Purple Heart - Patricia McCormick

Matt Duffy is not sure he deserves the Purple Heart (HarperCollins, $16.99) he is given in an Iraqi combat hospital while recovering from traumatic brain injury. Back in combat, with the floating memory of a young Iraqi boy’s death haunting him, Matt tries to figure out the consequences of split-second decisions made by young, inexperienced soldiers. Patricia McCormick leaves the reader pondering the unintended consequences of current policy in Iraq and Afganistan. Ages 14 and up. JEH
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ISBN: 9780061730900
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2009

Fire - Kristin Cashore

Fire’s (Dial Books, $17.99) monstrous beauty lures men to her, and while she has real strength in her powers, she is also vulnerable. Fearful of using her mind-reading powers lest they have evil consequences, she becomes convinced that with them she can help the kingdom and begin to reverse the destruction that her monsterfather caused. Full of romance and page-turning tension, Kristin Cashore’s companion to Graceling will leave readers eagerly awaiting the third volume about the Seven Kingdoms. Ages 14 and up. JEH

Eli the Good - Silas House

Eli’s close-knit family is struggling with issues that were little understood in 1976. His father is traumatized by flashback dreams of the Vietnam War, his sister is becoming virulently anti-American, and his best friend’s parents are divorcing. He is trying to be Eli The Good (Candlewick, $16.99), but author Silas House’s sensitive character is having trouble keeping his emotions in check during the hot Kentucky Bicentennial summer. Ages 13-16. DDL