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Daughters of Eve

Daughters of Eve

by Lois Duncan

Paperback, 288 pages, Little Brown & Co, $7.99, published October 3 2011 | purchase
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  • Lois Duncan

As the club sponsor for the Daughters of Eve at Modesta High, Irene Stark, a popular and dedicated teacher, uses feminist philosophy to manipulate the girls' lives in a bizarre plan to avenge past injustices.

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein

Hardcover, 343 pages, Hyperion Book CH, $16.99, published May 15 2012 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

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Colin Fischer

Colin Fischer

by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

Hardcover, 228 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.99, published November 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

The screenplay writers for X-Men: First Class present the story of a boy who taps the investigative talents of a peer with Asperger's syndrome to prove he is innocent of blowing up a birthday cake in the school cafeteria, a case that teaches both boys about the mysterious qualities of human emotions.

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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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Troy

Troy

by Adele Geras

Paperback, 358 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $7.99, published September 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Adele Geras

Told from the point of view of the women of Troy, portrays the last weeks of the Trojan War, when women are sick of tending the wounded, men are tired of fighting, and bored gods and goddesses find ways to stir things up.

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Skinny

Skinny

by Donna Cooner

Hardcover, 260 pages, Point/Scholastic, $17.99, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Donna Cooner

After undergoing gastric-bypass surgery, a self-loathing, obese teenaged girl loses weight and makes the brave decision to start participating in high school life, including pursuing her dream of becoming a singer and finding love.

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The Last Dragonslayer

The Last Dragonslayer

by Jasper Fforde

Hardcover, 256 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Jasper Fforde

In his witty first novel for young readers, the New York Times best-selling author introduces 15-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange. Jennifer runs Kazam, an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions begin about the death of the world's last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer, Jennifer realizes that everything could change for Kazam — and herself — and that Big Magic is in store.

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Dodger

Dodger

by Terry Pratchett

Hardcover, 336 pages, HarperCollins, $17.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Terry Pratchett

Surviving by his wits in an alternative-universe London ruled by a young Queen Victoria, the intrepid young Dodger inadvertently foils a murderous Sweeney Todd's operation and encounters numerous fictional and historical characters, including Darwin, Disraeli and Dickens. By the award-winning author of A Hat Full of Sky.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

Paperback, 213 pages, MTV Books, $14, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • Stephen Chbosky

In a thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel, teenager Charlie struggles to cope with the complex world of high school. He deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs and the pain of losing a close friend and favorite aunt.NPR Bestseller

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The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater

Hardcover, 409 pages, Scholastic, $18.99, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Maggie Stiefvater

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hardcover, 374 pages, Scholastic, $18.99, published October 1 2008 | purchase
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  • Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.

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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

Hardcover, 318 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.99, published January 10 2012 | purchase
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  • John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

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Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

by John Green

Paperback, 256 pages, Speak, $8.99, published December 28 2006 | purchase
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  • John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

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The Worlds of Lois Lowry

The Worlds of Lois Lowry

by Lois Lowry

Paperback, 3 v., Ember, $26.89, published August 22 2006 | purchase
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  • Lois Lowry

In the future, society has eliminated discord, converting everyone to "Sameness." In three linked stories, Jonas, destined to hold memories of the time before Sameness; Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg; and healer Matty must discover the truth about their society and restore emotion, meaning and balance to their world.

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The Outsiders

The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

Paperback, 160 pages, Gardners Books, $15.50, published April 5 2007 | purchase
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  • S.E. Hinton

S.E. Hinton was just 16 years old when she wrote this novel about kids getting caught up in class struggles. Ponyboy is a greaser, from the wrong side of the tracks; he runs afoul of the upper-class Socs, leading to an epic rumble between the two gangs.

