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Short teasers for all new releases that kids won't be able to resist, prepared by library professionals.

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Century #3: City of Wind

By: Pierdomenico Baccalario
translated by: Leah D. Janeczko

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In the third installment of the Century Quartet, Mistral, Elettra, Harvey, and Sheng meet again in Paris to discuss new information about the Star of Stone.  When an archaeologist...

Starstruck

By: Cyn Balog

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Long distance romance is perfect for junior Gwendolyn “Dough” Rielly. Especially since her boyfriend, Wish, can’t see the seventy pounds she’s gained over the past three...

Touched

By: Cyn Balog

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Seeing the future would be the answer to most peoples’ dreams, but high school senior Nick Cross knows it’s really a living nightmare. Since he can remember, he and his mother have been...


Modelland

By: Tyra Banks

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Tookie De La Crème lives her life as a Forgetta-Girl, someone so plain that no one even notices her.  She is truly one of the most forgettable girls in the entire world. ...

The Genius of Islam

By: Bryn Barnard

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Do you know which society was the first to mass-produce paper?  What about who the first people to turn numbers into the symbols we use now?  By the sixteenth century, the Islamic religion...

Aces Up

By: Lauren Barnholdt

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Thirty thousand dollars. That’s the only thing stopping math-wiz Shannon Card from being excited about her early acceptance to Wellesley College. Since her dad’s lost his job, she’s...


Peaceweaver

By: Rebecca Barnhouse

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Sixteen-year-old Hild has the gift of being far-minded; she can see things before they happen which is why she killed the man who was going to stab her cousin, the king’s son. However,...

Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck

By: Dale E. Basye
illustrated by: Bob Dob

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Poor, poor Marlo.  Isn’t it bad enough that she’s ended up in Fibble, the part of Heck reserved for liars?  Apparently not, because not only does she find himself living in a demented,...

The Very Little Princess: Rose’s Story

By: Marion Dane Bauer
illustrated by: Elizabeth Sayles

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What would you do with a doll that talked to you? What if she turned out to be a demanding princess?  Rose finds a china doll buried in the bottom of a trunk in the attic. ...


The Golden Ghost

By: Marion Dane Bauer
illustrated by: Peter Ferguson

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Delsie and her friend Todd don’t really believe in ghosts. It still seems pretty creepy, though, when they investigate the abandoned houses by the old mill. All of the houses are locked...

Gil Marsh

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Gil Marsh has it all: good looks, brains, and a great personality.  When a dark-haired runner shows up at school who also has the total package, Gil at first feels threatened, but before...

Jersey Angel

By: Beth Ann Bauman

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Angel Cassonetti  is beautiful, seventeen, and confident.   Joey, her boyfriend, longs for a more serious relationship, but Angel seems content with just casual sex.   Sexual banter...


Flip

By: Martyn Bedford

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At the moment of death, some souls aren’t ready to depart. Take fourteen-year-old Alex Gray for instance. While his body is hospitalized in a coma, his soul has slipped into the life of...

The Red Blazer Girls: The Mistaken Masterpiece

By: Michael D. Beil

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Friends who solve crimes together, stay together, right?  This is certainly the case with the ever-so-smart Red Blazer Girls who are back at it solving a crime involving a painting...

Summer at Forsaken Lake

By: Michael D. Beil
illustrated by: Maggie Kneen

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Have you ever dreaded going somewhere and then when you get there have a great time?  Nicholas feels like that when he and his sisters are told they will be spending their summer in Ohio...


The Red Blazer Girls: The Secret Cellar

By: Michael D. Beil

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An antique fountain pen concealing a hidden message is the catalyst for the next mystery Red Blazer Girls tackle.  As Christmas approaches, the girls find themselves spending a lot of time...

The Wolf Tree

By: John Claude Bemis

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What would you do if a dying stranger staggered into a room of you and your friends and informed you of a horrible Darkness spreading like a virus across Kansas, turning good...

The Prince Who Fell from the Sky

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In this post-apocalyptic version of our world, only the animals are left to tell the stories of their lives--including Casseomae, the bear.  Her life is full of fear.  The wolves rule...


Amen, L.A.

By: Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld

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Natalie makes a personal decision that she later regrets the night before her family moves from small-town Minnesota to Los Angeles, California.  Her minister mother has accepted...

Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator

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Guy obsesses about death.  He talks to his dead dad in the cemetery and resolves to write down everything his recently deceased father said to him.  When his friend, Anoop, convinces him...

Strike Three, You’re Dead

By: Josh Berk

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Lenny loves baseball and the Philadelphia Phillies is his favorite team.  Lenny and his two best friends have a fun summer planned of riding their bikes, hanging out and watching the Phillies...


A Girl Named Faithful Plum

By: Richard Bernstein

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A story about following your dreams and beating the odds, this fascinating account of one girl’s struggle to go from the remote farmlands of China to the world’s stages will...

