. A classic coming-of-age story in the tradition of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE and A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, Kincaid’s novel focuses on a universal, tragic, and often comic theme: the loss of childhood. Annie’s voice — urgent, demanding to be heard — is one that will not soon be forgotten.

 


 

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
Garth Stein
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0061537934
ISBN-13: 9780061537936

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Enzo relays the story of his family — which includes race car driver Denny, wife Eve and daughter Zoë — who face being torn apart when Eve becomes ill. While struggling to hold them together, Enzo refines his plans to be reincarnated as a human. After all, being a dog severely limits his ability to express his huge heart and soaring soul to those he loves most.

 


 

ATONEMENT
Ian McEwan
Romance
ISBN-10: 038572179X
ISBN-13: 9780385721790

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Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

 


 

BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS
Dai Sijie
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385722206
ISBN-13: 9780385722209

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Part historical novel, part fable, part love story, BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS is a moving testament to the transformative power of literature. In 1971, as Mao’s Cultural Revolution sweeps across China, two teenage boys are branded “ractionary intellectuals” and sent to live on a remote mountain. When they bargain their way into obtaining a forbidden Balzac novel from a friend, it opens up a new and dizzyingly vast world — and leads to unexpected consequences that propel the novel to its stunning conclusion.

 


 

THE BEAN TREES
Barbara Kingsolver
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060915544
ISBN-13: 9780060915544

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Looking to escape an oppressive upbringing in rural Kentucky, Marietta Greer heads west in a beat-up Volkswagen. By the time her car breaks down in Tucson, she has with her a stunned, silent three-year-old Cherokee girl who was, literally, dropped into her arms one night and who Marietta names Turtle. Here in Tucson, among a group of fellow travelers, Marietta and Turtle create new lives and redefine the meanings of home and family.

 


 

BEE SEASON
Myla Goldberg
Religion/Spirituality
ISBN-10: 0385498802
ISBN-13: 9780385498807

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Eliza Naumann has no reason to believe she’s anything but ordinary. Her father Saul, a university professor, dotes on her talented elder brother Aaron. Her scientist mother, Miriam, seems consumed by her career. Then Eliza amazes everyone by winning a spelling bee, and her unexpected success hurls the Naumann family dynamic into a tailspin and long-held secrets begin to emerge.

 


 

BEGINNER’S LUCK
Laura Pedersen
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0345458303
ISBN-13: 9780345458308

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The second of seven children, Hallie Palmer has one dream: to make it to Vegas. Normally blessed with an uncanny gift for winning at games of chance, she’s hit a losing streak. She’s been kicked out of the casino she frequents during school hours, lost all her money for a car on a bad bet at the track, and has been grounded by her parents. It seems the time has come for Hallie to cut her losses.

 


 

BEL CANTO
Ann Patchett
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060934417
ISBN-13: 9780060934415

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In the vice president’s mansion in a South American country, a lavish party is taking place. An American opera singer is entertaining the guests, dignitaries and high-ranking officials from around the world, when suddenly the room is plunged into darkness. Terrorists invade the mansion and set in motion a series of events that alters the life of every person involved.

 


 

THE BELL JAR
Sylvia Plath
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060837020
ISBN-13: 9780060837020

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Sylvia Plath’s witty and disturbing novel follows Esther Greenwood through three seasons, step by painful step. Esther slides ever deeper into devastating depression, attempts suicide, undergoes bungled electroshock therapy, and enters a private hospital. Based on Plath’s own summer,fall and winter of 1953-1954, THE BELL JAR ends with the hope, if not the clear promise, of recovery.

 


 

BELOVED
Toni Morrison
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0452280621
ISBN-13: 9780452280625

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At the center of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning fifth novel is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel — part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale — traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War.

 


 

BIG FISH
Daniel Wallace
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0140282777
ISBN-13: 9780140282771

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Faced with the prospect of his father’s death, William Bloom sets about to discover who the man really is. This magical novel is told as a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts William knows. Through these tall tales — hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous — William begins to understand his elusive father’s great feats and great failings.

 


 

THE BIG SHUFFLE
Laura Pedersen
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0345479564
ISBN-13: 9780345479563

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When the death of her father leaves her mother bereft and incapacitated, card sharp Hallie Palmer returns home from college to raise Hallie’s eight younger siblings. As she copes with a bevy of surprises, she discovers that life can indeed turn on a dime. And just because beginner’s luck doesn’t always last forever doesn’t mean you’re out of the game.

 


 

BLIND FAITH
Ellen Wittlinger
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1416902732
ISBN-13: 9781416902737

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After Liz Scattergood’s grandmother dies, her mother spirals into a depression and then starts attending a spiritualist church — which drives Liz’s atheist dad away from her mom and their family. Liz turns to her new neighbor, Nathan, who is dealing with his own mother’s terminal cancer, and together they help each other cope. This moving novel explores how a loved one’s death impacts those who are left behind.

 


 

Book Cover Art THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS
Anita Amirrezvani
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316065765
ISBN-13: 9780316065764

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In 17th-century Persia, a young woman struggles to make her way in the bustling city after the death of her father. The story in Anita Amirrezvani’s debut novel about empowerment and sense of self is told with beauty and skill, which matches that of her rug-weaving characters.


THE BLUE GIRL
Charles de Lint
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0142405450
ISBN-13: 9780142405451

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Seventeen-year-old Imogene’s rebellious nature has caused her more harm than good, and when her family moves to a new town she decides to reinvent herself. She won’t lose her punk look, but she’ll try to avoid the gangs and work a little harder at school. But trouble shows up anyway, and Imogene knows that if she wants to survive high school — not to mention stay alive — she has to start running with a gang.

 


 

THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED
Carol Plum Ucci
Mystery
ISBN-10: 0152023887
ISBN-13: 9780786816415

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All his life Christopher Creed had been considered a freak, the target of the bullies at his school. But when he disappears without a trace, things get stranger than ever. In this suspenseful, frank novel, sixteen-year-old Torey Adams tries to solve the mystery of what happened to Chris and, in the process, learns how truly brutal life can be.

 


 

THE BOOK THIEF
Markus Zusak
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0375831002
ISBN-13: 9780375831003

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Living in Germany during World War II, young Liesel Meminger scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist — books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids.

 


 

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS
John Boyne
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385751060
ISBN-13: 9780385751063

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John Boyne’s novel is the gripping story of two boys — one the son of a commandant in Hitler’s army and the other a Jew — who come face-to-face at a barbed wire fence that separates, and eventually intertwines their lives.

 


 

BOY MEETS BOY
David Levithan
Romance
ISBN-10: 0375832998
ISBN-13: 9780375832994

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Paul is a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys and the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl. When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for — until he blows it. This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

 


 

BRAVE NEW WORLD
Aldous Huxley
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060929871
ISBN-13: 9780060929879

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In BRAVE NEW WORLD, Aldous Huxley conjures up a horrifying, but often comic, vision of a future Utopia in which humans are processed, conditioned, regimented, and drugged into total social conformity.

 


 

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Truman Capote
Short Stories
ISBN-10: 0679745653
ISBN-13: 9780679745655

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Of all of his characters, Truman Capote once said Holly Golightly was his favorite. When the “mean reds” strike, the cure for this vivacious hillbilly-turned-Manhattan party girl is to jump into a taxi and head for Tiffany’s — where, she believes, nothing bad could ever happen.

 


 

BREAKING DAWN
Stephenie Meyer
Horror/Romance
ISBN-10: 031606792X
ISBN-13: 9780316067928

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Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for vampire Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss and strife have led Bella Swan to the ultimate turning point in this fourth installment in the Twilight Saga. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hang. Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences.

 


 

BREAKING POINT
Alex Flinn
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0064473716
ISBN-13: 9780064473712

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Paul is new to Gate, a school whose rich students make life miserable for anyone not like them. And Paul is definitely not like them. Then, Charlie Good, a star student and athlete, invites Paul to join his elite inner circle. All Charlie wants is a few things in return — small things that Paul does willingly. Until one day Charlie wants something big, and Paul has to decide how far he’ll go to be one of the gang.

 


 

A BRIEF CHAPTER IN MY IMPOSSIBLE LIFE
Dana Reinhart
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385746989
ISBN-13: 9780385746984

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In this promising first novel by Dana Reinhardt, Simone’s typical teen concerns are put in perspective when her birth mother contacts her, seemingly out of the blue. Simone discovers love, heartbreak, and a family history she never could have imagined.

 


 

THE BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEAD
Kevin Brockmeier
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0375423699
ISBN-13: 9780375423697

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When a virus wipes out mankind, the dead gather in “The City” to remain as long as someone on Earth remembers them. Laura’s parents, co-workers, friends and acquaintances reside there but Laura, isolated at an Antarctic research center, has no idea how truly alone she is…or that so many dead people rely on her memories alone in order to continue their afterlife existence.

 


 

BRISINGR: Inheritance, Book Three
Christopher Paolini
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0375826726
ISBN-13: 9780375826726

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Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains in ELDESET, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep. First is Eragon’s oath to help rescue his cousin Roran’s beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix’s clutches. Also, the Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength — as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices — choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice. Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

 


 

THE BRONX MASQUERADE
Nikki Grimes
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0142501891
ISBN-13: 9780142501894

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When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class and reads it aloud, poetry-slam-style, he kicks off a revolution. Soon his classmates are clamoring to have weekly poetry sessions. One by one, eighteen students take on the risky challenge of self-revelation through the poetry they share and the stories they tell — exposing what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.

 


 

BROOKLYN ROSE
Ann Rinaldi
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 015205538X
ISBN-13: 9780152055387

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It’s 1900 — the dawn of a new century — and never in her wildest dreams did fifteen-year-old Rose Frampton ever think she’d leave her family and home in South Carolina to live with a new husband in the land of the Yankees. But that is exactly what has happened.

 


 

BUD NOT BUDDY
Christopher Paul Curtis
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385323069
ISBN-13: 9780385323062

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In this novel set during the Great Depression, 10-year-old orphan Bud is tired of being passed from foster home to foster home. He decides to run away and find the man he believes to be his father, a jazz musician named Herman Calloway.

 


 

CATALYST
Laurie Halse Anderson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0670035661
ISBN-13: 9780142400012

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The unexpected twists and turns that occur in teenager Kate Malone’s life force her to take a hard look at her relationships with her family, her friends, her boyfriend, and even her deceased mother. As she struggles with needing to be popular and the desire to please everyone at the expense of herself, Kate discovers that she is only human, fraught with insecurities, doubts, and questions — and that’s okay.

 


 

CATCH-22
Joseph Heller
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0684833395
ISBN-13: 9780684833392

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Malingering bombardier Yossarian is a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save himself from the horrors of war. And yet he is trapped by the bureaucratic rule from which the novel takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly flies dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

 


 

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
J.D. Salinger
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316769177
ISBN-13: 9780316769174

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Since its publication in 1951, this novel is the coming-of-age story of Holden Caulfield — whose four-day “odyssey” leaves him broken by society yet still compassionate. Read and cherished by generations, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is one of America’s literary treasures.

 


 

A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT
Laura Whitcomb
Romance
ISBN-10: 061858532X
ISBN-13: 9780618585328

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In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels human eyes looking at her for the first time in 130 years. They belong to James, a boy whom she is mysteriously drawn to. As Helen and James struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

 


 

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Humor
ISBN-10: 006008460X
ISBN-13: 9780060084608

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When Tom Baker gets a job offer to coach football at Northwestern University in Chicago, he and his wife, Mary, move there with their 12 children. When demands outside the home begin to take up more and more of their time, Tom and Mary are forced to try to find new ways of caring for their offspring — and discover that their parenting styles aren’t always compatible.

