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Beautiful creatures

Garcia, Kami Stohl, Margaret

Little, Brown and Company 2012

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

The blind side : evolution of a game

Lewis, Michael

W.W. Norton 2009

Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL.

Blue like jazz : nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality

Miller, Donald

T. Nelson 2003

Presents a collection of essays that explore the author's experiences and opinions on Christian spirituality.

Bridget Jones's diary : a novel

Fielding, Helen

Penguin Books 2001

Bridget Jones takes readers on a tour of a hilarious year-in-the-life of a confused thirty-something singleton who would have all the answers if she could just lose seven pounds, stop smoking, and attain inner poise.

Charlie St. Cloud : a novel

Sherwood, Ben

Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks 2010

The powerful bond between two brothers--one alive and the other killed in a terrible accident--unexpectedly transcends the barriers of life and death, and it is up to one enchanting woman to make their world right.

City of bones

Clare, Cassandra

M.K. McElderry Books 2008

Suddenly able to see demons and the Shadowhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Code talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Bruchac, Joseph

Speak 2006

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

Coraline

Gaiman, Neil, McKean, Dave

HarperTrophy 2004

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Dear John

Sparks, Nicholas

Grand Central Pub. 2009

John, a high school dropout, enlists in the Army not knowing what else to do with his life. While in the Army he meets Savannah, they fall in love and she awaits his return from the Army. After 9/11 John feels it's his duty to re-enlist. During their long separation Savannah falls in love and marries someone else.

Ender's game

Card, Orson Scott

Starscape 2002

Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

Girl, interrupted

Kaysen, Susanna

Vintage Books 1994

In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele--Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles--as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

The golden compass

Pullman, Philip

Yearling 2007

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone

Rowling, J. K, GrandPre, Mary

1998

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The hobbit, or, There and back again

Tolkien, J. R. R

Houghton Mifflin Co. 1997

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

The Hunger Games

Collins, Suzanne

2009

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Interview with the vampire

Rice, Anne

Ballantine Books 1997

Recounting his first two hundred years of life, a vampire tells of his erotic alliance with Claudia, whose passions are forever locked up in the body of a child.

It's kind of a funny story

Vizzini, Ned

Miramax Books 2007

A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

Message in a bottle

Sparks, Nicholas

Warner Books 1999

Divorcee Theresa Osborne, on a vacation at the seaside, finds a love message in a bottle and becomes obsessed with learning the story behind the note.

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist

Cohn, Rachel, Levithan, David

Ember 2012

High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

The notebook : a novel

Sparks, Nicholas

Vision 2004

Noah Calhoun, recently returned from World War II in 1946, buys an old plantation home in rural North Carolina, where he contents himself with memories of his first love, a girl he met fourteen years earlier, but then she unexpectedly arrives at his door.

The perks of being a wallflower

Chbosky, Stephen

MTV Books/Gallery Books 2012

A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. It's a story of what it's like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.

Push : a novel

Sapphire

Vintage Contemporaries/Vintage Books 1997

Relentless, remorseless, and inspirational, this "horrific, hope-filled story" ("Newsday") is certain to haunt a generation of readers. Precious Jones, 16 years old and pregnant by her father with her second child, meets a determined and highly radical teacher who takes her on a journey of transformation and redemption.

The secret life of bees

Kidd, Sue Monk

Penguin Books 2008

Fourteen-year-old Lily and her companion, Rosaleen, an African-American woman who has cared for Lily since her mother's death ten years earlier, flee their home after Rosaleen is victimized by racist police officers, and find a safe haven in Tiburon, South Carolina at the home of three beekeeping sisters, May, June, and August.

The silver linings playbook

Quick, Matthew

Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012

During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

The sisterhood of the traveling pants

Brashares, Ann

Ember 2011

During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.

Soul surfer : a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board

Hamilton, Bethany, Berk, Sheryl, Bundschuh, Rick

Pocket Books ; MTV Books 2006

Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves.

To kill a mockingbird

Lee, Harper

Warner Books 1982

The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

True grit

Portis, Charles, Tartt, Donna

Overlook Press 2010

Mattie Ross is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.

Twilight

Meyer, Stephenie

Little Brown & Co 2008

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Warm bodies : a novel

Marion, Isaac

Atria Books 2011

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love with a human, in this original debut novel. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn't enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Not just another zombie novel, this is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

Water for elephants : a novel

Gruen, Sara

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2006

A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Where the heart is

Letts, Billie

Grand Central Pub. 2008

A pregnant girl abandoned by her boyfriend hides in a Wal-Mart store, gives birth and becomes a celebrity as the mother of the Wal-Mart Baby. Help flows from everywhere as people jump on the publicity bandwagon, then the baby is kidnapped.