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Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

★★★★★ Sophie has always loved her small town life, her four best friends, her marching band. But when her marching band is chosen to march in the Rose Parade in LA, she has to find a way to fund this trip. In the middle of the night, she sends an e-mail to Megan Pleasant, asking if this local and super famous country singer will come back to her home town to sing a charity concert to fundraise the trip - even though she has sworn never to return. But there's also a new guy in town, who seems to have just as many secrets as Megan Pleasant.

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The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff

★★★★★ On the morning of her wedding, Pell creeps out of bed, quietly says goodbye to her sleeping sisters, and flees into the early morning dark. Together with her horse and her youngest brother, she is determined to find a different life for herself, one that does not involve being worn down from endless babies and poverty. But the road is cold and wet and hard, and sometimes things get lost and found, but never in the way you'd expect them to.

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

★★★★★ Alaska, 1970. Ruth wants to be remembered. Dora wished she was invisible. Alyce can't bring herself to leave. Hank is running away. Four teenagers, four very different lives, all on the brink of change and about to become entangled in ways they could never have foreseen.

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Book Review | A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke

★★★★☆ Janna has lived her entire live trying to find moments to escape the confines of her close minded village, especially in the last year when she's been grieving. Only in the woods and under the stars does she feel free and at ease. But when the sky turns read warning the people of Skane that there's a plague coming, Janna is forced to flee her village when fin fear they turn against her to try and save themselves..

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

★★★★★ Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have enough space within them for an extra spirit. Makepeace has had to learn from a young age to defend herself against these spirits, but one dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. With a spirit inside her she has to escape the grasp of her father's powerful ancestors, all in the middle of a war town country.

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Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones tries to be unobtrusive, invisible, letting her perfect, golden-boy brother take the spot light. Till he does something terrible and selfish, and leaves Wing and the rest of her family (her mom, a grandma from Ghana and grandma from China) scramble to pick up the pieces. In the aftermath of this terrible thing, which weighs heavy on every family member, Wing learns to know her own strengths and discovers a talent for running she never had. With this new found gift, she tries to save her family from ruin, all the while dealing with her feelings for her brother's best friend. No longer can she hide, now she has so step up and become who she really is, but luckily she has her dragon and lioness to help her.

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State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

★★★★☆ Sorrow lives in a country that is in perpetual mourning, following the laws her grief-stricken chancellor father put in place eighteen years ago, after her brother and mother died. Together with the vice-chancellor she covers for her father who isn't fit to govern a country, but at night she seeks solace in the arms of a boy she will never be allowed to have. Sorrow still hopes to one day get away from this life, but when her father worsens it becomes apparent she might never be able to..

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

★★★★★ For as long as she can remember, Frances has wanted to get into Cambridge, and to achieve that goal she has turned herself into a study machine. Every day she studies and works hard and gets good grades, and at night she draws fan art of her favorite podcast, Universe City. But lately she doesn't really remember why she wants to go to university at all. Still, that's the thing to do right? That's the goal. So she works. But when she finally meets the Creator of her favorite podcast, she slowly starts to realize that maybe school isn't the only thing in life.