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Crazy House

James Patterson/ Gabrielle Charbonnet

In their new dystopian series, Patterson and Charbonnet (Witch & Wizard, 2009) create a future world where teenagers are taken, imprisoned, and forced to fight for their survival. Twin sisters Becca and Cassie Greenfield live in a highly regimented farming community under the watchful eye of The United, the authoritarian government. When Becca is kidnapped and taken to a terrifying, violent prison, she’s put on Death Row and told to fit in and keep her mouth shut. But she’s never been very good at either. Cassie knows that if she's going to rescue her sister, she’ll first have to join her in the crazy house. As Becca and Cassie unravel the deadly secrets of the prison, they realize that a greater evil lurks outside its walls than within them.

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The Fashion Committee

Susan Juby

Juby’s (The Truth Commission, 2015) humorous novel follows a competition between Charlie Dean and John Thomas-Smith for a one-year art scholarship to the private Green Pastures Academy. Both students are from the wrong side of the tracks and neither of their families can afford the prestigious fine arts high school. Charlie is in luck because this year the competition focuses on fashion design, her specialty and obsession. John, a sculptor, couldn’t care less about clothes, but he’s desperate to get into the school. Charlie and John know that winning the scholarship will make all their dreams come true, so they furiously brainstorm ideas, search for models, betray friends, and misplace their priorities.

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Lord of Shadows

Cassandra Clare

Clare’s sequel to Lady Midnight (2016) finds Emma Carstairs torn between her love for Julian and her need to shield him from the consequences of their forbidden relationship. After she avenged her parents, Emma thought she’d be at peace. But she’s anything but calm. Because she struggles with her passion for Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, Emma has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie and the Unseelie King will no longer concede to the demands of the Shadowhunters. Caught between the laws of the Clave and the demands of Faerie, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late!

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