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Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
4.10
Jimmy Corrigan is a lonely guy: a jittery, unattractive middle-aged man trapped in a dead-end job. The days bleed into each other, his only escape bei ...more
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Jun 15, 2011
 
Laika
3.93
With the launch of Sputnik I in 1957, the Soviet Union officially caught space hysteria; Premier Kruschev vowed to rush another rocket in space within ...more
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Oct 05, 2011
 
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
4.02
achel Hartman's debut fantasy novel Seraphina has been receiving a lot of praise and buzz in the teen fiction world. Not only do I try to stay abreast ...more
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Dec 06, 2012
 
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
3.92
In 1994, Chicago gangbanger Robert "Yummy" Sandifer (nicknamed for his love of sweets) was gunning for a rival gang member in an effort to prove himse ...more
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Sep 28, 2011
 
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)
4.02
Lumatere was a peaceful kingdom...until the dark days a decade ago, when the royal family was murdered, the heir to the throne fell in battle, and the ...more
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Sep 23, 2011
 
Jasper Jones
4.02
We've all made bad decisions at one point or another. Charlie, the narrator of this novel, makes a particularly bad one when he decides to help outcas ...more
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Oct 29, 2011
 
Silhouetted by the Blue
3.71
Ever since their mother died in a car accident, Henry and Serena's life has been going downhill. It's not necessarily dealing with the grief, but more ...more
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Oct 06, 2011
 
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
3.95
Teenage hacker Marcus and his friends thought they were experts at computer subterfuge, having mastered their school's surveillance measures and writt ...more
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Mar 23, 2011
 
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
3.49
Kirsten is a talented and gifted seventh grader attending an expensive private school in Northern California. While she has little trouble navigating ...more
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Oct 04, 2011
 
Firegirl
3.73
Tony Abbott’s Firegirl is a short, deceptively simple tale of middle school adversity. Tom is an awkward, slightly overweight, not particularly popula ...more
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Sep 30, 2011
 
The Berlin Boxing Club
4.12
Karl is growing up Jewish in Nazi Germany. When his father trades famous real-life boxing champion Max Schmeling a painting for lessons, the sport qui ...more
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Nov 05, 2011
 
Boy's Life
4.30
Cory lives for summers in his idyllic hometown of Zephyr, Alabama - the bike rides, carnivals, little league games, and camping trips are the rites of ...more
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Jul 14, 2011
 
My Favorite Band Does Not Exist
3.24
This was a strange book - and a tough one to summarize! Idea Deity (his actual name) has invented a fake band on the Internet named 'Youforia' that, u ...more
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Sep 01, 2011
 
Rapunzel's Revenge (Rapunzel's Revenge, #1)
3.80
Shannon Hale's 2008 graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge is an alternate take ('Fractured Fairytale') on the classic Rapunzel story. Here, Rapunzel's 'mot ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
 
Fever 1793
3.86
"Fever 1793" is historical fiction from Laurie Halse Anderson, who is undoubtedly one of the masters of the genre for youth. I was immediately wrapped ...more
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Oct 18, 2011
 
Heroes of the Valley
3.42
What makes a hero? Halli is certainly an unlikely candidate - stocky, unattractive, and decidedly non-altruistic, he spends his days fighting with his ...more
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Mar 23, 2011
 
Recovery Road
3.84
As the book opens, high school student 'Mad Dog' Maddy is in the middle of a stint in rehab to recover from a drug and alcohol problem that nearly kil ...more
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Sep 01, 2011
 
Rapture Practice
3.98
Growing up in an extremely conservative Baptist family in Kansas, Aaron Hartzler was taught to believe that the Rapture was coming at any time, so he ...more
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Jul 13, 2013
 
Dead End in Norvelt
3.70
"Dead End In Norvelt" is a black comedy coming-of-age novel set in the small town of Norvelt, PA during one crazy summer in the youth of Jack Gantos. ...more
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Nov 22, 2011
 
Out of Shadows
3.80
This book has intriguing descriptions of the brutality and confusion of life in Zimbabwe in the early 1980s. The main character, Robert Jacklin, is fi ...more
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Aug 21, 2011
 
Son (The Giver, #4)
3.95
It's been a long time since I read The Giver and I didn't read the two books in between that and Son. And I still really enjoyed "Son." The world that ...more
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Jan 31, 2013
 
A World Away
3.81
This is a story of a 16-year-old Amish girl's Rumspringa. But it's NOT a story of her going completely crazy and out of control. Rather it's a thought ...more
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Sep 18, 2012
 
Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)
4.15
Luckily, I had this book waiting when I finished Gayle Forman's "If I Stay"! If you haven't ready that one yet, stop now and go read it (consier that ...more
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May 08, 2011
 
The Big Book of Pop Culture: A How-To Guide for Young Artists
3.53
We spend our lives immersed in pop culture and the cult of celebrity to the degree that celebrity obsession has been identified as an actual clinical ...more
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Mar 23, 2011
 
Parasyte, Volume 1
4.15
You've seen a million alien invasion / pod people stories, and this one is a bit similar - aliens arrive on Earth looking to colonize people's brains ...more
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Sep 08, 2011
 
A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
3.98
Here in the U.S. we often get the Disney-ized versions (no slight against classic animated films, of course) of the tales from the good Brothers Grimm ...more
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Apr 30, 2011
 
Openly Straight
4.04
"Openly Straight" is not your typical 'coming out' story. Rafe is openly gay and accepted by his parents and peers in his liberal hometown of Boulder, ...more
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Aug 14, 2013
 
Naruto, Vol. 01: The Tests of the Ninja (Naruto, #1)
4.30
I've never been a huge manga reader, so I recently took the plunge with the first three volumes of "Naruto" in a handy omnibus edition to try to disco ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
 
Thirteen Reasons Why
4.06
Before Hanna ended her life, she sends a group of audiotapes to peers at her school who she claims helped contribute to her decision. The tapes detail ...more
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Sep 09, 2011
 
Marcelo in the Real World
3.98
Marcelo is a high-functioning high school student with Asperger's Syndrome who possesses an extensive knowledge of theology and hear music in his head ...more
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Mar 23, 2011
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