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Roller Coaster Road by Tammy Ward

Published 1 March 2019

Young Adult


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The Number 7 by Jessica Lidh

Published 7 November 2014

Young Adult

It all starts with a mysterious phone call from Louisa's decorative antique phone. And that wouldn't be so strange, except that the phone is unplugged, and has been for years. Frightened by the call and its message--and questioning her own sanity--Louisa listens as a somehow-familiar voice describes a lost family secret about Louisa's grandfather and his daring involvement in resisting the Nazi scourge in his native Sweden during World War II. Piecing together each clue she can find, Louisa begi...


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Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pin. She's just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she's anxious to fit in with her new friends, so when they form a secret club to talk about boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong. But none of them can believe Margaret doesn't have a religion. And Margaret can't tell them the truth: that she can talk to God anyway, about everything that's on her mind--in...


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Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti

Published 5 April 2016

Young Adult

From Printz Honor medal winner and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes a fresh and luminous novel "about love and loss, mental illness, and taking charge of one's own fate" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). There are many ways to be lost. Sometimes people want to be lost. Madison-Mads to everyone who knows her-is trying her best to escape herself during one last summer away from a mother who needs more from her than she can give, and from a future that has been decided by everyone...


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Under the Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland

Published 23 January 2016

Children

Victoria Mahler, the only daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, spends an accidentally eventful summer climbing out from under her mom's shadow and embracing her love of video games. Will Vic figure out who she is away from Micky? And will that cute stoner boy and a group of feminist game-makers help her out?


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Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Published 5 January 2010

Children

A mentally ill sixteen-year-old girl reunites with her estranged mother in an East Texas town that is haunted with doors to dimensions of the dead and protected by demon hunters called Mortmaine.


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A boy with psychic powers struggles to save his loved ones When Davy's mother deserts their family, Davy's father packs his children into a rickety old car and takes them on a vacation. They drive to their mysterious old grandparents' house in the sprawling Welsh countryside, a place so rural that running water is a novelty. It is there that Davy learns he has the gift. He has always seen the pictures-images in his head that tell of the future or the past-but his grandmother explains that the...


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Twisted by Hannah Jayne

Published 5 July 2016

Young Adult

Bex is ready to start a new life in foster care. There, she won't be known as a serial killer's daughter. Though her father was never tried for the murders attributed to "The Wife Collector," he disappeared after questioning. And Bex struggles with the guilt that she provided the circumstantial evidence that convicted him in the public's perception and drove him to abandon her.


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The Opposite of Music by Janet Ruth Young

Published 1 March 2007

Adult

With his family, fifteen-year-old Billy struggles to help his father deal with a debilitating depression.


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Right Where You Left Me by Calla Devlin

Published 5 September 2017

Young Adult

"A thought-provoking examination of familial love." -Booklist "A great coming-of-age story for fans of...Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist...and Thanks for the Trouble." -School Library Journal After Charlotte's father is kidnapped, she and her mother must overcome their differences and find a way to rescue him in this eloquent, moving portrayal of family from the author of William C. Morris Award finalist Tell Me Something Real. In search of the perfect story to put a human face on a trage...


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Trell: Nothing But the Truth by Dick Lehr

Published 9 April 2019

Young Adult

“Trell is an appealingly gutsy heroine whose belief in her father is strong enough to drag an attorney and a down-on-his-luck journalist into her orbit.” — School Library Journal On a hot summer night in Boston in the late 1980s, a twelve-year-old African-American girl was sitting on a mailbox talking with her friends when she became the innocent victim of gang-related gunfire. An immediate manhunt was on to catch the murderer, and a young African-American man was quickly apprehended, charged,...


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Twigs by Alison Ashley Formento

Published 18 August 2013

Young Adult

One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it's high noon. Madeline 'Twigs' Henry is a small teen in the shadow of some big problems. Born prematurely, and still so tiny in stature that people think she's in the fifth grade, Twigs has a mighty spirit. She needs that spirit when life throws a bucket of stones at her. It starts with a drunken deserter dad. Mom and little sister are so obsessed with their own love lives that Twigs has to take care of both of them. Her adored soldier brother Ma...


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More Than Good Enough by Crissa-Jean Chappell

Published 8 January 2014

Young Adult

Half native. Half white. One hundred percent nothing. My mom doesn't want me. My dad just got out of jail. They want me to go live with him on the reservation, in the Everglades. Trouble is, everybody there just ignores me. At least I get to work with Pippa on my film project at school. We used to be friends when we were like twelve. Now that we're hanging out again it's like old times--except she's way cuter. The thing is, I don't belong anywhere. I don't fit in on the rez, and I suck at school...


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Most Precious Blood by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Published 1 August 1991

Adult

During one difficult week in her junior year, Val's world falls apart as she learns some truths about her origins, her father's business, and her relationship with her best friend.


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All We Know of Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Published 2 February 2009

Young Adult

A moving story of a girl's journey to see her estranged mother and the questions the situation raises about love and relationships.When Natalie was eleven, her mother walked out mid-sentence and never came back. Now Natalie is almost sixteen and struggling with a toxic relationship, so she sets out on a bus trip to find her mother and figure out love. To her surprise, she meets people with stories like her own, stories about giving love and getting lost in the desire to be wanted. Acclaimed midd...


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Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal

Published 3 March 2020

Young Adult

An award-winning author tells of a mermaid who leaves the sea in search of her landish mother in a captivating tale spun with beautiful prose, lush descriptions, empathy, and keen wit. Blood calls to blood; charm calls to charm. It is the way of the world. Come close and tell us your dreams. Sanna is a mermaid — but she is only half seavish. The night of her birth, a sea-witch cast a spell that made Sanna’s people, including her landish mother, forget how and where she was born. Now Sanna is...


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Silence Is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher

Published 16 July 2015

Young Adult

'I know what planet I am, thank you very much and I am sick of trying to bump myself up the solar system when my true position is obvious, just ask the dinner lady with the crinkly face who spotted it a mile off. At primary school when people tried to find friends, I tried to find space that my imagination could fill with whatever it wanted - nearly always butterflies, because to me they were perfection, like real-life fairies, with prettier wings.' Tessie-T has never really felt she fitted in a...


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Winter by John Marsden

Published 1 August 2002

Children

Orphaned at four years old, Australian sixteen-year-old Winter de Salis returns to her childhood home in an attempt to find out about her dead parents and her own past.


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Fitz by Mick Cochrane

Published 1 January 2012

Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Fitz kidnaps the father he has never known, taking him from his St. Paul apartment building at gunpoint, in an attempt to address his bewildering mix of resentment and yearning.


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When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience.