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Dramarama - Lockhart E.
Call Number: F LOC
ISBN: 9781471406065
Publication Date: 2017
Spending their summer at Wildewood Academy, an elite boarding school for the performing arts, tests the bond between teenagers Sadye and her best friend Demi.

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Broken Moon - Kim Antieau
Call Number: F ANT
ISBN: 9781416917670
Publication Date: 2007
I WILL NEVER HAVE A HUSBAND, BUT I HAVE THE BEST BROTHER IN THE WORLD. YOUR BREATH ON MY CHEEK -- ON MY SCAR -- FELT LIKE THE BREATH OF ALLAH. Nadira is spoiled goods. Scars from a beating she received for a crime that her older brother allegedly committed tell the world that she is worth less than nothing -- except to her little brother, Umar, who sees beauty in her scars and value in her. But Umar is gone -- perhaps kidnapped or maybe sold. All Nadira knows is that Umar has been taken into the desert to ride camels for rich sheiks. He could be lost to her forever. For Umar, Nadira will risk everything. So she disguises herself as a boy and searches out the men who took him. They are not hard to find, and soon she, too, is headed to the desert to be a camel jockey. Life in the desert is more brutal than Nadira imagined. All she has to protect her and the boys she meets are a bit of chai tea, some stories, and the hope that she has enough of both to keep going until she finds Umar. BROKEN MOON IS A SPELLBINDING, LYRICAL TALE THAT WILL CAPTURE READERS, HEARTS AND SOULS.

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Don't call me Ishmael - Michael Bauer
Call Number: F BAU
ISBN: 1862916667
Publication Date: 2006
It's the start of Year Nine at St. Daniel's Boys School for 14-year-old narrator Ishmael Leseur. Suddenly made aware of his "wussy-crap" name (which he blames on his parents and, in turn, Herman Melville), wry, witty Ishmael expects to keep his head down, as he did the year before, around bully Barry Bagsley, who has become more aggressive. But the new year brings surprises-Miss Tarango, an inspiring young English teacher willing to stand up to Barry; an odd new student, James Scobie, who claims that an operation erased his ability to feel fear; a debate team, started by James, which makes friends out of an unlikely group of students; and a potential romance with a debater from a rival girls' school. Ishmael's voice is strong, funny, and compelling, and Australian writer Bauer brings some fantastic characters to life through snappy dialogue and vivid descriptions. The plot meanders, though, striking out in too many undeveloped directions; first Miss Tarango drops out of focus, then James Scobie and the protagonist's family, and the result is a read that, while unified by Ishmael's strong narrative voice and moments of laugh-out-loud humor, feels oddly pieced together and unsatisfying. Although readers may enjoy identifying with a bullied underdog who "gets the girl" at the end, the book doesn't quite live up to its early potential.-Riva Pollard, formerly at The Winsor School Library, Boston (c) Copyright 2010.

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The Winds of heaven - Judith Clark
Call Number: F CLA
ISBN: 9781741757316
Publication Date: 2009
On a farm in western Missouri during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthew and Callie Soames create a life for themselves and raise four headstrong daughters. Jessica will break their hearts. Leonie will fall in love with the wrong man. Mary Jo will escape to New York. And wild child Mathy's fate will be the family's greatest tragedy. Over the decades they will love, deceive, comfort, forgive--and, ultimately, they will come to cherish all the more fiercely the bonds of love that hold the family together."A rare find--a book you can truly enjoy and recall, long after reading it, with sharp pleasure." - Rita Mae Brown"Better than good. This is tremendous." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch"The flavor . . . is much the same as that of To Kill a Mockingbird. . . . The Moonflower Vine is a delightful book." -- Denver Post"A distinguished achievement." -- Chicago Tribune

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Tirra Lirra by the river - Jessica Anderson
Call Number: F AND
Publication Date: 2011
A novel that tells of one woman's remarkable life. Nora Porteous flees her small-town family and stifling marriage and creates a new life for herself in London. In her seventies, she returns to Qld to settle in her childhood home and discovers that everything is not as she remembers. The author has won the Miles Franklin Award twice, for this novel in 1978 and 'The Impersonators' in 1980.

