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'Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)' by Melissa de la Cruz

"Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)" by Melissa de la Cruz

Teen Book From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground ...

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'The Tragedy Paper' by Elizabeth LaBan

"The Tragedy Paper" by Elizabeth LaBan

Teen Book Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's ...

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'Lovely, Dark and Deep' by Amy McNamara

"Lovely, Dark and Deep" by Amy McNamara

Teen Book ★★★★★ When her boyfriend dies in a tragic accident, Wren retreats to her father’s remote home and art studio. A ghost of her former self, she feels broken. Wren just wants to be left alone. When she's not sleeping, she goes running in the woods. Will she ever return to normal life? Throughout this poetic winter read Wren’s inner dialogue captures feelings of grief, loss, and mourning in a way that feels real. Readers may also want to raed ...

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'Bittersweet' by Sarah Ockler

"Bittersweet" by Sarah Ockler

Teen Book Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances... a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of cour ...

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'After the Snow (After the Snow, #1)' by S.D. Crockett

"After the Snow (After the Snow, #1)" by S.D. Crockett

Teen Book Fifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone. But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary, a refugee from the city, whose father is lost and who is starvi ...

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'The Sharp Time' by Mary  O'Connell

"The Sharp Time" by Mary O'Connell

Teen Book ★★★★★ Meet Sandanista Jones, a lonely girl with a broken heart. On Monday morning, Sandanista walks out of her high-school and finds herself a job at The Pale Circus, a quirky vintage clothing store. Isolated since her mother's death, she struggles to find a place to belong. She makes friends with a fellow employee equally flawed and hurting, and struggles with her own pain and the pain of others around her. As she tries to cope, Sandanista p ...

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'Frost (Stork, #2)' by Wendy Delsol

"Frost (Stork, #2)" by Wendy Delsol

Teen Book In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves.After the drama of finding out that she's a Stork, a member of an ancient and mystical order of women, and that her boyfriend, Jack, is a descendent of the Winter People able to control the weather, Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas. That is, until the snowstorm Jack ...

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'Trapped' by Michael Northrop

"Trapped" by Michael Northrop

Teen Book The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . .Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especi ...

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'Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1)' by Rachel Cohn

"Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1)" by Rachel Cohn

Teen Book “I’ve left some clues for you.If you want them, turn the page.If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Das ...

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'Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)' by Maggie Stiefvater

"Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)" by Maggie Stiefvater

Teen Book For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy who ...

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'Coffeehouse Angel' by Suzanne Selfors

"Coffeehouse Angel" by Suzanne Selfors

Teen Book When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee and pastries. Malcolm, really a guardian angel on a break between missions, wants to reward Katrina by fulfilling her deepest desire. If only she could decide what that might be . . . ...

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'Far from You' by Lisa Schroeder

"Far from You" by Lisa Schroeder

Teen Book Lost and alone...down the rabbit hole.Years have passed since Alice lost her mother to cancer, but time hasn't quite healed the wound. Alice copes the best she can by writing her music, losing herself in her love for her boyfriend, and distancing herself from her father and his new wife.But when a deadly snowstorm traps Alice with her stepmother and newborn half sister, she'll face issues she's been avoiding for too long. ...

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'Last Christmas (Private, #0.6)' by Kate Brian

"Last Christmas (Private, #0.6)" by Kate Brian

Teen Book Ariana Osgood has everything an Easton Academy girl could want: straight A's, the perfect boyfriend, and a coveted spot in exclusive Billings House. But on the first night of Christmas vacation, a blizzard traps her on campus with irresistible bad-boy Thomas Pearson. Alone. Instead of snuggling with her boyfriend next to a cozy fire in Vermont, she's huddling for warmth with Thomas in Ketlar House. As the snow transforms Easton into a winter ...

