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  1. 10.7 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    For fans of Girl, Interrupted, Thirteen Reasons Why, and All the Bright Places comes Kathleen Glasgow’s debut novel about a girl who has lost everything—almost even herself. Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge. A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.

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    Girl in Pieces

    10.7 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.6 hrs • 3/22/2016 • Unabridged

    In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault. Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes. What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be. Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.

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    The Way I Used to Be

    9.6 hrs • 3/22/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.8 hrs • 5/29/2015 • Unabridged

    All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S. At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S.’ companion. She feels excitement … and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community—particularly the teenage son, Ellis—only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant. Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface. Lisa Heathfield’s suspenseful, scintillating debut features a compelling voice that combines blithe naïveté, keen observation, and sincere emotion.

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    Seed

    8.8 hrs • 5/29/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.2 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    A deeply powerful and personal novel by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. A brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior, he is designated the ship’s artist in residence in order to document the journey with images. Caden pretends to join his school’s track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head; he is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn. A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.

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    Challenger Deep

    8.2 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.1 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Jason Roberts knows how to take a hit, and he has taken plenty: both from the boys at his high school, and from his deadbeat, drug-dealing father. But Jason has learned to give as good as he gets, and his reputation as the school tough guy has made him something of a legend. It isn’t his rep that concerns him, though—all he really wants to do is get himself and his sister Janie out of this life and move to a place where his father can’t hurt them anymore. So when wealthy jock Michael Springfield offers to pay Jason to hang with his popular crowd and strengthen their street cred, Jason accepts, planning to use the money to get himself and his little sister away from their dad for good. But as Jason spends more and more time with Michael and his friends, he soon learns that Michael has other plans for him—plans that could spell big trouble for everyone involved. As Jason sinks deeper into Michael’s game of riches, drugs and crime, he finds it harder and harder to pull away, drawn to the promise of money—and to Michael’s beautiful, enigmatic girlfriend Cyndra. Now, Jason is in way over his head, and as Michael’s schemes escalate in danger and violence, they threaten to destroy everything Jason holds dear. Still Waters is classic film-noir meets 90210, complete with a con, a heist, a femme fatale who’s also a damsel in distress, and a double-homicide.

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    Still Waters

    8.1 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.6 hrs • 1/8/2015 • Unabridged

    From the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons comes an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds during World War II. Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment; her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother? This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.

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    The War That Saved My Life

    7.6 hrs • 1/8/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.7 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    Though he thinks of himself as a cowboy, Tommy is really a bully. He’s always playing cruel jokes on classmates or stealing from the store. But Tommy has a reason: life at home is tough. His abusive mother isn’t well; in fact, she may be mentally ill, and his sister, Mary Lou, is in the hospital badly burned from doing a chore it was really Tommy’s turn to do. To make amends, Tommy takes over Mary Lou’s paper route. But the paper route also becomes the perfect way for Tommy to investigate his neighbors after stumbling across a copy of the Daily Worker, a communist newspaper. Tommy is shocked to learn that one of his neighbors could be a communist, and soon fear of a communist in this tight-knit community takes hold of everyone when Tommy uses the paper to frame a store owner, Mr. McKenzie. As Mr. McKenzie’s business slowly falls apart and Mary Lou doesn’t seem to get any better, Tommy’s mother’s abuse gets worse—causing Tommy’s bullying to spiral out of control. Poignantly written, Kristin Levine proves herself a master of gripping and affecting historical fiction.

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    The Paper Cowboy

    9.7 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.6 hrs • 10/17/2014 • Unabridged

    The closest he will ever come to happiness is when he’s hurting her. Will she let him? Breaking Butterflies is a beautiful and twisted story of first love and innocence lost. Sphinxie and Cadence, promised to each other in childhood, are drawn together again as teens. Sphinxie is sweet, compassionate, and plain. Cadence is brilliant, charismatic, and damaged … and diseased. When they were kids, Cadence scarred Sphinxie with a knife. Now, as his illness progresses, he becomes increasingly demanding. Sphinxie wants to be loyal, but she fears for her life. Only the ultimate sacrifice will provide this complicated love with an ending.

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    Breaking Butterflies

    7.6 hrs • 10/17/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.0 hrs • 9/16/2014 • Unabridged

    The unofficial town motto is “Nothing bad ever happens in Rosemont,” where twelve-year-old Anna has come to stay with her grandmother, Mim, hoping to forget her worries about her parents’ troubled marriage. She’ll be busy with the town’s annual Flower Festival, a celebration with floats and bands that requires weeks of preparations. But before long, Anna finds herself involved in a very big problem. When she observes a girl her own age seemingly being held against her will, Anna can’t forget the girl’s frightened eyes and is determined to investigate. “When you see something, say something,” she’s been told—but what good does it do to speak if nobody will listen? Luckily, a take-charge girl like Anna is not going to give up. Told with Joan Bauer’s trademark mixture of humor and heart, Tell Me will enthrall her many fans and win her new ones.

