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A Bridge to the Stars

By: Henning Mankell

This poignant novel explores how a unilateral decision can change a life.Two things are hard for Joel Gustafson to cope with: not knowing why, and not being able to do anything about it. Joel’s father...

A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

By: Dana Reinhardt

You can tell what really makes Simone different just by looking at her: she doesn't resemble anyone in her family. She's adopted. She's always known it, but she's never wanted to know anything about where...

A Brief History of Montmaray

By: Michelle Cooper

“There’s a fine line between gossip and history, when one is talking about kings.”Sophie Fitzosborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric...


A Crack in the Sky

By: Mark Peter Hughes

Thirteen-year-old Eli Papadopoulos is worried. Even though he’s a member of the most powerful family in the world. Even though his grandfather founded InfiniCorp, the massive corporation that runs...

A Day No Pigs Would Die

By: Robert Newton Peck

Originally published in hardcover in 1972, A Day No Pigs Would Die was one of the first young adult books, along with titles like The Outsiders and The Chocolate War. In it, author Robert Newton Peck weaves...

A Girl Named Faithful Plum

By: Richard Bernstein

In 1977, when Zhongmei Lei was eleven years old, she learned that the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy was having open auditions. She'd already taken dance lessons, but everyone said a poor country girl...


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...

A House of Tailors

By: Patricia Reilly Giff

SEWING! NO ONE could hate it more than Dina Kirk. Endless tiny stitches, button holes, darts. Since she was tiny, she’s worked in her family’s dressmaking business, where the sewing machine...


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A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

By: Dana Reinhardt

BOOK TALK
Simone's starting her junior year in high school and she really loves her life.  Her parents, her little brother, her friends, and her new crush. Then her birth mother contacts her. Simone's...

A Day No Pigs Would Die

By: Robert Newton Peck
Guide Prepared by: Pat Scales, Director of Library Services, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, South Carolina

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this classic autobiographical novel set in the 1920s in rural Vermont, 12-year-old Robert Peck comes of age when his father dies and leaves him to manage the...

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A Faraway Island

By: Annika Thor
translated from the Swedish by: Linda Schenck

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The streets of Vienna are swarming with Nazi soldiers and Jewish families aren't safe. Stephie and Nellie Steiner are sent to Sweden to await their parents' escape to Amsterdam, where they...


A Gathering of Wings

By: Kate Klimo

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After the events of Daughter of the Centaurs, Malora has finally made her home on Mount Kheiron, surrounded by true friends and the herd of horses that have become her family. The only thing...

A Matter of Days

By: Amber Kizer

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In just 56 days, the BluStar plague has decimated the population of the world. Nadia and her little brother Rabbit are two of the few people who have survived, thanks to a secret vaccination...

A Million Miles from Boston

By: Karen Day

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Lucy can’t wait for summer at the Point!  Her family spends every summer in this idyllic and sacred spot on the coast of Maine. Ever since her mom died from cancer when Lucy was six,...


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...

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 ABC’s of Kissing Boys

By: Tina Ferraro

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Appalled :
An understatement for how junior Parker Stanhope feels when she is put on the JV soccer team  especially when all of her friends make varsity.
 Blindsided :
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Acceleration

By: Graham McNamee

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Talk about a summer job! Duncan is spending his summer underground the Toronto subway system working in the Lost and Found Department. Bored to tears, he begins looking through the items...

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...

Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys

By: Norton Juster
illustrated by: Domenico Gnoli

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With rich language to wrap your thoughts around, these three short stories read more like cautionary tales.  Discover what changes an average man into an honored wise man. After listening...


The Alchemyst

By: Michael Scott

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Josh and Sophie, 15-year-old twins, take summer jobs across the street from one another, one in a bookstore and one in a coffee shop. But the arrival of a sinister man in a sleek, dark car...

Alice-Miranda on Vacation

By: Jacqueline Harvey

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After her first term at Winchesterfield-Downsdordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, Alice-Miranda takes her friend Jacinta home for the holiday break.  The girls have great plans and...

All Shook Up

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What's the most embarrassing thing your parents have ever done? Cleaned your face with a wet finger? Yelled at you in front of your friends? Insisted on walking with you at the mall? Although...


All the Bright Places Educators’ Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Jennifer Niven
Guide Prepared by: Laura Schick, a librarian at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring...

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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,...

Almost Perfect

By: Brian Katcher

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Senior year in his small town high school should be perfect for Logan Witherspoon. But when he finds out his girlfriend of three years slept with another guy, depression sets...


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 Amber Spyglass Deluxe Edition

By: Philip Pullman

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Join Lyra and Will as they travel into the Land of the Dead. Lyra?s parents, Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter, continue to play important roles in the action. Lord Asriel sends spies...

Amos Daragon #1: The Mask Wearer

By: Bryan Perro
translated from the French by: Y. Maudet

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Born to talented craftspeople, Amos Daragon’s family was the poorest in Lord Edonf’s entire kingdom. The greedy Lord taxed his townspeople so heavily, many could barely survive.  Amos’s...


And We Stay Reading Group Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Jenny Hubbard

The Morris Award-winning author of Paper Covers Rock delivers another stunning boarding school novel about female friendship, romantic tragedy, and the aftermath of suicide.


Senior...

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Annie and Helen

By: Deborah Hopkinson
illustrated by: Raul Colon

"What is breathtakingly shown here, through accurate, cross-hatched watercolor paintings; excerpts from Sullivan’s correspondence to her former teacher; and concise and poetic language, is the woman’s...

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Ashes of Roses

By: Mary Jane Auch

ABOUT THIS BOOK
Margaret Rose Nolan is sixteen years old when her family leaves their native Ireland and comes to America in search of better opportunities.

The plan is to stay with Uncle...


Ashtown Burials Series Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: N. D. Wilson

Fans of both Percy Jackson and Indiana Jones will be captivated by the lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure found in the third book of the Ashtown Burials series, an action-packed adventure...

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