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Posted 05/03/2017 11:52AM

Here are the top 13 checkouts this school year (in alphabetical order):

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

A blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Recommended for: Grades 9+






The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Fourteen-year-old Janie Scott, newly arrived in London from Los Angeles in 1952, becomes friends with a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows, and is drawn into a dangerous adventure with Benjamin when his father is kidnapped and Russian spies try to steal his book of secrets.

Recommended for: Grades 6+ 






Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon go in search of Isabel's little sister Ruth, who has been enslaved in the South for five years, but they are closely pursued by Curzon's owner, the awful Master Bellingham. Sequel to Chains and Forge.

Recommended for: Grades 6+ 





Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

When his parents pick him up from school and take him to the airport, Noah is rushed to East Berlin where he confronts secrets about his and his family's true identities.

Recommended for: Grades 6+

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Having moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis, Cat is disappointed to learn that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, while Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

Recommended for: Grades 6+

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations.

Recommended for: Grades 9+






The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

Recommended for: Grades 6+ 






The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A circus known as Le Cirque des Rêves features two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a game to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters, and as the two fall deeply and passionately in love with each other, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.

Recommended for: Grades 9+





The Nix by Nathan Hill

Astonished to see the mother who abandoned him in childhood throwing rocks at a presidential candidate, a bored college professor struggles to reconcile the media depictions of his mother with his memories and decides to draw her out by penning a tell-all biography.

Recommended for: Grades 9+






Pax by Sara Pennypacker

When he's forced to give up his pet fox Pax, Peter decides to leave home and find his friend.

Recommended for: Grades 6+ 






The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Contains a collection of fictional letters from the character Charlie that illuminate some of the hardships of the high school years.

Recommended for: Grades 9+






Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of "King Lear" marks the beginning of the world's dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.

Recommended for: Grades 8+






Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Growing up in a rural Pennsylvania town in the aftermath of two world wars, Annabelle confronts a violent new bully and must defend a traumatized World War I veteran who is wrongly implicated in the bully's disappearance.

Recommended for: Grades 6+






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