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YA “Fall” Books

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“Fall” for one of these books:

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The Fall of Five, by Pittacus Lore

The Fall of Five is the fourth novel in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore. The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?  John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found one another. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.  But he was wrong.

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Fallout, by Todd Strasser

In the summer of 1962, the possibility of nuclear war is all anyone talks about. But Scott’s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who actually prepares for the worst. As the neighbors scoff, he builds a bomb shelter to hold his family and stocks it with just enough supplies to keep the four of them alive for two critical weeks. In the middle of the night in late October, when the unthinkable happens, those same neighbors force their way into the shelter before Scott’s dad can shut the door. With not enough room, not enough food, and not enough air, life inside the shelter is filthy, physically draining, and emotionally fraught.  But even worse is the question of what will — and won’t — remain when the door is opened again.

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Falling for You, by Lisa Schroeder

Rae’s always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet.  But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give.  As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier.  And possessive Nathan becomes jealous. He’s not about to let her go.  And with danger following her every move, Rae must fight for the life and love she deserves if she’s going to survive.

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Fall of Night, by Rachel Caine

Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big time problems.  When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it.  But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble.  Claire never thought she’d get to leave Morganville, but she can’t pass up the chance to finally attend her dream school, MIT.  After all, getting to invent anti-vamp devices with Professor Anderson—a Morganville exile herself—sounds like a dream come true…until Claire realizes that there are sinister forces in play, and she’s not the only one with a vampire-related agenda.

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Let the Sky Fall, by Shannon Messenger

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents.  And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real.  But he hopes she is.  Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental.  She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands.  She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

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The Way We Fall, by Megan Crewe

When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island-no one can leave, and no one can come back.  Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival.  As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak.  When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.  Because how will she go on if there isn’t?

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Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes

The gripping New York Times bestseller that is Game of Thrones for teens.  In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering.  Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process.  Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined.  The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

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Never Fall Down, by Patricia McCormick

When soldiers arrive in his hometown, Arn is just a normal little boy. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever.  Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children dying before his eyes.  One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument.  Arn’s never played a note in his life, but he volunteers.  This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields.  And just as the country is about to be liberated, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier.  Based on the true story of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn-Pond, and authentically told from his point of view as a young boy, this is an achingly raw and powerful historical novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace.

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Fall to Pieces, by Vahini Naidoo

When your best friend dies, you’re supposed to know what happened. You’re supposed to know why. But Ella has no idea what happened the night Amy jumped to her death or why Amy would want to die. Ella’s other friends, Mark and Petal, are hiding something. Ella thinks they know exactly what happened that terrible night. But they’re not talking. Instead, Ella, Mark, and Petal play Pick Me Ups—a game in which they jump from dangerous heights. And every time Ella falls, she begins to remember pieces of that night. . . . It’s still not enough. So Ella brings a mysterious new guy into the group, hoping he will help shake things up and unearth the truth. But Ella’s “Explosive Boy” has secrets of his own.

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Falling in Love with English Boys, by Melissa Jensen

Desperate for something – anything – to do in London while her mother’s off researching boring historical things, Cat starts reading the 1815 diary of Katherine Percival her mom gives her – and finds the similarities between their lives to be oddly close.  But where Katherine has the whirls of the society, the parties and the gossip over who is engaged to who, Cat’s only got some really excellent English chocolate.  Then she meets William Percival – the uber-hot descendant of Katherine – and things start looking up . . .

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Fall Line, by M. Zachary Sherman

Fourteen-year-old Amy Kestrel is a powder pig.  Often hidden beneath five layers of hoodies, this bleach-blonde, CO ski bum is tough to spot on the street.  However, get her on the slopes, and she’s hard to miss.  Shredding since the age of three, Amy’s well-to-do parents support her ambitions both emotionally and financially.  She’s always got the latest and greatest gear: custom boards, top-of-the-line boots, and killer shades.  But when a strange group of masked men threaten her favorite mountain, she’ll need every ounce of the one thing she lacks . . . confidence.

