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Boy21

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Author: 
Matthew Quick

In the town of Bellmont, gangs and the Irish mob vie for control. Quiet, loyal Finley does his best to forget his troubled past and stay under the radar, even though his long-time girlfriend is the little sister of a known mobster. The one place he feels free is on the basketball court – until “Boy21,” a basketball prodigy with his own dark secrets, moves to town. Through their unlikely friendship, both boys find answers they hadn’t known they were seeking.

Ghostopolis

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel Book Cover
Author: 
Doug TenNapel

Welcome to Ghostopolis, an afterlife full of strange supernatural beings. Garth, a boy with a terminal illness, is transported into this other spirit world by a middle-aged ghost wrangler, Frank Gallows.  Garth soon learns he has strange powers in this world, powers that unnerve the evil tyrant that now rules Ghostopolis, Vaugner.  Will Garth defeat this tyrannical overlord? How will he ever escape the strange world of Ghostopolis? Read to find out.

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

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Author: 
Leslea Newman

On an October night in 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die. This 2013 Stonewall Honor book re-imagines the events of that night through poetry told from the perspectives of the fence he was tied to, a deer which stayed by his side, and “The Man in the Moon,” as well as others affected by the hate crime. Through the subject matter is difficult, the tribute is touching and ensures Matthew’s story will not be forgotten.

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The Things a Brother Knows

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The Things a Brother Knows

A Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Nominee for 2012-13, this book takes the reader on a compelling journey chronicling the return of a Marine hero to his hometown.   Seen through the eyes of Levi, the younger brother, the family struggles to reconnect.  An emotionally charged, coming of age novel, the book considers the nature of family, the values of honor and service, and the need to find meaning as we grow up. 

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The Arrival

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Author: 
Shuan Tan

In this amazing graphic novel without words, Tan masterfully shows a strange new world through the eyes of an immigrant. Sepia tone images of a strange, alien-like land will relate to any reader who has ever felt like the outcast starting off in a new place, where everything is so different and very much otherworldly.

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Shadow and Bone

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Author: 
Leigh Bardugo

The first book in the Grisha Trilogy is a fantasy and adventure novel that follows Alina as she discovers her magical powers when trying to protect her best friend, Mal. Will Alina be able to protect not only her friend, but the entire kingdom? Will she be able to trust the Darkling? You’ll have to read Shadow and Bone to find out!

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My Name is Parvana

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Author: 
Deborah Ellis

The fourth book in the Breadwinner Series continues Parvana’s story as she faces interrogation by U.S. troops and also has to defend the girls’ school to the people of her own town. Written in chapters that alternate between present day and flashbacks from the previous year, this is a wonderful book for those familiar with Parvana, as well as those new to the Breadwinner Series.

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