10 Things I Can See From Here

“Why get upset about something so small? Think positive. What is there to worry about?” People are always telling Maeve that things will be ok, but they don’t understand what it’s like to struggle with anxiety. 10 Things I Can See From Here, a novel by Carrie Mac, is the story of a girl named Maeve who has been struggling

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Now

Morris Gleitzman’s Now trapped me with it’s haunting and beautiful style. This book is the third in a five book series; Once, Then, Now, After, and Soon. The main character, Zelda, has a grandfather named Felix, who was a Jewish victim in the Holocaust.  Felix had a best friend during his hard times, her name was Zelda as well. Unfortunately,

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River Boy

Jess, at the age of 15, deeply loves her grandfather who is an artist, even though he is often stubborn and difficult. After he took ill in a terrible accident, he insisted on traveling as planned with Jess and her parents back to the place he grew up. It is by a river in Braymouth that he is determined to

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The Keyper

In the gloomy, mysterious, and personal story called The Keeper, by Mal Peet, a man named Paul Faustino must interview one of the best goalkeepers of all time, El Gato. When Faustino first sees El Gato, he thought he looked very mean and strong, El Gato was about 6 feet tall and four inches and a little overweight. When Paul

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The Thing About Jellyfish

Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish is an intriguing story about a 7th grade girl named Suzy who has an unusual perspective on the world. This story takes place in a normal town. Most of the story concerns Suzy’s house and her school. Suzy likes to think about the more important things in life; like her education, rather than makeup

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Before I Fall

Imagine having a perfect life, a perfect family, the perfect friends, and a perfect boyfriend, then one day it all disappears. Samantha Kingston, the character created by Lauren Oliver in the book Before I Fall, has everything a girl could want, or so she thinks. Samantha thinks popularity is all she needs in life but after one fateful day she

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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, is a compelling book that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.  When Miranda and her best friend Sal enter the 6th grade, they are prepared for the chaos and crazy people of New York City.  But when events like when Sal is punched in the face and the apartment key

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Flawless

“The sweetest smiles hold the darkest secrets…” Flawless by Sara Shepard is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series, which continues the story of four friends that are very close, Aria, Hanna, Emily, and Spencer. Originally there were five friends, but one of them named Ali went missing while they were having a sleepover in the summer. This

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Catalyst

Catalyst, a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, is the remarkable story of a high schooler named Kate who learns plenty of new things about herself as well as others.  Kate is a straight-A science and math geek, a long distance runner, a reluctant family caretaker,  and a minister’s daughter. She believes that she can manage her own life, but when

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Endurance

The Endurance, by Alfred Lansing, is the captivating true story of Ernest Shackleton’s remarkable voyage to the floes of the Antarctic. Lansing gathered all the information for this book by actually interviewing many members of the crew. These primary sources made it possible for him to tell a very accurate, exciting story.   Lansing tells of the crew of the

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