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Someone Else’s Shoes

Twelve-year-old Izzy is a budding comedian, but her own life is nothing to laugh about. After her parents divorced, her father moved to Boston and remarried–and now they’re having a baby. Her mother is dating Izzy’s dentist, Dr. Gustino, whose … Continue reading

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Saturdays with Hitchcock

Twelve-year-old Maisie and her best friend Cyrus love going to classic old movies and also making their own films with the video camera Maisie got from her beloved Uncle Walt.

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Hard Love

John, untouchable since his parents’ divorce six years ago, and Marisol, who’s recently come out as a lesbian, meet through their interest in writing zines, personal homemade magazines into which they pour their life stories. Reviews “The awkwardness of awakening … Continue reading

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This Means War!

Juliet had hardly spoken to Lowell in weeks, or maybe he was the one who hadn’t spoken to her. Whichever way it was, she didn’t like it. So on Friday afternoon, even though she could see that Lowell was with … Continue reading

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Parrotfish

When Angela cuts off her hair, changes her name to Grady, and begins to live as a boy, her family and friends have trouble accepting the change. Reviews “I loved this book. It is tender, warm, sweet, funny, authentic, and … Continue reading

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Blind Faith

Liz tries to puzzle out her own beliefs after the death of her grandmother and her mother’s sudden interest in Spiritualism. A new neighbor, dealing with his own trauma, complicates the picture. Reviews “Wittlinger creates a full-bodied book with more … Continue reading

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Sandpiper

Sandpiper meets the mysterious boy everyone calls The Walker at a low point in both their lives, but things will get worse before they get better. Reviews “Wittlinger is at her best with this latest offering that tells an edgy … Continue reading

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Heart on My Sleeve

Chloe and Julian meet one spring weekend, then communicate by email, IMs, letters and postcards to each other and to friends and family until they meet again in August. Reviews “The author builds upon an enticing premise–the “strange changes that … Continue reading

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ZigZag

After Robin’s boyfriend leaves Iowa for the summer, she’s persuaded to accompany her mourning aunt and two out-of-control cousins on a meandering car trip to Los Angeles. Reviews “Believably needy and immature at the novel’s outset, Robin serves as an … Continue reading

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The Long Night of Leo and Bree

On the anniversary of his sister’s brutal murder, Leo is driven to the edge of sanity. He kidnaps Bree and holds her hostage for a long night of revelations. Reviews “Told from alternating points of view, this intense narrative reveals … Continue reading

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