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Shadow House by A.R. Silverberry

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  Set in New Earth Johari Hightower is sentenced to Elimination for a crime he did not commit. In order to try to prove his innocence, he escapes INTO the House, a place where everyone is forced to enter at some point, but only the purest come out (and their never allowed to speak about what happens inside). Johari believes if he can escape the house, then his innocence will be accepted. However, he could never have known the horrors he will have to endure. This book is wild, creepy, and fast paced. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Set for publication June 22, 2022, this would make an excellent summer read for all of my students-perhaps around a summer night campfire! I loved this book! -TK

Bardo by the Sea by Chad Alan Gibbs

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Izzy Brown thinks she's fortunate when she receives a scholarship to Bardo Academy even though she only earns it because her star quarterback brother received one first. Once she's there, she decides to research a decades old murder of the star quarterback. What she uncovers is a dangerous secret that goes to the roots of not only Bardo Academy, but the town as a whole. Will Izzy's search for the killer end in her family's ruin or even possibly cost her her own life?  This is a page turner for sure. I loved every page and the author keeps you guessing. This is a winner for sure. Set for publication May 17, 2022, this would make a great summer read for any student! -TK  

Answers in the Pages by David Levithan

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  Answers in the Pages is a book about censorship, acceptance, and learning what really matters. When Donovan is assigned a book in class that his mother finds inappropriate, he is faced with the uncomfortable situation of being directly connected to something that impacts not just his class, but the whole town! Of course there's a process to get a book banned, which his mom is set on following through on. However, Donovan just does not understand what his mom's problem is. This book will allow many students to see themselves in a book for (maybe) the very first time. In reading this, I thought of some of my students who I know would love this book. Set for publication on May 10th 2022, this is one you should definitely add to your to be read pile!

Picture Unavailable by Andrew J. Brandt

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  This book is a creepy thriller that will keep kids turning pages! In the town of Westfield, middle school aged kids seem to go missing every 6 years. When one of Charlie's classmates, Johnny Howardwick, disappears without a trace, everyone assumes he simply ran away. However, Charlie is plagued by this disappearance for another reason: his father died in a car accident that very night when he had gone out looking for him. Now at the end of the school year, Johnny and his friends are bothered by something new-it seems Johnny's very existence was wiped away completely as his picture does not appear in the yearbook at all, even in images where he definitely should be! The boys reach out to Mr. Cotter, one of their teachers and the yearbook sponsor for answers. Their first meeting is not what they expected! There's something deeper going on in the town than simply coincidental runaways and Charlie and his friends are determined to find out! Will they solve the mystery or will

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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  I love anything written by Jennifer Nielsen. Rescue  is not different. If you love historical fiction with lots of action, suspense, and family ties then this book is for you. Set during World War II, Meg's father has been missing for far too long and she is set on trying to rescue him. Covertly working for the Resistance, Meg has no idea how she's going to get her father back, but she is convinced she has to try. Along the way she will meet other resistors, though she suspects one of them is actually a Nazi spy. Will she ever be reunited with her father or will she become just another victim in this terrible war? This book is definitely for history lovers as well as people who are interested in code breaking as there are a lot of different codes throughout the book that Meg has to figure out in order to survive! -TK

Frightmares by Eva V. Gibson

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  If you like creepy horror stories with a few good jump scares, Frightmares is for you. Frightmares is a run down haunted house tourist attraction that has a consistent turnover in employees. When Dave gets roped in to help out he's really not sure what he's getting in to. At first, it's just embarrassment of being part of such a joke of a business, but soon he realizes the real scare when he comes across a real dead body. Unsure of what to do, and definitely hoping not to get blamed for murder, Dave sets out to try to figure out who is behind the murder. He also hopes not to end up next! Set for publication on July 5th, this would make a fun summer read, either sitting by a pool or, better yet, at night by the campfire! -TK

Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson

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  My middle school students will love this book. Jamal is the main character and he decides to attend a protest against police brutality in Baltimore.  While he agrees with what the protestors believe, he is going as a student journalist. However, when things get out of control and a giant dome is lowered over a large portion of the city, Jamal is trapped. For a minute he's terrified because he is all alone, but when he bumps into Marco, who turns out to be a very talented hacker, he agrees that something needs to be done to stop this. The duo is eventually joined by Catherine, who has an indirect connection to the dome...her parents helped construct it.  Together they set out to figure out how to escape and bring the dome down, thus freeing the people of color who have been purposely closed in. This book has a lot of references to current and recent instances of police and systemic racism. It is very in your face, and not exaggerated at all. I really loved this book and the ending