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The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner

The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner (pen name of Nina de Gramont) tells the story of McKenna, the protagonist of the novel, who decides to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail after hearing that her dad did the same. She had originally planned to hike with a friend, but when that friend mysteriously pulls out of the arrangement, McKenna is left by herself to survive in the wilderness. Then she meets Sam, who has taken to the Appalachian Trail to escape his troubled family.

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The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Game story is broken up into three books. The first book is The Hunger Games and takes place in a different universe where the United States of America is broken up into thirteen districts which all have different jobs to provide for the capital. Some of these include mining and farming. Each year for the entertainment of the rich in the capital, the Hunger Games takes place. From each of the thirteen districts, one female and one male is chosen to represent their district and have to fight to be the last one alive in a rural environment.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

A book full of adventure, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a novel that explores imagination, love, and adventure. As Edward Tulane goes on a Journey to find his way back home he runs into many new people and problems along the way. This book is a short easy read yet I recommend for all ages. You’ll find yourself reading this book from start to finish as the stuffed rabbit faces many turning points.

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Unslut: A Diary and a Memoir, by Emily Lindin

Unslut: A Diary and a Memoir by Emily Lindin tells the life story of Emily Lindin, a Boston Native who was branded a “slut” in sixth grade. For the next few school years, she had to learn to navigate her new reputation and cope with her shame. At that point in her life, she was not very interested in her own sexual orientation or the lives of others; rather, she was more interested in “impressing” those around her, even if such impressing required activities considered raunchy.

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This novel is one I highly recommend for teens. It really captures the essence of the roaring 20’s. The novel depicts the gaping difference between old money and new money. It's funny how then, they looked down upon those who worked hard for their money rather than inheritance but now in the 21st century we applaud those who worked hard and earned their status, rather than just family money. Although the narration can be hard to understand at times, I think the expressions and phrases brought up really make you believe you yourself are in the roaring twenties.

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Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech

I read the book, Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech. The book is about a boy named Jack, who starts writing poetry because he is doing a poetry unit in his class at school. He doesn’t like reading or writing poetry because he doesn’t understand it, and he thinks it’s for girls. The book is interesting because it’s written in poetry format, from the perspective of Jack, but Jack and his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, write back and forth to each other about the poems that Jack begins to write.

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On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers is a dystopian novel that tells the story of Dahlia, a sixteen year old who lives in the Bronx in the year 2035. Her society is divided into classes based on wealth. At the top are the big corporations that control much of the world’s access to essential resources. Meanwhile, the people at the other classes have no hope of moving up the social ladder. While Dahlia doesn’t have the courage to work to dismantle the social structure at first, she is eventually contacted by a secret American group that aims to free the world from corporate hegemony.

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We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars is an amazing fictional story written by E. Lockhart. The book takes place in Massachusetts with the main protagonist who is a seventeen-year-old teenage girl. Her grandfather owns a private island where her whole extended family always spends the summers away from everything. Cadence has been going there since she was a little kid and has a very close bond with three others there. She even ends up falling in love with a friend of her cousin who recently started going there with her.

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Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills

Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills tells the story of fictional character Sierra Shepard, a seventh-grader who accidentally brings a plastic knife to school. This occurs when she takes the wrong lunch bag to school (her mom’s instead of her own). Her school clings to a zero tolerance policy and she is still expelled even though she turns in the knife as soon as she finds it. Her father protests the policy by researching the background of her defendant and presenting what he has found at Sierra’s hearing. Sierra eventually wins the case, allowing her to stay at the school.

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Endurance, Young Readers Edition: My Year in Space and How I Got There by Scott Kelly

Endurance, Young Readers Edition: My Year in Space and How I Got There by Scott Kelly tells the story of Scott Kelly’s own life in space. In the book, Kelly details the conditions he had to make do with on board the International Space Station. While he was sent on the mission as part of a study that wanted to determine the impact of space on aging bodies, he made good use of his time aboard the space shuttle. For example, he helped grow the first plants in space and chatted with top-ranking officials on his experiences, which was invaluable to the legacy he would create for himself.

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River of Dreams by Jan Nash

River of Dreams by Jan Nash tells the story of a teenage protagonist who tries to save the life of her brother, who falls into a paranormal induced coma. When the protagonist’s brother mysteriously wakes up one morning seemingly unalive, the protagonist puts herself on a mission to figure out the truth about what has happened, whatever it might take. Eventually she discovers that she is a dreamwalker, which means she has a duty to help others who are suffering from bad dreams.

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VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America by Ann Bausum

VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America by Ann Bausum tells the story of the decades-long struggle for AIDS recognition in America. The AIDS pandemic started in the mid-1970s, mostly among gay men. As the pandemic became more widespread, individuals realized the devastating nature of the disease. Individuals who were once healthy would be reduced to skin and bones in a matter of months, if not weeks. The federal government offered little to no help; federal funding was not allocated to AIDS research.

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Malcolm X: Fighting for Human Rights by Jeff Burlingame

Malcolm X: Fighting for Human Rights by Jeff Burlingame tells the life story of Malcolm X, an African-American whose family was frequently harassed by the Ku Klux Klan during his childhood. Malcolm knew this harassment was unfair and began to channel his anger and resentment into systematic activism. His father was killed in 1931, so Malcolm had to quit school to help his family. Eventually, he was able to live in Boston with the help of his sister, but he spent a significant amount of time in prison for street crime.

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Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzalez

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzalez tells the story of Ollie, the protagonist of the novel, who experiences a family emergency and thus has to move from sunny California to North Carolina. When Ollie is in North Carolina, he meets a person named Will and often hangs out with him over the summer. But, when school begins, he finds out that Will is a different person. The likable fellow he previously knew is now a jock, basketball player, and Ollie is unsure how to act around him.

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