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The Magician's Nephew

C. S. Lewis · HarperTrophy
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

A mass-market paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew, book one in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen and black-and-white interior artwork by the original illustrator of Narnia, Pauline Baynes.

On a daring quest to save...

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The Man without a Face

Isabelle Holland · HarperCollins Childrens Books
Pages: 157
Format: Paperback

Charles didn't know much about life ... until he met The Man Without a Face

"I'd never had a friend, and he was my friend; I'd never really, except for a shadowy memory, had a father, and he was my father. I'd never known an adult I could communicate with or trust, and I communicated...

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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott · Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 562

The unabridged version of one of the most popular children's books ever written. Louisa May Alcott's classic story tells of Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth March growing up in Civil War-torn New England.
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The Great Train Robbery

Michael Crichton · Vintage Books
Pages: 266
Format: Paperback

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune...
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The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale

Art Spiegelman · Pantheon Books
Pages: 296
Format: Book

On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its first publication, here is the definitive edition of the book acclaimed as "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust" (Wall Street Journal) and "the first masterpiece in comic...
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The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List

Leon Leyson · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 231
Format: Hardcover

In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto.

Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family...
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A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini · Riverhead Books
Pages: 371
Format: Book

Click here to visit the official website for a book discussion group! President's Pick! “This is a beautiful, haunting and heartbreaking story of two remarkable Afghan women whose uncompromising courage, strength and sacrifice in the face of horrifying circumstances provides a poignant...
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

James L Calderwood · Twayne Publishers
Pages: 227
Format: Paperback

Critical essays and background on the play
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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

Richard Paul Evans · Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse
Pages: 326
Format: Book

The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling first installment of the action-packed Michael Vey series from author Richard Paul Evans.

My name is Michael Vey, and the story I'm about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It's my story.

To everyone at Meridian...
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My Father Bleeds History

Art Spiegelman · Pantheon Books
Format: Book

A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.
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Daniel's Story

Carol Matas · Scholastic
Pages: 136
Format: Book

Daniel and his family and friends suffer through deportation by the Nazis from their homes in Frankfurt, their life in a ghetto, and their experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
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One for the Murphys

Lynda Mullaly Hunt · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 224
Format: Book

A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family's love

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling...
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Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card · Tor Teen
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

The worldwide bestseller, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, with featured cover art from the major motion picture starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.

Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival...

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Incarceron

Catherine Fisher · Firebird
Pages: 18
Format: Paperback

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure...
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Marcelo in the Real World

Francisco X Stork · Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 312
Format: Book

The term "cognitive disorder" implies there is something wrong with the way I think or the way I perceive reality. I perceive reality just fine. Sometimes I perceive more of reality than others.

Marcelo Sandoval hears music that nobody else can hear - part of an autism-like...
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Dogs of War

Sheila Keenan · Graphix
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback

Sheila Keenan's captivating stories paired with Nathan Fox's stunning art bring the heroic military actions of man's best friend to life!

Some war heroes heard wind whistling over a hidden trip wire.
Some war heroes sniffed out a sniper 1,000 yards away.
Some war heroes stood...
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank · Bantam Books
Pages: 283
Format: Paperback

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic - a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish...
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North of Beautiful

Justina Chen · Little
Pages: 373
Format: Book

As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face?

It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with...
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The Assist: Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives

Neil Swidey · PublicAffairs
Pages: 373
Format: Paperback

Jack O'Brien is a high school basketball coach extreme in both his demands and his devotion. With monastic discipline, he has built a powerhouse program that wins state championships year after year while helping propel players to college. He does this as a white suburban guy working exclusively...
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Within Reach: My Everest Story

Mark Pfetzer · Dutton Books
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Two years ago, every media giant from ESPN to Good Morning America scrambled to document the inspirational true story of fifteen-year-old Mark Pfetzer, the youngest climber ever to attempt the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest and most coveted peak. Now, as Mark prepares to embark...
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Insignia

S. J. Kincaid · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 446
Format: Hardcover

"Insignia expertly combines humor with a disarming and highly realistic view of the future. The characters are real, funny, and memorable. You won't be able to put this book down." - Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Insurgent

The earth...

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Guys Read: Funny Business

Jon Scieszka · Walden Pond Press
Pages: 268
Format: Book

It's here: Volume One of the official Guys Read Library. Jon Scieszka's Guys Read initiative was founded on a simple premise: that young guys enjoy reading most when they have reading they can enjoy. And out of this comes a series that aims to give them just that. Ten books, arranged...

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Crossed

Ally Condie · Dutton Books
Pages: 367
Format: Hardcover

The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that...
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The Lord of the Rings

J R R Tolkien · Houghton Mifflin Co.
Pages: 1137
Format: Book

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him....
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The Only Thing to Fear

Caroline Tung Richmond · Scholastic (Us)
Pages: 280
Format: Book

In a stunning reimagining of history, debut author Caroline Tung Richmond weaves an incredible story of secrets and honor in a world where Hitler won World War II. It's been nearly 80 years since the Allies lost WWII in a crushing defeat against Hitler's genetically engineered super soldiers....
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Don't Turn Around

Michelle Gagnon · Harper
Pages: 310
Format: Hardcover

In Michelle Gagnon's debut YA thriller, Don't Turn Around, computer hacker Noa Torson is as smart, tough, and complex as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander.

