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"We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart

“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart

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The Facts

227 pages; published May 2014

The Basics

Cadence returns to the private island hideaway where her weathly family spends their summers, but things are different this year – her 17th summer. Two years ago, she was hurt on this island. Her injuries still plague her. The details of her accident still elude her. This summer, she is here to heal and to try to…

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"How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial" by Darryl Cunningham

“How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial” by Darryl Cunningham

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The Facts

176 pages; published April 2013

The Basics

In a traditional, multi-panel graphic novel format, Darryl Cunningham is succint and direct as he refutes for the claims of science deniers, pseudoscientific theories, and claims of hoaxes. Sections cover  the moon landing, homeopathy, chiropractic care, MMR vaccines, evolution, fracking, climate change, and…

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"The Sittin’ Up" by Shelia P. Moses

“The Sittin’ Up” by Shelia P. Moses

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The Facts

240 pages; published January 2014

The Basics

Mr. Bro. Wiley, the last man living in Low Meadows who was born into slavery, takes his last breath. Twelve-year-old Bean, who loves him just like everyone else in Low Meadows, looks on with his heart breaking. Then, it is time for the community to grieve and to prepare for the sittin’ up, the night they will…

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"Beyond the Door" by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

“Beyond the Door” by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

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The Facts

384 pages; published March 2014

The Basics

Siblings Timothy and Sarah Maxwell and an unlikely ally are drawn into a new adventure spun from Celtic myth.

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The night started as a dull evening home with the babysitter Timothy James doesn’t think he needs anymore. But Timothy’s life takes an unexpected turn when an open door lets in living, breathing…

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"The Impossible Knife of Memory" by Laurie Halse Anderson

“The Impossible Knife of Memory” by Laurie Halse Anderson

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The Facts

391 pages; published January 2014

The Basics

Hayley Kincain and her Iraq War vet father, Andy, have decided to settle in his home town so Hayley can lead a “normal” life for her senior year. But there is no normalcy to be had with Andy in the throes of PTSD that leaves him depressed, unable to work, drinking, and worse. Bouyed by a couple of friends from…

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"Splintered" by A.G. Howard

“Splintered” by A.G. Howard

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The Facts

371 pages; published January 2013

The Basics

Alyssa is a sassy, artistic skater girl and the great-great granddaughter of THE Alice of Alice in Wonderland fame. Tortured by the curse that has plagued the women in the family since Alice’s return, Alyssa seeks out the rabbit hole in a wild-eyed attempt to save her mother from irreparable damage in an…

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"Fake ID" by Lamar GilesImages courtesy of GoodReads.com
The Facts
320 pages; published January 2014
The Basics
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"Fake ID" by Lamar Giles

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The Facts

320 pages; published January 2014

The Basics

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"Small Medium at Large" by Joanne LevyImages courtesy of GoodReads.com
The Facts
195 pages; published July 2012
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"Small Medium at Large" by Joanne Levy

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195 pages; published July 2012

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"Out of the Easy" by Ruta SepetysImages courtesy of GoodReads.com
The Facts
346 pages; published February 2013
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"Out of the Easy" by Ruta Sepetys

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The Facts

346 pages; published February 2013

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"Man Made Boy" by Jon SkovronImages courtesy of GoodReads.com
The Facts
368 pages; published October 2013
The Basics
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"Man Made Boy" by Jon Skovron

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The Facts

368 pages; published October 2013

The Basics

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