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Complete Anne of Green Gables

The Complete Anne of Green Gables

by L.M. Montgomery

Paperback, , Starfire, $37.96, published September 1 1990 | purchase
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  • L.M. Montgomery

In this collection of eight novels by Lucy Maude Montgomery, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a rather prim and elderly brother and sister pair, send away for an orphan boy to help them run their farm on Canada's Prince Edward Island. But when the orphan arrives, he's not a he, he's a she — the loquacious and dreamy red-haired Anne-with-an-E Shirley — who quickly takes up a central place in their hearts.

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His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

by Philip Pullman

Paperback, 3 v., Yearling, $23.97, published May 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Philip Pullman

In this hit series, young Lyra Belacqua tries to prevent kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments; helps Will Parry — a boy from another world — search for his father; and finds that she and Will are caught in a battle between the angelic forces of the Authority and those gathered by her rebel uncle, Lord Asriel.

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Divergent

Divergent

by Veronica Roth

Paperback, 72 pages, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

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Paper Towns

Paper Towns

by John Green

Paperback, 305 pages, Penguin Group USA, $9.99, published September 22 2009 | purchase
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  • John Green

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life, until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

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The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments

by Cassandra Clare

Paperback, 3 v., Margaret K. McElderry Books, $29.99, published October 19 2010 | purchase
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  • Cassandra Clare

Able to see demons and those who hunt them, Clary Fray is drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters when her mother slips into a coma and travels to the City of Glass, the capital of their secretive country, where she uncovers important truths about her family's past.

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An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines

by John Green

Paperback, 22 pages, Speak, $9.99, published October 16 2008 | purchase
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  • John Green

Always being dumped by girls named Katherine, Colin Singleton, a washed-up child prodigy with a Judge Judy-obsessed best friend, embarks on a quest to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will affect all of his future relationships and change his life.

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

Paperback, 288 pages, Razorbill, $10.99, published June 14 2011 | purchase
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  • Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing 13 cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recount the events leading up to her death.

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Speak

Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Paperback, 197 pages, Square Fish, $9.99, published May 10 2011 | purchase
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  • Laurie Halse Anderson

After being raped at a party, teenage Melinda is unable to tell angry partygoers why she called the police — and eventually stops speaking all together. Speak follows Melinda as she overcomes her past, and finds her voice.

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The Twilight Saga Complete Collection

The Twilight Saga Complete Collection

by Stephenie Meyer

Hardcover, 5 v., Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $97, published October 12 2010 | purchase
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  • The Twilight Saga Complete Collection
  • Stephenie Meyer

When 17-year-old Bella Swan leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Wash., she meets Edward, an exquisitely handsome boy at school, for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction, and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Bella must choose between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob, while avoiding the attentions of less friendly vampires.

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Uglies

Uglies

by Scott Westerfeld

Paperback, 406 pages, Simon Pulse, $9.99, published May 3 2011 | purchase
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  • Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld's four-part series follows teenage Tally as she uncovers the truth about her future world, where a mandatory operation at age 16 converts natural "Uglies" into conformist "Pretties."

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Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

by Cassandra Clare

Paperback, 479 pages, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $10.99, published October 4 2011 | purchase
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  • Cassandra Clare

Tessa Gray's search for her missing brother leads her into Victorian London's supernatural underworld, where she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

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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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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

by Ann Brashares

Paperback, 294 pages, Ember, $9.99, published March 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Ann Brashares

During their first summer break spent apart, longtime friends Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget each embark on adventures that they share with each other through a pair of jeans that they have decided will be worn by all, and so will absorb all of their stories.

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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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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

by John Green and David Levithan

Paperback, 310 pages, Speak, $8.99, published April 5 2011 | purchase
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  • John Green and David Levithan

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

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Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice

by Anonymous

Paperback, 212 pages, Simon Pulse, $9.99, published December 27 2005 | purchase
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  • Anonymous

Originally sold as the real diary of an actual teenager, Go Ask Alice is the faux-memoir of a 15-year-old girl whose life is dominated by her drug problems, following her experiences from her indoctrination into the world of drugs to just before her death from an overdose.

