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It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

Grades 9-12

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Sixteen-year-old Tatum isn’t looking forward to her summer whatsoever. She has recently been falsely accused of a crime and has been grounded by her step-mother until the end of time. Now that she has a lot more free time, she starts completing her required community service by day, and works on her secret graphic design business by night. Amid emails flying back and forth between her and her uber-cute new client, Tatum realizes she’s not the only one whose hiding secrets and tries desperately to amend things with her family.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Grades 9-12

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Claudia overhears a conversation at a party at the end of the summer, and now she’s on the bad side of the meanest girl in school. What’s more, Claudia and she are assigned to write a paper together, and they’re both auditioning for a part in the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Along the way, Claudia gains an unexpected friendship, meets an adorable new guy, and starts to think that things aren’t so bad after all.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio G. Iturbe

Grades 9-12

librarian of auschwitzThis novelĀ is based on the real story of Dita Kraus, who was a prisoner at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Her Jewish leader, Freddy Hirsh, asks her to take charge of eight books that prisoners manage to sneak in with them.She became known as the “librarian of Auschwitz” because she made books available to the other prisoners no matter what the cost. Dita’s story is one of courage and hopefulness at one of the darkest periods in history.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

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Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Grades 9-12

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Carver Briggs’ life was pretty sweet – he had a supportive family, great friends, and a talent for writing. Then his three best friends, Mars, Eli and Blake are killed in a car accident after Carver sends Mars a text. His life is changed forever, and he is wracked with guilt for the death of his friends. What’s more, Mars’s father is a powerful attorney who want to bring criminal charges against Carver and get justice for his son. Will Carver ever be able to live with himself?

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Grades 9-12

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Reagan O’Neill is a rebellious girl who has just broken up with her equally rebellious boyfriend. Luckily, her BFF Lilah, who also has a broken heart, is about to go on tour, and it’s the perfect opportunity for the two of them to get away and forget about boys for a while. However, when adorable Matt Finch joins Lilah on tour, Reagan realizes that staying away from boys will be harder than she thought. Will she give love another chance?

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Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

Grades 9-12

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Seventeen-year-old Mina is at the top of her class, has a great boyfriend and is a fierce problem solver. She’s also a virgin and pregnant, and fears that this is one problem that she can’t figure out. She hasn’t had sex with her boyfriend, but no one believes her claims of virginity. What’s more, her boyfriend believes that she cheated on him, and she has no way of proving otherwise. Mina is labeled a liar and a fraud by most, but there are some people who are on her side and believe that her unborn baby is a true miracle.

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Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Grades 9-12

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The first book in the OnceĀ Upon a Crime Family series, this story about organized crime is a must read! Penelope Landlow is the daughter of one of the three crime families who buy and sell body parts and control the black market for organ transplants. She feels safe within the walls of her own home, but she knows that no one in this business is safe forever. She is suddenly caught in between two of the families who are fighting for control over one another, and doesn’t know what to do to stop it.