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    Tell Me

    5.0 hrs • 9/16/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.2 hrs • 9/2/2014 • Unabridged

    In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she’s a freak; she can’t stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever. Logan is fascinating, troubled, and off-limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika’s life hell if she’s seen with him. So Anika must choose: ignore her feelings and keep her social status, or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? Andrea Portes swoops in as an absolutely original new voice in YA in this story that will start important conversations—and tear at your heart.

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    Anatomy of a Misfit

    6.2 hrs • 9/2/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.5 hrs • 6/24/2014 • Unabridged

    Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this heartbreaking story about family, loss, and the joys and disappointments of first love. Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him. Over the course of the summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady … and with the new freedom that comes along with him. But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina, or “Beta,” as he nicknames her. Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean losing her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that her breath catches when he smiles, or that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else. When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life. Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.

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    The Things You Kiss Goodbye

    8.5 hrs • 6/24/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 14.8 hrs • 8/20/2013 • Unabridged

    In the exciting final installment of the Lost Voices trilogy, mermaid Luce swims to the San Francisco Bay where she finds a group of renegade mermaids who become an army under her leadership when war breaks out between humans and mermaids. Mermaids have been sinking ships and drowning humans for centuries, and now the government is determined to put an end to the mermaid problem—by slaughtering them all. Luce, a mermaid with exceptionally threatening abilities, becomes their number-one target, hunted as she flees down the coast toward San Francisco. There she finds hundreds of mermaids living in exile under the docks of the bay. They are the Twice Lost: once-human girls lost first when a trauma turned them into mermaids and lost a second time when they broke mermaid law and were rejected by their tribes. Luce is stunned when they elect her as their leader. But she won’t be their queen. She’ll be their general. And they will become the Twice Lost Army—because this is war.

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    The Twice Lost by Sarah Porter
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    13.5 hrs • 4/9/2013 • Unabridged

    Fiery-headed Jemma Agromond is not who she thinks she is, and when the secrets and lies behind her life at the mist-shrouded Agromond Castle begin to unravel, she finds herself in a chilling race for her life. Ghosts and misfits, a stone and crystals, a mysterious book, an ancient prophecy—all these reveal the truth about Jemma’s past and a destiny far greater and more dangerous than she could have imagined in her wildest fantasies. With her telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, and her trusted friend, Digby, Jemma navigates increasingly dark forces, as helpers both seen and unseen, gather. In the end, it is her own powers that she must bring to light, for only she has the key to defeating the evil ones and fulfilling the prophecy that will bring back the sun and restore peace in Anglavia.

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    The Flame in the Mist

    13.5 hrs • 4/9/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.8 hrs • 3/26/2013 • Unabridged

    A deeply compelling mix of high school drama and page-turning mystery that asks profound questions about family, truth, and love Fifteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have been living in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember; the sheltering trees and a broken-down camper are all they know. But what they’ve never been told is that Carey vanished from the real world ten years ago, when their mother took her, causing an uproar in the media—and in her father’s life. Now, abandoned by the mother they trusted, they’re often left alone for long periods of time to fend for themselves—but, in one moment, everything changes. They’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world, one of shopping malls, shiny appliances, new clothes, and mouth-watering food. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by a deep and painful loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her how to play the soaring music that helps her survive. And then there’s the other piece of Carey’s past that haunts her, the story of what happened to her and Jenessa on that dark night in the woods—the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Will Carey ever be able to trust her father and his family enough to fit into this new life? Will Jenessa finally break her silence and ruin the cocoon of safety that Carey’s built so carefully around them? And what will happen if the secret comes out?

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    If You Find Me

    7.8 hrs • 3/26/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 8.3 hrs • 3/19/2013 • Unabridged

    Pretty girl 13 when she went missing lost to her family to her friends to the world found but still missing her self In Liz Coley’s alarming and fascinating psychological mystery, 16-year-old Angie Chapman must piece together the story of her kidnapping and abuse. Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing—and ultimately empowering—page-turner about accepting our whole selves and about the healing power of courage, hope, and love.

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    Pretty Girl-13

    8.3 hrs • 3/19/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 11.2 hrs • 3/12/2013 • Unabridged

    Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too? Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father’s physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler. 

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    Scowler

    11.2 hrs • 3/12/13 • Unabridged
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