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The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas - Feb 28, 2017
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A three-time winner of Goodreads Choice AwardsSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer....
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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins - Jul 03, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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WINNING MEANS FAME AND FORTUNE.LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE BEGUN. . . .In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between ...
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Rainn Wilson
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - Oct 01, 1998 (first published in 1997)
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen...
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Arvind Subramanian
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Becky Albertalli - Jun 07, 2016
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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. ...
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Laurie Halse Anderson - Mar 10, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Award-winning Speak author Laurie Halse Anderson's New York Times bestselling poetic memoir and call to action, which garnered eight starred reviews!Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our cu...
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With the Fire on High
Elizabeth Acevedo - May 07, 2019
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award longlist title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to ...
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The Astonishing Color of After
Emily X. R. Pan - Mar 19, 2019
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Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family ...
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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak - Sep 11, 2007 (first published in 2005)
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins ...
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Long Way Down
Jason Reynolds - Apr 02, 2019
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An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RU...
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Patron Saints of Nothing
Randy Ribay - Apr 21, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST"Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heartbreaking and soul-healing." --Laurie Halse Anderson, author of SHOUT "A singular voice in the world of literature." --Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth ...
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Harry Potter
The Complete Collection
J. K. Rowling - Nov 15, 2014 (first published in 2007)
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A beautiful boxed set containing all seven Harry Potter novels in hardback. These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle, with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It’s time to PASS THE MAGIC ON …...
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Paperback Collection by Jenny Han
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Boxed Set by Ransom Riggs
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Inheritance Cycle Series 4 Book Set Collection Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr by Christopher Paolini
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Lovely War by Julie Berry
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Simple Path to Wealth by J L Collins
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Supernova by Marissa Meyer
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo
The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
March by John Lewis
The Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
The Complete Wreck by Lemony Snicket
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
His Dark Materials bind-up by Philip Pullman
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
Relentless by Tim S. Grover
We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai
Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
Birthday by Meredith Russo
Symphony for the City of the Dead by M. T. Anderson
This Is My America by Kim Johnson
The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian
Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan
Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
Rebel by Marie Lu
Quit Like a Millionaire by Kristy Shen
Nyxia Uprising by Scott Reintgen
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Dreadnought by April Daniels
It's Trevor Noah by Trevor Noah
Boxers & Saints Boxed Set by Gene Luen Yang
Anne of Green Gables by Stephanie Clarkson
The Secret Series Complete Collection by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Boxcar Children Bookshelf by Gertrude Chandler Warner
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Killing November by Adriana Mather