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2014 Sedgwick, Marcus - Midwinterblood
"Seven linked vignettes unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited--throughout various time periods--by Vikings, vampires, ghosts, and a curiously powerful plant"--Provided by publisher.
Available in URSUS
2013 Lake, Nick - In Darkness
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.
Available in URSUS
2012 Whaley, John Corey - Where Things Come Back
Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
Available in URSUS
2011 Bacigalupi, Paolo - Ship Breaker
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl
Available in URSUS
2010 Bray, Libba - Going Bovine
Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt- Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure (description from MaineCat)
Available in URSUS
Available as Ebook
2009 Marchetta, Melina - Jellicoe Road
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia
YA PZ7.M32855 J45 2008
2008 McCaughrean, Geraldine - The White Darkness
Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone--a troubled fourteen year old--discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme's Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth
YA PZ7.M1286 W45 2009
2007 Yang, Gene Luen - American Born Chinese
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.
YA PZ7.K678337 A44 2009
2006 Green, John - Looking for Alaska : a novel
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
YA PZ7.G8233 L66 2005
2005 Rosoff, Meg - How I Live Now
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.
YA PZ7.R71957 H69 2006
2004 Johnson, Angela - The First Part Last
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.
YA PZ7.J629 F5 2003
2003 Chambers, Aidan - Postcards From No Man's Land YA PZ7.C3557 P67 2007
2002 An, Na - Step From Heaven
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.
YA PZ7.N1243 S74 2002
2001 Almond, David - Kit's Wilderness
Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.
YA PZ7.A448.K5 1999
2001 Coman, Carolyn - Many Stones
After her sister Laura is murdered in South Africa, Berry and her estranged father travel there to participate in the dedication of a memorial in her name.
YA PZ7.C729 M36 2000
2001 Plum-Ucci, Carol - The Body of Christopher Creed
Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.
YA PZ7.P7323 B6 2000
2001 Rennison, Louise - Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.
YA PZ7.R29114 A5 2000
2001 Trueman, Terry - Stuck in Neutral
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.
YA PZ7.T7813 S8 2000
2000 Myers, Walter Dean - Monster
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
YA PS3563.Y38 M66 2001
2000 Almond, David - Skellig
Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.
YA PZ7.A448 S5 1999
2000 Anderson, Laurie Halse - Speak
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
YA PZ7.A54385 S64 2006
2000 Wittlinger, Ellen - Hard Love
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.
YA PZ7.W78436 H37 2008

All descriptions, unless otherwise noted, are those used in URSUS, the University Maine System library catalog.

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