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Prendergast, Gabrielle.
The frail days

Stella and her rock band must decide the direction the band should take, forcing them to consider what true musical collaboration means.

Phillips, Suzanne.
Chloe Doe

As former teen prostitute Chloe Doe reveals her family history to a psychiatrist, the battle of wits she wages with him turns into a life-changing experience for her.

Polak, Monique.
Learning the ropes

Mandy is accepted into the prestigious Montreal Circus College summer program, she feels that she is finally on her way to fulfilling her dreams, but when a veteran aerialist is killed in a fall, Mandy must confront the reality of circus life.

Kephart, Beth.
Dangerous neighbors

Set against the backdrop of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, Katherine cannot forgive herself when her beloved twin sister dies, and she feels that her only course of action is to follow suit.

McCormick, Patricia

While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.

Paulsen, Gary.
Woods runner

From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.

Springer, Kristina.
The Espressologist

While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.

Hunter, Bernice Thurman.
The girls they left behind

During World War II, a spunky teenager finds a way to contribute to the war effort while she waits for the boys in her life to come home.

Napoli, Donna Jo

In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child's feet so that she alone might marry well.