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07/22/2015 - 5:26pm
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Lexi is fed up. It is bad enough knowing that her sister gets all the attention and praise, but when the sister in question is a seven-year-old beauty queen, it's so much worse. Mackenzie is a tornado in a tiara. Demanding, unappreciative, and mean. Lexi has had just enough of Mackenzie's reign of beauty and terror. It is time for the Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

10/06/2014 - 3:00am
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman’s The Midwife’s Apprentice draws readers into the past with the story of an unwanted girl making her own way in the perilous Middle Ages.

09/15/2014 - 9:15am
First Test by Tamora Pierce

No Girls! Go Home! You Won't Last!

As Kel surveyed the damage done to her room-- mattresses, sheets, and blankets strewn everywhere, desk drawers dumped out onto the floor, wall hangings sliced with a glaive, and that message scrawled so plainly on the plaster walls, she knew the battle to be accepted as page was just the beginning.

07/22/2015 - 5:23pm
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die wakes up and has no idea who she is. Two men stand over her in a ransacked cabin, one instructing the other to "Take her out and finish her off."

07/22/2015 - 5:22pm
Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop

The old sign said, "NO SW MM NG," but Davey just wanted to dip his feet in. He had no idea that he would soon be Surrounded by Sharks!

07/23/2015 - 12:26pm
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

In The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander, Josh and his brother JB are the stars of their school basketball team. The sons of professional baller Charlie "Da Man" Bell are a force to be reckoned with. That is fine when Josh and JB work together, but trash talk, a family crisis, and a new girl is about to come between these two, making teamwork nearly impossible.

07/22/2015 - 5:19pm
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

March: Book One is the beautifully constructed graphic novel biography of Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis. Relying only on black and white imagery, it is quiet in its form and presentation. Lewis' struggle of growing up in the Deep South, fighting to go to college, and helping to organize lunch counter sit-ins speaks volumes and needs no distraction.

07/22/2015 - 5:17pm
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Lucy Carlyle and Anthony Lockwood have been offered a chance to solve the mystery of The Screaming Staircase. If they complete their task, it will get their ghost detecting agency out of serious debt. If they fail, they will lose everything ... including their lives.

07/14/2014 - 3:00am
Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Lucia is furious with her father. As paterfamilias, head of his Roman household, gladiator-trainer Lucius has chosen her rich husband for her. Lucia fumes to herself that aged, grumpy Vitulus would do very well as a grandfather--but not as her bridegroom! Their loathsome, formal dinner together is cut short by the sounds of a cracking whip and the rumblings of the Earth. Somewhere nearby a slave is being punished, Mount Vesuvius is gathering strength to explode. Vicky Alvear Shecter’s romantic novel, Curses and Smoke, is set in Pompeii's dangerous last days when anything, even forbidden love, might be possible.

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