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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

Paperback, 329 pages, Greenwillow Books, $6.99, published August 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Diana Wynne Jones

The eldest of three sisters in a land where being the eldest is considered a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice — until a witch turns her into an old woman, and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.Literary Award Winner

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Stargirl

Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli

Paperback, 186 pages, Laurel Leaf, $6.99, published May 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Jerry Spinelli

Mica Area High School has never seen anything like Susan "Stargirl" Caraway, a classic Manic Pixie Dream Girl who wears Native American buckskins, plays the ukulele and cheers for both teams at sporting events. A story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love.

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Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead

Paperback, 332 pages, Razorbill, $8.99, published August 16 2007 | purchase
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  • Richelle Mead

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one girl focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks and sinister plots.

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The Abhorsen Trilogy

The Abhorsen Trilogy

by Garth Nix

Paperback, 3 v., HarperTeen, $23.99, published September 30 2005 | purchase
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  • Garth Nix

In the Old Kingdom, magic is real and the dead walk — and sometimes, they walk right across the magical Wall and into the New Kingdom. The series follows skilled necromancer Sabriel and her companions as they fight to send the dead back into the realm of Death.

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The Dark Is Rising Sequence

The Dark is Rising Sequence

by Susan Cooper

Paperback, 5 v., Simon & Schuster, $34.99, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Susan Cooper

Five novels steeped in British and Welsh mythology follow the story of 11-year old Will Stanton, seventh son of a seventh son and last of the Old Ones, in his quest to vanquish the powers of the Dark.

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Graceling

Graceling

by Kristin Cashore

Paperback, 471 pages, Graphia, $9.99, published September 7 2009 | purchase
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  • Kristin Cashore

In the Graceling realms, rare people are Graced with a special skill — cooking, fighting, singing, building, lying — and all the Graced are marked with eyes of two different colors. Katsa, niece of the tyrannical king, is graced with fighting — or so she thinks.

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Forever...

Forever...

by Judy Blume

Paperback, 192 pages, Simon Pulse, $8.99, published April 24 2007 | purchase
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  • Judy Blume

Katherine and Michael, along with various friends and acquaintances in suburban New Jersey, discover the possibilities and limitations of love and personal commitment — and some interesting names for body parts.

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The Inheritance Cycle

The Inheritance Cycle

by Christopher Paolini

Hardcover, 4 v., Knopf Books for Young Readers, $95.44, published November 8 2011 | purchase
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  • Christopher Paolini

The series that began with Eragon follows poor farm boy Eragon as he grows into a master swordsman who fights alongside his dragon, Saphira, to help save the Empire from evil and darkness.

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The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries

by Meg Cabot

Paperback, 256 pages, HarperTeen, $8.99, published April 1 2008 | purchase
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  • Meg Cabot

Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.

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Alanna

Alanna

The First Adventure

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 274 pages, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $8.99, published December 7 2010 | purchase
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  • The First Adventure
  • Tamora Pierce

Eleven-year-old Alanna wants to be a knight. Her brother Thom wants to be a wizard. So she disguises herself as a boy and the two switch places, leading Alanna to a lifetime of adventure as the Kingdom of Tortall's first Lady Knight.

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Paperback, 302 pages, Puffin, $4.99, published March 27 2008 | purchase
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, an innkeeper and her son find a treasure map that leads them across the Spanish Main to a notorious pirate's treasure. This classic novel introduced the world to the dreaded Long John Silver.

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Delirium

Delirium

by Lauren Oliver

Paperback, 480 pages, HarperCollins, $8.99, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Lauren Oliver

In a dystopian near future America, the government has classified love as a disease. All citizens, once they turn 18, receive a government operation to cure the unwanted emotion. Lena looks forward to her operation and a safe, predictable and happy life — until, just a few months before her 18th birthday, she meets the mysterious Alex and falls in love.

