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  Cover Art: Baby Girl Adams, Lenora
Baby Girl
A debut novelist tells a story that is rich, complex, and achingly real--a heartbreaking tale in which a pregnant teen searches for love and acceptance. Book talk by Amy L. at St. Louis Park Library.
234 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: The World Made New : Why the Age of Exploration Happened How it Changed the World Aronson, Marc
The World Made New : Why the Age of Exploration Happened How it Changed the World
Describes how exploration by the Europeans around the time of Columbus changed the world. Book talk by Caron C. at Edina Library.
64 p. 2007
Children's Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: An Abundance of Katherines Green, John
An Abundance of Katherines
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships. Book talk by Jackie C. at Eden Prairie Library.
227 p. 2006
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  Cover Art: Slam Hornby, Nick
Slam
At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones's girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam's life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically. Book talk by Linnea L. at Plymouth Library.
309 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Evil Genius Jinks, Catherine
Evil Genius
Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy. Book talk by Stephanie W. at Champlin Library.
486 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Aliens are Coming! : the True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast McCarthy, Meghan
Aliens are Coming! : the True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast
Account of the practical joke that fooled American radio listeners and made Orson Welles famous. Book talk by Pat B. at Excelsior Library.
1 v. 2006
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  Cover Art: The White Darkness : a Novel McCaughrean, Geraldine
The White Darkness : a Novel
Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone--a troubled fourteen year old--discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme's Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth. Book talk by Pamela H. at Southdale Library.
373 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Harlem Summer Myers, Walter Dean
Harlem Summer
In 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old Mark Purvis, an aspiring jazz saxophonist, gets a summer job as an errand boy for the publishers of the groundbreaking African American magazine, The Crisis, but soon finds himself on the enemy list of mobster Dutch Shultz. Book talk by Eddie A. at St. Anthony Library.
165 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: The Neddiad : How Neddie Took the Train Went to Hollywood and Saved Civilization Pinkwater, Daniel Manus
The Neddiad : How Neddie Took the Train Went to Hollywood and Saved Civilization
When shoelace heir Neddie Wentworthstein and his family take the train from Chicago to Los Angeles in the 1940s, he winds up in possession of a valuable Indian turtle artifact whose owner is supposed to be able to prevent the impending destruction of the world, but he is not sure exactly how. Book talk by Carol W. at Southdale Library.
307 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Chew On this : Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food Schlosser, Eric
Chew On this : Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food
A behind-the-scenes look at the fast food industry. Book talk by Amy M. at Ridgedale Library.
318 p. 2006
Teen Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: The Wednesday Wars Schmidt, Gary D.
The Wednesday Wars
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. Book talk by Caron C. at Edina Library.
264 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: The Social Climber's Guide to High School Schneider, Robyn
The Social Climber's Guide to High School
Meet the Social Climber...She is the girl everyone knows -- and actually admires. The girl you want to be. But social climbing isn't easy. It starts with a serious reality check and an unlevel, highly competitive playing field: high school. You need skills to reach the peak of the high school A-list now, and making varsity cheer isn't even a start. So step behind the velvet rope with this powerful and hilarious field guide. Unlock the secrets of popularity and personality. Go on, embrace the climb. Book talk by Nina S. at Maple Grove Library.
258 p. 2007
Teen Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: The Alchemyst : the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Scott, Michael Dylan
The Alchemyst : the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life. Book talk by Amy M. at Ridgedale Library.
375 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Enthusiasm Shulman, Polly
Enthusiasm
Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical. Book talk by Jan D. at Southdale Library.
198 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: The Wall : Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Sis, Peter
The Wall : Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
In his most personal work to date, award-winning author Peter Ss offers a brilliant graphic memoir, taking readers on an extraordinary journey as he recalls his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, when his country was on the Communist side of the Iron Curtain. Book talk by Pamela H. at Southdale Library.
1 v. 2007
Children's Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Peak Smith, Roland
Peak
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. Book talk by Alicia A. at Brookdale Library.
246 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Zen and the Art of Faking it Sonnenblick, Jordan
Zen and the Art of Faking it
When thirteen-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school for the umpteenth time, he is looking for a way to stand out when his knowledge of Zen Buddhism, gained in his previous school, provides the answer--and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master. Book talk by Joanna R. at Plymouth Library.
264 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: The Secret of Priest's Grotto : a Holocaust Survival Story Taylor, Peter Lane
The Secret of Priest's Grotto : a Holocaust Survival Story
The exraordinary tale of how several Jewish families hid for a year and a half in the caves of western Ukraine is told by the cavers who recently discovered their underground hiding place. -- Cover. Book talk by Joni K. at St. Louis Park Library.
64 p. 2007
Children's Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: H.I.V.E. : Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education Walden, Mark
H.I.V.E. : Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E. Book talk by Sue C. at Ridgedale Library.
309 p. 2007
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