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: 9781501165375
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 18th, 2019

Megan Miranda was first brought to my attention a few years ago with the book, The Safest Lies, and since then I have gotten every single one of her new books. 

In this book, Avrey finds out that her best friend committed suicide. However, she does not believe it was a suicide, but that it was a murder. As we follow the mystery of what really happened, we learn more about the characters and how they could possibly be suspects. 

Throughout this book, I could not guess who did it, and was shocked to find out who actually killed Sadie.

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ISBN: 9781449486792
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 3rd, 2017

 The sun and her flowers is a beautiful book of poetry of what it’s like to grow up in a world that you are so different from. 

Learning how to be confident is such a hard thing to do in a society where we are taught that we are not good enough and/or pretty enough if we do not look like a Barbie doll. 

Rupi Kaur is such an inspirational poet, who will make you feel loved as one should. 

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ISBN: 9781984826022
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Published: Rodale Books - April 2nd, 2019

In this book, you get 101 ways to improve your life, and save the world!

Did you know that there are 51 trillion pieces of microscopic pieces of plastic in the ocean? That is 500 times the number of stars in our galaxy!  If that does not make you want to cut down on your plastic use, I don't know what will. 

Cutting down on plastic doesn't mean you have to spend more money or change your life completely; it  just means changing some habits in your life. Little changes can lead to big results. This book tells you how.

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ISBN: 9780670012107
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

Told through poems, author Laurie Halse Anderson tell her heart-breaking story about rape and the impact it had on her life. Anderson gives a very inspiring perspective on speaking out about rape and helping victims. 

Shout takes not only the authors story, but hundreds of thousands of other people’s stories and gives them a voice.  

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By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062866004
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Published: HarperCollins - February 12th, 2019

The Good Egg is an inspirational children's story about how you need to take time to be who you are, instead of trying to be perfect all the time. 

He tries to fix his chaotic family and make them more like himself- perfect. He soon realizes he is under so much stress that he couldn't take it anymore and leaves to become a better version of himself. 

This is a very cute and simple story to help kids realize that you don't have to be perfect to be who you are.

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ISBN: 9780062871350
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 4th, 2018

The Hate You Give is a captivating heartfelt story about a teenage girl who watched her best friend get killed by a police officer. 

Starr has 2 options: 

1.) tell the whole world what happened, face discrimination, and possibly get killed 

2.) keep her mouth shut and not get justice for Khalil. 

What would you choose? 

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ISBN: 9781534437333
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 20th, 2018

I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. It was such a heartwarming yet heartbreaking story of a romance that could never happen.

 Stella and Will both have cystic fibrosis, meaning their lungs stink at being lungs, and can’t be get any closer than five feet away from each other without putting their lives at risk. 

Stella is the kind of person who has to-do lists for basically everything, and Will couldn’t care less about his treatments. When they meet in the hospital they begin to fall in love, but they can never touch. 

Can you love someone you could never touch? 

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ISBN: 9780316262286
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

A heartbreaking yet powerful book about a 12 year old african american boy killed by a white policeman. 

Jerome has a toy gun and the police officer thought it was real, so he shot the 12 year old. Jerome becomes a ghost and meets Emmett. Emmett was killed under similar circumstances. 

Told from Jerome’s ghost point of view as well as his living point of view, Ghost Boys is a very emotional book about what it’s like to be African American in today’s society. 

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ISBN: 9780399553059
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

Sequel to Every Day, where we learn about A, and how he travels from body to body; David Levithan explores more into the mind of A, who struggles with mental health. We also get more from Rhiannon and Nathan who have both been "possessed" by A. 

Someday is a great book about what makes us human and what a soul is. 

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ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

When 99.99% of the population dies of the Georgia flu, Kristen is pushed to her limit and must confront life and death. Can she do whatever it takes to survive?

With nothing but memories that seem like dreams, and the hope of finding other civilization, Kristen lives her life like she doesn’t have a chance at tomorrow; but if you have enough hope, maybe dreams can become reality.