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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ISBN: 9780553537710
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Muiriel was abandoned a birth and placed into Child Protective Services. As she gets older, she carries everything she owns in a single suitcase. Nearing the age of 18, Muir gets placed with Francine who wants to adopt her. The thing is, Muir doesn’t want to open her heart to new things, because she has bounced from house to house her whole life. 

This book deals with friendship, love, and adoption. It’s a well written story and anyone who liked Far From the Tree by Alice Benway would absolutely adore this book. 


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ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

When Zachary finds a mysterious book in his campus library with a very specific part of his childhood detailed inside, he instantly becomes intrigued. The weird thing about this book is there is no proof that it exists. He goes on an adventure to find the people who may know why his childhood has been written about in the mysterious book and meets a lot of amazing people on his way. 

The Starless Sea is a well written book that takes you into a new world. 

Told from multiple perspectives in multiple timelines, this book follows Zachary on his journey to finding the starless sea.

A must read for everyone!

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ISBN: 9780064400558
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Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

Growing up, this was one of my favorite books. Going back and rereading it, I fell in love with it all over again. 

A little girl named Fern saves the life of the runt piglet, and names him Wilbur. Wilbur enjoys the company of all the other farm animals and Fern. His best friend quickly becomes Charlotte the spider.

When Wilbur and Charlotte learn that it might be the end for Wilbur, they will do anything from letting that happen. After all, Wilbur is some pig. 

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ISBN: 9781368027496
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 1st, 2019

In attempt to surprise her boyfriend over Christmas break, Sophie stays behind with her grandparents while her parents go to see her (very) pregnant sister. But, when the surprise goes all wrong and Sophie and Griffin break up, she is completely heartbroken.

Her whole family hates to see Sophie in such a heartbroken state, so her Nonna comes up with the idea of ten blind dates. Everyone in the family is super excited about the blind dates and different family members get involved with the planning of the dates.

10 Blind Dates is a beautiful take on the modern contemporary novels and was super well done. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is in the mood for an uplifting and funny romance.

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By Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator), Sarah Stern (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781626721623
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Published: First Second - August 27th, 2019

Deja and Josie have been working at the pumpkin patch since they started high school. But it’s their senior year, which means they can’t work at the patch anymore. They set off on a journey to make their last day their best day there, and to get Josie to talk to his long-time crush.

This graphic novel is perfect for the fall season and will make you want to go for everything you desire in life.

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ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

Natasha is an undocumented immigrant. Her dad made her family come to America when she was eight. She grew up in New York, and her whole life is there. 

When her dad makes a huge mistake, she is forced to uproot her life and move back to Jamaica.

Daniel tries to prove to Natasha that it is scientifically possible to fall in love in one day. 

This is a beautiful and heartbreaking story that I would recommend to anyone who would like to take a step into what it's like to be undocumented and being deported.


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ISBN: 9781442405912
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Published: Simon Pulse - August 6th, 2013

This book holds a special place in my heart. When I was in 5th grade (I think), I remember someone came in to give a talk about the library. This book was on the flyer they handed out. When I went home, I begged my mom to take me to the library so I could get this book.

Jules starts seeing a vision. She is the only one who can see it, and she doesn't know why. It’s the same vision of a truck hitting a building and exploding, then a clip of nine body bags in the snow. And in one of the bags? Her childhood best friend/the person she has been in love with for as long as she can remember. 

Jules will do anything to stop it from happening. Will she succeed...? 

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ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019


Frank Li is a Korean-American. His parents immigrated from Korea in search of a better life. They believe in all things Korean. For example, Frank Li is only allowed to date Korean girls. However, he falls in love with an American girl. 

Frank’s family has a gathering with other families that migrated with them. They all have kids around the same age, which he calls "The Limbo’s." 

Frank is in love with an American girl.

Joy (one of the Limbo’s) is in love with a Chinese boy.

They come up with the idea to start start fake-dating each other in order to keep their real relationships a secret. 

This beautiful story of love, racism, life, death, and everything in between will make you want to carry this book wherever you go. No doubt one of my all-time favorite books! 

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ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Nickel Boys is a heartbreaking story about what it was like to be a "troubled" kid.

Based on a real reform school, Nickel is a place where kids go to be "reformed" but are abused, and sometimes even killed instead. These boys went through tremendous amounts of torture, and it was heartbreaking to learn that this was all based on real events. 

Our main character, Elwood Curtis, is sent to Nickel. With inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Elwood keeps a somewhat positive outlook on life in this hostile environment.

This is a must read for everyone!


Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Cover Image
By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984854278
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Published: Random House - October 16th, 2018

Wake up every morning with a pep talk.

Go to bed every night with a pep talk.

On those days when you need an extra pick me up, Gmorning, Gnight! will raise your spirits. 

I loved this book and it made me smile on the gloomy days. Make everyday a good day, and don't forget to smile.


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By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781101870600
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Published: Pantheon - August 13th, 2019

Oh. My. Gosh.

On an island controlled by the Memory Police, memories of everyday items are slowly taken away. For example, ribbon, perfume, hats, birds, etc. The Memory Police are to ensure that everyone on the island has completely forgotten about things that disappear. However, there are people who can still remember, and if you still remember, you get taken away…

This book was frightening, and made me cry at times because of how heart breaking it must be to lose the things closest to you but not remember why you cherished them.

While reading this book, I couldn't help but think that this could actually happen in our society, and that is truly horrifying!

 I absolutely loved this book, and you will too!