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Edited by Luke Reynolds In these personal, funny, moving, and poignant essays, Kathryn Erskine (Mockingbird), Matthew Quick (The Silver Linings Playbook), Gary D. Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars), Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl), and many others share anecdotes and lessons learned from their own lives in order to show you that some rules just beg to be broken. 224 pages Ages 12 and up 2013 Chicago Review Press ISBN: 9781613747841

37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading

37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading: "We need to be willing to risk embarrassment, ask silly questions, surround ourselves with people who don’t know what we’re talking about. We need to leave behind the safety of our expertise.”

Edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr. Kev's the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he's dead, he's not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Here, in nine stories, we meet people who didn't know Kevin, friends from his childhood, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, all dealing with the fallout of his death. 160 pages Ages 14 and up 2014 Candlewick Press ISBN: 9780763652852

Novik's attraction to characters who provide an outsider's perspective comes from her own experience. Her parents are immigrants who came to the U.S. from Eastern Europe before she was born. Her grandmother was executed for her role in the Polish resistance during World War II, and her mother defected from Communist Poland and was separated from her family for many years. http://www.npr.org/2016/02/27/467810806/a-writer-engineers-historical-fiction-hack-add-dragons

One Came Home: Amy Timberlake: In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except…

Eva Underground: Dandi Daley Mackall: The year 1978 has been a pretty good one for Eva Lott. So when her widowed dad says it's time for them to move, she's not exactly thrilled when he tells her that he intends to move to Communist Poland to help with a radical underground movement. Nominated ALA Best Book for Young Adults 2007 Finalist for Ohioana Award, 2007 New York Public Library "Teen Pick" Study guide available at Harcourt Books