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The Here and Now

The Here and Now

by Ann Brashares

Hardcover, 242 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $18.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Ann Brashares

Transported through time from a disease-ravaged future to present-day New York, 17-year-old Prenna James is forbidden to change history or become close to anyone outside her community of fellow escapees, edicts that are challenged when she falls in love and discovers an opportunity to save the world.

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The President's Daughter

The President's Daughter

by Ellen Emerson White

Paperback, 297 pages, Feiwel & Friends, $9.99, published July 22 2008 | purchase
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  • Ellen Emerson White

Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers' happy life in Massachusetts changes drastically when her mother, one of the most prestigious senators in the country, becomes the front-runner in the race for United States President.

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Belzhar

Belzhar

by Meg Wolitzer

Hardcover, 352 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.99, published September 4 2014 | purchase
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How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetry

by Marilyn Nelson and Hadley Hooper

Hardcover, 103 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.99, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • Marilyn Nelson and Hadley Hooper

The Connecticut Poet Laureate reflects on her childhood in the 1950s and her development as an artist and young woman through 50 illuminating poems that consider such influences as the Civil Rights Movement, the "Red Scare" atomic bomb era and the Feminist Movement.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Hardcover, 391 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18.99, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Laurie Halse Anderson

Enduring a transient existence before starting school in her Iraq War veteran father's hometown, a troubled Hayley Kincaid longs for a normal life and pursues a relationship with a secretive boy before her father's PTSD leads to a disturbing drug problem. By the National Book Award finalist author of Speak.

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Cuba 15

Cuba 15

by Nancy Osa

Paperback, 16 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $8.99, published March 8 2005 | purchase
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  • Nancy Osa

Violet is about to turn 15 and is unsure what to make of the looming quinceañera party planned by her Cuban grandma. Half Polish and half Cuban, Violet feels more American than anything else.

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Mexican Whiteboy

Mexican Whiteboy

by Matt De La Pena

Paperback, 249 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $8.99, published January 12 2010 | purchase
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  • Matt De La Pena

As the child of a Mexican father and blond, blue-eyed mother, Danny finds it difficult that everyone thinks they know who and what he is just by the color of his skin. So goes to spend time with his father in Mexico in the hopes of getting in touch with his roots, and the person he believes himself to be.

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American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang

Paperback, 233 pages, Feiwel & Friends, $9.99, published December 23 2008 | purchase
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  • Gene Luen Yang

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang's funny and sensitive drawings weave together the stories of Jin Wang, a Chinese-American kid who just wants to fit in at his new school; basketball player Danny, whose life is bedeviled by his stereotypical cousin Chin-Kee; and the mythical Monkey King, whose desire to become a god gets him in rather a lot of trouble.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Paperback, 229 pages, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $12.99, published April 1 2009 | purchase
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  • Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie's humorous, semiautobiographical novel, illustrated by Ellen Forney, follows 14-year-old Junior — poor, skinny and with a freakishly big head — as he leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation for a mostly white school in a nearby town. Alexie captures the pain and awkwardness of adolescence while also meditating on the devastation that poverty, racism and alcoholism have wreaked on Native American communities.Literary Award Winner

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The Latte Rebellion

The Latte Rebellion

by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Paperback, 328 pages, Llewellyn Worldwide, $9.95, published January 8 2011 | purchase
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  • Sarah Jamila Stevenson

When high school senior Asha Jamison is called a "towel head" at a pool party, she and her best friend, Carey, start a club to raise awareness of mixed-race students that soon sweeps the country. But the hubbub puts her Ivy League dreams, friendship and beliefs to the test.

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Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints

by Gene Luen Yang

Paperback, 2 volumes, First Second, $34.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Gene Luen Yang

Collects parallel stories of China's Boxer Rebellion. Inspired by visions of Chinese gods, Little Bao joins up with an army of rebels to fight against Western influence and religion; meanwhile Vibiana, an unwanted fourth child, finds her first true home with Christian missionaries.

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The Living

The Living

by Matt De La Peña

Hardcover, 311 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Matt De La Peña

Taking a summer job on a Pacific luxury cruise liner to help his struggling family, Shy anticipates a season of lucrative tips and pretty girlfriends only to have everything radically transformed by a massive California earthquake that jeopardizes the survival of everyone he knows.

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Far Far Away

Far Far Away

by Tom McNeal

Hardcover, 371 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Tom McNeal

After his mother left and his father became a recluse, Jeremy Johnson Johnson (whose mother and father both had the same last name) was left to support the family, but he's been aided by the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous Brothers Grimm writing duo, and when provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion.

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Picture Me Gone

Picture Me Gone

by Meg Rosoff

Hardcover, 239 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.99, published October 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Meg Rosoff

Twelve-year-old Mila travels with her father to upstate New York to visit friends and family, who may lead them to clues to the whereabouts of her father's best friend, who has gone missing.

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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Jepp, Who Defied The Stars

by Katherine Marsh

Paperback, 385 pages, Disney Pr, $9.99, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Katherine Marsh

In the Spanish Netherlands of 16th-century Europe, Jepp of Astraveld, a teenage dwarf, wages a contest with destiny. From his rural home to the royal courts of the Spanish Infanta, he seeks out a life not readily offered to him. In this young adult novel — inspired by the paintings of Diego Velazquez — Katherine Marsh combines history with fantasy to create an unusual coming-of-age story.

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Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus

Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus

by Gris Grimly, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Bernie Wrightson

Hardcover, 193 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $24.99, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
  • Gris Grimly, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, et al

The creator of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness presents a full-length, lavishly illustrated adaptation that explores the hubris of the mad scientist, the innocence of his monstrous creation and the dark desires reflected by Mary Shelley's themes.

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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

Paperback, 133 pages, Puffin, $4.99, published March 27 2008 | purchase
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  • Jack London

Jack London's classic novel presents the adventures of an unusual dog, part Saint Bernard and part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields, where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

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Debutante Hill

Debutante Hill

by Lois Duncan

Paperback, 200 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $12.95, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Lois Duncan

Originally published in 1958, Lois Duncan's Debutante Hill may be unfamiliar to readers who mostly know her later thrillers like Down a Dark Hallway and I Know What You Did Last Summer. It's the tale of Lynn Chambers — pretty, popular and rich — who suddenly finds herself an outsider after her father forbids her to be a debutante.

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