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The Versions of Us
By Laura Barnett (Houghton Mifflin $15.99)
Cambridge, 1958. Late for class, Eva Edelstein swerves to miss a dog and crashes her bike. Jim Taylor hurries to help her. In that brief moment, three outcomes are born for Eva and Jim. As the strands of their lives weave together and apart across the decades from college through wildly different successes and disappointments, seductions and betrayals, births and funerals, joys and sorrows, the only constant is the power of their connection. TheVersions of Us is a tour de force of storytelling.
Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path
By Stuart Gibbs (Simon & Schuster $7.99)
Can an undercover nerd become a superstar agent? Ben Ripley sure hopes so–and his life may depend on it!
Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: C.I.A. or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn’t exactly scream “secret agent.” In fact, Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without a mishap. Because of his innate nerdiness, Ben is not surprised when he is recruited for a magnet school with a focus on science–but he’s entirely shocked to discover that the school is actually a front for a junior C.I.A. academy. Could the C.I.A. really want him?
By John David Anderson (Walden Pond Press $16.99)
When cell phones are banned at their school, students start communicating through sticky notes left all over the school, triggering a wave of bullying activities in the wake of a new girl’s arrival.
By Michael Borenstein (Farrar, Straus & Giroux $17.99)
The unforgettable story of how a father’s courageous wit, a mother’s fierce love, and one perfectly timed illness saved Michael Bornstein’s life as a four-year-old prisoner at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.
Once and For All
By Sarah Dessen (Penguin Random House $19.99)
Louna’s years working at her mother’s wedding planning business–as well as the tragic end of her first love–have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna’s mind and give her a second chance at love.
By Mary O’Connell (Flatiron Books $17.99)
For seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid-skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney’s AP English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn’t show up to teach Flannery’s favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something’s wrong. The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything–except Miss Sweeney’s copy of Wuthering Heights. This she holds onto. And good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney’s real-time diary.