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Prom and Prejudice

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg Book Cover
Elizabeth Eulberg

In a modern retelling of a Jane Austen classic, prom season at the prestigious Longbourn Academy is a BIG DEAL, complete with couture gowns and broadcast news coverage. But it’s unlikely there will be a prom for Lizzie Bennett, who attends Longbourn on a music scholarship. If not for the kindness of her best friend, Jane, and the attentions of local boy, Wick, Lizzie would know nothing but the constant torment of her snobbish schoolmates. None of them, however, can set Lizzie’s blood boiling faster than handsome, privileged, unpredictable Will Darcy.

Book of a Thousand Days

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Shannon Hale

Meet Dashti, a healing maid who’s been locked away in a tower with her lady, Saren.  Set in medieval Mongolia, the story follows Dashti through her journal entries, as she describes a rather complicated relationship with an ill Lady Saren. A mutual love interest named Khan Tegus soon makes matters even worse, as Saren begs Dashti to pretend to be her in courting Tegus. Will these young women break free from the tower? Will Khan Tegus come to love Dashti over Saren? Read and find out.

Akata Witch

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu book cover.
Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

It’s difficult for Sunny to fit in in Nigeria, not only does she have to adapt to the culture after growing up in America, but her albinism keeps her from even playing soccer outdoors with her schoolmates. Then she discovers something amazing-she is a "free agent," with latent magical power and she can learn how to change reality. But can she learn enough to help catch the dangerous magical serial killer Black Hat Otokoto?

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Matthew Quick

In the town of Bellmont, gangs and the Irish mob vie for control. Quiet, loyal Finley does his best to forget his troubled past and stay under the radar, even though his long-time girlfriend is the little sister of a known mobster. The one place he feels free is on the basketball court – until “Boy21,” a basketball prodigy with his own dark secrets, moves to town. Through their unlikely friendship, both boys find answers they hadn’t known they were seeking.

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Doug TenNapel

Welcome to Ghostopolis, an afterlife full of strange supernatural beings. Garth, a boy with a terminal illness, is transported into this other spirit world by a middle-aged ghost wrangler, Frank Gallows.  Garth soon learns he has strange powers in this world, powers that unnerve the evil tyrant that now rules Ghostopolis, Vaugner.  Will Garth defeat this tyrannical overlord? How will he ever escape the strange world of Ghostopolis? Read to find out.

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Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal book cover.
Karen Blumenthal

Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack.  This Young Adult biography is a must read about the man who changed the world.

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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard Book Cover
Leslea Newman

On an October night in 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die. This 2013 Stonewall Honor book re-imagines the events of that night through poetry told from the perspectives of the fence he was tied to, a deer which stayed by his side, and “The Man in the Moon,” as well as others affected by the hate crime. Through the subject matter is difficult, the tribute is touching and ensures Matthew’s story will not be forgotten.

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The Things a Brother Knows

The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt book cover.
Dana Reinhardt

A Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Nominee for 2012-13, this book takes the reader on a compelling journey chronicling the return of a Marine hero to his hometown.   Seen through the eyes of Levi, the younger brother, the family struggles to reconnect.  An emotionally charged, coming of age novel, the book considers the nature of family, the values of honor and service, and the need to find meaning as we grow up.

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The Arrival

The Arrival Book Cover
Shuan Tan

In this amazing graphic novel without words, Tan masterfully shows a strange new world through the eyes of an immigrant. Sepia tone images of a strange, alien-like land will relate to any reader who has ever felt like the outcast starting off in a new place, where everything is so different and very much otherworldly.

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