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Almost Home

Joan Bauer · Viking
Pages: 264
Format: Hardcover

Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer's new novel will touch your heart When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren't...
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A Curse Dark as Gold

Elizabeth C. Bunce · Arthur A. Levine Books; First Edition edition
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

This ravishing winner of the ALAs William C Morris YA Debut Award is a fairy tale spun with a mystery woven with a family story and shot through with romanceCharlotte Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her familys woolen mill which holds her beloved small town together But after...
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Al Capone Does My Shirts

Gennifer Choldenko · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms...
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The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

Mick Cochrane · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

For an eighth grader, Molly Williams has more than her fair share of problems. Her father has just died in a car accident, and her mother has become a withdrawn, quiet version of herself.Molly doesn't want to be seen as "Miss Difficulty Overcome"; she wants to make herself...
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The Dark Is Rising

Susan Cooper
Format: Mass Market Paperback

On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift - that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated throughout the ages to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. He is plunged at once into a quest for the
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The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1

Jasper Fforde · Harcourt
Pages: 287
Format: Book

In the good old days, magic was indispensable - it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment...

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The Dark City #1

Catherine Fisher · Dial
Format: Book

Welcome to Anara a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation where nothing is what it seems Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people and the great energy that connects all seems to also...

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The Ruins of Gorlan

John Flanagan
Format: Book

The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom...

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Crossing Stones

Helen Frost · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Hardcover

Maybe you won't rock a cradle, Muriel. Some women seem to prefer to rock the boat. Eighteen-year-old Muriel Jorgensen lives on one side of Crabapple Creek. Her family's closest friends, the Normans, live on the other. For as long as Muriel can remember, the families' lives have...
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Pictures of Hollis Woods

Patricia Reilly Giff · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 166
Format: Print book

This Newbery Honor book about a girl who has never known family fighting for her first true home "will leave readers . . . satisfied" (Kirkus Reviews) .

Hollis Woods
is the place where a baby was abandoned
is the baby's name
...
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Unbroken: A novel

Jessie Haas

All she has is her horse

After her mother is killed in a riding accident, Harry and her untrained two-year-old colt are sent to live on Aunt Sarah and Uncle Clayton's Vermont hillside farm. There, spirited Harry must learn to live with her domineering aunt and her family's shrou

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The Line

Teri Hall · Dial Books
Format: Hardcover

An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the Unified States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It's said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other...
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The Music of Dolphins

Karen Hesse · Scholastic; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

After falling from a refugee craft at the age of four, Mila spends eight years as a wild child of the sea between Cuba and Florida, and when she is rescued, she must learn to communicate once again with humans.,
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Out Of The Dust

Karen Hesse · Scholastic
Pages: 227
Format: Paperback

This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving father's slow deterioration....
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The Secret Hum of a Daisy

Tracy Holczer · Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell...
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Icefall

Matthew J. Kirby · Scholastic Press; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Critically acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby deftly weaves a stunning coming-of-age tale with chilling cleverness and subtle suspense that will leave readers racing breathlessly to the end.Trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen sea, Solveig--along with...
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The Wreckers

Iain Lawrence

There was once a village bred by evil. On the barren coast of Cornwall, England, lived a community who prayed for shipwrecks, a community who lured storm-tossed ships to crash upon the sharp rocks of their shore. They fed and clothed themselves with the loot salvaged from the wrec
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Rules

Cynthia Lord · transcribed by Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Pages: 181
Format: Audio CD

A heartfelt and witty debut about feeling different and finding acceptance--beyond the rules.

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying...
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Gods of Manhattan

Scott Mebus · Dutton Children's Books
Pages: 340
Format: Book

Look. What do you see? Sidewalks, skyscrapers, pigeons? But there?s more. More that only twelve-year-old Rory Hennessey can see. More that only Rory can reveal to others. So, look again. What do you see? Layered on our own New York is a spirit city inhabited by warrior cockroaches, malevolent...