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Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

What if you only had one day to live?  What would you do?  Who would you kiss?  And how far would you go to save your own life?  Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.  Instead, it turns out to be her last.  The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning.  Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

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Come Fall, by A.C.E. Bauer

Lu Zimmer’s best friend moved away last summer.  Salman Page is the new kid in school.  Salman becomes the object of the school bully’s torment, and Lu’s pregnant mother has some unexpected complications.  Is something conspiring against them?  In fact, through no fault of their own, Salman and Lu have become pawns in a game of jealous one-upmanship between Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of Faery, with the mischievous Puck trying to keep the peace.

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Falling for Hamlet, by Michelle Ray

Meet Ophelia, high school senior, daughter of the Danish king’s most trusted adviser, and longtime girlfriend of Prince Hamlet.  She lives a glamorous life and has a royal social circle, and her beautiful face is splashed across magazines and television screens.  But it comes with a price–her life is ruled not only by Hamlet’s fame and his overbearing royal family but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go.  After the sudden and suspicious death of his father, the king, Hamlet spirals dangerously toward madness, and Ophelia finds herself torn, with no one to turn to.  All Ophelia wants is to live a normal life.  But when you date a prince, you have to play your part.

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And Then Things Fall Apart, by Arlaina Tibensky

Keek and her boyfriend just had their Worst Fight Ever; her best friend heinously betrayed her; her parents are divorcing; and her mom’s across the country caring for her newborn cousin, who may or may not make it home from the hospital.  To top it all off, Keek’s got the plague.  (Well, the chicken pox.)  Now she’s holed up at her grandmother’s technologically barren house until further notice.  Not quite the summer vacation Keek had in mind.  With only an old typewriter and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar for solace and guidance, Keek’s alone with her swirling thoughts.  But one thing’s clear through her feverish haze—she’s got to figure out why things went wrong so she can make them right.

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As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth, by Lynne Rae Perkins

The train was moving.  Ry could hardly tell at first, but now he knew.  It was gaining speed, and he wasn’t fast enough to catch it.  He had only gotten off for a minute, just to make a phone call—and now it was gone.  He was in the middle of nowhere, alone.  Maybe it was the middle of nowhere, but to Ry, it felt like the beginning of something.  Something that would take him in cars, planes, boats… over an ocean and back.  Something like an adventure.

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In the Path of Falling Objects, by Andrew Smith

Jonah and his younger brother, Simon, are on their own.  All they have left in the world is ten dollars, a backpack full of dirty clothes, and a stack of letters from their older brother, who’s fighting in the war.  They’re on their way to Arizona when they catch a ride from a couple.  The girl is friendly—and beautiful.  But the man is different, maybe dangerous, maybe deadly.  It’s a good thing Jonah and Simon packed one more thing in their bag . . . a gun.

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The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance.  A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper.  What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.  Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness.  As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew.  More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way.  But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.  Then she starts seeing things.  Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

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Falling, by Doug Wilhelm

Everyone expected fifteen-year-old Matt Shaw to be Jeffords Junior High’s star basketball player. But Matt never went out for the team.  He won’t even touch a ball anymore, and he hardly talks to anyone.  No one understands why he’s changed, but Matt knows that it’s his “golden child” older brother who’s really been doing all the changing.  Matt can’t imagine what would happen to his family if word got out about Neal’s drug habit and the strung-out strangers he’s seen coming and going from the house when their parents aren’t home.  Matt can’t tell anyone what he knows – not his parents, not the police detective who refuses to leave him alone, not even Katie, the one girl he’s ever really had feelings for.

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Tallulah Falls, by Christine Fletcher

When Tallulah Addy sets out on an impulsive cross-country trip to rescue her best friend, she doesn’t anticipate getting stranded in rural Tennessee without a dime.  Nor does she guess that rescuing a dog will land her a job in the local veterinarian’s office.  But there, under the wary eye of ornery Dr. Poteet, Tallulah works harder than ever before, tending to animals of all shapes and sizes–and unexpectedly, to wounds long-buried in herself.  Tallulah swears she’ll leave the first chance she gets, yet when given the choice, it may prove harder to keep the promise to her friend than to say good-bye to the strangers who have become her new family.

 

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