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Seven Days of You

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By Cecilia Vinesse

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Love & Romance; Social Issue: Friendship

Grades: 10 & up

 

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Seventeen-year-old Sophia has seven days left as a student at the international school in Tokyo, Japan, before she moves back to the States with her family. One week to say good-bye to her friends, school, and–after a lifetime of moving around the globe–the closest thing to home she’s ever known. Sophia intends to make the most of every karaoke- and konbini-filled second. Until Jamie Foster-Collins reappears after three years away and ruins everything.

 

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak; one that Sophia thought was far behind her. She just wants to spend her remaining time with her wild best friend Mika and her eternal crush David. But as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were so stable begin to crash around her, and Sophia and Jamie forge a last-minute connection neither of them anticipated. When Sophia’s with Jamie, it’s as though she is seeing Tokyo again for the first time. Can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

 

Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han, this debut novel from Cecilia Vinesse is a smart, swoony, funny, and believably complicated story of family, friends, and first loves.

Truly Madly Famously

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By Rebecca Serle

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Personal Development: Careers, Personal Development: Self-Discovery, Teen Life: Personal Development, Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality

Grades: 7 & up

 

Lights, camera, love!

 

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood’s newest It Girl, Paige Townsen, has a blockbuster film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world’s most famous couple comes with a price. No matter where Paige goes, someone is always watching. Soon she finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and weathering tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.

 

As she navigates her new L.A. life in this exciting sequel to Famous in Love, Paige finds that she doesn’t know who to trust: Old friends could be betraying her secrets, and new friends are keeping secrets of their own.

Drift & Dagger

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By Kendall Kulper

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Magic/Fantasy

Grades: 7 & up

 

In Mal’s world, magic is everything. But Mal is a “blank,” the anti-magic. Blanks can’t be hexed or cursed or saved or killed by magic. And everyone is afraid of them–even Mal himself.

 

So Mal hides what he is–except from Essie Roe, a witch and his best friend. On the day Essie reveals his secret and casts him out from the only home he’s ever known, Mal experiences the true shock of betrayal.

 

Now Mal travels the world in search of rare, illegal magical relics. When his partner in crime, Boone, hears rumors of a legendary dagger that can steal a witch’s power, Mal knows he’s finally found his means of revenge. But as the chase for the fabled knife takes them from Boston to Paris to Constantinople, Mal realizes there are secrets afoot that he’s only beginning to understand–and all the while the blank monster inside him threatens to escape.

 

PRAISE

“Narrated by Mal, this prequel to Kulper’s popular Salt and Storm sustains the high quality and tenor of the earlier book. Mal and Essie are evocative of Emily Brontë’s Catherine and Heathcliff, although their circumstances are very different, and the treasure hunting and mid-nineteenth- century travel will give this book wide appeal.” — Booklist

 

“Kulper creates a vivid, richly detailed alternative world grounded in history but with the added magical twist…  Characterizations, particularly the angry, afflicted Mal, pop as vividly as the alternative setting, offering readers an absorbing experience. Unusual and highly engaging.” — Kirkus Reviews

 

“Fans of alternate histories will enjoy the author’s skillful world-building and fantastic dialogue.” — School Library Journal

Dangerous Deception

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By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Magic/Fantasy, Teen Life: Personal Development, Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality

Grades: 7 & up

 

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From the world of Beautiful Creatures–a dangerous new tale of love and magic continues in the sequel to Dangerous Creatures.

 

After a disastrous car crash outside New York City, Ridley Duchannes-Dark Caster, Siren, and bona fide bad girl-has gone missing. Her wannabe rocker and quarter Incubus boyfriend, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, was driving, and when he comes to, Ridley is nowhere to be found. The only clue is the giant raven emblazoned on the hood of the truck that hit them, which can mean only one thing: Silas Ravenwood is back. And he has Ridley.

 

Determined to find her, Link reunites with old friends John Breed and Liv Durand, his New York bandmates, and the mysterious Lennox Gates-who has his own reasons for tracking down Ridley. Together they travel through the Caster Tunnels and the Deep South to New Orleans, where they uncover the truth about the infamous Ravenwood labs and exactly what Silas has been doing within those walls. By the time Link and his friends reach Ridley, she is no longer the Siren they know and love. She’s something new. This time, love might not be enough to save them.

