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The Adoration of Jenna Fox

    
                                                                 

  The Adoration of Jenna Fox                  Author: Mary E. Pearson 

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers? This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of biomedical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.
570L   288 pgs

Book Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPTxMbNxb_Y

Goodreads - Book information: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1902241.The_Adoration_of_Jenna_Fox

Goodreads - Author:
 http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/123463.Mary_E_Pearson

 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks

 
                 
                                               

   The Disreputable History                       Author: E. Lockhart 
  of Frankie Landau Banks

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.
Frankie Landau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.
This is the story of how she got that way.
890L  352 pgs

Book Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Vu5mw_L0o

 

The Knife of Never Letting Go

     
                 
                                                                       

     The Knife of Never Letting Go                 Author: Patrick Ness 

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.  
860L  496 pgs

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj4fowWo7xM                     

 

Nothing - Janne Teller

                                                       

                       Nothing                                 Author: Janne Teller & Martin Aitken 

When Pierre-Anthon realizes there is no meaning to life, the seventh-grader leaves his classroom, climbs a tree, and stays there. His classmates cannot make him come down, not even by pelting him with rocks. So to prove to Pierre-Anthon that life has meaning, the children decide to give up things of importance. The pile starts with the superficial—a fishing rod, a new pair of shoes. But as the sacrifices become more extreme, the students grow increasingly desperate to get Pierre-Anthon down, to justify their belief in meaning. Sure to prompt intense thought and discussion, Nothing—already a treasured work overseas—is not to be missed.
1000L   240 pgs

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anlkbGfP36c 

Goodreads - Author Information:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/453897.Janne_Teller

 

Ship Breaker

                                                                                                          

       Ship Breaker                                           Author: Paolo Bacigalupi  

In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.
HL(high/low)690L   336 pgs 

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35JxCOo0sUY      

 

Boy 21

                                                           

               Boy 21                                                     Author:  Matthew Quick  

Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He's always dreamed of getting out someday, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay. Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won't pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21--taken from his former jersey number. As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need.      

Age range 12-17  250 pgs

Goodreads - Book Information:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11138172-boy21

Book Information: http://matthewquickwriter.com/novels/boy21

Goodreads - Author Information:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1251730.Matthew_Quick

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBbbaUgGQZk

 

The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

     
                                           

             I am Malala:                           Author: Malala Yousafzai 
             The Girl Who Stood Up for                          Contributor: Christina Lamb
 Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
1000L  352 pgs

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev-jPT5M9cU                                               

 

Level Up

                                                

                Level Up                                           Author: Gene Luen Yang
                                                                                 Illustrator: Thien Pham 

Dennis Ouyang has always struggled in the shadow of his parents' expectations. His path is laid out for him: stay focused in high school, become a gastroenterologist. It may be hard work, but it isn't complicated...until suddenly it is.
Between his father's death, his academic burnout, and his deep (and distracting) love of video games, Dennis is nowhere near where his family wanted him to be. In fact, he's just been kicked out of college. And that's when things get...weird.
Four adorable--and bossy--angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Dennis's life. And so Dennis finds himself herded back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. But nothing is ever what it seems when life, magic, and video games collide.
360L  160 pgs 

Preview first 24 pages: http://geneyang.com/level-up       

 

The Running Dream

     
                
                                               

                       Stiff:                                                               Author:  Mary Roach
The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers                                            

An oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers some willingly, some unwittingly have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.  

1230L  320 pgs    

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5bg3TASADQ                                 

 

Speak - Laurie Halse

                                                           

                    Speak                                  Author: Laurie Halse  Anderson

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.
690L  208 pgs

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv3FelRmk3Y

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