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Aces Up

by Lauren Barnholdt

Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped. When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore. Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold? This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth- great for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.

Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better

by Lauren Barnholdt

Devon Delaney cannot believe she's lying again. But the thing is, she couldn't help it. Her new boyfriend, Luke, is talking to his (gorgeous) ex-girlfriend, Bailey Barelli (!!!), every single day in mock trial. Devon couldn't just stand by and let him find out that she'd never dated anyone else before. Could she? Oopsie. Too late now. To show how totally unaffected she is by Bailey's obvious Luke hang-up, Devon invents a fake ex-boyfriend of her own: Greg. Fab! What could go wrong? But it isn't long before Devon finds herself in the middle of another supergigantic lie. Can Devon come clean in time to keep the guy? Or will she lose everything due to another lie?

Fake Me a Match

by Lauren Barnholdt

Avery LaDuke is bummed when her (former) BFF, Sophie Burns, dumps her for the popular crowd. But now that her mom is getting remarried, Avery's hoping her new stepsister, Blake, will fill the role of best pal. So imagine her shock when Blake befriends Sophie instead! At least Avery can focus on leading the eighth-grade charity project--which turns out to involve an online matchmaking service. She's skeptical about online love, but Avery sees an opportunity to get Blake back on her side: She'll tamper with the program and have Blake matched with Sam, the most popular boy in school! Except something goes seriously wrong, and it's Avery who ends up being matched with Sam. Not only is the class adviser suspicious, but Avery discovers that she kinda sorta likes Sam...and he likes her back. Torn between her crush and her new stepsister/best friend, Avery is left wondering: Is there any possible way she can keep them both? Avery is left wondering: is there any possible way she can keep them both?

Four Truths and a Lie

by Lauren Barnholdt

Eighth grader Scarlett is boy crazy -- and not just a little boy crazy. We're talking seriously, utterly, completely, 100-percent boy crazy! So much so that her mother, in an effort to curb Scarlett's enthusiasm, ships her off to a prestigious all-girls charter school. Scarlett thinks her life is absolutely over. But what she doesn't know is that her life is about to get absolutely interesting, because on her desk in her dorm room she finds a letter. The letter says it contains four truths and a lie -- and Scarlett's reputation depends on determining which is which.... Maybe an all-girls school isn't so boring after all.

From This Moment

by Lauren Barnholdt

Each book in The Moment of Truth trilogy is told from the perspective of former best friends Lyla, Aven, and Quinn. When they were freshman, they wrote emails to themselves about one thing they hoped to accomplish before they graduate. Over the course of the series, which takes place on their senior trip, each girl tackles that email all while learning about life, love, and the truth about the fight that ended their perfect friendship.In the final book, Aven must decide if, when it comes to deciding between friendship and true love, she is able to listen to her heart. For the past four years she has shared everything with her best friend, Liam . . . except for the secret she knows would ruin their friendship. The one about how she's loved him since the first time they met.But now everything is about to change.With the end of high school drawing near, and the seniors headed to Florida for a class trip, Aven is determined to tell Liam the truth. Even though he already has a girlfriend. Even though Aven's finally met a great guy who likes her back. Even though Liam reciprocating her feelings is as terrifying as him rejecting her. Because no matter what he says, Aven knows that once the truth is out, things will never be the same.

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Ghost of a Chance (Girl Meets Ghost #3)

by Lauren Barnholdt

Kendall takes drastic action when she encounters ghostly overwhelm in this third book in a tween series that Kirkus Reviews calls "bright, bubbly fun."<P> Kendall feels like she's losing at life. The only people who will talk to her are ghosts, and she's exhausted from trying to fix their problems. Meanwhile, Brandon thinks she's a liar, her best friend thinks she's sneaking around with another boy, and her dad is getting serious with a new girlfriend. Kendall can't cope with anything else!<P> Desperate for answers, she decides to visit the one person who might have them--the one person she never wanted to see again. Will her mom be able to help, or will Kendall be stuck without a wisp of hope?

Girl Meets Ghost

by Lauren Barnholdt

A tween girl becomes a reluctant medium in this start to a hilariously haunting series.There's an old saying that "dead men tell no tales"--but that saying is definitely not true. Just ask twelve-year-old Kendall Williams, who can't get dead people to stop talking to her, no matter how politely she asks. It's pretty frustrating being able to hear and see people that no one else can. For one thing, her friends and family think she's going crazy. And for another, being spotted by your crush while talking to (seemingly) no one is positively mortifying. But Kendall is going to have to learn how to deal, because the only way to quiet the dead is to help them.

