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: 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. 

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ISBN: 9780735221130
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2018

Karen and Tom Krupp live a perfectly happy life. Newlywed and with no children, life was great for them. 

One day, Karen rushes out of the house, leaving her purse, phone, and identification there, she doesn’t even lock the door on her way out.

Realizing Karen would never do something like this without reason, Tom begins calling friends and neighbors in a rush to find her and to figure out what happened.

When the police come, they tell Tom his wife was in a car accident in a part of town that Karen would never purposely go, especially by herself…

 This is an amazing psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

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ISBN: 9780525521228
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Published: Knopf - July 10th, 2018

Clock Dance is a beautiful, yet heartbreaking story about family and loss.

In this novel we follow Willa. Willa is happily married to her soulmate and has two wonderful sons and is mostly happy living her life as it is.

After her husband dies, Willa moves to Arizona to start over. She remarries and is starting to feel useless since she doesn't have a job, or any kids to look after since hers are grown up and live far away. When she gets a random call from the town one of her sons lives in, Willa finds out someone needs help, and she jumps at the chance.

This book is all about how family extends to more than just blood relations.  

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ISBN: 9781416914631
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Published: Simon Pulse - January 2006

Go Ask Alice is a completely true story of a young girl and her spiral into the drug addiction. Told from journal entries, this book is a raw and heartbreaking story about what drugs can do to you. 

In this day and age, drugs are starting to become a norm. However, after reading this book and learning about   the emotional roller coaster of drug addiction, I truly believe no one would want to willingly go through that.

 In school we are taught to just stay away from drugs, but no one ever tells the real life stories about what could happen if you don’t.

 This book does.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about true stories. 

Warning: this book is a true story that is told with graphic, true-to-life language and imagery that could be triggering for some people. 


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ISBN: 9780316098328
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 18th, 2011

Five year old Jack has never been to the outside world. Room is Jack’s world. It is where he was born. 

“Old Nick” put Ma in Room 7 years ago. Jack knows Room as a home, but to his Ma it’s a prison. Ma wants out, Jack doesn’t. 

Room is an amazing story about the bond between mother and son. 

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By Stacy McAnulty, David Litchfield (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250108081
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 24th, 2017

Earth! is a beautiful story about the way our planet is changing from us destroying its natural resources. Using this book is a great way to teach kids at a young age to take care of the place you inhabit.

I enjoyed this book so much and would recommend it to anyone!