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My Brother's Book

by Maurice Sendak

Hardcover, 31 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $18.95, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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Published posthumously, Maurice Sendak's My Brother's Book combines poetry and art in an elegy to his brother.NPR Bestseller

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The Summer Prince

The Summer Prince

by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Hardcover, 289 pages, Scholastic, $17.99, published March 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Alaya Dawn Johnson

In the futuristic Brazilian metropolis Palmares Tres, artist June Costa joins the bold new Summer King, Enki, to stage explosive, dramatic projects that the city will never forget. The pair adds fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech, and June falls deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.


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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 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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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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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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Purity

Purity

by Jackson Pearce

Hardcover, 218 pages, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.99, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Jackson Pearce

Sixteen-year-old Shelby finds it difficult to balance her mother's dying request to live a life without restraint with her father's plans for his "little princess," which include attending a traditional father-daughter dance that culminates with a ceremonial vow to live "whole, pure lives."

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Where Things Come Back

Where Things Come Back

by John Corey Whaley

Hardcover, 228 pages, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99, published May 3 2011 | purchase
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Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.

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Seraphina

Seraphina

by Rachel Hartman

Hardcover, 465 pages, Random House Books for Young Readers, $17.99, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Rachel Hartman

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

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Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

by Ron Koertge and Andrea Dezsö

Hardcover, 96, Candlewick , $17.99, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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Writing in free verse honed to a wicked edge, the incomparable Ron Koertge brings dark and contemporary humor to twenty iconic fairy tales.

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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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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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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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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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