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Saving Race by Karen-Anne Stewart

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Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Raina has tried to forget her past, forget the pain, but when she finds herself staring straight into the fury blazing in her ex-boyfriend’s eyes, her dark past comes rushing back. Furious with herself for actually having chosen someone like her father, she uses that anger to her advantage and fights for her life…and for her future that she prays will involve the man she can’t seem to get out of her head. Kas is a natural leader, a fierce fighter, the type of man you send in when you need to get the job done. He is a courageous hero who is used to risking his own life to save others, but can he save the one who has captured his heart from her horrific past and the men who are hell-bent on destroying her? As Kas and Raina try to navigate through the twists and turns of a deviously intelligent human trafficking group, they find solace in each other’s arms. Can they infiltrate the trafficker’s tight ring, saving the innocent lives from imminent danger before it’s too late?

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1 month ago with 23 notes Reblog 

Missing Persons by M.E. Rabb

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Genre: Mystery, Contemporary/Realistic

Sophie and Sam Shattenberg are two Jewish sisters from Queens, New York. Both love knishes and kosher pickles. Both have said ‘Im wawkin’ here!’ to cab drivers- and meant it. When the unthinkable happens and their father dies, the girls are devastated. Desperate to get away from their greedy stepmother, they withdraw their father’s money from the bank, pick up fake IDs, and hit the road. All is well until their car breaks down outside of Venice, Indiana, a town so isolated that the mechanic tells them, ‘You could get lost here forever.’ Which is exactly what they decide to do….

Sam and Sophie arrive in the small town of Venice, decide to stay, and try to blend in. They get jobs, make friends, and practice ‘talking the talk’ instead of ‘tawking the tawk’. Then the most popular girl in town - the queen of the upcoming Rose Festival - disappears. The sisters were the last people to see her and so become prime suspects. Sophie and Sam realize that they’re going to have to find the missing girl themselves if they want to clear their names. Even if their names are fake….

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1 month ago with 25 notes Reblog 

Guitar Highway Rose by Brigid Lowry

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Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Rosie is bored with her life and herself’. She wants to do something different, be someone interesting. Then she meets Asher, a new boy at school. He has dreadlocks and a guitar, and breaks the school dress code every single day. When Asher decides to run away, Rosie goes with him. Their lives are turned upside down as they take to the road to discover the world, strengthen their friendship, and learn the darker and lighter sides of their own identities. Told in interchanging voices, this heartfelt novel explores the emotional roller coaster of adolescence, and the heartaches and great joy that arise from taking chances.

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1 month ago with 16 notes Reblog 

Standing for Socks by Elissa Brent Weissman

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Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Who knew that socks could cause so many problems? Twelve-year-old Fara Ross started wearing mismatched socks so she’d stand out from the crowd; but now instead of listening to her great ideas about recycling and school fundraisers, kids only notice her socks! And since she’s running for sixth-grade class president, Fara really needs to get the right kind of attention. If she could, she’d stop wearing socks forever, but how can she get rid of what made her popular to begin with? And what is she going to do about her best friend, Jody, who thinks Fara only cares about winning?

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1 month ago with 33 notes Reblog 

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

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Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends, but they weren’t. Weeks after a tragic accident, all that is left are eerie connections between the two girls, former classmates who both kept the same secret without knowing it. Now, even while on vacation at the ocean, Martha can’t stop thinking about Olive. Things only get more complicated when Martha begins to like Jimmy Manning, a neighbor boy she used to despise. What is going on? Can life for Martha be the same ever again?

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1 month ago with 8 notes Reblog 

My Lost and Found Life by Melodie Bowsher

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Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Ashley Mitchell thinks she has the perfect life: popularity, a hot boyfriend, and great fashion sense. But Ashley’s world falls apart when her mother is accused of embezzling a million dollars, and no one can find her. Before she can say Dolce & Gabbana, Ashley’s life goes from perfect to pathetic. With questions growing about her mother and her money quickly disappearing, Ashley is forced to make some drastic changes in her life. With nowhere else to go, she moves into an old camper behind a gas station and takes a job in a quirky San Francisco coffee shop where she wouldn’t have been caught dead a month ago. But life at Mad Malcolm’s Cyber Café isn’t what she expected. At the Madhouse she finds friends, confidence, and courage to start putting her life back together. But will Ashley ever have the chance to share her new life with her mother?

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1 month ago with 28 notes Reblog 

Hick by Andrea Portes

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Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Foreseeing a hopeless future in barrooms and parking lots, cagey 13-year-old Luli McMullen bolts headlong from the heartland, aiming at Las Vegas where she expects to find herself a sugar daddy. Almost immediately, crooked-bodied Eddie Kreezer, a roving obsessive with a violent streak, and a fading but lovely grifter named Glenda begin to do battle for Luli’s head and heart. On their perilous journey westward, Luli is introduced to drifters, lowlifes, strippers, speed freaks, gold-diggers, and a Libertarian with a dog named Karl. Along the way, she learns the truth of American rootlessness and discovers both the power and the peril of her own sexual curiosity. Part coming-of-age story and part raggedy picaresque, Hick leads us at a blinding pace down broken roads through a world that seems to this extraordinary and indomitable young girl dangerously uncharted.

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1 month ago with 16 notes Reblog 

The Black Sleep by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

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Genre: Contemporary/Realistic, Romance

Fed up with her parents and all their ridiculous rules (they keep a binder full of them), fifteen-year-old Kendra Bishop writes away to The Black Sheep, a reality TV show that offers the chance to swap families with another teen. But when the camera crew shows up at her Manhattan apartment, Kendra starts to have second thoughts. Too late. Kendra’s whisked away to Monterey, California, to live with the Mulligans. The carefree household that couldn’t be more different that her own—complete with hippy parents, their five kids, and a pet ferret. And falling for Mitch, the Mulligan’s seventeen-year-old son, only complicates things further, especially since Mitch despises the TV show and everything it stands for. But given the chance, Kendra might just be able to juggle first love, her new stardom, and a pushy TV producer who will stop at nothing for higher ratings.

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1 month ago with 24 notes Reblog 

Shine by Lauren Myracle

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Genre: Mystery, Contemporary/Realistic

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.

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1 month ago with 21 notes Reblog 

The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder

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Genre: Philosophy, Romance

At fifteen, Georg comes upon a letter written to him by his dying father, to be read when he comes of age. Their two voices make a fascinating dialogue as Georg comes to know the father he can barely remember, then is challenged by him to answer some profound questions. The central mystery of The Orange Girl is the story of an elusive young woman for whom Georg’s father searches in Oslo and Seville, and whom Georg finally realizes is his mother. This is a thought-provoking fairy-tale romance imbued with a sense of awe and wonder.

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