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Body & Soul by Frank Conroy

Body & Soul by Frank Conroy In the dim light of a basement apartment, six-year-old Claude Rawlings sits at an old white piano, picking out the sounds he has heard on the radio and shutting out the reality of his lonely world. The setting is 1940s New York, a city that is “long gone, replaced by another city of the same name.” Against a backdrop that pulses with sound and rhythm, Body & Soul brilliantly evokes the …

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Happy Doomsday: A Novel by David Sosnowski

Happy Doomsday: A Novel by David Sosnowski The end of the world is the weirdest time to come of age. Welcome to the end of the world. One minute, people are going about their lives, and the next—not. In the wake of the inexplicable purge, only a handful of young misfits remains. When it all went down, “Wizard of Odd” Dev Brinkman was seeking shelter from the taunts of his classmates. Goth girl Lucy Abernathy …

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Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi (Olympian Challenger #1)

Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi (Olympian Challenger #1) A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus? Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer. Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her …

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What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick

What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick What if everybody chose to be kind? If you tell someone that they can’t play with you, there’s no harm done, right? But what if everybody said that? What if everybody forgot to be kind…and made fun of other kids’ artwork at school, or told a fib, or refused to share with a person in need? The world wouldn’t be a very nice place to live. But …

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A Gift of Life by R.W. Cademartori

A Gift of Life by R.W. Cademartori Set in a fictional medieval world, “A Gift of Life” is the coming of age tale of youth Mylon Archar who grew up with only the shadow of a father. Constantly reminded of his father’s heroic exploits serving the realm as a brilliant and charismatic general, Mylon struggles to cope with the reasons for his fathers constant absence. As Mylon comes into manhood, circumstances change harshly within his …

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Cry Baby by Ginger Scott

Cry Baby by Ginger Scott Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his. He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad …

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until …

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Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan The coming out story that will completely change the way you look at love. Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it? Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian. Lena realizes that …

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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble …

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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of …

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