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Tilly

By Monique Gray Smith

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"Tilly has always known she’s part Lakota on her dad’s side. She’s grown up with the traditional teachings of her grandma, relishing the life lessons of her beloved mentor. But it isn’t until an angry man shouts something on the street that Tilly realizes her mom is Aboriginal, too—a Cree woman taken from her own parents as a baby. Tilly feels her mother’s pain deeply. She’s always had trouble fitting in at school, and when her grandma dies unexpectedly, her anchor is gone. Then Abby, a grade seven classmate, invites her home for lunch and offers her “something special” to drink. Nothing has prepared Tilly for the tingling in her legs, the buzz in her head and the awesome feeling that she can do anything. From then on, partying seems to offer an escape from her insecurities. But after one dangerously drunken evening, Tilly knows she has to change. Summoning her courage, she begins the long journey to finding pride in herself and her heritage. Just when she needs it most, a mysterious stranger offers some wise counsel: “Never question who you are or who your people are. It’s in your eyes. I know it’s in your heart."

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Posted 2018-11-17
Hide & Shriek

By Alison Hughes

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"When Emily, Tess, Cam and Dylan decide to ignore the new town curfew during their Friday-night game of hide-and-seek, they get more than they bargained for. Down by the river, they witness a shady deal go down involving some criminal types who recently moved into their neighborhood. When the teens are discovered, they are hunted through the dark streets and back alleys. They will have to use all their hide-and-seek skills to save each other. Ultimately, Emily, the youngest of the group and the best hider, discovers that sometimes staying hidden is the best way to escape."

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Posted 2018-11-17
American Road Trip

By Patrick Flores Scott

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"Brothers Teodoro and Manny Avila take a road trip to address Manny's PTSD following his tour in Iraq, and to help T. change his life and win the heart of Wendy Martinez. Includes information and resources about PTSD"

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Posted 2018-11-10
Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

By Christine Hurley Deriso

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"Jade Fulton and Ethan Garrett are opposites in every sense of the word. Ethan is an all-American poster boy—a star athlete dating the most popular girl in school and a devout Christian. Jade keeps mostly to herself. She abhors joining “things,” hates everyone at their high school except her best friend, Gia, and considers herself agnostic. When Ethan and Jade find themselves locked in an aerobics room overnight, their confinement forces them to push past the labels they’ve given each other. Jock. Loner. Jesus freak. Skeptic. Golden boy. Intellectual. Amid hours of arguing, philosophizing, and silly game playing, Ethan and Jade learn there’s a lot more to the other person than meets the eye. After that night, life returns to normal and each goes back to their regular lives. Still, neither one can shake the unexpected bond they formed and they can’t help but question what they’ve been taught to believe, who they want to be, and where their hearts truly lie."

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Posted 2018-11-10
Shinobi: The Lightning Oni

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"An action-adventure story in the vein of Japanese anime, Shinobi Ninja Princess is called a cross between Naruto and the television show Riverdale. This new volume continues the saga of Shianndrea from her unique perspective as a teenage girl battling with the demands of her destiny as a ninja prodigy."

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Posted 2018-09-10
Children of Blood & Bone

By Tomi Adeyemi

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"Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy."

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Posted 2018-09-10
Anger is a Gift

By Mark Oshiro

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"Moss Jeffries is many things -- considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd. But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else -- someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night. And most of all, he wishes he didn’t feel so stuck. Moss can’t even escape at school -- he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure at West Oakland High, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. That was even before the new regulations -- it seems sometimes that the students are treated more like criminals. Something will have to change -- but who will listen to a group of teens? When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift."

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Posted 2018-09-10
Fired Up About Capitalism

By Tom Malleson

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"There is no alternative to free-market capitalism. At least that's what we've been told since the 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher first declared the debate over. Politicians declare it, journalists parrot it, rich people gloat about it, and regular people simply assume it. Of all the weapons of the rich and powerful -- the billions stashed away in tax havens, the bought-and-paid-for politicians, their media empires, even their military might -- nothing is as powerful in securing their system as their ability to convince us that there is no alternative. But capitalism is a rotten system. It is unfree, unequal, environmentally destructive, globally unfair and culturally pernicious. The good news is that there are alternatives. In Fired Up About Capitalism, Tom Malleson explores the central problems of capitalism: inequality, domination at work, environmental degradation, global injustice, greed and individualism. He maps out some of the most exciting and promising alternatives and calls on young people to stand up to capitalism and build the world they want to see before it's too late."

