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I Was Here

• <b>Author:</b> Gayle Forman<p><b>Cody and Meg were inseparable.</b> <b><br>Two peas in a pod.</b> <b><br>Until . . . they weren’t anymore.</b><p>When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no …

The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)

• <b>Author:</b> Ellen Raskin<p><b>"A supersharp mystery...confoundingly clever, and very funny." —Booklist, starred review</b>A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen …

The 100

• <b>Author:</b> Kass Morgan<p><b>The first book in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit CW television show.</b><i>No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.</i><p>Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred …

Forsaken

• <b>Author:</b> Keary Taylor<p>It's been four months since Alex gave everything to save Jessica. Life should be perfect; she has Alex, she's been freed of the nightmares, and most of all- she's alive. But some things have changed, some things haven't. That's the problem. Alex still hasn't asked "the …

Refuge

• <b>Author:</b> Karen Lynch<p>To keep the people she loves safe, Sara left everything she knew behind. She soon learns this new world is nothing like her old one, and she struggles to make a place for herself among the Mohiri. But it soon becomes apparent to Sara and to everyone one around her that she is not …

Unwind

• <b>Author:</b> Neal Shusterman<p>In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding …

The DUFF

• <b>Author:</b> Kody Keplinger<p><b>Now a major motion picture! An irreverent and irresistible New York Times bestselling romance between the so-called Designated Ugly Fat Friend and the Hot Jock.</b><p>Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of …

Breaking Walls

• <b>Author:</b> Tracie Puckett<p>Breaking Walls (Breaking #2)<p>It’s not about the rules anymore. It’s about the <i>sacrifice</i>.<br>She’s already given up too much to lose faith now.<br>Gabe has walked away, and Mandy’s fate with the Raddick Initiative is hanging in the balance. Media attention has the whole town talking. …

YA Trilogies That Ended in 2014 (That You Should Read in 2015)

When you're browsing the shelves at your local bookstore, picking up the first YA novel in a series can feel a little daunting.<p>How long will you have to wait for book two? And once that comes out, what about book three? How will the series end? Will you have invested a ton of time (and serious …

Books

Book Review - Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

<i>Michelle Herbert reviews Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson…</i><p>What if there were no heroes, only villains looking out for themselves? This is the question …

Positive

• <b>Author:</b> Paige Rawl and Others<p>An astonishing memoir for the untold number of children whose lives have been touched by bullying. Positive is a must-read for teens, their parents, educators, and administrators—a brave, visceral work that will save lives and resonate deeply.<p>Paige Rawl has been HIV …

Sia

• <b>Author:</b> Josh Grayson<p>Forgetting was only the beginning.<p>When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family.<p>At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But …

Bronx Masquerade

• <b>Author:</b> Nikki Grimes<p>When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class, some of his classmates clamor to read their poems aloud too. Soon they're having weekly poetry sessions and, one by one, the eighteen students are opening up and taking on the risky challenge of self-revelation. …

Chains

• <b>Author:</b> Laurie Halse Anderson<p><b>If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?</b><p>As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property …

Gone

• <b>Author:</b> Michael Grant<p>In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.<p>Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way …

The One and Only Ivan

• <b>Author:</b> Katherine Applegate<p>Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as …

Not a Drop to Drink

• <b>Author:</b> Mindy McGinnis<p>Fans of classic frontier survival stories, as well as readers of dystopian literature, will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold. New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut "not to be missed." With evocative, …

The White Queen

• <b>Author:</b> Philippa Gregory<p>The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries <i>The White Queen</i>, #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life the extraordinary story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman who rises from obscurity to become Queen of England, and changes the …

The Language of Flowers

• <b>Author:</b> Vanessa Diffenbaugh<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b> <br>The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a …

The Godfather

• <b>Author:</b> Mario Puzo<p><b>Mario Puzo’s classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenon.</b><p>With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, <i>The Godfather</i> burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty …

This Dark Road to Mercy

• <b>Author:</b> Wiley Cash<p>The critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home—hailed as "a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times Dispatch)—returns with a resonant novel of love …

After Her

• <b>Author:</b> Joyce Maynard<p>The New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and The Good Daughters returns with a haunting novel of sisterhood, sacrifice, and suspense.<p>I was always looking for excitement, until I found some . . .<p>Summer, 1979. A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches …

Slaughterhouse-Five

• <b>Author:</b> Kurt Vonnegut<p><b>Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time</b><p><i>Slaughterhouse-Five,</i> an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our …

Blood Meridian

• <b>Author:</b> Cormac McCarthy<p>"The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar Harold Bloom in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition. "I venture …

Song of the Fireflies

• <b>Author:</b> J. A. Redmerski<p>"I <i>loved</i> every last word! Beautiful, heartfelt, consuming--I couldn't put it down. There's pure magic in J. A. Redmerski's pen." --- KATY EVANS, New York Times bestselling author of the REAL series<p>From the New York Times bestselling author of The Edge of Never and The Edge of …

Chosen

• <b>Author:</b> Chandra Hoffman<p>“Gritty and suspenseful, Chosen draws us into the obstacle-strewn path of domestic adoption.” <br>—Juliette Fay, author of Shelter Me<p>A young caseworker increasingly entangled in the lives of adoptive and birth parents faces life-altering choices when an extortion attempt goes …