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by Margaret Peterson Year Published: Easy ReadingIn a society that allows only two children per family, Luke is a third child, a “shadow child.” He’s illegal, strictly forbidden. So he stays hidden, alone most of the time and frightened all of time. Then one day he discovers another shadow child, Jen, living in one of the fancy new houses that the government built behind his family’s farm. Luke and Jen quickly become friends, but Jen is bold and daring and she wants more than companionship from Luke. She wants him to be a crusader, another third child willing to risk everything for freedom.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: AverageYoung Isabel and her sister, Ruth, finally earn their freedom. Or so they thought. Instead they were sold at a tavern to Mr. and Mrs. Lockton. Later on, Ruth is sold, leaving Isabel with one sorce of Happiness- Reading. She is also caught in the middle of the revolutionary war with a debate on which side she should route for. Will she earn her freedom back? Will she ever see her sister again? Read it to find out!Note: This book is available in our Library. by Cassandra Clare Year Published: AverageWhen fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary. Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.... by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: AverageThe yellow fever of 1793 explains how crude the yellow fever actually was. Little Mattie's grandfather, and best friend died and she doesn't know where her mother is because on the way to the country, her grandfather had symptoms of the fever and were thrown out of their wagon and had no idea where to go. She spent so much time caring for her grandfather she had not notice that she was the one who had the fever, not her grandfather. After miraculous recovery, she made it back home and opened her coffee shop back up and learned she could take care of herself and Nell a little girl she found that became attached to her.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Anonymous Year Published: AverageJanuary 24thAfter you've had it, there isn't even life without drugs....It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth -- and ultimately her life.Read her diary.Enter her world.You will never forget her.For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling first-person account of a teenage girl's harrowing decent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful -- and as timely -- today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Suzanne Collins Year Published: AverageIn the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.Note: This book is available in our Library. by No Author Text Year Published: AverageA young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: AverageSpeak is about a shy girl's life in high school. She called the cops on a huge party earlier in the summer, so all of her friends and random people hate her now. She befriends a girl who just moved in from Ohio named Heather but Heather leaves her for another popular group of girls called the Marthas. So she is all alone, then she starts art and loves it. She makes friends with a guy from her science class but then he turns out to be a big jerk. And a senior keeps sexually and verbally harassing her. Her old friend, Ivy, starts talking to her again and she finally tells Ivy a big secret on why she called the cops on the party....but you will have to read the book to find out why she called the cops in the first place. :)Note: This book is available in our Library. by Suzanne Weyn Year Published: by Heather Brewer Year Published: Average by Shannon Hale Year Published: AverageThe novel begins with the birth of Crown Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee of Kildenree, or Ani. She does not open her eyes until the arrival of the Queen's sister three days later. From this her aunt becomes Ani's nursemaid, becoming her closest companion since Ani was neglected after her siblings were born. Her aunt explains to her the three kinds of gifts people may have: People-speaking, Animal-speaking and Nature-speaking. She further explains that the queen has the power of people-speaking, because it is always easy for the queen to persuade people and be sociable. The aunt also explains that she has the gift of animal speaking, but those who can speak to nature are almost unheard of now. The aunt puts particular emphasis on these for Ani to always keep in mind. No sooner had her aunt told her this, when the key-mistress and her daughter Selia, walk by and invite Ani to come over for tea. Her aunt then warned her that, “That one has the gift of people-speaking. It can be powerful. Mark me and watch her” (Hale 10). Soon after, the aunt announced her return home to the wilderness.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Chris Wooding Year Published: AverageThe Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray is a Gothic horror/fantasy about an alternate Victorian London overrun by the wych-kin, daemonic creatures that have rendered the city uninhabitable south of the river, and which stalk the streets after dark. When Thaniel Fox, a young wych-hunter, finds a mad girl wandering the streets in the middle of the night, he is moved by pity to take her home; and in doing so, he becomes embroiled in a plot that reaches into the highest levels of government, and into the darkest depths of the wych-kin’s world.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Scott Westerfield Year Published: AverageTally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and cataputs you into a high-tech prardise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.Note: This book is available in our Library.