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$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780385753845
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 3/2014
For fans of How to Babysit a Grandpa comes another great read – How to Babysit a Grandma. When babysitting a grandma, there are so many things to do! You could go to the park, dress up like twins, put sprinkles on all of your food, or do all of the above. This adorable book is sure to have not only children, but adults, too, smiling the whole way through.

Lord of the Flies (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780399501487
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Published: Perigee Trade, 7/1959
When a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys crashes, they are stranded on an island in the middle of the ocean with no adults. They are thrilled and immediately elect Ralph as their chief because he is the oldest, most handsome, and a natural leader. Another boy, Jack, is slightly bitter that he was not voted chief, so Ralph assigns him and some other boys to be the hunters. Ralph begins to get frustrated because instead of collecting food and maintaining a signal fire, many of the boys would rather swim and play. Jack and Ralph have a confrontation, and, eventually, Jack and his hunters leave to form another group. One day, a smaller boy comes crying to Ralph that he saw a beast. Of course, Ralph denies that any such beast exists, but Jack's group wants to go hunting for it. They eventually do find the beast and kill it. But, when it is discovered that the beast was just a figment of their imagination, what, or who, did they actually kill? Lord of the Flies shows the influence of 'power in numbers.'

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 1/2012
Sixteen-year-old Hazel is dying. She has a cancer that prevents her lungs from working properly and must use breathing machine for most of her life. At a cancer support group that her mother forces her to attend, Hazel meets tall, adorable, witty, and good-natured Gus. They become friends almost instantly. Hazel is drawn to Gus because he doesn't just see her as the girl who has cancer or the girl who is dying. He sees the girl behind the tubes and learns to love her. Hazel loves Gus too, but she fears reality. She is dying and he is bound to get hurt. When Gus tells her some shocking news, Hazel realizes that she is not the only one who has the capacity to hurt those around her.

I can think of only three books that I have sobbed over in my life and The Fault In Our Stars is now one of those. It is snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, romantic, heart breaking, and absolutely outstanding. 

The Jungle (Paperback)

$4.00
ISBN-13: 9780486419237
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Published: Dover Publications, 11/2001
Jurgis and his family have immigrated to America – Chicago, specifically – in hopes of achieving the American Dream. They expect America to be a land of wealth and success, but what they discover is far from this. People take advantage of them and rip them off. Some of the adults in the family, including Jurgis, get jobs in meat packing factories where the pay is low, the hours are long, the conditions are unsafe and unsanitary, and if they are sick and miss a day, they're fired. Jurgis has a wife and daughter to support as well as the rest of their family. Will they make it through or will the disappointment of reality ruin the family?

Divergent (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062289841
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 2/2014
Everybody is split into five factions, each with different goals in mind: selflessness, intelligence, peace, honesty, and bravery. When children turn sixteen, they must decide whether to stay with their family in the faction into which they were born or to switch factions and never see their family again. They are given aptitude tests beforehand to help prod their choice. The test doesn't work on Tris, though, and she learns that she is in the rare group of people who are called Divergent. If anyone finds out, it will result in inevitable death. Tris must choose between staying with the family that she loves or transferring to a faction where she feels that she truly belongs. 

Divergent is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I read it in one sitting (seven hours straight, whew!) and for anyone who loved the Hunger Games, this book is a definite must-read!

The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)

$8.00
ISBN-13: 9780142437261
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Published: Penguin Classics, 12/2002
Hester is released from jail with a three-month-old baby. Pinned to the front of her dress is a scarlet embroidered 'A' which we are told stands for ‘adulteress’. Hester's husband sent her from Europe to the Americas with a promise to follow and, during this time, had a love affair with a man who she now refuses to reveal. As punishment for this crime, she must wear the letter for the rest of her life, live in a small cabin, isolated from the rest of the town. After arriving in the town and discovering what his wife had done, Hester's husband, Roger Chillingworth, is determined to seek revenge. He disguises himself as a doctor and begins taking care of a patient, the young priest Dimmesdale, who he believes to be the culprit. Pressing for information and mentally torturing the man, will Chillingworth finally get his revenge?

The Birthday Queen (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545414746
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Published: Blue Sky Press (AZ), 8/2013
The Birthday Queen is magic. Just before your birthday, she begins to plan everything from the invitations to the cake and even the party clowns. She helps with the decorations with the snap of a picture to make everything perfect for your big day. This bigger-than-life picture book makes a perfect birthday gift! 

