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  Cover Art: The Summoning Armstrong, Kelley
The Summoning
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger. Book talk by Laura K. at Southdale Library.
390 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Swords : an Artist's Devotion Boos, Ben
Swords : an Artist's Devotion
Illustrated with breathtaking intricacy, a celebration of swords and swordsmen spans history and cultures to review the ancient warriors who lived by the sword, from Beowulf to medieval knights, and from stealthy ninja and samurai to legendary maidens of war. Book talk by Katherine D. at Minnetonka Library.
81 p. 2008
Children's Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Model : a Memoir Diamond, Cheryl
Model : a Memoir
Presents the true story of one teen's attempt to break into New York's modeling industry at the age of fourteen, where a career-altering event changed her life and nearly ruined her shot at her dream. Book talk by Pat B. at Excelsior Library.
357 p. 2008
Teen Nonfiction Book (Biography)
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  Cover Art: The Big Splash Ferraiolo, Jack D.
The Big Splash
Matt Stevens, an average middle schooler with a glib tongue and a knack for solving crimes, uncovers a mystery while working with the organization, a mafia-like syndicate run by seventh-grader Vincent Mr. Biggs Biggio, specializing in forged hall passes, test-copying rings, black market candy selling, and taking out hits with water guns. Book talk by Wendy W. of Collection Management.
277 p. 2008
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: The Trouble Begins at 8 : a Life of Mark Twain in the Wild Wild West Fleischman, Sid
The Trouble Begins at 8 : a Life of Mark Twain in the Wild Wild West
Here, in high style, is the story of a wisecracking adventurer who came of age in the untamed West. A rebel who surprised himself by becoming the most famous American of his time. Book talk by Joni K. at St. Louis Park Library.
224 p. 2008
Children's Nonfiction Book (Biography)
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  Cover Art: Duel! : Burr and Hamilton's Deadly War of Words Fradin, Dennis B.
Duel! : Burr and Hamilton's Deadly War of Words
In the early morning hours of July 11, 1804, two men stood facing each other on a New Jersey cliff side. One was the U.S. vice president, Aaron Burr, and the other was Alexander Hamilton, the secretary of the treasury. They were ready to fight to the death for honor. Book talk by Caron C. at Edina Library.
1 v. 2008
Children's Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: The Graveyard Book Gaiman, Neil
The Graveyard Book
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. Book talk by Adam H. at Brookdale Library.
312 p. 2008
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Evernight Gray, Claudia
Evernight
Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Lucas, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca's entire world. Book talk by Laura K. at Southdale Library.
327 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Ghostgirl Hurley, Tonya
Ghostgirl
After dying, high school senior Charlotte Usher is as invisible to nearly everyone as she always felt, but despite what she learns in a sort of alternative high school for dead teens, she clings to life while seeking a way to go to the Fall Ball with the boy of her dreams. Book talk by Nina S. at Maple Grove Library.
328 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Amulet. Book One The Stonekeeper Kibuishi, Kazu
Amulet. Book One The Stonekeeper
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves -- From publisher's web site. Book talk by Lisa H. at Augsburg Park Library.
185 p. 2008
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Black Stars in a White Night Sky Lawson, JonArno
Black Stars in a White Night Sky
Entertaining poems explore everything from love and conformity to the nature of time, stretching the boundaries of various poetic forms to create verses that are at turns humorous and thought provoking. Book talk by Eddie A. at St. Anthony Library.
118 p. 2008
Teen Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Ever Levine, Gail Carson
Ever
Fourteen-year-old Kezi and Olus, Akkan god of the winds, fall in love and together try to change her fate--to be sacrificed to a Hyte god because of a rash promise her father made--through a series of quests that might make her immortal. Book talk by Lucy S. at Nokomis Library.
244 p. 2008
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Ink Exchange Marr, Melissa
Ink Exchange
Seventeen-year-old Leslie wants a tattoo as a way of reclaiming control of herself and her body, but the eerie image she selects pulls her into the dangerous Dark Court of the faeries, where she draws on inner strength to make a horrible choice. Book talk by Stephanie W. at Champlin Library.
325 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Suck it Up Meehl, Brian
Suck it Up
After graduating from the International Vampire League, a scrawny, teenaged vampire named Morning is given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero when he embarks on a League mission to become the first vampire to reveal his identity to humans and to demonstrate how peacefully-evolved, blood-substitute-drinking vampires can use their powers to help humanity. Book talk by Alicia A. at Brookdale Library.
323 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: My Bonny Light Horseman : Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber in Love and War Meyer, L. A.
My Bonny Light Horseman : Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber in Love and War
While trying to run a respectable shipping business in 1806, teenaged Jacky Faber finds herself in France, spying for the British Crown in order to save her friends. [Series: Bloody Jack Adventures] Book talk by Hilary M. at Washburn Library.
436 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: The Ghosts of Kerfol Noyes, Deborah
The Ghosts of Kerfol
Over the centuries, the inhabitants of author Edith Wharton's fictional mansion, Kerfol, are haunted by the ghosts of dead dogs, fractured relationships, and the bitter taste of revenge. Book talk by Tracy H. at Westonka Library.
163 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: The Brothers Torres Voorhees, Coert
The Brothers Torres
Sophomore Frankie finally finds the courage to ask his long-term friend, Julianne, to the Homecoming dance, which ultimately leads to a face-off between a tough senior whose family owns most of their small, New Mexico town, and Frankie's soccer-star older brother and his gang-member friends. Book talk by Ali T. at Eden Prairie Library.
316 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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