Hailey Twitch and the Campground Itch

by Lauren Barnholdt

The third book in a delightful new series featuring a seven-year-old mastermind who tries really hard not to blame her invisible friend for getting her into heaps of delicious trouble. With the help of her best friend, Hailey stirs up some good, old-fashioned camping fun. But when they soon discover the campground's covered in overgrown poison ivy, Hailey needs Maybelle the sprite's magical help. . . Praise for Hailey Twitch:"Hailey's child-centered perceptions remain spot-on. . . This winning series depicts one youngster's balancing act between her sweet and spunky sides and provides a welcome resource for kids waiting for the next Clementine or Moxy Maxwell. " -Kirkus"The sort of whimsical, charming story that parents will have no problem reading along with their children. . . "-Portland Books Examiner"Winning series. . . for kids waiting for the next Clementine. "-Kirkus

Hailey Twitch and the Great Teacher Switch

by Lauren Barnholdt

Hailey Twitch has a secret. She has a friend named Maybelle-a sprite that no one else can see. Hailey's class is performing a play that is fun, fun, fun! Hailey wants to be the star. But when a substitute teacher takes over the class, he makes the play BORING! Hailey needs Maybelle's help. But Maybelle still doesn't have her magic back. How will She help Hailey this time?

Hailey Twitch and the Wedding Glitch

by Lauren Barnholdt

A rollicking new story featuring the sweet and spunky Hailey Twitch and her mischievous sprite, Maybelle. The next installment in this hilarious and heartwarming series featuring a seven-year-old mastermind who tries really hard not to blame her invisible friend for getting her into heaps of delicious trouble. Hailey's magic sprite, Maybelle, has finally gotten control of her magic! Does that mean that Maybelle no longer needs Hailey? As if that's not enough to worry Hailey, now she's got her hands full being a flower girl in her aunt's wedding. "The sort of whimsical, charming story that parents will have no problem reading along with their children" -- Portland Books ExaminerGrades: 2-4

The Harder the Fall (Girl Meets Ghost #2)

by Lauren Barnholdt

Kendall has a crush--and the ghost of his mother has something to say about it. The second book in a hilariously haunting tween series. Kendall Williams talks to dead people all the time. Like it or not, it's kind of her thing--the ghosts need her help resolving issues from when they were alive, and she's good at figuring out their problems. What she can't figure out, however, is why the ghost of her crush's mother is haunting her. It's hard enough to like a guy and hope to impress his parents, but when his mom keeps visiting from beyond the grave, making the right impression seems downright impossible Can Kendall help with family matters without risking her relationship?

Heat of the Moment

by Lauren Barnholdt

In the first book of Lauren Barnholdt's captivating The Moment of Truth series, Lyla discovers that trusting her head might be easy but trusting her heart is a whole other matter.Lyla McAfee had all but forgotten the email that she wrote to herself freshman year and scheduled to be delivered right before graduation--the one promising that she'd learn to trust by the end of senior year. But when she receives it the first morning of her senior trip to Florida, her life is sent into a tailspin. Soon she's questioning her seemingly perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Derrick, her attraction to the school player, Beckett, and whether ending her friendship with Aven and Quinn, her former BFFs, was one of the biggest mistakes of her life.Each book in this trilogy is told from the perspective of a different girl--Lyla, Aven, and Quinn--former best friends who, back in freshman year, wrote emails to their future selves about the one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. Over the course of the series, each girl will learn about life, love, and the truth about the fight that ended their perfect friendship.

One Moment in Time

by Lauren Barnholdt

The second book of Lauren Barnholdt's exiting Moment of Truth series: three books, three girls, one life-changing senior trip.When the email arrived in Quinn Reynolds's in box on the morning of her flight to Florida, she sent it straight to her trash folder. The last thing Quinn needed was to be reminded of the pact she made with her ex-best friends--the one where she promised she would do something crazy before graduation.But that was before everything on the trip went wrong.Now, after a lifetime of playing it safe, Quinn figures that she might as well get a little wild...after all, what does she have to lose? When Abram, a local boy she met on the beach, asks her to hang out, she says yes. But while a vacation romance could be the best way to fulfill the pact, it might be the worst thing for her heart....Each book in this trilogy is told from the perspective of a different girl--Lyla, Aven, and Quinn--former best friends who, back in freshman year, wrote emails to their future selves about the one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. Over the course of the series, each girl will learn about life, love, and the truth about the fight that ended their perfect friendship.

One Night That Changes Everything

by Lauren Barnholdt

A hilarious novel about a teen who must do everything on her (embarrassing) list of  œthings I'm too scared to do list in only one night.

Reality Chick

by Lauren Barnholdt

All-hour study fests . . . all-night parties . . . Going away to college means total independence and freedom. Unless of course your freshman year is taped and televised for all the world to watch. On uncensored cable. Sweet and normal Ally Cavanaugh is one of five freshpeople shacking up on In the House, a reality show filmed on her college campus. (As if school isn't panic-inducing enough!) The cameras stalk her like paparazzi, but they also capture the fun that is new friends, old crushes, and learning to live on your own. Sure, the camera adds ten pounds, but with the freshman fifteen a given anyway, who cares? Ally's got bigger issues -- like how her long-distance bf can watch her loopy late-night "episode" with a certain housemate. . . . Freshman year on film. It's outrageous. It's juicy. And like all good reality TV,it's impossible to turn off.

