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Rosie and Skate

By: Beth Ann Bauman

A wonderful YA debut full of drama for two very different sisters.It's off-season at the Jersey shore, when the boardwalk belongs to the locals. Rosie is 15 and her sister Skate is 16. Their dad, an amiable...

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

By: Ann Brashares

“Light and romantic," raved The New York Times of the second novel in the  bestselling Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares, author of The Here and Now.With...

Rebel Angels

By: Libba Bray

Ah, Christmas! Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence Academy, spending time with her friends in the city, attending ritzy balls, and on a somber note, tending to her ailing father. As...


A Great and Terrible Beauty

By: Libba Bray

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone...

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

By: Ann Brashares

Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides...

On the Run

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

A young boy discovers the real whereabouts of his absent father--jail!Anthony hasn't seen his dad in years. The reason: His father is busy traveling the world as a wildlife photographer—at least,...


Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

By: Judy Blume

When Sally’s family moves to Miami Beach for the winter of 1947, she is excited and nervous at the same time. What will school be like in Florida? Will she make any friends? Will she fit in so far...


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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,...

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 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...

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...


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,...


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...

Bullying: A Guide

By: Judy Blume Katherine Ayres Ralph Fletcher Jeffrey Lee Nick Springer

BULLYING: A GUIDE
Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres
Blubber by Judy Blume
Spider Boy by Ralph Fletcher
True Blue by Jeffrey Lee
Feather Boy by Nick Springer

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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. ...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

By: John Boyne

Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their...

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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,...

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...

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...