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The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1)

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason
Author: 
Colleen Gleason

The Clockwork Scarab is a wonderful mystery that includes Egyptology, time travel, secret societies, and vampire hunters. Reluctantly at first, Mina Holmes, the teenage niece of Sherlock Holmes, and Evaline Stoker, the teenage sister of Bram Stoker, combine their sleuthing and hand-to-hand combat talents to find out why society girls are turning up dead. The young ladies infiltrate opium dens, pubs, society balls, and seedy criminal lairs in pursuit of the mystery of the missing girls.  This is the first book in the Stoker & Holmes series, set in Victorian London with a steampunk twist. If you enjoy Clockwork Scarab, be sure to check out book two in the series, Spiritglass Charade.

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Y FIC GLEASON

The Accused (Theodore Boone #3)

The Accused (Theodore Boone #3) by John Grisham book cover.
Author: 
John Grisham

Theo discovers that his school locker has been burglarized and later his bike tires slashed. That night a computer store is robbed and several laptops and smart phones stolen. The following day at school, detectives come in and search his locker. They find two of the laptops. The detectives had received an anonymous tip that Theo was the thief. Along with his Uncle Ike, the two are determined to find out who has set him up.

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Y FIC GRIS

Black Ice (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins #3)

Black Ice (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins #3) by Andrew Lane book cover.
Author: 
Andrew Lane

The year is 1868 and fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes faces his most baffling mystery yet.  Mycroft, his older brother, has been found with a knife in his hand, locked in a room with a corpse.  Only Sherlock believes that his brother is innocent. But can he prove it?

In a chase that will take him to Moscow and back, Sherlock must discover who has framed Mycroft and why . . . before Mycroft swings at the gallows.  Young Sherlock is honing his skills of observation but this story is adventure and action packed.

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Y FIC LANE

How It Went Down

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon book cover.
Author: 
Kekla Magoon

Many different voices tell the story of how Tariq Johnson, a black sixteen year old, was shot by Jack Franklin, a white bystander. Tariq had been in a grocery store on an errand and came out holding a Snickers candy bar in the sleeve of his hoodie. Some onlookers say he was holding a gun. The city gang, 8-5 Kings, give their take on what happened.  An important element of the book is how Tariq’s friends, family, and neighbors go on with their shattered lives.

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Y FIC MAGOON
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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson book cover.
Author: 
Jacqueline Woodson

This is an autobiography in free verse by award winning author, Jacqueline Woodson. She describes her life growing up in the outdoor sunshine of South Carolina and the hot and humid sidewalks of Brooklyn, New York. You'll read her vivid memories of friends and family as she finds her way as a writer. Jacqueline Woodson has won three Newbery Honor awards for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way.

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J B WOODSON

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumental book cover.
Author: 
Karen Blumenthal

This narrative nonfiction will take you back in time to the years of Prohibition. Learn about its rise and fall by immersing yourself in these incredible stories, photographs, and information. Recommended for grades 7 and up.

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Y 363.41 BLUM

Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles book cover.
Author: 
Gail Giles

Quincy and Biddy have just graduated from high school and the Special Ed program. Though they have never considered each other friends, they suddenly find themselves roommates in their first “real-world” apartment. Together, they discover that life-after-school can be cruel, but also compassionate, and that they have a lot more to offer each other along the way than they realized.

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Y FIC GILES

The Glass Sentence

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
Author: 
S. E. Grove

In a world where time has splintered, separating states and countries by centuries, the need for explorers and mapmakers is overwhelming. Sophia lost her explorer parents to this need, and now her beloved uncle Shadrack has been kidnapped for his mapmaking knowledge. Can Sophia use her uncle’s maps to navigate this dangerous world and rescue him? The world as they know it might just be at stake.

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Y FIC GROVE

How I Live Now

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff book cover.
Author: 
Meg Rosoff

Fifteen year old Daisy is sent from New York City to England to stay with her aunt and cousins she’s never met. Soon after arriving, a third world war breaks out. The family farm is taken over by soldiers and the family is separated. Survival is their first priority. After the war, Daisy tries to put her life back together and overcome the terrible experiences of war.

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Y FIC ROSO

Story of a Girl

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr book cover.
Author: 
Sara Zarr

At only 13 years old, school rumors start circulating about Deanna Lambert and her affair with 17 year old Tommy Webber. At home, her father becomes distant and cold, her brother Darren and his girlfriend have a baby, and her mother struggles to keep the family together. As time goes on, Deanna gets a job at a ratty pizza place, makes new friends and learns the power of forgiveness.

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Y FIC ZAR

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