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All the members of Cadence Sinclair’s wealthy family are tall, blonde and full of secrets. They spend their summers on a private island where Cadence enjoys three carefree months with her two cousins and family friend, Gat. During her fifteenth summer, her friendship with Gat turns to love. Then, Cadence suffers from a terrible accident but she can’t remember a thing. Two summers later, Cadence returns to the island, determined to find out what happened to her. This is a suspenseful and beautiful story of greed, secrets, mystery and true love.
Straight-laced Hannah and free-spirited Zoe have been best friends forever. When Zoe tells Hannah that she needs to get out of their dead-end New Jersey town, they hop into Hannah’s beat up car and embark on a roadtrip of grand proportions. Zoe teaches Hannah about dreaming big and taking chances. She wants Hannah to experience life's intangibles: audacity, insouciance, and happiness. As Zoe slowly comes unhinged, Hannah tries to pull her back down to earth. This is a wondrous story about friendship, first love, heartbreak and hope.
In a dystopian future, Madeline is heiress to the Landy Park estate and all the money, power and fancy gowns that go with it. But spirited Madeline would rather go to University than be married off to a wealthy suitor. When handsome David shows her the truth about the lower class “Rootless” and how the gentry is keeping them enslaved, she questions her whole way of life. Regency romance + science fiction = a fantastic read!
Ezra Faulkner is the star of his tennis team and dates the most popular girl in high school. His life is a frosting-filled cake walk. Then one night, a terrible accident changes his life forever. His leg is shattered, he’s kicked off the tennis team and his girlfriend dumps him. Forced to create a new identity, he joins the debate team and meets a mysterious and alluring girl. Full of humor, sadness and immense joy, this is one of the best books you’ll ever read.
When Flora saves a squirrel named Ulysses from a near-death experience, she learns that he has acquired superpowers. Flora's lively imagination is captured with comic-style illustrations as this unlikely pair embarks on exciting superhero adventures. Filled to the brim with laughter and fun, this novel also delves into larger issues like loss, abandonment, friendship and overcoming fears. Your heart will melt as you cheer for Flora and her superhero squirrel!
6th grade Julian returns from a week-long suspension and his teacher offers him a deal: if he writes a journal about the incident that caused his suspension, he'll get out of doing a report on Shakespeare. What unfolds is both comical and poignant as Julian investigates the truth of bullying, friendship and peer pressure.
Aliens enter Earth's atmosphere and it becomes clear that they mean to take over. Experience the horror as they execute 5 terrifyingly clever waves of annihilation. The plot twists and turns as heroes emerge and humanity is tested. You'll be up all night with this one, reading one breathless page after another. Great for teens or adults!
North America has split into two warring nations and June, a military prodigy, is sent to capture Day, the Republic’s most wanted rebel. When the two collide, they discover sinister secrets about their country and realize they may have a common enemy. Suspenseful, emotional and thrilling!
Franny says: 16-year-old Blue comes from a family of psychics and has always received the same prediction: if she kisses her true love, he will die. Unexpectedly, a group of Raven Boys – students at the local prep school – enter Blue’s life. The boys are fixated on discovering an ancient Welsh king they believe is buried near their Virginia town. The boys include a glory-obsessed trust funder, a scholarship kid from an abusive home, and a wild boy who knows a violent secret about his father. Add ley lines, ghosts, and romance, and you’re in for a memorable adventure that slowly builds to a self-destructive, spectacular boil.
Franny says: Pudge heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School in search of “The Great Perhaps.” What he finds is a sexy, smart and unstable girl named Alaska and a group of crazy but loyal friends. When Alaska is tragically killed, Pudge’s world is shaken to the core. As he investigates her death with his friends, Pudge struggles with grief and acknowledges the life-changing power of friendship. Funny, dark and beautiful.
Franny says: In a world where dragons and humans were once at war, an unsteady peace now exists. The emotionless dragons shift reluctantly into human form and live alongside their former enemies in the kingdom of Goredd. Sixteen-year-old Seraphina, who works as the Assistant Music Mistress at the palace, has a dangerous secret: she is half dragon. When the body of a man is found decapitated and the dragons are implicated, Seraphina’s secret is not only dangerous, it’s deadly. Dragon-human relations become more fragile by the minute and Seraphina must navigate through the politics of court, manage the royal choir, cope with a budding romance and chase the secrets of her past. This thrilling and lush high fantasy builds slowly and then soars.
Franny says: Set in 19th-century England, this charming novel follows the romantic entanglements of seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley. Althea lives in a crumbling castle on the North Sea with her widowed mother, a younger brother and two very sour stepsisters. In order the save the family from financial ruin, Althea is determined to marry a man with money. When the wealthy Lord Boring comes into town, Althea hatches a plan to become his wife. Witty banter, unexpected romances and tongue-in-cheek humor litter the pages of this Jane Austen-esque gem of a book.
Franny says: If you are in the mood for a fast-paced, action-packed thriller, then Michael Grant’s newest novel, BZRK, is for you. Teens Sadie and Noah find themselves in the midst of a war being fought by the world’s brightest hackers. These techno-geniuses have created miniscule, gene-spliced robots that are able to delve into the human brain and rewire memories, program feelings, and manipulate thoughts. The villains strive to control humanity in the name of peace and universal happiness while the “good guys” fight back to protect free will. Full of intricate nanotechnology, macro-level violence, and a touch of romance, Grant has fashioned an adventure where the good guys aren’t all good, the bad guys aren’t all evil, and brain-destroying madness or death lurks around every corner. Choose your side wisely and dive in!
Franny says: It’s 1996 and best friends Josh and Emma log onto the internet for the first time. They click on a mysterious icon named ’Facebook’ and find their profiles, 15 years in the future. Soon, they discover that their actions in the present alter their facebook profiles and their future careers, relationships, and life plans are continually shifting. What would you do if you could see your future, and—more importantly—change it?
Franny says: When Liesl’s loving father dies, her stepmother locks her away in an attic bedroom. One magical night, a ghost named Po appears and these two unlikely companions embark on a journey full of danger, thrilling escapes, and the most powerful magic in the world. Together, Liesl and Po create light in a dark world and this glowing novel reminds us of the power of true friendship.
Franny says: In this charming sequel to The Lemonade War, siblings Evan and Jessie investigate a theft of $208 from their lemonade stand. They decide to stage a secret, after-school trial, complete with a judge, jury and witnesses. At times both hilarious and poignant, this middle-grade novel has something important to say and is a treat for both fans of the first novel and those who read it as a stand-alone.
Franny says: In a future where love is a disease controlled by the police and cured by surgeons, 17-year-old Lena’s life is changed forever when she falls for Alex. She must decide whether to give into the oppression of her dystopian society or join the “invalids” in their fight for free will and true love. Lauren Oliver has crafted a thought provoking page turner that will leave you breathless and eager for more.
Franny says: In a dystopian future, there is a sentient prison called Incarceron, where life is violent and dark. Finn has no memory of life before his imprisonment and is determined to escape. Claudia, the warden’s daughter, hatches her own plan to get inside Incarceron and expose the prison’s evil truth. Fast-paced. Shocking. Thrilling.