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The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin · Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
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Hatchet

Gary Paulsen · Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Pages: 195
Format: Hardcover

Haunted by his parents' divorce, Brian Robeson, sole survivor of a plane crash, must draw on his untested skills to survive in the wilderness.
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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros · Vintage
Pages: 110
Format: Paperback

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes - sometimes...
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Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Ji-li Jiang · HarperCollins
Pages: 285
Format: Print book

This accessible autobiography is the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, friends, and a bright future in Communist...
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They Cage the Animals at Night (Signet)

Jennings Michael Burch · Berkley
Pages: 293
Format: Mass Market Paperback

The heartbreaking, iconic true story of an abandoned little boy's horrific journey through the American foster care system.On a misty evening in Brooklyn, Jennings Michael Burch's mother, too sick to care for him, left her eight-year-old son at an orphanage with the words, "I'll be right...
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Caught by the Sea: My Life on Boats

Gary Paulsen · Delacorte Press
Pages: 103
Format: Book

Another such wave could easily be the end of us. I had to do something, fix something, save the boat, save myself.But what?Gary Paulsen takes readers along on his maiden voyage, proving that ignorance can be bliss. Also really stupid and incredibly dangerous. He tells of boats that have...
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How Angel Peterson Got His Name

Gary Paulsen · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover

WHEN YOU GROW up in a small town in the north woods, you have to make your own excitement. High spirits, idiocy, and showing off for the girls inspire Gary Paulsen and his friends to attempt:* Shooting waterfalls in a barrel* The first skateboarding* Breaking the world record for speed...
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Shredderman: Meet the Gecko

John Feinstein · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 251
Format: Hardcover

Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's a basketball junkie's dream come true!But the games going on behind the scenes between...
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Ranger's Apprentice

John Flanagan · Philomel Books
Pages: 249
Format: Hardcover

The fantasy adventure that launched 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...
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The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan · Miramax Books/ Hyperion
Pages: 340
Format: Hardcover

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows...
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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. He also...
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Friday Night Lights

H G Bissinger · Da Capo Press
Pages: 357
Format: Paperback

Return once again to the enduring account of life in the Mojo lane, to the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going....
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Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

Charles Wilson · Houghton Mifflin Co.
Pages: 303
Format: Hardcover

Kids love fast food. And the fast food industry definitely loves kids. It couldn't survive without them. Did you know that the biggest toy company in the world is McDonald's? It's true. In fact, one out of every three toys given to a child in the United States each year is from a fast food...
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The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them

The Freedom Writers · Broadway Books
Pages: 292
Format: Paperback

Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students-whose ranks included substance abusers, gang members, the homeless, and victims...
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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank · Bantam
Pages: 283
Format: Mass Market 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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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins · Scholastic Press
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps...
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The Maze Runner

James Dashner · Delacorte Press
Pages: 375
Format: Hardcover

Book one in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don't miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built! When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only...
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Does My Head Look Big In This?

Randa Abdel-Fattah · Orchard Books
Pages: 342
Format: Book

When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth...Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street....
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The Red Pyramid

Rick Riordan · Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 516
Format: Hardcover

Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research...
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The Scorch Trials

James Dashner · Delacorte Press
Pages: 361
Format: Hardcover

Book two in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don't miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built! Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze...
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Bystander

James Preller · Square Fish
Pages: 226
Format: Paperback

Eric is the new kid in seventh grade. Griffin wants to be his friend. When you're new in town, it's hard to know who to hang out with -- and who to avoid. Griffin seems cool, confident, and popular. But something isn't right about Griffin. He always seems to be in the middle of bad things....
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Divergent

Veronica Roth · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 487
Format: Book

This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult...
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Shatter Me

Tahereh Mafi · HarperCollins
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover

The gripping first installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series.One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill.No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels...
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Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball

Joe Morse · Carolrhoda Books
Pages: 32
Format: Book

Taking over a rowdy gym class right before winter vacation is not something James Naismith wants to do at all. The last two teachers of this class quit in frustration. The students--a bunch of energetic young men--are bored with all the regular games and activities. Naismith needs something...
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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Tom Angleberger · Harry N. Abrams
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren't strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient....
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The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage

Eric Greitens · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 264
Format: Book

In this adaptation of his best-selling book, The Heart and the Fist, Eric speaks directly to teen readers, interweaving memoir and intimate second-person narratives that ask the reader to put themselves in the shoes of himself and others. Readers will share in Eric's evolution from average...
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Between Boardslides and Burnout: My Notes from the Road