 

In this sequel to Dangerous Creatures, the bestselling spin-off of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels, coauthors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl deliver an intoxicating blend of magic, suspense, and danger.

Kissing Ted Callahan


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Kissing Ted Callahan

(And Other Guys)

By Amy Spalding

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality, Personal Development: Friendship, Personal Development: Character Development

Grades: 10-12

 

Sneak out. Make out. Rock out.

 

Riley and her best guy friend, Reid, have made a pact: they’ll help each other pursue their respective crushes, make something happen, and document the details in a shared notebook.

 

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over a girl’s heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, the guy she’s been obsessed with forever. His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But between a chance meeting with a fellow musician in a record store and a brief tryst with a science-geek-turned-stud–not to mention Ted’s own tentative attentions–cute guys are suddenly popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! As their love lives go from zero to sixty in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid’s pact may prove to be more than they bargained for.

 

Filled with cute dogs, cute boys, and a few awkward hookups, this hilarious tale from Amy Spalding chronicles the soaring highs and embarrassing lows of dating in high school.

 

PRAISE

“It’s refreshing to see a boy-girl friendship built on mutual support that doesn’t drift into romance…  [I]rreverent and funny.” —Publishers Weekly

 

“Recommended for teens looking for realistic stories without a hefty amount of drama.”—School Library Journal

 

“Riley and Reid are witty and believable, and Spalding’s story has tons of teen appeal.”—Voices of Youth Advocates

 

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A Million Miles Away

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By Lara Avery

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject:Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies, Personal Development: Loss, Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality

Grades: 10-12

 

Twin sisters Kelsey and Michelle Maxfield look identical — but they couldn’t be more different. Kelsey is the captain of the dance team and loves her cute college boyfriend, Davis. Michelle is a free-spirited artist and flits from one guy to the next, the latest a soldier recently deployed to Afghanistan. Despite their differences, Kelsey and Michelle can’t live without each other — until, in an instant, everything changes.

 

When Michelle dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. As the only one who knows about her sister’s boyfriend, Peter, Kelsey takes it upon herself to find him and tell him what happened to Michelle. But when she finally connects with Peter online, he thinks that Kelsey is Michelle and says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey can’t bear to break his heart with the truth, so she lets Peter believe that she is Michelle.

 

Kelsey keeps up the act, pretending to be her sister, and soon she can’t deny that she’s falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn’t want.

 

Lara Avery delivers a breathtaking story of love and loss that is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.

 

PRAISE

“It’s remarkably easy to suspend disbelief while reading this compelling romance, despite a plot with so many moments that defy logic. But love and grief aren’t logical, and Avery captures Kelsey’s dilemma with compassion and verisimilitude, pulling readers into both Kelsey’s complex emotional web as well as the rural Kansas landscape. This is definitely several steps above the standard romance; Avery is a voice to watch in this genre.” — Booklist

 

“This is not a simple story… the issues of sibling rivalry, family cohesion, grieving, and maturity provide great discussion topics in teen or cross-generation discussion groups.”— Voices of Youth Advocates

Six Impossible Things

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By Fiona Wood

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Family / Alternative Family; Social Issues / Adolescence; People & Places / Australia & Oceania

Grade: 7 & up

 

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1. Kiss Estelle.
2. Get a job.
3. Cheer my mother up.
4. Try not to be a complete nerd/loser.
5. Talk to my father when he calls.
6. Figure out how to be good.

 

Nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a whole heap of problems, including a reversal of family fortune, moving, new-school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and a massive crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he’s narrowed it down to just six impossible things….

 

In this charming story of one guy’s efforts to get it together when his life is falling apart, award-winning author Fiona Wood introduces an irresistible voice and a delightfully awkward character who is impossible to forget.

