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Al Capone Does My Homework

Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko book cover.
Gennifer Choldenko

Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn't the most normal place to grow up, but it's home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. In this final installment in Choldenko's Alcatraz series, Moose Flanagan has a mystery to solve. His father has been promoted to associate warden of the infamous island prison, drawing negative attention from cons and guards alike. When their family apartment is burned down, gossip points to Moose's older sister, Natalie, and it falls to Moose to discover the truth.  Catch up with the first two books of the series Al Capone Does My Shirts and Al Capone Shines My Shoes.

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Evil Librarian

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Michelle Knudsen

He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s... the librarian. When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact... a demon.

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart book cover.
E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks is a smart, witty teenager whose transformation over the summer has gotten the attention of Alabaster Prep’s popular senior Matthew (a member of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, an all-male Alabaster secret society).  Through a false identity and lies, Frankie orchestrates a grand plan to not only get into this forbidden society but to secretly control them.

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Hourglass by Myra McEntire book cover.
Myra McEntire

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer book cover.
Meg Wolitzer

Jam is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont to learn how to cope with the recent loss of her boyfriend, Reeve, but nothing seems to help, especially not her English class. But then, during a mysterious journal writing assignment, Jam is transported to the magical realm of Belzhar where she and Reeve can finally be together again.

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Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan book cover.
Sarah Rees Brennan

Kami Glass has been talking in her head to a boy named Jared for as long as she can remember. She is shocked when her imaginary friend turns up in her Cotswald village with the rest of his family, the mysterious Lynburns, who founded Sorry-in-the-Vale hundreds of years ago. As the two of them try to figure out why the Lynburns have returned and what their frightening powers mean for the village, they discover a shocking reason why they have always been inside each other's heads.

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Half a World Away

Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata book cover.
Cynthia Kadohata

Eleven-year-old Jaden is adopted and feels he’s a failure.  That’s why his family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby—to replace him, he’s sure.  After all, he starts fires, steals, hoards food and runs until he falls to the ground. He’s obsessed with electricity. It takes travelling half a world away to finally discover the power of love.

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Noggin by John Corey Whaley book cover.
John Corey Whaley

Just in time for Halloween comes the slightly sinister tale of Travis, a teen who undergoes cranial reanimation in a bid to beat leukemia. Trouble is, when he comes back from the dead, his head has found a new body! From the author of Where Things Come Back, Noggin is a funny and profound life-affirming story.

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The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf book cover.
Allan Wolf

Told in free verse from diverse points of view, this fictional account of the Titanic voyage is based on the experiences of real passengers aboard the ill-fated ship.  Among those who have a voice in this tale are a millionaire, a new American immigrant, the captain, the rats aboard the ship, and even the iceberg involved in the disaster. This story is a must-read for anyone interested in Titanic history, offering new and fascinating perspectives.

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