 

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One True Thing - Nicole Hayes
ISBN: 9780857986887
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
Frankie is used to being a politician's daughter, but it's election time, so life's crazier than usual. Add a best friend who's being weirdly distant, a brother to worry about, and the fact that Frankie's just humiliated herself in front of a hot guy - who later turns up at band practice to interview her about her music.

Jake seems to like Frankie - really like her. But then everything crumbles. Photos appear of Frankie's mum having secret meetings with a younger man - and she refuses to tell the public why. With her family falling apart around her, Frankie is determined to find out the truth - even if it means losing Jake.

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Why we took the car - Wolfgang Herrndorf
Call Number: F HER
Publication Date: 2014
A beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story from an awqay-winning, bestselling German author.Mike Klingenberg isn't exactly one of the cool kids at his school. For one, he doesn't have many friends. (Okay, zero friends.) And everyone laughs when he has to read his essays out loud in class

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The particular sadness of lemon cake - Aimee Bender
Call Number: F BEN
Publication Date: 2010
On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the slice. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother u her cheerful, can-do mother u tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes perilous. Anything can be revealed at any meal. Rose's gift forces her to confront the secret knowledge all families keep hidden u truths about her mother's life outside the home, her father's strange detachment and her brother's clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up, she realises there are some secrets that even her taste buds cannot discern. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a luminous tale about the heartbreak of loving those whom you know too much about. It is profound and funny, wise and sad, and Aimee Bender's dazzling prose illuminates the strangeness of everyday life.

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Let it snow - John Green
Call Number: F GRE
ISBN: 9780141349176
Publication Date: 2013
n ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

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Walking Naked - Alyssa Brugman  Icon
Call Number: F BRU
ISBN: 1865088226
Publication Date: 2002
A sharply-observed, unflinching story for teenagers about the ins and outs of friendship among girls; a story about individuals and peer groups, about power and freedom, about the painful getting of wisdom and self-knowledge.

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Talk under water - Kathryn Lomer
ISBN: 9780702253690
Will and Summer meet online and strike up a friendship based on coincidence. Summer lives in Will's old hometown, Kettering, a small Tasmanian coastal community. Summer isn't telling the whole truth about herself, but figures it doesn't matter if they never see each other in person, right?

When Will returns to Kettering, the two finally meet and Summer can no longer hide her secret – she is deaf. Can Summer and Will find a way to be friends in person even though they speak a completely different language?

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Fighting Ruben Wolfe - Marcus Zusak
Call Number: F ZUs
ISBN: 1862914311
Publication Date: 2000
Honour Book, and CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2001. Ruben and his brother Cameron are broke and desperate, but they know about fighting. They are recruited to an organised boxing racket and start to fight for a living. Gritty, real and often wryly funny

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Cracked - Clare Strahan
Call Number: F STR
ISBN: 9781743316030
Publication Date: 2014
'I'm pretty sure that by the time I finish high school, I'll be cracked into a pile of shards, beyond repair.'..At fifteen, Clover is finding the going tougher than she expected. Her life is close to being derailed on the rocky terrain of family, friendship, first love, acts of defiance and a planet on the brink of environmental disaster. So when Keek breaks his promise to her, and school sucks, and her mother is impossible, and her beloved old dog is dying, and her dad is in the wind, and the girls at school are awful and the footy-boys are bullies and she's arrested for vandalism - well, what else can she be but a little bit broken? Can Clover pull herself together - or will she spiral further out of control?..When life feels like it's fracturing, how do you find a way to feel whole?

 

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Everything good will come - Sefi Atta
Call Number: F ATT
ISBN: 9781876756666
Publication Date: 2008
An international prize-winning novel by Nigerian-born Sefi Atta, Everything Good Will Come is a powerful and eloquent story of a young woman's coming of age. It is 1971, Nigeria is under military rule and 11-year-old Enitan Taiwo is tired of waiting for school to start. Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death of Enitan's brother, allow her to be friends with the new girl next door, Sheri Bakare? The two girls' paths traverse this novel: one manipulates the traditional system, the other attempts to defy it.

