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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

A masterpiece of historical verisimilitude and gut-wrenching mystery, this is the tale of a powerful WWII friendship between a pilot named Maddie and a spy named Verity (among other things). Breathtaking, heartbreaking, and bursting with life. —Booklist Editors’ Choice. Grades 9–12.
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ISBN: 9781423152880
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

High school can be awful. But it’s slightly less awful when you have a team of sarcastic ants who trash-talk your bullies and provide you with sardonic encouragement at your most difficult moments. If that sounds weird, that’s because it is—but trust me, by the end of this book you’ll be wishing for an ant entourage of your very own. Odd, but very heartfelt, and unexpectedly vivid and real.
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$11.99
ISBN: 9780316129275
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2012

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

This is your typical love story—girl meets wolf, wolf becomes boy, boy and girl fall in love, boy becomes wolf. Ok, maybe not typical, and you may think you’ve read this one before, but with Stiefvater’s lovely, simple storytelling, what could have been a clichéd werewolf novel is transformed into a tender, thoughtful love story with unique werewolf mythology and two strong, sympathetic characters. This is a great first book in a stellar trilogy.
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ISBN: 9780545123273
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2010

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

True story: when I finished this book, I was crying so hard that my cat jumped onto my bed and started licking the tears from my face. So, you know, fair warning. But don’t be afraid. Only John Green could take the story of two teenagers battling cancer and falling in love and turn it into such a stunning, joyful and believable novel. And if you don’t believe me, ask just about anyone else on staff.

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ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“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 the foundations 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 9–12.
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ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

In this enthralling new world where dragons and humans coexist under an uneasy truce, Seraphina is an oddity: a talented girl musician with a cranky, elusive mentor—an orphan who doesn’t know her parentage—and the carrier of a secret that lies literally embedded in her skin. When the crown prince is killed, Seraphina is pulled into the treacherous hunt for the true murderer and into the chaos that ensues when two vastly different intelligent beings question each other’s right to exist. The best fantasy debut of the year. Grades 8–12.
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ISBN: 9780375866562
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2012

Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

Fantasy rarely has such rich and complex characters as this feverish page-turner of political intrigue. (Grades 9–12, Candlewick Press)
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ISBN: 9780763662608
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Published: Candlewick - February 12th, 2013

Feed by M.T. Anderson

This book will scare the heck out of you. It will make you want to delete your facebook account. And I don’t say this as a luddite—I have a smartphone, though I mostly use it to take pictures of puppies—but as someone who was genuinely shaken by this book’s eerily prescient description of technology literally taking over human bodies. There is so much to talk about in this book—our roles as consumers, the inescapability of the internet, and how technology alters our lives and what it forces us to give up. Harsh but not gloomy, with crackling dialogue and subtle, precise world-building.

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ISBN: 9780763662622
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Published: Candlewick - July 17th, 2012

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

I know that book groups might be hesitant to read a book that falls into the Young Adult genre, but truly I think any story that can depict childhood and coming of age in a way that can immerse both young and adult readers, is a story that is well worth discussion. In When Things Come Back 17 year-old Cullen narrates what happens when his small town suddenly becomes a hotspot after what was thought to be extinct woodpecker is spotted. Cullen is both impressed and mortified by his town's transformation—suddenly his peers are sporting woodpecker inspired haircuts and bird-watching becomes an ideal date. But then when his 15-year-old brother goes missing amidst the chaos, Cullen’s surprise turns to something more vigilant and shadowed. The gift of this YA novel (which was the winner of the coveted Michael Printz award) is the way that regret, surprise, and humor are all interweaved. Layered and remarkably unique, this novel calls to mind how ordinary and extraordinary are only a coin’s throw apart.

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ISBN: 9781442413337
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2011

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