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Jacked Up

by Nancy Powell

Set over five days in the life of a death-obsessed teenager, "Jacked Up" is snappy and clever, wrapping Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and spiritual beliefs around a coming-of-age story with themes of friendship, acceptance, and mourning.... Read More

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Inspired

by Catherine Thureson

Rocket Malone is not thrilled with the direction her life is taking. Her mom has just remarried, and they are moving from their hip cottage in Venice Beach to her stepfather’s home in Hollywood. Her best friend, Gillian, has a new... Read More

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Moonrise

by Catherine Thureson

Joe’s big brother Ed left one day in their Aunt Karen’s car, and he never came home. He ended up in Texas, where he panicked over being pulled over without the car’s registration, tried to drive away, and was convicted of killing... Read More

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Blink

by Catherine Thureson

Adolescent Josh is not fond of his life in Sugar Creek, Illinois, a small town where not much happens. When he learns that his mother has been seeing his ex-stepfather again despite an order of no contact, things get worse. But then an... Read More

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Tiny Infinities

by Catherine Thureson

Alice is a strong, determined young girl. As she starts her summer vacation, she is intent on accomplishing two things: getting her name on the record board at the local swimming pool, and getting her dad to move back home. "Tiny... Read More

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The Boy from the Forge

by Laura Leavitt

"The Boy from the Forge" is a skillfully written, nostalgic coming-of-age story. Matt Brandt’s "The Boy from the Forge" is a sympathetic coming-of-age novel in which a young man makes choices that will shape him for decades to come.... Read More

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Karina

by Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers

A compelling mix of New Age spiritualism and self-esteem primer, "Karina" overlays coming-of-age questions with magical insight. E. B. Mann’s allegorical novel "Karina" is a heartwarming story of transformation that takes an average... Read More

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The Weekend Bucket List

by Kristine Morris

On the cusp of their high school graduation, Cooper and Cady are about to discover a lot more than they’d planned when a guy who’s too hot for his own good joins them on their adventures. Cooper and Cady have been best friends all... Read More

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