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Adrenaline Crush

by Laurie Boyle Crompton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 23, 2014)

Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a long line of risk-takers and is an avid thrill-seeker in her own right, until she takes a terrible fall and shatters her leg. Her life used to be about bike racing and rock...


Starry Night

by Isabel Gillies Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 02, 2014)

Sometimes one night can change everything. On this particular night, Wren and her three best friends are attending a black-tie party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of a major exhibit...


Starry Night, Free Chapter Sampler

by Isabel Gillies Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 08, 2014)

Download the first eleven chapters of Starry Night, a sweeping love story about the wonders of first love, first heartbreak, and everything in between from New York Times-bestselling memorist Isabel Gillies....


What Erika Wants

by Bruce Clements Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 24, 2014)

Drawing the line between what we want and what other people want for us

A woman with a forehead full of acne scars and a New York edge to her voice crosses the courthouse floor with her hand out. "Erika? I'm...


On the Road to Find Out

by Rachel Toor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 10, 2014)

On New Year's Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It's painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining...


Annika Riz, Math Whiz

by Claudia Mills & Rob Shepperson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 13, 2014)

Annika Riz loves math more than anything, so when she hears about a sudoku contest at the local public library, she is determined to win it—maybe then her friends Kelsey Green and Izzy Barr will see that math...


Love Letters to the Dead

by Ava Dellaira Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 01, 2014)

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook...


The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane

by Polly Horvath Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (January 21, 2014)

When an accident leaves teenage cousins Meline and Jocelyn parentless, they come to live with their unknown and eccentric Uncle Marten on his private island. They soon discover that the island has a history...


The Winner's Curse: Chapters 1-5

by Marie Rutkoski Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (December 17, 2013)

Download the first five chapters of THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski!

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love...

As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those...


Love Letters to the Dead: Chapters 1-5

by Ava Dellaira Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (December 17, 2013)

Download the first five chapters of LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD by Ava Dellaira.

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May,...


The Real Thief

by William Steig Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 30, 2013)

Gawain is a loyal and true goose serving as chief guard of the royal treasury. He'd been happy enough with his life at home tending his garden and making sketches of architectural masterpieces. Now he's being...


Wolf

by Valerie Hobbs Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 15, 2013)

Jack has finally found a home and a purpose on a farm, where he keeps a flock of sheep safe from coyotes and helps train young pups to do the same. But when two sheep disappear in broad daylight, Jack doesn't...


Standing Up to Mr. O.

by Claudia Mills Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 17, 2013)

Maggie McIntosh is crazy about her biology teacher and loves to impress him with her academic excellence. But when the dreaded day of the first class dissection arrives, Maggie has to disappoint Mr. O. There's...


Second Impact

by David Klass & Perri Klass Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 06, 2013)

Kendall is football town, and Jerry Downing is the high school's star quarterback, working to redeem himself after he nearly killed a girl in a drunk driving accident last year. Carla Jenson, lead reporter for...


Everything Beautiful in the World

by Lisa Levchuk Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 13, 2013)

Lately I feel like an astronaut out on a space walk – constantly praying the tube attaching me to the ship doesn't snap and send me flying into outer darkness.

The only good thing about having a mother with...


Zero Tolerance

by Claudia Mills Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 18, 2013)

Seventh-grader Sierra Shepard has always been the perfect student, so when she sees that she accidentally brought her mother's lunch bag to school, including a paring knife, she immediately turns in the knife...


Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

by Claudia Mills & Rob Shepperson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 04, 2013)

Kelsey Green is the best reader in the third grade--well, maybe tied for best with know-it-all Simon Ellis. When the principal Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading contest, complete with a pizza party for...


The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger

by Jenny Meyerhoff & Jason Week Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 04, 2013)

Fifth grader Louie Burger figures that with a goofy name like his, he must be destined to be a king of comedy like his idol Lou Lafferman. But he's only ever performed his stand-up act in his closet, where he...


Ivy in the Shadows

by Chris Woodworth Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (February 05, 2013)

After Ivy's stepfather disappears, Ivy's mama begins waitressing at Dining Divinely to make ends meet. She also takes in a boardertwelve-year-old Caleb, who's the same age as Ivy and is the weirdest guy she's...


Dead Girl Moon

by Charlie Price Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 30, 2012)

As their hardscrabble lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her drifty fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, discover the body of a young woman. Afraid...


Twists and Turns

by Janet McDonald Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 05, 2006)

The Washington sisters make good in the 'hood

It may have taken them an extra year or two to do it, but the Washington sisters finally graduated high school, and this definitely calls for a celebration. But after...


The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

by Jack Gantos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 24, 2008)

On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named

Ivy discovers a chilling secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh

pharmacy across the street from the hotel where she lives with

her mother. The discovery...


Desire Lines

by Jack Gantos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 21, 2006)

When sixteen-year-old Walker gets caught up in a witch-hunt against homosexuals, he is left to stand by and watch as a tragedy unfolds.


Fourmile

by Watt Key Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 18, 2012)

Twelve-year-old Foster knows in his gut that Dax Ganey, the man dating his widowed mother, is a bad seed. Then a mysterious stranger arrives at their Alabama farm, a former Army Ranger in Iraq rambling across...


Under the Persimmon Tree

by Suzanne Fisher Staples Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 01, 2008)

Intertwined portraits of courage and hope in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means "star," suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are conscripted by the...


The Young Unicorns

The Austin Family Chronicles #4

by Madeleine L'Engle Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 02, 2008)

In this award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, Vicky Austin experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up.

The Austins are trying to settle into their new...


