Violet is grief-stricken over the death of her sister, and doesn’t think there’s anything in Indiana worth staying for. Finch spends time imagining ways to kill himself, and sometimes blacks out for days. They meet on the ledge of their high school’s bell tower. They’re both up there for the same reason, but when they find company in this unlikely spot it’s unclear who talks who down. Alternating between Violet and Finch’s points of view, Jennifer Niven’s debut novel follows them as they work on a class project to visit Indiana’s “natural wonders” and discover All the Bright Places (Knopf, $17.99) that can be found where you least expect them. Ages 14-18. Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9780385755887
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

Carson is stuck in Montana helping his mom take care of his dying father, who never really bothered to be a part of Carson’s life. When he meets Aisha, whose father has kicked her out because she’s gay, his summer starts to look up. They have an instant repartee; inventing a deity, The Porcupine of Truth (Arthur A. Levine, $17.99), is just one of their inside jokes. Together, they undertake an investigative road trip when Carson discovers a clue that may lead to finding his grandfather who disappeared over thirty years ago. It’s a journey that will reveal more than they ever expected, and Bill Konigsburg captures it in Carson’s acerbic voice, crafting a hilarious and touching coming-of-age story. Ages 14-18. Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9780545648936
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 26th, 2015

 “People might say little Mahalia Jackson (Amistad, $17.99) was born with nothing, but she had something all right. A voice that was bigger than she was.” Over the rest of Nina Nolan’s gorgeous picture-book biography, readers learn exactly what Mahalia made of that voice. From singing in her church choir as a child in New Orleans, all the way to performing at the March on Washington, Mahalia spread hope with her gospel music wherever her journey took her. Illustrated with John Holyfield’s warm, vibrant oil paintings, this is a wonderful introduction to this important musical figure. Ages 5-8. Eowyn Randall

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By Nina Nolan, John Holyfield (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060879440
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Published: HarperCollins - January 27th, 2015