Last time I visited GHS, I saw Maryann in the hall on her way to hang the library. She's a prolific reader, so stop in and say hi and pick her brain - especially about teen and kid books. 


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The Immortalists Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213180
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

How would you like to know the day you were going to die? What would you do with that kind of information? Would you live life to the fullest, or would you be scared of every little thing? 

In The Immortalists, you get an idea of how four kids took the information of their death day. Simon lived his life to the fullest, Klara lived out her dream, Daniel died in a dramatic way, and Varya lived in fear. 

After reading this book I wondered what my death day would be, but was very grateful I didn’t have it burning in the back of my head!  

Puddin' (Dumplin' #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062418388
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 8th, 2018

This well written book is based on self- love, friendship, and the idea that one decision can change the rest of your life.

Callie has the perfect life. She is the assistant coach to her school’s dance team, she has the dream boyfriend, and is one of the most popular girls in the school. But she makes a choice that changes her life as she knows it. She must learn to deal with her consequences whether she wants to or not.

Millie is the girl people make fun of because of her weight, but what people don’t know is she has gone to what she calls “fat camp”. Millie knows more about losing weight than most nutritionists in her town and works at a gym. But Millie doesn’t care anymore, she doesn’t care about her weight or the fact that people continuously bully her. She just wants to be a journalist and doesn’t want to go back to fat camp.

A beautiful story of the impact people and decisions have on you.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399549731
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2017

When Dina saw an explosion off the shore of her island, she disobeys her mother, the queen, and jumps off a cliff into the water to see if there was anyone who survived. She saves a human girl from drowning. However, normal people aren’t allowed on the island. But because Dina brought the girl onto the island, Dina’s people pay for it. Her sister gets very sick because there is a human on it, so Dina sets out on an adventure to fix her mistake.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442472426
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 22nd, 2016

In a world with no natural death, and only one way to die, what would you say to sweet talk a scythe into sparing your life? What if a scythe asked you to become one, would you do it? Citra and Rowan are chosen to be apprentices. However, only one can become a scythe in the end. There are rules, but Citra doesn't want anything to do with killing innocent people. Rowan on the other hand thinks he could live as one, and that’s a bad quality to have if you’re going to be a scythe. So who wins? You’ll have to read to find out! 

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ISBN: 9781250169440
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Published: Picador - October 3rd, 2017

This book gave light to the thing most people do not accept or want to talk about. It was a beautiful story of two boys who fall in love, and the deep passion followed by heartbreak. It will leave you wanting more, and fearing for it to end. Their story is a roller-coaster, but whose story isn't?

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ISBN: 9780062457790
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Published: HarperTeen - September 5th, 2017

Mateo Torrez got the call from Death-Cast, telling him he was going to die today. However, he wasn't given any information on why or how or what time he is going to die. He lived a safe life, and his father was in a coma.

Rufus Emeterio got the call while he was beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Rufus has had a pretty rough life and is an orphan.

Mateo wastes most of his day, because he is too scared to go outside, until he goes on an app for meeting friends. When he comes across Rufus he starts a conversation, and then they make plans to meet up. Although, the title doesn't lie, they really do die at the end, this book is a comforting love story about two guys ready to take on their last day together.  

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481455923
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 2015

Clary Fray thought she was a normal teenager, until she started drawing. What she ends up drawing are runes that shadowhunters use. Shadowhunters are the reason there are no demons in this world. When Clary meets a guy normal people can’t see, she discovers that she is most definitely not your average teenager. Clary goes into the shadowhunter world a little blindsided. However, she soon finds out that she isn’t an ordinary shadowhunter. She is different, she is powerful, she is strong.

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ISBN: 9781771387934
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Published: Kids Can Press - May 2nd, 2017

It's just a normal Tuesday when sixteen year old Kai receives a suicide note from her older sister and best friend, Jen. Jen never showed any sign of being depressed or wanting to end her life, so it’s shocking when each family member gets a letter addressed to them. Kai struggles to process this information, especially since she was the one who found her sister. She starts to spiral out of control and starts taking the same pills that killed Jen. When her parents start to realize what is happening to Kai, they freak out and send her to a summer camp. There, her life changes in the best and worst ways.  

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ISBN: 9780062330628
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Published: HarperTeen - October 3rd, 2017

Far From the Tree was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It deals with teen pregnancy, foster care, bullying, and so much more.

For Grace, life was pretty good. She was adopted by a wonderful family and fell in love. Well, she thought she did. When Grace finds out she’s pregnant, she tells her parents and her boyfriend. However, when she tells his parents, his dad freaks out and breaks them apart.

Maya's life was okay. She got adopted at birth, and three months later she found out she was going to be a big sister. Maya always felt out of place in her family of redheads since she had brown hair and no freckles, unlike everyone else. Maya and her little sister go through a traumatic experience that no one should ever have to go through and makes decisions that could change Maya’s life forever.

Joaquin, unlike both his sisters, was never adopted. He lived his whole life going house to house in foster care. He knew nothing about his sisters - his whole life, he was glad he was an only child - until he finds out the truth. He loves his sisters with everything he is.

This is a beautiful story that deals with so much, but still has an amazing storyline.

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ISBN: 9781338148510
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Julian wants his family to understand what the Dog Star is and where to find it so that when he dies, his family can still talk to him. Pookie just wants her father, who she doesn’t even know. Joan wants Mom to chill out. Mom is like a helicopter, always circling around Julian. As Julian is dealing with a stressful life, he is also trying to find his place in the universe. He and his family move to rural Maine in a house next door to Mr. X. All Mr. X wants is to be left alone, until later when he wants to teach Julian how to swim.

This is a great story of a kid trying to find his place in a crazy world.

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ISBN: 9780399547966
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Emika Chen lost her father and barely survived as a teen supporting herself. Working as a waitress, Emika takes on a second job as a bounty hunter and pursues a side hobby of computer hacking. When she accidentally hacks into one of the biggest Warcross games in the world, her life takes a dramatic turn for the better...and for the worse.

Emika looks up to Hideo Tanaka. Hideo created the game Warcross and offers Emika a chance to erase her debts along with the biggest bounty she’s ever encountered. She flies out to meet him and take the job of her life. What she doesn’t know will change her life, and what she does know might possibly end it.

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ISBN: 9781501178320
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Published: Atria/Keywords Press - September 19th, 2017

Adultolescence, by Gabbie Hanna, was funny and sarcastic. Not only did it make me laugh but it made me feel like I wasn't the only one going through the pain i was going through. This is a unique book that goes from the author knowing you, to you knowing the author on a personal level. I don't read poetry frequently but this was a good, funny, touching book.