Josie Moraine, the charismatic star of Ruta Sepetys’s excellent historical novel, is sure to take a place on your bookshelf alongside heroines like Jo March. Born to a prostitute and raised by a madam in the teeming, gritty French Quarter of 1950s New Orleans, Josie escapes the brothel by working in a bookstore. But entanglement in a crime ring threatens to derail Josie’s secret scheme of getting into college and Out of the Easy (Philomel, $17.99). With keen period detail and vivid, slangy language, Sepetys evokes postwar New Orleans in all its seedy splendor. But it’s the coming-of-age story, narrated in Josie’s singular voice, that’s the main attraction.  Ages 15-18. EMS

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ISBN: 9780399256929
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Published: Philomel Books - February 12th, 2013

Allyson’s future is nicely on track (college, pre-med, medical school) until she travels to Europe the summer after high school graduation. There she meets Willem, a beguiling Dutch actor who spirits Allyson away from her tour group for an impulsive, romantic adventure in Paris—and then disappears, leaving Allyson penniless, humiliated, and alone. She finds that her entire sense of self has been shaken even though she and Willem were together for c (Dutton, $17.99). What follows is Gayle Forman’s thoughtful rendering of a young woman’s painful road back to confidence and self-discovery, told over the course of Allyson’s first year of college.  Ages 15-18. EMS

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ISBN: 9780525425915
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

What a delight to find a poetry collection that works on so many levels. It’s a tour through world poetry and an introduction to contemporary and classic poets, as well as a great primer for vocabulary and emotions. Yes, A is Amazing (Frances Lincoln, $18.99), but have you considered H for Huffy, N for Nostalgic, Z for Zestful, or P for Puddle-Wonderful? For each emotion (and letter of the alphabet), editor Wendy Cooling has chosen a poem to represent it. Her selections mix the iconic and the unexpected. Debjani Chatterjee’s “My Sari” is under G for Good; John Keats, with “A Song About Myself,” makes an appearance under N for Naughty. Piet Grobler’s bright paint-and-ink drawings underscore Cooling’s message that poetry is whimsical, lively, and fun.  Ages 7-10. EMS

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ISBN: 9781847802552
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - March 26th, 2013

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