June 26, 2019

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He wished the phone would stop ringing. It was bad enough to be sick let alone having a phone ring all night long.
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Krystal Sutherland

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

By: Krystal Sutherland
Recommended for grade(s): 9

From the author of Our Chemical Hearts comes the hilarious, reality-bending tale of two outsiders facing their greatest fears about life and love--one debilitating phobia at a time. Ever since Esther Solar's grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther's father is agoraphobic and hasn't left the basement in six years, her twin brother can't be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck. The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them. Esther doesn't know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she'd been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn't counted on: love. -- From Penguin

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Johnny Got His Gun
Dalton Trumbo

Johnny Got His Gun

By: Dalton Trumbo
Recommended for grade(s): 12, College Plus

This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered—not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives…This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome…but so is war. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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A Bad Case of Ghosts
Kenneth Oppel

A Bad Case of Ghosts

By: Kenneth Oppel
Recommended for grade(s):

Soon after Giles Barnes and his parents move into a new house, strange things start happening. His new friends, Tina and Kevin Quark, use their ghostometer to help solve the mystery. —from the Scholastic website

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Alexander Graham Bell
Wil Mara

Alexander Graham Bell

By: Wil Mara
Recommended for grade(s):

Young readers will travel back to a time when telegraphs were used for long distance communication and will learn how this man's passion for communication led to an amazing new discovery. —from the Scholastic website

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