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Julia is an avid reader of young adult fiction. Ask her what the well-read high schooler should read... 

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ISBN: 9781573222457
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2003

Kite Runner is the powerful and emotionally gripping story of Amir, a young boy growing up in Afghanistan with his father.  After the unforgettable treachery he committed as a child, Amir is eager to escape to America with his father and start over with a clean slate.  A new country doesn't necessary mean a new life, though... guilt doesn't stay behind.

A tale of unconditional friendship, resentful jealousy, and utter betrayal,  Hosseini's debut novel is one of the best I've ever read. 

ISBN: 9780440180296
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Published: Dell Publishing Company - November 3rd, 1991

This anti-war book is about the life of Billy Pilgrim, a war veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is under the impression that he can time travel or become "unstuck in time" and travel to an alien planet, Tralfamadore. This gripping novel displays the true effects that war can have on a person's mind as Billy "relives" some of his most horrifying and gruesome memories such as the bombing of Dresden and being captured by the Germans. A veteran himself, Vonnegut has seen the tragedy that war inflicts and, through his writing, is able to portray the aftermath seamlessly. 

By Laura Wall, Laura Wall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062324351
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Published: HarperCollins - February 3rd, 2015

Sophie loves to play!  She plays with her dolls, she plays on the swings, and she loves to play on the slide.  But it gets very lonely all by herself, that is, until she meets Goose.  Her new best friend plays at the park with her all day long.  What will happen to Goose when it's time to go home, though?

ISBN: 9780553496963
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2015

 What would you do if you knew you were going to die in one year? One month? One day? In Denton's world, everybody knows the exact day they're going to die. Just like you know your birthday, anniversary, or any other big event. Some die of old age, some of illness, some die young. Two people in Denton's graduating class are supposed to die before they graduate: himself and his best friend. On the day of his death, all of his closest friends and relatives gather around him to wait for the tragic event. What should be a morose passing away party turns in to the most chaotic and insane day of Denton's life when a crazy boy with a gun, insane car drivers, and homecoming are all thrown into the mix. Although it is not released until April, give us a call and we can pre-order your copy!


ISBN: 9780316769488
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 1991

Holden is 17 years old and just got kicked out of yet another prep school.  Not wanting to face his parents before absolutely necessary, he rents a hotel room in New York for the weekend before returning home and facing their wrath.  He meets many people on his mini adventure; from thieves to nuns to beautiful girls. Told through Holden's rambling train of thought, Catcher in the Rye is a funny and gripping classic that is difficult to put down. 

ISBN: 9780472051694
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Published: University of Michigan Press - November 17th, 2014

If you haven't read, or at least heard about, this book yet, you should definitely jump on it. Wicked Takes the Witness Stand is the true crime book about the murder of Jerry Tobias that took place right here in Gaylord during the eighties. The whole town was in a stir about the trials of five men who were wrongfully accused and convicted of murder. Mardi Link, the author,  and attorneys Ray MacNeil, and Dan Hubbell were here on Thursday for an event and book signing so get in here and get a signed copy before they're sold out! 

ISBN: 9781586638528
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Published: Sparknotes - July 3rd, 2003

Othello is a very trusting and well respected Moor.  He marries young and generous Desdemona, the most beautiful girl anyone has ever seen.  Being unconditionally in love with each other, Othello and Desdemona seem to have the perfect life.  Of course, this can't last long, not if Iago has anything to do with it.  Iago is likely one of the most brilliant villains in history in that he manipulates those around him to do his dirty work  in order to keep his hands clean.  He is able to convince them to distrust friends, steal, spy, and even murder loved ones. 

My mother (Jody, who also works here at the bookstore) mentioned this being one of her favorite books so I purchased a copy for she and I to read together and discuss.  Othello is my new favorite Shakespearean book and is definitely one to add to the bookshelf. 

By Frank Asch, Frank Asch (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442466593
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - August 19th, 2014

Little Bear loves to dance. His only dream is to dance with the moon but he has a dilemma: it is stuck in the sky. The clouds turn into fog and the rain pours down to earth so he can dance with them. But not the moon. Will Little Bear ever be able to dance with the beautiful, glowing moon or will he be forced to move on and find another companion?

Love to dance? Moondance is for you. 

ISBN: 9781476797458
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Published: Atria/Keywords Press - November 25th, 2014

Penny, who lives in Brighton, England, is like any teenage girl, struggling with superficial boys, petty friends, and pimples. One thing sets her apart though: she suffers from panic attacks.  Inspired by her best friend, she decides to write an anonymous online blog discussing her life and giving advice on how to get through the trauma of adolescent life. Then, in a play gone horribly wrong, Penny is utterly humiliated in front of the entire school. And there are videos. Lots of videos. All over the internet. Thinking her life is over, Penny wonders how she will ever be able to face anyone ever again. 

Suddenly, as if by a miracle, her parents receive a job in New York City and they are whisked away to spend Christmas in the states. When Penny meets the adorable Noah, all of her worries disappear. He shows her all of the hot spots in NYC and she can't believe that she was ever worried about such silly high school things. She likes him. A lot. Maybe even love. So naturally, she has to blog about it. But Noah isn't who he says he is and Penny soon realizes that you have to be careful what you put on the internet. Will her fairy tail Christmas end in heartbreak?

Zoe Sugg, also know as Zoella, has millions of followers on her YouTube channel and blog and this is her debut novel. She is being compared to J.K Rowling so if you like to stay up to date on the next great thing, this is the book for you! 

By George Orwell, C. M. Woodhouse (Introduction by), Russell Baker (Preface by)
ISBN: 9780451526342
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Published: Signet Book - April 6th, 2004

Animal Farm is a hilarious, satirical novel that takes place on, you guessed it, a farm.  When the farm animals get sick of being ruled by humans who always take the products of their labor but never return it, they decide to rebel.  Lead by Napoleon and Snowball, both pigs, the animals successfully take over the farm and create the Seven Commandments of the Animal Farm: whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy, whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend, no animal shall wear clothes, no animal shall sleep in a bed, no animal shall drink alcohol, no animal shall kill another animal, and all animals are equal.  Life seems as though it couldn't get any better for the animals, but not for long.  Napoleon has been secretly plotting to run his comrade Snowball off the farm and begins murdering the other animals and plotting with humans.  What's next?  Walking on two legs?