 

PRAISE

★ “Told in Dan’s voice, the narrative reveals a young man whose sardonic view of himself and those around him provides an amused but angst-filled tone. There is situational humor, as well, in cinematic-like scenes, particularly in the classroom… Imagery is another of this novel’s strengths. Dan expresses his outsider status as being like a lemon rolling down an apple chute… The story’s charming and unique characters really carry the day. Readers will care about the teens who struggle to come of age.” —Voices of Youth Advocates

 

“Australian author Wood has created a pitch-perfect teen voice in Dan’s first-person narrative. He’s by turns sorrowful, impulsive, caring, and funny, with occasionally brilliant turns of phrase: “I feel like a lemon rolling down the apple chute.” It’s refreshing to see a romance from a teen boy’s perspective, and Dan is a Romeo to root for.” —Booklist

 

“With sensitivity and humor, Wood traces the roller-coaster life of a boy in the midst of significant upheaval. Dan’s honesty, smarts, and earnest efforts to do good may not earn him any popularity points at school, but they will win readers’ affection and admiration.” —Publishers Weekly

 

“School dances, first dates, and sneaking out are just some of the high school hijinks that are humorously depicted with a fresh perspective…Snappy dialogue, charming characters, even pacing, and poignant sentence-level writing make this offering a must-have.” —School Library Journal

Not If I See You First

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Not If I See You First

By Eric Lindstrom

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Love & Romance; Social Issues: Death & Dying; Social Issues: Friendship; Social Issues: Diability

Grades: 9 & up

 

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The Rules:

Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.

 

Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.

 

Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.

 

Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

 

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react-shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened–both with Scott, and her dad–the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.

 

Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, debut author Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.

 

PRAISE

★ “Lindstrom’s immersive portrayal of the dimension Parker’s blindness adds to both atypical and everyday angst imbues his protagonist with mature complexity. Like the Army vest covered in slogans or the colorful blindfolds she wears like a “Rorschach test,” Parker’s snarky bravado is not only for armor, but for input—a way to gauge other people’s capacity for honesty, critical for navigating her world. Parker herself does not escape analysis (or sympathy), ultimately confronting her problems through what others reveal. An unflinching exploration of trust, friendship, and grief.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

“Possesses crackling wit, intense teen drama, and a lively pace that pulls readers in, as do the everyday details of Parker’s world: spoken-word texts, clever methods of finding her way, and a guide runner who helps Parker when she considers joining the school track team. This unique coming-of-age tale is off and running from the start.” —Booklist

 

“In creating a heroine whose drive for independence brings both risks and rewards, Lindstrom adds a note of complexity to his gripping depiction of how Parker learns to trust and forgive.” —Publishers Weekly

 

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Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between

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By Jennifer E. Smith

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality, Teen Life: Personal Development, Personal Development: Friendship

Grades: 7th & up

 

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On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

 

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this new irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.

 

PRAISE

“What keeps [the story] fresh and on the literary side of the genre are engaging, closely observed characters, Clare and Aidan among them, portrayed with such intimate, intense authenticity that readers too feel invested in their choices. Another smart and savvy book to add to Smith’s oeuvre.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

“Students approaching the college transition, those who have already experienced it, and fans of romantic, realistic fiction will most enjoy this relatable, emotive story.” – School Library Journal

 

“Over one epic evening, Jennifer E. Smith expertly captures every painful, perfect nuance of first love. I didn’t want the night–or this book–to end.” – New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen

 

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is the love story of Claire and Aidan, high school sweethearts who spend one last day together before college separates them, possibly forever. It’s also the love story of good friends, of home, of what used to be and what’s to come. This latest stunner from Jennifer E. Smith will linger in your aching heart. (But it’s a good ache. The best kind.) It’s an ache that comes from characters who are so real they breathe, and a relatable story that generates feels–lots of them–on every page.” – Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

Dangerous Creatures

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By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Magic/Fantasy, Teen Life: Personal Development, Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality

Grade: 7 & up

 

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Ridley Duchannes is nobody’s heroine. She’s a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can’t trust her, or yourself when she’s around. And she’ll be the first to tell you to stay away–especially if you’re going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.

 

Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn’t care if Rid’s no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link’s dreams are about to come true.

 

But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link’s bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what’s a Siren to do?

 

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of the Beautiful Creatures novels, are back to cast another magical spell. Their signature blend of mystery, suspense, and romance, with a healthy dose of wit and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.

 

PRAISE

★ “The authors ground their Caster world in the concrete, skillfully juxtaposing the arcane, magical world with Gatlin’s normal southern lifestyle….[Fans will] plead for more.”- Voices of Youth Advocates, starred review

 

“Smart, textured and romantic.” – Kirkus Reviews