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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Bill Swan
Publisher: Lorimer (2012, Sep 1st).
At fourteen, Steve Truscott was a typical teenager in rural Ontario in the fifties, mainly concerned about going fishing, playing football, and racing bikes with his friends. One summer evening, his twelve-year-old classmate, Lynne Harper, asked for a lift to the nearby highway on his bicycle and Steve agreed. Unfortunately, that made Steve the last person known to see Lynne alive. His world collapsed around him when he was arrested and then convicted of killing Lynne Harper. The penalty at the time was death by hanging. Although the sentence was changed to life in prison, Steve suffered for years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. When his case gained national attention, the Supreme Court of Canada reviewed the evidence -- and confirmed his conviction. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Ben Bernstein Ph.D.
Publisher: Familius (2013, May 1st).
The world’s teenagers have never been so challenged as they are today. The constant demands of parents, school, work, peers, social media, athletics, music. . . has created a generation who, while tremendously capable, are also tremendously stressed. Today’s teens are expected to not only do it all but to do it now. Having personally coached thousands of students over his years as an educator and a professional performance coach, Dr. Bernstein (Dr. B) understands and connects with today’s young adults. He knows they are intelligent, talented and full of creative energy and he uses his decades of experience in A Teen’s Guide to Success to help teen’s succeed. A Teen’s Guide to Success shares principles and skills that help teens discover their higher potential and learn how to be calm, confident and focused in whatever situation they find themselves. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Michaela MacColl
Publisher: Chronicle Books (2013, Apr 16th).
One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. "Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond. She's stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he's condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger. Exquisitely written and meticulously researched, this novel celebrates Emily Dickinson's intellect and spunk in a page-turner of a book that will excite fans of mystery, romance, and poetry alike. . moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Teen (2013, May 7th).
Dez Cross has problems. She's almost eighteen and on the verge of losing her mind thanks to the drug Denazen used to enhance her abilities. People close to her have turned their back on the underground and are now fighting for the wrong side. And then there's Kale... Things couldn't get any worse. Until of course, they do. Denazen is about to start a new trial--this one called Domination--and it works. But that means out with the old and in with the new. The order has been given to terminate all remnants of the second trial--including Dez. The good news is that there's a survivor from the original trial. A woman who's blood may hold the cure for the second generation of Supremacy kid's defect. But the underground Sixes aren't the only ones who know about her. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: M. Doty
Publisher: Poppy (2013, May 21st).
High school is the time to shine.Tired of playing sidekick to her superstar-athlete best friend, Kimi Chen has decided it's time to step into the spotlight and snag her own place at the coveted center table of the cafeteria. When her low-budget music video hits the Web and goes viral, forget about being just popular -- Kimi is famous! Boys want to date her, girls want to be her, and she is even asked to perform on her favorite TV show. After years of feeling stranded on the bottom rung of the social ladder, Kimi finds that things are finally looking up.But when fame gets in the way of her friendships, Kimi's celebrity begins to lose some of its sparkle. Being a star, it turns out, may be more than she bargained for.Discover the high price of fame and stardom in this second novel in the Surviving High School series, based on the hit mobile game from Electronic Arts. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Geoff Herbach
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (2013, May 1st).
"Deep, moving, LOL funny, and completely original."—School Library Journal on Nothing Special Felton Reinstein has never been good with stress. Which is why he's seriously freaking out. Revealing his college choice on national TV? It's a heart attack waiting to happen. Deciding on a major for the next four years of his life? Ridiculous. He barely even knows who he is outside of football. And so...he embarks on The Epic Quest to Be Meaningful. Which leads to: 1. Mentoring a freshman called Pig Boy 2. The state of Wisconsin hating him. 3. His track coach suspending him. 4. The funniest viral video the world has ever seen. 5. A whole new appreciation for his family, his friends, and what's really important in life. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Dave Cousins
Publisher: Flux (2013, May 8th).
Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it’s far from easy with his little brother who acts like a dog and their depressed alcoholic mother. If Laurence can win the luxury vacation in a local radio contest, he’s certain his mum will finally be happy again. Then one night she doesn’t come home from work, and Laurence must face the reality that she might not come back at all. Terrified that child services will separate him from his brother, Laurence does whatever he can to keep their mother’s disappearance a secret. For two weeks, he spins a web of complicated lies to friends, neighbors, and the authorities—even dressing up in his mother’s clothes to convince everyone she’s still around. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Prudence Shen
Publisher: First Second (2013, May 7th).
You wouldn’t expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, however unlikely—until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms—but not both. It's only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club's robot in a battlebot competition in a desperate bid for prize money. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving to illicitly enter a televised robot death match? Of course! In Faith Erin Hicks' and Prudence Shen's world of high school class warfare and robot death matches, Nothing can possibly go wrong. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Una LaMarche
Publisher: Razorbill (2013, May 16th).
Bittersweet, funny, and achingly honest, Five Summers is a story of friendship, love, and growing up that is perfect for fans of Ann Brashare's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Judy Blume's Summer Sisters. Four best friends, five summers of camp memories Emma, Skylar, Jo and Maddie have all come back to camp for a weekend of tipsy canoe trips to the island, midnight skinny dipping in the lake, and an epic game of capture the flag--boys versus girls. But the weekend isn't quite as sunwashed as they'd imagined as the memories come flooding back... The summer we were nine: Emma was branded Skylar’s friend Emma” by the infamous Adam Loring . . . The summer we were ten: Maddie realized she was too far into her lies to think about telling the truth . moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Margo Lanagan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (2013, May 14th).
Yellowcake brings together ten short stories from the extraordinarily talented Margo Lanagan--each of them fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking. The stories range from fantasy and fairy tale to horror and stark reality, and yet what pervades is the sense of humanity. The people of Lanagan's worlds face trials, temptations, and degradations. They swoon and suffer and even kill for love. In a dangerous world, they seek the solace and strength that comes from family and belonging. These are stories to be savored slowly and pondered deeply because they cut to the very heart of who we are. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability