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Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This is a coming-of-age story, a love story, and a retelling of the Iliad all rolled into one masterfully told epic. Miller at once succeeds in adding depth and substance to Achilles and Patroclus and also preserving the dramatic feel of the … Continue reading

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Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

If you like country music, Dirty Little Secret is a great summer read.  Bailey and her sister Julie have been singing together as long as she can remember.  But now, Bailey has been relegated to playing back-up to costumed country … Continue reading

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I lost track of how many people told me I should read Fangirl​, that I would love it.  After all, it’s about a shy, dorky girl going off to college and feeling incredibly nervous about it—to which I can greatly relate—a … Continue reading

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I first met Neil Gaiman among the ghosts of The Graveyard Book, a book whose end made me cry like I do whenever I listen to “Puff the Magic Dragon” and think of “that mighty dragon” who is left behind … Continue reading

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Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Death Cloud is the first in Andrew Lane’s excellent new series about young Sherlock Holmes.  Lane, a Brit who has written fan fiction for Doctor Who and James Bond, explains in his afterword that, “Arthur Conan Doyle gave little away … Continue reading

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Crossed by Ally Condi

Crossed is the much anticipated second book in the young adult dystopian Matched trilogy. Crossed picks up where Matched left off. Ky has been relocated by the Society to an unspecified location in Outer Provinces to fight the enemy and Cassia … Continue reading

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Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Writer Sophie Flack is a former dancer of New York City Ballet and a new author to watch. In her debut novel Bunheads, Flack revealed the glamorous but hard lives of members of the ballet corps. Based on her insider … Continue reading

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Moon over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool

Moon over Manifest won the 2011 Newberry award. That was enough reason for me to read it, but I quite enjoyed it and want to offer a few more reasons. It is set in Kansas. The town, Manifest, if fictional, … Continue reading

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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride is an enjoyable read by a renowned YA author Sarah Dessen. Dessen has gained wide spread popularity by writing genuine stories about coming of age, friendship and love. Her characters are typically well developed and true … Continue reading

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Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey

Skin Hunger is the story of two people, centuries apart.  Sadima, a girl with strange abilities in an era where magic is forbidden, and Hahp, an unwanted child sacrificed to a school of magic where only one can survive to graduate.  … Continue reading

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