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How to Say Goodbye in Robot

By Natalie Standiford

(Teen Fiction)

After moving to Baltimore and enrolling in yet another new high school, senior Beatrice makes a new friend with a passion for a quirky AM radio show.  Hijinks and self-discoveries ensue.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Just Ella

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

(Teen Fiction)

This is a take on the Cinderella fairy tale.  We learn what happens post glass slipper, when Ella has found her true love and is engaged to be married to Prince Charming.  It’s not all the bed of roses she’d hoped for, with servants to do everything and nobody expecting her to have a thought in her head.  Ella desires more from life than to be a pretty wife, but realizes that as a commoner, she is lucky to even be in this predicament!  Can she take her future into her own hands and truly live happily ever after? (Formats: Print; eAudiobook)

 

 

 

 

This Song Will Save Your Life

By Leila Sales

(Teen Fiction)

Do you remember the first song that just got you?  Elise leans to be a survivor by giving into the music, and learns that she has the passion & talent to be a great DJ at a local club.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

We’ve Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March

By Cynthia Levinson

(Teen Non-fiction)

During the height of the Civil Rights Movement, children (as young as 9 years-old) and teens stood up for what they believed was right.  Marching on Birmingham, Alabama, the youth fought for justice for all, regardless of race.  They were spat upon, screamed at, and belittled.  Their goal?  To fill the jails as they non-violently protested segregation.  Over 4,000 students participated and nearly 2,500 were arrested including that 9 year-old).  This book uses interviews, archival research, and other published resources to tell the story of how the children of Birmingham invigorated the waning Civil Rights movement. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: a True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery

By Steve Sheinkin

(Teen;  Biography)

Benedict Arnold: a man so dishonorable that his name has become synonymous with “traitor”. Yet before the soldier became a spy for the British army, he was a Revolutionary War hero whose actions turned the tides of war in favor of the American army. Arnold was a patriot whose brusque personality often annoyed those in power. Filled with action and plot twists, this non-fiction account of Benedict Arnold’s rise – and fall - in the American Army is both intriguing and exciting. The reader will find sympathy for the man who deeply loved his country, yet felt the only way to save it was to betray the very principles for which he fought. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)

 

  

 

Something, Maybe

By Elizabeth Scott

(Teen Fiction)

Hannah has the regular angst experienced by teenagers, but her situation is compounded by her parents.  Dad is a famous playboy who hasn’t had anything to do with her in years, and her mother ( a former girlfriend of Hannah’s father) is struggling to support Hannah by “exhibiting” herself on a website, capitalizing on her 15 minutes of fame.  This does not do anything for Hannah’s self-esteem and she basically stays under the radar.  She lusts after her co-worker, Josh, but why would he ever pay attention to somebody as burdened as Hannah. The heartbreak of being a teenager bubbles to the surface in this great love story.  (Format: Print)

 

  

 

The Program

By Suzanne Young

(Teen Fiction)

When suicide becomes a worldwide epidemic, the only known cure is The Program, a treatment in which painful memories are erased, a fate worse than death to seventeen-year-old Sloane who knows that The Program will steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend.  (Format: Print) 

 

 

 

Winger

By Andrew Smith

(Teen Fiction)

A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel. Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to whatever’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart. (Format: Print)

  

 

 

Every Day

By Davis Levithan

(Teen Fiction; ages 14 and up)

Sixteen-year-old A wakes up inside a different body each and every day. Sometimes it’s a girl; sometimes a boy. He doesn’t know why it happens, but he does know that he cannot interfere with his host’s life. He accepts this, until one day, he falls in love. A fascinating look at the world through the eyes of a rather unique character.

 

 

 

Seraphina

By Rachel Hartman

(Teen Fiction)

This splendid fantasy proves that there are still dragon tales to be told.  Tensions are growing among the humans and dragons forty years after the treaty was signed, and when the prince is found murdered, war seems inevitable.  It’s up to Seraphina, a gifted court musician who hides a dangerous secret, to help the king solve the mystery. 

 

 

 

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