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Salome

By: Beatrice Gormley

If I'd never hoped to live in a world of goodness and truth—if the priestess of Diana, then Leander, and Joanna, hadn't shown me glimpses of it—maybe I wouldn't have minded being shut out of...

Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception

By: Wendelin Van Draanen

"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review The artsy crowd thinks Sammy Keyes has a lot of nerve showing up at a fancy reception...

Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash

By: Wendelin Van Draanen

"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book ReviewSammy Keyes has three wads of cold hard cash in her hot little hands. An old guy gave...


Sammy Keyes and the Curse of Moustache Mary

By: Wendelin Van Draanen

"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book ReviewWhen Sammy and her friends meet Lucinda Huntley walking her 200-pound pig down the...

Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway

By: Wendelin Van Draanen

"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review The bad news: Sammy's made a deadly mistake.The good news: No one knows she did it.The...

Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy

By: Wendelin Van Draanen

"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" —Midwest Children's Book Review When Sammy finds out that her mother has changed her name, dyed her hair, and shaved...


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Sacred

By: Elana K. Arnold

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After the sudden death of her brother, Scarlett’s family seems to fall apart as they deal with their grief.  Scarlett herself withdraws from her friends and finds solace in starving herself...

Sass & Serendipity

By: Jennifer Ziegler

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Daphne:  beautiful cheerleader-type who not only believes in love at true sight, but expects it.  Thinks her Mom is to blame for her parents’ divorce because she is just so grouchy. ...

Scarlett Dedd

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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...


Scored

By: Lauren McLaughlin

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Imagine that everything you did was interpreted into a score. You are always being watched and evaluated: your actions, words, expressions, and maybe even your thoughts and intentions. ...

The Secret Ingredient

By: Stewart Lewis

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Throwing together a gourmet meal for 50 people is a piece of cake for 16-year-old Olivia. Keeping the three men in her life, dads Bell and Enrique and brother, Jeremy, on an even keel is...

Seraphina

By: Rachel Hartman

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An uneasy peace penetrates the land of Goredd.  For forty years humans and dragons have lived together, with some of the dragons assuming their saarantrai (human-like) form, but with the...


Shabanu, Haveli, and The House of Djinn Educator Guide

Life is both sweet and cruel to strong-willed young Shabanu, whose home is the windswept Cholistan Desert of Pakistan. The second daughter in a family with no sons, she's been allowed freedoms forbidden...

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Shadowfell

By: Juliet Marillier

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King Keldec terrorizes the land of Alban with his cruel Enforcers who sweep the land cleansing the settlements of any associated with the magic of the fey.  Neryn, a penniless orphan, possesses...

The Sharp Time

By: Mary O'Connell

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Since her mother died, high school senior Sandinista Jones’ (Yes, she’s named after the Clash album.) life has been broken and lonely. And when a teacher does the unthinkable,...


Siren’s Storm

By: Lisa Papademetriou

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Will’s brother, Tim, has been missing since the previous summer from a mysterious boating accident.  His disappearance and other unexplained deaths in a wealthy seaside town...

Sisters of Glass

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Can you ever imagine being told to marry a person you do not love, twenty years your elder ,  someone your parents choose for you simply because he has money and political power?  In fifteenth-century...

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Skink–No Surrender Educator Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Carl Hiaasen
Guide Prepared by: Pat Scales, Children's Literature Consultant

Carl Hiaasen serves up his unique brand of swamp justice in the New York Times bestseller Skink—No Surrender.
 
A National Book Award Longlist Selection
 
When your...

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Snowflakes Fall Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Patricia MacLachlan
illustrated by: Steven Kellogg

In Snowflakes Fall, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Steven Kellogg portray life’s natural cycle: its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow. Together, the words and pictures...

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So Shelly

By: Ty Roth

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Gordon Byron and John Keats are only passing high school acquaintances until their dead friend, Michelle “Shelly” Shelley, brings them together. Orphaned Keats lives with his dying brother...


Someone Else’s Life

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When Rosie’s mum, Trudie, passes away from a genetic disease, Rosie is torn about whether or not she should take the test to find out if she has the gene for developing Huntington’s...

Son of Fortune Book Talk

By: Victoria McKernan

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When Aiden kills a man, he is forced to flee the lumber camp and find passage on a ship to San Francisco.  He proves to the ship captain he works hard and saves the captain’s brother’s...

Spirit and Dust

By: Rosemary Clement-Moore

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Daisy Goodnight arrives at the scene of a murdered bodyguard to communicate with the spirit of the dead, but she soon discovers that the girl he protected, a college student named Alexis,...


Spirit’s Princess

By: Esther Friesner

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Step back to early Japan in this latest gripping novel by Friesner of strong young women in history.  Young Himiko, daughter of the chieftain of the Matsu clan, tries to deny that the spirits...

Splendor Book Talk

By: Elana K. Arnold

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Scarlett hates the fact that after making such a close connection to Will, he must leave for college.  Floundering to find herself, Scarlett finds help from Will’s father and Sabine,...

Split

By: Swati Avasthi

A riveting portrait of life after abuse from an award-winning novelist.

Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face...

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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...

Starstruck

By: Rachel Shukert

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After being “discovered,” Margaret leaves the safety of her home in Pasadena and the snobby finishing school she attends for the glitz of Hollywood.  She arrives an innocent hopeful,...

Starters

By: Lissa Price

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Callie is desperate for food, shelter, and safety--for herself, but especially for her little brother Tyler. He’s too young to cope with this brutal world in which all the people from...


Starters

By: Lissa Price

 “Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best, Starters is a terrific series kickoff with...

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Steelheart Book Talk

By: Brandon Sanderson

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David was just a young boy on that fateful day ten years ago when the world changed. When Epics, with their super-human powers, began to use those powers to rule. And one Epic named Steelheart...

Still Star-Crossed

By: Melinda Taub

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After the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, the Capulets and Montagues continue their senseless feud.  Prince Escalus decides to take matters into his own hands and arranges a marriage...


The Stone Girl

By: Alyssa 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...

Stone Rider Educators’ Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: David Hofmeyr
Guide Prepared by: Marianne Follis, a youth services librarian at Valley Ranch (Ivring) Public Library near Dallas, TX

"Intense, original, compelling . . . bristles with attitude. So cool. Just read it."--Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author

In the vein of the cult classic Mad Max series, crossed...

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Strands of Bronze and Gold

By: Jane Nickerson

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When her father dies, red-haired Sophia leaps at the chance to live a life of ease and luxury with her mysterious guardian, Bernard de Cressac.  Beautiful dresses, pampering, horses, and...


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...

The Subtle Knife Deluxe Edition

By: Philip Pullman

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Twelve-year-old Will Parry and his mentally ill mother find themselves hunted by government men who seek answers about a missing folder and his father's disappearance during...

Suck It Up and Die

By: Brian Meehl

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If Morning McCobb could have it his way, he'd finish his training at the NY Fire Academy and stay deep in love with Portia for as long as the chronology-crossed lovers can, considering she's...


Summer Reading Brochure

It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground,...

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