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An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green Book Cover.
John Green

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time, all by girls named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend, Hassan, to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his nineteen failed relationships.

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Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1)

Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles Book I) by Colin Meloy Book Cover.
Colin Meloy

This is the first book of the Wildwood trilogy.  Prue McKeel's life is ordinary until her baby brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one's ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it. But Prue and her friend Curtis dare to enter and uncover a world of warring creatures, peaceable mystics and dark figures.

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Boxers & Saints

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Gene Luen Yang

In this two book set, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang tells the compelling story of the Boxer Revolution from two very different perspectives. In Boxers, Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy, begins the rebellion with inspiration from Chinese gods in order to rid the Chinese people of oppressive westerners. In Saints, Vibiana, a Chinese girl taken in by Christian missionaries, tries her best to protect the only people who have shown her kindness when the rebellion turns violent.

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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger book cover.
Gail Carriger

The first book in the Finishing School series, Etiquette & Espionage is set in an alternate England of 1851. Spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. Fans of mysteries, historical fiction, and steampunk won’t want to miss this one!

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The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #1)

The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #1) by Eoin Colfer book cover.
Eoin Colfer

Readers mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl series can take heart: this first book in the time-bending W.A.R.P. series is an all-out blast. And its stars-17-year-old Chevie Savano, a quasi-disgraced FBI agent (of sorts), and Riley, the reluctant young assassin of the title, are every bit as dynamic as Artemis and Holly. After a bungled mission, Chevie has been sent to London where she is "babysitting a metal capsule," which she learns is one end of a wormhole to the year 1898.

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Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls

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Mary Downing Hahn

Tragedy changes Elmgrove with the murder of two teenage girls. This Baltimore suburb in which the book is set, believes Cheryl's ex, a ne'er do well named Buddy was the killer, but Nora, who is friends with the victims, has her doubts. This story is closely based on true events that happened in the author’s neighborhood in 1956.

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Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins #1)

Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins #1) by Andrew Lane book cover.
Andrew Lane

It's the summer of 1868 and 14-year-old Sherlock Holmes is on a break from school.  He lands at the estate of some relatives he doesn't know and is soon embroiled in a mystery.  When a runaway named Matthew witnesses a bizarre murder and Sherlock discovers another dead body in the woods, the teens seek out the truth.   On their adventures, they encounter a mysterious evil housekeeper, beekeepers, and a crippled criminal mastermind.  The game is afoot.

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Paper Valentine

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Brenna Yovanoff

Hannah Wagnor is struggling to accept the death of her best friend Lillian when a serial killer appears in her town, targeting school girls and leaving their bodies in the park surrounded by children’s toys and paper hearts. As the community’s fear and suspicion increases, Hannah doesn’t tell anyone that she can hear and see the ghosts of the murder victims and Lillian, who has been haunting her for months. But the police have no solid leads or suspects, and these ghosts may have the key to stopping the killer before Hannah becomes the next victim.

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Tiger Lily

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Jodi Lynn Anderson

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and  loving heart.

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