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Realistic Fiction March 2015

Biggie by Derek E. Sullivan

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New in March 2015

Biggie by Derek E. Sullivan
Henry "Biggie" Abbott has hidden behind his weight for years, and although he is the son and stepson of two of Finch, Minnesota's most famous athletes, he prefers academic success until the girl of his dreams suggests he join the baseball team, and, with his stepbrother's help, he discovers he is a great pitcher.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
The lives of four high school seniors intersect weeks before a meteor is set to pass through Earth's orbit, with a 66.6% chance of striking and destroying all life on the planet.

The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond
Coming of age in the shadow of northern England's shipyards, young Dominic is torn between the extremes of his shipbuilder family's lifestyle, a complex bully to whom he finds himself irresistibly drawn, and the tightrope-walking girl he loves.

Infandous by Elana K. Arnold
Seventeen-year-old Sephora, a surfer and artist who loves fairy tales and mythology, struggles with a secret so horrible she cannot speak it aloud, especially not to her beautiful, single mother, although they have always been unusually close.

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems, a street person since leaving his wealthy father's home, is kidnapped and taken to an underground bunker where he's soon joined by five others, ranging in age from nine to seventy, who are alternately cared for and tortured by their unseen captor.

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kate Quinn meets the father she did not know she had, joins his presidential campaign, falls for a rebellious boy, and when what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign's talking points, Kate must decide what is best.

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
"Larger-than-life Tiny Cooper finally gets to tell his story, from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends, in the form of a musical he wrote."--Provided by publisher.

Everybody Knows Your Name by Andrea Seigel and Brent Bradshaw
"Teenagers Magnolia and Ford unexpectedly fall love as they share a mansion in the Hollywood Hills and compete on a  reality TV singing competition"--Provided by publisher.

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
The story of Ariel, a Middle Eastern refugee who lives with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber, the dairies of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century, and a depressed, bionic reincarnated crow.

Game Seven by Paul Volponi
"A sixteen-year-old shortstop in Cuba who dreams of playing with the pros must choose between his country and his father who defected to the U.S."--Provided by publisher.

The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
Aaron Rowe's new job at a funeral parlor may be his salvation from sleepwalking, dreams he cannot explain, and memories he cannot recover, but if he does not discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.

Seed by Lisa Heathfield
When a new boy comes to Pearl's commune, the only home she has ever known, he makes her question all she has been told about her sheltered, heavily controlled life.


Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles
Ten people whose behaviors belie their feelings and motivations tell their stories as their lives briefly touch.

Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash
Alys, a Plaineville, Wisconsin, junior who dreams of studying violin at Julliard, must deal with the aftermath of a tragic high school shooting in which her older brother, Luke, was the shooter.

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow
Life threatening cancer brings Francis and Amber together. But Francis's recovery is taking a different path from Amber's. He's actually getting better. And although he knew who he was before cancer, before Amber, now he has no idea how to live--or how to let go.

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes
Sophomore Hallie Calhoun, her former friend Jonah, and her new friend Rachel leave a church youth group hike in the Great Smoky Mountains and become lost for five days, struggling to survive as Hallie finally speaks about the incident that made her a social pariah and Jonah admits why it hurt him so much.

Breakout by Kevin Emerson
Fourteen-year-old eighth-grader Anthony Castillo uses "f-bombs" om the angst-ridden song he writes for his rock band, the Rusty Soles, and while it becomes an instant vireal hit, he must decide if being a hero is worth the trouble that singing it on Arts Night would cause.

Down from the Mountain by Elizabeth Fixmer
"Fourteen year-old Eva tries to be a good disciple of Righteous Path, a polygamy cult in Colorado, but her forays into the 'heathen world' cause her to question all she knows"--Provided by publisher.

When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Stirling
After her father dies, leaving sixteen-year-old Lacy with her much-loved stepmother, Lacy's birth mother suddenly shows up wanting Lacy back--and she will stop at nothing, not even dark magic, to control her daughter and draw her into her own twisted life.

Disappear Home by Laura Hurwitz
In 1970, fourteen-year-old Shoshanna, six-year-old Mara, and their mother escape from Sweet Earth Farm, a declining commune run by their tyrannical and abusive father, but after finding peace and stability at Avery Elliot's farm, their mother's crippling depression returns.

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Auditioning for a New York City performing arts high school could help Etta escape from her Nebraska all-girls school, where she is not gay enough for her former friends, not sick enough for her eating disorders group,and not thin enough for ballet,but it may also mean real friendships.


New in February 2015

This Side of Home by Renee Watson
Twins Nikki and Maya Younger always agreed on most things, but as they head into their senior year they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new white family that moves in after their best friend and her mother are evicted.

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
Elizabeth Davis and Emily Delgado seem to have little in common except Mr. Diaz's English class and the solace they find in the words of Emily Dickinson, but both are struggling to cope with monumental secrets and tumultuous emotions that will lead one to attempt suicide.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
"Seventeen-year-old Aysel's hobby--planning her own death--take a new path when she meets a boy who has similar plan of his own"--Provided by publisher.

Burning Nation by Trent Reedy (Sequel to Divided We Fall)
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.