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Funny Teen Fiction: The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three best friends are students at Selwyn Arts Academy, which has been hijacked by For Art’s Sake, a sleazy reality-television show. The program pits student artists against each other for an arts college scholarship, but is really for ratings and big bucks for the producers. The friends are inspired to write a vigilante poem and distribute it to the student body, hoping to save their school from reality television. 

Teen Recommendation: Althea & Oliver

Althea & Oliver have been friends since they were six.  Now that they're juniors in high school, their relationship has begun to change.  Compounding Althea's insecurity is Oliver's unusual illness which causes him to fall asleep without warning, often for weeks at a time.  Althea & Oliver's evolving relationship offers a heartwarming insight into the complicated matter of growing up.  

Picture Book Selection: Blocks

This simple picture book teaches young children about colors and even more importantly, sharing!  Ruby has red blocks and Benji has blue blocks. They are both quite happy playing with them independently, until Benji takes one of Ruby's red blocks. In the tussle that follows, all the blocks come tumbling down. Now that they have both red and blue blocks, they realize they might be better off if they build together.  The conflict seems happily resolved until Guy comes with his green blocks! Recommended for PreK-K.

Unsinkable: A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds

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A youngster during movies ‘Golden Age’, Reynolds writes a wonderfully funny & heartfelt memoir of her trials, tribulations and friendships.  She shares her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher, personal problems, as they struggle with their own successes as well as their famous parents.    Her disastrous marriages brought her to bankruptcy, but she never despaired- and that’s the heart of this story, how her spirit, talent and personality kept her from sinking.

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year

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What if the mistakes you made at work were life and death? What if forgetting a step didn't mean a customer might get his mocha without espresso but that his brain might begin filling with blood? What if a clumsy moment could mean injecting yourself with a deadly virus?

These are exactly the kinds of scenarios that Dr. Matt McCarthy faces during his first year as a medical intern. In his humorous and transparent memoir of the experience, Dr. McCarthy keeps his readers on the edge of their seats, alternately prompting them to laugh, to cry, and to ponder the deep questions of life.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to become a doctor, or if you just love a fast-paced, thought-provoking story, this is a book you should read. 

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