Teenage Waistland

By: Lynn Biederman and Lisa Pazer

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You think you know what a person is like on the inside just because you can see they are obese on outside.  Teenage Waistland is told in the voices of four obese teens who will undergo...

Teenage Waistland

By: Lynn Biederman and Lisa Pazer

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It’s difficult enough being a teenager, let alone if you’re morbidly obese. Four teens who fit the bill decide to get their lives back by participating in a clinical trial for teen Lap...


The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

By: Jeanne Birdsall

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It’s summer once again and time for Penderwick vacations.  Yes, I said vacations, because this year the family will be separated.  Some will go to England, some will go to New Jersey,...

Welcome to Bordertown

By: Edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

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Believe it.  It exists--that special world between our dreary confining one and the world of faerie known to us as Bordertown.  It is a place where elves like band T-shirts; it is a place...

A Plague Year

By: Edward Bloor

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With the tenth anniversary of September 11th upon us, this YA novel is a moving depiction of the aftermath of a town struck with the tragedy of 9/11.  It’s 2001 and the town...


Friend or Fiend? with the Pain and the Great One

By: Judy Blume
illustrated by: James Stevenson

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Jake and Abigail Porter have names for one another.  He calls her "The Great One" because she thinks she is so great.  She calls him "The Pain" because he is.  Jake only eats "white foods,"...

The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins

By: Lesley M. M. Blume
illustrated by: David Foote

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The journal Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins--the greatest paleozoologist of all time--reveal the history of a never-been-seen ancient world of myth and wonder.  He uncovers the secret history...

Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl

By: Carolita Blythe

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For Catholic School girls, Faye and her friends Caroline and Gillian are mean. Their current scheme involves going uptown and mugging former film star, Evelyn Rider. The girls don’t anticipate...


A Time of Miracles

By: Anne-Laure Bondoux
translated from the French by: Y. Maudet

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As a young boy, Blaise loves to hear the story of how his adopted mother, Gloria, came to find him and take him as her own son.  This story keeps hope alive in Blaise and Gloria as they...

The Wednesdays

By: Julie Bourbeau
illustrated by: Jason Beene

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They’re sneaky.  They’re silly.  They’re sinister.  What are they, you might ask?  They are the Wednesdays and they are out to cause mischief and mayhem in the town of Mount Tibadabo. ...

On the Run

By: Clara Bourreau
translated from the French by: Y. Maudet

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Anthony knows exactly where his dad is.  He’s traveling around the world photographing wildlife.  At least, that’s what his mom has always told him.  When the day comes that his sister...


Noah Barleywater Runs Away

By: John Boyne
illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers

Noah Barleywater is just eight years old when he decides that it’s easier to runaway than to face his problems. One early morning he takes off through the forest where he comes upon a magical tree, talking...

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket

By: John Boyne
illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers

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In the allegorical style of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne paints a lighter, yet Roald Dahlesque tale of a unique boy – much to his parent’s dismay. The Brocket’s...

3 Willows

By: Ann Brashares

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Entering high school marks a new chapter in a young person's life, which is marked by many changes. Not only do you change schools but your body changes, your attitudes and desires...


3 Willows

By: Ann Brashares

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Entering high school marks a new chapter in a young person's life, which is marked by many changes. Not only do you change schools but your body changes, your attitudes and desires can change,...

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

By: Ann Brashares

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Once upon a time, four best friends shared a pair of magical pants; pants that became the glue that held them together during their summers apart. Can they work their magic one last time...

Scarlett Dedd

By: Cathy Brett

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Jokes fly when your last name is Dedd.  However, when you accidentally kill yourself and your family, you are now notorious... not necessarily in a good way.  Scarlett was just trying...


The Stone Girl

By: Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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Attempting to keep up with her Uptown, private school lifestyle, Sethie’s worst enemy turns out to be herself.  With an inattentive mother, a negligent sort-of boyfriend, and pressure...

The Fortune of Carmen Navarro

By: Jen Bryant

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Ryan comes from generations of military men and his father applies tremendous pressure on Ryan to be the “perfect” cadet.  Ryan does his best to meet his father’s expectations, but...

Laugh with the Moon

By: Shana Burg

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Thirteen-year-old Clare Silver is still mourning the death of her mother when her father takes her to Malawi for sixty-four days while he provides medical help to the villagers.  As she...


Mr. Terupt Falls Again

By: Rob Buyea

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The seven students that had a special fifth-grade year with Mr. Terupt are granted the rare chance to spend another one with beloved teacher before they move on and graduate from elementary...

Love and Other Perishable Items

By: Laura Buzo

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Amelia, at the tender age of fifteen, crushes deeply over Chris, an older guy of twenty-one.  A six-year age difference does not seem that it should matter that much, but it does.   As...