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Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Fourteen-year-old June loves medieval history, Mozart, and fine art. She’s not a typical teenager and she doesn’t have many friends. Her closest friend is her Uncle Finn. To her, he’s the only person who fully understands her. When Finn dies of AIDS, she feels lost and broken. Her mother is keeping secrets about Finn and her sister is mean to her for reasons June doesn’t understand. It’s also 1987, a time when the disease came with a stigma. Then June strikes up a secret friendship with a man who knew Finn well and perhaps knew him better than anyone else.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

During the summer before his senior year Cullen Witter experiences some major life events—his cousin overdoses, his town becomes obsessed with a bird, he hooks up with his dream girl, and most importantly his little brother Gabriel goes missing. And while Cullen is grappling with the meaning of it all and having zombie daydreams, Benton Sage is having a crisis of faith half way around the world. The two plots inch closer and closer together until they merge and then the reader is in for an intriguing surprise. It’s no wonder this book won the 2012 Printz Award.

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Ethan was abducted when he was 7 years old; now 16, he is reunited with his family. After living with his abductor, in a group home and on the street, it's hard for him to adjust to school, curfews and siblings.Tensions build as Ethan falls in love with Cami, the girl next door, and his brother Blake doubts his story. Why can't Ethan remember anything about his past or the day he was kidnapped? Dead to You is a believable story with likeable characters, and an ending that will hit you hard.

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

Eighteen-year-old Fergus McCann is living in Northern Ireland in 1981. He and his parents are deeply involved in the Troubles because his imprisoned Republican brother decides to join other prisoners on a hunger strike. Fergus is studying for medical school, wants to be a doctor, and doesn't understand his brother's dedication to the IRA. Life becomes more complicated when he crosses from Nortern Ireland into the Irish Republic to steal peat for his uncle to sell as fuel and he discovers the perfectly preserved body of a young girl buried in the marsh 2000 years ago.

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

Strongarmed by his parents into taking geeky Lithuanian exchange student Gobija Zaksauskas to the senior prom, Perry Stormaire figures the night will be a disaster and he's right.  A dance floor attack by the school bully is just the beginning. What ensues--car chases in his father's Jag, assassinations and a leap out of a 47th floor window--certainly makes for an unforgettable night.  This no holds barred race against the clock is laugh out loud funny.

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