Right of Way

by Lauren Barnholdt

Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt's Two-way Street.Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It's awesome, it's easy, it's romantic. This is the real deal. Unless it isn't. Because when you're in love, you don't just stop calling one day. And you don't keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you're supposed to have the other person to lean on. Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what's coming on the road ahead...

Rules for Secret Keeping

by Lauren Barnholdt

Samantha Carmichael has made a business out of shuttling secrets--drop your secret and a dollar into locker #321, and it gets anonymously delivered without being read. Samantha ensures confidentiality and discretion, and her gig is so successful that You Girl magazine has named her a finalist for Tween Entrepreneur of the Year. But when her classmate Olivia starts a secret-passing business of her own, Sam learns that imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery. And when a secret leaks out that puts Sam's own clandestine crush at stake, the battle of the businesses gets personal.

The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney

by Lauren Barnholdt

Mom says karma always comes around to get you, and I guess it's true. Because last summer I was a total liar, and now, right in the middle of Mr. Pritchard's third-period math class, my whole world is about to come crashing down. That's because while Devon was living with her grandmother for the summer, she told her "summer friend," Lexi, that she was really popular back home and dating Jared Bentley, only the most popular guy at school. Harmless lies, right? Wrong. Not when Lexi is standing at the front of Devon's class, having just moved to Devon's town. Uh-oh. Devon knows there's only one way to handle this -- she'll just have to become popular! But how is Devon supposed to accomplish that when she's never even talked to Jared, much less dated him?! And it seems the more Devon tries to keep up her "image," the more things go wrong. Her family thinks she's nuts, her best friend won't speak to her, and, as if it's not all complicated enough, Jared starts crushing on Lexi and Devon starts crushing on Jared's best friend, Luke. It all has Devon wondering -- who is the real Devon Delaney?

The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney

by Lauren Barnholdt Tom Daly

Mom says karma always comes around to get you, and I guess it's true. Because last summer I was a total liar, and now, right in the middle of Mr. Pritchard's third-period math class, my whole world is about to come crashing down. That's because while Devon was living with her grandmother for the summer, she told her "summer friend," Lexi, that she was really popular back home and dating Jared Bentley, only the most popular guy at school. Harmless lies, right? Wrong.

Sometimes It Happens

by Lauren Barnholdt

This novel opens on the first day of Hannah's senior year, but the story really starts on the last day of her junior year. That's when Hannah not only gets dumped by her boyfriend, Ryan, but she also finds out her best friend, Ava, is going to be gone for the entire summer. But Ava's boyfriend, Noah, is definitely around--and such a good guy that he snags Hannah a job at the diner where he works. Hannah and Noah move from coworkers, to friends....and one night, to something more. Now it's back to school, where Hannah will see Ryan, Ava, and Noah all in one place. Over the course of the day secrets and betrayals are revealed, and alliances are broken and reformed. In the end, Hannah will learn a lot about love, friendship...and herself.

The Thing About the Truth

by Lauren Barnholdt

In this humorous love story from the author of Two-Way Street , an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise--but the wrong secret can ruin everything.Kelsey's not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey's focused on her future, and she's determined to get back on track at Concordia High. Isaac's been kicked out of more schools than he can count. Since his father's a state senator, Isaac's life is under constant scrutiny--but Concordia High's his last stop before boarding school, so Isaac's hoping to fly under the radar and try to stay put for a change. When Kelsey and Isaac meet, it's anything but love at first sight. She thinks he's an entitled brat, and he thinks she's a stuck-up snob. So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Kelsey's happy for the first time in months, and Isaac's never felt this way about anyone before....But nothing's ever completely perfect. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. These two may have fallen hard, but there's one thing that can ruin it all: the truth.

Two-way Street

by Lauren Barnholdt

there are two sides to every breakup. This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation. Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet. It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care. But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot. Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

Watch Me

by Lauren Barnholdt

All-hour study fests . . . all-night parties . . . Going away to college means total independence and freedom. Unless of course your freshman year is taped and televised for all the world to watch. On uncensored cable. Sweet and normal Ally Cavanaugh is one of five freshpeople shacking up on In the House, a reality show filmed on her college campus. (As if school isn't panic-inducing enough!) The cameras stalk her like paparazzi, but they also capture the fun that is new friends, old crushes, and learning to live on your own. Sure, the camera adds ten pounds, but with the freshman fifteen a given anyway, who cares? Ally's got bigger issues -- like how her long-distance bf can watch her loopy late-night "episode" with a certain housemate. . . . Freshman year on film. It's outrageous. It's juicy. And like all good reality TV, it's impossible to turn off.

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