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OUT:Teens can win prizes in summer reading program

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June 24, 2007|By Mary Ellen Bowman

These types of coming-of-age tales are especially poignant for young adults. In this novel, teenager Miles O'Malley experiences the trials of growing up in Puget Sound, Wash., his love of the sea, the girl-next-door and imperfect parents.

"Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber" by Louis A. Meyer: In this sequel to the exciting "Curse of the Blue Tattoo," 15-year-old female "midshipman"

Jacky is once again back at sea, this time wresting control of a British warship. Expect plenty of seafaring action featuring pirates and treasure in swashbuckling 19th-century style.

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"Across the Nightingale Floor, Episode 2, Journey to Inuyama" by Lian Hearn: Continuing the story of the "Tales of the Otori," this historical, adventure fiction presents the Japan of ages past filled with treacherous warlords, political scheming and exotic locations. This special series combines fantasy with Asian mystery and romance.

"Angel of Mercy" by Lurlene McDaniel: This is a perennial favorite author of readers enjoying romance with a Christian slant.

Eighteen-year-old Heather Barlow volunteers with a mission group bound for Africa. There she meets the attractive medical intern and seminary student Ian McCollum.

McDaniel offers teens a sentimental tale, while documenting the tragedies in Uganda.


is written by Newport Beach Public Library reference librarian Mary Ellen Bowman. Use your Newport Beach Public Library card to reserve these titles at www.newportbeachlibrary.org  or call (949) 717-3800 and press 2.

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