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10 granny squares : 30 bags : purses, totes, pouches, and carriers from favorite crochet motifs

Hubert, Margaret, author.

746.434 HUBERT

Granny square, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Cross a crocheter's passions for granny squares with a hearty craving for handbags, and the result is a must-have book packed with boundless possibilities. In this fun-filled "ode to the granny square," Margaret Hubert has designed bags, totes, pouches, purses, attachés, and carriers in all shapes and sizes. Crochet them exactly as they are or change the yarn color, fiber, or weight to create a variety of distinctive looks.

Suggested by Marta @ the Marysville Library


Brothers of the buffalo : a novel of the Red River War

Bruchac, Joseph, 1942- author.

TEEN BRUCHAC

In 1874, the U.S. Army sent troops to subdue and move the Native Americans of the southern plains to Indian reservations, and this chronicles the brief and brutal war that followed. Told from the viewpoint of two youths from opposite sides of the fight, this is a tale of conflict and unlikely friendship in the Wild West.

Suggested by Marta @ the Marysville Library


Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Vol. 1, BFF

Montclare, Brandon, author.

TEEN MONTCLA

Lunella Lafayette is an inhuman preteen genius who wants to change the world! That job would be a lot easier if she wasn't living in mortal fear of her latent inhuman gene. There's no telling what she'll turn into -- but Luna's got a plan. All she needs is an Omni-Wave Projector. Easy, right? That is, until a red-scaled beast is teleported from the prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call...today! Together they're the most Marvelous Team-Up of all -- the Inhuman Moon Girl and time-tossed Devil Dinosaur! But will they be BFFs forever, or just until DD's dinner time? And Lunella soon learns that there are other problems with having a titanic T. Rex as a pet in the modern-day Marvel Universe. School, for one. Monster hunters are another -- especially when they're the Totally Awesome Hulk! Then there's the fact that everyone's favorite dino didn't journey through time alone. Beware the prehistoric savages known as the Killer-Folk -- New York City's deadliest tourists! Can Lunella handle all this turmoil...and keep herself from transforming into an inhuman monster?

Suggested by Marta @ the Marysville Library


Ivory and Bone

Eshbaugh, Julie

Debut author Julie Eshbaugh's sweeping prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice—will enthrall readers with high-stakes survival, blinding betrayal, and star-crossed love. Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that's the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there's something more to Mya's cool disdain...a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya's past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he's trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn't know which—had been planning all along. With riveting action and illustrative prose that leaps from the page, newcomer Julie Eshbaugh will have readers mesmerized.

Suggested by Marta @ the Marysville Library


Kill the boy band

Moldavsky, Goldy, author.

TEEN MOLDAVS

Four fan-girls of The Ruperts, sneak away to a hotel in Manhattan to see their favorite boy band, but when one of them literally drags Rupert Pierpont to their room and they tie him up, things get complicated--and when Rupert is killed things go from bad to worse.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Meteor Men

Parker, Jeff, 1966- author.

TEEN PARKER

On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more - the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden keep humanity from oblivion? From writer Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Hulk) and artist Sandy Jarrell (Batman '66) comes this story of adolescence, friendship, and hard decisions.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Boys don't knit : (in public)

Easton, Tom (Children's fiction writer), author.

TEEN EASTON

After a brush with the law, Ben, a dyed-in-the-wool worrier, must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, an activity at which he excels but must try to keep secret from his friends, enemies, and sports-obsessed father.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Pride : celebrating diversity & community

Stevenson, Robin, 1968- author.

TEEN 306.766 STEVENS

This work of nonfiction for middle readers examines what -- and why -- gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters celebrate on Pride Day every June.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Arm candy : friendship bracelets to make and share

Strutt, Laura, 1979- author.

746.42 STRUTT

Simple to make and fun to wear, friendship bracelets are the perfect craft to make at home. They make lovely gifts--if you can bear to give them away!

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


All the bright places

Niven, Jennifer, author.

TEEN NIVEN

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering 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.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Swimming upstream : middle school poems

George, Kristine O'Connell.

