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“Genuine Fraud” by E. Lockhart

Two girls—two orphans. Both are pretty. They kind of look alike. One is an heiress. One is a liar. The book starts with Chapter Eighteen. “Begin here:” you’re instructed. The book works from the end to the beginning in E.

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“Forest World” by Margarita Engle

Cuban-American poet, Margarita Engle, tells the story of a pre-teen sister and brother, reunited in Cuba in “Forest World” (Atheneum 2017). When the siblings were quite young, their mother fled Cuba to America by raft with her infant son Edver,

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“If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo

Eighteen-year-old Amanda moves away from Georgia where she’s been living with her mother, to Lambertville, Tennessee to live with her father. She needs a new start. Why? In Georgia, having been born a boy, she was Andrew, called “faggot” and

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“Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers” by Deborah Heiligman

People—maybe young adults in particular—are inherently fascinated with relationship. Which makes Deborah Heiligman’s choice of subject so compelling even before you start reading “Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers” (Holt 2017). The Van Gogh brothers from the Netherlands come

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“The Bitter Side of Sweet” by Tara Sullivan

Ever wonder where your chocolate comes from? Cocoa, Hersey bars, brownie mix—you name it—chocolate. I wasn’t sure why I was buying “fair trade” chocolate. That changed when I read Tara Sullivan’s young adult novel “The Bitter Side of Sweet” (Putnam

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“Exit, Pursued by a Bear” by E.K. Johnston

In “Exit Pursued by a Bear” (Dutton 2016) by E.K. Johnston, high school senior Hermione Winters is captain of the cheerleading squad. Polly, her best friend, is co-captain and the friend that everyone on earth needs. The championship cheerleading squad

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“Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time” by Tanya Lee Stone

Be warned. You could become an activist after reading Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time (Wendy Lamb Books 2017) by the remarkable Tanya Lee Stone. Follow twenty five girls world-wide who were denied education, fought back,

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“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

What a moving and timely story! Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives in the black ghetto of Garden Heights and goes to a white private Williamson in “The Hate U Give” (2017 Balzer & Bray) by Angie Thomas. At her white school

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“Dreamland Burning” by Jennifer Latham

Rowan Chase, 17, the daughter of a white oil magnate father and a black lawyer mother finds a skeleton under the floorboards in the “back house” of her spiffy Greenwood area Tulsa home in “Dreamland Burning” (Little Brown 2017) by

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“A List of Cages” by Robin Roe

Affable Adam, a senior, appears to have a perfect life. Maybe he’s a little wired, but he’s lovable, affable, and he’s everyone’s friend. His Mom deals with his ADHD with homeopathic drops so he’s on no hard medications. His elective

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