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Life debt

Wendig, Chuck, author.

FIC WENDIG

In the aftermath of the destruction of the second Death Star and the defeat of the Emperor and Darth Vader, Han Solo and Chewbacca set out to liberate the Wookiee's homeworld of Kashyyyk. Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue the Empire's remaining leadership across the galaxy, bringing them to justice. Wexley abandons her official mission when she receives news that Chewie has been captured and Han has disappeared. Norra and her crew race toward the Millennium Falcon's last known location, but they can't anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them -- or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.

Suggested by Rickey @ the Granite Falls Library

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Star Wars, the new republic. Volume 1

Zahn, Timothy.

TEEN ZAHN

After the events of Return of the Jedi, Emperor Palpatine is dead - but can his faithful Hand, Mara Jade, complete her final mission of revenge? Replica droid assassin Guri has also lost her master.but as she struggles for humanity, her android brain makes her a target!

Suggested by Rickey @ the Granite Falls Library

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Star Wars, the Rebellion. Volume 1

Alden, Paul, author.

TEEN ALDEN

When Death Star falls, what will happen to the galaxy? Find out in this collection of tales set in the immediate aftermath of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope! Stinging from defeat, Darth Vader is consumed with tracking down the Force-strong pilot who destroyed his battle station. With the Rebellion emboldened, Princess Leia leads a stealth squadron, Han Solo and Chewbacca face off against bounty hunter Boba Fett, and Luke and Wedge Antilles infiltrate an Imperial Destroyer.

Suggested by Rickey @ the Granite Falls Library

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Orbiting Jupiter

Schmidt, Gary D., author.

TEEN SCHMIDT

Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

Suggested by Jillian @ the Lake Stevens Library

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The bitter side of sweet

Sullivan, Tara, author.

TEEN SULLIVA

Kept as forced labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother Seydou had given up hope, until a young girl arrives at the camp who rekindles the urge to escape.

Suggested by Jillian @ the Lake Stevens Library

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Peas and carrots

Davis, Tanita S., author.

TEEN DAVIS

After her mother is arrested, fifteen-year-old Dess is sent to live with the foster family that took in her baby brother several years before, and although she and her new foster sister, Hope, clash immediately, they soon realize they have much in common.

Suggested by Jillian @ the Lake Stevens Library

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It's all your fault

Rudnick, Paul, author.

TEEN RUDNICK

Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Singleberry is a proper Christian teenager and member of a family singing group, but today she has been given a truly impossible assignment--keep her cousin Heller Harrigan, Hollywood wild child, out of trouble for the last weekend before her first big movie debuts.

Suggested by Jillian @ the Lake Stevens Library

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Unbecoming

Downham, Jenny, author.

TEEN DOWNHAM

Life has just become very complicated for seventeen-year-old Katie; her father walked out a year ago, her mother is stressed out, her brother is a "special needs" teenager, and she is caring for the maternal grandmother she has never met, who is suffering from Alzheimer's--and Katie has a secret of her own that she cannot reveal.

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Lottery boy

Byrne, Michael, author.

TEEN BYRNE

Bully, an orphan living on the streets of London, races to cash in a winning lottery ticket while ruthless hoodlums track him down, desperate for the ticket themselves.

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"All the real Indians died off" : and 20 other myths about Native Americans

Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939- author.

970.0049 DUNBAR

In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as: "Columbus Discovered America," "Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims," "Indians Were Savage and Warlike," "Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians," "The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide," "Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans," "Most Indians Are on Government Welfare," "Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich," and "Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol." Each chapter deftly shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance. Accessibly written and revelatory, "All the Real Indians Died Off" challenges readers to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history.

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Your presidential fantasy dream team

O'Brien, Daniel.

TEEN 352.238 OBRIEN

Draft your own presidential fantasy team, based on these hilarious-but-true profiles of our past leaders. What if a zombie apocalypse or a robot uprising threatened the nation and you had the power to recruit some of the nation's finest presidents to help save the day? By studying the most successful squads in history, Daniel O'Brien has identified the perfect ingredients for a victorious team. Which president would you choose for: the Brain, the Brawn, the Moral Compass, the Loose Cannon, and the Roosevelt? Choose wisely--the fate of the world is in your hands!

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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The last boy and girl in the world

Vivian, Siobhan, author.

TEEN VIVIAN

If her town is to be evacuated due to flooding, high school senior and class clown Keeley wants to cheer up her friends and pursue her big crush.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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Hercufleas

Gayton, Sam, author.

J GAYTON

To protect her village from a giant, Greta recruits a champion: Hercufleas! He may be tiny, but this young flea is certain he's destined for greatness. Being a hero is harder than it seems, though, and Hercufleas and Greta face unexpected choices—-and consequences—-in their desperate attempts to save the village, and each other. Big heroes come in small packages in a superbly imagined tale that is part comedic adventure, part poignant coming-of-age epic, and wholly original.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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Still life with tornado

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970- author.