 


 

A CHILD CALLED “IT”
Dave Pelzer
Memoir
ISBN-10: 1558743669
ISBN-13: 9781558743663

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This is the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother. Dave had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive — dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

 


 

Book Cover Art THE CHILDREN OF HURIN
J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0618894640
ISBN-13: 9780618894642

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The first complete book by the late J.R.R. Tolkien in three decades — since the publication of THE SILMARILLION in 1977 — THE CHILDREN OF HURIN reunites fans of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS with elves and men, dragons and dwarves, eagles and orcs.


THE CHOCOLATE WAR
Robert Cormier
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0440944597
ISBN-13: 9780440944591

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Watching someone take a stand is easy; doing it yourself can be absolutely terrifying. That’s what Jerry Renault learns when he refuses to participate in his school’s annual candy drive and incurs the wrath of the ruling clique of students —- a wrath egged on by the school’s administration. The ending — which takes place in a boxing ring — is brutal, frightening, and completely mesmerizing.

 


 

THE CHOSEN
Chaim Potok
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0449213447
ISBN-13: 9780449213445

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THE CHOSEN is the now-classic story of two fathers and two sons and the pressures on all of them to pursue the religion they share in the way that is best suited to each. As the boys grow into young men, they discover in the other a lost spiritual brother and a link to an unexplored world that neither had ever considered before. In effect, they exchange places, and find peace they will ever retreat from again.

 


 

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
C.S. Lewis
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0064471195
ISBN-13: 9780064471190

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C. S. Lewis’s timeless adventure follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings — Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter — who enter the magical world of Narnia through a wardrobe.

 


 

COLD MOUNTAIN
Charles Frazier
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0375700757
ISBN-13: 9780375700750

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Wounded Confederate soldier Inman’s trek across the disintegrating South brings him into converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, Ada, the woman he loved years before and is trying to reach, is desperate to revive her father’s derelict farm and learn to survive in a world where old certainties have been swept away.

 


 

COLD SASSY TREE
Olive Ann Burns
Romance
ISBN-10: 038531258X
ISBN-13: 9780385312585

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On July 5, 1906, in a small Georgia town, things take a scandalous turn. That’s the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson — a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee. That’s the day an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town comes to life — and the day fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy’s adventures begin. COLD SASSY TREE explores timeless issues of love, death, coming of age, and the ties that bind families and generations.

 


 

THE COLOR PURPLE
Alice Walker
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0671727796
ISBN-13: 9780671727796

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Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is the story of Celie, a young girl abused by her father and then married off to a violent and angry man. She maintains her dignity and strength through her relationship with Shug, a flamboyant blues singer who is having an affair with Celie’s husband. With Shug’s love comes great courage, and Celie finds a new person inside herself, awaiting bloom.

 


 

A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES
John Kennedy Toole
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0802130208
ISBN-13: 9780802130204

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This American comic masterpiece outswifts Swift, whose poem gives the book its title. Set in New Orleans, this humorous classic is filled with unforgettable characters and unbelievable plot twists, shimmering with intelligence, and dazzling in its originality.

 


 

COPPER SUN
Sharon Draper
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0689821816
ISBN-13: 9780689821813

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Fifteen-year-old Amari is taken from her village in Africa by pale-faced strangers and sent across the ocean to America. She is sold to a plantation owner in the Carolinas who wants a birthday present for his son. Here Amari meets Polly, an indentured white girl, and the two girls from different ends of the earth bond together in order to survive — and their friendship just might help them fight their way to freedom.

 


 

CORELLI’S MANDOLIN
Louis De Bernieres
Romance
ISBN-10: 067976397X
ISBN-13: 9780679763970

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On an Italian-occupied Greek island during WWII, Pelagia, a willful, beautiful local girl, has two suitors vying for her love: Mandras, a gentle fisherman turned ruthless guerilla, and the charming, mandolin-playing Captain Corelli. Corelli’s Mandolin is rich with loyalties and betrayals, and set against a landscape where the factual blends seamlessly with the fantastic.

 


 

CROW LAKE
Mary Lawson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385337639
ISBN-13: 9780385337632

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Set against the wild terrain of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape, this universal drama of love and misunderstanding recounts a family’ tragic and moving past. Poignant, funny, and utterly unforgettable, CROW LAKE is a deceptively simple masterpiece of literary fiction.

 


 

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Mark Haddon
Mystery
ISBN-10: 1400032717
ISBN-13: 9781400032716

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Christopher John Francis Boone is a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. He knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for a captivating and unusual tale.

 


 

DAIRY QUEEN
Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0618683070
ISBN-13: 9780618683079

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When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said. Like why D. J.’s best friend, Amber, isn’t friendly anymore. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t call home. And why Brian Nelson is so out of her league. Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.

 


 

DANDELION WINE
Ray Bradbury
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0380977265
ISBN-13: 9780380977260

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DANDELION WINE is Ray Bradbury’s semi-autobiographical novel about 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding of Green Town, Illinois, who discovers that summer is more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future.

 


 

Book Cover Art DEAR JOHN
Nicholas Sparks
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0446528056
ISBN-13: 9780446528054

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Internationally bestselling author Nicholas Sparks explores the complexities of love — how it survives time and heartbreak, and how it transforms us forever — in this incredibly moving novel about a young couple whose commitment to one another is put to the test.


THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Erik Larson
History
ISBN-10: 0375725601
ISBN-13: 9780375725609

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Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson’s spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men — the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.

 


 

THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL
Anne Frank
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0385480334
ISBN-13: 9780385480338

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First published in 1947, Anne Frank’s diary — in which she recounts the two years she spent hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse with her Jewish family during the Nazi occupation — continues to resonate with readers. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit.

 


 

THE DISTANCE FROM NORMANDY
Jonathan Hull
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0312314132
ISBN-13: 9780312314132

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Sixteen-year-old Andrew is a scared and angry high school sophomore who has just been expelled from school and is heading down a path of self-destruction. His grandfather, a WWII vet and recent widower, agrees to spend time with him — and together they embark on an unforgettable journey to Normandy .

 


 

THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN’S PIER
Ann Packer
Romance
ISBN-10: 0375727132
ISBN-13: 9780375727139

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Twenty-three-year-old Carrie Bell has lived in Wisconsin all her life, and she longs for a change, an upheaval, for a chance to begin again. When it comes in the wake of a tragedy, Carrie questions everything she thought she knew about herself and the meaning of home. How much do we owe the people we love? Is it a sign of strength or of weakness to walk away from someone in need? These questions lie at the heart of Ann Packer’s riveting novel about loyalty and self-knowledge.

 


 

DUNE
Frank Herbert
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0441172717
ISBN-13: 9780441013593

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A blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune — set on the desert planet Arrakis — is the story of a mysterious man known as Maud’dib, who seeks to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

 


 

THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS
Carolyn Mackler
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0763620912
ISBN-13: 9780763620912

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Don’t let the whimsical title fool you — although Carolyn Mackler’s novel about 15-year-old Virginia Shreves is lighthearted and humorous, at its core is a serious message about self-confidence and self-acceptance.

 


 

EAST
Edith Pattou
Romance
ISBN-10: 0152052216
ISBN-13: 9780152052218

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Rose has always felt out of place in her family. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with him, she readily agrees. The bear takes Rose to a distant castle, where each night she is confronted with a mystery. In solving that mystery, she finds love, discovers her purpose and realizes her travels have only just begun.

 


 

EAST OF EDEN
John Steinbeck
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0142000655
ISBN-13: 9780142000656

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John Steinbeck’s passionate and exhilarating epic re-creates the seminal stories of Genesis through the intertwined lives of two American families. The result is a purely American saga set in Steinbeck’s own childhood home, the Salinas Valley of northern California.

 


 

ECLIPSE
Stephenie Meyer
Horror/Romance
ISBN-10: 0316160202
ISBN-13: 9780316160209

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With ECLIPSE, Stephenie Meyer’s third vampire romance (following TWILIGHT and NEW MOON), Bella and Edward’s story gains added depth along with new complications, as Bella approaches high school graduation — and the decision that will change her life forever.

 


 

THE EIGHT
Katherine Neville
Fantasy/Adventure
ISBN-10: 0345419081
ISBN-13: 9780345419088

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Computer expert Cat Velis is heading for a job to Algeria. Before she goes, a mysterious fortune teller warns her of danger, and an antique dealer asks her to search for pieces to a valuable chess set that has been missing for years…In the South of France in 1790 two convent girls hide valuable pieces of a chess set all over the world, because the game that can be played with them is too powerful….

 


 

ELDEST
Christopher Paolini
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 037582670X
ISBN-13: 9780375826702

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In the second book in the Inheritance Trilogy, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training as a Dragon Rider. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

 


 

ELLA ENCHANTED
Gail Carson Levine
Romance
ISBN-10: 0060558865
ISBN-13: 9780060558864

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Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella of Frell’s spirited account of her quest to break a childhood curse (which forces her to obey any order given to her) is a funny, poignant, and enchanting tale — based on the story of Cinderella — about an unforgettable heroine who is determined to be herself.

 


 

ELSEWHERE
Gabrielle Zevin
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0374320918
ISBN-13: 9780374320911

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Fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is looking forward to earning her driver’s license, graduating high school and attending college. 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. In Gabrielle Zevin’s witty and wise new novel, Liz awakens on a cruise ship bound for the afterlife.

 


 

EMPIRE FALLS
Richard Russo
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0375726403
ISBN-13: 9780375726408

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Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years. What keeps him here? It could be his bright, sensitive teenage daughter. Or his soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a vain health-club proprietor. Or the rich widow who owns everything in town. In EMPIRE FALLS, Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache and grace.

 


 

ENDER’S GAME
Orson Scott Card
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0812550706
ISBN-13: 9780812550702

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To defend against a hostile alien race, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Is Ender the general Earth needs? His two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, and between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world — if the world survives.

 


 

ERAGON
Christopher Paolini
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 044023848X
ISBN-13: 9780440238485

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A chance discovery changes the life of Eragon, a poor farm boy, overnight and thrusts him into a perilous world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword, the advice of an old storyteller, and a fledgling dragon, Eragon must navigate the dangerous terrain of an Empire ruled by an evil king. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

 


 

ESPERANZA RISING
Pam Munoz Ryan
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 043912042X
ISBN-13: 9780439120425

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A tragedy forces Esperanza and her mother to flee their Mexican ranch for California during the Great Depression. They settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers, and Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances — Mama’s life and her own depend on it.

 


 

EXTRAS
Scott Westerfeld
Science Fiction/Adventure
ISBN-10: 1416951172
ISBN-13: 9781416951179

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Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse lives in the new world formed after Tally Youngblood did away with the previous establishment. When Aya goes undercover to score a story that will make her famous, she discovers a secret that could destroy the world. The fourth book in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series is a fast-paced page-turner with numerous plot twists.

 


 

FAHRENHEIT 451
Ray Bradbury
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0345342968
ISBN-13: 9780345342966

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In the alternate society presented in this science fiction classic, firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up, a mandate of the government. Then he meets a seventeen-year old girl who tells him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who tells him of a future where people can think. And Guy Montag knows what he has to do….

