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Dork Diaries

Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life

by Rachel Renee Russell

School And Library, 282 pages, Simon & Schuster, $13.99, published June 2 2009 | purchase
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  • Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life
  • Rachel Renee Russell

Eighth grader Nikki Maxwell chronicles the trials and tribulations of being the new kid in school. She tackles the conundrums of friends, flirting, family and more in her funny descriptions of her "not-so-fabulous life."

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The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now

by Tim Tharp

Paperback, 294 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $8.99, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Tim Tharp

Known by all as the best party guy in town, Sutter Keely lives a carefree life with little responsibility. When he meets Aimee, a socially inept girl with a need for change, Sutter ends up in unfamiliar territory when his feelings for her suddenly become more real than anything he's ever felt in his life.

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Little Brother

Little Brother

by Cory Doctorow

Paperback, 416 pages, St Martins Pr, $9.99, published April 13 2010 | purchase
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  • Cory Doctorow

After being interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security after a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, Marcus is released into what is now a police state and uses his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

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Keeping the Castle

Keeping the Castle

by Patrice Kindl

Paperback, 261 pages, Penguin Group USA, $8.99, published April 18 2013 | purchase
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  • Patrice Kindl

In order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle in Lesser Hoo, seventeen-year-old Althea bears the burden of finding a wealthy suitor who can remedy their financial problems.

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Okay for Now

Okay for Now

by Gary D. Schmidt

Paperback, 360 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Gary D. Schmidt

Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck has just moved to a new town where he doesn't have any friends. His teachers and the police think of him as a "skinny thug." He finds his way to the library, where he discovers John James Audubon's Birds of America. When he notices that some of the pages are missing, he resolves to track them down.

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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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  • Jeff Kinney

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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Heart of a Samurai

Heart of a Samurai

Based on the True Story of Manjiro Nakahama

by Margi Preus

Paperback, 301 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $7.95, published January 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Based on the True Story of Manjiro Nakahama
  • Margi Preus

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

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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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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Paperback, 336 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $7.99, published September 28 2010 | purchase
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  • Neil Gaiman

Reared by ghosts, werewolves and other residents of the hillside cemetery he calls home, an orphan named Nobody Owens wonders how he will manage to survive among the living having learned all his lessons from the dead. And the man Jack — who killed the rest of Nobody's family — is itching to finish the job. Illustrations by Dave McKean.Literary Award Winner

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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 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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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Hardcover, 328 pages, St Martins Pr, $18.99, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

by Rick Yancey

Hardcover, 457 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18.99, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Rick Yancey

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

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Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire

by Elizabeth Wein

Hardcover, 352 pages, Disney Pr, $17.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Wein

When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.

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Tiger Eyes

Tiger Eyes

by Judy Blume

Paperback, 217 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $8.99, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Judy Blume

Resettled in the "Bomb City" with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father's death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City.

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Gorgeous

Gorgeous

by Paul Rudnick

Hardcover, 327 pages, Scholastic, $18.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Paul Rudnick

When 18-year-old Becky Randle's mother dies, she is whisked away from a trailer park to New York City, where fashion designer Tom Kelly offers to transform her into a glamorous Rebecca, a girl fit for a prince. But soon she begins to fear that she will lose touch with her real self.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsburg

Paperback, 162 pages, Simon & Schuster, $6.99, published August 1 1987 | purchase
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  • E.L. Konigsburg

When Claudia decides to run away from home, she knows any old place won't do, and so settles on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and her little brother, Jamie, move into the museum, sleeping in a 16th century bed and bathing in the fountain. While there, they uncover a tremendous secret.

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Nine Days

Nine Days

by Fred Hiatt

Hardcover, 241 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Fred Hiatt

Tenth-graders Ethan and Ti-Anna go to Hong Kong seeking her father, an exiled Chinese democracy activist who has disappeared. They follow his trail to Vietnam and back, uncovering illegal activity along the way.

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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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The Day My Mother Left

The Day My Mother Left

by James Prosek

Paperback, 290 pages, Simon & Schuster, $7.99, published March 10 2009 | purchase
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  • James Prosek

When his mother leaves to live with another man, nine-year-old Jeremy faces his own pain and loss, his father's depression and sister's distance, the pity of friends and strangers, and his father's remarriage two years later, finding solace in fishing and his artwork.

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