Boundaries:  How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation

by Sally M. Walker                                          sallymwalker.com

The Mason-Dixon Line’s history, replete with property disputes, persecution, and ideological conflicts, traverses our country’s history from its founding to today.
We live in a world of boundaries — geographic, scientific, cultural, and religious. One of America’s most enduring boundaries is the Mason-Dixon Line, most associated with the divide between the North and the South and the right to freedom for all people. Sibert Medal–winning author Sally M. Walker traces the tale of the Mason-Dixon Line through family feuds, brave exploration, scientific excellence, and the struggle to define a cohesive country. But above all, this remarkable story of surveying, marking, and respecting lines of demarcation will alert young history buffs to their guaranteed right and responsibility to explore, challenge, change, and defend the boundaries that define them.

Fault Line

by Christa Desir                                              christadesir.com

In a single night, Ani’s life was torn to shreds—and Ben struggles with the weight of trying to fix the unfixable in this heartbreaking and edgy debut novel.  Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl—sarcastic, free-spirited Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him, too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.  But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.  Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?  Ben wants to help Ani, but the more she pushes him away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves in this powerful, gut-wrenching debut novel.


In The After

by Demitria Lunetta                                     demitrialunetta.blogspot.com

In debut author Demitria Lunetta's heart-pounding thriller, one girl must fight for her survival in a world overrun by violent,  creatures. Perfect for fans of New York Times bestsellers like The 5th Wave and Across the Universe.  Amy Harris's life changed forever when They took over. Her paredeadlynts--vanished. The government--obsolete. Societal structure--nonexistent. No one knows where They came from, but these vicious creatures have been rapidly devouring mankind since They appeared. With fierce survivor instincts, Amy manages to stay alive--and even rescues "Baby," a toddler who was left behind. After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope. On the surface, it appears to be a safe haven for survivors. But there are dark and twisted secrets lurking beneath that could have Amy and Baby paying with not only their freedom . . . but also their lives.

Looking For Alaska

by John Green                                              johngreenbooks.com

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .After. Nothing is ever the same.

Rotters
by Daniel Kraus                                          www.danielkraus.com

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.  Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey's father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey's life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating. Daniel Kraus's masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.

Wicked Girls:  A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials
by Stephanie Hemphill                   

What started out as girls' games became a witch hunt. Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials told from the perspectives of three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692.  Ann Putnam Jr. plays the queen bee.  When her father suggests that a spate of illnesses within the village is the result of witchcraft, Ann grasps her opportunity.  She puts in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of the people around her forever.  Mercy Lewis, the beautiful servant in Ann's house, inspires adulation in some and envy in others.  With a troubled past, she seizes her only chance at safety.  Margaret Walcott, Ann's cousin, is desperately in love and consumed with fiery jealousy.  She is torn between staying loyal to her friends and pursuing the life she dreams of with her betrothed.  With new accusations mounting daily against the men and women of the community, the girls will have to decide:  Is it too late to tell the truth?  A Printz Honor winner for Your Own, sylvia, Stephanie Hemphill uses evocative verse to weave a nuanced portrait of one of the most chilling and fascinating times in our nation's history.