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Have You Heard About... Helen & Troy's Epic Road Quest

… the great teen road trip? Two teens set out together the summer before they start college, finding themselves along the way. Troy is the perfect guy — handsome, smart, athletic, friendly with everyone, and a genuinely nice guy. Helen is also smart and athletic, although rather shy. They both get along well with their parents and siblings, and they work together at Magic Burger. Together, they’re taking the ride of their lives in Troy’s father’s electric-blue Ford convertible.

Have You Heard About... Faithful Place

… the dysfunctional families living in the Irish neighborhood of Faithful Place? Faithful Place by Tana French was a reread for me, and I continue to be amazed at how well her mysteries hold up against multiple readings.

Have You Heard About... Darth Vader's children

… the best father in a galaxy far, far away? Jeffrey Brown shows what a great father Darth Vader could have been in two great books of cartoons.

Have You Heard About... Stiff

… the fascinating and hilarious history of the human cadaver? That sentence probably wouldn’t exist in normal conversation, if it weren’t for Mary Roach’s amazing and laugh-out-loud funny book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.

Have You Heard About... OCD, the Dude, and Me

… the high school senior who can’t fit in at her alternative school? This sounds like the plot of just about every young adult novel ever written, but stick with me – Lauren Vaughn’s OCD, the Dude, and Me isn’t an ordinary misfit novel.

Have You Heard About... A Natural History of Dragons

… the shocking lady scientist? In A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir of Lady Trent, Marie Brennan tells the tale of another world, with different countries and animals from ours.

Have You Heard About... Bossypants

… the awesomeness that is Tina Fey? Before I read Bossypants, I knew Tina Fey as the Sarah Palin impersonator from Saturday Night Live, the math teacher from Mean Girls, and that one character from 30 Rock… and that was it.

Have You Heard About... Steadfast

… the elemental magicians who work with creatures of earth, air, fire and water? Mercedes Lackey has written a new novel in this world, Steadfast.* Katie Langford thought that her abilities were limited to acrobatics and dance until her parents died. Without them to protect her, others in the circus that was their home start to take advantage of Katie.

Have You Heard About... Joyland

… the mystery surrounding the 1970’s carnival circuit? Stephen King departs from his usual horror-novel fare with Joyland – a mystery wrapped in a coming-of-age story that is sure to be at the top of everyone’s summer reading list.

Have You Heard About... Paleofantasy

… the theory that because humans evolved for life in the Paleolithic Period, we should shape our modern lives around that? According to proponents of these theories, our DNA was shaped by what we ate, how we moved, our family lives, and more for hundreds of thousands of years. If we eat, move, and raise children like we did then, we will be happier, healthier, and more in tune with the dictates of our genes.

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