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Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss

by Stephanie Perkins

Paperback, 400 pages, Speak, $9.99, published August 4 2011 | purchase
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  • Stephanie Perkins

When Anna's romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she goes reluctantly — and meets the amazing Etienne St. Clair. Will their year of near-misses lead to love?

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Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush

by Becca Fitzpatrick

Paperback, 391 pages, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $4.99, published May 22 2012 | purchase
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  • Becca Fitzpatrick

In the first volume of the "Hush, Hush" saga, high school sophomore Nora Grey must deal with her feelings for Patch, a classmate — and biology partner — who turns out to be a fallen angel.

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13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes

by Maureen Johnson

Paperback, 368 pages, HarperTeen, $8.99, published October 1 2006 | purchase
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  • Maureen Johnson

When 17-year-old Ginny receives a bequest — a packet of mysterious envelopes — from her favorite aunt Peg, she leaves New Jersey to crisscross Europe on a whirlwind tour and scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

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It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny Story

by Ned Vizzini

Paperback, 444 pages, Disney-Hyperion, $9.99, published May 1 2007 | purchase
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  • Ned Vizzini

An ambitious new student at Manhattan's prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, Craig Gilner suddenly discovers that he has become an average kid among a group of brilliant students, a discovery that leads to increasing anxiety and a battle with clinical depression, during which he encounters a motley crew of fellow patients battling their own problems.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty

by Libba Bray

Paperback, 432 pages, Ember, $9.99, published March 22 2005 | purchase
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  • Libba Bray

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, 16-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school. There, she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. But what will she find in that strange world?

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Hardcover, 352 pages, Quirk Books, $17.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase
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  • Ransom Riggs

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering that the children once kept there — including his own grandfather — may have been dangerous, and may be still alive.

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The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War

by Robert Cormier

Paperback, 272 pages, Ember, $8.99, published September 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Robert Cormier

The world of Trinity School is turned upside down when freshman Jerry Renault refuses to sell chocolates for the school's annual fundraiser. Jerry becomes a nonconformist hero for some — and a target of hatred for others.

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Just Listen

Just Listen

by Sarah Dessen

Paperback, 400 pages, Speak, $9.99, published February 28 2008 | purchase
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  • Sarah Dessen

Suddenly unpopular 16-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.

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A Ring of Endless Light

A Ring of Endless Light

by Madeleine L'Engle

Paperback, 340 pages, Square Fish, $7.99, published September 2 2008 | purchase
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  • Madeleine L'Engle

Struggling to confront her grandfather's impending death, 16-year-old Vicky Austin finds herself the center of attention for three young men, one of whom is a dolphin researcher. When the inevitable crisis comes, she must rely on the love of others — both human and dolphin — to overcome her grief.

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Truth About Forever

The Truth About Forever

by Sarah Dessen

Paperback, 400 pages, Speak, $9.99, published April 6 2006 | purchase
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  • Sarah Dessen

The summer after her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp; instead, she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

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Bloodlines

Bloodlines

by Richelle Mead

Paperback, 421 pages, Razorbill, $9.99, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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  • Richelle Mead

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, Calif. There, amid the wealthy students, Sydney and Jill must attempt to pass as normal.

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The Fallen Series

The Fallen Series

by Lauren Kate

Hardcover, 4 v., Delacorte Books for Young Readers, $71.96, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • Lauren Kate

Luce ends up at reform school after her boyfriend dies in a mysterious fire. While there, she finds herself drawn to Daniel — feeling almost as if she'd met him before. That feeling turns out to be true: Luce and the supernatural Daniel are doomed lovers, fated to lose each other in lifetime after lifetime.

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Marked

Marked

by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Paperback, 306 pages, St. Martin's Griffin, $8.95, published May 1 2007 | purchase
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  • P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is Marked as a fledging vampyre and joins the House of Night school, where she will train to become an adult vampyre — if she makes it through the Change. And even for Changed vampyres, the House of Night can be a treacherous place.

