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  1. Up Close: Harper Lee
    $16.99

    Kerry Madden's Up Close: Harper Lee is a very honest and fascinating biography for young adults and teens. This was an especially challenging biography to craft considering its subject, Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird does not grant interviews and shuns the public eye. Although Madden was unable to interview Harper Lee, or Nelle as she's known locally, she was able to glean plenty of facts and information from Ms. Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Al. 

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  2. Jessie's Mountain by Kerry Madden
    $16.99

    Jessie's Song (published in 2008) is the third novel in Kerry Madden's Maggie Valley series. Be sure to also check out Gentle's Holler and Louisiana's Song.

     

    Can something that's so awful wrong have shiny bright bits of right to it?

    It's slowly dawning on twelve-year-old Livy Two Weems that not every decision in life falls neatly into categories of right or wrong--and the harder the decision is, the blurrier the lines get.

    It's winter 1963, and just about every member of the large Weems family has a decision to make. Should Livy Two run off to Nashville to audition for that music man? Is Daddy finally ready to play his banjo again? Should the kids be secretly reading Mam's girlhood diary? And worst of all: will Mama make them move away from their beloved Maggie Valley home?

    Even strong-willed Livy Two is overwhelmed by so many looming choices, but she's as determined as ever to make her family's dreams come true. That stubborn determination inspires everyone in the Weems family--and leads to a tender and satisfying conclusion to Kerry Madden's Maggie Valley stories. 

     

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  3. Gentle's Holler by Kerry Madden
    $17.00

    Gentle's Holler (published in 2005) is the first novel in Kerry Madden's award-winning Maggie Valley trilogy. Be sure to check out the rest of series: Louisiana's Song and Jessie's Mountain.

    Twelve-year-old Livy Two Weems knows there's a whole world to see beyond the North Carolina hills--which is the only place she's ever been. But she also knows family is more important than daydreams. With Mama watching the brand-new baby, Daddy still trying to write that banjo hit, and eight brothers and sisters running around, Livy Two spends most of her time doing chores or watching her siblings, especially her younger sister Gentle. When she has any time alone, she writes songs with her beat-up guitar. Her family has learned to make do with what they have, and when a doctor says little Gentle won't ever see, Livy Two quickly comes up with a plan to help her sister. But when more tragedy strikes, can she remain strong for her family?

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  4. Offsides by Kerry Madden-Lunsford
    $19.95

    Kerry Madden-Lunsford's fresh, often hilarious, debut novel presents a bittersweet and unforgettable tale of adolescence. On the surface, the Donegals seem the picture-perfect norm of a nuclear family in the 1970s. But seen through the eyes of Liz Donegal, her world teeters on the brink of disintegration. Liz's father, an assistant college football coach, uproots his family annually with the motivational compassion of "Get your ass in the car." Her brothers Joe-Sam and Leo, whose first words are "hut, hut, hike," and sister, Peaches, a wannabe cheerleader, pick apart their lives and tentatively pull together in whatever town they land in, whether it's Bobcat Country or Shark Territory. While chaos reigns within the Donegal household, outside the family dog Halfback is busy digging up his predecessor Bear Bryant. At the center of this remarkable cast of characters, Liz creates a world for herself spun out of best friends, books, secret glimpses at sex manuals, and a few adults who actually understand what it means to grow up "offsides." Fostered by the creativity of her aunt Betty and uncle Peter, Liz first glimpses life beyond football games and Catholic school. When she isn't busy rebelling, singing Lou Reed songs, or transforming herself into Helen Keller or Anne Frank, Liz is falling in love, discovering herself, and learning that life also has some painful lessons.

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  5. Alabama Moon by Watt Key
    $8.99

    For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves, their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the nearest general store. When Moon's father dies, Moon follows his father's last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn't know or understand; he's become property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. As the spirited and resourceful Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies, he adapts his wilderness survival skills and learns to survive in the outside world, and even, perhaps, make his home there.

    "Alabama Moon" is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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  6. Alabama Moon by Watt Key
    $8.99

    For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves, their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the nearest general store. When Moon's father dies, Moon follows his father's last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn't know or understand; he's become property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. As the spirited and resourceful Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies, he adapts his wilderness survival skills and learns to survive in the outside world, and even, perhaps, make his home there.

    "Alabama Moon" is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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  7. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
    $9.99

    While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer. This hilarious novel chronicles Scott's freshman year, as he decides that high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual. Here Scott records his first year of bullies, romance, honors, classes, and brotherhood.

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  8.  Tru & Nelle by: Neri, Greg
    $17.00

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    A fictionalized account of the real-life friendship of Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee. In their small town of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1930, misfits Tru and Nelle strike up a friendship and find a mystery to solve when someone breaks into the drugstore and steals some candy and a fancy brooch. Long before they became famous writers, Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood") and Harper Lee ("To Kill a Mockingbird") were childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama. This fictionalized account of their time together opens at the beginning of the Great Depression, when Tru is seven and Nelle is six. They love playing pirates, but they like playing Sherlock and Watson-style detectives even more. It s their pursuit of a case of drugstore theft that lands the daring duo in real trouble. Humor and heartache intermingle in this lively look at two budding writers in the 1930s South." Learn More

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