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Fever 1793

Laurie Halse Anderson · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

From Fever 1793 "Where's Polly?" I asked as I dropped the bucket down the well. "Did you pass by the blacksmith's? "I spoke with her mother, with Mistress Logan," Mother answered softly, looking at her neat rows of carrots. "And?" I waved a mosquito...
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Jefferson's Sons

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley · Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Format: Print book

The untold story of Thomas Jefferson's slave children

Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston are Thomas Jefferson's children by one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, and while they do get special treatment - better work, better shoes, even violin lessons - they are still slaves, and are never...
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The Breadwinner: An Afghan Child in a War Torn Land

Deborah Ellis

Parvana felt the shadow before she saw it, as the man moved between her and the sun. Turning her head, she saw the dark turban that was the uniform of the Taliban. A rifle was slung across his chest as her father's shoulder bag had been slung across hers.... The Talib kept looking
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The Mother-Daughter Book Club

Heather Vogel Frederick · Aladdin Paperbacks
Pages: 245
Format: Paperback

The book club is about to get a makeover.... Even if Megan would rather be at the mall, Cassidy is late for hockey practice, Emma's already read every book in existence, and Jess is missing her mother too much to care, the new book club is scheduled to meet every month. But what begins...
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The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman · HarperCollins
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The original hardcover edition of a perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal.

Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only...

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Chomp

Carl Hiaasen · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback

Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.

When his dad takes a job with a reality...
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Princess Academy

Shannon Hale · Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition
Format: Print book

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride...
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Brains For Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?!

K. A. Holt · Roaring Brook Press; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

The difference being that this middle school novel is written entirely in Haiku. Loeb, its zombie protagonist has a problem: the object of his affection, Siobhan, is a lifer (i.e. human). What to do? In scenes set around a lunch table (the menu: brains) and around the school, eyes roll...
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Heat

Mike Lupica · Philomel Books
Pages: 220
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times bestseller inspired by the true-life story of a former little leaguer

Twelve-year-old Michael Arroyo lives in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, home of his heroes, but a place that might as well be on a different continent since he can't afford to see the inside....
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Splendors and Glooms

Laura Amy Schlitz · Candlewick; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

WINNER OF A 2013 NEWBERY HONOR!Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller — an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud.The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear...
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Okay for Now

Gary D Schmidt · Clarion Books
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover

2011 National Book Award Finalist As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner...
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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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Zebrafish

FableVision · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Vita is a purple-haired singing queen, and she has big dreams for her rock group, Zebrafish. But when she holds auditions for the back-up band, tryouts are sorely lacking in the musical ability department. Luckily her new bandmates—Walt, Tanya, Jay, and Plinko—have other talents....
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White Duck: A Childhood in China

Na Liu · Graphic Universe
Format: Book

The world is changing for two girls in China in the 1970s. Da Qin Big Piano and her younger sister, Xiao Qin Little Piano live in the city of Wuhan with their parents. For decades, China's government had kept the country separated from the rest of the world. When their country's...
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The Storm in the Barn

Matt Phelan · Candlewick; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Tall tale. Thriller. Gripping historical fiction. This artful, sparely told graphic novel — a tale of a boy in Dust Bowl America — will resonate with young readers today.In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges local bullies, his fathers...
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Drama

Raina Telgemeier · Graphix/Scholastic
Pages: 233
Format: Hardcover

From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile and Sisters!

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon over Mississippi, she can't really...
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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
Format: Print book

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The original New York Times best-selling novel is now presented with new movie artwork from the major motion picture on the cover.
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Matched

Ally Condie · Speak
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback

"The hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger Games."--Entertainment Weekly

A New York Times bestseller

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when...
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Pretty Monsters: Stories

Kelly Link · Viking Juvenile; First Edition
Format: Hardcover

Kelly Link has lit up adult literary publishing?and Viking is honored to publish her first YA story collection. Through the lens of Link?s vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. From the multiple award-winning ?The Faery Handbag,? in which a teenager?s...
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Life As We Knew It (Life As We Knew It Series)

Susan Beth Pfeffer · Harcourt
Pages: 347
Format: Paperback

I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald's still would be open.

High school sophomore Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophic....
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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman · Laurel Leaf
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Lyra Belaqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar Pantalaimon always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch...
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Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys · Speak
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback

"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both."--The Washington Post

From New York Times bestseller Ruta Sepetys, author of the upcoming Salt to the Sea

A New York Times notable book
An International...
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STARGIRL

Jerry Spinelli
Format: Paperback

She's as magical as the desert sky, and as mysterious as her own name. Nobody knows who she is or where she's from. But everyone loves her for being different. And, she captures Leo's heart with just one smile. "Stargirl" is a classic of our time that celebrates being tr
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The Scorpio Races

Maggie Stiefvater · Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition
Format: Book

A spellbinding novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.Some race to win. Others race to survive.It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders...
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Heroes of the Valley

Jonathan Stroud · Disney/Hyperion Books
Pages: 483
Format: Hardcover

Halli Sveinsson has grown up in the House of Svein, listening to the legends of the heroes as all his forefathers did. His is a peaceful society where the violence of the past has been outlawed and disputes are settled by the Council.
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Leviathan

Scott Westerfeld · Simon & Schuster Audio
Pages: 440
Format: eAudiobook

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale...
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Uglies

Scott Westerfeld · Simon Pulse
Pages: 225
Format: Paperback

The Uglies series has more than 3 million books in print, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now all four books feature fresh new covers and will reach an even wider audience. Tally's adventures begin...

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Jumped

Rita Williams-Garcia
Format: Paperback

Acclaimed author Rita Williams-Garcia gives readers an intimate, gritty portrayal of three very different teens on the day when everything collides.

Trina: "Hey," I say, though I don't really know them. It's okay if they don't speak. I know how it is. They can't

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The Book Thief

Markus Zusak · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 15
Format: Paperback

DON'T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK'S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.


When...
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Coraline

Neil Gaiman
Format: Book

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring.... In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find...
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Ghostopolis

Doug TenNapel · Graphix; 1 edition
Format: Kindle Edition

A page-turning adventure of a boy's journey to the land of ghosts and back.

Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world...
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bff: a girlfriend book you write together

Lauren Myracle · Harry N. Abrams
Format: Book

Readers fell in love with Angela, Maddie, and Zoe, the three great friends who shared their ups and downs in ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r. Now readers get to chronicle their own BFF experiences as they fill out the quizzes, questionnaires, and lists in this fun, interactive companion to the series....
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Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Steve Sheinkin · Flash Point
Pages: 266
Format: Hardcover

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked...

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Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

Deborah Heiligman · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 268
Format: Hardcover

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching...

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The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead

Jenny Ward
Format: Paperback


- An American Library Association (ALA) Best Book
- School Library Journal's "Best Books"
- An International Reading Association (IRA) Teacher's Choice

It's said that "dead men tell no tales" -- yet their bones have some interesting s
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Three Cups of Tea: Young Readers Edition: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time

Greg Mortenson · Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 209
Format: Hardcover

This young readers' edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up-to-date. It includes brand-new photos, maps, and illustrations, as well as a special afterword by Greg?s...
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Oh Rats! The Story of Rats and People

Albert Marrin · Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Able to claw straight up a brick wall, squeeze through a pipe the width of a quarter, and gnaw through iron and concrete, rats are also revealed in this fascinating book to be incredibly intelligent and capable of great compassion. Weaving science, history, culture, and folklore, awardwinning...
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