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The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Grades 9-12

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Eleven years ago, six kindergartners went missing, and now five of them have come back – unharmed. The problem is, they have no idea where they’ve been, so they can’t assist in the investigation to find their kidnappers. What’s more, no one knows what’s become of the last kid. Will they ever figure it out?

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The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Grades 9-12

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Josh and Emma have been friends and neighbors their whole lives. Their lives change when they receive AOL CDs in the mail and load them onto their computers. From there, they’re able to log onto Facebook. The thing is, though, it’s currently 1996 and Facebook wasn’t invented until 2004. They suddenly realize that the decisions they make now will impact their lives in the future and are afraid of what they might change for the worse.

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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 novelΒ 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?