 


 

FALLEN ANGELS
Walter Dean Myers
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0590409433
ISBN-13: 9780590409438

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From the mean streets of Harlem to the rice paddies and jungles of Vietnam, Walter Dean Myers’s critically acclaimed FALLEN ANGELS is the riveting account of one soldier’s tour of duty. Just out of high school, 17-year-old Richie Perry is fresh out of prospects. He has no money for college and the streets of Harlem are a dead-end, and so he enlists in the Army. But no one prepares him for the horrors of war.

 


 

FAST FOOD NATION: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Eric Schlosser
Popular Culture
ISBN-10: 0060938455
ISBN-13: 9780060938451

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Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That’s a lengthy list of charges, but here Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

 


 

FEED
M.T. Anderson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0763622591
ISBN-13: 9780763622596

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In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, Titus meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble. Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl, has decided to rebel against the system — to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.

 


 

THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN
Mitch Albom
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1401308589
ISBN-13: 9781401308582

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A wounded war veteran who is killed in a tragic accident soon discovers that heaven isn’t merely a destination but a place where five people help the deceased understand the significance and value of their life on earth.

 


 

FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON
Daniel Keyes
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0156030306
ISBN-13: 9780156030304

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FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON is the classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands and seems to be a scientific breakthrough — until Algernon begins a sudden deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?

 


 

FOR ONE MORE DAY
Mitch Albom
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1401303277
ISBN-13: 9781401303273

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Charley is constantly forced to choose between his divorced parents. Until one fateful weekend when he leaves his mother to secretly be with his father, and she dies while he is gone. Charley is haunted for years, his own young family unravels, and one night he decides to take his life. But somewhere between this world and the next he encounters his mother and gets to spend one last day with her.

 


 

THE FORETELLING
Alice Hoffman
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316154091
ISBN-13: 9780316154093

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Rain is girl of the Amazon tribe of women warriors, born in a time of blood and fear. As the future leader of her people, she must seek and hold fast to her inner warrior. What she encounters along her poignant and harrowing path toward her destiny — a kind young man, a strange, recurrent prophecy, and a condemned baby brother — lead her, against odds, to forge mercy, love, and peace.

 


 

THE FOUNTAINHEAD
Ayn Rand
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0451191153
ISBN-13: 9780451191151

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First published in 1943, THE FOUNTAINHEAD is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.

 


 

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE
Fannie Flagg
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0449911357
ISBN-13: 9780449911358

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Gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode is telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The story she tells is also of two women — of the irrepressible tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth — who back in the thirties ran a cafe in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good food, love and laughter, and even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, for Evelyn the present will never be quite the same.

 


 

FROZEN RODEO
Catherine Clark
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0064473856
ISBN-13: 9780064473859

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Peggy Fleming Farrell is about to have the best summer ever. Only, it doesn’t look that way at first. There’s her job as coffee wench at the Gas ‘n Git, her summer school French class, and her unrequited love for a certain waiter. Not to mention Lamaze class with her mom and her dad’s attempt at a professional ice-skating comeback. Find out exactly what it is that turns Fleming’s summer around.

 


 

GATHERING BLUE
Lois Lowry
Futuristic Fiction
ISBN-10: 0440229499
ISBN-13: 9780440229490

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Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. A gifted weaver, Kira is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.

 


 

THE GEOGRAPHY OF GIRLHOOD
Kirsten Smith
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316160210
ISBN-13: 9780316160216

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THE GEOGRAPHY OF GIRLHOOD is a raw and powerful novel about a girl navigating the unknown — the difficult limbo between youth and adulthood. Written in verse, the novel follows a girl from ages 14 to 18, exploring first crushes, first dances, first kisses, and the many other dangers of growing up.

 


 

GIFTS
Ursula K. Le Guin
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0152051244
ISBN-13: 9780152051242

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In the first book in the Annals of the Western Shore series, each family who resides in the Uplands possesses powerful gifts, which can either help or harm others. The Uplanders live in constant fear that one family might unleash its gift against another, but two young people — friends since childhood — decide not to use their gifts.

 


 

GILEAD
Marilynne Robinson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 031242440X
ISBN-13: 9780312424404

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GILEAD tells of three generations spanning the Civil War to the twentieth century, a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America’s heart. In the luminous and unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, this brilliant novel reveals the human condition and the often unbearable beauty of an ordinary life.

 


 

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
Tracy Chevalier
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0452282152
ISBN-13: 9780452282155

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History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius…even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

 


 

THE GIRLS
Lori Lansens
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316069035
ISBN-13: 9780316069038

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In THE GIRLS, Lori Lansens offers a compelling character study of Rose and Ruby Darlen — sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins. When Rose, the bookish sister, sets out to write her autobiography, it inevitably becomes the story of her short but extraordinary life with Ruby, the beautiful one.

 


 

THE GIVER
Lois Lowry
Futuristic Fiction
ISBN-10: 0440237688
ISBN-13: 9780440237686

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Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

 


 

GODLESS
Peter Hautman
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1416908161
ISBN-13: 9781416908166

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Fed up with his parents’ boring old Catholic religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god — the town’s water tower. He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming best friend, Shin, cute-as-a-button (whatever that means) Magda Price, and the violent and unpredictable Henry Stagg. But as their religion grows, it takes on a life of its own.

 


 

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LARRY
Janet Tashjian
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0440237920
ISBN-13: 9780440237921

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Seventeen-year-old Josh Swensen’s virtual alter ego, Larry, becomes a huge media sensation. Larry has his own Web site where he posts sermons on anti-consumerism and has a large following of adults and teens. While it seems as if the whole world is trying to figure out Larry’s true identity, Josh feels trapped inside his own creation. What will happen to the world, and to Larry, if he is exposed?

 


 

GOSSAMER
Lois Lowry
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385734166
ISBN-13: 9780385734165

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In Lois Lowry’s haunting story that tiptoes between reality and imagination, two people — a lonely, sensitive woman and a damaged, angry boy — face their own histories and discover what they can be to one another, renewed by the strength that comes from a tiny, caring creature they will never see.

 


 

THE GREAT GATSBY
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0743273567
ISBN-13: 9780743273565

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The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, THE GREAT GATSBY (1925) is the story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his doomed love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

 


 

THE GREAT SANTINI
Pat Conroy
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0553381555
ISBN-13: 9780553381559

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Bull Meecham is a Marine-fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife, beautiful and with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben’s got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn’t give in. Bull Meecham is an explosive character — a man you should hate, but a man you will love.

 


 

A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY
Libba Bray
Fiction/Literary Suspense
ISBN-10: 0385732317
ISBN-13: 9780385732314

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It’s 1895, and 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is sent from her home in India to an English boarding school, where she is lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls — and their foray into the spiritual world — lead to?

 


 

GREEN ANGEL
Alice Hoffman
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0439443857
ISBN-13: 9780439443852

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Left on her own when her family dies in a terrible disaster, 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green can relearn the lessons of love and begin to heal enough to tell her story.

 


 

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385340990
ISBN-13: 9780385340991

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A unique collaboration between the late Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece, Annie Barrows, results in a captivating historical epistolary novel. Set in the emotional rebuilding years after World War II, THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY illustrates the power of resilience, romance — and reading.

 

 


 

THE HANDMAID’S TALE
Margaret Atwood
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 038549081X
ISBN-13: 9780385490818

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In the world of the near future, who will control women’s bodies? Offred can remember the days before the Republic of Gilead, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….

 


 

THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER
Carson McCullers
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0618526412
ISBN-13: 9780618526413

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Written when Carson McCullers was 23, her novel’s heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, he rejected. Some fight their loneliness with violence and depravity, some with sex or drink, and some — like Mick — with a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

 


 

HEART’S DESIRE
Laura Pedersen
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0345479556
ISBN-13: 9780345479556

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It’s impossible not to fall for the winningly eccentric cast of characters in Laura Pedersen’s laugh-out-loud sequel to her novel BEGINNER’S LUCK. But underneath its witty repartee and humorous goings-on, it poses more serious questions of the heart that everyone can relate to: “What does your heart desire?” and “How do you know when someone is ‘the one’?”

 


 

HERO
Perry Moore
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 1423101952
ISBN-13: 9781423101956

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High school basketball star Thom Creed is used to being on his own. His father Hal had once been one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of The League — until the Wilson Towers incident. After that, Thom’s mother disappeared and his proud father became an outcast. The last thing in the world Thom would ever want is to disappoint his father. So Thom keeps two secrets from him: that he’s gay and that he has the power to heal people.

 


 

THE HIGHTEST TIDE
Jim Lynch
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1582346291
ISBN-13: 9781582346298

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Jim Lynch’s mesmerizing, allegorical, and beautifully wrought debut novel is about one boy’s fascination with the sea during the summer that will change his life, and the lives of those around him.

 


 

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Douglas Adams
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0345391802
ISBN-13: 9780345391803

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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begins an unusual journey through space.

 


 

THE HOBBIT
J.R.R. Tolkein
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0345339681
ISBN-13: 9780345339683

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In the enchanting prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, hobbit Bilbo Baggins wants to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf comes along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo is drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse dangers. Finally, it is Bilbo — alone and unaided — who confronts the terrible dragon Smaug.

 


 

HOOPS
Walter Dean Myers
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0440938848
ISBN-13: 9780440938842

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Seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson’s coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro-basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure. Cal knows because he, too, once had the chance and sold out. As the Tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want Cal to keep him on the bench so that the team will lose the championship. Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime?

 


 

THE HOST
Stephenie Meyer
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316068047
ISBN-13: 9780316068048

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In Stephenie Meyer’s first book for adults, alien “souls” have taken over the minds and bodies of humans. Melanie Stryder, a captured rebel, resists the takeover of her mind by Wanderer, the soul implanted in her body. Under the influence of Melanie’s emotions, Wanderer is compelled to search for Melanie’s love Jared and brother Jamie, who are still in hiding.

 

 


 

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Mystery
ISBN-10: 0451528018
ISBN-13: 9780451528018

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What’s the truth behind the legend of the hound of the Baskervilles? Is it really a devil-beast that’s haunting the lonely moors? Enter Sherlock Holmes to find the answer, in this, the only full-length novel ever written by the creator of one of the most popular and enduring detective series ever written.

 


 

THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION
Nancy Farmer
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0689852231
ISBN-13: 9780689852237

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To most people around him, Matt is a beast, not a boy. But for El Patron, lord of a country called Opium, Matt is a guarantee of eternal life. El Patron loves Matt as he loves himself — because Matt is himself.

 


 

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET
Sandra Cisneros
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0679734775
ISBN-13: 9780679734772

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Told in a series of vignettes, THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want to belong–not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

 


 

HOW I LIVE NOW
Meg Rosoff
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0553376055
ISBN-13: 9780553376050

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Soon after 15-year-old Daisy arrives at her relatives’ remote farm in England, her aunt goes away on business. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked by an unnamed enemy. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden at the farm, with no adults and no rules. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her four cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

 


 

HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS
Julia Alvarez
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0452287073
ISBN-13: 9780452287075

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Uprooted from their home in the Dominican Republic, the four Garcia sisters arrive in New York City in 1960 to find a life far different from the genteel existence of maids, manicures, and extended family they left behind. What they have lost — and what they find — is revealed in the fifteen interconnected stories that make up this exquisite novel from one of the premiere novelists of our time.

