New Books 4/8/15

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No Place by Todd Strasser

“When Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless, issues of injustice rise to the forefront in this relatable, timely novel from Todd Strasser.”-Goodreads

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Half Bad by Sally Green

“Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?”-Half Bad World

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The Rule of Thre3 by Eric Walter

“One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe.  At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problems at first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until the students discover the cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and the only vehicles that function are a few ancient computer-free cars like Adam’s.   Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and gear as the region becomes paralyzed.  Soon – as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends – he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection.  And  Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys  to survival.”-Eric Walter

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Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman

“James, a scrawny, thoughtful 15-year-old, is trapped in brutal penury in upstate New York. His father walked out long ago. His defeated mother, a barely functioning cocktail waitress, has brought home an abusive addict of a boyfriend. And his older brother, Louis, who left in a fury, is a muscle-bound drug dealer whom the police have in their sights.”-The New York Times

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When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes

“Francisco Ortiz, a handsome straight-A student and gifted basketball player from the barrio, wins a full scholarship to an elite boarding school. His future seems promising. But soon after Francisco moves into the dorm, his new classmates assume the worst of him: they pepper him with questions about drugs and gangs. It’s all so confusing, made even more complicated when Francisco realizes that back home in the hood, he no longer fits in, though his friends still rely on him to solve their problems. In a desperate attempt to help one of his homies, Francisco makes a terrible decision…”-Amazon

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Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

“This is a story about the wide, fragile web of friendships and acquaintances that sustains us – a fascinating theme for a generation whose Facebook groups can seem more immediate than their own flesh and blood.”-The Guardian 

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Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

“In the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend’s life-threatening illness.”-Harper Collins Publishers

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Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

“Sixteen-year-old Madeline Landry is practically Gentry royalty. Her ancestor developed the nuclear energy that has replaced electricity, and her parents exemplify the glamour of the upper class. As for Madeline, she would much rather read a book than attend yet another debutante ball. But when she learns about the devastating impact the Gentry lifestyle—her lifestyle—is having on those less fortunate, her whole world is turned upside down.  As Madeline begins to question everything she has been told, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana, who seems to be hiding secrets of his own. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty—her family and the estate she loves dearly—and desire.”-Barnes and Noble

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