Young Adult

Quincy and Biddy are “speddies”—that is, special education kids—who have made it through the school system and who now need to be put somewhere by the state; their families sure don’t want to take them back. The two very different girls wind up in a tidy garage apartment, trading work for rent from the elderly, insightful Elizabeth. Quincy doesn’t trust her, but then, Quincy doesn’t trust anyone, not since her mother tricked her grandmother into taking her in and then ran off. Biddy is an open book, gullible and slow, but she hides secrets under the huge trenchcoat she sports all hours of the day. As the girls navigate their new lives and each other, an unexpected resilience and even wisdom begins to shine through. A supremely well written and surprising tale that will upset your preconceptions while sucking you in from the first few lines. Grades 10 & up.
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Tera
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780763662677
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 27th, 2014

Years earlier, Finn Easton’s mother was killed in a bizarre accident that left Finn with a broken back and seizures. After the accident, his father wrote a book, taking for his protagonist much of what made Finn uniquely Finn—his name, his heterochromatic eyes, his habit of viewing time in terms of miles rather than minutes, his epilepsy, the scar on his back. The book, The Lazarus Door, became a sci-fi cult classic known everywhere, and Finn is unsure if he is real. In balance, there are several very real, very good things in Finn’s life—his honest, tender relationship with his dad; his possibly insane but definitely charming, raunchy, best friend, Cade Hernandez; and—new girl in 11th grade—Julia, amusing and creative and completely first-love-worthy. Adventures ensue. 100 Sideways Miles is smart, funny, profane, quite odd, and warmly humanistic. Grades 9–12.
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ISBN: 9781442444959
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

There are books that evoke nostalgia of a certain place or time, and then there's This One Summer. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki have created a gorgeous graphic novel which perfectly encapsulates that age between kid and teenager, that feeling of wanting to be swept away in something bigger than yourself, and everything wonderful and terrible about having to grow up. 

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Andrea
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By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

If you are looking for a book to sweep you off your feet for a while, this is it. If you’re looking for your next beach/river/lake/plane/train/road trip read, this is it. If you’re looking for a book with a fascinating, well-executed concept and warm, authentic characters, this is it. If you’re looking for a great love story, this is it. So what are you waiting for?

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Kat
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$9.99
ISBN: 9780307931894
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Published: Ember - September 10th, 2013

This is a story about what holds people together, and what happens after lives fall apart. Set in Australia, Jellicoe Road follows Taylor Markham as she fights a teenage territory war, falls in love, and slowly unravels the mystery at the novel's center, the mystery of her own past. You will come to care deeply about the characters and their fates, and there are definitely some tear-jerking moments. 

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Emily
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ISBN: 9780061431852
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Published: Harper Teen - March 9th, 2010

“It’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck,” says Hazel, the singular voice of John Green’s newest and greatest young adult novel. The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, true, but it’s more than a love story. It’s a book that will shake you to your foundation and you will like it. The characters settle in on your living room couch, playing bloodthirsty videogames, arguing over literature, asking you why and what for is this life given or taken away, and you will be glad you opened this impossible genius of a book and will never entirely shut it again—I promise you. Grades 9+.

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Tera
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$12.99
ISBN: 9780142424179
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Published: Speak - April 8th, 2014

“Whipping Boy + Blade Runner with a sprinkling of The Hunger Games (plus, of course, a dash of A Tale of Two Cities) = a treat for teen SF fans.” —Kirkus. Grades 7+.

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780147511331
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Published: Speak - May 1st, 2014

“… a taut and charged historical novel…set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. Living and working in a bookshop, 17-year-old Josie Moraine dreams of attending college, anything to get away from her mother, a prostitute with Hollywood dreams and a knack for getting involved with the worst men. When Josie becomes involved in a high-profile murder investigation, she becomes even more entrenched in her circumstances. The sensual yet rigidly class-based setting is a real standout, and Sepetys has also built a stellar cast, which includes Willie, a strident but generous madam; Charlie Marlowe, the bookshop’s owner; and a pair of potential love interests for Josie. Readers will find Josie irresistible from the get-go (‘The only reason I’d lift my skirt is to pull out my pistol and plug you,’ she tells a guy early on) and will devour the sultry mix of mystery, historical detail, and romance.” —Publishers Weekly. Grades 9+.

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ISBN: 9780147508430
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Published: Speak - March 4th, 2014

“A tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality, and a passionate reminder that love—whether romantic or familial—should be open, free, and without shame.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review. A Printz Honor Book, Pura Belpré Award Winner for excellence in Latino literature, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

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ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

A wonderful debut novel full of wit, engrossing characters, and emotional truth. Following our protagonist Harry from a childhood defined by being struck by lightning while being bullied, through the rise of his emerging punk band, this is the story about the ebbs and flows of friendship, finding our true passion, and winding our way through the physical and emotional scars that try to hold us back. This is a must read and simply a great book.
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Casey
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781606844397
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Published: Egmontusa - January 21st, 2014

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