GSTBA Voting -- Fiction -- Grades 9-12

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The Impossible Knife of Memory Anderson, Laurie Halse For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? (http://www.amazon.com/Impossible-Knife-Memory-Laurie-Anderson/dp/0147510724/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461857571&sr=1-1&keywords=the+impossible+knife+of+memory)
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H2O Bergin, Virginia When a strange rain falls bearing a fatal, contagious disease, Ruby finds herself alone with the only drinkable water quickly running out. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/h2o/oclc/935354177&referer=brief_results)
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The Tyrant’s Daughter Carleson, J. C. Exiled to the United States after her father, a Middle Eastern dictator, is killed in a coup, fifteen-year-old Laila must cope with a completely new way of life, the truth of her father's regime, and her mother and brother's ways of adjusting. (http://www.worldcat.org/title/tyrants-daughter/oclc/842323012&referer=brief_results)
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Through the Woods Carroll, Emily
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Pointe Colbert, Brandy Four years after Theo's best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. (http://www.worldcat.org/title/pointe/oclc/913892233&referer=brief_results)
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Girls Like Us Giles, Gail Graduating from their school's special education program, Quincy and Biddy are placed together in their first independent apartment and discover unexpected things they have in common in the face of past challenges and a harrowing trauma. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/girls-like-us/oclc/857879327&referer=brief_results)
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The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone Griffin, Adele
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before Han, Jenny
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And We Stay Hubbard, Jenny Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/and-we-stay/oclc/827198402&referer=brief_results)
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The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim Johnston, E. K. In an alternate world where industrialization has caused many species of carbon-eating dragons to thrive, Owen, a slayer being trained by his famous father and aunt, and Siobahn, his bard, face a dragon infestation near their small town in Canada. (http://www.worldcat.org/title/story-of-owen-dragon-slayer-of-trondheim/oclc/848267629&referer=brief_results)
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Maybe One Day Kantor, Melissa Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems. (http://www.worldcat.org/title/maybe-one-day/oclc/870140162?referer=di&ht=edition)
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Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future King, A. S. As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O'Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother's suicide. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/glory-obriens-history-of-the-future-a-novel/oclc/863127587&referer=brief_results)
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How It Went Down Magoon, Kekla When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/how-it-went-down/oclc/885026550&referer=brief_results)
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I’ll Give You the Sun Nelson, Jandy Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways ... until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else -- an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they'd have a chance to remake their world. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/ill-give-you-the-sun/oclc/870248734&referer=brief_results)
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Jackaby Ritter, WIlliam Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature. (http://www.worldcat.org/title/jackaby/oclc/866938512&referer=brief_results)
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Grasshopper Jungle Smith, Andrew Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/grasshopper-jungle-a-history/oclc/849719144&referer=brief_results)
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Geography of You and Me Smith, Jennifer E Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/geography-of-you-and-me/oclc/852681845&referer=brief_results)
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Afterworlds Westerfield, Scott In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy's novel, slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love. (https://www.worldcat.org/title/afterworlds/oclc/881386079&referer=brief_results)
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Noggin Whaley, John Corey Listen -- Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn't. Now he's alive again. Simple as that. The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy's body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he's still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she's not his girlfriend anymore? That's a bit fuzzy too. Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars. Oh well, you only live twice. (http://www.worldcat.org/title/noggin/oclc/848267543&referer=brief_results)
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Ms. Marvel: No Normal Wilson, G. Willow Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community. (http://www.worldcat.org/title/ms-marvel-no-normal/oclc/905493924&referer=brief_results)
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