Same Difference - Siobhan Vivian

At the end of her junior year in high school, Emily is accepted to attend a pre-college art program in Philadelphia. Three days a week during the summer, she’ll leave the safety of her comfortable and predictable suburban existence to get a taste of life as a college student. Trepidation turns into excitement and a challenge as Emily’s perspective on art and artists takes shape. Siobhan Vivian’s new novel, Same Difference (Scholastic, $17.99), offers a refreshing take on coming of age. Ages 13-17 HWP

The Sweetheart of Prosper County - Jill S. Alexander

Part of fourteen-year-old Austin Gray’s mission to redefine herself is to raise a prize-winning rooster for her Future Farmers of America project. If her rooster wins, she might be chosen to be The Sweetheart Of Prosper County (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99) in the local Christmas parade. Jill Alexander’s rich cast of endearing characters and a particularly well-drawn mother-daughter relationship make this slice of teen life in a small town a compelling read. Ages 11-14. MAG

The Midnight Charter - David Whitley

In the city-state of Agora everything can be bought and sold, and Mark and Lily must barter their labor for their lives. Mark is destined to work for the doctor who cured him of the plague, and Lily is to remain in Count Stelli’s tower as the astrologer’s servant. Although they decide to trade places, Mark and Lily’s lives remain strangely intertwined, and it is Lily who discovers the significance of The Midnight Charter (Roaring Brook, $16.99). David Whitley’s first novel is the compelling story of a society where materialism reigns and the two young people who grow to test its values. Ages 12 -16. HWP

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