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Posted 2018-08-18
Summer Constellations

By Alisha Sevigny

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"Summer is here and Julia Ducharme is ready for another season at the campground her family owns and runs. But when a wealthy developer wants to turn the only home she's ever known into a casino, Julia is desperate to find a solution that doesn't mean leaving behind the lake or the business her family has nurtured for decades. Afraid for the future, Julia looks to the stars to give her some perspective. Taking her telescope down to the dock one night, she has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers her a friendly ear and some helpful advice. But Julia is blindsided when she discovers the handsome stranger is none other than the developer's son, Nick Constantine. Nick doesn't agree with his father's aggressive business tactics and conspires to help Julia thwart the sale. But can she trust him with her heart?"-- Provided by publisher. Summer is here and Julia Ducharme is ready for another season at the campground her family owns and runs. But this year, a wealthy developer wants to turn the property into a casino, and her parents are considering the offer-- it would help pay her brother's medical bills. Julia looks to the stars to give her some perspective, and taking her telescope down to the dock one night has a chance encounter with a guitar-playing boy who offers her a friendly ear and some helpful advice. But the stranger is none other than the developer's son, Nick Constantine. Can she trust him with her family's business-- and with her heart?"

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Posted 2018-08-18
Carry On

By Rainbow Rowell

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"Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up."

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Posted 2018-08-10
Big Water

By Andrea Curtis

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"Seventeen-year-old Christina McBurney has led a sheltered life. But when her twin brother, Jonathan, dies of consumption, Christina, unwilling to be farmed out as a nursemaid or teacher, runs away from home and her destiny. In Owen Sound she boards the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes. She doesn't really have a plan other than to get to Sault Ste. Marie. She'll figure things out once she's settled. But a violent storm suddenly rises on Georgian Bay, and the overloaded and top-heavy steamship begins to sink. Christina is tossed overboard. Pulled to safety just before she loses consciousness, she finds herself on a lifeboat, surrounded by a number of bedraggled and terrified passengers and crew. One by one they succumb to their injuries, until only Christina and a brooding young man named Daniel are left alive. The usual rules of society no longer apply -- Daniel and Christina must now work together as equals to survive. Big Water is a fictional account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882."

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Posted 2018-08-10
Everlife

By Gena Showalter

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"Ten has been given the crucial choice of which soul to bring back from Second-death to fight for Troika, but will she choose the person she wants most beside her, or the one the realm needs to triumph once and for all? "

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Posted 2018-07-27
Shattered Sky

By Erin Hunter

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"After the ShadowClan falls, a group of rogues and their cruel leader are ruling the pine forest, and the Clan's only hope is to find the lost SkyClan and fulfill the StarClan's prophecy. "

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Posted 2018-07-27
Throne of Glass

By Sarah J.Maas

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"After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are menthieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined."

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Posted 2018-07-27
East

By Edith Pattou

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"A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment"

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Posted 2018-07-20
Dragonfly Song

By Wendy Orr

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"Wendy Orr has created a fabulous story about a girl, the first-born daughter of a priestess, who is abandoned at birth and lives amongst the slaves. At age twelve she learns her name, Aissa, and joins the acrobatic bull dancers who are sent away to compete on the island of the Bull King. The little girl found under a bush has no name and cannot speak. Is she a miracle child who escaped the raiders, or is she a bad-luck child, the one who called the Bull King's ship to the island? No one sees the mama-stone around her neck, with the sign of the dragonfly. And only Luki, in training to leap the bulls, knows that she charmed the viper who would have killed him. When the girl turns twelve, she discovers her name - Aissa - and she knows that her one chance to live freely is to become a bull dancer, and be taken away to the island of the Bull King."

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Posted 2018-07-06
Uncaged

By John Sandford

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"When an animal rights action at a research lab goes wrong, a terrible secret is exposed, and Shay must find her brother Odin before the researchers at Singular Corp can silence both of them"

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Posted 2018-07-06
Shiver

By Maggie Stiefvater

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"In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf, unaware he turns into a human for a short time each year, but when the two find one another in human form, the vow to do whatever it takes to stay together."

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Posted 2018-07-06
BIg Water

By Andrea Curtis

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"Seventeen-year-old Christina McBurney has led a sheltered life. But when her twin brother, Jonathan, dies of consumption, Christina, unwilling to be farmed out as a nursemaid or teacher, runs away from home and her destiny. In Owen Sound she boards the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes. She doesn't really have a plan other than to get to Sault Ste. Marie. She'll figure things out once she's settled. But a violent storm suddenly rises on Georgian Bay, and the overloaded and top-heavy steamship begins to sink. Christina is tossed overboard. Pulled to safety just before she loses consciousness, she finds herself on a lifeboat, surrounded by a number of bedraggled and terrified passengers and crew. One by one they succumb to their injuries, until only Christina and a brooding young man named Daniel are left alive. The usual rules of society no longer apply—Daniel and Christina must now work together as equals to survive."