 


 

THE HUNGER GAMES
Suzanne Collins
Science Fiction/Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0439023483
ISBN-13: 9780439023481

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Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules and level of audience participation may change, but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

 

 


 

THE HUNGRY OCEAN
Linda Greenlaw
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0786885416
ISBN-13: 9780786885411

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Linda Greenlaw — heralded by Sebastian Junger in THE PERFECT STORM as “one of the best sea captains, period, on the East Coast” — tells the riveting story of her 30-day sword fishing voyage aboard one of the best-outfitted boats on the Eastern seaboard. Her true-life tale is complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they could have come from the pages of MOBY DICK.

 


 

I AM THE CHEESE
Robert Cormier
Psychological Thriller
ISBN-10: 0440940605
ISBN-13: 9780440940609

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In this psychological thriller, 14-year-old Adam Farmer’s life is turned upside down by a sudden revelation that his whole life has been a fiction and his identity has been changed. As he tries to unlocks secrets of his past — a missing father, government corruption, espionage — the shy and confused Adam must hide these memories if he wants to stay alive.

 


 

I AM THE MESSENGER
Markus Zusak
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0375836675
ISBN-13: 9780375836671

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Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver, living in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog and hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger, making his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary). Only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

 


 

I CAPTURE THE CASTLE
Dodie Smith
Romance
ISBN-10: 0312201656
ISBN-13: 9780312201654

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Cassandra and her family live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the old castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love.

 


 

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
Wally Lamb
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060987561
ISBN-13: 9780060987565

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The author of SHE’S COME UNDONE has crafted a heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga. A story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal, this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth. A proud king must confront his demons to achieve salvation. Change yourself, the myth instructs, and you will inhabit a renovated world.

 


 

I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
Maya Angelou
Autobiography
ISBN-10: 055338001X
ISBN-13: 9780553380019

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In the first volume of an extraordinary autobiographical series, one of the most inspiring authors of our time recalls with candor, humor, poignancy and grace how her journey began — growing up in a small, rural community in Arkansas during the 1930s.

 


 

IF YOU COME SOFTLY
Jacqueline Woodson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0142406015
ISBN-13: 9780142406014

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Miah and Ellie meet at a private school in New York and fall in love. Theirs is a rare and special first love, but the people around them don’t see it that way. They can only see black and white: Miah is black, Ellie is white and Jewish. And their love, no matter how real, is too strange and scary for the world they live in.

 


 

IN COLD BLOOD
Truman Capote
True Crime
ISBN-10: 0679745580
ISBN-13: 9780679745587

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In the work that launched the true crime genre, Truman Capote’s paints a chilling portrait of the savage murders of four members of the Clutter family in rural Holcomb, Kansas, on November 15, 1959. He reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, generating both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy.

 


 

IN COUNTRY
Bobbie Ann Mason
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060835176
ISBN-13: 9780060835170

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In the summer of 1984, 17-year-old Sam Huges tries to understand why and how Vietnam has impacted the lives of the vets of Hopewell, Kentucky — including her father, a young soldier killed in the war, and her uncle Emmett, with whom she lives.

 


 

INTERPRETER OF MALADIES: STORIES
Jhumpa Lahiri
Fiction/Short Stories
ISBN-10: 039592720X
ISBN-13: 9780395927205

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Maladies both accurately diagnosed and misinterpreted, matters both temporary and life changing, relationships in flux and unshakeable, unexpected blessings and sudden calamities, and the powers of survival — these are among the themes of Jhumpa Lahiri’s extraordinary, Pulitzer Prize-winning debut collection of stories set in both India and America.

 


 

INTO THIN AIR
Jon Krakauer
Nonfiction
ISBN-10: 0385494785
ISBN-13: 9780385494786

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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that suggested “a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more — including Krakauer’s — in guilt-ridden disarray, provided the impetus for this epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

 


 

IRONMAN
Chris Crutcher
Fiction
ISBN-10: 044021971X
ISBN-13: 9780440219712

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Following angry outbursts at school, Bo Brewster is sent to Mr. Nak’s Anger Management Group, where he meets a hard-edged pack of survivors whose own defenses are rigged as high as his. It is here he meets and falls in love with Shelly, a future American Gladiator, whose passion for physical challenge more than matches his.

 


 

IRONSIDE: A Modern Faery’s Tale
Holly Black
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0689868200
ISBN-13: 9780689868207

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IRONSIDE is Holly Black’s third dark faery tale and the second to feature Kaye, a changeling pixie who grew up thinking she was a human girl. Torn between her faery lover Roiben and the human world she knows, the book finds Kaye struggling to maintain her human identity while embracing her faerie destiny.

 


 

IT
Stephen King
Horror
ISBN-10: 0451169514
ISBN-13: 9780451169518

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Master of horror Stephen King spins a story about seven kids who stumbled upon a hidden terror in their hometown. Now, as adults, they are summoned together when the cycle of evil begins again. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

 


 

IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY
Ned Vizzini
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0786851961
ISBN-13: 9780786851966

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Like many smart, ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner seeks entry into Manhattan ‘s most prestigious school. With single-minded determination, he works night and day to ace the entrance exam and gets in. That’s when everything starts to unravel.

 


 

JACOB HAVE I LOVED
Katherine Paterson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0064470598
ISBN-13: 9780064470599

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Louise has had enough of her twin sister. Caroline is beautiful. Caroline is talented. Caroline is better. Growing up on the small island of Rass in Chesapeake Bay, Caroline seems to do nothing but take from Louise: their parents’ love, Louise’s chances for an education, her dreams for the future. They have spent their lives entwined — sleeping in the same room, eating at the same table, learning in the same classroom — and yet somehow nothing can bring them together. Louise’s only hope lies in seeking a place for herself beyond the stretch of Rass’s shores and her sister’s shadow. What will it take for her to break free?

 


 

THE JOY LUCK CLUB
Amy Tan
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0143038095
ISBN-13: 9780143038092

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Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. And forty years later the stories and history continue.

 


 

JUMPING THE SCRATCH
Sarah Weeks
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060541091
ISBN-13: 9780060541095

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After his cat dies, his father leaves, and his aunt has an accident that causes her memory to develop a skip, Jamie Reardon hopes that his life will be back to normal soon. Unfortunately there’s another bad thing in store for Jamie — something he’d give anything to be able to forget.

 


 

JUST IN CASE
Meg Rosoff
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385746784
ISBN-13: 9780385746786

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After finding his younger brother teetering on the edge of his balcony, 15-year-old David Case realizes the fragility of life and senses impending doom. Without looking back, he changes his name to Justin and assumes a new identity, struggling to survive in a world where tragedy is around every corner.

 


 

KEEPING THE MOON
Sarah Dessen
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0141310073
ISBN-13: 9780141310077

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Always an outcast — first for being fat and then for being “easy” — Colie has no friends at home and doesn’t expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina, where she’s spending the summer with her eccentric aunt. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Café and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie come to see herself in a new way.

 


 

KING DORK
Frank Portman
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385732910
ISBN-13: 9780385732918

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Frank Portman’s inaugural foray into the world of young adult fiction, pseudo-slacker Tom Henderson (a.k.a. King Dork) becomes obsessed with deciphering mysterious messages left behind in his deceased father’s copy of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.

 


 

THE KITCHEN BOY
Robert Alexander
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0142003816
ISBN-13: 9780142003817

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On the night of July 16, 1918, Bolshevik revolutionaries murdered the entire Russian royal family in a hail of gunfire. No one survived who might bear witness to what really happened on that mysterious and bloody night — or so it was thought.

 


 

THE KITE RUNNER
Khaled Hosseini
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1594480001
ISBN-13: 9781594480003

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An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, THE KITE RUNNER takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, it is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed.

 


 

KIT’S WILDERNESS
David Almond
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0440416051
ISBN-13: 9780440416050

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The Watson family moves to Stoneygate, an old coal-mining town, to care for Kit’s recently widowed grandfather. When Kit meets John Askew, another boy whose family had both worked and died in the mines, Askew invites Kit to join him in playing a game called Death. Kit’s association with Askew takes him into the mines where the boys look to find the childhood ghosts of their long-gone ancestors.

 


 

LAST CALL
Laura Pedersen
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0345461916
ISBN-13: 9780345461919

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Hayden MacBride is terminally ill, but he refuses to let it slow him down. In fact, he now spends his days crashing funerals for the free food and insight into the Great Beyond. Then he meets Rosamond, a nun playing hooky from the Holy Orders while she searches for answers. And lucky for Rosamond, she has found just the right person to teach her how to live…and to love.

 


 

LES MISERABLES
Victor Hugo
Fiction
ISBN-10: 141650026X
ISBN-13: 9781416500261

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In Victor Hugo’s classic tale, ex-convict Jean Valjean struggles for redemption in the punishing world of post-Napoleonic France.

 


 

LETTERS TO A BULLIED GIRL
Olivia Gardner, with Emily and Sarah Buder
Self-Help
ISBN-10: 0061544620
ISBN-13: 9780061544620

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Olivia Gardner and the Buder sisters share an inspiring selection of messages that arrived from across America — the personal, often painful remembrances of former targets, remorseful bullies and sympathetic bystanders. Though addressed to Olivia, the letters speak to all young people who have been bullied, offer advice and hope to those who suffer, and provide a wake-up call to all who have ever been involved in bullying.

 

 


 

LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET
Rainer Maria Rilke
Nonfiction
ISBN-10: 0394741048
ISBN-13: 9780394741048

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This collection of letters was penned over a period of several years on the vocation of writing by Rainer Marie Rilke, the great Austro-German poet whose greatest work was still to come.

 


 

LIFE OF PI
Yann Martel
Fiction/Adventure
ISBN-10: 0156030209
ISBN-13: 9780156030205

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When sixteen-year-old Pi Patel finds himself stranded in a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with only a menacing 450-pound Bengal tiger for company, he quickly realizes that the only way to survive is to make sure the tiger is more afraid of him than he is of it.

 


 

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
C.S. Lewis
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0060764899
ISBN-13: 9780060764890

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The first volume in the Chronicles of Narnia series follows the four Pevensie siblings into the magical world of Narnia. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to try to overcome the White Witch’s powerful hold over Narnia.

 


 

THE LITTLE PRINCE
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0156012197
ISBN-13: 9780156012195

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Since 1943, the wise little boy from Asteroid B-612 has led children and adults to deeper understandings of love, friendship, and responsibility. Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished as THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

 


 

Book Cover Art A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Ishmael Beah
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0374105235
ISBN-13: 9780374105235

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In A LONG WAY GONE, Ishmael Beah tells a riveting story: how at the age of 12, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By 13, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah — at heart a gentle boy — found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.


LOOKING FOR ALASKA
John Green
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0525475060
ISBN-13: 9780525475064

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Miles “Pudge” Halter is abandoning his fairly normal life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” There, he unexpectedly learns some valuable life lessons.

 


 

LORD OF THE FLIES
William Golding
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0399501487
ISBN-13: 9780399501487

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William Golding’s classic novel of savagery and survival begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of English school boys on an isolated tropical island. Their struggle to survive and impose order quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a battle against their own primitive instincts.

 


 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS
J.R.R. Tolkein
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0618640150
ISBN-13: 9780618640157

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s three-book epic encompassing THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, and THE RETURN OF THE KING) is a battle of good versus evil in the fictional world of Middle Earth.

