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By Liz Lawson. 2020
For fans of Thirteen Reasons Why, This Is How It Ends, and All the Bright Places, comes a new novel…about life after. How do you put yourself back together when it seems like you've lost it all? <P><P>May is a survivor. But she doesn't feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn't know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through--no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her. <P><P> Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister...and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won't let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band. Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.
By Karen M. McManus. 2019
<P><P>Echo Ridge is small-town America. <P><P>Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there…at age seventeen. <P><P>And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. <P><P>Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. <P><P>The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. <P><P>Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. <P><P>The thing is, secrets are dangerous--and most people aren't good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Wibke Brueggemann. 2020
This is a laugh-out-loud exploration of sexuality, family, female friendship, grief, and community. With the heart and hilarity of Netflix's…critically-acclaimed Sex Education, Wibke Brueggemann's sex positive debut Love Is for Losers is required reading for Generation Z teens. Did you know you can marry yourself? How strange / brilliant is that? Fifteen-year-old Phoebe thinks falling in love is vile and degrading, and vows never to do it. Then, due to circumstances not entirely in her control, she finds herself volunteering at a local thrift shop. There she meets Emma . . . who might unwittingly upend her whole theory on life.
By Mariko Tamaki. 2019
From This One Summer co-creator Mariko Tamaki comes a hilarious and poignant story of teen heartbreak and friendship.All Freddy Riley…wants is for Laura Dean to stop breaking up with her. The day they got back together was the best one of Freddy’s life, but nothing’s made sense since. Laura Dean is popular, funny and SO CUTE … but she can be really thoughtless, even mean. Their on-again, off-again relationship has Freddy’s head spinning — and Freddy’s friends can’t understand why she keeps going back.When Freddy consults the services of a local mystic, the mysterious Seek-Her, she isn’t thrilled with the advice she receives. But something’s got to give: Freddy’s heart is breaking in slow motion, and she may be about to lose her very best friend as well as her last shred of self-respect. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnist Anna Vice, to help her through being a teenager in love.Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell bring to life a sweet and spirited tale of young love that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.Key Text Featuresrough sketchescharacter drawingsspeech bubblesprocess artCorrelates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2>Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.1Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
By Heather M. O'Connor. 2020
Every child has a voice — if we take the time to listen.In this appealing, energetic picture book, two kids…with different challenges and strengths find they are just what the other needs to navigate classroom life.Tyson does everything fast — so fast he often disrupts the class. His teacher is always saying, “Too fast, Tyson!” And often he ends up playing all alone.Suze, the new girl, is nonverbal with special needs. Sometimes her classmates don’t know what those needs are.But Tyson understands. Taking the time to interpret her cues, Tyson forms a special friendship with Suze, and teaches his classmates what it means to listen and understand others.Claudia Dávila’s bright, energetic art captures the joy of moving at your own speed and connecting with a friend who can ride alongside.
By Karen M McManus. 2020
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You'll never…feel the same about family again. Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised . . . and curious. Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family's past is. The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything
By Melissa Savage. 2020
Fans of Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe and Melissa's own Lemons will devour this voice-driven novel packed with humor and…heart about two friends who head off on an adventure to find the Loch Ness Monster. Ada Ru finally thought her parents were going to agree to a Fitzhugh family vacation in Disney World the summer before sixth grade, until her father announces he's taking a teaching position in Scotland, and moving the family there for the entire summer. Ada Ru is anything but happy. She doesn't like their new home, she hates haggis, and she certainly doesn't like the idea that she will be away from her best friend all summer. To top it all off, there is said to be a lake monster in the loch near their house! That's when she meets Hamish Bean Timmy, Hammy Bean for short, captain of the Nessie Quest Monster Chaser boat tour. He knows everything there is to know about the fabled Loch Ness Monster and Scotland. But as the two unlikely friends embark on an epic adventure to spot the lake monster, they end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined
By Caleb Roehrig. 2020
Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and the rest of the gang are all getting ready for the next stage of their…lives after high school graduation—or, at least, they're trying to. But then, one by one, they all receive a mysterious letter from someone calling themselves the Poison Pen. Somehow, the letter writer knows some of Riverdale's deepest, darkest secrets. And the Poison Pen is threatening to reveal all unless Archie and his friends do exactly what they're told-from posting embarrassing videos of themselves to blowing up someone else's marriage. The letters aren't stopping and the stakes are getting higher with each one. If they can't find the Poison Pen soon, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, Archie, Kevin, Cheryl, and Toni might not have a future left to protect
By John Flanagan. 2011
They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others—they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any…reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage—which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field...especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing. John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice , creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger's Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books
By John Flanagan. 2012
The bestselling epic continues! Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they…have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let down their guard. The chase leads down mighty rivers, terrifying rapids, to the lawless fortress of Ragusa. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive. The epic series from Ranger's Apprentice author John Flanagan continues, delivering pulse-pounding adventure and fun
By Schmidt Gary D. 2021
Meryl Lee Kowalski arrives at a Maine boarding school, haunted by personal loss. Matt Coffin hides out on the coast,…attempting to evade a violent criminal. As war rages overseas and young people at home demand change, Meryl Lee and Matt begin to face their demons and make fresh choices—singly, together, and with the help of unexpected friends. Set in the 1960s in the world of Gary D. Schmidt's award-winning novels The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now, this timeless story of grief, growth, and change is full of heart and humor
By Jeff Kinney. 2020
Youve never seen the Wimpy Kid World like this beforean entirely new, awesome, friendly, truly fantastic fantasy quest from #1…international bestselling author Jeff Kinney! From the imagination of Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Rolands mom from the White Warlock. Will our heroes survive? Find out in Rowley Jeffersons Awesome Friendly Adventure! And dont miss Rowley Jeffersons first book, the instant #1 bestseller, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jeffersons Journal!
