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. . . Ruby Oliver is back! And this time she's got a license.
. . . Jess Jordan - pantless in her own backyard.
. . . Mean Girls meets Buffy in the first novel by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
. . . a 12-year old runaway who hops a moving train, then crosses several state lines in the cargo hold of a bus!



Girl, Going on 17: Pants on Fire
by Sue Limb
$15.95 | 978-0-385-73218-5

It's never fun when a great summer comes to an end.

Particularly when one argues with one’s adorable, but grossly insensitive, boyfriend the night before school starts. A sadistic new English teacher has decided Jess needs an attitude adjustment, and Jess can’t seem to stop making terrible mistakes. When she ends up pantless in her own backyard, Jess is left to ask herself: Where did she go wrong? And what can be done to make it up to Fred and salvage this horrible, horrible year? Read more | Buy this Book

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by Wendelin Van Draanen
$15.95 | 978-0-375-83522-3

"It's a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me."

Books are great conversation starters. Try this one on a boy you know - or would like to.

Girls for Breakfast
by David Woo

Nick Park loves girls.

Drumstick legs, cherry-colored lips, dumpling cheeks . . . everything about them he wants to eat up. But he’s dateless and has been since he discovered girls in the third grade . . . Read More | Buy this Book

Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she's had enough. She's run away before and always been caught quickly. But she's older and wiser now—she's twelve—and this time she gets away clean. Read More | Buy this Book

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The Nannies: Have to Have it
by Melody Mayer
$8.95 | 978-0-385-73351-9

A good nanny—like a celebrity without Botox—is hard to find.

Slather on the sunblock and welcome to The Nannies, where toddlers have stylists and a lost Sidekick can be the social kiss of death, cerulean blue swimming pools stretch to infinity and paparazzi camp out behind Starbucks. Read more | Buy this Book

Penny from Heaven
by Jennifer L. Holm

It’s 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing’s that easy in Penny’s family.

For starters, she can’t go swimming because her mother’s afraid she’ll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father’s name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren’t speaking to each other! Read more | Buy this Book

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by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
$7.95 | 978-0-385-73311-3

Jennifer Lynn Barnes wrote Golden at the age of 19, and her second novel, Tattoo, is on the way.

When Lissy James moves from California to Oklahoma, she finds herself in the middle of a teenage nightmare: a social scene to rival a Hollywood movie. And if understanding the hierarchy of the Goldens vs. the Nons isn’t hard enough, Lissy’s ever growing Aura Vision is getting harder and harder to hide, and if she’s not careful, she’s going to become a Non faster than you can say “freak.” Read more | Buy this Book

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