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  Cover Art: Our White House : Looking In, Looking Out Our White House : Looking In, Looking Out
Well-known children's authors and illustrators contribute poems, stories, cartoons and more to tell the stories of the famous White House and the people who lived there. Perfect for those who love presidential trivia, historical facts, and old stories. Book talk by Pat B. at Excelsior Library.
241 p. 2008
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  Cover Art: Graceling Cashore, Kristin
Graceling
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with Prince Po, another young fighter, to save their land from a corrupt king. Book talk by Laura K. at Southdale Library.
471 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: The Hunger Games Collins, Suzanne
The Hunger Games
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. Book talk by Amy M. at Ridgedale Library.
374 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: What I Saw and How I Lied Cray, Jordan (aka Judy Blundell)
What I Saw and How I Lied
In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever. Book talk by Anne P. at East Lake Library.
284 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Bronx Masquerade Grimes, Nikki
Bronx Masquerade
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates. Book talk by Cathy B. at North Regional Library.
167 p. 2001
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Found Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Found
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time. Book talk by Anne J. at Penn Lake Library.
314 p. 2008
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Two Girls of Gettysburg Klein, Lisa M.
Two Girls of Gettysburg
When the Civil War breaks out, two cousins, Lizzie and Rosanna, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict until the war reunites them in the town of Gettysburg. Book talk by Pat B. at Excelsior Library.
393 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love Mary Poppins Fenway Park Kluger, Steve
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love Mary Poppins Fenway Park
Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own. Book talk by Nina S. at Maple Grove Library.
403 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Girl, 15, Charming but Insane Limb, Sue
Girl, 15, Charming but Insane
Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor. Book talk by Jan D. at Southdale Library.
214 p. 2004
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Lockhart, E.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school. Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder. And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston. Frankie Landau-Banks. No longer the kind of girl to take no for an answer. When she knows Matthew's lying to her. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done. Book talk by Tracy H. at Westonka Library.
345 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Madapple Meldrum, Christina
Madapple
A girl who has been brought up in near isolation is thrown into a twisted web of family secrets and religious fundamentalism when her mother dies and she goes to live with relatives she never knew she had. Book talk by Angie S. at Rockford Road Library.
410 p. 2008
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  Cover Art: Dragon Sword and Wind Child Ogiwara, Noriko
Dragon Sword and Wind Child
Raised in the ancient Japanese village of Hashiba, fifteen-year-old Saya discovers that she is the reincarnation of the Water Maiden, princess of the underworld, who must try to reconcile the powers of heaven and earth. Book talk by Stephanie W. at Champlin Library.
286 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Nation Pratchett, Terry
Nation
After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl and heir to the British throne in this alternative history, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives. Book talk by Amy M. at Ridgedale Library.
367 p. 2008
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  Cover Art: The Pig Scrolls Shipton, Paul
The Pig Scrolls
A translation of an ancient Greek manuscript written by Gryllus, a talking pig who was once a man, which describes the many adventures that he and his companions--a junior prophetess named Sybil and a bumbling goatherd--experience while traveling to Delphi to try to prevent the universe from coming to an end. Book talk by Heather P. at Eden Prairie Library.
274 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: I'll Pass for Your Comrade : Women Soldiers in the Civil War Silvey, Anita
I'll Pass for Your Comrade : Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Sarah Emma Edmonds enlisted because she believed in the Union cause; Melverina Peppercorn joined to stay near her twin brother. Although women were not allowed to enlist as soldiers in the Civil War, many disguised themselves as men and fought anyway. Book talk by Caron C. at Edina Library.
115 p. 2008
Children's Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Becoming Billie Holiday Weatherford, Carole Boston
Becoming Billie Holiday
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse. Book talk by Eddie A. at St. Anthony Library.
117 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Impossible Werlin, Nancy
Impossible
When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both. Book talk by Stephanie W. at Champlin Library.
376 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Listening for Lions Whelan, Gloria
Listening for Lions
Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1918, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor's identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents' mission hospital. Book talk by Mary S. at Eden Prairie Library.
194 p. 2005
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