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Trickster's Choice

Trickster's Choice

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 422 pages, Random House Books for Young Readers, $8.95, published September 28 2004 | purchase
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  • Tamora Pierce

Alianne, the teenage daughter of Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall, is kidnapped and sold into slavery, forced to serve an exiled royal family in the remote Copper Islands, where she is immersed in a world of murder, intrigue and warring gods.

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I Am the Messenger

I Am the Messenger

by Markus Zusak

Paperback, 357 pages, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $10.99, published May 9 2006 | purchase
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  • Markus Zusak

The dull and drab life of Ed, an underage cab driver with a coffee-addicted dog, takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally stops a bank robbery and finds himself being placed in charge of watching out for the entire town.

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Wild Magic

Wild Magic

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 362 pages, Simon Pulse, $5.99, published June 1 2005 | purchase
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  • Tamora Pierce

Thirteen-year-old Daine's magic allows her to speak to animals, hear their thoughts, and shift into their forms. She uses her powers to help battle an invasion of terrible immortal creatures and prevent the overthrow of her king.

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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

by Patricia C. Wrede

Paperback, 4 v., Sandpiper, $23.95, published July 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Patricia C. Wrede

Princess Cimorene of Lindenwall decides she's had enough of being a princess, and hires herself out to cook for the dragon Kazul. This boxed set follows her adventures, and those of her son Daystar.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go

by Patrick Ness

Paperback, 479 pages, Candlewick, $9.99, published July 14 2009 | purchase
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On a "New World" where all men can hear each other's thoughts — but women remain private — Todd and Viola are pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron as they search for answers about their colony's true past, and seek a way to warn a ship bringing settlers from the Old World.

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Sandry's Book

Sandry's Book

by Tamora Pierce

Paperback, 252 pages, Scholastic Paperbacks, $4.99, published September 1 1999 | purchase
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Having been sent to Winding Circle Temple, Daja, Briar, Tris and Sandry begin to feel that they have finally found a place where their magical gifts are respected. As they learn and grow in their skills, they must face down everything from pirates to strange diseases.

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

by Laini Taylor

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Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student living in Prague, has a necklace of wish-granting beads and a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters — the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

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Feed

Feed

by M. T. Anderson

Paperback, 299 pages, Candlewick Pr, $7.99, published February 1 2004 | purchase
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In the future, most people will have a Feed chip implanted in their heads that connects everyone to an evolved version of the Internet — at the cost of even basic privacy. During spring break on the moon, Titus and Violet meet and build a relationship when their Feeds are hacked.

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Dangerous Angels

Dangerous Angels

The Weetzie Bat Books

by Francesca Lia Block

Paperback, 478 pages, HarperTeen, $9.99, published September 28 2010 | purchase
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  • Francesca Lia Block

Five novels of life in a magical modern Los Angeles, where Weetzie Bat and her friends and family — Dirk, Duck, My Secret Agent Lover Man and baby Cherokee — interact with ghosts from their past and with each other as they search for love, connection and acceptance.

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Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride

by Sarah Dessen

Paperback, 432 pages, Speak, $9.99, published April 5 2011 | purchase
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When Auden goes to stay with her father, stepmother and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and learning that there's more to life than schoolwork and perfectionism.

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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Paperback, 183 pages, Ember, $8.99, published August 28 2007 | purchase
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High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart. That fateful five minutes leads to an all-night quest to find their favorite band's secret show.

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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

by Louise Rennison

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The lives and loves of British teenager Georgia Nicolson and her friends in the "Ace Gang," and also Georgia's mad cat Angus. Can Georgia choose between hunky Robbie, Italian stallion Masimo and close friend Dave? And can she keep Angus out of trouble?

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Leviathan

Leviathan

by Scott Westerfeld

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It's 1914 and Europe is on the precipice of war — the German Clankers and British Darwinists are armed with futuristic weaponry and biotechnology; in the midst of the chaos, Alek, a royal and potential threat to the throne, and Deryn, a common Darwinist, meet on the run and forge an uneasy alliance that will dramatically change the course of the Great War and their lives.

