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Teen Fantasy Fiction: Beastkeeper

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast–unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

Mystery Novels for Teens: The Uninvited

Mimi Shapiro needs an escape and her father's remote cabin in Canada could be the ticket. But when she arrives, she is shocked to find someone already living there — Jay, a young musician, who is equally surprised to see Mimi. Strange things have been afoot at the cabin, and Jay immediately accuses her of wrongdoing. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want?

Patron Saint of Lost Dogs

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Nick Trout, a veterinarian, writes a delightful story for pet-lovers.  Estranged from his father, the vet pathologist Dr. Mills, returns to his hometown after a fourteen year absence.  His father's much beloved veterinary practice, which he has left his son, is now debt-ridden and about to be taken over by the bank.  Dr. Mills had hoped to sell the business and flee back to his southern retreat, ignoring the past and its memories. Now he’s forced to either give up the business or make an effort to see patients in order to keep it at least temporarily afloat.  That might involve getting too close for comfort.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Nothing says summer more than a private island, lazy days, and traumatic amnesia. 17 year-old Cadence Sinclair Easton returns to the Sinclair family island after a two-year hiatus, two years in which she was afflicted by debilitating migraines and fragmented memories of an event that happened in the summer of her fifteenth year. The Liars - Cady, her two older cousins, and family friend, Gat – spend the summer piecing together the parts of “Summer 15” that Cady has been missing. What she (and the reader) finds when all the pieces come together is a shocking answer to the mystery and an ending that is as unforgettable for us as it was repellent for her. With luscious storytelling and a poetic sense of memory, Were We Liars will leave you clamoring for the answer from start to finish.

Who is the liar here after all?

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane so much that I read it in one sitting. Returning to his childhood home for a funeral, the unnamed main character begins to recall memories he'd repressed for years. All it takes is a walk down the lane to flood the character with memories of his mysterious childhood friend, Lettie Hempstock, and the frightening but magical adventures they had. The story is thoughtful and intriguing, and encourages the reader to engage in childhood magic and fantasy. 

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

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“Miracle on Water”… it could be said that this story is a precursor to the 1980 Winter Olympic U.S. Hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice”.  Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is a fascinating story of eight University of Washington students coming together in the ultimate team sport, rowing.  With the Great Depression as the backdrop, the story of this true amateur team is an excellent and inspirational story.  Many of these young college men faced and overcame many obstacles including family strife, abandonment, financial difficulties, and even global politics in their quest to win locally and nationally. Read how this team overcame long odds to compete on the world’s biggest stage, the 1936 Olympics, and find out how they did against the hometown favorites, Germany. 

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