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Here are the picks for this week…
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G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 2007. 118 pages.
When a new, white student nicknamed “The Jesus Boy” joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie’s growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.
Balzer + Bray. 2010. 408 pages.
A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692–Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Warner Vision Books. 2006. 440 pages.
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
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Little Brown. 2010. 503 pages.
In a small southern town with a secret world hidden in plain sight, sixteen-year-old Lena, who possesses supernatural powers and faces a life-altering decision, draws away from her true love, Ethan, a mortal with frightening visions.
Buzz: What’s Hot in Middle School
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins
Greenwillow Books. 2010. 352 pages.
A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.
Buzz: What’s Hot in High School
Alfred A. Knopf. 2010. 260 pages.
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.