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1. It's a Book by Lane Smith

It's a picture book.  It's a funny book.  It's a controversial book.  Why?  Because the author drops "the J-bomb."  OK, that's not why it's a picture book, but that's why it's controversi

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2. Dark Song by Gail Giles

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3. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Sixteen year old Mackie Doyle’s sole mission in life can be summed up succinctly. Don’t. Stand. Out. Mackie is a Replacement, a creature left in trade when a human baby disappears from its crib in the tiny town of Gentry. Even though the

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4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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5. Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

It's the summer before senior year and Cammie Morgan is savoring every minute of her time in London. Sightseeing and vacation plans are quickly shelved when Cammie and her schoolmate, Bex, become entangled in a government surveillance operation.

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6. The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

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7. Matched by Ally Condie

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8. Clockwork Angel, The Infernal Devices-Book One by Cassandra Clare

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9. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

After defying the odds and restoring werewolf-boyfriend Sam's humanity, Grace Brisbane dreams of a future faraway from the small town of Mercy Falls, Minnesota, and its dark secrets. No longer at the mercy of his animal instincts, Sam struggles t

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10. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

This second book in the series raises the stakes for the central characters as they are confronted with the consequences of their actions, and leaves readers anxiously awaiting the conclusion.

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11. Podcasted Reviews!

I asked students in my Simmons GSLIS CE course to do audio reviews of books they've read. They came out great! http://www.gabcast.com/index.php?a=episodes&id=32519

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12. I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

Algonquin Rhodes can't wait for graduation so she can leave Iowa for college in Seattle where she can pursue her dream of being a music writer.  All of that changes, however, when she meets Doug, a guest singer for a local band she's cov

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13. Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks by Ethan Gilsdorf

**** Gilsdorf, Ethan. Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. Lyons Press, September 2009. ISBN 9781599214801 $24.95  When Ethan Gilsdorf was 17, h

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14. Teenreads.com 2009 Reader Survey

Reposted from an email from Allie Bodack, The Book Report Network, NY: "Please take a moment to complete the Teenreads.com 2009 Reader Survey. The goal of the survey is to identify trends and topics that are of interest to readers of young

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15. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Giver meets The Lord of the Flies with a dash of Romeo and Juliet thrown in for good measure.  In a futuristic dystopia, 24 teenagers, one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts, must compete in a televised fight to the death in the

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16. Night Runner by Max Turner

  ****/5 Zack Thomson isn’t like other teenage boys, and the fact the he calls the mental institution home is just the tip of the iceberg. His parents died when he was little and ever since, Zack suffers from weird, life-threatening a

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17. Raven by Allison van Diepen

 Nicole is in love with Zin, the leader of her break dancing group.  Everyone can see that he has feelings for her as well, but he refuses to act on them.  While working with Zin at a nightclub (where her boss nicknames her Raven), Nic

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18. The Joy of Spooking, Book One: Fiendish Deeds By P.J. Bracegirdle

 ***/5Joy Wells and her brother Byron live with their parents in a ramshackle old home in Spooking, a dying town on the outskirts of a booming suburb called Darlington. For Joy, a rabid fan of famous horror writer, E.A. Peugeot, Spooking is ever

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19. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

This is Marillier's only book that is written for young adults, as far as I know, but it has all of the elements of her other fantasy writing. Like her other books, it is drawn from traditional folklore and is set in our world, although magic is

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20. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen, 2008).ISBN-13: 978-0765319852Hardcover: 382 p. List Price: $17.95***** (5 out of 5 stars: excellent; nearly flawless; a must-have for all libraries serving youth)“What’s the big deal? Would you r

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21. First Kiss (Then Tell) edited by Cylin Busby

First Kiss (Then Tell) Bloomsbury Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59990-199-2 $15.95 212pp**** His name was Mike. I was old-- 15 and 3/4, and dreading turning sweet-sixteen-and-never-been-kissed. I agreed to play spin the bottle, hoping no one would be able

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22. Pact of Wolves by Nina Blazon

 **Bianca, a troubled, intelligent sixteen year old girl, has a feeling that somebody doesn't want her to continue her studies at the Europa International School, where she has landed a full scholarship. On her first night, the school's

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23. The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

The Surrender Tree (Henry Holt & Company)ISBN: 9780805086744Hardcover: 169 p. List Price: $16.95**** (4 out of 5 stars: very good; without serious flaws; highly recommended)Slavery all day,and then, suddenly, by nightfall – freedom!*Can it

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24. Break on Through by Jill Murray

Although I could have probably used a glossary and some visuals, Murray’s first novel, Break on Through had me at the first windmill (I don’t know exactly what that is, but I think it involves limbs whirling around in an uncanny fashion).

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25. Pieces of Me by Charlotte Gingras

The narrative of this lovely, lyrical novel unfolds in short vignettes, like a delicate bird skimming just over the water, dipping now and then to leave deepening ripples on the surface.

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