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Gentle Reads

Young Adult Gentle Reads
The Alchemyst
by Michael Scott

When the legend that Nicholas Flamel lives due to his ability to make the elixir for life is discovered to be true, Dr. John Dee begins his plot to steal the Book of Abraham the Mage from him in order to rule the world, but knowing that they are the only ones with the power to stop him, Josh and Sophie quickly set their own plan in motion to do so.
by Gabrielle Zevin

After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live."
by Kenneth Oppel

Set in the early twentieth century in a world where the airplane hasn't been invented, a young boy takes to the skies aboard an airship where he plays an important role in fierce battles that are fought high in the sky.
Shark Girl
by Kelly L. Bingham

After losing her arm in a shark attack, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.
Okay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt

While Doug struggles to be more than the thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, as they explore Audubon's art
Dairy Queen
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
Heist Society
by Ally Carter

When Katarina's father, the patriarch of a thieving family, is the only suspect in the theft of a mobster's art collection, Kat must re-enter "the life" and steal back the paintings with her teenage crew before the Mafia catches up with her dad. .
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
by David Lubar

Dealing with bullies, the separation of old friends, and unsuccessful romances as a high school student, Scott decides to write a journal for his younger sibling in order to give him a helpful guide for surviving all the dramas, struggles, and issues he will be forced to face when he gets put into the game.
by Wendelin Van Draanen

From their first meeting in second grade through seventh grade, a young girl pursues her sweetheart, Bryce, but everything turns upside down the following year, when Bryce becomes the pursuer and she finally starts losing interest.
Surviving the Applewhites
by Stephanie S. Tolan

Having been thrown out of every school in his home state, Jake Semple arrives at the Creative Academy, a special school run by an unusual and outspoken family, where he is soon befriended by a girl who helps him cope with the wackiness of his new surroundings.
Double Identity
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

After suddenly being taken to live in a new town with an aunt she never met, Bethany Cole looks into her family's dark past, discovers that she is a clone of an older sister who died years ago, and is now being hunted by a dangerous person whose mission is yet unknown.
by Sharon Creech

When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, thirteen-year-old Dinnie Doone is suddenly surrounded by different cultures, languages, and beliefs.
All-American Girl
by Meg Cabot

After happening upon a situation where she ends up playing an important role in saving the president's life, Samantha Madison's simple life is turned upside-down as she soon becomes a major news story, gets an appointment to the U.N., and discovers that the president's son has a crush on her.
The Penderwicks : A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, And a Very Interesting Boy
by Jeanne Birdsall

While visiting the estate of Arundel during their summer holiday, the Penderwick girls bask in the lush and beautiful environment where they explore a treasure-filled attic, play in a wondrous garden, dine on tasty homemade cookies, and make a new friend with the handsome owner’s son.
Hope Was Here
by Joan Bauer

When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.
The Bridesmaid
by Hailey Abbott

Working in the family business as an assistant to numerous weddings, Abby is certain that marriage, or anything associated with it, is not for her, yet when her sister declares that she is getting married and wants Abby as her maid of honor, Abby must find the strength to get through yet another social fiasco just waiting to happen!