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Fever 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson
Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday
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Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Jenny Lawson
Front and Center (Dairy Queen Series #3)
Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls - Jane Lindskold An unexpectedly good read that languished in my TBR pile for far too long. It's the story of a young girl with a unique form of mutism - she can speak only in bits of memorized speech: Scriptures, Shakespeare, poems. Her communication skills are limited to phrases she's picked up here and there, and, as the book opens - in some sort of alternate dystopian world - she's been institutionalized her entire life, and, for various reasons, is now being set free. There's a complicated plot, which is interesting, but this book is really all about the fascinating characters. Girls who can talk to inanimate objects, hackers who swing from vines, gangs who grow their own Jungle under the city, and the requisite "mad" scientist or two. Although I didn't get it for this reason (didn't even know what the story was about), I was pleasantly surprised by the depiction of "disability" in the story - on the part of more than one character - and when an author gets that right, they get major kudos from me. Excellent book, enjoyed it quite a bit.