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Donut Days

Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend’s not speaking to her, a boy she’s known all her life is suddenly smoking hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was transgendered.

But this weekend Emma’s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non-Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn’t quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer.

Aggie

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The Implosion of Aggie Winchester

Sixteen-year-old Aggie Winchester is that rare mix of principal’s kid and Goth girl — a rebel, or so she’d like to think. The truth is, she doesn’t know who she is or who she wants to be. She only knows she doesn’t want to be a target. Her dark makeup and clothes, along with her tough best friend, Syliva, who bullies freshman and cheerleaders alike, make Aggie feel safe. She doesn’t know what she’d do without Sylvia always having her back.

But when Sylvia finds herself pregnant and determined to turn her booty calls with the most popular boy in school into something real — like family — Aggie finds herself utterly alone and, even worse, the target of her own best friend. Add to that an ex-boyfriend who maybe wants to get back together or maybe just wants to have sex; a new boy with equally unclear intentions; and her principal mom who might be involved in the school scandal of the century, and Aggie’s having a trying junior year. In fact, she’s ready to implode.

The Waiting Sky

One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane’s life for the better.

Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can’t quite admit her mother’s alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until her mom drives drunk, nearly killing them both, not to mention Jane’s best friend.

Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty, too — is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture, and the storms in the sky swirl as dangerously as those in Jane’s heart.