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Title: All in Pieces by Suzanne Young Pages: 259 Genres: YA, Contemporary Published by: Simon Pulse (Nov. 8th, 2016) Summary “Anger-management issues.” That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center. The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far… Read More

Title: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden Pages: 218 Genres: Middle Grade, Horror Summary Bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become a classic. After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the… Read More

Title: Save the Date by Morgan Matson Pages: 432 Genres: YA, Contemporary Published by: Simon & Schuster (June 5th, 2018) Summary Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes… Read More

Title: Safe House (1-800-Where-R-U #3) by Meg Cabot writing as Jenny Carroll Pages: 272 Genres: YA, Paranormal, Mystery, Contemporary Published by: Simon Pulse (March 1, 2002) Summary Ever since Jess was struck by lightning, she’s had the power to find missing people. And everyone wants a piece of her powers…. In Safe House, Jess and her psychic abilities are being blamed for the murder of Amber, a beloved cheerleader. But when more cheerleaders start disappearing, Jess may be… Read More

Title: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson Pages: 468 Genres: YA, Contemporary Published by: Simon & Schuster (May 8, 2012) Summary Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Crammed into a place much… Read More

Title: Holes by Louis Sachar Pages: 233 Genres: Childrens/Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction Published by: Scholastic (Aug. 20, 1998) Summary Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no… Read More

Title: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters Pages: 387 Genres: YA, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Mystery Published by: Amulet Books (Apr. 2, 2013) Summary In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate… Read More

Title: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Pages: 328 Genres: YA, Romance, Contemporary Published by: St. Martin’s Press (Feb. 26, 2013) Summary Two misfits. One extraordinary love. Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor. Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before… Read More

Title: Replica by Lauren Oliver Pages: 520 Genres: YA, Science Fiction Published by: HarperCollins (Oct. 4, 2016) Summary Lyra From a distance, the Haven Institute, tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida, looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, it is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. But… Read More

Title: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Pages: 216 Genres: YA, Middle Grade, Contemporary, Magical Realism Published by: Walker Books (Sept. 27, 2011) Summary The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… This monster is something… Read More