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Author: Sharon Biggs Waller

Follow Victoria Darling as she tries to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life in 1909 London. She has to reconcile her desires to follow her dream to be an artist with her upper class family's expectations of what a proper lady should act like and marry all with the back drop of the suffrage movement of the early 1900's. 

The book was well written and intereresting, however, I felt if it would have been about 75 pages shorter, it would have been better. Fans of Downton Abbey will see much of Sybil in Victoria and will recognize many references to life, society's rules, and London. It also contains a great historical reference section in the back.

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Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass

The conclusion on The Selection series is true to form. The author takes us on a roller coaster of emotion, self doubt, and self discovery as we cheer for America and her future.

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Author: Jack Gantos

Gantos does okay in school, but he doesn’t get too attached to people because his family moves a lot. His father takes a job out of the country forcing the family to move during his junior year of high school. They decide not to enroll him in school since he doesn’t speak Spanish, instead; they put him to work for his father. Gantos longs for something more…he wants to be a writer. He moves back to Florida and re-enrolls in his senior year (despite not having finished his junior year). He struggles in school this time and eventually follows his family to the Virgin Islands. In order to earn money for college, Gantos participates in a drug scheme—attempting to sail a large yacht full of hashish from the Virgin Islands to NYC. Eventually, he is caught by federal agents, arrested, and sentenced to six-years in prison. During his time in prison, he escapes the horrors of prison life through his writing and is released after a little over a year. 

This book has won a number of awards: the Sibert Honor in 2003, the Massachusetts Book Award for Children's/Young Adult Literature in 2003, named a Printz Honor book in 2003, and was nominated for the Abraham Lincoln Award in 2007. Gantos tells the story of his life—or a small portion of it—in a “matter-of-fact” way that teens and adults alike can relate to. 

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Author: James Patterson

Wisty and Whit are watching the world as they know it die around them.  The One who is the One is evil and his diseased magically mind is infecting the world.  The One is after the Wisty's gift.  He wants to be equal to a GOD.  Wisty and Whit must not let this happen.  While preventing the One for taking Wisty's power, they must return order to the world.  Ultimately defeating and destroying the One, to eliminate his evil from the world

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Author: Eion Colfer

The book is very well written, and is written in an intelligent, teasing style. It is very unpredictable, and gives a chuckle everytime a part of the story unfolds. Great book!

Author: James Patterson

Jumping into this book was easy.  It was off and running in the first chapter.  I was captured and found it difficult to put down.  There are still many unanswered questions, but I look forward to finding the answers in the rest of the series.

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Author: Jennifer Nielsen

Jaron may be the new king of Carhya, but his future is not secured.  Outlying kingdoms are joining to cause harm.  This book pushes his strength as a ruler, his compassion as a man, and risks the devastation of his heart.  

I love how Ms. Nielsen gives us options that don't exist.  Even though we are reading the story from Jaron's perspective, his strategies are held by him alone.  Every twist and every turn has you looking for a way out and for a peaceful ending to an unjust war.

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Title: No Place
Author: Todd Strasser

Things have been going well for Dan, he is doing well in school, excells at baseball enough to potentially earn a scholarship, has a girlfriend, and lots of friends, but he knows things are not right at home. His family has always been middle class, but lately things seem to have gotten tight financially. What his parents haven't shared is how close they are to being homeless. 

When it finally reaches that point, they are forced to live with relatives. That only works for awhile until they are forced to move to "Tent City." An area set up by the city for the homeless to stay.

The book focuses on Dan coming to grips with his new reality and learning navigate the new challenges of being homeless and its effects on his relationships and his future. It also takes a hard look at the very real problem of homelessness and how society and communities deal with it.