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Everything Sad is Untrue

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 by Daniel Nayeri Genre:  Realistic Fiction Daniel, or Khosrou, is trying to tell his classmates a story.  His story.  But no ones believes what he is telling them and Daniel is having a hard time figuring out what to tell and how to explain.  How his classmates in Oklahoma see him, is not the way his family from Iran sees him.  How can he make them understand who he is and where he comes from?

Dragon Hoops

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 by Gene Luen Yang Genre:  Sports, Graphic Novel Gene Luen Yang is trying to keep his life in balance...teaching high school math, being a super husband and dad, and expanding his work as a comic book artist.  He is searching for the next topic of his book when the high school basketball team is poised to have their best season ever.  Gene has never particularily liked sports so why would he want to write a graphic novel about basketball?  As he begins to explore the team's history, he discovers that perhaps there are many lessons people could learn if he is able to write their story.

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

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 by Jennifer De Leon Genre:  Realistic Fiction Liliana Cruz has just been accepted into the METCO program which will allow her to leave her inner city school in Boston and attend Westburg High, the wealthier and whiter high school.  Liliana isn't prepared for the changes that she has to face, but she knows that her parents expect her to work hard and make choices that will help her future.  Liliana knows that her mother is hiding something about her father who has mysteriously disappeared, and when she learns the truth about what her parents have been hiding from her, it makes her all the more determined to get the best education she can.

Dear Justyce

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 by Nic Stone Genre:  Realistic Fiction Vernell, aka Quan, and Justyce, aka Jus, grew up less than a block apart.  They have a chance encounter one night in a park, but from that point on their lives go in drastically different directions.  Quan winds up behind bars while Jus graduates from high school and goes to college.  Jus decides to visit Quan when he is home and break and the two begin to correspond.  Quan eventually admits that he didn't commit the crime that he confessed to and Jus is determined to prove his friend's innocence.

Hope and Other Punch Lines

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 by Julie Buxbaum Genre:  Realistic Fiction Abbi Hope Goldstein thinks of herself as just a regular old teenager, but the world sees her as an iconic symbol of hope from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Abbi turned one the day the Twin Towers fell and the picture that was taken of her with her rescuer is known all over the world.  But Abbi just wants to be herself.  She signs up to work as a day camp counselor and is hoping that for once no one will recognize her.  On the first day, she meets Noah and he quickly figures out who she is.  Noah has a plan to find out what happened to the rest of the people in the photograph and wants Abbi to help him tell their stories.  Both Abbi and Noah have secrets they are keeping from each other and their families.  Will working together on this project help them better cope with the day that changed their lives forever?

They Went Left

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 by Monica Hesse Genre:  Historical Fiction When Zofia Lederman was liberated from the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, she had one goal:  do whatever it took to find her younger brother Abek.  She hasn't seen him in over 3 years, but their plan was if they got separated they would find their way back to their home in Poland.  Zofia returns to her apartment to find it empty and most of her family's things are gone and there is no sign that Abek has returned.  Zofia is determined to write letters and visit as many of the displaced persons camps as she can.  She has to find Abek so that she can begin to live again.

Lupe Wong Won't Dance

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 by Donna Barba Higuera Genre:  Realistic Fiction Lupe Wong loves baseball and her uncle has promised her that she can meet her favorite pitcher if she can get all As.  The only class she is worried about is P.E. because the next unit is square dancing!  Lupe thinks square dancing is ridiculously outdated and that it should be removed from the curriculum.  Lupe tries several times to get the school to rule out square dancing, but ultimately she figures out that the best way to win is to be the best square dancer of all time.  When Lupe sets her mind to something...watch out!