Youth Fiction

Counting by 7s

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Sierra Wilson's review of this book nailed it. Willow Chance is a 12 year old genius who is obsessed with the number 7, plants, and diagnosing medical conditions of those she meets. After her parents are killed in a car accident her comfort level is shattered and she forms bonds with the most unlikely characters. However, like "Willows beloved plants ,these are people putting down new roots and rising towards the sun." An excellent read for all ages.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

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This childhood classic tells the story of Karana, a young indigenous woman who survived alone on and island off the California coast for 18 years. Her courageous spirit and will to survive is something that sticks with readers long after they've finished the novel.

Summerlost

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This book is a fictionalized account of Utah State Author Allie Condie’s childhood growing up in Cedar City with the Utah Shakespeare festival. I couldn’t put it down!

Wonder

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Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. The story, which could simply be heartbreaking, is told with humor and compassion and is a joy to read. Recommended for adults and kids, ages 9 +.

The Blue Sword

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Are you looking for a fantasy story that has a strong heroine who is not necessarily beautiful, adventure, magic, amazing horses, gorgeous prose and just the perfect amount of romance (not romance that gets shoved down your throat so hard that you want to gag romance)? Then Robin McKinley is the author for you! The Blue Sword is a great place to start. It begins with our heroine, Harry, who must move far from her lush, verdant Homeland to the bleak desert of a distant continent, Damar. She finds herself falling in love with the harsh beauty of the desert, as if something is awakened in her blood. When she is kidnapped by the magically-powerful king of the desert little does she know what's in store for her. Thus begins Harry's adventure as she learns about her magical heritage and becomes a desert warrior in whom the fate of her world resides.