The first in a trilogy, Don't Turn Around's intricate plot and heart-pounding action will leave readers...

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Matched

Ally Condie · Dutton Books
Pages: 369
Format: Book

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face...
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain · Oxford University Press
Pages: 274
Format: Book

In his introduction, E.L. Doctorow rightly points out that "ever since its publication in 1876, children have been able to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with a sense of recognition for the feelings of childhood truly rendered: how Tom finds solace for his unjust treatment at the hands...
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My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park

Steve Kluger · Dial Books
Pages: 403
Format: Book

Dear Anthony:
I appreciate your recent interest, but I?m not accepting applications at this time. Your letter will be kept in our files and someone will get back to you if there is an opening. Thank you for thinking of me.
Respectfully,

Alejandra Perez
P.S. It?s not ?Allie.?...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare · Barron's
Pages: 218
Format: Paperback

Here are the books that help teach Shakespeare plays without the teacher constantly needing to explain and define Elizabethan terms, slang, and other ways of expression that are different from our own. Each play is presented with Shakespeare's original lines on each left-hand page, and a modern,...
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Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

Ray Bradbury · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 159
Format: Print book

Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires...
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The Honest Truth

Dan Gemeinhart · Scholastic Press
Pages: 229
Format: Print book

The debut of a phenomenal new middle-grade talent.

In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.

But in one important...
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain · Oxford University Press
Pages: 296
Format: Paperback

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, first published in 1876, is Mark Twain's most popular novel. Its hero is a national icon, celebrated as a distinctively American figure both at home and abroad. As well as being a deft comedy and a powerful celebration of childhood, applauding Tom Sawyer's...
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A Separate Peace

John Knowles · The Book Society of Canada
Pages: 192
Format: Book

An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war.

Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early...
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The Cheat

Amy Goldman Koss · Speak
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback

Award-winning author Amy Goldman Koss explores what happens when one bad decision threatens to destroy everything.

Cheating on a geography midterm is only the beginning. It seemed simple enough - they were given the answers from last year's test and they used them. But Sarah...
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith · Harperperennial modern classics
Pages: 493
Format: Paperback

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young,...

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Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë
Format: Hardcover

Part fairytale, part Gothic horror, part love story, Jane Eyre remains one of the most compelling novels ever written. After running away from her unloving and cruel aunt, the orphaned Jane endures a harsh existence at an Evangelical school, where she at least finds some friends a
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Prisoner B-3087

Alan Gratz · Scholastic Press
Pages: 260
Format: Book

10 concentration camps.

10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.

It's something no one could imagine surviving.

But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have...
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Navigating Early

Clare Vanderpool · Delacorte Press
Pages: 306
Format: Book

"Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading." - James Patterson

"Reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn." - The Wall Street Journal


A Michael L. Printz Honor Winner


From the author of Newbery...
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Like No Other

Una LaMarche · Razorbill
Pages: 347
Format: Book

"One of the most poignant and star-crossed love stories since The Fault in Our Stars." - Entertainment Weekly

Fitting seamlessly alongside current bestsellers like Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park, and John Green's Paper...
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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans

Don Brown · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 96
Format: Print book

Kirkus' Best of 2015 list
School Library Journal Best of 2015
Publishers Weekly's Best of 2015 list
Horn Book Fanfare Book
BOOKLIST Editor's Choice


On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Novel

Mark Haddon · Alexandria Library
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher...
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Grief Girl

Erin Vincent · Delacorte Press
Pages: 306
Format: Book

It's just another October day until Erin's parents are hit by a speeding tow truck. Mom dies instantly. Dad dies one month later, after doctors assure Erin he's going to make it. Now Erin and her sister are left to raise their baby brother - and each other.

This is Erin Vincent's...

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The Chronicles of Narnia

C S Lewis · HarperEntertainment
Pages: 766
Format: Paperback

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is now a major motion picture from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.

Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures and epic battles between good and evil - the book that has it all is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,...

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The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 1

Hergé · Little Brown and Co.
Pages: 191
Format: Hardcover

Three classic graphic novels in one deluxe hardcover edition: Tintin in America, Cigars of the Pharaoh, and The Blue Lotus.
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Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps

Andrea Warren · Harper Trophy
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback

Award-winning author Andrea Warren presents a life-changing story of a young boy's struggle for survival in a Nazi-run concentration camp. In this Robert F. Silbert Honor Book, narrated in the voice of Holocaust survivor Jack Mandelbaum, readers will glimpse the dark reality of life...

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Life in Prison

Stanley Tookie Williams · SeaStar Books
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback

"The true stories I've written in this book are my living nightmares. My greatest hope is that the lessons the stories offer will help you make better choices than I did." Stanley "Tookie" Williams, cofounder of the notorious Crips gang, is a death-row inmate. But in his two decades...
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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Malala Yousafzai · Little Brown and Company
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover

A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused...
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The Book Thief

Markus Zusak · Knopf
Pages: 552
Format: Hardcover

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.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier...
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