By Cameron Lund. 2020
High school senior Keely Collins takes on firsts, lasts, and everything in between in this sweet, sex-positive rom-com for fans…of Meg Cabot and Jenny Han.It seemed like a good plan at first.When the only other virgin in her group of friends loses it at Keely's own eighteenth birthday party, she's inspired to take things into her own hands. She wants to have that experience too (well, not exactly like that--but with someone she trusts and actually likes), so she's going to need to find the guy, and fast. Problem is, she's known all the boys in her small high school forever, and it's kinda hard to be into a guy when you watched him eat crayons in kindergarten.So she can't believe her luck when she meets a ridiculously hot new guy named Dean. Not only does he look like he's fallen out of a classic movie poster, but he drives a motorcycle, flirts with ease, and might actually be into her.But Dean's already in college, and Keely is convinced he'll drop her if he finds out how inexperienced she is. That's when she talks herself into a new plan: her lifelong best friend, Andrew, would never hurt or betray her, and he's clearly been with enough girls that he can show her the ropes before she goes all the way with Dean. Of course, the plan only works if Andrew and Keely stay friends--just friends--so things are about to get complicated.Cameron Lund's delightful debut is a hilarious and heartfelt story of first loves, first friends, and first times--and how making them your own is all that really matters.
By John Flanagan. 2012
The adventure continues in the Ranger's Apprentice companion trilogy! Hal and the Herons have done the impossible. This group of…outsiders has beaten out the strongest, most skilled young warriors in all of Skandia to win the Brotherband competition. But their celebration comes to an abrupt end when the Skandians' most sacred artifact, the Andomal, is stolen—and the Herons are to blame. To find redemption they must track down the thief Zavac and recover the Andomal. But that means traversing stormy seas, surviving a bitter winter, and battling a group of deadly pirates willing to protect their prize at all costs. Even Brotherband training and the help of Skandia's greatest warrior may not be enough to ensure that Hal and his friends return home with the Andomal—or their lives
By Micol Ostow. 2020
Betty and Veronica's cheerleading retreat with the River Vixens was supposed to be fun—not deadly. Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, and the…rest of the River Vixens are heading out of town for the weekend on a cheerleading retreat. So Archie, Jughead, and the rest of the guys decide to have a poker night at La Bonne Nuit. But a storm causes the power to go out, and the speakeasy goes into lockdown. When the lights come back on, all of the cash is gone. The thief has to be someone the guys know—but who? A few hours away, the River Vixens are ready to enjoy a few days of nature and team bonding. But when they arrive at the cheerleading camp, there are two other feuding squads already there. The team from Stonewall Prep claims that the Greendale girls are the reason one of their teammates went missing two years ago. Betty and Veronica volunteer to investigate, but then creepy things start happening all over camp. And when one of the cheerleaders nearly drowns in the lake, B&V know they have to find out the truth before anyone else gets hurt—or worse
By Emma Robinson. 2021
&‘Wow!!! Where to even begin?? Mind you, it''s hard enough to write this with blurry eyes through tears!!... Absolutely heartbreaking…and a real tear jerker.&’ Kirsty Whitlock ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. &‘She&’s not just my daughter,&’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn&’t seen for nearly five years. &‘Sophie is your daughter too.&’It is just past ten o&’clock on a cold Friday evening when Rebecca and her husband Jack&’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack&’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she&’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack&’s daughter.Rebecca is shocked to discover he has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn&’t known about. Because becoming parents isn&’t part of their life plan. They like children, but they also love their freedom and spending time together uninterrupted; the way that, if they wanted to, they could travel the world at a moment&’s notice.But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can&’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives.A secret that will ultimately mean Rebecca has to ask herself – could she find it in herself to welcome her husband&’s child into her home, and into her heart?A heartbreaking and powerful emotional women&’s fiction novel about love, friendship and what it truly means to be a parent, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Kate Hewitt.Readers are loving My Husband&’s Daughter:&‘Oh my days, what a tear jerker! I have such a book hangover!