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Under the Hawthorn Tree - Ai Mi
Call Number: F AI
ISBN: 9781844087020
Publication Date: 2011
In the late seventies, after the Cultural Revolution, a young girl, Jingqiu, falls passionately in love with a boy nicknamed 'Old Three'. Jingqiu is from a politically suppressed family, while Three is the son of a mighty army general. Their budding romance is cut short by fate; Three dies before there is an ending for them, happy or otherwise.Jingqiu eventually leaves China but she never forgets Three, the man who loved her with a passion so pure that she believed it could last forever. Transcending the boundaries between fact and fiction, Ai Mi has brought together for the first time Jingqiu's tragic story ? these are her diaries and notebooks.

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Summer Sisters - Judy Blume
Call Number: F BLU
ISBN: 9780751542738
Publication Date: 1998
'For a moment it's as if they've never been apart. They're still Vixen and Cassandra, summer sisters forever. The rest is a mistake, a crazy joke.'Vix Leonard is twelve when she meets dazzling, reckless Caitlin Somers. Invited to spend holidays on Martha's Vineyard with Caitlin and her eccentric, mysterious family, Vix is welcomed into a life totally unlike her own. As days of bold adventure give way to nights of shy discovery, she and Caitlin come together in the complications of growing up; the refuge of belonging; the pact to Never Be Ordinary . . . Until one devastating summer when a local boy changes everything.Years later life has driven them apart, but the bruise of their friendship remains. When Caitlin begs Vix to return to the Vineyard for her wedding, Vix knows she will go. She wants to understand what happened that last shattering summer ? and why her best friend still has the power to break her heart.

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On the Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
Call Number: F MAR
ISBN: 0670070297
Publication Date: 2006
Taylor Markham is not a popular choice. She is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at Jellicoe School most of her life and as leader of the boarders that's her greatest asset. Especially now the cadets, led by the infamous Jonah Griggs, have arrived. The territory wars between the boarders, townies and cadets are about to recommence.But Taylor has other things on her mind; a prayer tree, the hermit who whispered in her ear, and a vaguely familiar drawing in the local police station. Taylor wants to understand the mystery of her own past. But Hannah, the woman who found her, has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but an unfinished manuscript about five kids whose lives entwined twenty years ago on the Jellicoe Road . . . On the Jellicoe Road is the stunning new novel from Melina Marchetta.

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When I found you - Catherine Ryan Hyde
Call Number: F HYD
ISBN: 9781611099799
Publication Date: 2013
What do I have to do to make you wash your hands of me?There's nothing you could do. I will never wash my hands of you.Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own -- until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.Fifteen years later, the widowered Nathan gets his wish when the boy and his grandmother show up on his doorstep. Named Nat and now an angry teenager with a criminal record, the boy is once again in need of rescuing. Nathan takes Nat in, swearing to never abandon him. Nathan believes that with love and patience anyone can change. And he just might be right.From the author of Pay It Forward comes a poignant tale of love, pain, and trusting people to stay by your side in a world where leaving is easy.

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Inbetween days - Vikki Wakefield
ISBN: 9781922182364
At seventeen, Jacklin Bates is all grown up. She’s dropped out of school. She’s living with her runaway sister, Trudy, and she’s in secret, obsessive love with Luke, who doesn’t love her back. She’s stuck in Mobius—a dying town with the macabre suicide forest its only attraction—stuck working in the roadhouse and babysitting her boss’s demented father.

A stranger sets up camp in the forest and the boy next door returns; Jack’s father moves into the shed and her mother steps up her campaign to punish Jack for leaving, too. Trudy’s brilliant façade is cracking and Jack’s only friend, Astrid, has done something unforgivable.

Jack is losing everything, including her mind. As she struggles to hold onto the life she thought she wanted, Jack learns that growing up is complicated—and love might be the biggest mystery of all.

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I'll give you the sun - Jandy Nelson
ISBN: 9781406326499
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

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