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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a not too distant future, 17-year old Nailer lives and works on the Gulf Coast salvaging scrap from defunct oil tankers with his crew of “ship breakers.” Like many works of science fiction, the premise of Bacigalupi’s Printz Award–winning YA debut is frighteningly plausible—dare I say imminent?—but what sets Ship Breaker apart is the vividness of Bacigalupi’s prose, and his thoroughly developed, diverse cast of characters. Ages 13 and up.

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ISBN: 9780316056199
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2011

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Briony believes she is a witch. In her backwater English village, a place that is reluctantly experiencing the Industrial Revolution and all of its change, this is an offense punished by hanging. Briony also believes that she is responsible for the death of her stepmother and the disabling of her sister, and as penance she forbids herself from visiting her beloved bog, where she once communicated with the Old Ones. The Old Ones, various witches, spirits, brownies, and other creatures, are none to happy about the dawning of the 20th century or the railroad that comes with it. When they place a curse on the town that sickens her sister, Briony knows that she is the only one who can intervene, but to do so would risk exposing her many secrets. With a viscerally earthy setting and a wry, passionate, and intelligent protagonist, Chime has the dark allure of an old English ballad, and the language is oddly new and beautiful. Ages 13 and up. —Kat & Ga

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ISBN: 9780803735521
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Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2011

Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

You are “Blink”—runaway, scavenger, survivalist, whose precarious existence is overtaken and transformed by witnessing a (fake?) kidnapping of a high-profile CEO. You are not “Caution”—also a runaway, whose self-destructing life serves as a penance for the crimes of her past. While running from an abusive (ex)boyfriend, Caution’s path intersects with Blink’s mystery, from there entwining the two lives and stories into one incredible journey. Just try to catch your breath. Grades 9–12

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ISBN: 9780763639839
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Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2011

Jellico Road by Melina Marchetta

This young adult novel won the coveted Michael Printz award in 2009 and it proves to be deserving. A mystery that is part love story, part family drama, and part coming-of-age story, Marchetta weaves a tale that is as heart-felt as it is intriguing. Abandoned by her mother at age eleven, Taylor has scattered memories about her early childhood and past. At night she dreams of a boy in a tree who keeps trying to tell her something, in the day she is managing the complexities of the boarding school that has taken her in. Set in the Australian outback, nothing in this novel is what it seems, except for the scope of its friendships, the reach of its imagination, and the depth of its character—those are all true. This is a beautiful novel for all ages, one you don’t want to miss.

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ISBN: 9780061431852
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Published: HarperTeen - March 9th, 2010

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Liesel’s experience in Nazi Germany unfolds with Death as a narrator—and tells of the power that friendship has to change lives, even under the worst possible circumstances. To be understood and accepted is a universal human need.   

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ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

On the Devil’s Court by Carl Deuker

Joe wants to play basketball so perfectly that he is willing to sell his soul to the devil to get there. But is it worth it to become a star player? On the Devil’s Court is a great basketball book for any tween or young adult who wants to combine their love of basketball with a complex plot filled with mind games, superstition, and interesting characters. Grades 7–12
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ISBN: 9780316067270
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2008

Ball Don’t Lie by Matt De La Pena

Sticky is a foster kid who faces challenges throughout his life. He turns to basketball and the streets to find out who he is and where he belongs. Selected by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults, Matt De La Pena’s gritty, urban novel demonstrates the depth of character found in the passion for a sport. Booklist says, “Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable, distinctly male voice; the thrilling, unusually detailed basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages.” Grades 9–12
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ISBN: 9780385734257
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2007


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