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Edgewater
Courtney Sheinmel
Description

Lorrie Hollander lives with her unstable aunt Gigi in a decrepit eyesore of a mansion called Edgewater, but when Charlie, the son of an esteemed senator, takes an interest in Lorrie she is ashamed of her lifestyle until she learns Charlie's family is hiding something too, and that their secrets are inextricably tied. “With powerful messages of family and self-reliance, Sheinmel's coming-of-age tale captivates with its masterful storytelling style and intricate detail,” according to Publishers Weekly.

Bio and Honors

Courtney Sheinmel is the author of several books for kids and teens including Edgewater, Positively, Sincerely, and the Stella Batts series for young readers. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Sequoyah Award (Positively), a National Parenting Publication Awards honorable mention (the Stella Batts series), and have appeared on recommended lists, including the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teenage, and the ABC Best Books for Children. She lives in New York City.

Faceless
Alyssa Sheinmel
Description

When Maisie gets into a terrible accident, her face is partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to get a face transplant–but how do you live your life when you can’t even recognize yourself anymore. She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student . . . a normal girl. Now all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did–and didn’t–shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what “lucky” really means. Bestselling author Luanne Rice called Faceless “gorgeous and wrenching… a vivid, compelling, beautiful, immediate novel.”

Bio and Honors

Alyssa Sheinmel is the author of several young adult novels including Faceless and Second Star, as well as the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl.    Of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, bestselling author R.L. Stine said, “I was on the edge of my seat from the very first page,” and horror icon Wes Craven wrote, “Things that go bump in the night are afraid to read this book… Read it if you dare, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.”  Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and attended Barnard College. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Into the Dangerous World
Julie Chibbaro (author) and Jean Marc Superville Sovak
Description

At a family meeting, Ror declares her purpose: She is an artist. But she doesn't really know what that means. Raised on a commune, she's never attended a day of school, and has seen little of the outside world. When her father torches the commune–and himself–Ror's life changes. She, her mother and sister end up in a homeless residence in Manhattan. On the city's streets, and in its museums and galleries, Ror finds herself pulled in different directions. What does she want? Ror's journey is a seamless blend of words and pictures, cinematic in its scope, “infused with creative energy and excitement for the artistic process”–Booklist.

Bio and Honors

Julie Chibbaro is the author of Deadly, a medical mystery about the hunt for Typhoid Mary. Deadly won many awards, including the 2011 National Jewish Book Award and was named Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association. Jean-Marc Superville Sovak is an artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the world, including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Manifesta 8 European Biennial of Contemporary Art. He is the illustrator of Deadly and lives and works with Julie in Beacon, NY.

Secret Saturdays
Torrey Maldonado
Description

Sean is Justin's best friend, at least Justin thought he was. But lately Sean has been acting differently: telling lies, getting into trouble at school, and hanging out with a tougher crowd. When Justin finally discovers that Sean's been secretly going to visit his father in prison and is dealing with the shame of that, Justin wants to do something to help before his friend spirals further out of control. But what if confronting Sean means Justin loses his very best friend? “…A a moving portrayal of the hope to be found through honest relationships”–Publishers Weekly.

Bio and Honors

Voted a “Top 10 Latino Author” and best Middle Grade and Young Adult novelist for African Americans, Torrey Maldonado was recently honored as a top teacher by NYC’s School Chancellor.  His work builds boys into multidimensional males and youth into global, caring citizens. Praised for its timeless feel, Secret Saturdays, made states’ reading lists and is assigned alongside classics and in anti-bullying initiatives. His forthcoming works also are inspired by his and his students’ lives.