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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Call Number: YA M RIGGS,R
Meeting time: Fri. Dec 5 @ 4-5:30pm, Central Library - Teen Central office





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Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
Call Number: YA FIC ROWELL,R
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. YALSA Teens Top Ten

--Recommended by Jane

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
Call Number: YA FIC ALEXIE,S
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

--Recommended by Jennifer D.

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Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Call Number: YA FIC ASHER,J
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

--Recommended by Jennifer D.

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The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Call Number: YA FIC GREEN,J
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

"If you want a book that makes you really feel what love is, that can make you laugh even while you're crying, this is that book. You'll be glad you picked it up." --AnnMarie

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Looking for Alaska - John Green
Call Number: YA FIC GREEN,J
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

--Recommended by Jennifer D.

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

--Recommended by Jane

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

--Recommended by Jane

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Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Call Number: YA FIC ROWELL, R
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan ... But for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

--Recommended by Jane

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Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

"Read. This. Book. You will be glad you did."--Jane

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Bruiser - Neal Shusterman
"Told in four alternating perspectives, sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bronte befriend the school outcast, Brewster, who has an abusive uncle, a needy younger brother, and a wonderful yet perilous secret: he's able to absorb the aches and pains from the people he cares about. Perfect for a book discussion."--Jane

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Unwind - Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

--Recommended by Jane

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This Is What Happy Looks Like - Jennifer E. Smith
Call Number: YA FIC SMITH,J
Perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill meet online when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig, Wilbur. The two 17-year-olds strike up an e-mail relationship from opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names. When the relationship goes from online to in-person, they find out whether their relationship can be the real thing.

"Really sweet love story that will keep you turning pages to see if it works out!" --AnnMarie

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
Call Number: YA FIC TAYLOR,L
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.

"Tragedy, love, and war... for all readers of fantasy.
...There are so many layers of emotion and cruelty and hope and beauty that I am left quite speechless." --Jane

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Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Call Number: YA SF BARDUGO,L
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

--Recommended by Jane

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Legend - Marie Lu
Call Number: YA SF LU,M
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-old Day--a famous criminal, and prodigy June--the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

--Recommended by Jane

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Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta
Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

--Recommended by Jane

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Glow - Amy Kathleen Ryan
Call Number: YA SF RYAN
Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship forces Waverly to fight for her life and the lives of the other girls, all while navigating the desires and hidden motives of their captors.

"Told in alternating points of view between Waverly and her boyfriend Kieran, who has to assume responsibility of their ship when their parents are killed, this story is full of action and suspense. You never know who to trust... It has a great villain too. You won't be able to put this down! Be sure to check out the sequel, "Spark." This series will be a popular phenomenon--would make an awesome movie, like Hunger Games and Twilight." --AnnMarie


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