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  Cover Art: Anything but Typical Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Anything but Typical
Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world. Watch an interview with the author about this book.
195 p. 2009
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Close to Famous Bauer, Joan
Close to Famous
Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.
250 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Fox & Phoenix Bernobich, Beth
Fox & Phoenix
Sixteen-year-old Kai, a magician's apprentice and former street tough, must travel to the Phoenix Empire, where his friend Princess Lian is studying statecraft, and help her escape so she can return home before her father, the king, dies.
360 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Eve Carey, Anna
Eve
In 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus has wiped out most of the earth's population, Eve discovers the terrible fate that awaits students when they graduate from their all-girls school, and she sets off on a treacherous journey into the wilds of The New America, searching for a place where she can survive.
322 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Barn Boot Blues Friend, Catherine
Barn Boot Blues
When her parents swap urban life in Minneapolis for rural life on a farm 100 miles away, twelve-year-old Taylor feels as if she is living on another planet.
142 p. 2011
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading Greenwald, Tom
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far. Watch the book trailer!
220 p. 2011
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Page By Paige Gulledge, Laura Lee
Page By Paige
When Paige Turner and her family move to New York City from rural Virginia, she tries to make sense of her new life through her sketchbook, and it helps bring her true personality into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding. Watch the book trailer!
1 v. 2011
Teen Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Why We Broke Up Handler, Daniel
Why We Broke Up
Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end. Watch an interview with the author about this book.
354 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Secret Year Hubbard, Jennifer R.
The Secret Year
Reading the journal of the high-society girl he was secretly involved with for a year helps high school senior Colt cope with her death and come closer to understanding why she needed him while continuing to be the girlfriend of a wealthy classmate.
192 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Runaway Twin Kehret, Peg
Runaway Twin
Thirteen-year-old Sunny, accompanied by a stray dog, takes advantage of a windfall to travel from her Nebraska foster home to Enumclaw, Washington, to find the twin sister from whom she was separated at age three.
197 p. 2009
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Weird History : a Twisted Tour of America's Bizarre Past Lake, Matthew
Weird History : a Twisted Tour of America's Bizarre Past
...uncover abandoned places and haunted spaces, dig up ancient mysteries, shine a light on secret societies, and tell some spine-tingling cemetery stories. So, forget presidents, wars, treaties, and other important things; this entertaining compilation gives you America's first (and only) self-proclaimed emperor, Abigail Adams' ghost at the White House, aliens attacking New Jersey, and more!
128 p. 2011
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: In Darkness Lake, Nick
In Darkness
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804. Watch an interview with the author about the book.
341 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Planesrunner McDonald, Ian
Planesrunner
When fourteen-year-old Everett Singh's scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves a mysterious app on Everett's computer giving him access to the Infundibulum--a map of parallel earths--which is being sought by technologically advanced dark powers that Everett must somehow elude while he tries to rescue his father.
269 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Dan Eldon : Safari as a Way of Life New, Jennifer
Dan Eldon : Safari as a Way of Life
A biography of photojournalist Dan Eldon, featuring "reproductions of personal documents", and "a treasure trove of extraordinary memorabilia, including material previously unpublished". Watch the book trailer!
183 p. 2011
Teen Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Masters of Disaster Paulsen, Gary
Masters of Disaster
Twelve-year-old Henry's grand adventures spell disaster for best chums Riley and Reed, who always seems to land in a pile of "smelly goo."
102 p. 2010
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Bird in a Box Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Bird in a Box
In 1936, three children meet at the Mercy Home for Negro Orphans in New York State, and while not all three are orphans, they are all dealing with grief and loss which together, along with the help of a sympathetic staff member and the boxing matches of Joe Louis, they manage to overcome. Includes author's notes.
278 p. 2011
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Mission Save the Planet : Things You Can Do to Help Fight Global Warming Ride, Sally
Mission Save the Planet : Things You Can Do to Help Fight Global Warming
A how-to companion packed with simple things kids can do to have an impact. From simple measures like turning off the water while you brush your teeth, to bigger challenges like MAKING SOME NOISE in the larger community, this simple guide helps lay a conceptual foundation for kids to become responsible energy consumers in the years to come.
61 p. 2009
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Okay for Now Schmidt, Gary D.
Okay for Now
As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage. Watch an interview with the author about the book.
360 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Scorpio Races Stiefvater, Maggie
The Scorpio Races
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Watch the book trailer!
409 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Taylor, Laini
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known. Watch the book trailer!
418 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
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