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C. Paolini

In this Eragon series finale, the young dragon rider Eragon must finally confront the evil king Galbatorix to free Alagaesia from his rule once and for all.

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David Patneaude

Epitaph Road
In 2097, men are a small and controlled minority in a utopian world ruled by women. Fourteen-year-old Kellen must fight to save his father from an outbreak of the virus that killed 97 percent of the adult male population 36 years earlier. This is a strange, scary look at the future.

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James Patterson

Witch and Wizard
For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents and put into a secret prison, where they discover they have incredible powers. This is the first in a new series. Continue the story with The Gift, book two in the series.

The Fire
In book three of the Witch and Wizard series, Whit and Wisty Allgood lead the resistance against a totalitarian regime that banned all forms of creativity and executed their parents, but even the growing strength of the siblings' magic has not been able to stop the imminent showdown.

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Gary Paulsen

Alida's Song
A 14-year-old boy who has been neglected by his parents spends the summer with his grandmother, who cooks for two elderly men. This is a book that makes you appreciate having someone in your life that loves you for you.

This is the story of four inpiduals: an Indian girl, an illegal alien, a daughter of sheep rancher and a rising rock star. With a backdrop of war, the story reveals how their lives are intertwined but do not intersect.

The Transall Saga
While backpacking in the desert, 13-year-old Mark falls into a tube of blue light and is transported into a more primitive world, where he has to use his skills to survive.

Woods Runner
From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, 13-year-old Samuel, a skilled tracker and hunter, sets out for New York City to rescue his parents from a band of British soldiers. Readers who like hunting or history will love this book.

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Marlene Perez

Dead Is the New Black
Daisy Giordano, a daughter and sister of psychics, is a "norm" with no special talents. In this humorous story, Daisy tries to help her family discover who is behind bizarre attacks on teenage girls in the town of Nightshade, which is inhabited by werewolves, vampires and other monsters.

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Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid
Since his mother's death six years ago, Carter Kane has been traveling the globe with his father, while his sister, Sadie has been living with her grandparents. Carter's father decides to make everything right but everything goes horribly wrong.

The Son of Neptune
In book two of the Lost Hero series, Demigod Percy Jackson, with no memory, and his new friends from Camp Jupiter go on a quest to free Death. However, their bigger task is to unite the Greek and Roman camps so that the prophecy of seven can be fulfilled.

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S.L. Rottman

Head Above Water
Skye, a high school junior, competitive swimmer and sister to 18-year-old Down syndrome brother Sunny, finds herself overwhelmed with school, family obligations and a new boyfriend.

After growing up with an abusive mother and a father who doesn't care about him, Sean gets in trouble and is sentenced to community service at an old man's farm. The old man teaches Sean that you are not the sum of your family but what you make of the life that is given to you. 

Out of the Blue
Fifteen-year-old Stu Ballentyne has just moved to Minot, North Dakota with his mom, who is the new base commander. Immediately, he finds out something terrible is going on next door. Will he be able to handle it?

Rough Waters
After their parents' death in an automobile accident, two teenage brothers, Gregg and Scott, are sent to Colorado to live with an uncle they have never met.

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Michael Scott

The Alchemyst
The story begins with the legend of Nicholas Flamel, who is alive only because of a drink that gives both him and his wife Perenelle eternal life. Nicholas and Perenelle believe they have the legendary twins that can save the world. This is the first book in a series.

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Ruth Minsky Sender

The Cage
A teenage girl recounts the suffering and persecution of her family under the Nazis: in a  Polish ghetto, during deportation and in a concentration camp. This is an excellent book about a Jewish family's struggle to survive.

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Nicholas Sparks

The Best of Me
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love seemed to defy the odds. Now, 25 years later, they are back in their hometown for the funeral of their best friend, Tuck Hostetler.

The Last Song
Seventeen-year-old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life turned upside down when her parents porced. Now, her mother forces her to leave New York and her friends to go to North Carolina for the summer to stay with her dad, whom she has never forgiven.

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Michael Spradlin

The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail
Raised by monks, the orphan Tristan finds his life changed overnight when a group of Knights Templar visits his humble abbey. While they are there, he is almost killed by one knight and recruited to be a squire by another. This is the beginning of a trilogy.

The Youngest Templar: Trail of Fate
In the Middle Ages, young squire Tristan, king's archer Robard, and Muslim assassin Maryann work together to protect the Holy Grail as they travel across France toward England. Their journey takes them to the Cather fortress of Monstegur.

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Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels
Sixteen-year-old Dru Anderson changes schools every couple of weeks because her dad hunts things that go bump in the night. When her dad disappears, Dru is befriended by Graves, another lonely teenager who lives in back rooms around the mall.

In book five of the Strange Angels series, Dru Anderson has escaped with her life, but she's not out of the woods yet. She's on the lam in a stolen car with her best friend Graves riding shotgun, and a broken Wulf named Ash curled in the backseat.

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Maggie Stiefvater

In all the years that she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been drawn to a particular yellow-eyed wolf, who in turn has been watching her. This is an unusual story of love crossing unusual boundaries.

The saga of Grace and the yellow-eyed wolf Sam continues.

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Todd Strasser

Wish You Were Dead
Madison, a senior, tries to uncover who is responsible for the disappearance of her friends, popular students mentioned in the posts of an anonymous blogger. This is a scary page-turner that you won't put down.

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Vivian Vande Velde

All Hallows' Eve
This is a collection of short stories. One is about Marian, a car GPS that gives bad information. Another is about Morgan, a murderer of young boys. When he dies, his property is taken over by a farmer who makes its a haunted house for kids and adults. Maybe that isn't a good idea. 

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Nancy Werlin

The Killer's Cousin
After being acquitted for the murder of his girlfriend, 17-year-old David is forced to stay with his relatives in Massachusetts, where he finds a family fractured by the death of their oldest daughter. This is a good, suspenseful book.

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