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Choker – Elizabeth Woods

Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner ever since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. She eats lunch with the other girls from the track team, but they’re not really her friends. Mostly she spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing he would finally notice her, and avoiding the popular girls who call her “Choker” after a humiliating incident in the cafeteria.

Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe’s on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara’s life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and new confidence, and next thing she knows, she’s getting invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. Best of all, she has her BFF there to confide in.

But just as quickly as Cara’s life comes together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect—including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day when she’s at school. You’re supposed to trust your best friend no matter what, but what if she turns into a total stranger?

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Everything, everything – Nicola Yoon

everythingeverythingMy disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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The killing sea – Richard Lewis

Ruslan slipped away from the cafe and the curious onlookers.

He began to run, not knowing exactly why, but instinct made him head away from the sea.

In the distance, along the seafront of Ujung Karang, screams rose from a hundred, a thousand mouths.

Sarah is on holiday sailing with her family when their boat is crushed by the tsunami.

She and her brother make it ashore but their mother is killed and their father is missing.

Ruslan has lived in Indonesia all his life, and can’t believe the destruction that the sea has caused.

Searching for his dad, Ruslan meets Sarah, and their lives are thrown together in the aftermath of the devastation.

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Sold – Patricia McCormick

13-year-old Lakshmi lives an ordinary life in Nepal, going to school and thinking of the boy she is to marry.

Then her gambling-addicted stepfather sells her into prostitution in India.

Refusing to be with men, she is beaten and starved until she gives in.

“In between, men come./They crush my bones with their weight./They split me open./Then they disappear. I hurt./I am torn and bleeding where the men have been”.

She is told that if she works off her family’s debt, she can leave, but she soon discovers that this is virtually impossible.

When a boy who runs errands for the girls and their clients begins to teach her to read, she feels a bit more alive, remembering what it feels like to be the number one girl in class again.

When an American comes to the brothel to rescue girls, Lakshmi finally gets a sense of hope.

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Life on the refrigerator door – Alice Kuipers

Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don’t know it.

Not yet.

Claire is wrapped up with the difficulties of her bourgeoning adulthood—boys, school, friends, identity.

Claire’s mother, a single mom, is rushed off her feet both at work and at home.

They rarely find themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems that the only thing they can count on are notes to each other on the refrigerator door.

When home is threatened by a crisis, their relationship experiences a momentous change.

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Hello God – Moya Simons

Kate loves to chat and she’ll talk to anyone who’ll listen . . . including God.  And she’s got a lot to talk about – her parents, the new baby, her friends, becoming the latest ‘four-eyes’ at school – even about the ants who drown in puddles in her driveway.  Recently, Kate’s started talking to God about Stephanie, the new girl in her class.  Stephanie’s not really like Kate’s other friends; for a start she’s a nerd.  And she looks a bit weird, too.

When Steph becomes ill, Kate is seriously worried and lets God know.  Steph’s a good person, so why isn’t she getting better?  Just when Kate’s about ready to give up, she finds the answers to her questions in an unexpected place.

 

 

Parvana – Deborah Ellis

There are many types of battle in Afghanistan. Imagine living in a country where women and girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to wear clothes that cover every part of your body, including your face. This is the life of Parvana, a young girl growing up in Afghanistan under the control of an extreme religious military group.

When soldiers burst into her home and drag her father off to prison, Parvana is forced to take responsibility for her whole family, dressing as a boy to make a living in the marketplace of Kabul, risking her life in the dangerous and volatile city.

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Dragon keeper – Carole Wilkinson

https://shclinc.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/1400e-9781742030593.jpgPing has been a slave all her life, not even knowing her name. Her duties include feeding the imperial dragons, lacklustre animals living in a fortified pit. When the female dies and her body is mutilated by the imperial dragonkeeper, Danzi (the male dragon) escapes with Ping and a mysterious stone which is very important to the dragon. They must reach the Ocean, but Danzi is old, sick and injured, so it is up to Ping to keep him going. Along the way, she discovers some surprising strengths within herself.

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Scarlett – Cathy Cassidy

Scarlett’s in trouble at school. Again. With black fingernails and dyed ketchup-red hair, she’s not your average twelve-year-old Londoner.

So her mum-sick of trying to get her into another school-ships Scarlett to her father’s cottage in Ireland.

Having to learn Gaelic in a one-room schoolhouse and enduring a new stepmum and younger stepsister is just too much.

Scarlett wants to leave-until she meets Kian.

He seems too good to be true with his dark, rugged looks, kind nature, and horse named Midnight.

As Kian helps Scarlett let go of her anger, she begins to accept her family, her friendships, and most of all, her dreams.

Out of my mind – Sharon Draper

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

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