A Farewell to Arms (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780684801469
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Published: Scribner, 6/1995
Henry is a young solider during World War I. He becomes smitten with a beautiful older nurse, Catherine, and they begin a love affair. When Henry is injured on the front, Catherine is there to aid in his every need. When Henry receives a life-changing piece of news, he must question his own motives and reevaluate his life wishes. 

Hemmingway portrays snippets of his experiences in war and his distrust in women through his characters in this classic about war, love, and loss.

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781616284923
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Published: Weldon Owen, 2/2013
This fabulously fun book has everything a girl needs to do her nails. It starts off with how to trim them to fit your fingers and all the tools you'll need to do a perfect manicure. Nail Candy then goes on to show over fifty different nail art designs. It has easy to understand instructions to make your nails look prime. I bought it a few weeks ago and my nails have never looked better!

Hamlet (Paperback)

$4.95
ISBN-13: 9781420922530
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Published: Digireads.com, 1/2005
Hamlet's father, the King, has just died and Hamlet is not handling it well. It doesn't help that his mother remarried the King's brother, Hamlet's uncle, just weeks after the King’s death. Hamlet sees the ghost of his father who convinces him to seek revenge. Convinced that his uncle killed his father to gain the throne, Hamlet is determined to prove his guilt. Because of my AP English class, I have been reading quite a few classics lately, and Hamlet is one of my new favorites.

Jane Eyre (Paperback)

$8.35
ISBN-13: 9781604594119
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Published: SMK Books, 6/2008
With his last breath, Jane Eyre's uncle requests that her aunt, Mrs. Reed, raise Jane as one of her own since her parents are dead. Although Mrs. Reed does raise Jane, she is cruel and unfair to her. Jane goes away to school, which is not much different. The students are starved and overworked. They get new administrators and Jane finishes her school years and stays to be a teacher for a couple of years. Feeling restless, she applies for a governess position and is soon accepted to be a governess at Thornfield for a young French girl, Adele. Jane soon meets Adele's father, Mr. Rochester, and begins to fall in love with him. Suspicious events, such as fires, begin to occur throughout the estate and Jane begins to question Rochester's past and wonders just how much she doesn't know about the man she loves. Filled with romance and mystery, this classic is sure be a hit. It even made me cry (happy tears, of course.)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Mass Market Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780553279375
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Published: Bantam, 4/1983

We are reading and analyzing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in my AP English 11 class. It is an autobiography by Maya Angelou. Some of the content made me a little uncomfortable to read, but it is very relevant to the story and is very well done. 

 

The story begins when Maya’s mother and father decide that they don't want to be responsible for their children anymore. They decide to send Maya and her brother, Bailey, on a train (alone) across the country, at the ages of three and four, to live with their grandparents. She discusses what life was like for her in a black family in Arkansas when she was young.

 

When her father suddenly shows up to take Maya and Bailey back to live with their mother, they are shocked. Living with their mother in California provided many adventures, some good and some not so good. Angelou's description of her life is very emotional and intriguing. I was definitely interested to find out what happened next and if you read this one and like it, it is only the first in her series of autobiographical stories.


$8.99
ISBN-13: 9780062009548
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Published: HarperTeen, 6/2010

When their best friend Alison goes missing, Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily somehow feel responsible. Then, a year later, the body is found and everyone in town attends the funeral.

The girls begin to drift apart and go their separate ways. That is, until they each begin to receive messages from the mysterious 'A.' A seems to know all of their dirty little secrets, like how Aria caught her dad cheating on her mom, or how Spencer loves her sister's fiancé – secrets only Alison knew. But everyone knows Ali is dead... isn't she?

I recently got hooked on the Pretty Little Liars TV show so, naturally, I wanted to read the books. Although the show and the books are very different, I am not disappointed at all. I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait to buy the next one! 


$12.99
ISBN-13: 9781609053635
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Published: Blue Apple Books, 4/2013
There are seven little friends on a camping trip in the woods. They are all having a jolly time in their underwear, especially little bear who is having a hoot playing tricks on the other campers. The friends are saying goodnight to each other when it begins to rain. Will the animals survive the trip with their underwear intact?

$3.99
ISBN-13: 9780448437477
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap, 7/2005
I saw this book on the back-to-school display and just couldn't resist picking it up. It's time for school and Penny is excited! She lays out all her clothes and supplies, she packs a delicious lunch, she kisses her stuffed bunny goodnight, and she goes to bed. The next morning, she sits with Jenny, her best friend, on the way to school and they talk about how excited they are for the first day of first grade. When they get to school, they discover that the first grade has been divided in half so Penny and Jenny won't be in the same class! Separated, will Jenny and Penny be able to make it through first grade?