 


 

THE LOTTERY AND OTHER STORIES
Shirley Jackson
Fiction/Short Stories
ISBN-10: 0374529531
ISBN-13: 9780374529536

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One of the most terrifying stories written in this century, “The Lottery” created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime, unites “The Lottery” with twenty-four equally unusual stories that range from hilarious to horrible.

 


 

THE LOVELY BONES
Alice Sebold
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316168815
ISBN-13: 9780316168816

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When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. From this strange new place, she watches life on Earth continuing without her and tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old girl, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope.

 


 

Book Cover Art LUSH
Natasha Friend
Fiction
ISBN-10: 043985346X
ISBN-13: 9780439853460

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It’s not easy being a 13-year-old girl. But it’s even harder when your father is a drunk. For Samantha, this has been going on for so long that she’s almost used to it. But, truthfully, you never get used to it. Especially when it starts to get worse.


MARLEY & ME
John Grogan
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0060817089
ISBN-13: 9780060817084

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When John and Jenny Grogan decide to test their nurturing instincts before starting a family, they bring home a Labrador retriever pup. What they get is Marley, a whirling dervish of a dog who destroys their house, flunks out of obedience school — and ultimately steals their hearts.

 


 

MAUS I: A SURVIVOR’S TALE: My Father Bleeds History
Art Spiegelman
Graphic Novel
ISBN-10: 0394747232
ISBN-13: 9780394747231

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Art Spiegelman recounts in comic-book format the story of his father, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and of his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father’s story — and with history itself.

 


 

MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT
James Patterson
Fiction/Action & Adventure
ISBN-10: 0446617792
ISBN-13: 9780446617796

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James Patterson takes readers on a thrilling ride in his first book for young adults. Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, Angel, and Maximum are six kids who amazingly have the ability to fly — and they will need their wings as five of them embark on a rescue mission that will change their lives forever.

 


 

MAXIMUM RIDE: SCHOOL’S OUT – FOREVER
Fiction/Action & Adventure
ISBN-10: 0316155594
ISBN-13: 9780316155595

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In the follow-up to THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT, Maximum Ride and her flock fly south on a perilous quest to find their parents after having rescued Angel and recovered secret documents about their origins. But just when they think they’ve finally escaped the hungry claws of evil Erasers, they’re discovered by an FBI agent and forced to face perhaps an even worse nightmare: going to school.

 


 

Book Cover Art MAXIMUM RIDE #3: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS
James Patterson
Fantasy/Action & Adventure
ISBN-10: 0316155608
ISBN-13: 9780316155601

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Max and her flock of human/bird hybrids are back for their third (and final) book of nonstop action and adventure. Once again, they find themselves up against enormous challenges, like escaping the evil scientists and saving the world. But can they survive their biggest challenge — a disagreement that splits the flock into two separate groups on opposite sides of the planet?

 


 

MAXIMUM RIDE #4: THE FINAL WARNING
James Patterson
Fiction/Action & Adventure
ISBN-10: 0316002860
ISBN-13: 9780316002868

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Max and her flock of human/bird hybrids are back for their fourth installment of nonstop action and adventure. It wouldn’t be a Maximum Ride book without our heroes facing gigantic, seemingly impossible challenges, like escaping the evil scientists and saving the world. This time, the flock heads to Antarctica to study and combat global warming.

 


 

ME & EMMA
Elizabeth Flock
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0778322858
ISBN-13: 9780778322856

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In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old-playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can’t shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

 


 

ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY
David Sedaris
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0316776963
ISBN-13: 9780316776967

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A move to Paris, a sibling who talks incessant hip-hop slang, restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers, cashiers with 6-inch fingernails, and other observations and experiences in the world of Dave Barry inspired the hilarious pieces in this collection.

 


 

MELTING STONES
Tamora Pierce
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0545052645
ISBN-13: 9780545052641

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Four years have passed since Evvy left the streets of Chammur to begin her training as a stone mage. At 14, she’s unhappy to be on a new journey with her mentor, prickly green mage Rosethorn, who has been called to the Battle Islands to determine why the plants and animals there are dying. Evvy’s job is to listen and learn, but she can’t keep quiet and do nothing. With the help of Luvo, the living stone heart of a mountain, Evvy uncovers an important clue. Now, with the island on the brink of disaster, it’s up to Evvy to avert the destruction that looms ahead.

 

 


 

MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC
Gabrielle Zevin
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0374349460
ISBN-13: 9780374349462

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If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancée. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back. But Naomi picked heads.

 


 

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
Arthur Golden
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0307275167
ISBN-13: 9780307275165

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In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and exotic world — that of Sayuri, one of Japan ‘s most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. The story follows Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto.

 


 

THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER
Kim Edwards
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0143037145
ISBN-13: 9780143037149

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Kim Edwards’s stunning family drama articulates every mother’s silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you? In 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins, he immediately recognizes that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever.

 


 

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Nicholas Sparks
Romance
ISBN-10: 0446606812
ISBN-13: 9780446606813

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Thrown into the waves, and to fate, the bottle could have ended up anywhere but instead is found just three weeks after its journey begins. Inside is a letter that leads Theresa Osborne on a life-changing journey. Message in a Bottle is a story of happenstance, desire, and the choices that matter most.

 


 

MESSENGER
Lois Lowry
Futuristic Fiction
ISBN-10: 0440239125
ISBN-13: 9780440239123

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In the companion volume to GATHERING BLUE and THE GIVER, the Village where Matty has lived for the past six years is now closed to outsiders because something sinister has seeped in to the community. Matty, who has been invaluable as a messenger, must now make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

 


 

THE MINISTER’S DAUGHTER
Julie Hearn
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0689876904
ISBN-13: 9780689876905

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In THE MINISTER’S DAUGHTER, Julie Hearn spins a darkly complex dual tale of deception, witchcraft, hypocrisy, and betrayal set in seventeenth-century England during the conflicted days of the Civil War.

 


 

MONSTER
Walter Dean Myers
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0064407314
ISBN-13: 978006440731

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Steve Harmon is black. He’s in jail, maybe forever. He’s on trial for murder. And he’s sixteen years old. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Was he involved, or was he simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?

 


 

MY JIM
Nancy Rawles
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 140005401X
ISBN-13: 97814000540151

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MY JIM is a deeply moving recasting of one of the most controversial characters in American literature, Huckleberry Finn’s Jim. The story is told in the voice of Sadie Watson, an ex-slave who helps her granddaughter confront the decisions she needs to make. To do this, Sadie mines her memory for the tale of the love of her life — Jim.

 


 

MY LIFE AND HARD TIMES
James Thurber
Autobiography
ISBN-10: 0060933089
ISBN-13: 9780060933081

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Widely hailed as one of the finest humorists of the twentieth century, James Thurber looks back at his life growing up in Columbus, Ohio, with the same humor and sharp wit that defined his famous sketches and writings. In MY LIFE AND HARD TIMES, first published in 1933, he recounts the delightful chaos and frustrations of family, boyhood, youth odd dogs, recalcitrant machinery, and the foibles of human nature.

 


 

MY SISTER’S KEEPER
Jodi Picoult
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0743454537
ISBN-13: 9780743454537

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Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. In MY SISTER’S KEEPER, she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

 


 

MYSTIC RIVER
Dennis Lehane
Thriller
ISBN-10: 0380731851
ISBN-13: 9780380731855

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A tense and unnerving psychological thriller, MYSTIC RIVER is also an epic novel of love, loyalty, faith, and family. Twenty-five years after a terrible incident destroyed their boyhood friendship, three Boston men are brought together by another tragedy — causing conflict and finally bringing to light what happened all those years ago.

 


 

NATIVE SON
Richard Wright
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060929804
ISBN-13: 9780060929800

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NATIVE SON tells the story of a young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright’s powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

 


 

THE NECESSARY BEGGAR
Susan Palwick
Fiction
ISBN-10: 076531097X
ISBN-13: 9780765310972

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Susan Palwick’s powerful tale of a family cast out of an idyllic realm, learning to live in our troubled world, is an exciting and insightful examination of humanity. After young Darroti is accused of murder, he and his family must leave their home in Lmabantunk, the Glorious City, for exile in an unknown world — an all-too-familiar America, a country under attack in a world torn by hatred and war.

 


 

NEVER LET ME GO
Kazuo Ishiguro
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1400078776
ISBN-13: 9781400078776

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As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special — and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

 


 

NEW MOON
Stephenie Meyer
Horror/Romance
ISBN-10: 0316160199
ISBN-13: 9780316160193

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Haunted by darkness and despair following the departure of her beloved Edward, Bella Swan must adjust to life without vampire companions — but with a new source of fascination and danger.

 


 

NICKEL AND DIMED: On (Not) Getting by in America
Barbara Ehrenreich
Current Affairs
ISBN-10: 0805063897
ISBN-13: 9780805063899

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Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? Inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to find out — by joining them. This expose, acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this expose has changed the way America perceives its working poor.

 


 

NIGHT
Elie Wiesel
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0374500010
ISBN-13: 9780374500016

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A watershed memoir first published in 1958, Elie Wiesel’s NIGHT recalls his survival as a teenager in Nazi death camps. For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Holocaust, or of the nature of humanity itself, Night is essential reading.

 


 

NINE STORIES
J.D. Salinger
Fiction/Short Stories
ISBN-10: 0316767727
ISBN-13: 9780316767729

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The nine stories in this inventive collection by the author of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE share many of the same qualities that color J.D. Salinger’s other works — humor, intensity, and a lack of artifice.

 


 

Book Cover Art NINETEEN MINUTES
Jodi Picoult
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0743496728
ISBN-13: 9780743496728

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Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens — until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town’s residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy.


Book Cover Art THE NOAH CONFESSIONS
Barbara Hall
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385733283
ISBN-13: 9780385733281

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This tender and thoughtful coming-of-age novel is about how courage and the power of truth can overcome tragic circumstances and family secrets. Author Barbara Hall deftly paints a picture with words to show that there are more important things in life than attending an expensive school, wearing brand-name clothes and driving a new car.


A NORTHERN LIGHT
Jennifer Donnelly
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0152053107
ISBN-13: 9780152053109

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Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser’s AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, Jennifer Donnelly’s astonishing debut novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.

 


 

NOT A HAPPY CAMPER: A Memoir
Mindy Schneider
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0802143695
ISBN-13: 9780802143693

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NOT A HAPPY CAMPER chronicles 13-year-old Mindy’s adventures at a rainy, rundown, wildly unsupervised camp in Maine called Kin-A-Hurra. For eight eye-opening and unforgettable weeks, she and her eccentric band of friends keep busy feuding in color wars, failing at sports and uncovering the camp’s hidden past.

 


 

THE NOTEBOOK
Nicholas Sparks
Romance
ISBN-10: 0446605239
ISBN-13: 9780446605236

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Noah Calhoun carried his love for the willowy Allie Nelson with him long after their youthful romance ended. And Allie could not escape her feelings for Noah even after she became engaged to another man. In THE NOTEBOOK, Nicholas Sparks presents a question universal in its appeal: What would happen if two people were given a second chance at the love of a lifetime?

 


 

Book Cover Art NOW YOU SEE HER
Jacquelyn Mitchard
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0061116831
ISBN-13: 9780061116834

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Hope has a life that most girls would die for: she’s beautiful, talented and on the track to stardom. So what could possibly cause the girl with everything to fake her own abduction? When you think you’ve figured out the answer, think again! Hope will keep you guessing to the very end.


THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY
Alexander McCall Smith
Mystery
ISBN-10: 1400031346
ISBN-13: 9781400031344

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This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series features the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe of Botswana, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.”

 


 

Book Cover Art THE OFF SEASON
Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0618686959
ISBN-13: 9780618686957

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In this gripping sequel to the award-winning DAIRY QUEEN, D.J. Schwenk’s life takes a sharp downhill turn after the promising beginning to her junior year. But, as D.J.’s fans might predict, the linebacker tackles challenges with her trademark guts and good humor.


ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Ken Kesey
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0451163966
ISBN-13: 9780141181226

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Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, this is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants — especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the awesome powers that keep them all imprisoned.

 


 

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060740450
ISBN-13: 9780060740450

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Using his signature style of magic realism, Gabriel García Márquez chronicles 100 years in the mythical South American town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind.

 


 

THE OUTSIDERS
S.E. Hinton
Fiction
ISBN-10: 014038572X
ISBN-13: 9780140385724

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Ponyboy is fourteen, tough and confused, yet sensitive behind his bold front. Since his parents’ death, his loyalties have been to his brothers and his gang, the rough, swinging, long-haired boys from the wrong side of the tracks. When his best friend, Johnny, kills a member of a rival gang, a nightmare of violence begins and swiftly envelops Ponyboy in a turbulent chain of events.

 


 

A PAINTED HOUSE
John Grisham
Fiction
ISBN-10: 044023722X
ISBN-13: 9780440237228

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In a departure from his well-known legal thrillers, John Grisham crafts a tale of small town American life in rural Arkansas in the ’50s. Seven-year-old Luke Chandler has never kept a secret or told a single lie in his young life until September of 1952, when two groups of migrant workers — and two very dangerous men — come through the Arkansas Delta to work on the Chandler cotton farm.

 


 

PAPER TOWNS
John Green
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0525478183
ISBN-13: 9780525478188

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When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night — dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows her. Margo has always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she has always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q…until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

 

 


 

PEACE LIKE A RIVER
Leif Enger
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0802139256
ISBN-13: 9780802139252

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Set in the Minnesota countryside and North Dakota Badlands of the early 1960s, PEACE LIKE A RIVER is a moving, engrossing, beautifully told story about one family’s quest to retrieve its most wayward member.

 


 

Book Cover Art PEONY IN LOVE
Lisa See
Fiction
ISBN-10: 140006466X
ISBN-13: 9781400064663

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PEONY IN LOVE — the extraordinary new novel from the author of SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN — tells of three women in 17th-century China who become emotionally involved with a famous opera called The Peony Pavilion, which was known to cause lovesickness and even death.


PERFECT
Natasha Friend
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1571316515
ISBN-13: 9781571316516

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Although PERFECT is about a girl struggling with bulimia, it’s so much more than a “problem novel.” It also explores the intersections between family history and personal problems, as well as the differences between outward appearances and the complex emotions that lie beneath the surface.

 


 

THE PERFECT STORM
Sebastian Junger
Nonfiction/Adventure
ISBN-10: 006101351X
ISBN-13: 9780061013515

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October 1991. It was “the perfect storm” — a tempest that may happen only once in a century. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on Earth have witnessed. Except for the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards the storm’s hellish center.

 


 

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
Stephen Chbosky
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0671027344
ISBN-13: 9780671027346

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Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective, but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school, where Charlie is caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it — setting him on a strange course through uncharted territory.

 


 

PERSEPOLIS
Marjane Satrapi
Graphic Novel
ISBN-10: 0375422307
ISBN-13: 9780375422300

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Marjane Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran, Iran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.

 


 

THE PIGMAN
Paul Zindel
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0553263218
ISBN-13: 9780553263213

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Meet Mr. Pignati, a lonely old man with a beer belly and an awful secret. He’s the Pigman, and he’s got a great big twinkling smile. When John and Lorraine, two high school sophomores, meet Mr. Pignati, they learn his whole sad, zany story. They tell it right here in this book — the truth, and nothing but the truth — no matter how many people it shocks or hurts.

 


 

PILLARS OF THE EARTH
Ken Follett
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0451166892
ISBN-13: 9780451166890

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The building of a mighty Gothic cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge in twelfth-century England sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal, as the ambitions of three men merge, conflict and collide.

 


 

THE PILOT’S WIFE
Anita Shreve
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316601950
ISBN-13: 9780316601955

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Being married to a pilot means you have to be a bit of a fatalist, but nothing has prepared Kathryn Lyons for the news of her husband’s fatal crash. Even before the plane is located off the Irish coast, a callous media turns her personal life inside out. As Kathryn struggles with rage and grief, a bizarre mystery swims into focus: Who was this man she loved, and what lay behind the life she took for granted.

 


 

PLAINSONG
Kent Haruf
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0375705856
ISBN-13: 9780375705854

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PLAINSONG is a powerful tale of seven lonely lives set on the stark but beautiful High Plains of Colorado. From these separate strands emerges a vision of life — and of the community and landscape that bind them together — that is both luminous and enduring.

 


 

THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
Philip Roth
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1400079497
ISBN-13: 9781400079490

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Philip Roth imagines an alternate version of American history in which Charles Lindbergh is elected President. The heroic aviator and rabid isolationist negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism. For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh’s election heralds a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America.

 


 

THE POISONWOOD BIBLE
Barbara Kingsolver
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060930535
ISBN-13: 9780060930530

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In 1959, Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his four young daughters, his wife, and his mission to the Belgian Congo — a place, he is sure, where he can save needy souls. But the seeds they plant bloom in tragic ways within this complex culture.

 


 

POWERS
Ursula K. Le Guin
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0152057706
ISBN-13: 9780152057701

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Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes “remembers” things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav’s greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home.

 


 

A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY
John Irving
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0345417976
ISBN-13: 9780345417978

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Owen Meany, the only child of a New Hampshire granite quarrier, believes he is God’s instrument. He is. This is John Irving’s most comic novel, yet at the same time Owen Meany is the most heartbreaking character Irving has created.

 


 

PRETTIES
Scott Westerfeld
Fantasy/Adventure
ISBN-10: 0689865392
ISBN-13: 9780689865398

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In this riveting sequel to Scott Westerfeld’s UGLIES, Tally is now one of the pretties. Has the surgery performed on the brains of pretties wiped out all she knew as an ugly? Is there any chance she can rescue herself and some of her friends?

 


 

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Jane Austen
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0141439513
ISBN-13: 9780141439518

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Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet. Her early determination to dislike Mr. Darcy is a prejudice only matched by the folly of his arrogant pride. Their first impressions give way to true feelings in a comedy profoundly concerned with happiness and how it might be achieved.

 


 

THE PRINCESS BRIDE
William Goldman
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0345418263
ISBN-13: 9780345418265

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What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams? Combining scenes of rousing fantasy with hilarious reality, this swashbuckling fable is guaranteed to entertain.

 


 

THE PRINCESS DIARIES
Meg Cabot
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0380814021
ISBN-13: 9780380814022

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Mia is just a New York City girl living with her artist mom. News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!) Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.) Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

 


 

PROM
Laurie Halse Anderson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0142405701
ISBN-13: 9780142405703

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High school senior Ashley Hannigan seems to be the only one in her urban Philadelphia high school who doesn’t care about prom. But when the faculty advisor gets busted for taking the prom money, Ashley suddenly finds herself with the huge responsibility of putting together a gala dance on an extremely low budget.

 


 

THE RAG AND BONE SHOP
Robert Cormier
Mystery
ISBN-10: 0440229715
ISBN-13: 9780440229711

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Taking its name from a line in a W.B. Yeats poem, THE RAG AND BONE SHOP is a suspense tale that explores the lengths to which a person will go to get what he wants.

 


 

A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Lorraine Hansberry
Plays
ISBN-10: 0679755330
ISBN-13: 9780679755333

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When it was first produced in 1959, A RAISIN IN THE SUN was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life.

 


 

READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN
Azar Nafisi
Memoir
ISBN-10: 081297106X
ISBN-13: 9780812971064

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Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. Nafisi’s story is an exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

 


 

REBECCA
Daphne du Maurier
Horror
ISBN-10: 0380778556
ISBN-13: 9780380778553

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The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter arrives at an immense estate on the windswept Cornish coast. Here she is drawn into the life of the first Mrs. de Winter, the beautiful Rebecca, dead but never forgotten. And as an eerie presentiment of evil tightens around her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter begins her search for the real fate of Rebecca.

 


 

REBEL ANGELS
Libba Bray
Fiction/Literary Suspense
ISBN-10: 0385730292
ISBN-13: 9780385730297

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In this sequel to A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, Gemma Doyle must save the Realms by binding the magic before the wrong people gain control of it. Once again, she faces danger and mystery while learning about love, trust, and the perils of Victorian London’s high society.

 


 

THE RED TENT
Anita Diamant
Fiction/Religion & Spirituality
ISBN-10: 0312195516
ISBN-13: 9780312195519

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THE RED TENT tells the little-known Biblical story of Dinah, daughter of the patriarch Jacob and his wife, Leah. In Chapter 34 of the Book of Genesis, Dinah’s tale is a short, horrific detour in the familiar narrative of Jacob and Joseph. In the Biblical story Dinah is given no voice; she is the narrator of this imaginative novel, which reveals the life of ancient womanhood — the world of the red tent.

 


 

THE REST OF HER LIFE
Laura Moriarty
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1401309437
ISBN-13: 9781401309435

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Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy — the effects of which not only divide Leigh’s family, but polarize the entire community.

 


 

ROCKET BOYS/OCTOBER SKY
Homer Hickam
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0440235502
ISBN-13: 9780440235507

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This is the true story that inspired the feature film October Sky. It was 1957, and the small mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying. Faced with an uncertain future, Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. He fell in with a group of misfits who learned not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but how to sustain their hope in a town that swallowed its men alive.

 


 

ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
Mildred D. Taylor
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0142401129
ISBN-13: 9780142401125

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ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY is the story of African American Cassie Logan and her family, fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s.

 


 

Book Cover Art THE ROPE WALK
Carrie Brown
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0375424636
ISBN-13: 9780375424632

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Ten-year-old Alice MacCauley and her playmate, Theo Swann, are the heroes of this frank and tender portrayal of two children coming of age in the course of a Vermont summer. Veteran literary novelist Carrie Brown brings her considerable gifts to bear in creating this affecting tale.


ROSEMARY’S BABY
Ira Levin
Horror
ISBN-10: 0451194004
ISBN-13: 9780451194008

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The young couple. The new neighbors. The suicide. The amulet. The doctor. The herbs. The anagram. The baby. Rosemary’s Baby. In 1967, when ROSEMARY’S BABY was first published, Ira Levin’s masterpiece gave horror an innocent new face. It caused a worldwide sensation, found fear where we never thought to look before, and dared to bring it into the sunlight.

 


 

THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE
Philip Pullman
Thriller
ISBN-10: 0394895894
ISBN-13: 9780394895895

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In search of clues to the mystery of her father’s death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries — and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

 


 

THE RULE OF FOUR
Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
Suspense
ISBN-10: 0440241359
ISBN-13: 9780440241355

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An ivy league murder, a mysterious coded manuscript, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide memorably in THE RULE OF FOUR — a brilliant work of fiction that weaves together suspense and scholarship, high art and unimaginable treachery.