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The House of the Scorpion

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by Nancy Farmer

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In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. Escape is his only chance to survive — but even that may not save him.

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The Chronicles of Chrestomanci

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Volume 1

Charmed Life / The Lives of Christopher Chant

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Christopher Chant is a young boy who struggles with even the most basic spells — but when a wizard tests him, he discovers he's actually a powerful enchanter with nine lives, destined to become the next Chrestomanci, a government official in charge of supervising magic.

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This Lullaby

This Lullaby

by Sarah Dessen

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Remy, a girl who always knows how to end a relationship before it becomes emotional, meets her match in Dexter, a musician who embodies everything that she despises and reminds her of the father who abandoned her. Remy finds herself unable to dump Dexter — and learns to follow her heart.

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Gone

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by Michael Grant

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When everyone over the age of 14 suddenly disappears from a California town, a battle erupts between the remaining residents and the students from a local school, as well as those who have "The Power" and those who do not.

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Shiver Trilogy

Shiver Trilogy

by Maggie Stiefvater

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Grace has been visited each winter by a yellow-eyed wolf — a werewolf, it turns out, who becomes her boyfriend in his human form as Sam. Grace and Sam must fight to stay together, while fellow werewolf Cole wrestles with his attraction for rich girl Isabel.

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Wintergirls

Wintergirls

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Estranged best friends Lia and Cassie both struggle with anorexia and bulimia. When Cassie dies, Lia must find a way to hold on to hope, and eventually to recover.

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Before I Fall

Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver

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Popular, thoughtless Samantha dies in a fiery car crash — but wakes up the next morning, and ends up living out her last day alive seven times in a row, until she finally unravels the mystery of her death.

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Unwind

Unwind

by Neal Shusterman

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In a future world where those between the ages of 13 and 18 can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to survive until they turn 18.

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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

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  • James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up in the middle of a maze, with no memory, and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. But once he escapes, he discovers the outside world is a new and dangerous place.

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If I Stay

If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

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Seventeen-year-old Mia is in a coma after a terrible car accident that killed her parents. Awakening, she has no memory of the accident, and must put her life back together piece by piece — and decide what to do with it.

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Crank

Crank

by Ellen Hopkins

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Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter, until she meets a boy who introduces her to drugs. She becomes a very different person, struggling to control her life and her mind, as she grows up and has children of her own.

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Matched

Matched

by Ally Condie

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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate — until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.

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I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You

I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You

by Ally Carter

Paperback, 284 pages, Hyperion Books, $8.99, published April 1 2007 | purchase
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Cammie Morgan can speak 14 different languages, hack CIA computer codes and kill a man seven different ways. She and her friends are students at the elite Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, where martial arts and chemical warfare are on the curriculum, and the real mission is training spies.

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The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

by Shannon Hale

Paperback, 383 pages, Bloomsbury USA, $8.99, published May 13 2005 | purchase
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On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting, and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Paperback, 560 pages, Gardners Books, $13.90, published September 8 2007 | purchase
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Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.50, published July 1 1993 | purchase
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  • Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Norton Juster's classic fantasy — with wry illustrations by Jules Feiffer — follows bored young boy Milo after he receives a mysterious gift: a tollbooth that allows him entrance to the magical "Lands Beyond." Milo and his traveling companion, Tock the watchdog, restore the princesses Rhyme and Reason to the Kingdom of Wisdom — and in the process Milo discovers the real world has its own charms.

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Bloody Jack

Bloody Jack

Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

by L. A. Meyer

Paperback, 301 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $8.99, published June 1 2004 | purchase
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Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kinney

Hardcover, 217 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $13.95, published April 1 2007 | purchase
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Sad-sack sixth-grader Greg Heffley just wants to fit in. His preteen diaries chronicle the dramas of junior high as he and his best friend, Rowley, try to survive as undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily. When Rowley grows more popular, Greg takes drastic measures to save their friendship.

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