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Titles for Adults

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The Blessing of a B Minus - Wendy Mogel
Call Number: 296.7 M
Chapters including: The hidden blessings of raising teenagers -- The blessing of strange fruit : accepting the unique glory of your teen -- The blessing of a bad attitude : living graciously with the chronically rude -- The blessing of a B minus : the real lessons of chores, homework, and jobs -- The blessing of a lost sweater : managing your teen's materialism, entitlement, and carelessness -- The blessing of problems to solve : letting your teen learn from bad judgment and stressful situations -- The blessing of staying up late : making time for rest and fun -- The blessing of breaking the rules : real life as ethics lab -- The blessing of a hangover : a sanctified approach to substances and sex -- The courage to let them go.

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Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs - Lisa Randall
Call Number: 523.1 R
Explores the nature of the Universe, and the impact dark matter, the Milky Way galaxy, comets, and asteroids have had on social, political, and cultural viewpoints.

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman
Call Number: FI Backman
From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother's fairy tales.

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
Call Number: FI Fowler
ISBN: 9780142180822
Publication Date: 2014-02-25
Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.

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Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
Call Number: FI Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned--from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren--an enigmatic artist and single mother--who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

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The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Call Number: FI FANTASY Morgenstern
A circus known as Le Cirque des RĂªves features two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a game to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters, and as the two fall deeply and passionately in love with each other, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.

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The Leavers - Lisa Ko
Call Number: FI Ko
One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.



Brand New Young Adult Fiction

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Crazy Messy Beautiful - Carrie Arcos
Call Number: FI Arcos
Sixteen-year-old Neruda Diaz, influenced by his namesake, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, yearns to fall in love but has yet to find the right girl.

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Nothing - Annie Barrows
Call Number: FI Barrows
Charlotte and Frankie think their lives are much more boring than the teen novels they read, but when Charlotte decides to write about their experiences, they realize much more is happening than meets the eye.

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Far from the Tree - Robin Benway
ISBN: 9780062330628
Publication Date: 2017-10-03
Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties.

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The Knowing - Sharon Cameron
Call Number: FI Cameron
The underground city of New Canaan is safe from the Forgetting which afflicts Canaan above ground, but in her rigidly controlled and repressive city eighteen-year-old Samara, one of the Knowing, is plagued by her memory of the horrors she has seen, and determined to seek answers in the cursed city above--where she will find Beckett Rodriguez and his parents, on a mission from Earth to study the lost colony.

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The Dark Days Club - Alison Goodman
Call Number: FI Goodman
In April 1812, as she is preparing for her debut presentation to Queen Charlotte, Lady Helen Wrexhall finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy reaching to the very top of society, and learns the truth about her mother, who died ten years ago.

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The Dark Days Pact - Alison Goodman
Call Number: FI Goodman
In 1812, Lady Helen, taking refuge for the summer in Brighton, learns the Dark Days Club has a secret mission for her.

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Bronx Masquerade - Nikki Grimes
Call Number: FI Grimes
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

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This Darkness Mine - Mindy McGinnis
Call Number: FI McGinnis
Sasha Stone knows her place first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her Oxford-wearing boyfriend. She's worked her entire life to ensure her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved. But suddenly there's a fork in the road in the shape of Isaac Harver.


Middle Grades Fiction

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You May Already Be a Winner - Ann Dee Ellis
Call Number: FI Ellis
Twelve-year-old Olivia endeavors to care for her younger sister, possibly make a new friend in the quirky and secretive Bart, and keep hope alive for her, her family, and her community of idiosyncratic neighbors at Sunny Pines Trailer Park.

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From Norvelt to Nowhere - Jack Gantos
Call Number: FI Gantos
ISBN: 0374379947
After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on a cross-country run as she pursues the oddest of outlaws.

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My Future Ex-Girlfriend - Jake Gerhardt
Call Number: FI Gerhardt
Amid worries about finals, commencement speeches, and the baseball championship, eighth-graders Sam, Duke, and Chollie fumble their way through being first-time boyfriends, hoping not to be dumped before high school begins.

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Spaced Out - Stuart Gibbs
Call Number: FI Gibbs
In 2041 twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is a resident of Moon Base Alpha, and at the moment he is faced with a number of problems: coping with the nasty Sjoberg twins, finding out how the commander of the base has managed to disappear from a facility no bigger than a soccer field, and dealing with the alien Zan who communicates with him telepathically from afar--and who is hiding a secret which may threaten the whole Earth.

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See You in the Cosmos - Jack Cheng
Call Number: FI Cheng
Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, makes big discoveries about his family on a road trip and he records it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space.

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Beach Party Surf Monkey - Chris Grabenstein; Brooke A. Allen (Illustrator)
Call Number: FI Grabenstein
P.T. and Gloria try to save the Wonderland again by getting a teen singing sensation to shoot a movie at the motel.

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I Am Drums - Mike Grosso
A single-minded twelve-year-old drummer, challenged by her school's budget cuts and her family's financial woes, must find a way to keep her dreams of drumming alive.

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One for Sorrow - Mary Downing Hahn
Call Number: FI Hahn
When unlikeable Elsie dies in the influenza pandemic of 1918, she comes back to haunt Annie to make sure she'll be Annie's best--and only--friend soon.

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The Trail - Meika Hashimoto
Call Number: FI Hashimoto
ISBN: 9781338035865
Publication Date: 2017-07-25
Toby and his friend Lucas made a list of things to do the summer before they entered middle school, but now Lucas is gone, and Toby sets out to fulfill the promise he made to his friend, to finish the list by hiking the Appalachian Trail from Velvet Rocks to Mt. Katahdin, an undertaking that he is poorly prepared for--and which will become not only a struggle for survival, but a rescue mission for the starving and abused dog who he finds along the way.



Informational Texts and Biographies

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Foreign Correspondence - Geraldine Brooks
Call Number: B Brooks
Foreign correspondent Geraldine Brooks recounts her childhood in Australia and how she wrote to pen pal's all over the world in the 1960s and 1970s when she realized she could expand her small world, and discusses her search to find her old friends in the 1990s.

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The Heart and the Fist - Eric Greitens
Call Number: B Greitens
A memoir in which Eric Greitens discusses how his desire to make a difference led him to the world's trouble spots where he worked to serve and sick, poor, and displaced, explains his decision to join the Navy SEALS to protect the weak, and discusses how the lessons he learned in humanitarianism affected his missions in Kenya, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

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Alexander Hamilton - Teri Kanefield
Call Number: B Hamilton
The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. In contrast, he envisioned something different: along with agriculture and small towns, he imagined a multiracial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. A poor immigrant, Hamilton believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for newcomers. His vision put him at odds with Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and others; they envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states controlled their own destiny, and the federal government remained small and weak. Hamilton died in a duel, defending his ideas and his honor. Because of the systems Hamilton set up and the ideas he left, his vision won out. Here is the story that epitomizes the American dream--a poor immigrant who made good in America.

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Strong Inside - Andrew Maraniss
Call Number: B Wallace
The story of Perry Wallace, a student and talented athlete who became the first African-American basketball player in the SEC at Vanderbilt University during the tumultuous late 1960s ... Places Wallace's struggles and ultimate success into the larger contexts of civil rights and race relations in the South.



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