Point Loma High School

New Books

Life as we knew it

by Susan Beth Pfeffer. High school sophomore Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
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The Living

by Matt De La Pena. Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two—every cruise has different passengers, after all.
But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy's only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.
The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it's a fight to survive for those left living.
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Just One Year

by Gayle Forman. "After spending an amazing day and night with a nameless girl in Paris, Willem embarks on his own transformative journey to find her once again"--Provided by publisher.
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He Said, She Said

by Kwame Alexander. "When a popular football 'playa' and ladies man and the smartest girl in school lead a school protest, sparks fly as their social media-aided revolution grows"--Provided by publisher.
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Fire Storm

by Andrew Lane. "A fourth action-filled puzzler for teen Sherlock as he plunges into a fight for his life and battles to discover what has happened to his missing friends"--Provided by publisher.
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Ketchup Clouds

by Annabel Pitcher. Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.
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Fire

by Kristin Cashore

Entrancingly beautiful and gifted with the ability to control people’s minds, sixteen-year-old Fire is the only remaining human monster in the Dells. After a dark childhood incident, she pledged never to use her powers again. But as war threatens to consume the Dells, a prince helps Fire see what she is capable of: saving the kingdom.
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Rapture of the Deep

by L. A. Meyer

At last, Jacky Faber is to marry her beloved Jaimy. But on her wedding day, British intelligence kidnaps Jacky and compels her to embark on another mission in service of the Crown. The mission, searching for sunken Spanish treasure in the Caribbean, is potentially lucrative, but certainly perilous—which is to say, right up Jacky’s alley.
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Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking, Book 2

by Patrick Ness

Todd and Viola thought they would find rescue in the town of Haven. Instead they are captured by Mayor Prentiss, who has conquered most human settlements on the planet. When the mayor imprisons Todd, Viola joins an opposition group, hoping to save Todd—and their world—from the mayor’s wicked machinations.
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Solace of the Road

by Siobhan Dowd

When Holly Hogan finds the wig, everything changes. Wearing the long, flowing blond locks, she’s not Holly anymore; she’s Solace, the girl with the slinkster walk and the super-sharp talk. She’s older, more confident—the kind of girl who can walk right out of her foster family’s house, hitch to Ireland, and find her mum.
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Before Columbus

by Charles C. Mann

This compelling and convincing study of Native American societies is adapted for younger readers from Charles C. Mann’s best-selling 1491. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, the book argues that the people of North and South America lived in enormous cities, raised pyramids hundreds of years before the Egyptians did, engineered corn, and farmed the rainforests. Introduction. Glossary. Full-color photographs and illustrations.
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Whiteout

by Walter Sorrells

“The snow was sticking to my hat, to my hair, to my coat. The normal world had disappeared. Nothing left but snow. My shoes crunched. The snow swirled. I was alone. . . . Just me, just Chass, just this lonely, freezing sixteen-year-old girl”—and the murderer who’s chasing her.
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Forest Born

by Shannon Hale

Lately, Rin has felt alienated from the very place that used to bring her the most comfort: her forest home. She decides to leave, traveling with her brother Razo to the palace of Bayern. When Bayern is attacked, Rin helps protect the queen and young prince—and discovers that she possesses a terrifying power, the very power that caused the trees of her forest home to turn against her.
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Bone Rose

by Jeff Smith
illustrated by Charles Vess

This prequel to the fantasy saga that Time magazine called “one of the ten greatest graphic novels of all time” tells the story of Princess Rose and her sister Princess Briar, and of Rose’s early dealings with the Great Red Dragon. Full-color illustrations.
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Hold Still

by Nina LaCour
illustrated by Mia Nolting

Ingrid didn’t leave a note. Three months after her best friend’s suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin’s bed. “I stare at it in my hands forever, just feeling its weight, looking at the place where one Wite-Out wing is starting to flake off. Then, once my hands are steadied, I open to the first page.
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Albert Einstein: Giants of Science

by Kathleen Krull
illustrated by Boris Kulikov

“Was he a scientist? Not in the ordinary sense of the word. . . . What he excelled at was thinking—on hikes, while playing the violin, even at the dinner table.” This biography shows that the thinker was also a complex and fascinating person. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white illustrations.
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Candor

by Pam Bachorz

Everything is perfect in the town of Candor, Florida. Teens respect their elders, do their chores, and enjoy homework—because they’re controlled by subliminal messages. Only Oscar, the son of the town’s founder, knows how to get kids out—for a price.
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Death on the River

by John Wilson

Jake, a Union soldier, only survives life in brutal Andersonville prison thanks to the criminal activities of Billy, an older captive. Once they are freed, Jake doesn’t know whether to find his own way back home or to continue leaning on Billy—who, while troublingly unscrupulous, is very resourceful.
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The Hunchback Assignments

by Arthur Slade

Modo is such an ugly young child that he is put on display as a freak. However, a mysterious gentleman named Mr. Socrates understands the boy’s potential. Mr. Socrates brings Modo home and raises him, training the boy to be a first-rate agent—but to what end?
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