Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
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Nick is the bass player and lyricist for a band that is just starting to make it in New York City. Norah is the whip smart daughter of a high powered record executive. They have the same favorite band, and are both rebounding from bad break-ups. When Nick sees his ex at a show with someone new, and asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes it is just the beginning of a night that neither could have expected. This is a story about rock and roll, growing up, questioning the assumptions we make about ourselves, and love, and all to a killer soundtrack.
Looking for Alaska
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Miles Halter has a, perhaps unhealthy, interest in famous last words, particularly those of the poet Francois Rabelais: “I go to seek a great perhaps.” At sixteen he decides to go in search of his own great perhaps, enrolling in a rigorous boarding school In Central Alabama. Miles’ safe life evaporates when he falls in with a bunch of mischievous brainiacs, led by his math-whiz video gamer roommate “the Colonel,” and gorgeous, clever and self-destructive feminist Alaska Young. Miles of course quickly falls in love with Alaska, who of course has a much more interesting and good looking college boyfriend. But then, tragedy strikes and changes everything.
Paper Towns
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Quentin has been in love with his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman ever since they found a dead body when they were kids. Quentin backed away, saying that they had to go tell their parents. Margo walked closer for a better look. Ten years ago, Margo ditched Quentin for cooler friends. One night Margo shows up at Quentin’s bedroom window dressed like a ninja and invites him to accompany her on a night of revenge pranks and also breaking into Sea World. The next morning Margo has disappeared. It seems, though, she has left clues specifically for Quentin as to where she might be found. He enthusiastically begins following the clues and learns things about Margo that even her best friends don’t know. But as the clues lead to darker places, Quentin becomes afraid of what he might find.
Along for the Ride
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An irresistible summer read!
A Northern Light
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A nice combination of romance, history, and murder mystery.
Matched
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In a futuristic America, the Capitol decides everything. They decide what you eat, how much you exercise, where you work, and what you do for entertainment. They even decide who you marry. Cassia has always gone along with things. But when she becomes 'matched' to two different boys, both of whom are her friends, she starts down a path that is very different from what the Capitol would approve of. Now, she's beginning to understand that there are some decisions you have to make for yourself, and that you might have to break a few rules to get what you want.
Twilight
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A great read for lovers of paranormal romance. Bella Swan has just moved to Forks, Washington to live with her father. There she meets a family of outsiders, The Cullens. Despite a small warning voice inside her head, Bella is inexplicably attracted to Edward Cullen and takes steps to get to know him. Steps that could endanger her life. Especially when she learns the secret he and his family have kept hidden from everyone for years.
Holes
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This is the story of Stanley Yelnats. Cursed with horrible luck because of his 'no-good, dirty, rotten, pig-stealing, great-great-grandfather', he finds himself at Camp Green Lake as punishment for a crime he didn't actually commit. Louis Sachar has written a wonderful coming-of-age story about an awkward boy who finds he's not actually as bad off as he thought.
Soldier's Heart
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Lovers of American History will enjoy this story about a young boy who leaves his family's rural home to fight in the Civil War on the Union Side.
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
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After Ruby's mother dies, she's sent to live with the father she's never met. The father she has loathed for years for leaving her mother when he found out she was pregnant with Ruby. But after getting to know her famous father, Actor Whip Logan, she discovers that not only is he not as horrible as she thought, but that there are two sides to every story and it's about time she heard her father's side.
My Sister's Keeper
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Anna has spent her entire life keeping her older sister Kate alive. Conceived as a donor match for her dying sister, she wouldn't even be alive if Kate hadn't been diagnosed with cancer. Now, at 12 years old, Anna is suing her parents for the rights to her own body. All she wants is the right to say no to another painful and potentially harmful medical procedure. But Anna may be risking her sister's life, as well as the happiness of the entire family. Jodi Picoult has written a wonderful story that reminds us that sometimes in life there are no easy decisions.
The Truth About Forever
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A great summer read! If you liked the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”… give this book a try.
The Midwife's Apprentice
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This Newbery Award winner is an excellent choice if you love historical fiction.
The Future of Us
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It’s 1996 and Emma is loading her first AOL disc into her first computer. When the modem connects though she finds herself on something called Facebook. Emma can see her future self and she doesn’t like what she sees. What happens next are Emma’s funny and often selfish attempts to get her future self the life that she wants. This book is a hilarious contemporary work with a splash of sci fi!
Anna Dressed in Blood
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Cas Lowood has an unusual job for a 16 year old. He dispatches murderous ghosts and sends them to their demise. When he heads to Thunder Bay to dispatch the particularly violent ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, a standard job turns into much more than Cas bargained for. Great for horror fans, but be warned there are gruesome and violent scenes in this book that are not for everyone.
Divergent
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In a futuristic Chicago, society is broken up into factions. Beatrice Prior was born in to abnegation, the selfless, but after the choosing ceremony becomes a member of dauntless, the brave. However, Beatrice has a secret - one that could be lethal if discovered. Fast paced and full of action, Divergent is a must read for Hunger Games fans!
The Princess Bride
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You’ll find even more fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles in this book than in the fantastic movie it spawned.
The Declaration
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Since the creation of the drug Longevity, which stops aging, the world has become overpopulated. Because of the lack of basic staples, every couple gets a choice: Longevity or children. Anna's parents chose both. An outcast, she lives with others like her. She has never questioned her place, but now she must make a choice between the life she's always known and the dream of something more.

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