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safekeeping

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ISBN: 9781250011343
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 18th, 2012

Karen Hesse glimpses a future for America that we won’t want to see. It has become a military state with all sorts of restrictions and rules. Radley, on her way back from volunteering in Haiti, discovers that her parents are missing as is any hint of her old life. But guns can’t eradicate the human spirit that she finds as she wanders in Vermont. Hesse’s photographs enrich the heartfelt text. Perfect for ages 14 and up.


Carol


Tiger Lily

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ISBN: 9780062003256
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Published: HarperCollins - July 3rd, 2012

A retelling of Peter Pan, but from the perspective of bold, noncomformist Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily belongs to one of the many groups of people living on the island of Neverland. She has always heard that Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are dangerous, but when she and Peter Pan cross paths, the two begin a relationship that runs deeper than friendship. This book casts Barrie's original story in a whole new light.

Jory


The Peculiars

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ISBN: 9781419701788
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 2012

When Lena sets out to learn the truth about her long lost father, she wonders if she, too, is violent, wild, peculiar.  Drawing heavily from the gothic tradition and set in an alternative version of the late 1800's, McQuerry's exceptional novel is both bildungsroman and roaring steampunk adventure--flying machines and goggles included.  It's also a thought-provoking examination of difference, criminality, science, and faith which features a strong protagonist trying to navigate a culture of genetic prejudice and enforced femininity.  Don't judge by the cover--you don't want to miss this gorgeous ride.
Kim


Peaches,

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ISBN: 9780060733070
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Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2012

Three very different girls end up on a peach farm in Georgia for the summer. Initially, Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy want nothing to do with each other. But as the summer progresses, they find their lives weaving meaningfully together, as they negotiate their families, deep secrets, and boys who they may (or may not) be falling in love with. The first book in the Peaches series triumphs unlikely friendships, and is full of warmth.
Jory


Wonder

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ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

A truly wonderful book about an ordinary boy called Auggie with an extraordinary face.  Both heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, we marvel at Auggie's bravery and applaud his family and friends as he struggles through the mine field that is middle school. Wonder is one of the best books of 2012 and has cross-over appeal for "older" readers too.

Susannah


No Crystal Stair

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ISBN: 9780761361695
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Published: Carolrhoda Lab (TM) - January 2012

“Whether you’re black as a crow or white as snow, if you don’t know and ain’t got no dough, you’re not gonna go.” - Lewis Michaux
Part historical fiction, part biography, No Crystal Stair is a reading experience like no other. I found myself inspired, moved, comforted, and even enraged by - and for - this man's story--he was such an influential figure. Michaux's Bookstore, as it was affectionately known, was the heart of the civil rights movement in Harlem for a good part of the 20th Century. It was here where Malcolm X gave many of his speeches. Award-winning author, and relative of Mr. Michaux, Vaunda Nelson brings this inspiring story to a whole new generation.
Carter


Above

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ISBN: 9780545296700
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 2012

Above is smart and brutal and utterly, devastatingly beautiful. I was completely blown away by everything that this book has to offer: characters, plot, writing, world-building, etc. Describing the premise makes it sound a little crazy - and I suppose it is. But seriously, this is one of the most unique and best-written novels I've read in a long time. That I've read period. And for you non-sci-fi / fantasy readers, ignore those bee wings on the cover. Yes, the story is fantastical, but in Bobet's hands it reads as entirely possible. Maybe it is. All I know is that I honestly love these characters and I still hurt for them. Consider me a BIG fan of this debut novelist.


Winter Town by Stephen Emond

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ISBN: 9780316133326
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2011

You know when you're walking around in a snowstorm, and it's all quiet, and you're totally warm in your heavy coat? This book reminds me of that. Thoughtful, full of dialogue, tenuous friendships, with threads of art and comics throughout-- I like to think of Stephen Emond as the introspective high-schooler's Jeff Kinney.


Jill


Refresh, Refresh

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ISBN: 9781596435223
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Published: First Second - September 29th, 2009

Josh, Gordon and Cody are high-schoolers from a small town in Oregon. Intense watercolor and ink drawings tell their story: their fathers are all serving in Iraq, and each is struggling with being the "man" of their household in their fathers' absence. Ultimately, this violent and bleak graphic novel presents a powerful picture of the sons left behind, as each dreams of following in his father's footsteps and serving in the military.

Jory


Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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ISBN: 9780316134026
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2011

Laini Taylor caught my eye with this lush, angels-and-demons tale: she constructs both a frightening and romantic world, half modern-day Prague and half Otherworld, as the backdrop for a thrilling apocalypse tale. If you've read any Cassandra Clare or Holly Black, then give this new cool punk-style fantasy a try, too.


Jill


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