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Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

A funny and frothy Jane Austen satire complete with feisty heroine (Althea Crawley) on the hunt for a wealthy husband amidst dimwitted stepsisters and boring suitors (Lord Boring among them). It's a mash-up of Austen characters and plotlines, complete with faux 19th century prose. An especially fun read if you've read any of Austen's novels or even seen some of the movies. Check Our Catalog

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Laurel Daneau is living on the street, begging for money to buy more drugs. Crazy. Just a few months ago she was a cheerleader at her new high school. But then she met T-Boom and not only does he love basketball and kissing Laurel, but he also loves meth. But don't worry...they'll never be addicts. Check Our Catalog

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Min Green is writing Ed Slaterton a l-o-n-g breakup letter. Going through each love token she saved in a box in her closet (including a movie ticket, a protractor and a box of matches) , Min describes how the mismatched couple (he’s a popular jock and she’s “arty”) met, fell in love and fell apart. The way their story unfolds, and the illustrations of each item, is charming. Check Our Catalog

Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Looking to take a road trip this summer?  Tag along with friends (well sort of) Alice, Summer and Tiernan as they drive from Boston to Austin to catch a one-night-only show by their old favorite band, Level3, that broke up four years ago, just like their friendship. The trip is full of "interesting" adventures--skinny dipping with Santa anyone? Karmic meetings, cute Southern boys heading North for the summer and maybe, just maybe, friendship. Check out the book trailer for more.

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.

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

This book is a hard-to-describe addicting read, in fact I'm going to read it again tonight.  On the surface, Chopsticks is the story of 16-year-old piano prodigy Glory Fleming, who falls in love with the new boy next door, Fransico Mendoza, but pay careful attention and a whole other story emerges.   Beginning with a news broadcast of Glory's disappearance, the story is told through a collection of news clippings, photos, memorabilia, IM messages and other random items.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1

Do not be fooled by the mediocre film of the same name!!  This is an amazing story that follows a menagerie of unique individuals led by Allan Quartermain and including Mina Harker, Dr.

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.

Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? by Neil Gaiman

Not quite as powerful as the Death of Superman storyline, Batman: Whatever happened to the Caped Crusader? serves as a real tribute to the authors and artists who have made Batman the enigmatic hero he has become over the years.  Neil Gaiman (author) and Andy Kubert (illustrator) pay tribute to the evolution of the character from his introduction in 1939 to their interpretation of his death (2009).  However, DC Comics plans to reboot its iconic characters in 2011 and Batman will begin again with issue #1 to be released soon!!

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