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HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Katy Upperman

Since her sister's tragic death, seventeen-year-old Callie Ryan has basically given up.  Her grades have plummeted, she's quit her swim team, and she barely recognizes the people her parents have become.

When she returns to her aunt's run-down coastal Victorian one year after Chloe's death, Callie resigns herself to a summer of guilt and home renovations.  She doesn't expect to be charmed by the tiny coastal town or by Tucker Morgan, a local boy brimming with sunshine.

But even as her days begin to brighten, Callie's nights are crowded with chilling dreams, unanswered questions, and eerie phenomenon that have her convinced she's being haunted.  Will Callie be able to figure out what her sister is trying to communicate before it's too late?

I MUST BETRAY YOU, by Ruta Sepetys

Romania, 1989.  Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe.  Seventeen-year-old Christian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren't free to dream; they are bound by rules and force.

Amidst the tyrannical dictatorship  of Nicolae Ceausescu in a country governed by isolation and fear, Christian is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer.  He's left with only two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves-or use his position to creartively undermine the most notoriously evil dictator in Eastern Europe.

Christian risks everything to unmask the truth behind the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians and expose to the world what is happening in his country.  He eagerly joins the revolution for change when the time arrives.  But what is the cost of freedom?


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SOOLEY by John Grisham

New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel.  Samuel "Sooley" Sooleyman is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams...and even bigger challenges off court.

In the summer of his seventeenth year, Samuel Sooleyman gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basketball tournament.  He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane.  The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true.

Samuel is an amazing athlete with speed, quickness, and an astonishing vertical leap.  The rest of his game, though, needs work, and the American coaches are less than impressed.  During the tournament, Samuel receives devastating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudan, and rebel troops have ransacked his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp.

Samuel desperately wants to go home, but it's just not possible.  Partly out of sympathy, the coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholarship.  Samuel moves to Durham, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season.  There is plenty of more mature talent and he isn't immediately needed.

But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America.  He works tirelessly on his game, shooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gym, and soon he's dominating everyone in practice.  With the Central team losing and suffering injury, Sooley as he is nicknames, is called off the bench.

And the legend begins.

But how far can Sooley take his team? And will success allow him to save his family?

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Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world.  Ana's parents died while on scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP.  Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret.  She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed.  All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

But wait, there's more.  The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years.  Now that cold war has been turned up to a full boil, and the freshmen are in danger of becoming fish food.  In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.






In this romantic page-turner from the author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star, Evie, has the power to see other people's romantic fates--what will happen when she finally sees her own?

Evie Thomas doesn't believe in love anymore.  Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon:  She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began . . . and how it will end.  After all, even the greatest love stories end with broken heart, eventually.

As Evie tries to understand why this is happening, she finds herself at La Brea Dance Studio, learning to waltz, fox-trot, and tango with a boy named X.  X is everything  that Evie is not: adventurous, passionate, daring. His philosophy is to say yes to everything --including entering a ballroom dance competition with a girl he's only just met.

Falling for X is definitely not what Evie had in mind.  If her visions of heartbreak have taught her anything, it's that no one escapes love unscathed.  But as she and X dance around and toward each other, Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love.  In the end, is love worth the 


WIRES AND NERVE The lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

In her first graphic novel, Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldier's leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity.  With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the series.


Dear author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte weaves an Own voice story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century.

Mary Lambert has always felt safe and protected on her beloved island of Martha's Vineyard.  Her great-grandfather was an early English settler and the first deaf islander.  Now, over a hundred years later, many people there including Mary-are deaf, and nearly everyone can communicate in sign language. Mary has never felt isolated.  She is proud of her lineage.

But recent events have delivered winds of change.  Mary's brother died, leaving her family shattered.  Tensions over land disputes are mounting between English settlers and the Wampanoag people.  And a cunning young scientist has arrived, hoping to discover the origin of the island's prevalent deafness.  His maniacal drive to find answers soon renders Mary a "live specimen" in a cruel experiment.  Her struggle to save herself is at the core of this novel.

THE BOMBER MAFIA by Malcolm Gladwell

In The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, Malcolm Gladwell, author of New York Times bestsellers including Talking to Strangers and host podcast Revisionist History, weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, British psychopath and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in Modern American History.

Most military thinkers in the years leading up to World War II saw the airplane as an afterthought.  But a small band of