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TRUE BELIEVER (MAKE LEMONADE, BOOK 2) by Virginia Euer Wolff
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WHAT DO I REALLY BELIEVE? WHAT DO YOU? Moving down the page. White space. Word count. Belief. Doubt. Fifteen year old flux.   Nitty Gritty: YA (ages 13 and up) Verse novel / realistic fiction First person POV – fifteen year old LaVaughn Short lines, powerful words Every single word counts White space Placement of text on page Visual impact of text gives book...

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MY BOOK OF LIFE by Martine Leavitt
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LOST PARADISE Secrets, lies. Love, God. Running, hiding, found. Control, choices. Search, survive.   Nitty Gritty: Young adult Verse novel First person POV Sixteen year old protagonist (Angel) Themes: drugs, sex, term confusion, loneliness, choices) Painful subject, difficult choices, brutal realities of gritty life...

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LIES, KNIVES AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES by Ron Koertge, illustrated by Andrea Dezso
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FAIRY TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE Opinions, background voices, motivations, side stories, new truths told.   Nitty Gritty: Middle grade / young adult Fairy tale collection – subversive fiction Multiple POVs – shifting from story to story and sometimes within single stories Prose and poetry combination Dark side and gritty underbelly of we’ll k own fairy tales Strong imagery Black graphic shadow / cut...

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THE 13 1/2 LIVES OF CAPTAIN BLUEBEAR by Walter Moers
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HALF-LIFE BLUE-FURRED SEMI-GRAPHIC STORIES Sea bear spinning tales – Fable, Bible, Gulliver. Cartoons. Challenges.   Nitty Gritty: YA/Adult (ages 13 and up) Fantasy animal fiction First person past tense POV from a bear’s POV (Captain Bluebear) – conversational – hovering on second person POV? Part novel, part graphic novel, part short story collection Reminiscent of Gulliver’s Travels Humor Main character – bear Hero’s journey...

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THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS by Gideon Defoe (2004)
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BEYOND BLACKBEARD Hapless and helpful. Honey-glazed ham connoisseur. Ironic pirates.   Nitty Gritty: Who: The Pirate Captain and crew (an unnamed lot of colorful characters); young Charles Darwin; Mister Bobo; Black Bellamy; Jennifer What: Pirate fiction; humor; adult Where: At Sea & London When: 1837 Why: The silly and often befuddled band of pirates sink a ship thinking it to be a treasure trow,...

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