Young Adult

Every so often, you read a book that gives you exactly what you’re looking for at a given moment. Origami, magic, ridiculously cute dogs and the quest to accept and overcome the unbearable were what I needed, and this book has them all. McKinley’s superb crafting will appeal to teens and adults alike, reminding us that nothing is ever as simple or as ordinary as it seems.
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Jax
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ISBN: 9780399165795
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 26th, 2013

I was sick of vampires, but since this was written by the talented Holly Black, I had to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. Set in a world where vampires live in ghettos called Coldtowns and their parties stream live online, and featuring a fierce, smart and dedicated heroine, Black’s graceful writing and sheer originality cleanse away the glittery romance of vampirism.
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780316213103
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2013

Cath is off to college, which is extra scary because she’s leaving behind her single dad, and her identical twin doesn’t want to room with her. Good thing she’s got fan fiction to write! Smart, funny, sweet and tough, with a fantastic mock Harry Potter world on which to base Cath’s fan fiction, it made me so feel delightfully warm and fuzzy, I felt like I had swallowed a kitten.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781250030955
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 10th, 2013

In a future where technology brings every high, Knox is a child of the elite. Everything is his – except his punishments. Those go to his proxy, Syd, who lives in the slums and takes all of Knox’s discipline. It’s a harsh life, but one with a way out, until Knox commits an unforgivable crime. This sharp, futuristic retelling of the whipping boy’s story is perfect for the teen in your life!
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Flannery
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257766
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Published: Philomel Books - June 18th, 2013

Eleanor is a red-headed girl from a tough home. Park is a half-Asian kid who repels attention. Against all odds, they fall in love. Rowell’s book is sweet, funny, intense and emotional in all the best ways. As John Green wrote, "Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book."

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Casey
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ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

I have never seen a more unique graphic novel than this charming tale of dangerous romance. Told mostly through photographs and snippets of hand-written letters, Chopsticks takes the reader into the forbidden love of two teenagers, a pianist and a boxer, who find strength in each other as the pressures of their own successes become too burdensome.
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Sara
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By Jessica Anthony (Created by), Rodrigo Corral (Created by)
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ISBN: 9781595144355
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Published: Razorbill - February 2nd, 2012

Looking for Alaska is John Green’s debut novel, and in my opinion his best. If you were ever unhappy as a teenager, then this book is for you. If the dynamic and hilarious characters don’t draw you in, the format of the story will. A countdown pulls you towards a mysterious event at the story’s center, after which everything changes. Moving, witty, and highly funny.

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Emily
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ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Speak - December 28th, 2006

I love a good protagonist and Cinder is one of my favorites. She reminds me of Kaylee from Firefly and has the spunk and skill to be worthy of the comparison. Royal politics and the fate of her country intrudes on her escape plan, revealing things about herself and her past that she never expected. This book mashes up classic fairytale and science fiction to create an awesome YA title.
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Jax
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$9.99
ISBN: 9781250007209
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Published: Square Fish - January 8th, 2013

I spent some time and quite a lot of expletives attempting to write something very nice—something devout—in homage to God Got a Dog, Cynthia Rylant’s book of 16 poems, each one about God (the same God but different) trying on his or her humanity. Instead, I’ll give you a few parts of one poem. And a nod, no, a genuflection, to illustrator Marla Frazee, who knows it’s all in the details. I’d let her do God anytime.

God Got a Desk Job
Just to see what it
would be like.
Made Her back hurt.
...
She could feel the Light
inside Her grow
dimmer and dimmer
and She thought that
if She had to pick
up that phone
one more time
...
The only thing that got
Her through to the
end of the day was
Snickers bars.
She ate thirty-seven.
Plus thinking about the Eagle Nebula
in the constellation Serpens.
That helped.

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By Cynthia Rylant, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442465183
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 29th, 2013

In all good westerns, place is palpable. Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871 was the site of the largest passenger pigeon nesting ever, a flock covering 850 square miles. The birds in flight darkened the sky, soiled the town like dirty snow, and made wild pigeon pie a staple in most homes. 13-year-old Georgie, living in Placid, is content to help Ma and Grandfather Bolte run the general store. Her older sister, Agatha, on the other hand, yearning to be accepted into a college that would allow a woman student, leaves town. When a body wearing her clothing is found, but in such poor condition that its identity cannot be confirmed, Georgie refuses to believe that her sister is dead, and taking her Springfield rifle (she’s the best shot around), hits the road. One Came Home is a gritty, engrossing mystery/western with superb comic relief that, like last year’s (Newbery Honor) Three Times Lucky, will entertain children and adults alike. Grades 6–9.

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ISBN: 9780375869259
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

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