Fuse (Pure #2) – Juliana Baggott

fuseThe next part in the epic PURE trilogy, for fans of Cormac McCarthy, Justin Cronin and Suzanne Collins. Partridge has escaped the safety of his father’s empire and left the Dome, where his people – the Pures – have sheltered for so long. He has ventured into the destroyed world inhabited by the Wretches, who live crippled by their injuries. Pressia, a Wretch, is desperate to decode the secrets of the past and, together with Partridge, she must seek out the answers that will save all their futures. But Partridge’s actions will not be forgiven. As the Dome unleashes horrifying vengeance upon the Wretches, Partridge has no choice but to return to face the darkness that lies there, leaving Pressia to continue searching for the truth that will change the fate of the world for all time.

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Pure (Book #1) – Julianna Baggott

pureWe know you are here, our brothers and sisters. We will, one day, emerge from the Dome to join you in peace. For now, we watch from afar, benevolently. Pressia Belze has lived outside of the Dome ever since the detonations. Struggling for survival she dreams of life inside the safety of the Dome with the ‘Pure’. Partridge, himself a Pure, knows that life inside the Dome, under the strict control of the leaders’ regime, isn’t as perfect as others think. Bound by a history that neither can clearly remember, Pressia and Partridge are destined to forge a new world.

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Inside Out & Back Again – Thanhha Lai

Moving to America turns Ha’s life inside out. For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by…and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Ha discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape…and the strength of her very own family. This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.

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Keep Holding On – Susane Colasanti

Throughout her time at school Noelle has been the victim of bullying. Her classmates make every day a living hell. However it is all done so secretly that even her best friend has never known quite how bad the bullying is. Noelle’s home life is no better, her mother hardly seems to notice whether Noelle is there or not. Noelle has kept so much of her life secret that when her lifelong crush Julian starts paying attention to her, she is terrified. Surely it is safer to stay hidden in the shadows rather than risk the pain of a broken heart? Or can she find the strength to stand up?

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The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen is the perfect romantic YA novel. A gorgeous Summer read. Open the pages and fall in love…Emaline is spending her last summer before college in her home beach town of Colby. Everything is familiar – from working for her bossy sister Margo at the family rental company to Emaline’s gorgeous (and regularly shirtless) childhood sweetheart, Luke. But when an out-of-town brash New York filmmaker, and her young assistant Theo, come to stay at one of the beach houses, everything Emaline thought she knew about herself changes. But can her heart let go of a life she’s loved for so long?

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Three Summers by Judith Clarke

The path of Ruth’s life was shaped in one fateful moment when, as a baby, she was tossed clear from a car wreck. Her grandmother raised her, with a fierce hope that she would one day go to university and see every marvellous place in the world.

When Ruth and her best friend Fee finish school, Fee chooses motherhood and marriage. Ruth knows that she must leave town, but that means leaving Tam Finn, the elusive yet entrancing boy so unlike any other she has ever met.

An extraordinary story of friendship, longing and the saving grace of love.

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The Good Oil – Laura Buzo

Reminiscent of Looking for Alibrandi, this bittersweet story of first love and second thoughts will capture your heart and make you laugh.

‘Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.’

From the moment 15-year-old Amelia begins work on the checkout at Woolworths she is sunk, gone, lost…head-over-The Good Oilheels in love with Chris. Chris is the funny, charming man-about-Woolies, but he’s 21, and the six-year difference in their ages may as well be 100. Chris and Amelia talk about everything from Second Wave Feminism to Great Expectations and Alien but will he ever look at her in the way she wants him to? And if he does, will it be everything she hopes?

 

 

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Marcelo in the Real World – Francisco X. Stork

This summer, Arturo Sandoval declares, his son Marcelo will learn about the real world. He will work in the mailroom of Arturo’s law firm. He will interact with everyone in the office. He will be normal, as Arturo has always said he is, and marcelo-in-the-real-worldnot have a highly functioning form of Asperger’s Syndrome, as Marcelo knows he does. And Marcelo, reluctantly, must agree to his father’s terms. He soon learns reality isn’t easy. Wendell, the son of Arturo’s partner, offers friendship to further his own ends. The law firm hides an injustice that will transform Marcelo’s world. But through it all, there is Jasmine, his beautiful and tenacious coworker, his true friend – and perhaps more. Reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the intensity and purity of its voice, this extraordinary novel encompasses a legal battle, a subtle love story, and the primal coming-of-age narrative: discovering the truth of one’s own capabilities.

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Girl Saves Boy – Steph Bowe

Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher?No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…But the real question is: how does he girl-saves-boyend up in love with Jewel Valentine?  With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way.But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.

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