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Posted 2018-06-29
The Goodbye Girls

By Lisa Harrington

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"The students at Lizzie's high school are notoriously terrible at breakups. Forget awkward conversations--they're dumping each other via text. Inspired by the terrible breakups around her, sixteen-year-old Lizzie, strapped for cash and itching to go on the school's band trip to NYC, teams up with her best friend, Willa, to create a genius business: personalized gift baskets--breakup baskets--sent from dumper to dumpee. The Goodbye Girls operate in secret, and business is booming. But it's not long before someone begins sabotaging The Goodbye Girls, sending impossibly cruel baskets to seemingly random targets, undermining everything Lizzie and Willa have built and jeopardizing their anonymity. Soon family, friendship, and a budding romance are on the line. Will Lizzie end up saying goodbye to the business for good?"

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Posted 2018-06-29
Black Chuck

By Regan McDonell

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"Psycho. Sick. Dangerous. Réal Dufresne's reputation precedes him. When the mangled body of his best friend, Shaun, turns up in a field just east of town, tough-as-hell Réal blames himself. But except for the nightmares, all Ré remembers is beating the living crap out of Shaun the night of his death. Shaun's girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Evie Hawley, keeps her feelings locked up tight. But now she's pregnant, and the father of her baby is dead. And when Réal looks to her to atone for his sins, everything goes sideways. Fast. The tighter Evie and Réal get, the faster things seem to fall apart. And falling in love might just be the card that knocks the whole house down."

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Posted 2018-06-29
Zero Repeat Forever

By G.S. Prendergrast

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"Sixteen-year-old Raven is off to do community service as a camp counselor in the Canadian wilderness, resolved to repair the damage she's done to her life and show her parents that her boyfriend Tucker can live up to his promises. But all her good intentions go up in smoke when the Nahx invade, destroying cities and taking control of the planet with terrifying swiftness. In their remote camp in the foothills of Alberta, Raven and her friends think they might be safe if they can just remain undetected, and find some way to survive the winter. Until a Nahx kills Tucker. He has no voice, or name, only a rank: Eighth. He doesn't know the details of his mission, only his duties, yet there's something familiar about the humans, something affecting about the way they scream and fall. But Eighth can't let that distract him. All he can do is follow his Offside and do what she tells him: kick down doors, tear open locks. He lives to make her happy. Until a human kills her... Driven by vengeance and fear, Raven and Eighth cross paths as autumn turns to winter. They should hate each other, want each other dead, but maybe, just maybe, they can help each other. In a world forever changed by violent forces neither of them understands, Raven and Eighth must warily forge ahead together in a search, not just for safety, but also for answers."

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Posted 2018-06-22
Trickster Drift

By Eden Robinson

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"Jared, seventeen, has quit drugs and drinking. But his troubles are not over: he's being stalked by David, his mom's ex. And his mother, Maggie, a living, breathing badass as well as a witch, can't protect him because he's moved from Kitimat to Vancouver for school. And Jared has got to figure out how to live peacefully with his Aunt Mave, who has been estranged from the family ever since she tried to "rescue" him as a baby from his mother. Though she smothers him with hugs, she is blind to the real dangers that lurk around them - the spirits and supernatural activity that fill her apartment. As the son of a Trickster, Jared is a magnet for magic - he sees ghosts, he sees monsters, he sees the creature that creeps out of his bedroom walls and wants to suck his toes. He also still hears the Trickster in his head, and other voices too. When crisis hits, Jaren can't ignore his true nature any longer."

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Posted 2018-06-15
Perfect

By Ellen Hopkins

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"Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there. Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body -- no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run -- on the field and off -- Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never understand."

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Posted 2018-05-18
Inkdeath

By Cornelia Funke

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"Ever since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the enchanted book Inkheart drew Meggie and her father, Mo, into its chapters, life in the Inkworld has been more tragic than magical.The fire-eater Dustfinger is dead, having sacrificed his life for his apprentice Farid's, and now, under the rule of the evil Adderhead, the fairy-tale land is in bloody chaos, its characters far beyond the control of Fenoglio, their author. Even Elinor, left behind in the real world, believes her family to be lost -- lost between the covers of a book. Facing the threat of eternal winter, Mo inks a dangerous deal with Death itself. There yet remains a faint hope of changing the cursed story -- if only he can fill its pages fast enough."

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Posted 2018-05-18
Brightly Burning

By Alexa Donne

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"Two hundred years after a supervolcano causes an ice age on Earth, making the planet uninhabitable, seventeen-year-old mechanic Stella Ainsley accepts a position as governess on the Rochester, a private space ship orbiting the moon, falls in love with theship's reclusive captain, befriends the secretive crew, and uncovers a plot that threatens the most vulnerable populations of the fleet."

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Posted 2018-05-11