 


 

RUNEMARKS
Joanne Harris
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0375844449
ISBN-13: 9780375844447

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Five-hundred years after the End of the World, old One-Eye returns from World’s End to visit Maddy, an outcast girl from the village of Malbry. Shunned by her town because of the runemark on her palm and her magical abilities, she’ll do anything he wants if it gives her a place to be her true self — even if it leads to goblins, Faëries, dangerous forgotten gods, the Sleepers, oracles, Chaos and magic.

 


 

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
Augusten Burroughs
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0312425414
ISBN-13: 9780312425418

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RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is the true story of a boy whose mother
a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. Augusten Burroughs offers a funny and harrowing account of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

 


 

SABRIEL
Garth Nix
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0061474355
ISBN-13: 9780061474354

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Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Charter-Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life — and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.

 


 

SARAH
Marek Halter
Fiction/Religion & Spirituality
ISBN-10: 1400052785
ISBN-13: 9781400052783

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SARAH is the first novel in a trilogy about the women of the Old Testament. From the great ziggurat of Ishtar and the fertile valleys of Canaan to the bedchamber of the mighty Pharaoh himself, the story of Sarah reveals an ancient world full of beauty, intrigue and miracles.

 


 

SAVING FRANCESCA
Melina Marchetta
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0375829822
ISBN-13: 9780375829826

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Francesca Spinelli attends a former boys-only school that recently opened its doors to females, and none of her friends from her old school are going there. And then Francesca finds herself dealing with her problems without guidance from her once vivacious mother, who is battling acute depression. What will happen to Francesca and her family?

 


 

THE SECRET BETWEEN US
Barbara Delinsky
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385518684
ISBN-13: 9780385518680

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Deborah Monroe and her daughter, Grace, are driving home from a party when their car hits a man running in the dark. Grace was at the wheel, but Deborah sends her home before the police arrive, determined to shoulder the blame for the accident. Her decision then turns into a deception that takes on a life of its own and threatens the special bond between mother and daughter.

 


 

THE SECRET HISTORY
Donna Tartt
Thriller
ISBN-10: 0449911519
ISBN-13: 9780449911518

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Richard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them to one another — a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brought to brutal life and led to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning….

 


 

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Sue Monk Kidd
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0142001740
ISBN-13: 9780142001745

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Set in South Carolina in 1964, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the town’s fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina — a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past.

 


 

THE SECRET LIFE OF SPARROW DELANEY
Suzanne Harper
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0061131601
ISBN-13: 9780061131608

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This magical story is about being true to who you are, accepting the gifts you have been given and using them as best you can. A novel about psychics, mediums, spiritualists, ghosts, oddball families and teenage romance, author Suzanne Harper has a gift of her own: the ability to write a wonderful work of fiction.

 


 

SENIORITIS
Tate Thompson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 094386447X
ISBN-13: 9780943864471

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A group of high school teenagers have to attend a 3-5 PM program to make up credits, or to correct inappropriate behavior before they can graduate. And a very compassionate mentor encourages them to correct their failings as they vent their anger against teachers in their journals.

 


 

A SEPARATE PEACE
John Knowles
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0743253973
ISBN-13: 9780743253970

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Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A SEPARATE PEACE is a harrowing parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

 


 

SHADOW DIVERS
Robert Kurson
Nonfiction/Adventure
ISBN-10: 0375760989
ISBN-13: 9780375760983

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In the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s INTO THIN AIR and Sebastian Junger’s THE PERFECT STORM comes this true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery — and make history themselves.

 


 

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0143034901
ISBN-13: 9780143034902

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Barcelona, 1945 — A great world city lies shrouded in secrets after the war, and a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in his love for an extraordinary book called THE SHADOW OF THE WIND. But he soon realizes that this book is as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget — for the mystery of its author’s identity holds the key to a secret that someone will go to any lengths to protect.

 


 

SIGN OF THE RAVEN
Julie Hearn
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0689857349
ISBN-13: 9780689857348

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Something odd is going on in the basement of an old house in London. An inexplicable gap has formed, a gap in time that links the present to the past. And twelve-year-old Tom, who discovers the gap while on a visit to his grandmother, is torn between both worlds. Fast paced and vivid, SIGN OF THE RAVEN is a mystery, a time-travel fantasy, and a historical novel with modern-day appeal.

 


 

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS
Ann Brashares
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385730586
ISBN-13: 9780385730587

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During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures. They decide to form a sisterhood and share the jeans. The journey of the traveling pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — is about to begin.

 


 

SKELLIG
David Almond
Fiction/Religion & Spirituality
ISBN-10: 0440416027
ISBN-13: 9780440416029

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Ten-year-old Michael’s baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then he discovers a human being — or a strange kind of beast — in the garage. Together Michael and his new friend Mina carry the creature out into the light, and Michael’s world changes forever.

 


 

THE SLEDDING HILL
Chris Crutcher
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060502436
ISBN-13: 9780060502430

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Eddie Proffit must cope with the unexpected deaths of his father and his best friend, while having to face the possibility of one of his favorite books being removed from his school. But Billy Bartholomew, his friend, doesn’t disappear completely. He comes back to speak with Eddie and to help him find his way again.

 


 

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
David Guterson
Thriller
ISBN-10: 067976402X
ISBN-13: 9780679764021

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San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. And in the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man’s guilt or innocence.

 


 

SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN
Lisa See
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0812968069
ISBN-13: 9780812968064

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In nineteenth-century China, seven-year-old Lily is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. They communicate in a secret written language, and together they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood — until a misunderstanding arises and threatens to tear apart.

 


 

SNOW IN AUGUST
Pete Hamill
Fiction/Religion & Spirituality
ISBN-10: 0446675253
ISBN-13: 9780446675253X

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It is a unique and unusual friendship: 11 year-old Michael Devlin, an Irish Catholic from Brooklyn, and Judah Hirsch, a rabbi and refugee from Prague, who meet during a blizzard. In baseball, the two find a common love, but when anti-Semitic hoods threaten them with violence, the two must look for a miracle in a most unlikely place.

 


 

SO B. IT
Sarah Weeks
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0064410471
ISBN-13: 9780064410472

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Everything about Heidi and her mentally disabled mother’s past is a mystery. When a strange word in her mother’s vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi sets out on a cross-country journey to uncover the truth. Far away from home, pieces of her puzzling history come together. But it isn’t until she learns to accept not knowing that Heidi truly arrives.

 


 

SOMEONE LIKE SUMMER
M. E. Kerr
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0061140996
ISBN-13: 9780061140990

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Veteran young adult writer M. E. Kerr tells the story of one turbulent, emotionally intense summer in the life of a young woman. Race, politics and current events mix with first love in this provocative story that is bound to elicit discussion.

 


 

SOMEONE LIKE YOU
Sarah Dessen
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0142401773
ISBN-13: 9780142401774

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Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she’s carrying his baby, she’s devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Though their friendship may be tested by the strain, like a true friendship, it will endure.

 


 

SOPHIE’S WORLD
Jostein Gaarder
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0425152251
ISBN-13: 9780425152256

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One day Sophie finds two questions in her mail — Who are you? and Where does the world come from? — prompting her to enroll in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. When she begins receiving unusual letters from someone she doesn’t know, Sophie must make use of the philosophy she is learning to unravel the riddle. But the truth is far more complicated than she could have imagined.

 


 

THE SPACE BETWEEN US
Thrity Umrigar
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060791551
ISBN-13: 9780060791551

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In this richly textured and engrossing novel, Thrity Umrigar explores the relationship between two women whose connection transcends their place at opposite ends of the social spectrum of modern-day Bombay. Weaving between past and present, Umrigar reveals their shared struggles, their solitary hardships and the secrets that threaten to destroy them both.

 


 

SPEAK
Laurie Halse Anderson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 014131088X
ISBN-13: 9780141310886

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Melinda Sordino, a sharp, witty “everygirl” turns into a social pariah after busting an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. There’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.

 


 

SPECIALS
Scott Westerfeld
Fantasy/Action & Adventure
ISBN-10: 0689865406
ISBN-13: 9780689865404

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In this fast-paced last book of Scott Westerfeld’s trilogy, Tally has been remade into a special Special called a Cutter, dedicated to defending the city from its enemies. Now she embarks on the most urgent quest of her life: saving Zane while destroying New Smoke. Along the way she absorbs truths about humanity, civilization, and herself.

 


 

STARGIRL
Jerry Spinelli
Romance
ISBN-10: 0440416779
ISBN-13: 9780440416777

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Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. And then they turn on her.

 


 

THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE
David Wroblewski
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0061374229
ISBN-13: 9780061374227

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Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar’s lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar’s paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles’ once peaceful home. 

 


 

SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER
Bette Greene
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0142406511
ISBN-13: 9780142406519

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Patty Bergen never imagined that her summer would be so memorable. German prisoners of war have arrived to make their new home in the prison camp in Jenkinsville, Arkansas. To the rest of her town, these prisoners are only Nazis. But to Patty, a young Jewish girl with a turbulent home life, one boy in particular becomes an unlikely friend.

 


 

THE SWEET FAR THING
Libba Bray
Fiction/Literary Suspense
ISBN-10: 0385730306
ISBN-13: 9780385730303

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It’s 1896, and Gemma Doyle’s time at Spence Academy for Young Ladies is coming to a close in a whirl of parties and balls that will mark her and her classmates’ debutante “season.” Gemma’s story comes full circle with THE SWEET FAR THING, the conclusion to Libba Bray’s wildly popular trilogy that melds Victorian conventions with supernatural fantasy.

 


 

A SWIFT PURE CRY
Siobhan Dowd
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0385751087
ISBN-13: 9780385751087

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Shell Talent’s life has been difficult since her Mam died a year earlier. Her father has turned to Scripture and alcohol in an attempt to escape reality and his inner demons. Shell cares for her younger siblings (and doesn’t mind doing so), though she’s bored of church and school. Things seem to get better when Father Rose comes to Coolbar, but soon Shell finds herself at the center of a scandal that will change her life forever.

 


 

SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA
Lynne Cox
Autobiography
ISBN-10: 0156031302
ISBN-13: 9780156031301

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This is the joyful, inspirational memoir of swimmer Lynne Cox, who by age sixteen had broken all records for English Channel swims. With a poet’s eye for detail, Cox shares the beauty of her time in the water in this new classic of sports memoir — from being the first to swim the Strait of Magellan to a near miss with a shark off the Cape of Good Hope to the iceberg-choked waters of the Antarctic.

 


 

TALLGRASS
Sandra Dallas
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0312360207
ISBN-13: 9780312360207

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During World War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the interlopers, the strangers.

 


 

TANGERINE
Edward Bloor
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0152057803
ISBN-13: 9780152057800

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Though legally blind, Paul Fisher can see what others cannot. But no one listens to Paul — until his family moves to Tangerine, where weird is normal and a new start might help Paul finally see the truth about his past. And give him the courage to face up to his terrifying older brother.

 


 

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
Zora Neale Hurston
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060931418
ISBN-13: 9780060931414

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Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person — no mean feat for a black woman in the 1930s. Zora Neale Hurston’s classic 1937 novel follows Janie’s quest for identity — a journey during which she learns what love is, experiences life’s joys and sorrows, and comes home to herself in peace.

 


 

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
Tim O’Brien
Fiction/Short Stories
ISBN-10: 0767902890
ISBN-13: 9780767902892

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They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated Bibles, each other. And, if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only beginning to absorb. THE THINGS THEY CARRIED has become an unparalleled Vietnam testament, a profound study of men at war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul.

