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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman

Just broke up? This one’s for us! This beautiful book will make you cry and heal all at the same time. While this is an altogether exceptional book, what really strikes me is the amount of passion that went into making it. Every page, every illustration impresses upon me what a labor of love this was, for both author and illustrator, and that makes it a heartbreaking work of art.

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Flannery
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By Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316127257
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2011

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel isn’t your average 16-year old: goes to community college, recites T.S. Eliot from memory, watches marathons of America’s Next Top Model. And she can’t breath without the oxygen cart wheeling behind her. Augustus Waters, one-legged 17-year old virgin, may see a dead girl in her—or may be the one person to truly see her. This isn’t a story about cancer, or cancer survivors, but about love, in all its beauty, humiliation, pain, and ecstasy.
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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

Chime by Franny Billingsley

This is one of the most lushly imagined books I've read in a long time, and it also happens to be one of the best love stories I've read in awhile as well. It's about a tortured young woman named Briony who is convinced that she is a witch, and that she was somehow responsible for her stepmother's untimely death. The language is an incredible blend of old-world English and modern-day poetry.

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

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Something bad happened to Cat, and she hasn’t talked to anyone since. But now the boy she called best friend has been left for dead, the apparent victim of a hate crime, and Cat is the only one seeking justice in her tiny Southern town. But her years apart mean more is going on than Cat imagined: this crime is more than hatred. An enthralling mystery.

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780810984172
Availability: Backordered
Published: Amulet Books - May 1st, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie

In a future where the Society’s word decides all, and their word is final. But when Cassia finds that she has been accidentally matched with two people, she finds herself opposing the Society and everything she has ever known, fighting for her free will. The simple, stripped down writing matches the sweet love story, and left me excited for the sequel (which is even better!).

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780142419779
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Published: Penguin Books - September 20th, 2011

Chime by Franny Billingsley

As the Industrial Revolution encroaches on Swampsea, the creatures of the swamp rebel and the only one who can bridge the gap is Briony. But Briony is a witch, and witches are hung. And now there’s a new young man around, stirring up ideas she would rather stayed dormant. This National Book Award nominee beautifully blends modern and old English.

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

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

On an island where deadly horses rise from oceans depths every fall, the locals catch and race the beasts. This is the story of one brave, stubborn girl, and one quiet, horse-hearted boy. They have their own reasons for racing, but find themselves slowly drawn together. This is a fantastic, lyrically-written book about family, love, loyalty, and home. I loved it so much

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780545224901
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 18th, 2011

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It’s the heart breaking story of one girl’s reasons for taking her own life, played on cassette tapes she recorded. This stunning work in no way glamorizes suicide, but instead makes you reevaluate your role in the lives of the people around you. This book has actually saved lives, and reading it, you can understand why.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781595141880
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Published: Razorbill - June 14th, 2011

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

When his blowhard dad loses his job, Doug Swieteck’s family moves to tiny Marysville, a blue-collar town in upstate New York, far from his beloved Yankee Stadium. Doug is a smart, smart-ass 13-year-old. A new friend, Lil (Doug’s a delivery boy for her father’s grocery), refers to him as a “skinny thug.” Although Doug is secure in his mother’s quiet love, dodging his father’s blows (“He has quick hands,” Doug observed.), and his older brother’s rough bullying has made him careful. (It’s 1968. An older brother is in Vietnam. His gym coach has just returned. A man will soon walk on the moon.) Doug is used to navigating and observing. He’s very funny (he uses the language of baseball stats to chronicle life’s events). Slowly acclimating to the small town, Doug’s defensive humor gives way and he becomes complicit in his own learning. He learns to read in Miss Cowper’s detention class. (Schmidt barely reveals that Doug can’t read.) He learns to draw. Once a week Doug visits the library where Mr. Powell, the town librarian, teaches Doug to paint—really, how to see—using John James Audubon’s bird portraits as models. (An Audubon bird portrait introduces each chapter.) In fact, this costly portfolio is the key metaphor of the novel, a model for life as well as art. And this is also the key to Doug’s salvation, which is the point of this complex novel. This book, Okay for Now, unabashedly tackles very large ideas and several complicated plots. I’ve not mentioned most of them. The writing is unusually solid. There are a few plot contrivances; but I honestly don’t care. This story is among the most beautiful I’ve read and Doug’s voice sticks in my head like the voices of Salinger’s characters’ stuck so many years ago. Okay for Now is my selection for the 2012 Newbery Award. Grades 6–9.
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780547152608
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Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2011

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau & Maria Virginia Farinango

Based on the true story of coauthor Farinango, this collaborative novel provides a nuanced look at race and class in late 20th-century Ecuador. Born in an impoverished Andean village but sent to work for a well-to-do family at the age of 7, Virginia finds herself at the nexus of two cultures as she enters her teens—that of her indígina heritage and that of her mestizo employers. The narrative voice overlaps, deepening our understanding of Virginia as she speaks in the present moment as well as retrospectively. The result is a fully fleshed-out coming-of-age/identity story. Ages 13 and up.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780385738972
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2011

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