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Doll Bones

Holly Black · Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Hardcover

Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School Library Journal Best Book. A BOOKLIST Editor's Choice Books for Youth. A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. A NYPL "100 Titles...
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A Gathering of Days:

Joan W. Blos · Aladdin
Format: Paperback

The journal of a fourteen-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.
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The Incredible Journey

Sheila Every Burnford · Yearling Books
Pages: 145
Format: Audiobook

Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian wilderness. Separately, they would soon have died. But, together, the three house pets faced starvation, exposure,...
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The Pinballs

Betsy Cromer Byars · Harper & Row
Pages: 136
Format: Paperback

You can't always decide where life will take you--especially when you're a kid. Carlie knows she's got no say in what happens to her. Stuck in a foster home with two other kids, Harvey and Thomas J, she's just a pinball being bounced from bumper to bumper. As soon as you get settled,...
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The School Story

Andrew Clements · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

Natalie's best friend, Zoe, is sure that the novel Natalie's written is good enough to be published. But how can a twelve-year-old girl publish a book? Natalie's mother is an editor for a big children's publisher, but Natalie doesn't want to ask for any favors. Then...
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

Christopher Paul Curtis · Dell Laurel Leaf
Pages: 210
Format: Paperback

A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they...
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The Midwife's Apprentice

Karen Cushman · HarperTrophy
Pages: 122
Format: Book

'Like Cushman's 1995 Newbery Honor Book, Catherine, Called Birdy, this novel is about a strong young woman in medieval England who finds her own way home. This is a world, like Chaucer's, that's . . . dangerous, primitive and raucous. From the first page you're caught by the spirit of the homeless,...
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Mockingbird (Mok'ing-bûrd)

Kathryn Erskine · Philomel Books
Pages: 235
Format: Hardcover

In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That's the stuff Caitlin's older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon's dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl...
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The Skin I'm In

Sharon Flake · Jump At The Sun
Pages: 171
Format: Hardcover

Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.
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Ranger's Apprentice

John Flanagan · Philomel; Later Printing edition
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old...
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Julie of the Wolves

Jean Craighead George
Format: Book

Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey across the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her,...

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Protecting Marie

Kevin Henkes · Greenwillow Books
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

Fanny has wanted a dog all her life. For a brief moment her dream came true, but then her father decided the puppy brought too much chaos to his neat, ordered home. Fanny has never been able to forgive him for it. So when Fanny's father brings home a new, older dog, she's not sure...
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Everything on a Waffle

Polly Horvath
Pages: 160
Format: Book

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.
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When Stars Are Scattered

Victoria Jamieson · Dial Books
Pages: 264
Format: Hardcover

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya....
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Swindle

Gordon Korman · Scholastic Press
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Ocean's 11... with 11-year-olds, in a super stand-alone heist caper from Gordon Korman!After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card....
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If Your Name Was Changed At Ellis Island

Ellen Levine



If your name were changed at Ellis Island
--Would everyone in your family travel together?
--How long would you stay at Ellis Island?
--Would your name be changed?

This book tells you what it was like if when Ellis Island was opened in 1892 as a center for
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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

Linda Sue Park · Clarion Books
Pages: 121
Format: Hardcover

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours' walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes...
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A Long Way From Chicago

Richard Peck · Puffin Books
Pages: 148
Format: Paperback

Join Joey and his sister Mary Alice as they spend nine unforgettable summers with the worst influence imaginable-their grandmother!
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Becoming Naomi Leon

Pam Munoz Ryan · 2004.
Pages: 246
Format: Hardcover

The highly anticipated new novel from the Pura Belpre and Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author of ESPERANZA RISING.Naomi Soledad León Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life, her name for one. Then there are her clothes (sewn in polyester by Gram) , her difficulty speaking...
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Maniac Magee (Newbery Medal Book)

Jerry Spinelli
Format: Book

Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins,...
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