 


 

THINGS I WANT MY DAUGHTERS TO KNOW
Elizabeth Noble
Fiction
ISBN-10: 006112219X
ISBN-13: 9780061122194

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When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they’ll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. But how can she leave them when they still have so much growing up to do? By drawing on the wisdom in Barbara’s letters, the girls might just find a way to cope with their loss.

 


 

THIRSTY
M.T. Anderson
Horror
ISBN-10: 076362750X
ISBN-13: 9780763627508

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In this savagely funny tale of terror, teen angst, suspense, and satire, all Chris really wants is to be a normal kid. Unfortunately, he appears to be turning into a vampire. So while his hometown performs an ancient ritual that keeps Tch’muchgar, the Vampire Lord, locked in another world, Chris desperately tries to save himself from his own vampiric fate. He needs help, but whom can he trust?

 


 

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY
Jay Asher
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1595141715
ISBN-13: 9781595141712

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Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. She explains that there are 13 reasons why she decided to end her life — and Clay is one of them.

 


 

Book Cover Art A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
Khaled Hosseini
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1594489505
ISBN-13: 9781594489501

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Khaled Hosseini’s follow-up to the runaway bestseller THE KITE RUNNER is a worthy successor to that absorbing novel. Set against the turbulent and painful backdrop of recent Afghan history, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS is the story of two remarkable women who endure persecution and violence.


A TIME FOR DANCING
Davida Wills Hurwin
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0140386181
ISBN-13: 9780140386189

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Samantha and Juliana have been best friends forever. Now, in the summer before senior year, they’re ready for anything. College? Professional dance careers? They’ll share the triumphs and face the tears together. But neither of them are prepared for what does happen next. Juliana is diagnosed with cancer. And there is no cure.

 


 

A TIME TO KILL
John Grisham
Legal Thriller
ISBN-10: 0440211727
ISBN-13: 9780440211723

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In this searing courtroom drama, John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town.

 


 

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE
Audrey Niffenegger
Fiction
ISBN-10: 015602943X
ISBN-13: 9780156029438

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A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap.

 


 

TITHE: A Modern Faerie Tale
Holly Black
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0689867042
ISBN-13: 9780689867040

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Kaye travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces the sixteen-year-old back to her childhood home in New Jersey. There, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death.

 


 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Harper Lee
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060935464
ISBN-13: 9780060935467

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One of the best-loved stories of all time, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is Harper Lee’s classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.

 


 

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
Betty Smith
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060736267
ISBN-13: 9780060736262

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Through it is often categorized as a coming-of-age novel, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN is much more than that. Its richly-plotted narrative of three generations in a poor but proud American family offers a detailed and unsentimental portrait of urban life at the beginning of the century.

 


 

THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE
Avi
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0380714752
ISBN-13: 9780380714759

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As the only passenger, and the only female, on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, 13-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderous captain and a mutinous crew.

 


 

TRUTH & BEAUTY
Ann Patchett
Memoir
ISBN-10: 0060572159
ISBN-13: 9780060572150

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In her frank and tender first work of nonfiction, Ann Patchett tells of the warm and beautiful friendship she had with fellow writer Lucy Grealy, a remarkable woman who in her all-too brief life faced childhood cancer, years of chemotherapy and radiation, and endless reconstructive surgeries.

 


 

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
Mitch Albom
Memoir
ISBN-10: 076790592X
ISBN-13: 9780767905923

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Mitch Albom chronicles the time he spent with Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago, after he rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.

 


 

TWILIGHT
Stephenie Meyer
Horror/Romance
ISBN-10: 0316015849
ISBN-13: 9780316015844

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Seventeen-year-old Isabella Swan’s parents divorced when she was a toddler, and her annual visits to her father, the chief of police in rainy Forks, Washington, have always been more torture than treat. So why does Bella volunteer to relocate to Forks permanently, leaving her mother and stepfather behind in sunny Arizona? It’s a decision that soon may bring her love but also endanger her life.

 


 

Book Cover Art TWISTED
Laurie Halse Anderson
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0670061018
ISBN-13: 9780670061013

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As someone who spends his days unnoticed, Tyler Miller finds himself with more attention than he wanted after he vandalizes school property and, to pay for his crime, takes a summer job doing landscaping. The unforeseen side effect is that he returns the next school year with a brand new physique that attracts the attention of Bethany Milbury. This sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family and in the world.


UGLIES
Scott Westerfeld
Fantasy/Action & Adventure
ISBN-10: 0689865384
ISBN-13: 9780689865381

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Would you betray a friend in order to gain your lifelong dream? In this futuristic first book in a trilogy, Tally faces that dilemma and plunges into an amazing adventure with a serious issue at the core: How much should anyone sacrifice for beauty?

 


 

VOICES
Ursula K. Le Guin
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0152056785
ISBN-13: 9780152056780

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A darkly compelling fantasy, the second book in the Annals of the Western Shore series is the story of 17-year-old Memer, who lives in the one peaceful town of Ansul and for whom life is about to change. VOICES is a haunting and gripping coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of violence, intolerance, and magic

 


 

VOTE FOR LARRY
Janet Tashjian
Fiction
ISBN-10: 014131835X
ISBN-13: 9780141318356

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In this followup to THE WORLD ACCORDING TO LARRY, Josh Swensen (a.k.a. Larry) finds himself in a hyper-paranoid state of no return. That is, until he’s kidnapped and coaxed into resurfacing as his old persona — so that he can run for political office!

 


 

WAIT FOR ME
An Na
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0399242759
ISBN-13: 9780399242755

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An Na, unfolds the intriguing story of two sisters, Mina and Suna, who grow up in a Korean household with a demanding mother, a quiet father, and expectations that are nearly impossible to meet.

 


 

A WALK TO REMEMBER
Nicholas Sparks
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0446608955
ISBN-13: 9780446608954

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With plot twists and turns and an untold secret that will change their lives forever, high school students Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan fall in love in a coastal North Carolina town in 1958. Pain and sorrow lie ahead for the pair, but the story lets you believe in the power of love and that dreams do come true. The inspiration for this novel came from Nicholas Sparks’s sister: her life and her courage.

 


 

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
Sara Gruen
Fiction
ISBN-10: 1565124995
ISBN-13: 9781565124998

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Sara Gruen weaves an evocative and compelling tale of the frenzied, lawless and cruelly beautiful world of the Depression-era traveling circus. From the striking first scene to the unexpected ending, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will have readers mesmerized.

 


 

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Lionel Shriver
Fiction
ISBN-10: 006112429X
ISBN-13: 9780061124297

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Eva never really wanted to be a mother — and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage.

 


 

WEETZIE BAT
Francesca Lia Block
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060736259
ISBN-13: 9780060736255

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Weetzie Bat lived in a fairy-tale land of glitter and glitz. She had a bleached-blonde flat-top and pink sunglasses, and cruised around town with her best friend Dirk and her Slinkster Dog pooch in a ’55 Pontiac named Jerry. Weetzie loved L.A., but still, something was missing. So Weetzie made three wishes, and they all came true…

 


 

Book Cover Art WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS McBRIDE?
Gail Giles
Psychological Thriller
ISBN-10: 0316166391
ISBN-13: 9780316166393

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Claustrophobics, beware — Gail Giles’s latest novel might be too much for you to handle. In WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS McBRIDE? suicide, kidnapping and family histories collide in an intensely suspenseful, fast-paced and at times disturbing psychological thriller.


WHAT I WAS
Meg Rosoff
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0670018449
ISBN-13: 9780670018444

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Crossing over to adult fiction, celebrated young adult author Meg Rosoff still focuses on young people — viewed through the lens of an old, world-weary narrator — in WHAT I WAS, a most unusual coming-of-age novel about friendship and humanity.

 


 

WHEN CRICKETS CRY
Charles Martin
Fiction/Religion & Spirituality
ISBN-10: 1595540547
ISBN-13: 9781595540546

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In a small town square of a sleepy Georgia town, a spirited 7-year-old sits at her lemonade stand, raising money for her own heart transplant. As a beat-up bread truck careens around the corner, a strong wind blows Annie’s money into the road. A bearded stranger looks up in time to see Annie’s yellow dress fluttering in the wind as she runs into the road. What happens next will change both of their lives forever.

 


 

WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN
Kimberly Willis Holt
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0440238412
ISBN-13: 9780440238416

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643-pound Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, comes to town and changes the lives of everyone in Antler, Texas, in the summer of 1971 –– especially that of 13-year-old Toby Wilson, whose life up until now had appeared rather ordinary.

 


 

WHITE GHOST GIRLS
Alice Greenway
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0802170188
ISBN-13: 9780802170187

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During the steamy summer of 1967 Hong Kong, American teenage sisters Kate and Frankie’s devastating personal drama plays out against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. The suspense builds almost unbearably in this dreamlike novel written in a graceful and lyrical voice.

 


 

WHITE OLEANDER
Janet Fitch
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0316284955
ISBN-13: 9780316284950

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WHITE OLEANDER tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes — each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned — becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.

 


 

THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH
Robert Hicks
Historical Fiction
ISBN-10: 0446697435
ISBN-13: 9780446697439

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Based on a true story, this novel flashes back to 1864 and the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin. While the fierce fighting rages on Carrie’s land, her plantation turns into a Confederate army hospital. When a wounded soldier named Zachariah Cashwell arrives at her house, he awakens feelings she had thought long dead — and inspires a passion as powerful and unforgettable as the war that consumes a nation.

 


 

THE WILL OF THE EMPRESS
Tamora Pierce
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0439441722
ISBN-13: 9780439441728

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This fantasy novel from Tamora Pierce marks the return of the four mages who appeared in The Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets. Together, they will try to outsmart and outlast the Empress of Namron, who has set a cunning trap to keep them in her brutal empire forever.

 


 

WISH YOU WELL
David Baldacci
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0446610100
ISBN-13: 9780446610100

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When tragedy strikes, precocious 12-year-old Louisa Mae Cardinal and her younger brother, Oz, leave the hectic New York City of 1940 to live on their great-grandmother’s farm in the Virginia mountains. Suddenly Lou finds herself coming of age in a new landscape, making her first true friend, and experiencing adventures that are tragic, comic, and audacious.

 


 

A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA
Ursula K. Le Guin
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0553262505
ISBN-13: 9780553262506

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Ged is the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.

 


 

A WRINKLE IN TIME
Madelene L’Engle
Fantasy
ISBN-10: 0440498058
ISBN-13: 9780440498056

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In this beloved children’s tale, an unearthly stranger appears at young Meg Murray’s home. He claims to have been blown off course and that there is such a thing as a “wrinkle in time.” Meg’s father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

 


 

A YELLOW RAFT IN BLUE WATER
Michael Dorris
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0312421850
ISBN-13: 9780312421854

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This saga is the story of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship: fifteen-year-old part-black Rayona; her American Indian mother, Christine; and the fierce and mysterious Ida, mother and grandmother whose haunting secrets, betrayals, and dreams echo through the years, braiding together the strands of the shared past.

 


 

YOU, MAYBE
Rachel Vail
Fiction
ISBN-10: 0060569174
ISBN-13: 9780060569174

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Josie is independent, fierce, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her, especially where guys are concerned. She may flirt with them, and even kiss them, but it doesn’t mean anything. So who can explain what happens when Carson Gold, the hottest senior, decides he’s interested in her?

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