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Our Castle by the Sea
AuthorLucy Strange
ClassificationF STR
PublisherChicken House
Publication Year2019-01-03
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★ "Strange follows her impressive debut The Secret of Nightingale Wood in great style here, in a rich and atmospheric historical novel. Her lyrical prose is combined with a thrilling, intricately plotted mystery, while the legend of the stones adds a mesmerising sense of the fantastical." - THE BOOKSELLER
★ "Strange… sets up her story powerfully. She ends with a twist and gives us a real sense of how war and other people's suspicions can be contagious and fracture the strongest family unit." - THE TIMES
★ "Both an exciting thriller and a thoughtful examination of how appearances can be deceptive and how dangerous this is in the suspicious, rumour-driven atmosphere of war… Underpinned by the legend of a sea monster, this is a rewarding read." - THE MAIL
★ "This atmospheric Second World War tale has a touch of fantasy… As much fairy tale as historical fiction." - THE TELEGRAPH
★ "A thrilling Second World War story about belonging and betrayal." - THE GUARDIAN
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The Golden Compass
AuthorPhilip Pullman
ClassificationJF PUL
PublisherYearling Books
Publication Year2001
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A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Published in 40 Countries


"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years."The Washington Post

"Very grand indeed."The New York Times

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius."Newsweek
If I Ever Get Out of Here
AuthorEric L. Gansworth
ClassificationF GAN
PublisherArthur a Levine
Publication Year2015-04-28
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"[A] funny, poignant young-adult debut." -- Washington Post

"Eric Gansworth fearlessly lays down the truth about what it's like to grow up poor, and the strength it takes to hold your head high and find a way out." -- Laurie Halse Anderson

"Gansworth, himself an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, explores the boys' organic relationship with generosity and tenderness and unflinching clarity, sidestepping stereotypes to offer two genuine characters navigating the unlikely intersection of two fully realized worlds.... And although Gansworth manages the weighty themes of racism and poverty with nuance and finesse, at its heart, this is a rare and freehearted portrait of true friendship." -- Booklist

If I Ever Get Out of Here rings true with a sophisticated look at what it's like to be an outsider and what it takes to be a true friend…. More than just engaging, [it] is the sort of book that can spark all kinds of meaningful conversation." -- Los Angeles Times

"Readers will appreciate the teenager's sharp insights into being an outsider and Gansworth's intimate knowledge of the prejudices and injustices inherent to Lewis's life." -- Publishers Weekly
Uprising
AuthorMargaret Peterson Haddix
ClassificationF HAD
PublisherSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Year2011-01-18
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AWARDS:
Bank Street Best Books of the Year
Buckeye Teen Book Award Nominee (OH)
Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee (NJ)
Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee
KSRA YA Book Award Master List (PA)
NYPL Best Books for Teens
Ohioana Book Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee
Virginia Readers' Choice Award Master List
Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)

REVIEWS:
"Haddix is a masterful storyteller and succeeds in putting a human face on a historical tragedy. Recommended." —"Library Media Connection"

"A compelling message about labor, sacrifice, and the price of freedom in America." —"Publishers Weekly"

"Will keep readers turning the pages. An excellent author's note provides additional historical information." —"Booklist"

"This deftly crafted historical novel unfolds dramatically with an absorbing story and well-drawn characters who readily evoke empathy and compassion." —"School Library Journal"

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