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War affects everyone, even those not fighting in it. This has never been truer than during the Vietnam War, a time where new generations began questioning the ethics and motives behind war and began challenging those in authority. Living during this chaotic time is seventeen-year-old Rachel Morelli. She has grown up near Kent State University, where her father teaches, and she knows the campus like the back of her hand. The only problem is she has no desire to spend the rest of her life there. She has dreams of attending Pratt University in New York and taking its top-notch art program.

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Comprised of childhood drawings, unfinished sketches, and wacky musings, Red Rohl’s 2 year book project, Heavy Sketches Among Worldly Distractions, can be summarized in three words: adolescent, spontaneous, and ludicrous.

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The Sugar Mountain Snowball is about two best friends named Ruby and Eleanor. Ruby and Eleanor both have dreams, but each dream is very different. Ruby has dreamed for a long time to mingle with the “outsiders”, who are very rich and happy. Eleanor who is both smart and creative dreams to someday have her own fashion line.

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Emanuella, or LL, is a freerunner and member of her brother Warp's Parkour group. One night Emanuella and the crew run into a graffiti artist named Haze. Haze flirts with Emanuella, and Warp becomes very protective of his sister. Why would Emanuella want to date a graffiti artist? To sidestep a confrontation with Warp, Haze and Emanuella start meeting in the art closet at school. Warp explodes when he finds out that Haze and Emanuella are secretly dating. Warp believes that Haze killed his own sister and tells Emanuella.

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Rose Briar will soon find out there is more to everything at Sheppard Institute than she expected. She's sent there after playing a serious prank on her parents. Rose is a headstrong girl who is not happy to be placed in an asylum that was named after a girl she's spent her entire life living up to. The very second she arrives, she is swept up in a whirlwind of medicines, schedules, and therapy sessions. After a first escape attempt, Rose discovers there is no escape. However, a bright spot soon comes into the light.

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Amanda Walsh, a hopeful artist with very low self-esteem, goes by Zero. She expects her summer to be simple and spent having fun with her best friend. But it goes a little something like this: Zero and her best friend get in a fight and decide not to be friends anymore, Zero gets into her dream college, and she falls in love.

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"The Stars Of Summer" is a book that you just can't put down.  This sequel to All Four Stars brings back Gladys Gatsby, a twelve-year-old secret food reviewer. It must be secret because she is underage. The only people who know about it are her closest friends-not even her parents are aware of her responsibilities.

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In Tokyo, Japan in 2000, Fumiko Ishioka recieves a beaten up suitcase with the words Hana Brady, orphan and a date. Fumiko is the director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Center, and she is determined to find out who Hana Bradyl was and what her story holds. She not only wants to find out for herself but she wants to help explain to a group she leads called "Small Wings." This is a group of teenagers that volunteer at The Holocaust Education Resource Center teaching other children about the Holocaust, in an effort to prevent anything like it from happening again.

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When 17-year-old Zach Ryan gets picked as the new drummer in a popular local band, he quickly learns about the challenges that come with life on the road during their summer tour. Playing in small venues, the band Bad Habit deals with a bar brawl and a manager who won't pay them.

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