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"There is a place that shouldn't exist. And there are creatures that shouldn't exist. But do. Welcome to a land where all of your dreams and nightmares are very real-and often deadly. Welcome to Everworld." This ominous note is found on each book in the Everworld series by Katherine Applegate. Be fascinated by the fantasy of this great new series. "Mystify the Magician," "Inside the Illusion," "Realm of the Reaper," and "Land of Loss."

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Fifteen-year-old Marina doesn't talk. Not after what happened. She knows her mother doesn't want her at home. That is why she was sent away to school. She doesn't talk there either. But she does write. And it's in her journal that she finally tells all. Find out what it is in "So Much to Tell You," by John Marsden. Winner of Australia's Book of the Year Award.

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Gayle loves living in New York City. There's action, excitement and Troy. Like her friends she grabs the most she can from life. That is until she gets in trouble. Big trouble. Mama is fed up and sends her away to live with her Uncle Luther in Georgia. What she learns about the past in that small town changes her whole future. Read "Like Sisters on the Homefront" by Rita Williams-Garcia. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

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The other girls were jealous of her. Lara was beautiful! She was a popular beauty pageant winner and homecoming queen. She seemed to have it all. That is until she got fat, weighing in at over 200 pounds. Then she became a target for teasing. No amount of dieting seems to work. When she learns she has an incurable rare metabolic disorder, she fears she will be trapped in her fat body for life. Who will stand by her? Find out in "Life in the Fat Lane" by Cherie Bennett.

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What is high school really like? "Diary of a Junior Year," by Scholastic Inc. is a collection of diary entries from real teens. Each describes personal thoughts and reactions to real events and experiences. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

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Rats on Staten Island are not unusual. They've been there as long as anyone can remember. What is unusual are the recent descriptions of rats spotted by the people who live there. Evil! Killers! Monsters! These were just some of the words used. Nobody believed them of course. Not until they saw for themselves how viciously they kill. Sarah and Michael saw it. Can they stop them? Read "Rats," by Paul Zindel.

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Three inner city boys find packets of cocaine worth thousands of dollars. It's money they all need so desperately. What do they do now? This is just one of the many dilemmas and challenges that face them on their inner city streets. Read "Bablyon Boyz" by Jess Mowry

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Right after Rickie Perry graduated from Harlem High in 1967, he was in the army. He wasn't worried about going to Vietnam though, he had heard the fighting was almost over. He and his friends had come for different reasons, but soon they all came to shared one dream. Getting out alive. Read "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers.

- Patty Skinner, senior assistant librarian, Astoria Public Library

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