Young Adult

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Since 1959: An Eight Year-old’s Initiation into the World of Cleveland Indians Baseball and Life in the Fifties

Rating: 2
The book follows the fortunes of the Cleveland Indians baseball team in their 1959 pennant race. It opens with eight-year old Andy rising at 5:30AM to retrieve the newspaper (and milk delivered to the door step) and read the “Cleveland Indians starting line up for the 1959 baseball season opener.”
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The Black Stone Prophecy

Rating: 3
Alex Baj’s Young Adult Fantasy novel The Black Stone Prophecy is the first in a series centered around 12 year old Tom O’Malley and the magical realm of Nyi.
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Loving Emily

Rating: 5
Ryan Miller’s life is in upheaval following the death of his best friend Michael – a death Ryan believes he could have prevented if only he hadn’t turned his back on Michael to seek out Emily. Now, the only thing he can do to make things better is to take care of the secret Michael told him before he died.
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Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story

Rating: 5
Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story is a young girl’s coming of age story showing her struggles as she grows up with a religious fanatic mother, a step-father she can’t stand and the man she idealizes – her father.
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I Loved You First

Rating: 4
Alex is a typical college freshman with a crush on a guy. The only problem is that Seth has been her best friend since high school and, he’s gay.
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January Kills Me

Rating: 3.5
Samantha Rialto, a recently divorced, defensively snarky middle school music teacher, has taken up surveillance photography as a way to fill the gaps in her educator’s salary. That is until a particularly cold week in January when Sam finds herself entangled in a mystery involving dead people, copious amounts of cash and a nutty Tai Chi enthusiast.
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Alternate Ending

Rating: 3.5
Josh Miller is a high school sophomore and tennis-pro wannabe. When his physics teacher presents the theory of alternate universes Josh wonders if it's possible that there’s another world in which he’s not such a nerd.
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Weaver of Song: The Birth of Silent Night

Rating: 3.5
In the beautifully illustrated Weaver of Song, Mary Helene Jackson tells the fascinating story of "Silent Night" composer's Franz Gruber's struggle.
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Switched

Rating: 4
You've read about her in USA Today and The Huffington Post. Now you can read IR's review of Switched, by indie's reigning Queen Amanda Hocking
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Kandide and the Secret of the Mists, The Calabiyau Chronicles, Book 1

Rating: 3
Perfect for the 8-12 year old set, the book tells the story of Kandide, a spoiled nineteen year old fairy.
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From the Abuela's Window

Rating: 3.5
From the Abuela's Window is a story of ordinary people doing what they can to help each other and in small ways undermine a brutal system—it is about staying human when faced with inhumanity all around.
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Alexander and the Moon: A Storybook

Rating: 4
Alexander and the Moon is a storybook written in the throes of chemotherapy by pediatric cancer survivor Max Ritvo and is illustrated by undergraduates at Yale University, who received funding for the project from the prestigious Louis Sudler Art Grant.
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Kandide and the Secret of the Mists, The Calabiyau Chronicles, Book 1

Rating: 3.5
Perfect for the 8-12 year old set, the book tells the story of Kandide, whose perfect childhood is ruined when her wing is injured and she is segregated with the rest of the Imperfect fairies.
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Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1

Rating: 2
A family of four with two homeschooled children who are being "roadschooled” by their parents, as they drive around the country in an RV.
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Rock Chick

Rating: 2
India “Indy” Savage is the owner of a used book store and coffee shop. She is unwittingly involved in a crime ring, when her best barista loses a bag of diamonds and bad guys begin shooting at him.
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Magician of Oz

Rating: 2
An attempt to create a classic children's story that falls far short of the mark of a classic.
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One Hour Martin-izing

Rating: 2
Marty and Cassidy Tyroni are a married couple who lead secretive lives.
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The Wild Things

Rating: 3
Based loosely on the story by Maurice Sendak about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can't control, and the screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze.
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Escape from Sunday School

Rating: 3
Four twelve year olds take Manhattan on an action-packed, non-stop adventure.
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That Same Summer

Rating: 3.5
From "capture the flag" game to nighttime commando operations, That Same Summer is a magical and wondrous world of sleep-away camp. from color war to judgment night, Ari takes the reader into
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Summer Sleep Away

Rating: 3.5
Sweet and innocent, Summer Sleep-Away will keep the 10-12 year olds engaged and remind adults what it felt like to be a kid far from away from home for first time.
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Memories of the Little Elephant

Rating: 4
A charming tale, boldly illustrated, depicting the story of African people and their journey across the world.