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Body of Origin
"This remarkable novel contrasts fantastic elements with strong realistic components in a narrative that will feel engaging, authentic, and genuine to YA readers ... Expertly constructing a world with a political climate not unlike today's, Smith explores what happens to people when hatred prevails. In addition, the author crafts well-rounded and diverse characters, allowing many readers the opportunity to see themselves reflected somewhere in the cast ... A timely and engrossing contribution to YA literature." — "Kirkus Reviews"
Sixteen-year-old Calliope Littleton is hiding something. A few things, actually. While it's public knowledge that she's switcherborne, only her parents know she's immune to the government-mandated drugs meant to suppress her switching abilities. And even they don't have a clue that she caused last summer's accident leaving Jamie Mulligan, her school's star cross-country athlete, unable to walk. If anyone found out she's now secretly letting him use her body to run, she'd be in massive trouble. But when Jamie chooses to use Cal's body for more than running, it ignites a chain of events that could destroy both of their lives.
For Young Adult readers 15 and up
Into The Faraway
What if, before finishing the final book of her phenomenally popular children's book series, the author were to mysteriously die? This is what happened to Fern Caldwell, author of the "Sydney Wakefield" books. The series about a young girl who travels to Avalon to rescue King Arthur from an evil Morgan le Fay is Henderson Green's favorite. When Fern dies, Henderson is devastated. But when Fern Caldwell's ghost appears to him, asking for help, Henderson realizes he is the only one who can help her finish the final book and get it published. Why is this so important? Because the real Sydney is trapped in Avalon with King Arthur. With Henderson's help, Fern can finish the story and write Sydney and King Arthur out of Morgan's dark realm once and for all. Henderson finds himself playing a role in the story where the lines between what is real and what is fiction are blurred, where his favorite literary characters actually exist, and where the fate of the once and future King hangs in the balance.
For Middle Grade readers 10 and up
The Dragon Whistler
Willow McLain thinks dragons exist only in fairy tales...until she accidentally wakes one from a thousand-year hibernation. Who knew sneaking away from summer camp with her cousin Ben to explore an old abandoned hotel could land them, and their entire town, in danger of becoming dragon flambé? Who could have guessed that the slender whistle carved from bone that Willow found in the hotel attic would turn out to be magic? Seriously, was she supposed to know that the tiny thing was stolen from a secret order of Dragon Guardians who'd spent the last thousand years watching over seven hibernating dragons?
Now, as one of the dragon's "Whistlers," Willow is the only one who can play the magical tunes that control her. Too bad things don't return to normal once Willow lures the dragon back into her den. Willow still feels a bond with the beast, and she can't shake the suspicion that her elderly aunt knows more about all this dragon business than her Alzheimer's allows her to divulge. Could she have had something to do with the whistle's disappearance all those years ago? And when one of the Guardians turns evil, planning to use all seven dragons to control the legendary Dragon Treasure, Willow must wake her dragon again to help protect mankind's only source of hope.
For Middle Grade readers 10 and up
Death is so boring. At least that's how fifteen-year-old Callie finds being stuck "in between," until the day she discovers someone has left a newborn baby in the old gypsy wagon (or "vardo" as it's also called") in Wailing Woods. Determined to save the child, she tracks down Laney, the girl who barely survived the same car wreck that took Callie's life three years earlier (and whose mother's recklessness caused the accident in the first place). A mysterious connection between the two girls allows Callie to lead Laney into the spooky forest to save the baby. Laney hopes the newborn will finally help her family heal, but when Callie's grieving parents end up with custody, emotional wounds are deepened. Callie pieces together the mystery connecting the baby, the fleeting psychic powers Laney has had since the accident, and the too-good-to-be-true new guy in town. Could there be a reason Callie hasn't moved on to whatever comes next? Could she be the only one capable of putting things right?
For Middle Grade readers 12 and up