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  Cover Art: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian Alexie, Sherman
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Recommended for mature teen readers. Book talk by David L. at Southdale Library.
229 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Home of the Brave Applegate, Katherine
Home of the Brave
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner. Book talk by Joni K. at St. Louis Park Library.
249 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Thirteen Reasons Why Asher, Jay
Thirteen Reasons Why
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death. Book talk by Judith B. at Edina Library.
288 p. 2008
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  Cover Art: Jinx Cabot, Meg
Jinx
Sixteen-year-old Jean Jinx Honeychurch, the descendant of a witch, must leave Iowa to live with relatives in Manhattan after the first spell she casts goes awry, but she will have to improve her skills to stop her cousin from practicing black magic that endangers them and the boy they both like. Book talk by Stephanie W. at Champlin Library.
262 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Revolution is Not a Dinner Party : a Novel Compestine, Ying Chang
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party : a Novel
Starting in 1972 when she is nine years old, Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed bourgeois, and people of laughter. Book talk by Bernie F. at Oxboro Library.
248 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Enter Three Witches : a Story of Macbeth Cooney, Caroline B.
Enter Three Witches : a Story of Macbeth
When her father betrays the Scottish king and is hung as a traitor, Lady Mary's future is bleak after she loses her only true protector and ends up locked away in the tower by the powerful and deadly Lord and Lady Macbeth. Book talk by Angie S. at Rockford Road Library.
281 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: The Luxe Godbersen, Anna
The Luxe
In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others. Book talk by Nina S. at Maple Grove Library.
433 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Book of a Thousand Days Hale, Shannon
Book of a Thousand Days
Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids. A reimagined, little-known classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, reset on the central Asian steppes. Book talk by Laura K. at Southdale Library.
305 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Another Kind of Cowboy Juby, Susan
Another Kind of Cowboy
In Vancouver, British Columbia, two teenage dressage riders, one a spoiled rich girl and the other a closeted gay sixteen-year-old boy, come to terms with their identities and learn to accept themselves. Book talk by Barbara M. at Ridgedale Library.
343 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Skulduggery Pleasant Landy, Derek
Skulduggery Pleasant
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones. Book talk by Katherine D. at Minnetonka Library.
392 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Dragonhaven McKinley, Robin
Dragonhaven
When Jake Mendoza, who lives in the Smokehill National Park where his father runs the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies, goes on his first solo overnight in the park, he finds an infant dragon whose mother has been killed by a poacher. Book talk by Laura K. at Southdale Library.
342 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Tamar Peet, Mal
Tamar
In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family. Book talk by Alicia A. at Brookdale Library.
424 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Red Glass Resau, Laura
Red Glass
Sixteen-year-old Sophie has been frail and delicate since her premature birth, but discovers her true strength during a journey through Mexico, where the six-year-old orphan her family hopes to adopt was born, and to Guatemala, where her would-be boyfriend hopes to find his mother and plans to remain. Book talk by Wendy W. of Collection Management.
275 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: I Heart You, You Haunt Me Schroeder, Lisa
I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Ava can't see or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here. Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds--Cover, P. [4]. Book talk by Eddie A. at St. Anthony Library.
226 p. 2008
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  Cover Art: Keeping Corner Sheth, Kashmira
Keeping Corner
In India in the 1940's, thirteen-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms. Book talk by Stephanie W. at Champlin Library.
281 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree Tarshis, Lauren
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
A quirky and utterly logical seventh-grade girl named Emma-Jean Lazarus discovers some interesting results when she gets involved in the messy everyday problems of her peers. Book talk by Katherine D. at Minnetonka Library.
199 p. 2007
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  Cover Art: Red Moon at Sharpsburg : a Novel Wells, Rosemary
Red Moon at Sharpsburg : a Novel
As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known. Book talk by Caron C. at Edina Library.
236 p. 2007
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