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DESERT ISLAND READS

Emily A. Geest is from Kirkwood, Missouri.

I need these books and some sunglasses.

Skellig

By David Almond

With a brand new house and an ill baby sister, Michael struggles with his new life until he meets a new friend, Mina. Together they discover a decrepit man in Michael's garage, and nothing will ever be the same again. This novel introduced me to a world of literature where appearance does not coincide with reality.

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Green Heart

By Alice Hoffman

I fell in love with the teenage Green when Hoffman's short novella, Green Angel, was published in 2003. The sequel, Green Witch, continued the story to a beautiful finish. Now with both novellas available as one book, Green Heart is a must-read. In Hoffman's novel, Green must learn to live in a world where her family and the boy she'd loved were taken from her.

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Like Chocolate for Water

A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies By Laura Esquivel

In this passionate love story interspersed with recipes, a girl named Tita is condemned never to marry her soul mate because of her birth order. This novel fits comfortably into the magical realism genre and makes you believe in the impossible while rooting Tita on.

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Ecstasia

By Francesca Lia Block

In Block's vibrant world full of magic, to grow old is considered a crime, and as people age they are sent to an underworld to die. Block's powerful prose allows me to experience the vividness of a bizarre, neon-colored world over and over again.

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The Girl Who Chased the Moon

By Sarah Allen Addison

Addison complicates this love story between teenagers by throwing in a magical world with color-changing wallpaper, family secrets, and cakes baked to bring back lost loves.

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

By Aimee Bender

A girl can taste the emotions of those who bake and cook her food. As she struggles to understand her mother's heartache that she tastes one morning, she begins to discover her family's secrets.

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The Bear in a Muddy Tutu

By Cole Alpaugh

It is Gracie the dancing bear who steals the spotlight from the other memorable characters of the novel (and there are many), but it is Alpaugh's writing and plot twists that keep you hooked with every page. A reporter whose daughter was stolen by his ex joins a circus led by a man whose only goal is to be a cult leader.

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