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12/08/2017 - 9:53am
If you like Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. (catalog summary)

Wonder is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Chbosky, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay, and follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in. Wonder was released in the United States on November 17, 2017, by Lionsgate, received positive reviews from critics and has grossed $104 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. See the trailer below.

If you like Wonder, check out these similar titles.

Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio


Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
by R.J. Palacio

"These stories are an extra peek at Auggie, a boy born with extreme facial abnormalities before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie's new friend at school. (catalog summary)


 

11/28/2017 - 10:27am
If you like A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

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11/15/2017 - 11:08am
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
After being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, Holly Chase chooses not to mend her spoiled ways. Upon her death, Holly discovers her selfishness has caused her to work for eternity as a ghost of Christmas past. Every year Project Scrooge saves another miserly grouch, and Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. But this year, everything is about to change . . . (catalog summary)
 

11/08/2017 - 8:45am
Cover to Liars, Inc.

In the suspenseful mystery Liars, Inc., by Paula Stokes, one young man learns that, despite how little or easy they may seem, lies can become very dangerous.

Max Cantrell and his best friends Parvati and Preston, three people who are known for their ability to scheme, decide to start a little operation together called Liars, Inc. This endeavour is all about profiting off of their classmates’ deceitful needs. Whether you need a signature forged or the answers to an upcoming test, Liars, Inc. will make it happen. For a price. Because in a town where everybody’s parents are rich and famous, money never seems to be an issue.

10/31/2017 - 9:20am
The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep

The Headless Horseman rides tonight
Through stark and starless skies,
Shattering the silence with 
His otherworldly cries.
He races through the darkness
On his alabaster steed,
The Headless Horseman rides tonight,
Wherever the fates would lead.

Jack Prelutsky has written much picturesque poetry, including the humorous collections Something Big Has Been Here and A Pizza the Size of the Sun. But, Prelutsky's poetry is not always funny. With Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep and the companion volume, The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight, he evokes 12 fantastic and gripping nightmares.

10/30/2017 - 9:41am
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Makani Young is regretting every moment moving to landlocked Nebraska from the stunning vacation shores of Hawaii. Although she does have plenty of baggage to leave behind in her tropical homeland, Makani fears to start over with new friends, new teachers, and even a new love interest, Ollie. 

But, Makani has bigger problems that she and everyone at Osborne High need to worry about ... 

10/23/2017 - 1:47am
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

In Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green, 16-year-old Aza Holmes and her best friend Daisy discover information that could lead to the arrest of Russell Pickett, a billionaire on the run, However, Davis, the billionaire’s son, happens to be Aza’s old friend from summer camp. Aza is forced to decide whether to be loyal to her friendship with Davis or go after the $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his father.

10/13/2017 - 1:39am
If you like The Cellar by Natasha Preston

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The Cellar by Natasha Preston
Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe . . . that is until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months in the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims were his family—his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out. (summary from Goodreads)
 
If you like scary, realistic books involving kidnapping and other crime, check out the following books:
 

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson


Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee
by Mary G. Thompson

Amy and her cousin Dee were kidnapped six years ago. When Amy finds her way home, she's desperate to protect the ones she loves at any cost. (catalog summary)



 



Back Before Dark by Tim Shoemaker


Back Before Dark
by Tim Shoemaker

When Gordy is abducted in the park, his cousin Cooper will do anything to rescue him and although Hiro and Lunk fear that Cooper will get himself in trouble, too, they join the race against the clock to save their friend. (catalog summary)



 



The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners
 by Kara Thomas

When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row—a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light. (catalog summary)

 

10/09/2017 - 9:42am
Want by Cindy Pon

Jason Zhou wants to make the world a better place.

In recent years, a thick layer of toxic smog has covered Zhou’s home city of Taipei. Deadly viruses plague the city and the government is unwilling, or unable, to help those suffering from rampant pollution, poverty, and disease. For the you, whose extreme wealth allows them to purchase special protective suits and thus a longer, healthier life, society’s problems are easy to ignore.  But for the rest of the population, the mei, life in Taipei is brutal and short.

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