… I can''t remember the last time I read a whole book in one sitting… d I have been glued to the edge of my seat! I should mention that tissues are a must! I cried more than once (I lost count) and am still wiping away the tears as I write this. The story is so heart breaking but beautifully written that some parts had me both sad but smiling at the same time… Absolutely brilliant!!&’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘I don''t even know where to begin to review this absolutely gut-wrenching, beautiful story… I have never audibly sobbed or struggled to read a book through tears, but this one was tough…. I cannot express the need for everyone to read this book… It is just beautiful and I think it gives a lot for people to learn from in their own lives too…
By Janice Lynn Mather. 2020
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets The Education of Margot Sanchez in this Caribbean-set story about four friends who…experience unexpected changes in their lives during the summer when a hotel developer purchases their community’s beloved beach.Change is coming to Pinder Street… Eve is the rock in her family of seven, the one they always depend on. But when her dad is diagnosed with cancer, she wants nothing more than to trade her worries for some red lipstick and a carefree night. Faith is the dancer all the boys want, but she only has eyes for the one she can’t have. Only thing is, all the flirting in the world can’t distract her from her broken home life...or the secrets that she hides. KeeKee is the poet who won’t follow the rules, not even to please her estranged father. But after a horrible betrayal, she’ll have to choose between being right and losing everyone she loves. Nia is the prisoner longing to escape her overprotective mother. A summer art program might be her ticket to freedom, yet it comes with a terrible price—and the risk may not be worth the reward. Ready or not, it’s time for these four friends to face the sun.
By Eric Walters. 2020
Thirteen-year-old Quinn and her friends can't believe their luck when spring break is extended an extra two weeks—even if it's…because of some virus. But when the impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic becomes apparent, everyone, not just the students, has to learn to adjust to their new reality. Quinn’s father is an ER doctor and has to self-isolate to protect his family from the virus. Isaac’s mother is the chief of police and now has to enforce new physical-distancing bylaws. Reese can’t visit her grandmother in her care home anymore. And their entire school has moved to online classes. Sacrifices have to be made to keep everyone safe, but there’s more to life than rules and scary news reports. In an effort to find some good in all this uncertainty, Quinn comes up with an idea that she hopes will bring the entire community together.
By Christina Kilbourne. 2019
As crazy as her father’s plan sounds, sticking to it is easy for Harbour — until it isn’t. Fourteen-year-old Harbour…is living in a tent in a Toronto ravine with her dog, a two-month supply of canned tuna, and an unconventional reading list. She’s not homeless, she tells herself. She’s merely waiting for her home — a thirty-six-foot sailboat — to arrive with her father at the helm. Why should she worry when the clouds give her signs that assure her that she’s safe and protected? When her credit card gets declined, phone contact from her father stops, and summer slips into a frosty fall, Harbour is forced to face reality and accept the help of a homeless teen named Lise to survive on the streets. Lise shows Harbour how to panhandle and navigate the shelter system while trying to unravel Harbour's mysterious past. But if Harbour tells her anything, the consequences could be catastrophic.
By Craig Battle. 2020
It’s a new summer at Camp Avalon—which Mack and his friends still affectionately call Camp Average. After last season’s big…baseball victory, camp director Winston wants to continue the winning streak. So he’s launched a competitive program for elite athletes—including a new group of girl campers. When Winston enters his charges in a high-stakes basketball tournament, Mack opts out in favor of other, less competitive activities. But Mack starts to suspect he’s being played, as one by one, his favorite camp activities all get closed for repairs. Meanwhile, Winston pits boys against girls in a twisted attempt to win. To undermine Winston’s hypercompetitive scheme once again, Mack creates a plan of his own—but it means he needs to secretly sabotage both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Will Mack match wits with Winston and save the camp from the diabolical director’s clutches once and for all? Or will Mack’s own mischief be exposed—and lose him his summer and his friends? The second Camp Average book is a fast-paced and funny addition to this all-star series.