NEWEST 13 YEAR OLDS (2004)

Novels for the junior high reader. Reporters are our youth "Treasures in the Cove" reporters.


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ISBN: 9781595140067
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Published: Razorbill - October 7th, 2004

"It has been 1 year since strain 7 has hit and wiped out three-quarters of the human population. Now 7 teens are righting everthing to find the secret waiting in the Big Empty, the abandoned heartland of the U.S, filled with soldiers and rebels." Reporter Jillian F.


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ISBN: 9780618404414
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children - September 25th, 2012

"Matty, a young boy, sets out to bring back an old man's daughter when his once kindly neighbors begin to change into angry villagers determined to shut down their peaceful village from the suffering outside world after visiting a trading market. Along the way, Matty discovers a surprising new gift." Reporter David C.

Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village"s closing and try to convince Seer"s daughter to return with him before it"s too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.


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ISBN: 9780763620028
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Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2004

"Girls who like realistic fiction will like this book." Edwina (Eddie) and her friend Sally have been best friends since second grade. Eddie wears several different colored bands that she snaps to break herself out of bad habits. Sally's grandmother, Willie, is always walking to keep fit. But soon things start to happen. Willie stops walking. Sally is acting strange and Eddie is using her purple band." Reporter Alina G.

"People with sick friends or family members will like this book. This story isa bout a girl named Edwina (Eddie) and her relationship with her friend Sally. Sally lives with her grandmohter Willie. Her mother Jill is quiet. Eddie wears rubberbands that she snaps when she does a bad hapt or something she wants to stop. Eddie is concerned when Sally is changing. When Willie gets really sick Eddie doesn't know what to do and is missing the old times." Reporter Meiling M.

Eddie Beckey makes lists for just about everything and everyone in her life. And for matters of real importance, she wears (and snaps) an array of colored rubber bands on her wrist. Unfortunately, the world is not always so orderly and knowable. No list help her cope with what's happening to her best friend, Sally--or change the course of things for Sally's grandmother, whom Eddie has grown to love and depend on as well. With subtlety and insight, novelist Alison McGhee tells the story of a young girl's first encounter with grief, and of the enduring power of friendship. A sensitive girl comes to terms with loss--and learns something about lasting ties--in this genuine, gracefully told story.