Jul 24, 2016
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Young Adult

TICK
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A troubled young girl finds her inner hero in a terrifying near-future world in: TICK

By Allison Rose

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this highly imaginative yet overcrowded novel by Allison Rose, Josephine (Jo) Bristol must struggle against many foes, both internal and external.

TWEENS
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Life advice to tweens from tweens in: NINE WAYS TO EMPOWER TWEENS WITH EMMA AND ELLIOT

By Kathleen Boucher

Rating:  star star star star star 

Fraternal twins Emma and Elliot share life skills for 10- to 12-year-olds in this lively life guide for tweens.

JADWA
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The path to and away from oppression and extremist religion in: JADWA’S STORY: BRIDE OF THE PROPHET, DAUGHTER OF ALLAH

By Aabra

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young girl struggles against the oppression leading her towards religious extremists and terrorism in this thought provoking story.

SHONG
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A sensitive hero, fated to help save the world, becomes a man in this globetrotting fantasy: THE SHONG WARS: DECLARATION

By George Lung

Rating:  star star star star star 

Zhang Ma is a young prince of a fierce Mongol warrior tribe known as the Shong.

THINGSTREE
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A young girl embarks on a yuletide trek to find her father, and herself in: THINGS ON A TREE

By D.L. Finn

Rating:  star star star star star 

THINGS ON A TREE is the tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas journey to try to save her father and discover who she really is.

TROPHY
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Whisker and the Pie Rats compete against other animal pirate crews for a coveted prize in: THE TROPHY OF CHAMPIONS

By Cameron Stelzer

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Pie Rat crew of the Apple Pie, Whisker, Ruby Rat, Fish Eye Fred, Pencil Leg Pete, Hook Hand Horace, and Captain Black Rat compete in a grueling tournament for the 25th Pirate Cup in this fun adventure for middle grade readers.

MARA
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Teddy Bears rescue a boy from nightmare creatures in: MAX AND THE MARA

By Jesse Arnold

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this action-packed, endearing young adult fiction, a group of brave, living teddy bears band together on a quest to rescue a boy kidnapped into the nightmare realm.

MONSTERREALM
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Fantasy turns into horrific reality in another world beneath the sea in: THE MONSTER REALM

By Nara Duffie

Rating:  star star star star star 

A girl’s search for her missing sister evolves into the unexpected when she discovers an impending war between monsters and humans and that she is the only one who can save the destruction of the two worlds.

HAULING
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Pushing through small town bonds in: HAULING THROUGH

By Peter Bridgford

Rating:  star star star star star 

A college graduate becomes part of a tight-knit lobstering community in Maine where a mysterious satellite lurks overhead, in this mysterious slice-of-life story.

COLOR
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Summer camp fun juxtaposed with lessons about race in: COLOR WAR

By Bruce McCandless

Rating:  star star star star star 

A teenager in an idyllic summer camp in the 1970s American South must suddenly face some harsh realities about race in America and about life.

EDGE
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A mysterious blog reveals freshman secrets in: EDGE THE BARE GARDEN

By Rosanne Cheng

Rating:  star star star star star 

An outcast freshman’s attempt for revenge makes waves when she posts sensitive student information on her blog.

KAYLEE
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Discoveries of love and music intertwine in: DISCOVERING KAYLEE

By Stu Kane, Hannah Wilkerson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Two teens embark on a journey of self-discovery and romance against the turbulent backdrop of the music industry.

HILL
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Atheism and Religion clash in an apocalyptic world in: CITY ON A HILL

By Ted Neill

Rating:  star star star star star 

After the Cataclysm, all religions were made illegal in the twin cities of Lysander and Fortinbras, the only communities to survive the fundamentalist war.

DEMONS
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Two teens, evil powers and Norse mythology collide in: DEMONS

By Ednah Walters

Rating:  star star star star star 

While an ancient evil works in secret against them, a clairvoyant witch must aid a young god and find her way home from the Norse realm of Hel.

RUNES
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A teenage girl discovers the truth behind the people around her in: RUNES

By Ednah Walters

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young teenage girl is drawn to a mysterious stranger in this sweet, paranormal romance.

GHOST
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A teenager learns to exist . . . as a ghost: THE GHOST CHRONICLES

By Marlo Berliner

Rating:  star star star star star 

A teenaged boy, killed in a car accident, must come to terms with his existence as a ghost.

SCHISM
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A handful of friends and strangers struggle in a dystopian world in: SCHISM

By Britt Holewinski

Rating:  star star star star star 

Young survivors of a virus that destroyed the world’s adult population struggle to put the pieces of society back together.

PHASE
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Indecision and dilemmas about sexuality in: A PASSING PHASE

By J. Paul Devlin

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young man tries to figure out who he is in the process of undergoing therapy to make him heterosexual.

FRACTURES
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An assassin continues her work in the afterlife in: FRACTURES

By Will James

Rating:  star star star star star 

A professional assassin commits her last murder, dies, and finds herself recruited to reprise her role in the afterlife.

OUTSHINE
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Two teens with extraordinary powers are juxtaposed against their normal teen desires in: OUTSHINE

By Nola Decker

Rating:  star star star star star 

OUTSHINE is the tale of two mismatched teens whose shared concern leads to the discovery that they have way more in common with each other than mutual disdain and not much in common with the rest of the world.

SILENCE
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Tween softball drama with happy endings in: SILENCE IN CENTER

By Jody Studdard

Rating:  star star star star star 

Protagonist, fourteen-year-old Melody Gold is part of Studdard’s Softball Star series. Melody fails to win a place on a Seattle-area tournament team when the coach turns her down because of her hearing problems: a condition that requires her to wear hearing aids.

MYND
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High tech comedy and intrigue in: THE MYND-FYND MACHINE

By Andrew Salchert

Rating:  star star star star star 

A precocious teenage boy genius invents a machine that reads brainwaves, and from there finds himself in way over his head.

Dolphins
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Canine detectives search for pirate treasure in: WHERE DOLPHINS DIVE

By Rhoda Canter

Rating:  star star star star star 

WHERE DOLPHINS DIVE is a delightful mystery story that follows canine detectives Bennett and Lola (a.k.a. Chief Inspector Brown and Sergeant Starfoot) as they search for a pirate treasure.

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An aspiring journalist by day is paralyzed by prophetic dreams in: THE PHOENIX RISING: DESTINY CALLS

By Phenice Arielle

Rating:  star star star star star 

A fantastical adventure through a refreshingly creative and elaborate world, THE PHOENIX RISING: DESTINY CALLS is heavy on plot and light on logic.