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  • Below is a list of books written during

    National Novel Writing Month

    that were actually published.

    A few have even earned awards!

    Look for the books available in the Sierra Pacific Library.

  • Cinder

    by Marissa Meyer Year Published:


    From Goodreads: "Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl...Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg."

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  • Water for Elephants

    by Sara Gruen Year Published:


    From Goodreads: "Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Award for Most Popular Book. 

    An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons. 

    When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her. 

    Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford." 

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  • Fan Girl

    by Rainbow Rowell Year Published:


    The New York Times Book Review says that Rowell "specializes in young misfits charting their way in the world,"which must certainly be true in this young adult book about a fan fiction writer named Cath who is going away to college and is stunned when her twin sister refused to be her roommate.

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  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth

    by Carrie Ryan Year Published:


    Stacy Conradt Mental Floss "Another NYT bestseller, The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a young adult novel that takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States that is overrun with zombies. This is the first of a trilogy, and the film righs have been optioned by Seven Star Pictures."

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  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    by Erin Morgenstern Year Published: 2012

    Stacy Conradt: Metal Floss "The Night Circus spent seven weeks ont he New York Times bestseller list and won an Alex Award from the American LIbrary Association in 2012." 

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  • The God Patent

    by Ransom Stephens Year Published:

    Stacy Conradt:Mental Floss: "When a war erupts over two patents created by a pair of electrical engineeers, they find themselves in the middle of a battle of science vs. religion." 

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  • Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen

    by Donna Gephart Year Published:

    Stacy Conradt: Mental Floss: "Olivia Bean heads to Hollywood to be on Jeopardy! Sounds like our kind of girl." 

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  • The Hungry Season

    by T. Greenwood Year Published:

    From Publisher's Weekly: "Renowned novelist Sam Mason cannot conjure the words that used to come so easily to him before teh death of his daughter: 'the words are too thin, as fragile and brittle as bones.' Sam can no longer connect, especially not with his wife, Mena, and begins to waste away. Hunger proves to be a powerful metaphor for the family's loss and desires although means of emotional escape are predictable." 

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  • The Compound

    by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen Year Published:

    Stacy Conradt: Mental Floss: "A tale of a family locked away in an underground bunker, The Compound received a 2009 Bank Street Award for Best Children's Book of the Year."

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  • Losing Faith

    by Denise Jaden Year Published:

    Stacy Conradt: Mental Floss: "When her sister (Faith, of course) dies from injuries sustained in a fall off a cliff, a girl named Brie finds that a religious cult may have been behind Faith's death." 


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  • Livvie Ovwen Lived Here

    by Sarah Dooley Year Published:

    From Amazon: " Olivia "Livvie" Owen feels things differently than her parents and two sisters. Livvie is autistic. Her family has had to move repeatedly because of her outbursts. When they again face evicition, Livvie is convinced she has a way to get back to a house where they were all happy, once. 

    The problem is, Livvie burned down that house. 

    But she's not giving up. Here is her story."

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  • Take the Reins

    by Jessica Burkhart Year Published:

    Stacy Conradt: Mental Floss: "This was actually the first book in what has become a very successful pre-teen series for Burkhart. the Canterwood Crest novels began with a draft of Take the Reins in 2006's NaNo."

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  • Persistence of Memory

    by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Year Published:

    Stacy Conradt: Mental Floss: "Published a couple years ago, this YA effort is about a teen who suffers from an alter ego. That alter ego might actually be a vampire who is thousands of years old."

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  • Don't Let Me Go

    by J.H. Trimble Year Published:

    From Publisher's Weekly: "Nate and Adam are smalltown adolescents whose relationship is threatened when Adam moves to New York. Nate recalls the first moments of their romance and its development even as it's threatened by the arrival of Luke, a closeted younger teen who's attracted to Nate. Told frankly and honestly from Nate's point of view, the novel explores issues like coming out, parental acceptance (and it lack), antigay violence, and the attitudes of faculty and fellow students, whose ranks provide both antagonists and allies. Layered with the gritty everyday details of teen existence, the book provides a convincingly clear window into the many perils and sometimes scant pleasures of life in high school while never feeling overly grim; it will be appreicated by adults and teens alike." 

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  • Wool

    by Hugh Howey Year Published:

    From Barnes and Nobel: "In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are ment to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo's rules for years, unexpectiedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside." Ridley Scott has expressed interes in directing the Wool movie, the rights to which have ben purchased by 20th Century Fox. 

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  • The Beautiful Land

    by Alan Averill Year Published:

    From Amazon: "The Beautiful Land is part science fiction, part horror - and, at it's core, a love story between a brilliant young computer genius and the fragile woman he has loved since high school. Now, he must bend time and space to save her life as the world around them descends into apocalyptic madness." 

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