TEEN KING

A talented 16-year-old artist slowly discovers the history of domestic violence behind why her brother left the family years earlier and why she suddenly cannot make art.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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The outliers

McCreight, Kimberly, author.

TEEN MCCREIG

It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn't heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn't matter. Cassie's in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself. This time it's different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn't feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him. But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn't Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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Two across : a novel

Bartsch, Jeffrey, author.

FIC BARTSCH

Stanley and Vera, academically precocious but awkward teenagers, form a bond when they tie for first place in the National Spelling Bee. Though their mothers have big plans for them-Stanley will become a senator, Vera a mathematics professor-neither wants to follow these pre-determined paths. So Stanley hatches a plan to marry Vera in a sham wedding for the financial freedom to pursue his one true love: crossword puzzle construction. In enlisting Vera to marry him, he neglects one variable: she's secretly in love with him, a fact that dooms his plan to disaster. Once he's lost her, Stanley tries to atone for his mistakes and win her back using coded messages in crossword puzzles-but can he find her again before it's too late?

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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Hello, cruel world : 101 alternatives to suicide for teens, freaks, and other outlaws

Bornstein, Kate, 1948- author.

eBOOK OVERDRI

Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival in an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to life for those who want to stay on the edge, but alive. Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturize!), to the irreverent (shatter some family values), to the highly controversial. Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don't be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life. Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate Bornstein is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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Heartless

Meyer, Marissa, author.

TEEN MEYER

In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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The unofficial guide to crafting the world of Harry Potter : 30 magical crafts for witches and wizards -- from pencil wands to house colors tie-dye shirts

Harrington, Jamie, author.

J 745.5 HARRING

You won't need alchemy or a magic wand to make these magical projects inspired by the world of Harry Potter. With a little Hogwarts creativity and the step-by-step guidance of this book, you'll be able to transfigurate simple supplies and things around the house into everything from Remembrall Rings to Butterbeer Lip Balm to Nargles for your front lawn. You'll be as busy as Mrs. Weasley knitting her Christmas sweaters as you dive into dozens of Potterific projects. Relive the excitement of Harry's adventures with these genius crafts. Drop some homemade Pgymy Puff Bath Fizzies into the tub and pretend you're Moaning Myrtle. Keep memories of the Quidditch pitch close with your very own Golden Snitch Necklace. Or show off the Sorting Hat's selection with a House Colors Tie-Dye Shirt.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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The Nameless City

Hicks, Faith Erin, author, illustrator.

J HICKS

Every time it is invaded the City gets a new name, but to the natives in is the Nameless City, and they survive by not letting themselves get involved--but now the fate of the City rests in the hands of Rat, a native, and Kaidu, one of the Dao, the latest occupiers, and the two must somehow work together if the City is to survive.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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Bookishly ever after

Bandeira, Isabel, author.

TEEN BANDEIR

When sixteen-year-old Phoebe learns that a cute guy might have a crush on her, she uses the heroines in her favorite books as examples of how to improve her own personality.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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Compass south

Larson, Hope, author.

J LARSON

After escaping the Black Hook Gang in 1860 New York City, twelve-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra flee to New Orleans, become separated, and try to find each other in San Francisco, while being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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The feminist utopia project : fifty-seven visions of a wildly better future

305.42 FEMINIS

In this groundbreaking collection, more than fifty cutting-edge voices, including Melissa Harris-Perry, Janet Mock, Sheila Heti, and Mia McKenzie, invite us to imagine a truly feminist world. An abortion provider reinvents birth control, Sheila Bapat envisions an economy that values domestic work, a teenage rock band dreams up a new way to make music, Katherine Cross rewrites the Constitution, and Maya Dusenbery resets the standard for good sex. Combining essays, interviews, poetry, illustrations, and short stories, The Feminist Utopia Project challenges the status quo that accepts inequality and violence as a given--and inspires us to demand a radically better future.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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The last execution

Wung-Sung, Jesper, 1971- author.

TEEN WUNG SU

Based on the true story of the last execution in Denmark's history, this novel asks a question that plagues a small Danish town in 1853: does a fifteen-year-old boy deserve to be put to death?

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library

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Dan versus nature

Calame, Don, author.

TEEN CALAME

Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl and looking out for his mom as she dates every man in the state of California. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she's sending her "two favorite men" on a survivalist camping trip to "bond." Determined to trick Hank into showing his true -- flawed -- colors on the trip, Dan and his nerdy germaphobe best friend, Charlie, prepare a series of increasingly gross and embarrassing pranks. But the boys hadn't counted on a hot girl joining their trip or on getting separated from their wilderness guide--not to mention the humiliating injuries Dan suffers in the course of terrorizing his stepdad-to-be. With a man-hungry bear on their trail, no supplies, and a lot of unpleasant itching going on, can Dan see his plan through now that his very survival depends on Hank?

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