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Bildungsromans

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    Ko, Lisa
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    One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an "all-American boy." But far away from all he's ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother's disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind. Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It's the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away-and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.

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    Behrens, Peter
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    Winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Peter Behrens's bestselling novel is gorgeously written, Homeric in scope, and haunting in its depiction of a young man's perilous journey from innocence to experience. The Law of Dreams follows Fergus O'Brien from Ireland to Liverpool and Wales during the Great Potato Famine of 1847, and then beyond -- to a harrowing Atlantic crossing to Montreal. On the way, Fergus loses his family, discovers a teeming world beyond the hill farm where he was born, and experiences three great loves.

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    Rivers, Francine
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    Set in the 1850s Smoky Mountains, Rivers tells the gripping tale of a girl who's desperate to remove the guilt of her sister's death and anxious to absolve her departed grandmother of sins. While seeking the elusive Sin Eater, she uncovers a hideous secret and finds the truth.

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    McMurtry, Larry
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    An almost-true story about a small town in Texas that ought to exist if it doesn't, with characters like Sam the Lion, the delectable Jacy, and Ruth Popper, the coach's wife.

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    Smith, Lee
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    Recounts the last summer of innocence for nine-year-old Susan, who witnesses the disintegration of her parent's marriage, and learns of people's cruelty from the visiting nephew of a neighbor.

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    Roy, Philip
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    The Kingdom of No Worries is the story of three young friends who create their own kingdom on a piece of land that emerges in the middle of the river that runs through their city. Inspired by their actions to create a democracy that is a model of social tolerance and global thinking, the surrounding community turns out in the thousands to participate in what becomes a radical cultural hub of the city. Over the course of one hot summer the boys grapple to learn what a democracy is and to oversee its demands. Alas, their nascent sovereignty is challenged first by a civic order of eviction, then by valid First Nations land claims, and ultimately by nature itself. Can the utopian dream be saved? The Kingdom of No Worries is an empowering tale that speaks to the archetypal dream that all children have to create their own world.

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    Jackson, Graham
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    "A coming-of-age novel about a teenager growing up in the suburbs of Toronto in the 1960s with a father who tortures him psychologically. His world opens up when he realizes he is gay"--Provided by publisher.

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    Wells, H. G.
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    An arrogant medical student renders himself invisible in an experiment and terrorizes a small town in England while attempting to reverse the procedure. An iconic fleshing out of Plato’s parable, “The Ring of Gyges.”

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    Egan, Jennifer
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    Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith's life and death, Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe--a quest that yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith's lost generation.

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    Saenz, Benjamin Alire
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    "Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love-this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!"-Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-Winning author of The Surrender Tree Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not who he thought he was, who is he' This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

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    Wehm, M. Darusha
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    The first time Brian Guillemot ever spoke to his mother, he was thirty years old, reading a European re-imagining of the X-Men and sitting on the john. An adopted only child, Brian "Gumbo" Guillemot's teenage hobby was searching for his birth parents. But when he finally finds his birth mother, Kim, he's unprepared for the instant family that comes with her. No one knows anything about Brian's birth father and Kim's penchant for divulging too much information disappears whenever he is mentioned. Brian refuses to give up the search, even if it means alienating his few friends and both his families. But the more he learns, the more he wonders whether some things are better left unknown. A late-bloomer's coming of age story, The Home For Wayward Parrots explores friendship, romance, modern families and geek pop culture with wit, compassion and extremely foul-mouthed birds.

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    Lamb, Marnie
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    Hilary has one goal for her first year in junior high: to become popular. But her plans are turned upside down when her best friend leaves for the summer and a quirky girl named Kallie moves in next door. Kallie paints constellations on her ceiling, sleeps in a hammock, and enacts fantastical plays in front of cute boys on the beach. Yet despite Kallie’s lack of interest in being “cool,” Hilary and Kallie find themselves becoming friends. That summer friendship, however, is put to the test when school begins, reigniting Hilary's obsession with climbing the social ladder. As Hilary discovers the dark side to popularity, she must decide who she wants to be before she loses everything.

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    Boyne, John
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    Adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple who remind him that he is not a real member of their family, Cyril embarks on a journey to find himself and where he came from, discovering his identity, a home, a country, and much more throughout a long lifetime.

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    McCullers, Carson
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    In a small Georgia mill town during the depression, four misfits form a group that revolves around a deaf-mute whose sole companion has been sent to an insane asylum.

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    Joe, Yolanda
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    Terri Mills' star is on the rise. A smart and ambitious lawyer engaged to a successful man, she has escaped her small-town roots and hopes to never look back. But then her man is unfaithful. Grandma Ollie knows something is wrong when her pen runs out of ink as she tries to enter Terri's engagement in her bible. Before long, Terri returns to Arkansas and Grandma Ollie, where she absorbs plenty of sage wisdom and struggles to cope with her upturned life.

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    Dalton, Tom
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    Three-and-a-half-year-old Michael Murphy is a pain in the ass. He sure shouldn’t be invited to any more weddings; last one he kicked the man his mother married in the shins. All he does is piss and moan, and he won't eat anything his mother cooks. For the life of him, he can’t understand why his new grandmother would try to smother him with a pillow. Through it all, Michael is a fighter — he survives malnutrition and double pneumonia before his first day at a one-room schoolhouse on the Pinch in late 1950s Newfoundland. Then there’s a baseball bat, a hammer, a hatchet, some inconvenient fresh cow patties, a binge-drinking father and an ever-pregnant mother… The hard-place boy faces the same choice day after day: to buckle down and become a positive help to his family, or continue down a devilishly contrarian and obstructive path.

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    Tartt, Donna
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    A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, survives an explosion that kills his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in as an orphan, he becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.

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    Pettersen, Geneviève, Smith, Neil
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    Winner, 2015 Archambault Prize The year is 1996, and small-town life for 14-year-old Catherine is made up of punk rock, skaters, shoplifting, drugs, and the ghost of Kurt Cobain. Her parents are too busy divorcing to pay her headful of unspent angst much attention. But after she tries a PCP variant called mesc for the first time, her budding rebellion begins to spiral out of control. Acclaimed as the modern-day coming-of-age story for a generation of Québécois youth growing up in the 1990s, Geneviève Pettersen’s award-winning debut novel both shocked and titillated readers in its original French, who quickly ordained it a contemporary classic and a runaway bestseller. Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, the hotly tipped Québécois director behind Inch-Allah (2012), is currently adapting the story to film. Now Esplanade Books is honored to present The Goddess of Fireflies to English readers for the first time in a powerful translation from award-winning novelist Neil Smith, author of Boo and Bang Crunch. Praise: "In The Goddess of Fireflies Geneviève Pettersen has assembled a narrator who will pull you, willing or not, through her swaggering, fumbling coming of age. A melange of blasé toughness and menacing vulnerability, Catherine and her story will resonate deeply with those of us who grew up in the 90s of Cobain, cocaine, and 18-hole Doc Martens, but it's a universal tale too: the raw scramble of a young woman on the brink. –Anna Leventhal, author of Sweet Affliction “I really loved The Goddess of Fireflies, where the presence of the Saguenay is made to be as significant as that of Montreal.” –Michel Tremblay

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    Sin, Kyŏng-suk
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    A teenage girl arrives in Seoul to work in a factory by day and struggles through night school to achieve her dream of becoming a writer. This complex and nuanced coming-of-age story is set against the backdrop of Korea's industrial sweatshops of the 1970s.

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    Bird, Sarah
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    A single mom and her seventeen-year-old daughter learn how to let go in that precarious moment before college empties the nest.

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