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1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands. Mortals
rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the
wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still
practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about
Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.
to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills
to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and
devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures
he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of
leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse,
fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for
treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or
that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is
2. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.
is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy
is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen
bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink.
Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the
page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and
inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone is lying..
3. Booked by Kwame Alexander
Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/
can’t nobody cop you…
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer,
family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick
learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands
up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him
along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a
rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.
electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and
breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion
of a World Cup match!
4. The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
Cassie O’Malley has been
trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically—since
birth. It’s been two and a half years since Cassie’s mother dumped her
in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie
is finally able to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own
But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of
psychological damage. As Cassie plumbs the depths of her new
surroundings, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family
narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past.
And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined
Cassie’s childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once
again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is real? And more
important, whose life must she save?