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Big Fat Disaster
This book was like riding a roller-coaster of emotions. There were highs when I was so angry I could spit, lows when sadness and pity brought tears to...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
The Summer of Letting Go
It's been four years since Francesca's little brother Simon drowned. It was an afternoon at the beach when the tragedy changed her family's world. The...more
Nov 20, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
Boy Proof
Inspire by John Green's 18 Books You Probably Haven't Read, I found my copy of BOY PROOF by Cecil Castellucci. It has been on my classroom shelf for s...more
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Mar 02, 2014
In PINNED two incredibly competitive people headed in totally different directions find themselves meeting in the middle.

Autumn is the lone girl on h...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 27, 2012
Sign Language
Abby's parents explain that her father is having an operation to remove one of his kidneys. He comes home from the hospital and seems a little tired,...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Being Henry David
A seventeen year old male wakes up in NYC's Penn Station with no ID and no idea who he is. With nothing but a copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau, h...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
Madeline Henry has been known as Twigs since her older brother gave her the name shortly after her premature birth. When her tiny little arms and legs...more
Feb 24, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
I Kill the Mockingbird
Three friends attempt to honor their deceased teacher by encouraging people to read the famous classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Unhappy that their new E...more
May 28, 2014
May 26, 2014
Star In The Middle
Star is a teen mom. Her baby is several months old, and they live with her grandmother. Wilson is the baby's father, but he hasn't officially acknowle...more
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Feb 10, 2014
UnSouled (Unwind, #3)
Fans of Shusterman's UNWIND series will not be disappointed with the final book. The cast of characters returns to meet many new challenges. Everyone...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
The Impossible Knife of Memory
For Hayley Kincain life has been filled with loss. Her mother died, her grandmother died, Trish her "stepmother" left, and her father left for several...more
Jul 09, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
The Pull of Gravity
I'll be honest, I was attracted to this one by the cover. The blurb on the back also promised a "freak disease", a "quirky girl", and a connection to...more
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
The Eleventh Plague
THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE by Jeff Hirsch was published a few years ago and stands as one of the earlier examples of dystopian YA fiction. Fans of HUNGER GAM...more
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May 26, 2014
Thirteen year old Butterball filled a sock full of batteries and beat up Maurice, and he the school is forcing him to see a therapist so they can get...more
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Dec 23, 2012
The Pregnancy Project
Gaby never dreamed that her senior project would become such a big deal. She wanted to make an impact, and she certainly did!

Raised by a single mother...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

I have heard people talking about this book for several years, but to be honest, I'm not one to read professional materials unless they are...more
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Aug 17, 2014
Girls Like Us
"Retard," " Fool," and "Speddie" are just a few of the names directed at Biddy and Quincy. Both girls are Special Education students graduating from h...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
Zom-B Baby (Zom-B, #5)
Darren Shan is the master of the YA horror series. Students in my high school and middle school classroom are great fans. CIRQUE DU FREAK got them hoo...more
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Jan 19, 2014
Hope in Patience
The message in HOPE IN PATIENCE is extremely powerful. I experienced almost overwhelming anger at times while reading this intense book. It frequently...more
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Feb 01, 2014
Living in Carp, New York, doesn't offer many opportunities. Most teens hope to graduate and find some way to get out of town. One possibility is to wi...more
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Jun 28, 2014
Vera needs to escape the chaos at home. Her younger sister disappeared and is presumed drowned. Her mother spends more time in foreign countries than...more
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Apr 20, 2014
Life should be perfect for Parker, but sometimes he thinks that might be the problem. He tries to be perfect - the perfect student, the perfect son, t...more
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Feb 02, 2014
How It Went Down
Review ARC courtesy of
Release date: October 2014

It is a case of violence in the hood. A would-be teen gang member is shot and killed as...more
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Aug 10, 2014
Torn Away
Review copy courtesy of

Due for release in May 2014

Watching her little sister Marin dance is the last thing Jersey wants to do. She is tr...more
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Mar 09, 2014
Summer Sanctuary
According to Matthew, this summer is going to suck. With his friend Kyle away visiting his grandparents' farm, there won't be anyone to hangout with e...more
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Mar 16, 2014
The Living (The Living, #1)
A summer job on a cruise ship seems perfect. Shy knows he will miss his family especially since the recent death of his grandmother, but the money he...more
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Apr 14, 2014
Darius & Twig
What a loss for the world of YA! Walter Dean Myers's books offered the best in YA lit for the guys, especially the reluctant reader. DARIUS & TWIG...more
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Aug 04, 2014
Always on the lookout for interesting accounts of the Holocaust, I picked this one up a few weeks ago. It wasn't until I got it home that I discovered...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
Memory Boy (Memory Boy, #1)
I don't know how I missed this one, but the mistake has been corrected and I'm glad to share the news here.

MEMORY BOY by Will Weaver is an uncomfortab...more
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Mar 23, 2013
Curse of the Were-wiener (Dragonbreath, #3)
One of my students surprised me with this book as a Christmas present. He said he knew I liked books so he got me this one.

It's a cute story that remi...more
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Dec 19, 2012
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