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James, Brian. LIFE IS BUT A DREAMNew York : Feiwel & Friends, 2012IL YAISBN 0312610041Sixteen-year-old Sabrina is artistic and has a very vivid imagination. But is it more than just a case of creating a fantasy world. She ends up in the hospital and diagnosed with a mental illness. Her hallucinations have gotten worse and her family cannot ignore the symptoms. Sabrina has schizophrenia and there is no cure. With treatment, her condition improves but then she meets Alec, a fellow patient. Alec tried to convince Sabrina that they are not mentally ill. It is the people around them that have the issues. She must decide whether to believe Alec and stop taking her meds or to trust her family and doctors.
Howse, Emily. ZITFACENew York : Marshall Cavendish, 2011IL YAISBN 0761458301Meet Olivia Hughes. You may think she has everything. She is an actress and appears on lots of tv commercials. She is popular at school. And has some very good friends. All that is about to change. Olivia breaks out in a severe case of acne. She tries to pretend that it isn’t acne. Maybe it’s spider bites. But she will have to accept the truth and all that comes with it. Her acting career may just be in jeopardy. No one wants a zitface to sell their products. And her boyfriend is pulling away as well. And those friends she had – they are just not there for her.
Harvey, Jacqueline. ALICE-MIRANDA ON VACATIONNew York : Delacorte, 2010IL 3-6, RL 4.8ISBN 0385739958Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones has survived her first semester at boarding school. Now it is time to head home for vacation. And who has she invited to spend break with her? None other than the school’s second-best tantrum thrower, Jacinta Headlington-Bear. At the family’s estate, things are not always what they seem. Soon Alice-Miranda finds herself caught up in a mystery than involved a famous movie star, a mysterious man, the maid and a new bully. What could possibly be going on here?
Gutman, Dan. THE TALENT SHOW New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010 IL 3-6, RL 5.4 ISBN 1416990038 What would you do if you town was hit by a tornado and practically destroyed? Would you want to move away? Or would you want to do all you could to rebuild? The kids of Cape Bluff want to find a way to help rebuild. What better way than to put on a talent show? The biggest problem with this idea is that there is very little talent in Cape Bluff.
Daly, Cathleen. FLIRT CLUB New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011 IL 5-8, RL 5.1 ISBN 1596435720 Eighth graders Izzy and Annie are drama geeks. And rather clueless when it comes to attracting boys. But they are determined to change that. They start a secret club that they call the Flirt Club and together they set out to study successful flirting techniques that they can employ. Told through notes, lists and journal entries, we follow the girls as the try to find their way in middle school.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 3.8 ISBN 0385904878 Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana and her teacher has hopes for Deza’s future. But it is a time of high unemployment and poverty. They call it the Great Depression and there are few jobs around Gary. Deza’s father sets off to find work in Flint, Michigan and soon, Deza, her mother and brother follow hoping to catch up with him. They settle in Hooverville outside of Flint and there the family hopes to see Dad again. As they cling to hope, they must find ways to support themselves. Life is hard but the family lives by their motto “We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful.”
Crockett, S. D. AFTER THE SNOW New York : Square Fish, 2012 IL YA ISBN 1250016762 When he returned home, they were all gone. And all he found was snow - just like always. It has been years since the oceans stopped working and the ice age began. Willo's family escaped to the mountains and scratched out a subsistence by illegal trapping and hiding from the government. But that is all changed now and Willo is alone. He leaves the hut behind on his way to try to find his family. Along the way he finds a young girl who is in worse shape than he is. Her father has been eaten by wolves and her little brother is close to death. At first Willo leaves her behind but his conscious just won't let him. He returns to find her brother has died and the small hut is surrounded by hungry wolves. Willo risks everything to save her but what will he do with her now. Just another mouth to feed. What lies ahead for the two?
Burkhart, Jessica. POPULAR New York : Aladdin Mix, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.3 ISBN 1442419504 Lauren is enjoying her popularity at Canterwood Crest Academy. She has a new boyfriend and things are all going her way. But is she taking on too much? All this pressure may just be too much for her.
Burkhart, Jessica. COMEBACK New York : Aladdin Mix, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.3 ISBN 1442419520 Lauren enjoys being the It-girl at Canterwood Crest. But she might just be losing that title. And an important competition is coming up that may just change everything. And what happens when someone from her past shows up? Lauren is determined to overcome all obstacles but is that possible?
Almond, David. MY NAME IS MINA New York : Delacorte, 2010 IL 5-8, RL 4.6 ISBN 0385740735 Almond scored a big hit with his book Skellig. In that story, we first met Mina. We find out so much more about her in the prequel to Skellig. Mina should be asleep. Everyone else in the house is. But Mina loves the night. She is staring out the window at the night and on her table is a blank notebook. What should she write in it? Should she write about the night and the things in it? Or should she write about Mina?