Sami's 2016 Picks

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Journey's End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399169601
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

Southerner and amateur ghost hunter Nolie Stanhope isn't thrilled to be spending her summer vacation with her father in the Scottish village Journey's End until she meets Bel McKissick, and discovers a mysterious fog bank called the Boundary. When Albert Etheridge, who disappeared in 1914, reappears in the fog with no memory of how he got there, and other people start disappearing, it's up to Nolie and Bel to save the village.

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Furthermore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101994771
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Published: Puffin Books - November 14th, 2017

Furthermore is zany, charming, and full of heart. In a land where color is magical, Alice Alexis Queenmeadow is a blank canvas-she has no color.  A constant disappointment to her mother and village in Ferenwood, Alice eagerly awaits the day she can prove her talents to everyone and rescue her missing father. Alice becomes tangled up with Oliver Newbanks, a boy with the magical ability of persuasion, and they go to the nonsensical land of Furthermore to find Alice's father, where wasting time could get them both killed.

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The Reader Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147518057
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Published: Speak - September 5th, 2017

In a world where the written word is unheard of, Sefia must decipher and protect The Book, the only one in existence.  The Reader follows Sefia as she tracks down her Aunt Nin, who  has been kidnapped, rescuing a cage fighter, meeting famous pirates, and fighting assassins on the way.  The Reader is unlike any YA book I've ever read; it's stunning, spellbinding, and absolute magic on the page.

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A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101998885
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Published: Razorbill - August 29th, 2017

A Torch Against the Night immediately picks up with Laia and Elias' escape at the end of An Ember in the Ashes. Determined to break Laia's brother out of prison, Laia and Elias begin a breakneck journey across Serra, closely followed by Elias' former best friend, Helene, who has orders to kill them.  Following the perspectives of Elias, Laia, and Helene, Tahir does an incredible job weaving all three stories together.  A Torch Against the Night is exhilarating, thrilling, and heartbreaking, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns.