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FEVER, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

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When her friend Polly dies of a mysterious fever, Matilda is in shock.  It doesn’t seem possible that Polly could have been so healthy yesterday and dead by the morning.  But in a few days’ time, the shock of Polly’s death is overshadowed by the terrifying reality of a yellow fever epidemic that leaves no […]

WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Cassie is dead, and it is Lia’s fault.  Lia didn’t answer the phone that night when Cassie called.  Thirty-three times.  But it’s more than that.  Whenever Cassie had thought about purging less and gaining weight, Lia had told her to stay strong.  Together they would be the skinniest girls in school.  Because Lia didn’t want […]


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Hayley does not remember growing up in the town that she and her father have come back to after so many years.  She doesn’t remember her grandmother’s house at all.  But there are a lot of things that Hayley chooses to forget, since remembering is usually painful.  This will be her senior year of high […]

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

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High school has very defined social rules.  Most of them are comical.  People divide into cliques that all have absurd dress codes and behavior expectations.  Everyone is supposed to be incredibly enthusiastic about the school’s crappy sports teams and the mascot that seems to change every other day.  Melinda can see the absurdity of the […]

SILENCE IS GOLDFISH by Annabel Pitcher

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It has never occurred to Tess that her dad might not be her biological father.  But the blog entry she discovers on his computer makes it painfully clear; not only is she the child of some unknown sperm donor, but Jack–the man she had thought of as her dad–was repulsed by her at her birth. […]