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Spinning Silver (YA)

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by Naomi Novik The king of the winter kingdom steals Miryem, a moneylender purportedly able to “turn silver into gold.” He uses her without her knowledge to create winter in the middle of summer. But could there be a creature more awful than the one freezing the crops and starving the daylit kingdom? And what […]

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Chalice (YA)

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by Robin McKinley When the previous Master and Chalice of Willowlands die in a sudden catastrophe, Mirasol is drawn from her woodright to become the new Chalice. The old Master’s younger brother, halfway through becoming a priest of Elemental Fire, is the only remaining blood heir. Can an inexperienced beekeeper-turned-Chalice and a Fire priest save […]

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The Sun is Also a Star (YA)

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by Nicola Yoon Neither Natasha nor Daniel is looking for their true love today. A string of random chances bring them together. But Natasha is being deported back to Jamaica tonight—will the random events continue, keeping them together, or will more chances tear them apart? This book was beautifully written. I loved the points of […]

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Cheshire Crossing (YA)

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by Andy Weir What do you get when you put Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice into a boarding school together? A world-hopping adventure where the Witch of the West teams up with Captain Hook and the Cheshire Cat comes to Oz, of course.  This graphic novel was a lot of fun, blending elements from our favorite […]

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Red Queen (YA)

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by Victoria Aveyard This is a story of “haves” and “have-nots,” where the “haves” have superpowers and the “have-nots” get trampled underfoot. A “have-not” girl gets unexpectedly thrown in among the “haves,” for surprising reasons and with dire consequences. It’s like X-Men meets Gladiator meets British history’s War of the Roses, where everyone did whatever […]

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Thirteenth Child (YA)

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by Patricia C. Wrede This is a coming of age story of a girl on the frontier in an alternate America where magic is a part of daily life and woolly mammoths and steam dragons threaten the settlements. Eff Rothmer must sort out her relationships with magic, her family, the frontier, and herself, while confronting […]

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A Date with Darcy (YA)

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by Tiffany Schmidt When bookworm Merrilee transfers to a new, co-ed private school, she soon discovers that the boys there are eerily like the boys she swoons over in her books. But being part of a romance story is not at all what she expected.  I loved this nerdy, slightly cheesy rom-com. The witty banter […]

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The Only Alien on the Planet (YA)

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by Kristen D. Randle When Ginny and her family move across country at the same time that her favorite brother goes to college, she feels totally lost and alone. In the midst of her upheaval, she is drawn to Smitty Tibbs, the strange boy in her homeroom who hasn’t spoken a word to anyone since […]

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What to Say Next (YA)

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by Julie Buxbaum After her father’s tragic death in a car accident that still haunts her, Kit needs space. She finds refuge at the lunch table of David Drucker, a quiet outsider with Asperger’s (although he’ll be the first to tell you that’s not an actual disorder anymore). An unlikely friendship forms, which opens both […]