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V is for Villain by Peter Moore

In this fun action and adventure novel, the main character could be the hero, or decide to become a villain instead.  Brad is a genius, but feels overshadowed by his older brother Blake.  Blake is a real life superhero, who fights for the benevolent Justice Force.  To compete, Brad befriends dangerous bad-girl Layla, who has a superpower so intense that it is illegal and must be kept secret.  Following Layla gets Brad into some serious trouble with the criminal underworld.

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

In this brilliant new novel from Printz-award winner Marcus Sedgwick, four short stories center on the theme of spirals. The spiral shape is fascinating for its repetition in history and nature, and for its perfect mathematical ratios. In the prehistoric era, a young girl draws the spiral shape in the dirt and on the wall of a cave to create magic, recognizing the form as one found in snail shells and fern fronds. The same form proves ominous for an 18th century young woman who is accused of witchcraft.

Hold Tight, Don't Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner

The 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti changes Magdalie’s life forever. Her manman is crushed under fallen debris and killed instantly, while her cousin and closest friend Nadine is sent live with her father in Miami. Nadine, really more sister than cousin, promises to send for Magdalie as soon as she can get a Visa arranged. But, over a period of two years, Magdalie hears from Nadine less and less.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Jennifer Niven’s debut novel is poignant and magical. Seventeen-year-old Violet Markey was once an enthusiastic cheerleader, member of Student Council, and a passionate writer. Now, after the death of her older sister, she is depressed, withdrawn, and counting down the days until she can escape from Indiana. Theodore “Freak” Finch, on the ledge of the high school bell tower for reasons that become clear later, meets Violet as she is also peering over the ledge. After helping each other down, Violet and Finch become partners on a school project that encourages them to “explore their great state”.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

This first book in a new series from the author of the Legend trilogy is an imaginative dystopian thriller. Years after a blood plague devastated the population of Kenettra, killing every adult and many of the children with the sickness, the surviving children and teenagers are known as malfettos. All of the malfettos carry scars from their illness, and some emerged with unusual powers.

The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason

Beautiful and charming Evaline Stoker, sister of famous Bram, and intelligent, inventive Mina Holmes, niece of renowned Sherlock, team up for a second time in this steampunk mystery. London’s beloved princess calls upon Evaline and Mina for a personal request. One of her best friends, Miss Willa Ashton, is a seventeen-year-old beauty who is heir to a large fortune. Miss Ashton’s mother has passed away, and her ten-year-old brother has recently disappeared. Out of grief, Miss Ashton has been consulting spiritual mediums.

Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little

In the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, five girls from different backgrounds band together to form an all-girl gang. Mac and Mercy, tired of abuse from the male members of the Viper gang to which they belong, recruit three other street-smart girls to form a family who will always have each others’ backs. The Black Roses, however, are not a gang to be messed with. Mac, the self-appointed leader, is fearless, organized, and completely unemotional at dealing with any obstacle in her way. Mercy, her best friend and co-founder of the Black Roses, is tough, level-headed,

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S Dawson

Dovey witnessed her best friend Carly die in one of the most violent hurricanes Savannah, Georgia has ever seen. One year later, she is being heavily medicated with mysterious white pills that arrive monthly in an unmarked glass bottle. Due to the pills, Dovey is able to cope with day-to-day activities like attending school or play practice, but feels as if she is in a dead fog and cannot remember anything beyond the time Carly died. While at a past favorite coffee shop, Dovey is positive she sees Carly, but loses her in an alley.

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

In the magical, artsy Pacific Northwest two teen girls live a wild, carefree life with nothing tying them down- except their devotion to each other. Beautiful, reckless Aurora is the daughter of an ex-piano prodigy and a deceased rock star, while the more cautious, introspective narrator is the daughter of a hippie witch. At one time, their mothers were best friends and the girls were raised as sisters. Now, however, Aurora’s mother spends most days in bed, suffocated by grief and heroin addiction. The girls live for the beach, music shows, sci-fi movies, and coffe

The Good Braider by Terry Farish

Fourteen-year-old Viola lives in Juba, Sudan with her loving grandmother, strong-willed mother, and adoring little brother.  Although danger is constantly present in the form of land mines, armed soldiers, and starvation, Viola loves her family and community, and remembers the days when Juba was a lush paradise.  When she is raped by a soldier when walking home one evening, however, her family decides to make the treacherous journey from Sudan to Egypt to the United States.  Tragedy occurs along the way, and Viola finds herself torn between the luxuries found in America, and

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