A Ring of Endless Light

The Austin Family Chronicles #5

by Madeleine L'Engle Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 02, 2008)

In book four of the award-winning Austin Family Chronicles young adult series from Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, Vicky Austin experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up.

"This wasn't...


The Moon by Night

The Austin Family Chronicles #2

by Madeleine L'Engle Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 02, 2008)

Book two in the award-winning young adult Austin Family Chronicles series from Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, Vicky Austin experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up.

As if simply...


Meet the Austins

The Austin Family Chronicles #1

by Madeleine L'Engle Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 02, 2008)

In book one in the award-winning Austin Family Chronicles young adult series from Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, Vicky Austin experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up.

For a family...


The House of Djinn

by Suzanne Fisher Staples Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 01, 2008)

It has been ten years since Shabanu staged her death to secure the safety of her daughter, Mumtaz, from her husband's murderous brother. Mumtaz has been raised by her father's family with the education and security...


Beethoven in Paradise

by Barbara O'Connor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 10, 1999)

Set in a trailer park called Paradise

"You're just wasting your God-given talents if you don't get yourself something besides a little ole harmonica to play." Wylene made it sound so easy. Martin had always like...


Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

by Barbara O'Connor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 01, 2008)

Will a spelling bee be the answer to all of Bird's problems?

All her life, all Bird has ever wanted is to be noticed in her small town and to get to Disney World. As it turns out, Bird just might have a chance...


Greetings from Nowhere

by Barbara O'Connor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 18, 2008)

Aggie isn't expecting visitors at the Sleepy Time Motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Since her husband died, she is all alone with her cat, Ugly, and keeping up with the bills and repairs has become next to...


My Book of Life by Angel

by Martine Leavitt Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 04, 2012)

When sixteen-year-old Angel meets Call at the mall, he buys her meals and says he loves her, and he gives her some candy that makes her feel like she can fly. Pretty soon she's addicted to his candy, and she...


Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind

by Valerie Hobbs Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 07, 2012)

Minnie McClary is the new girl and knows that she doesn't quite fit in, especially not after she lost it one day in language arts. In art, Minnie has to paint a self portrait--but how can she do this when she...


Chained

by Lynne Kelly Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 08, 2012)

After ten-year-old Hastin's family borrows money to pay for his sister's hospital bill, he leaves his village in northern India to take a job as an elephant keeper and work off the debt. He thinks it will be...


Dark Angel

by David Klass Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 11, 2005)

A taut psychological thriller for teens

Seventeen-year-old Jeff thought he would never again have to deal with his older brother, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. But after six years, Troy's sentence...


Whirlwind

by David Klass Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 17, 2009)

In Firestorm, the first book of the Caretaker Trilogy, seventeen-year-old Jack Danielson saved the world's oceans, but at great personal cost -- his parents were killed and everything he knew and believed in...


Firestorm

by David Klass Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 01, 2008)

His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn't broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have known and nothing would have changed. He'd just be going out...


Celine

by Brock Cole Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 08, 2003)

"Show a little maturity," he said, which I've doped out to mean: Pass all your courses, avoid detection in all crimes and misdemeanors, don't get pregnant.

Celine's father has left her with these instructions....


The Goats

by Brock Cole Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 22, 2010)

Harmless camp pranks can quickly spiral out of control, but they also provide a perfect opportunity for two social outcasts to overcome and triumph.

A boy and a girl are stripped and marooned on a small island...


Harlem Hustle

by Janet McDonald Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 03, 2006)

Hustle's personal Harlem was sorely in need of a renaissance. For him, it was the place where a scared kid named Eric Samson had been ditched by druggy parents and dismissed by frustrated teachers.

Abandoned...


Chill Wind

by Janet McDonald Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (January 24, 2006)

A tough and funny project girl manages to make that chill wind blow away

The good life, according to Aisha Ingram, is easy. It's hanging with friends, dancing, listening to music, whatever . . . but it doesn't...


A True and Faithful Narrative

by Katherine Sturtevant Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 18, 2006)

In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore is something of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg pores over books. She spends long hours conversing with the famous authors and poets who visit her...


Freak

by Marcella Pixley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 18, 2007)

For Miriam Fisher, a budding poet who reads the Oxford English Dictionary for fun, seventh grade is a year etched in her memory "clear as pain." That's the year her older sister, Deborah, once her best buddy...


Defect

by Will Weaver Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 24, 2007)

Maybe it was bad karma. Maybe it was just bad luck. Whatever the reason, fifteen-year-old David was born defective. His bug eyes, pinched face, and hearing aids are obvious, but there is a secret David keeps...


52 Reasons to Hate My Father

by Jessica Brody Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 03, 2012)

Being America's favorite heiress is a dirty job…but someone's gotta do it.

Lexington Larrabee has never had to work a day in her life. After all, she's the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media...


Alek

The Children of Crow Cove #4

by Bodil Bredsdorff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 19, 2012)

A little boy called Doup once came to live in Crow Cove, a little community nestled by the sea. Now he's ready to go by his birth name, Alek, and discover his own place in the world. Alek's journey takes him...


Holding On to Zoe

by George Ella Lyon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 17, 2012)

After sixteen-year-old Jules has her baby, Zoe, it doesn't matter anymore that her mother thinks she's a drama queen, or that her father left them years ago, or even that Zoe's father is gone, too. She and her...


The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas

The Austin Family Chronicles #3

by Madeleine L'Engle & Jill Weber Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (November 04, 2011)

Vicky Austin's family does one special thing each day of December to prepare for Christmas. This year, they're also preparing for the birth of a new brother or sister, due after the New Year. Vicky is worried...