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

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumental book cover.
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.
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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The Glass Sentence

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
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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How I Live Now

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff book cover.
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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Story of a Girl

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr book cover.
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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Al Capone Does My Homework

Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko book cover.
Gennifer Choldenko

Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn't the most normal place to grow up, but it's home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. In this final installment in Choldenko's Alcatraz series, Moose Flanagan has a mystery to solve. His father has been promoted to associate warden of the infamous island prison, drawing negative attention from cons and guards alike. When their family apartment is burned down, gossip points to Moose's older sister, Natalie, and it falls to Moose to discover the truth.  Catch up with the first two books of the series Al Capone Does My Shirts and Al Capone Shines My Shoes.

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Evil Librarian

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen cover.
Michelle Knudsen

He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s... the librarian. When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact... a demon.

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart book cover.
E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks is a smart, witty teenager whose transformation over the summer has gotten the attention of Alabaster Prep’s popular senior Matthew (a member of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, an all-male Alabaster secret society).  Through a false identity and lies, Frankie orchestrates a grand plan to not only get into this forbidden society but to secretly control them.

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Hourglass by Myra McEntire book cover.
Myra McEntire

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer book cover.
Meg Wolitzer

Jam is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont to learn how to cope with the recent loss of her boyfriend, Reeve, but nothing seems to help, especially not her English class. But then, during a mysterious journal writing assignment, Jam is transported to the magical realm of Belzhar where she and Reeve can finally be together again.

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