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Half a World Away

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ISBN: 9781442412750
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

When Jaden and his parents must go to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby, Jaden feels worse than ever. Adopted at age 8, Jaden doesn't know why or how his parents love him: he has rages, starts fires in the house, and is always seeing a new therapist. Yet as things go wrong and become increasingly strange abroad, Jaden starts to see himself--and the new baby-- in a different light. Moving and heartwarming, this is an excellent story for tweens and teens looking for a more moving read. Fans of realistic fiction and family stories will love it. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

The Witch's Boy

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ISBN: 9781616203511
Availability: Backordered
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 16th, 2014

For fans of Wildwood and The Apothecary comes this new novel of fate, family and friendship. Filled with omens, "The Witch's Boy" follows two children destined to meet as their kingdoms clash over stolen magic and family traditions. A wonderful tale of finding your own voice despite a great responsibility to attend to the needs of others. A must-read! ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo & Whitney Kaaz


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ISBN: 9781250028297
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 3rd, 2014

If you were to stick Legend, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and great writing in a blender, this book is what you'd end up with. The One World wants Thalia to drink her Synthamil and be quiet--just like everyone else. But when Thalia's stomach starts growling for real--and illegal--food, she must decide whether to stay and become a test subject or flee the world she knows. An unconventional story with a strong, skeptical heroine perfect for all readers who are not convinced by perfectly bad--or perfectly good--worlds. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

Openly Straight

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ISBN: 9780545509893
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 28th, 2013

The perfect novel for any teen who has wanted to escape their high school label. Token out student Rafe decides to switch schools to free himself of his “open gayness”. Playing straight, however, poses all sorts of problems. Hilarity and dilemmas ensue. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


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ISBN: 9780375971457
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Published: Yearling - May 13th, 2014

Sixth-grader Julian Twerski has made a terrible mistake--and his English teacher is making him pay for it. For the rest of the school year, he is forced to keep a journal to write about the incident. Although reluctant to write at first, Julian realizes that he can learn a lot about himself, his life, and his friends. An excellent coming-of-age novel about growing up and doing the right thing. ~ Reviewed by Whitney and Aubrey


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By Brian Floca, Brian Floca (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416950462
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books - April 7th, 2009

A gorgeous, poetic story about the monumental space event that was the flight of Apollo 11. From preparing the shuttle for liftoff to the moon landing itself, Floca describes the wonder and anticipation of the mission through well-chosen details and captivating illustrations. Engaging for all ages! One of my favorite space-science books for kids. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo


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