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Mister Monday

Garth Nix · Scholastic Paperbacks; Reissue edition
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Best-selling author Garth Nix creates a magical world and an intriguing mystery in this new blockbuster series.Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world -- where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical...
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Search for the Shadowman

Joan Lowery Nixon · Yearling; Reprint edition

Twelve-year-old Andy Bonner isn't thrilled with his teacher's assignment to explore family history. When he starts asking questions about his ancestors, he is startled to discover a black sheep in the family tree. No one wants to reveal what happened in his family's past. But Andy...
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A Single Shard

Linda Sue Park · Clarion Books
Pages: 152
Format: Print book

In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch'ulp'o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter's craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work,...

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Hatchet: 20th Anniversary Edition

Gary Paulsen · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 20 Anv edition
Format: Hardcover

Since it was first published in 1987, the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson's survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic. Stranded in the desolate wilderness, Brian uses his instincts and his hatchet to stay alive for fifty-four harrowing days. This twentieth-anniversary...
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The Summer I Learned to Fly

Dana Reinhardt · Wendy Lamb Books
Format: Hardcover

Drews a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dads Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her moms cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. Its the summer before eighth grade and Drews days seem like business as usual,...
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The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan
Format: Print book

Now in paperback--the first novel of a new series that mixes classic Greek mythology with modern adventure. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island, where he meets the father he never knew--Poseidon, god of the sea. This item is Non
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The Cabinet of Wonders: The Kronos Chronicles: Book I

Marie Rutkoski · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 258
Format: Hardcover

Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it's never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move...

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The Cardturner

Louis Sachar
Format: Paperback

The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him, he has no money and no job, and his parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester, who is old, blind, very sick, and very rich, to his bridge club four times a week

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The Wednesday Wars

Gary D Schmidt · Clarion
Pages: 264
Format: Print book

In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy's mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967-68 school year in Long Island, New York.

Meet Holling...

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Coffeehouse Angel

Suzanne Selfors · Walker & Co.
Pages: 276
Format: Hardcover

From the author of Saving Juliet comes a romantic comedy that is good to the last drop. When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries...
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Leven Thumps And the Whispered Secret

Obert Skye · Shadow Mountain; First Edition edition
Pages: 407
Format: Hardcover

Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo was a runaway bestseller! In book one, tens of thousands of fantasy readers were introduced to Foo- the fantastic realm that allows mankind to hope and dream. Now, Foo fans from across the country can continue the adventure with Leven, Winter, Clover,...
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Erratum

Walter Sorrells · Dutton Children's Books
Pages: 298
Format: Print book

When Jessica Sternhagen walks into a bookstore and finds a volume entitled Her Lif waiting for her, she thinks it's a joke. Who left the book for her? And shouldn't the title be Her Life? This printer's error turns out to be the first in a series of bizarre happenings. As Jessica...
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Loser

Jerry Spinelli · HarperCollins; 1st edition
Format: Print book

There are winners everywhere .... The sidewalks. The backyards. The alleyways. The playgrounds ...Except for Zinkoff. Zinkoff never wins.But Zinkoff doesn't notice. Neither do the other pups.Not yet.Zinkoff is like all kids -- running, playing, riding his bike. Hoping for snow days,...
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The Cay

Theodore Taylor

Read Theodore Taylor's classic bestseller and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner The Cay.
Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he's eager to glimpse it firsthand-until the freighter he and his mot
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The Great Good Thing

Rod Townley

"Rawwwwk! Reader!" screams an orange bird. "Booook open!" groans a frog. Then the sky lifts away and the enormous face of a child peers down into Sylvie's storybook world. At last, a reader again!

Sylvie has been a twelve-year-old princess fo

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Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083

Andrea White
Format: Book

It's 50 degrees
below zero.

The wind and snow blow so hard, you can't see your hand in front of your face. Your heating fuel is nearly gone, and so is your food. How do you survive?

Five fourteen-year-olds face this desperate situation on a deadly journey in Antarctica

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Belle Prater's Boy

Ruth White · Square Fish; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

Around 5:00 a.m. on a warm Sunday morning on October 1953, my Aunt Belle left her bed and vanished from the face of the earth.Everyone in Coal Station, Virginia, has a theory about what happened to Belle Prater, but twelve-year-old Gypsy wants the facts, and when her cousin Woodrow, Aunt...
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Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me

Meredith Zeitlin · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

A laugh-out-loud high school adventure set in Greece, perfect for fans of Meg Cabot High school sophomore Zona Lowell has lived in New York City her whole life, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her renowned-journalist father. But when he announces they're moving to Athens for six months...
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