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A Northern Light

By Jennifer Donnelly

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In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.
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Deenie

By Judy Blume

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When Deenie finds out that she has scoliosis, she’s scared. When she sees the brace for the first time, she wants to scream.

But the words won’t come out. And Deenie, beautiful Deenie, who everyone says should be a model, is stuck wearing a brace from her neck to her hips. For four years—or longer. She never worried about how she looked before—how will she ever face the hard times ahead?

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Esperanza Rising

By Pam Munoz Ryan

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Beautiful Esperanza has grown up in luxury at her father's ranch, but when her father dies as the Great Depression strikes Mexico, she and her sick mother must leave their home to go to work in the labor camps of Southern California.

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Flipped

By Wendelin Van Draanen

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Two teenagers who are neighbors, describe in alternating chapters how their feelings about each other, themselves, and their families change over the years, beginning with their first meeting at age seven.
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Second Helpings

By Megan McCafferty

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Jessica Darling is up in arms again in this much-anticipated, hilarious sequel to Sloppy Firsts. This time, the hyper-observant, angst-ridden teenager is going through the social and emotional ordeal of her senior year at Pineville High.
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Sloppy Firsts

By Megan McCafferty

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When her best friend, Hope, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, 16-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. Jessica is a fish out of water at school, a stranger at home, and now -- with the only person with whom she could really communicate gone -- more lost than ever. How is she supposed to deal with the boy-and-shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad's obsession with her track meets, and her nonexistent love life?

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Speak

By Laurie Halse Anderson

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Melinda Sordino's inner voice provides sardonic commentary on her high school experience, while her real self remains mute about a painful incident that has made her an outcast.
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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

By Chris Crutcher

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The daily class discussions about the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior's attempt to answer a friend's dramatic cry for help.
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen

By Laurie R. King

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This volume introduces Mary Russell, a wealthy orphan, and delightfully explores what happens when she is befriended by her retired neighbor, Sherlock Holmes. The first in a series.

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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

By Ann Brashares

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With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisters that wears them embark on their 16th summer. Bridget: Impulsively sets off for Alabama, wanting to both confront her demons about her family and avoid them all at once. Lena: Spends a blissful week with Kostos, making the unexplainable silence that follows his visit even more painful. Carmen: Is concerned that her mother is making a fool of herself over a man. When she discovers that her mother borrowed the Pants to wear on a date, she's certain of it. Tibby: Not about to spend another summer working at Wallman's, she takes a film course only to find it's what happens off-camera that teaches her the most.

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