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Author: Wendy Mass

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Reynolds suffers from getting hit in the head by a dodgeball during gym class. She thinks that she has died and gone to heaven. Has she really gone to her heaven that looks like a mall. In her trip she meets a boy who has a drill bit in his head and she calls him nail boy. Nail boy takes to the mall's  lost and found and hands her a bag with stuff in it, then he disappers. No family, no friends, and  all of the stores in the mall. What would you do? What does Tessa do? What is in the bag? Does she live? Well you'll have to read the book to find.  

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Author: C.C. Payne

This book, about fifth grader Lulu Bell Bonner, is a great book. Lulu Bell wants to fit in with the mean popular girls and keeps ignoring her real friend, Alan. She tries hiding her brains and musical talent. When her Grandma Bernice dies, Lulu Bell realizes something important about friendship and "letting your light shine". This book would get four out of five stars.

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Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

This book really got my attention when Macallan showed Levi where the bubbler was! Even though the location of the story had not been revealed, that one word clearly places the story in Wisconsin.   I immediately had to look up the author and discovered she is from Portage, WI.  The book goes on to fly the proud Wisconsin flag even higher by referencing Culver's ButterBurgers and custard on a regular basis.  

In addition to all of the great Wisconsin references, the story is really sweet, frustrating at times, but sweet.  It switches back and forth between the Macallan and Levi's points of view. I appreciated the use of different fonts for the two voices.  I also enjoyed the extra "commentary" in conversation form from the two characters at the end of each chapter that was as if they were looking back on the development of the relationship.  I felt like all of the characters were written well. (It was so nice to see parents who were present and engaged in their kids lives and responsible!)  They were realistic and relateable. Even though the book covers a fairly large time frame, from 7th grade through senior year, I didn't see much change in the growth of the characters but the romance did grow well. 

 This was a 5 of 5 stars for me! If you are looking for a light, fun romance, I highly recommend this book! 

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Author: Louise Rennison

This hilarious book is the first in the (Mis)Adventures of Talullah Casey series. Follow Lullah and her new friends during their stay at Dother Hall, a performing arts school. Talullah makes you laugh as she complains about her knees, does her Irish dancing and takes care of owlets, aka Little Lullah and Little Ruby. This book and the rest of the series is will surely make you laugh.

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Author: Gae Polisner

This was a wonderful, heartfelt contemporary novel about two kids trying to fulfill their friends dying wish. Nick Gardener is a young boy with a dysfunctional family. Jaycee is a odd quirky girl. The one thing these to have in common is there friend, Reginald "The Scoot" Reyland." Scooter has a fatel disease, and his father walked out on him when he was a baby. The Scoots task for his friend is to find his father and give him a copy of Mice Of Men.

This was a funny, heartwarming story of friendship. I recommend this to anyone!

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Author: Mary Pope Osborne

This is an adventure that includes dragons in a mystical land.  Jack and Annie use magic to solve the mysteries and bring

Christmas back to Camelot.

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Title: Gone
Author: michael grant

The book titled Gone is centered around Sam, a nobody surfer dude. He is sometimes called School Bus Sam because of his hiroic deed he had done when he was 13. The bus driver had a heart attack while driving on a bridge and Sam jumped up and guided the bus to a safe stop on the shoulder of the road. One day he was in Math class when suddenly his math teacher was just gone. It took him a couple minutes to notice the lack of his monotoned voice, but when he did notice the rest of the class was whispering. Sam asked where the teacher went and other kids said he was just gone. There was no poof, no disapearing, he was just there one minute and gone the next. In the next few pages you are informed that all the adults in this large beach town were also gone. It seemed everyone over the age of 14 was gone. The rest of the book was gripping, and each chapter was told by a different person's point of view, which was very interesting. The writing style was fantastic, and I couldn't put this book down for the life of me. I was so glad to see that the second book was at the library when I had finished with this novel, I don't think I could have handled waiting for a week or more to get it. I would highly recomend this book and this series to anyone who loves misteries, conflict, fighting, and a constant struggle for power and survival. Great book!

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Author: Hillary Jordan

Welcome to a not-so-distant future where felons, rather than wasting federal resources in prisons, are instead "melachromed:" a process where their very skin is dyed to represent the crime that they committed. These "Chromes" are patronized by society and treated brutally, often banned or segregated in many areas of cities. 

The story's protagonist is the young woman Hannah Payne, a skilled Texas dressmaker who lives with her parents and sister in a fundamentalist Christian town. She has committed the worst crime of all- murder. For she has had an illegal abortion, the product of an affair with a man whose identity she is determined to keep secret. Hannah's skin is dyed scarlet to forever remind herself and warn others of her crime, and she is imprisoned in a Chrome ward where the struggles of millions of Chromes are televised to the nation. When she is released, she finds that nothing will be the same.

Hannah must face danger, steel herself, and question everything she believed in to survive as a Chrome in the world she once loved. "When She Woke" is a brilliant new take on the classic "The Scarlet Letter," in addition to a thorough examination of religion, ethics, government, and what relation they should share. 

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Author: Libba Bray

I loved this book. This book begins with a gruop of 50 beauty qeens competing in the Teen Dream pagent. When these pagent girls are flying to an island to to a promotional photoshoot there plan crashes. The crash kills the driver, mechanics, flight attenteds, amny of the girls themselfs, and really any adult. This leaves the beauty queens stranded on an island with no hope of saving. The girls soon relize that they many not be the only ones on the island but not everything is friendly.

This is a hilarious story of material girls trying to survive on there own. This could be discribed as a Hunger Games and Toddler and Tiras cross over. I recomend htis to anyone looking for a funny read.

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Title: Shine
Author: Lauren Myracle

This book is follows the classic "who-done-it" storyline. There is a crime (Patrick Truman is found beaten, bound, and left for dead and now sits in a comatose state), there is a detective (Sixteen year old Cat is determined to discover the truth of what happened to her former best friend), there are a few suspects (an old friend, some out-of-town college kids, an old drunk guy, a meth user, and an illusive no-name boyfriend), and there is a twist, which is why this book is worth a few hours of your time. I couldn't put this book down for two days. I highly recomend this to anyone who is looking for a good roller-coaster ride.