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No One Else Can Have You

By Kathleen Hale

(Teen Fiction)

Murder in a small town is upsetting.  Murder in a Wisconsin town named Friendship is especially tragic.  High school student Kippy Bushman’s best friend Ruth is strung up in a cornfield like a scarecrow.  Everyone in Friendship (population 689 – make that 688 now) is so kind, and well, friendly!  Who could have done it?  Kippy decides she will use Ruth’s private diary to track down the killer.  But Kippy may learn more than she wanted about her friendship with Ruth. (Format: Print)




Tiger Lily

By Jodi Lynn Anderson

(Teen Fiction/Fantasy)

We all know the story of Peter Pan & Wendy, but what about the girl who came first?  Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but when she meets her tribe’s most dangerous enemy, she falls in love. (Format: Print)




Ship Breaker

By Paolo Bacigalupi

(Teen Fiction)

In a not-too-distant future, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, on the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast.  But when he finds a beached ship with a girl in the wreckage, will he strip it for his only chance at fortune, or rescue the beautiful girl inside? (Formats: Print; e-Book)




Tales of the Madman Underground: (an historical romance 1973)

By John Barnes

(Teen Fiction)

Karl Shoemaker has a big plan for his final year of high school.  To act normal enough to get out of attending group therapy – for the first time in many years.  There’s a few flaws with his plan, though, like his inability to abandon his friends – the other Madmen Underground (as the therapy kids call themselves), and dealing with his alcoholic, “free spirit” mother who keeps stealing his hidden cash, the many cats who live in their house, and working all five – yes, five – of his jobs.  Karl doesn’t really want much.  He just wants to get through his senior year of high school as a “normal” kid and then join the army, leaving his small Ohio town behind forever.  There’s a chance that it may happen, but first he needs to survive the beginning of the school year. (Format: Print)




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)




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