It’s the new year, so why not give yourself a treat? Try one of these sweet reads…

Through all the hazards of the uncertain crop — battling against dry weather and grass fires, the roving hogs and cattle of their neighbors — Birdie dreamed of an education that would include playing the organ. In the end she won not only the title of “strawberry girl,” but book learning as well.

Tohru Honda was an orphan when one day fate kicked her out of the house and on to land belonging to the mysterious Sohma family. Everything goes well until she discovers the Sohma family’s secret, when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal!

Anya’s new prominence brings out friends, foes, and ghosts from the past. Certain scores must be settled; certain debts must be paid. Surviving a crime-ridden New York City in the 2080s is looking harder and harder for Anya

A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school’s annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Between the pages of this book lies the secret to the best-tasting chocolate in all the world. I promise, your taste buds will tingle. Your palette will sing! Oh no, have I accidentally tempted you to read this book? I will warn you, however, the most delicious things are never good for you…and this story is particularly scrumptious!

In this tooth-rotting adventure, Cass’s mom has been kidnapped by the evil dessert chef and chocolatier, Señor Hugo! The ransom…the legendary tuning fork. Can Cass and Max-Ernest find the magical instrument before it’s too late? Will they discover the evil secret ingredient to Señor Hugo’s chocolate success?

If you’re tempted, take a taste, but just remember…this book is not good for you.

Ella loves to practice designs for the bakery she’ll some day own. She’s also one of the few people not to try the cookies and cakes made by a mysterious new baker. Soon, the people who ate the baker’s treats start acting oddly, and Ella wonders if the cookies are to blame. Can her baking skills help save her best friend – and herself?

Zuzana is determined to seize the night, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night before finally leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him.

When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, thirteen-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.

Four girls, and their mothers, continue their mother-daughter book club via videoconference between Massachusetts and England, reading Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” and try to put friendship before romance.

Abby Lovitt is put in charge of training the expensive and haughty horse Pie in the Sky when his owner refuses. While trying to get a hold on him, she must deal with the new challenges, both good and bad, that come with being a freshman in high school in 1970’s Northern California.

Sweet leaves her family and goes to live in a cabin in the woods with the quiet but understanding Curtis, to whom she feels intensely connected, just as he is called back to serve again in Iraq.

At Spence Academy, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle continues preparing for her London debut while struggling to determine how best to use magic to resolve a power struggle in the enchanted world of the realms, and to protect her own world and loved ones.

Growing up as the daughter of a popular television star, Annabelle struggles to maintain a healthy mother-daughter relationship when her mother’s antics include a DUI charge and a relationship with a much younger man.

Every night, Mariella escapes to a dreamworld that Orane, the man she loves, has created for her, but Hudson, who once destroyed a dangerous dreamworld, fights to save Mariella and reveal Orane’s true intentions before it is too late.

Forced by her father to get a summer job, seventeen-year-old Candace makes the most of selling cotton candy in an amusement park, despite a botched nametag, vindictive co-workers, lewd patrons, and growing distant from her best friend.

When a snowstorm keeps thirteen-year-old best friends Olivia, Kate, and Georgia inside their Brooklyn, New York, apartment building on Valentine’s Day, they connect with their neighbors by distributing homemade fortune cookies and uncover one another’s secrets along the way.

Thirteen-year-old Amelie Day loves to bake, so she is thrilled to be invited to compete in the Best Teen Baker of the Year contest, and she is determined not to let her steadily worsening cystic fibrosis get in the way, even if it means lying to her parents, and catching a train to New York on her own–but when her friend is hit by a van trying to follow her, she is devastated.

Hudson Avery gave up a promising competitive ice skating career after her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old and now spends her time baking cupcakes and helping out in her mother’s upstate New York diner, but when she gets a chance at a scholarship and starts coaching the boys’ hockey team, she realizes that she is not through with ice skating after all.

Determined to focus on her studies, faith, and friends at the beginning of her second term at Spencer Academy, New Yorker Gillian Chang finds herself unprepared for a new romance with Lucas; a situation that is complicated by her disinclination to be honest.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. When Sugar meets Even (not Evan; his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Reality television star Jane Roberts never imagined how celebrity would change her life, and now she must decide if the fame and glamour are worth the drama and deception.

Since a tragedy she cannot remember, thirteen-year-old Louise has changed her name, given up gymnastics, moved in with her grandparents, and locked her feelings inside but through her friends Reni and Hen and notes from a secret admirer she begins to find herself again.

During a camp-out promoting the opening of a donut shop in a small Minnesota town, sixteen-year-old Emma, an aspiring journalist, begins to connect an ongoing pollution investigation with the turmoil in the evangelical Christian church where her parents are pastors.

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