Tony Hawk · It Books
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback

With this all-access pass, Tony Hawk shares the joy, the exhaustion, the adrenaline, and the pain of life on the road. Between Boardslides and Burnout puts you right on the edge of the ramp and on the road with him -- from competitions to demos, to store openings, to autograph signings,...
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Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1

Alexander Gordon Smith · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 273
Format: Hardcover

Furnace Penitentiary: the world's most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth's surface. Convicted of a murder he didn't commit, sentenced to life without parole, "new fish" Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death...
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Code Orange

Caroline B Cooney · Ember
Pages: 200
Format: Paperback

Mitty Blake loves New York City, and even after 9/11 he's always felt safe. He's a carefree guy, which is why he's late getting started on his advanced bio report. He'd much rather watch the game or hang out than do research on infectious diseases just to get a good grade. So he considers...
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The Ghost of Graylock

Dan Poblocki · Scholastic Press
Pages: 264
Format: Hardcover

Does an abandoned asylum hold the key to a frightful haunting?Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall.It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several...
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Drums, Girls, And Dangerous Pie

Jordan Sonnenblick · Scholastic Press
Pages: 273
Format: Hardcover

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down....
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I Am a Seal Team Six Warrior Memoirs of an American Soldier.

Jere and Emilee Gettle · Paw Prints

Recounts the story of how the author overcame a tough and abusive childhood to fulfill his dream of joining the exciting and dangerous world of the Navy SEALs by becoming a Special Forces sniper.
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Game Changers: Book 1

Mike Lupica · Scholastic Press
Pages: 207
Format: Hardcover

Mike Lupica delivers a New York Times bestselling middle grade series!Ben McBain is every football team's dream player. He's a jack-of-all-trades guy that can handle almost any position. When the game is on the line, Ben's number is the one being called for the final play. But Ben wants...
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Half-Human Monsters and Other Fiends

Ruth Owen · Bearport Publishing
Pages: 32
Format: Book

Could half-human, half-ape creatures really roam the Himalayan Mountains and the forests of North America? If tales of Bigfoot, Yeti, and Sasquatch are just stories, why do so many people report seeing these monsters in remote areas around the world? What would it be like to come upon a footprint...
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Where Are the Children?

Mary Higgins Clark · Pocket Books
Pages: 268
Format: Paperback

New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, America's Queen of Suspense, launched her career with the publication of Where Are the Children?, her debut suspense thriller about a woman whose past holds a terrible secret.Nancy Harmon had been found guilty in a California court of murdering...
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The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game

John Feinstein · Yearling
Pages: 265
Format: Paperback

New York Times bestselling sportswriter John Feinstein investigates a covert op at the Army-Navy football game in this exciting sports mystery. The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it's a rivalry like no other, filled with...
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Everything, everything

Nicola Yoon · Delacorte Press
Pages: 310
Format: Print book

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller--soon to be a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson!If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you'll love the story of Maddy, a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves...
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The 5th Wave Movie Tie-In

Rick Yancey · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

The blockbuster bestseller comes to the big screen! "Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances." - Entertainment Weekly "A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . ." - USAToday.com The Passage meets Ender's Game in the first book in an epic series by award-winning author...
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Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science

Susan Hughes · Kids Can Press
Pages: 88
Format: Paperback

Egypt's first female pharaoh disappears around 1457 BCE --- was she murdered? Find out how DNA closes the case. The ancient Arabian Peninsula city of Ubar vanishes, seemingly without trace. Find out how old maps and modern space shuttles help solve the mystery. Sir John Franklin's 1845...
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Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Joseph Bruchac · Dial Books
Pages: 231
Format: Hardcover

Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they...
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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo, Revised Edition

Zlata Filipović · Penguin Books
Pages: 197
Format: Book

When Zlata's Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international bestseller and was compared to The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the grimness of the world it describes. It begins as the day-today record of the life...
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Tangerine

Edward Bloor · Sandpiper; 1st Harcourt Ed edition
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback

Edward Bloor’s award-winning novel Tangerine grabs readers by the collar on the first page and never lets go. Tangerine, Florida—once known for its citrus groves—is now an uninhabitable quagmire of muck fires and school-swallowing sinkholes. Still, twelve-year-old Paul...
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Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson · Viking Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

"Dead girl walking," the boys say in the halls. "Tell us your secret," the girls whisper, one toilet to another. I am that girl. I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through. I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame. Lia and Cassie are best...
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The Batboy

Mike Lupica · Philomel Books; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

From the #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica comes the story of baseball's unsung hero: The BatboyIt is every baseball kid's dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year- old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around...
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