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Ruin and Rising (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780805094619
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 6/2014
I got to read this before it's publication date, because I couldn't wait. And it did not disappoint. An incredibly satisfying ending to a terrific series. It's like Avatar the Last Airbender meets The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments. I can't wait to see what Leigh Bardugo does next.

Tease (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062305305
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 4/2014
A girl commits suicide and 5 of classmates are being tried for murder. This is not an easy book to read. There are a lot of mean people doing a lot of mean things, but I still needed to know what was going to happen. Every once in a while you get a glimpse of some of the reasons people turn into bullies, and it offers a glimmer of understanding.

ISBN-13: 9780439650762
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks, 5/2005
This series just gets better with every book. The first series by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) and, in my opinion, her best. This series enthralled me as a kid and I still love it today. It's an urban, modern, Alice in Wonderland.

Grasshopper Jungle (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780525426035
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 2/2014
This book is utterly crazy and totally down to earth at the same time. Giant praying mantisses are taking over, and a boy is struggling with his feelings over his two best friends. Amazing.

ISBN-13: 9781408111079
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Published: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 9/2009
The second play in Martin McDonagh’s dramatic trilogy, it is a wildly funny and gruesome portrayal of an Irish terrorist who is numb to the feelings of his victims, but yet completely attached to and sentimental about his pet cat.