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'Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances' by John Green

"Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances" by John Green

Teen Book ★★★★★ Young adult readers rejoice! Three of our favorite authors have gotten together to write about the sweetness of love in the middle of a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. We have the pleasure of reading about three separate but connected couples who live in the same town, through the same blizzard, and the same joys of young love. This is such a fun book for the holiday season! It has everything you could want; Christmas, romance, and shenanigans ...

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'Secret Santa' by Sabrina James

"Secret Santa" by Sabrina James

Teen Book A tale of love, romance, confusion, and Christmas perfectly timed for the holiday season.Noelle, a hopeless romantic, just knows that her gifts have to be from her senior crush! And geeky Froggy thinks the game is the perfect way to get super-popular Celia to fall for him...except she thinks his gifts are from Jake, the school's resident bad boy, and starts to crush on him! Romantic mishaps abound, but all is revealed the night of the ...

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'The Trap' by John E. Smelcer

"The Trap" by John E. Smelcer

Teen Book A gripping wilderness adventure and survival story It was getting colder. Johnny pulled the fur-lined hood of his parka over his head and walked towards his own cabin with the sound of snow crunching beneath his boots."He should be back tomorrow," he thought, as a star raced across the sky just below the North Star. "He should be back tomorrow for sure."Seventeen-year-ol ...

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'Open Ice' by Pat  Hughes

"Open Ice" by Pat Hughes

Teen Book NICKY TAG! NICKY TAG!All his life, crowds have been cheering for Nick Taglio.He’s been skating since he could walk, scoring goals since he picked up a hockey stick. He’s only a sophomore but he rules the ice, because Nicky Tag’s a fighter. Which means you have to take some hits; concussions come with the territory. When he gets another head injury, his doctor, his parents, and his coach tell him he can never play again. Too dang ...

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'Starry, Starry Night' by Lurlene McDaniel

"Starry, Starry Night" by Lurlene McDaniel

Teen Book The star that led the three wise men could be the same star wished upon by those longing for a wish to come true. In the opening novella, "Christmas Child," 15-year-old Melanie feels cheated when her baby sister, born at Christmastime, lives only a few days. But the brief life of her sister shows Melanie the lasting value of love. Brenda struggles between noble intentions and real desires when she becomes the last chance for happiness for a dying ...

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'Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga, #3)' by Gary Paulsen

"Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga, #3)" by Gary Paulsen

Teen Book He would have to find some way to protect himself, some weapon. The fire worked well when it was burning, but it had burned down. His hatchet and knife would have done nothing more than make the bear really angry -- something he did not like to think about -- and his bow was good only for smaller game. He had never tried to shoot anything bigger than a fool bird or rabbit with it and doubted that the bow would push the arrow deep enough to do any ...

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'Far North' by Will Hobbs

"Far North" by Will Hobbs

Teen Book "Mayday! Landed on river. Engine out. Floating toward the falls."When the engine of their float plane fails during a water landing near the head of Canada's monumental Virginia Falls, what began as a sightseeing detour turns into a survival mission for two high-school students and their elderly companion.With the brutal sub arctic winter about to fall like a hammer, Gabe Rogers, his boarding-school roommate, Raymond ...

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'The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)' by Philip Pullman

"The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)" by Philip Pullman

Teen Book Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate univ ...

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'The Dark Is Rising (The Dark is Rising, #2)' by Susan Cooper

"The Dark Is Rising (The Dark is Rising, #2)" by Susan Cooper

Teen Book "When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back, three from the circle, three from the track; wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone; five will return, and one go alone.”With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land. His task is monumental: he must find and gu ...

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'The Call of the Wild' by Jack London

"The Call of the Wild" by Jack London

Children's Book A classic novel reissued for contemporary readers.Rediscover Jack London’s beloved classic in this unique hardbound edition. First published as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post in 1903, The Call of the Wild has never been out of print.Follow a dog named Buck through violence and hardship, loyalty and loss, finally finding himself and his home in the Yukon wilderness. Truly a must-have for London fans, ...

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