January 10, 2019

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Noggin

By: John Corey Whaley
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Listen—Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn't. Now he's alive again. Simple as that. The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy's body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he's still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she's not his girlfriend anymore? That's a bit fuzzy too. Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars. Oh well, you only live twice. National Book Award Finalist. ALA and YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction 2015. —from the website of Simon & Schuster
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  • House Arrest
    K. A. Holt

    House Arrest

    By: K. A. Holt
    Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

    Timothy is a good kid who did a bad thing. Now he's under house arrest for a whole year. He has to check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist, keep a journal, and stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be. Touching, funny, and always original, House Arrest is a novel in verse about a good boy's hard-won path to redemption. --From Chronicle Books

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  • Stardust
    Neil Gaiman

    Stardust

    By: Neil Gaiman
    Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11

    Catch a fallen star . . . . Tristran thorn promised to bring back a fallen star. So he sets out on a journey to fulfill the request of his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester—and stumbles into the enchanted realm that lies beyond the wall of his English country town. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman's most beloved tales, and the inspiration for the hit movie. —from the HarperCollins website

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  • Noggin
    John Corey Whaley

    Noggin

    By: John Corey Whaley
    Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    Listen—Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn't. Now he's alive again. Simple as that. The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy's body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he's still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she's not his girlfriend anymore? That's a bit fuzzy too. Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars. Oh well, you only live twice. National Book Award Finalist. ALA and YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction 2015. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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  • Coaltown Jesus
    Ron Koertge

    Coaltown Jesus

    By: Ron Koertge
    Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10

    When Jesus shows up in Walker's life, healing triumphs over heartbreak in Koertge's finest and funniest novel yet. Walker shouldn't have been so surprised to find Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. After all, he'd prayed for whoever was up there to help him, and to help his mom, who hadn't stopped crying since Noah died two months ago. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so . . . irreverent? But as astounding as Jesus' sudden appearance is, it's going to take more than divine intervention for Walker to come to terms with his brother's sudden death. Why would God take seventeen-year-old Noah when half of the residents in his mom's nursing home were waiting to die? And why would he send Jesus to Coaltown, Illinois, to pick up the pieces? In a spare and often humorous text, renowned poet Ron Koertge tackles some of life's biggest questions--and humanizes the divine savior in a way that highlights the divinity in all of us. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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