A Lovely War by  Julie Berry

They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect turned soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by the goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it’s no match for the transcendent power of Love (Penguin Random House).

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Sadie by  Courtney Summers

When popular radio personality West McCray receives a desperate phone call from a stranger imploring him to find nineteen-year-old runaway Sadie Hunter, he’s not convinced there’s a story there; girls go missing all the time. But when it’s revealed that Sadie fled home after the brutal murder of her little sister, Mattie, West travels to the small town of Cold Creek, Colorado, to uncover what happened.

Sadie has no idea that her journey to avenge her sister will soon become the subject of a blockbuster podcast. Armed with a switchblade, Sadie follows meager clues hoping they’ll lead to the man who took Mattie’s life, because she’s determined to make him pay with his own. But as West traces her path to the darkest, most dangerous corners of big cities and small towns, a deeply unsettling mystery begins to unfold—one that’s bigger than them both. Can he find Sadie before it’s too late? (Macmillan)

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during the Second World War. One is a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat; one is a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly, and before long they are devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in "Verity's" own words, as she writes her account for her captors (Penguin Random House).

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Scythe by  Neal Shusterman

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own (Simon and Schuster).

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Life of Pi by  Yann Martel

One boy. One boat. One tiger.
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan--and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years (Penguin Random House).

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Legend by  Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets (Penguin Random House).

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Almost American Girl by  Robin Ha

For as long as she can remember, it’s been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn’t always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.

So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother’s announcement that she’s getting married—Robin is devastated.

Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn’t understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends in Seoul and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn’t fit in with her new stepfamily, and worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother.

Then one day Robin’s mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined (HarperCollins).

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The Tipping Point by  Malcolm Gladwell

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

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Ferdinand F., 81 ans, chenille par Mario Brassard

« Ayant toujours eu peur de tout, Ferdinand F. n'a jamais véritablement pris de risque dans sa vie, voyant les jours se succéder sans histoire jusqu'à ses 81 ans. S'il était reconnu, enfant, pour son magnifique sourire, le voilà un vieillard solitaire qui n'a pas profité des chances qui lui ont été offertes tout au long de son existence. En effet, même s'il se faisait approcher par Georges Foisy, fils de diplomate, il n'a jamais voulu se lier d'amitié avec ce dernier parce qu'il était jaloux de lui, particulièrement lorsqu'il a constaté que Frangin, son copain imaginaire, s'était mis à jouer avec son pire ennemi. Changeant d'école, il termine ses études avant de s'enrôler dans l'armée lors de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, mais feint toutes sortes de maladies afin d'éviter d'être envoyé au front. Ses talents indéniables en batterie lui auraient également permis de joindre les Beatles si sa mère parlait anglais, il aurait pu se marier à une bibliothécaire décomplexée s'il n'avait pas fait de mauvais rêves et il aurait pu visiter les villes dominées par les gratte-ciel s'il n'avait pas aussi peur de l'avion. Tout change cependant en 2005 quand un vieil ennemi le contacte afin de sauver l'être le plus cher à ses yeux. [SDM]. » -GoogleBooks

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13 000 ans et des poussières par  Camille Bouchard

« La première et la dernière phrase : “Puis mes parents adoptifs ont eu un petit garçon.” et “Il faut me manipuler avec le plus grand soin.” [BTLF] » -Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa

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