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  Cover Art: Firegirl Abbott, Tony
Firegirl
A middle school boy's life is changed when Jessica, a girl disfigured by burns, starts attending his Catholic school while receiving treatment at a local hospital. Book talk by Jackie C. at Eden Prairie Library.
145 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Bass Ackwards and Belly Up : a Novel Craft, Liz
Bass Ackwards and Belly Up : a Novel
When one of four best friends lies and says she will pursue her dream of writing a novel rather than start college, two others join in, one by going to Los Angeles to become an actress and one by backpacking through Europe to find herself, while the fourth goes to college, joins her hero's ski team, and tries to fall in love. Book talk by Dana B. at Ridgedale Library.
386 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Just Listen : a Novel Dessen, Sarah
Just Listen : a Novel
Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life. Book talk by Stephanie W. at Champlin Library.
371 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Drawing a Blank or How I Tried to Solve a Mystery End a Feud and Land the Girl of My Dreams Ehrenhaft, Daniel
Drawing a Blank or How I Tried to Solve a Mystery End a Feud and Land the Girl of My Dreams
Carlton Dunne IV, an outcast boarding school student with a secret identity as a graphic novelist, teams up with a beautiful Scottish girl who yearns to be an American police officer, to resolve an ancient feud and rescue Carlton's kidnapped father. Book talk by Joanna R. at Plymouth Library.
326 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: With a Little Luck : Surprising Stories of Amazing Discoveries Fradin, Dennis B.
With a Little Luck : Surprising Stories of Amazing Discoveries
From Isaac Newton's sudden grasp of gravity to Alexander Fleming's chance development of penicillin, this collection reveals the thrilling stories behind 11 monumental discoveries, as well as the tragedies and triumphs of the fascinating men and women behind these advances. Illustrated with historical photos and engravings. Book talk by Joni K. at St. Louis Park Library.
183 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: River Secrets Hale, Shannon
River Secrets
Young Razo travels from Bayern to Tira at war's end as part of a diplomatic corps, but mysterious events in the Tiran capital fuel simmering suspicions and anger, and Razo must spy out who is responsible before it is too late and he becomes trapped in an enemy land. Book talk by Peggy B. at Excelsior Library.
290 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Rash Hautman, Pete
Rash
In a future society that has decided it would rather be safe than free, sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork. Book talk by Ali T. at Eden Prairie Library.
249 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You Jansen, Hanna
Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You
Jeanne is the only member of her Tutsi family to survive the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This is her story, told with the help of her adopted mother. Book talk by Mary S. at Eden Prairie Library.
342 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Born to Rock Korman, Gordon
Born to Rock
High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend. Book talk by Amy M. at Ridgedale Library.
261 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Voices Le Guin, Ursula K.
Voices
Seventeen-year-old Memer lives in Ansul, a town in which books and libraries once thrived. But when the invading Alds took over, they outlawed the written word. Memer lives in the Waylord's crumbling mansion, and she has access to his secret library, where he taught her to read. When traveling storyteller Orrec comes to town with his wife Gry and her half-lion, things begin to change. Book talk by Laura K. at Southdale Library.
341 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Fairest Levine, Gail Carson
Fairest
In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is. Book talk by Anne J. at Penn Lake Library.
326 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Here in Harlem : Poems in Many Voices Myers, Walter Dean
Here in Harlem : Poems in Many Voices
Acclaimed writer Walter Dean Myers celebrates the people of Harlem with these powerful and soulful first-person poems in the voices of the residents who make up the legendary neighborhood: basketball players, teachers, mail carriers, jazz artists, maids, veterans, nannies, students, and more. Exhilarating and electric, these poems capture the energy and resilience of a neighborhood and a people. Book talk by Eddie A. at St. Anthony Library.
88 p. 2004
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  Cover Art: A Maze Me : Poems for Girls Nye, Naomi Shihab
A Maze Me : Poems for Girls
First love, friendships, family, hopes, and dreams are among the topics addressed in the 72 original poems written exclusively for this collection, accompanied by five full-color prints. Book talk by Eddie A. at St. Anthony Library.
118 p. 2005
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  Cover Art: Dear Miss Breed : True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference Oppenheim, Joanne
Dear Miss Breed : True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
True stories of the Japanese-American incarceration during World War II are told. This book shares the correspondence between Clara Breed, a San Diego librarian, and dozens of Japanese-American children sent to internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Book talk by Mary S. at Eden Prairie Library.
287 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Larklight or The Revenge of the White Spiders! or To Saturn's Rings and Back! : a Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space Reeve, Philip
Larklight or The Revenge of the White Spiders! or To Saturn's Rings and Back! : a Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space
In an alternate Victorian England, young Arthur and his sister Myrtle, residents of Larklight, a floating house in one of Her Majesty's outer space territories, uncover a spidery plot to destroy the solar system. Book talk by Alicia A. at Brookdale Library.
399 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Notes from the Midnight Driver Sonnenblick, Jordan
Notes from the Midnight Driver
After being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness. Book talk by Amy M. at Ridgedale Library.
265 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Bella at Midnight Stanley, Diane
Bella at Midnight
Raised by peasants, Bella discovers that she is actually the daughter of a knight and finds herself caught up in a terrible plot that will change her life and the kingdom forever. Book talk by Holly R. at Westonka Library.
278 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Street Pharm Van Diepen, Allison
Street Pharm
Ty Johnson has it all. He's smart, he's good lucking, and he has a lot of money. He inherited his dad's drug running business when his father is sent to prison. What happens when he starts to question his life? When Darkman comes to town and wants to take his territory? Will Ty pay the ultimate price for his freedom? Book talk by Jody W. at Ridgedale Library.
297 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: The Rules of Survival Werlin, Nancy
The Rules of Survival
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother. Book talk by Alicia A. at Brookdale Library.
259 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Troll Bridge : a Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale Yolen, Jane
Troll Bridge : a Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale
Sixteen-year-old harpist prodigy Moira, from Minnesota, and three brothers, members of a popular rock 'n' roll band, are transported to a strange and mystical wilderness, where they find themselves in the middle of a deadly struggle between a magical fox and a monstrous troll for a magical fiddle. All Moira knows is if she can't awaken her fellow eleven princesses from their enchanted slumber, getting back to Minnesota may be more difficult she imagined. Book talk by Laura K. at Southdale Library.
231 p. 2006
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