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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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The Tragedy Paper

By: Elizabeth LaBan

BOOK TALK

Seniors must write about a tragedy for their required English paper at Irving High School. The first day on campus, Duncan arrives to find a stack of CD’s and a note left to him...

Eight Keys

By: Suzanne LaFleur

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Starting middle school can be tough even if everything goes your way, but for Elise, nothing is right from the first day.  She is bullied by her locker partner, embarrassed...

The Sons of Liberty #2: Death and Taxes

By: Alexander and Joseph Lagos
illustrated by: Steve Walker and Oren Kramek

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In this intense sequel, two young runaway slaves, Graham and Brody, live in Philadelphia where they work as apprentices in Benjamin Franklin’s print shop.  After murdering the abolitionist...


The Brides of Rollrock Island

By: Margo Lanagan

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The men of Rollrock Island find their brides in a most unconventional way….a witch uses her magic to bring beautiful women out of the bodies of seals.  The men are very happy with their...

All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky

By: Joe R. Lansdale

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Fans of the legendary Joe R. Lansdale will want to buckle up as they take a road trip with Jack Catcher.  When Jack’s mom dies of sickness and his father of a broken heart,...

Ingenue

By: Jillian Larkin

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Gangsters. Jazz Clubs. Speakeasies. Flappers. Deception. Murder. They weren’t called the Roaring Twenties for nothing.  Former friends Gloria, Lorraine and Clara, each go...


Diva

By: Jillian Larkin

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Enter the world of speakeasies, Ivy League colleges, flappers, and romance and discover life in the Roaring Twenties.  The lives of Gloria, Lorraine, and Clara are inexplicably tied together...

The Friendship Doll

By: Kirby Larson

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Meet Miss Kanagawa, a hand-crafted doll sent from Japan as an ambassador of friendship with fifty-seven other Japanese dolls in 1927, traveling across the United States to visit museums...

The Friendship Doll

By: Kirby Larson

BOOK TALK
Meet Miss Kanagawa, a hand-crafted doll sent from Japan as an ambassador of friendship with fifty-seven other Japanese dolls in 1927, traveling across the United States to visit museums...


Quest for the Secret Keeper

By: Victoria Laurie

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Ian knew trying to follow the prophecy set forth 3,000 years ago wouldn’t be easy, but he certainly didn’t think it would be this hard, either.  With Germany set to take over Europe,...

The Winter Pony

By: Iain Lawrence

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As a new-born pony, my experiences are limited--at least at first.  I enjoy running around the forest with my mother and the other ponies.  This good life doesn’t last long, though. ...

The Winter Pony

By: Iain Lawrence

In the forests of Siberia, in the first years of the 20th century, a white pony runs free with his herd. But his life changes forever when he's captured by men. Years of hard work and cruelty wear him...


Mystic City

By: Theo Lawrence

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Aria Rose belongs to a politically-famous family and finds herself engaged to the son of a rival political family.  Unfortunately, she has no memory of him or the many secret meetings they...

Zero

By: Tom Leveen

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Zero (aka Amanda) was hoping to study art in Chicago. However, when she found out she was ineligible for a scholarship, her dream dried up like the Arizona desert she lives in.  Now she...

Every You, Every Me

By: David Levithan
photographs by: Jonathan Farmer

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Evan thought he was dealing with the loss of Ariel, his best friend, the best he could. Despite the lack of sleep and guilty conscience at least he had Jack, Ariel’s boyfriend,...


Every Day

By: David Levithan

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He calls himself “A”.  Each morning he awakens in a different body and does his best to figure out how to behave so as not to cause harm to that person’s relationships.  Relationships…...

You Have Seven Messages

By: Stewart Lewis

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One year after Luna’s mother is killed in a tragic accident, she discovers her mom’s cell phone with seven voicemail messages still waiting to be listened to.  Since she...

Flutter

By: Gina Linko

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To discover how to heal, first Emery has to break out of the hospital, where doctors, including her neurologist father, have been studying her like a lab rat. Her situation hasn’t always...


Unforsaken

By: Sophie Littlefield

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Sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell descends from the ancient Banished who came from Ireland.  She, her Aunt Prairie and little brother Chub, hide in the suburbs.  All of them...

Hanging by a Thread

By: Sophie Littlefield

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Clare Knight and her mom move back to Winston, California where a murder and a disappearance haunt the town.  Clare works with vintage clothes to restyle them.  As she touches them the...

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances

By: Lenore Look
illustrated by: LeUyen Pham

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He’s conquered birthday parties, he’s spent the night in the wild, but when Alvin Ho volunteers to go with GungGung to his best friend’s funeral (gulp), he has to come...


Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes

By: Lenore Look
illustrated by: LeUyen Pham

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Alvin doesn’t really like birthday parties. They are unpredictable and you have to be on your best behavior the whole time. He did want to get invited to Hobson’s party though because...

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

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Alvin Ho is back with an updated list of fears and phobias. This time, his father insists on taking him camping...in a tent...in the woods...with a pit for a toilet! He tries to talk his...

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night

By: Lenore Look
illustrated by: LeUyen Pham

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Poor Alvin! Misunderstandings abound in Alvin’s latest adventures as he faces daunting life events that test his nerves. Alvin’s mom is expecting a baby and when he shows “sympathetic”...


The Undrowned Child

By: Michelle Lovric

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Eleven-year-old Teodora has never fit in.  The kids at school tease her for spending all of her free time in libraries, but it’s the only place she’s really ever felt comfortable. ...

The Mourning Emporium

By: Michelle Lovric

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Bajamonte Tiepolo is back, spreading his magic across the globe--from the island of Hooroo in the South Pacific to London, where Queen Victoria is on her death bed.  Now there are two cities...