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Realistic Fiction February 2015

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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New in February 2015

Burning Nation by Trent Reedy
Idaho is a war zone under Federal occupation, and Danny Wright and his friends in the Idaho Militia are determined to fight back, running guerrilla missions against the army--but what at first seemed like a straightforward battle against government repression quickly grows murky, and Danny finds that even winning the war does not men an end of tyranny.


New in January 2015

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teeterig on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the 'natural wonders' of the state of Indiana, and two teens 'desperate desire to heal and save one another."--Provided by publisher.

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
Charlie Hanson, a senior at Brighton School for Mathematics and Science who is on his way to MIT, gets sidetracked from his goals when he meets Charlotte Finch, younger sister of his new English teacher.

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy
Danny Wright, seventeen, joined the Idaho Army National Guard to serve the country as his father had, but when the Guard is sent to an anti-government protest in Boise and Danny's gun accidently fires, he finds himself at the center of a conflict that results in the federal government declaring war on Idaho.

Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen
"When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias's identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two"-- Provided by publisher.

Hold Tight, Don't Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nadine goes to live with her father in Miami while her cousin Magdalie, raised as her sister, remains behind in a refugee camp, dreaming of joining Nadine but wondering if she must accept that her life and future are in Port-au-Prince.

Love Lucy by April Lindner
After accepting a trip to Europe as a bribe from her parents to attend the collage of their choice as a business major, seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers she is unwilling to give up her dream of being an actress--or Jesse, the boy she met in Italy.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman
In an attempt to understand why her best friend committed suicide, eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds retraces her dead friend's footsteps and makes some startling discoveries.

Caught Up by Amir Abrams
Sixteen-year-old Kennedy, always the good girl, decides to change her image and must deal with the consequences of her decisions.

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
"Sixteen-year-old Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged 'Rapture' to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivan's quest for the truth begins."--Provided by publisher.

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Four linked stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
Shelby Cooper, nearly eighteen, has been overprotected by her single mother all her life but after a car accident, Shelby's mother steals her away from the hospital, revealing that Shelby's father is not dead, but rather a violent man who promised to hunt them down.

New in December 2014

Slump by Kevin Waltman (D-Bow's High School Hoops, book 2)
Derrick "D-Bow" Bowman thought sophomore year would be easier, but his girlfriend Jasmine leaves him for putting too much focus on basketball, the jump shot he worked on all summer is not working, and his father has an accident, forcing Derrick to accept that Basketball cannot be his only priority.

Knockout Games by G. Neri
As a gang of urban teenagers known as the TKO Club makes random attacks on bystanders, Erica, who is dating the gang leader, wrestles with her dark side and "good kid" identity.

Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters
At high school beginning in 1989, shy, intelligent Triinu comes to realize that she is a lesbian--and in love--just as her home state of Oregon is debating Measure 9, which would allow descrimiination against gay people.

Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
"When Patson's family moves to [the] Marange region of Zimbabwe, he begins working in the mines, searching for blood diamonds, until government soldiers arrive and Patson is forced to journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister and a better life."--Provided by publisher.

For Real by Alison Cherry
When shy, intelligent, eighteen-year-old Claire convinces her beautiful, popular sister Miranda to team up and compete against Miranda's cheating ex-boyfriend on a reality television show, Claire is the one to capture a fellow contestant's attention.

Top Ten clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
The Day before Christmas, money goes missing from a donation box at the GoodFoods Market and Chloe and her five teenage coworkers, held in the break room until the police arrive, try to identify the real thief.


New in November 2014

Althea &Oliver by Cristina Moracho
"Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome."--Provided by publisher.


New in October 2014

Unfriended by Rachel Vail
When middle-schooler Truly is invited to sit at the Popular Table, she finds herself caught in a web of lies and misunderstandings, made inescapable by the hyper-connected social media world"--Provided by publisher.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
"A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah"-- Provided by publisher.

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
"Seventeen-year-old Charlotte  Ryder, a girl from a working class family whose talent for the arts has gained her entry into the exclusive St. Anne's school, is drawn into the circle of the larger-than-life Julia Buchanan, a former senator's daughter"--Provided by publisher.

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially the poetry that helps forge her identity.

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
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.

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
"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"--Provided by publisher.

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
"When a radical band of teen activists claim that Alix's powerful father covers up wrongdoing by corporations that knowingly allow innocent victims to die in order to make enormous profits from unsafe products, she must decide if she will blow the whistle on his misdeeds"-- Provided by publisher.

The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont
"Fifteen year old Wren has fallen in love with the most sought after boy in school, but his secret will both bring them together, and keep them apart."-- Provided by publisher.

The Good Sister by Jamie Kain
When teenaged Sarah dies in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her two sisters into a tailspin of grief and confusion, Sarah wakes up in the afterlife and must piece together how she got there.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Jam Gallahue, fifteen, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.

Paper Airplanes by Dawn O'Porter
The story of the strong bond of friendship between two fifteen year-old schoolgirls in Guernsey in the mid-1990s, who became friends through their shared loneliness and dysfunctional families, despite their differences in personality and ambitions.

Yolo by Lauren Myracle (Sequel to: Ttfn)
Through "instant messages," chronicles the struggles best friends Maddie, Angela, and Zoe face during their freshman year in college, each of them in a different state, two wondering if their romantic relationships will last, and one determining that roller derby is the key to keeping the trio close.