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EVERLESS, by Sara Holland

March 26, 2018

The story: Jules has a strange ability that allows her to bend time–or stop it completely…but her magic isn’t enough to keep her father alive. Left alone to solve the mystery of her birth, she learns that parents aren’t just blood relations, that friends can change, and that love doesn’t always choose wisely. Now if […]

EVERY SHINY THING, by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison

March 26, 2018

The story: Lauren is angry that her autistic brother has been sent away to a special school, and she’s looking for a way to help pay for change. Sierra is the foster child who moves in next door, worried about her inability to rescue her alcoholic mother. The girls strike up a friendship just as […]

CLICK’D, by Tamara Ireland Stone

March 26, 2018

The story: Ada spent the summer at coding camp and has created a fantastic–possibly prize winning–app. When she lets her friends start sharing it, it goes viral…right before a glitch hits–a glitch she’s going to have to fix before Saturday’s competition. But the worst part is that she might have to ask her nemesis, Nathan […]


March 9, 2018

The story: Charlotte’s family has moved, AGAIN, and she’s the new girl in school. Again. Her policy of avoiding eye contact and making friends has worked before, but now it seems that her twin brother, always her reliable ally, has deserted her to make some friends of his own. Now she’s stuck hanging with Rose, […]

ALL WE HAVE LEFT, by Wendy Mills

March 9, 2018

The story: Jesse’s brother died sixteen years ago, when the Twin Towers fell. Her family doesn’t talk about it, but it’s still tearing them apart. This is her story–interwoven with that of her brother, Travis, and his experiences in the North Tower after the planes hit. It’s also the story of a girl trapped along […]

FUNNY GIRL, edited by Betsy Bird

January 4, 2018

The story: Actually, it’s a bunch of stories–funny stories about being a modern girl. If you’re a fan of humor that comes in small doses, this is the book for you! Mrs. Friend’s opinion:  My favorite was “Over and Out” by Lisa Graff, detailing the misadventures of a pink bra. Strictly for girls!

WHAT TO SAY NEXT, by Julie Buxbaum

January 4, 2018

The story: David and Kit have known each other in passing all their lives. It takes the death of Kit’s father in a car accident to bring them together at an isolated lunch table in their high school cafeteria. David (“somewhere on the spectrum”) and Kit strike up an unlikely friendship that goes in directions […]

MOXIE, by Jennifer Mathieu

December 7, 2017

The story: Good Old Boys run things at East Rockport High School. Football players rule all, while the girls’ soccer team hasn’t gotten new uniforms since the 1990s. When Viv Carter looks at her mom’s feminist stuff from her college days, the teen decides she needs to get in on the action too–and Moxie is […]


September 29, 2017

The story: Arianwyn has FAILED her witch’s exam, and gets sent to Lull as as apprentice witch instead of the full-fledged variety. Not to worry, though–there’s plenty in Lull to keep her busy, what with the dark magic of the Great Wood threatening to spill over, spirit creatures following her home, and that accidental unleashing […]

LETTERS TO THE LOST, by Brigid Kemmerer

September 29, 2017

The story: Juliet and Declan are both damaged–both have lost someone important to them, and both of them are having a hard time moving on. When he discovers a letter to her dead mother in the cemetery where he works and writes back to her, their anonymous letters back-and-forth lead them toward both love…and healing. […]