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Teens: Summer reading recommendations - San Jose Mercury News

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Teens: Summer reading recommendationsSan Jose Mercury NewsSummer's just getting started, but if your to-be-read pile is getting light, the Life in Perspective teen board has some book recommendations to keep your summer bright.
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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker | The Book Place | Scoop.it

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of.

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The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

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The official home page of Westley Moore and home page for the book The Other Wes Moore...
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | The Book Place | Scoop.it

From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.

Listen to an NPR Interview with Ishiguro:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4629918

 

 

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The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

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In the not-too-distant future, in a place called Satellite City, thirteen-year-old Cosmo Hill is unfortunate enough to come into the world unwanted by his parents. And so, as are all orphaned boys his age, Cosmo is dipped in a vaccine vat and sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys — freight class.

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Perfect Peace by Daniel Black

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The heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family’s attempt to grapple with their mother’s desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns...
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Fifth Born by Zelda Lockhart

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When Odessa Blackburn is three years old, she sees her grandmother for the last time, and so begins her story as the fifth born of eight children in a troubled family. Molested by her father, Odessa is also the sole witness to a murder he commits. Her mother guards both secrets and joins her husband in ostracizing their fifth born from the rest of her siblings.

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The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips

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"Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Her ten children are mostly light, too. Everyone in the small Georgia town in which she lives knows that they have different fathers.
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This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti

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Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The physical world meets the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evil.
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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

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A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier by Ishmael Beah

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A gripping story of a child’s journey through hell and back.
There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s, in more than fifty conflicts around the world. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. He is one of the first to tell his story in his own words.
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Wicked: The life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Wicked: The life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire | The Book Place | Scoop.it
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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In Eowyn Ivey's magical debut novel The Snow Child, a couple creates a child out of snow. When she appears on their doorstep as a little girl, wild and secretive, their lives are changed forever.

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NPR - Summer Books 2012

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Need some cool reads for hot days? Find recommendations for fiction, non-fiction, mystery, memoirs, cookbooks and more. Here are all of NPR's summer book recommendations in one place!
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The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson

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The Devil in the White City, Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson...
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine #1)

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

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Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze.
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I am Number Four - Book I of the Lorien Legacy by Pittacus Lore

I am Number Four - Book I of the Lorien Legacy by Pittacus Lore | The Book Place | Scoop.it
The official home of The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore from the thrilling Sci-Fi adventure series, The Lorien Legacies, following 6 alien teens stranded on Earth as they try to outrun their past, escape mortal enemies the Mogadorians, pray their...
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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

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Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for "a reliable wife." But when Catherine Land steps off the train...
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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves' garden do not bloom. Pecola's life does change- in painful, devastating ways.

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Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

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A riveting memoir of a girl’s painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.

A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair.

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

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Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers--Leah, Rachel,

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Little Bee by Chris Cleave

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On a beach in Nigeria, the lives of Little Bee, a teenager from a small village, and Sarah O'Rourke, editor of a posh British women's magazine, are brought into brutal conjunction. Little Bee and her older sister have the misfortune to live on valuable Nigerian oil deposits, for which their family pays a deadly price. Sarah and her husband, heedless tourists out for a walk in the sand, are confronted in an instant with a choice: Save the girls at great personal cost or ignore them.

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Letters My Mother Never Read by Jerri Sueck

Letters My Mother Never Read by Jerri Sueck | The Book Place | Scoop.it

When her mother died in a fire, eight-year-old Jerri thought life couldn’t get worse. She was wrong. Sent to live with people who didn’t want her, Jerri was powerless to stop her once-happy childhood from becoming a nightmare of cruelty and neglect.

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Digging to America by Anne Tyler

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Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport — the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam's fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian American wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate with an "arrival party," an event that is repeated every year as the two families become more deeply intertwined.

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