Category Archives: Fiction Books

CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein

Verity is a coward, and she knows it.  Captured by Nazis, stripped to her underwear, tied to a chair, and tortured, she is prepared to talk–or write.  All she needs is paper, pen, and ink. Her confession tells the story … Continue reading

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UGLIES series by Scott Westerfeld

Tally has always known how life works.  You start out Little.  You become an Ugly.  When you turn 16, you undergo an operation that turns you into a Pretty.  After that, life is good.  Tally can’t wait to be Pretty. … Continue reading

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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A woman suffering from an unnamed disease–sadness, nervousness, anxiety, mental fogginess–is told she must rest as much as possible.  To that end, she and her husband have rented a house in the country, and she is confined to an upstairs … Continue reading

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NO LAUGHTER HERE by Rita Williams-Garcia

After spending a summer alone, Akilah can’t wait for her best friend, Victoria, to return from Nigeria (her country of birth).  She’s excited to start fifth grade with her fun-loving friend. But Victoria comes back a different person.  She is … Continue reading

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CHIME by Franny Billingsley

Briony Larkin is used to hating herself.  Responsible for her sister’s mental affliction and depressed by her beloved Stepmother’s death, Briony lives in a perpetual state of self-torture. As a concealed witch, Briony also lives a lie.  Were anyone to … Continue reading

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BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

50 Beauty Queens from 50 states are on their way to the big pageant when their plane, like, totally crashes on a creepy tropical island. There is no food.  No guys (well, not until the pirates show up, anyways).  And … Continue reading

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A HANDFUL OF TIME by Kit Pearson

Patricia is miserable.  Her parents are separating, and she is sent to spend the summer with her aunt and cousins on a lake in Alberta, Canada.  Her loneliness is made worse by her cousins’ bullying and her increasing conviction that … Continue reading

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