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  Cover Art: Geektastic : Stories from the Nerd Herd Geektastic : Stories from the Nerd Herd
A collection of twenty-nine short stories about geeks. Book talk by Stephanie W. of Champlin Library.
403 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: The Worst-case Scenario Survival Handbook : Middle School Borgenicht, David
The Worst-case Scenario Survival Handbook : Middle School
Kid-friendly, hands-on, step-by-step instructions for surviving one of the scariest times in a tween's life - the first day of middle school. Book talk by Laura M.
128 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: All the Broken Pieces : a Novel in Verse Burg, Ann E.
All the Broken Pieces : a Novel in Verse
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past. Book talk by Wendy W. of Collection Management.
218 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: Gettysburg : the Graphic Novel Butzer, C. M.
Gettysburg : the Graphic Novel
A detailed, comic-book style account depicting the Battle of Gettysburg, the national movement to create a memorial there, and the quiet day in 1863 when Lincoln delivered his galvanizing speech. Butzer uses only primary sources for the text, drawing from first-person letters and diaries, speeches, and Lincoln's own writing to unfold this series of historical events. The address itself is played out over eighteen pages, with every phrase given a visual interpretation that will resonate with young readers. Book talk by Lisa H. of Augsburg Park Library.
80 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: Raiders' Ransom Diamand, Emily
Raiders' Ransom
In 23rd-century Great Britain, where climate change has caused vast flooding, the piratical raiders kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter and thirteen-year-old Lilly Melkun, an English fishergirl, takes her seacat on a daring rescue attempt, with a mysterious talking jewel from a past computer age tucked in her belt as ransom. Book talk by Laura K. of Southdale Library.
334 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: The Fire of Ares Ford, Michael
The Fire of Ares
When slaves rebel in ancient Sparta, twelve-year-old Lysander, guarded by an heirloom amulet, the Fire of Ares, is caught between the Spartan ruling class, with whom he has been training as a warrior since his noble heritage was revealed, and those among whom he was recently laboring as a slave. Book talk by Kelly S. of Brookdale Library.
244 p. 2008
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  Cover Art: Tales of the Greek Heroes Green, Roger Lancelyn
Tales of the Greek Heroes
Some of the oldest and most famous stories in the world—the adventures of Perseus, the labors of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts—are vividly retold in this single, connected narrative of the Heroic Age, from the coming of the Immortals to the first fall of Troy. Book talk by Mary S. of Golden Valley Library.
269 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: Brutal Harmon, Michael B.
Brutal
Forced to leave Los Angeles for life in a quiet California wine town with a father she has never known, rebellious sixteen-year-old Poe Holly rails against a high school system that allows elite students special privileges and tolerates bullying of those who are different. Book talk by Laura M.
229 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: Charles and Emma : The Darwins' Leap of Faith Heiligman, Deborah
Charles and Emma : The Darwins' Leap of Faith
Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God's very existence. Book talk by Katherine D. of Minnetonka Library.
268 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: Newes from the Dead : Being a True Story of Anne Green Hanged for Infanticide at Oxford Assizes in 1650 Restored to the World and Died Again 1665 Hooper, Mary
Newes from the Dead : Being a True Story of Anne Green Hanged for Infanticide at Oxford Assizes in 1650 Restored to the World and Died Again 1665
In 1650, while Robert, a young medical student, steels himself to assist with her dissection, twenty-two-year-old housemaid Anne Green recalls her life as she lies in her coffin, presumed dead after being hanged for murdering her child that was, in fact, stillborn. Book talk by Angie S. of Rockford Road Library.
260 p. 2008
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  Cover Art: Blood Ninja Lake, Nick
Blood Ninja
After his father is murdered and a ninja saves his life, Taro discovers the connection between ninjas and vampires and finds himself being dragged into a bitter conflict between the rival lords ruling Japan. Book talk by Christy M. of Minneapolis Central Library.
369 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President Lieb, Josh
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President
In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way. Book talk by Johannah G. of Franklin Library.
302 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: Messed Up Lynch, Janet Nichols
Messed Up
Fifteen-year-old RD is repeating the eighth grade, planning to have an easy year, but after his grandmother walks out her boyfriend is no longer able to care for him, which leaves RD to fend for himself while avoiding being caught. Book talk by Amy L. of St. Louis Park Library.
250 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: The Night Tourist Marsh, Katherine
The Night Tourist
After fourteen-year-old classics prodigy Jack Perdu has a near fatal accident he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York's Underworld, where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on, and Jack vows to find his dead mother there. Book talk by Laura K. of Southdale Library.
232 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Purple Heart McCormick, Patricia
Purple Heart
While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali. Book talk by Pat B. of Excelsior Library.
198 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: Truce : The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting Murphy, Jim
Truce : The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting
Truce : The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting On July 29th, 1914, the world’s peace was shattered as the artillery of the Austria-Hungary Empire began shelling the troops of the country to its south. Soon most of Europe was fighting in this calamitous war that could have been avoided. This was the First World War. On December 25 the troops defied their commanding officers by stopping the fighting and having a spontaneous celebration of Christmas with their "enemies."This beautiful and heartrending narrative of the Christmas Miracle will remind everyone how love for one another reaches far beyond war and politics. Book talk by Mary S. of Eden Prairie Library.
116 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: Knucklehead : Tall Tales Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka Scieszka, Jon
Knucklehead : Tall Tales Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka
How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner. Book talk by Stephanie W. of Champlin Library.
106 p. 2008
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  Cover Art: Leviathan Westerfeld, Scott
Leviathan
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts. Book talk by Alicia A. of Brookdale Library.
440 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: Malice Wooding, Chris
Malice
Everyone's heard the rumors. Call on Tall Jake and he'll take you to Malice, a world that exists inside a horrifying comic book. A place most kids never leave. Seth and Kady think it's all a silly myth. But then their friend disappears. Book talk by Nina S. of Maple Grove Library.
377 p. 2009
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  Cover Art: The Monstrumologist : William James Henry Yancey, Richard
The Monstrumologist : William James Henry
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi. Book talk by Alicia A. of Brookdale Library.
454 p. 2009
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