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Alora: The Wander-Jewel by Tamie Dearen
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Alora: The Wander-Jewel by Tamie Dearen

Synopsis: Alora is a normal fifteen-year-old girl who lives on a ranch in rural Montana. Her biggest excitement is the upcoming school dance. Until one day while taking a shower, she sees an image that almost seems real. A boy, with long brown hair and the most intense green eyes she’s […]

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
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Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

  Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool is a John Newbery Award Winner. Abilene Tucker’s father sends her on a train to spend the summer in the town he grew up in. Abilene is soon drawn into the mystery of who the “Rattler” of Manifest is, if “Jinx” is really […]

Once A Goddess by Sheila R. Lamb
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Once A Goddess by Sheila R. Lamb

For the sake of her clan, the Danann, Brigid marries Bres of the Fomorian clan. Despite not loving Bres, Brigid is determined to make the marriage work in order to keep the peace between the two Irish tribes. “In the first season of our marriage, he hadn’t spoken of his […]

Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach
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Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach

I’m a middle school counselor and we recently started a book club at our school. “Shakespeare’s Secret” was our first read. Hero and Beatrice Netherfield are named after the characters in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Once again they’ve moved to a new town (not far from Washington D.C. where […]

Babble & Bite Short Stories by Kat Nove
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Babble & Bite Short Stories by Kat Nove

Babble & Bite is a collection of seven short stories. In “Capricorn, Meet Scorpio,” (which is my favorite) Jess diligently reads her horoscope each day. “Scorpio- A new crush will need you just the way you are, so forget about starting that diet and changing your hairstyle.” Will Jess’s horoscope […]

Stories from My Memory-Shelf: Fiction and Essays from My Past by Lori Schafer
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Stories from My Memory-Shelf: Fiction and Essays from My Past by Lori Schafer

Of the 19 short stories and essays, “Yellow Wagon” and “Haunted” are my favorite. In “Yellow Wagon,” a young girl walks to school by herself for the first time. The author included two versions of this story, the unpublished version and the published version (Everyday Fiction, a short story literary […]

After by Samantha Gregory
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After by Samantha Gregory

I’m a sucker for conspiracy theories and my favorite young adult genre is dystopian slash science fiction, therefore I was intrigued from the start. Seventeen-year-old Jenna lives in Southern Manhattan (“South City”). It’s been twenty years since a deadly virus swept through America which is now considered a third world […]

Beyond Midnight: Asunder by Sarah M. Cradit
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Beyond Midnight: Asunder by Sarah M. Cradit

  I’ve been in love with this series since I read the first novel (the prequel, St. Charles at Dusk). Beyond Midnight: Asunder focuses on Tristan’s epic fall and slow rise and Amelia and Jacob’s crazy love story. Tristan: “The wind rushed in, carrying the scent of grass and wood […]

Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross
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Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross

I was absolutely hooked on the first book in the Network Series (Miss Mabel’s School for Girls) and book two is just as captivating! Once again I identified with Bianca Monroe, a young witch coming into her powers; and I detested the evil witch Miss Mabel. Miss Mabel to Bianca: […]

Damsels in Distress by Laura Kenyon
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Damsels in Distress by Laura Kenyon

Damsels in Distress, the second book in the Desperately Ever After Series has a darker tone than its prequel. According to Belle, “The world offers nothing but pain…It offers the chance to become half of what you are now. You’re better off going home and keeping your hope and spirit […]

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