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The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan

My family read The Vanishing Coin and its sequel, The Incredible Twisting Arm, in quick succession. The main character is a fourth-grade boy who has trouble concentrating and following up on his school work, and who generally seems to always be putting the wrong … Continue reading

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Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

Shotgun Lovesongs​ revolves around Lee, Hank, Kip, and Ronny—four small-town friends in Little Wing, Michigan. They did everything together as kids and remained in each other’s lives as adults, although they lead very different lives. Hank stays in Little Wing, marries his high school sweetheart, and … Continue reading

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My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

My Friend Rabbit is the story of Mouse, the narrator of the book, and his friend Rabbit, who is constantly trying to be helpful but just winds up causing headaches for Mouse.  The book opens with Mouse sitting in a little … Continue reading

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Coauthored by John Green and David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson follows the crossing paths of two high schoolers, who incidentally both happen to be named Will Grayson.  Their connection is sealed when larger-than-life Tiny Cooper, best friend to one, … Continue reading

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train is a story about two different people whose lives are connected in so many ways, yet they are separated in age by about 75 years. Ninety-one-year-old Vivian Daly lives alone in an old Victorian house, when 17-year-old Molly … Continue reading

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The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell is a story about family—not your traditional family with a mom and dad and dinner on the table, but a family cobbled out of deprivation and desperation. And though the events that Marnie … Continue reading

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan; narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl (Audio CD)

Will Grayson is your average high school student—just trying to get through school while not attracting too much attention. This plan doesn’t always work very well because his best friend, Tiny Cooper (who is not tiny, by the way), is … Continue reading

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Veronica Roth’s debut dystopian novel, Divergent, the society is not divided by religion, race or class, but by five factions, each corresponding to a different virtue that they value and foster above all. The Abnegation are the selfless, the … Continue reading

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Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither is Lauren DeStefano’s promising debut novel and is the first book in The Chemical Gardner Trilogy.  In this compelling dystopian novel, DeStefano portrays our world as one that got seriously altered by human genetic engineering. After the first sturdy … Continue reading

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Private Life by Jane Smiley

Private Life is the latest book by the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley. In this brilliant, character driven novel, Smiley created an unforgettable heroine in a quiet devoted wife, Margaret Mayfield Early. Private life chronicles several decades of Margaret’s life, … Continue reading

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