J 811.54 GEORGE

A collection of poems capture the feelings and experiences of a girl in middle school.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Take it as a compliment

362.8809 TAKE IT

"I was fifteen." "I never saw him again." "They chanted after me, 'Oscar the Grouch, Oscar the Grouch." Bringing together the voices of males and females of all ages, the stories in this collective graphic memoir reflect real life experiences of sexual abuse, violence and harassment. Each experience is brought to life by Maria Stoian's exceptional artwork. Her unique and varied styles powerfully reflect the tone and mood of the different stories and in just a few pages express the complex emotions felt by victims of sexual abuse. Covering acts such as sexual violence, public sexual harassment, domestic abuse and child abuse, this is a reminder for survivors that they are not alone and a call for all of us to take action. The stories clearly show that assault of any type is not an honor bestowed on anyone. It is not a compliment.

Suggested by Sandra@ the Brier Library


99 problems : superstars have bad days, too

Graham, Ali, author, artist.

TEEN 741.5697 GRAHAM

Poor Superstar. All the money and fame in the world won't prevent him from having a bad hair day. Or stepping in gum. Or not being able to fit into skinny jeans, or watching helplessly as a scoop of ice cream falls from its cone. Or so an unnamed Superstar's life is imagined in this book. Inspired by but not based on Jay Zs monster hit 99 Problems, illustrator Ali Graham riffs on what might be the real problems afflicting a world-famous music mogul who also happens to be married to the foremost diva of our time.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library


Dead to you

McMann, Lisa.

TEEN MCMANN

Having been abducted at age seven, abandoned, a foster child, and homeless, Ethan, now sixteen, is happy to be home until his brother's suspicion and his own inability to remember something unspeakable from his early childhood begin to tear the family apart.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


If I was your girl

Russo, Meredith, author.

TEEN RUSSO

Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


It ain't so awful, falafel

Dumas, Firoozeh, author.

J DUMAS

Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


Raymie nightingale

DiCamillo, Kate, author.

J DICAMIL

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


Shelter dogs in a photo booth

Shuster, Guinnevere.

636.7 SHUSTER

Often seen as sad, rejected, and behind cold metal bars, it's no wonder people would avoid images of shelter dogs awaiting forever homes. From talented photographer (and now public figure and adoption champion) Guinnivere Shuster comes Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth, a guaranteed-to-make-you-smile photo book featuring shelter dogs in a brand-new light. Get ready to see the cutest canine portraits you've ever seen! The book features 100 dog photo booth style photographs, each accompanied by a short story about the dog's personality, how the dog ended up in the shelter, and the adoption date. A follow-up will conclude the book, with photos of some of them with their new families.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


Zodiac Starforce. By the power of Astra

Panetta, Kevin.

TEEN PANETTA

They're an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures. as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren't just combating math tests. They're also battling monsters--not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself--and the world--from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions! From Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors), this super-fun and heartfelt story of growing up and friendship--with plenty of magical-girl fighting action--delivers the most exciting new ensemble cast in comics! Collects Zodiac Starforce #1-#4.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


The Borden murders : Lizzie Borden & the trial of the century

Miller, Sarah Elizabeth, 1979- author.

TEEN 345.744 MILLER

Examines the Borden murders, using newspaper articles to recreate the events and the trial and acquittal of Lizzie Borden and exploring Lizzie's story to theorize on what may have happened.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


A tyranny of petticoats : 15 stories of belles, bank robbers & other badass girls

TEEN TYRANNY

Crisscross America -- on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains -- from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today's most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


Shadowshaper

Older, Daniel José, author.

TEEN OLDER

When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on--then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook and Overdrive eAudio.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


The porcupine of truth

Konigsberg, Bill, author.

TEEN KONIGSB

Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

Also available as an Overdrive eBook.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


Vivian Apple at the end of the world

Coyle, Katie.

TEEN 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"--

Also available as an Overdrive eBook and Overdrive eAudio.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


Willful machines

Floreen, Tim.

TEEN FLOREEN

In a near-future America, a sentient computer program named Charlotte has turned terrorist, but Lee Fisher, the closeted son of an ultraconservative President, is more concerned with keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his developing romance with Nico, the new guy at school, but when the spider-like robots that roam the school halls begin acting even stranger than usual, Lee realizes he is Charlotte's next target.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


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