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The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk Book Cover.
Josh Berk

Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. Those who prefer their heroes to be not-so-usual and with a side of wiseguy will gobble up this witty, geeks-rule novel.

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All the Truth That's In Me

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry Book Cover.
Julie Berry

Judith has been away.  Now that she’s returned, she can’t speak about her absence.  Instead, she watches and waits and hopes that the boy she loves might still look in her direction.  Told in a series of letters addressed to her love, Judith’s story unfolds to reveal the awful truth about her capture, her release, and her willingness to do anything for love. 

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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

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David Lubar

The narrator of the novel, Scot Hudson, is a very witty 14-year-old freshman with an interesting perspective on high school, people, and life in general. From joining student council, to making friends with the freakiest girl in school, to trying to help his friend who just attempted suicide to getting beat up by a member of the football team, this book has it all.

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Far Far Away

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Tom McNeal

Jeremy Johnson Johnson has a secret: he can communicate with the dead. And one ghost in particular, Jacob Grimm of Grimm Brothers fame, has chosen to stay close to Jeremy to protect him from the growing evil invading the town of Never Better. Aided by Grimm’s ghost and best friend Ginger, Jeremy might be the only one who can defeat the monster hiding in the town’s midst.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Ransom Riggs

In his debut novel for teens, author and filmmaker Ransom Riggs mixes vintage photographs with fiction to create a fantasy story both unique and mesmerizing.  Jacob loves to look at the old photographs and listen to his grandfather’s strange stories of orphaned children who lived on a mysterious island. Through magic or fate Jacob discovers the island and its’ odd inhabitants.

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An Abundance of Katherines

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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)

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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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