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Better Off Friends

What is the determining factor for two people to become friends or become more than friends? This young adult book explores that question in a high school setting. Levi and Macallan first meet when they start the seventh grade. Levi is the new kid in school who is just trying to fit in. Macallan has just lost her mother and needs someone to listen to her hurting heart.
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Midwinterblood is a novel made up of seven mysteriously interconnected short stories, lyrical in tone and tinged with suspense and horror.  It recently won the 2014 Printz Award for best Young Adult Book of the Year, and in this reviewer’s opinion, it definitely lives up to the hype.

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Goodbye, Rebel Blue

Do you have a bucket list? How about considering something pretty radical – fulfilling someone else’s bucket list? In Goodbye Rebel Blue, 16 year old Rebel meets Kennedy Green while in detention at High School. They are both given the assignment to write out their own bucket list. Rebel thinks it is a joke. But Kennedy takes it more seriously and starts to write out a well-thought out bucket list, convinced that fate has brought the two of them together.
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The Diviners

Libba Bray’s The Diviners is the first in a series that follows 17-year old Evie O’Neill. It’s the 1920s and after getting into some trouble at home in Ohio, Evie has just been sent to Manhattan to live with her uncle Will, the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult – or as its commonly called among New Yorkers – the Museum of Creepy Crawlies.
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When We Wake

When We Wake by Karen Healey is the tale of a 16-year old girl, Tegan Oglietti, who wakes up after having been cryogenically frozen by the government for the last 100 years. Accidentally killed by a sniper while at a rally with two close friends, she finds herself in a hospital in 32nd century Australia. Because Tegan is the first who awakens successfully, she finds herself bombarded with cameras that buzz in real close like flies, confusing questions from reporters and anti-immigration activists, and she is plastered all over the media to boot.

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Wonder Show

Portia’s mother left her when she was very young. Her father left her at age 9 in care of her aunt and now, her aunt is dropping her off at the McGreavey Home for Wayward Girls under the direction of a man mostly referred to as “Mister.” It’s a bleak place; the girls are forced to work for the creepy Mister in either the orchards or sewing mail-order uniforms.

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The Girl Who Owned A City

This graphic novel is based off the young adult novel of the same name from 1975.

In a time when dystopian, end-of-the-world story lines are so popular, this title fits well into the fold. It follows the story of 10-year-old girl, Lisa, and her 7-year-old brother. A deadly virus has killed off anyone over the age of 12 so only children remain to fend for themselves.
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Nine Days

In the young adult novel Nine Days, teenagers Ti-Anna and Ethan embark on a dangerous mission.Ti-Anna’s father is a Chinese activist fighting for democracy in his homeland. He is exiled from China, only to be lured back home and kidnapped. Ti-Anna and Ethan are compelled to find him before it is too late.
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A Long Walk to Water

Eleven-year old Salva Dut’s world is torn apart when rebels invade his village in South Sudan in 1985. Fleeing from the fighting and separated from his family, Salva endures starvation, dehydration and incarceration in refugee camps before immigrating to the United States in 1996. One of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan, Salva’s story illustrates the resiliency of the human spirit.
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