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Black Boy (P.S.)

Richard Wright · Harper Perennial Modern Classics; 1ST edition
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback

Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites...
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The Once and Future King

T. H. White · G. P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 677
Format: Hardcover

T.H. White, whose The Sword in the Stone has been read by hundreds of thousands, now at last has turned his hand to retelling the entire Arthurian Epic. The Once and Future King takes Arthur from the glorious lyrical phase of his youth through the disillusioning early years of his reign...
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Redwall

Brian Jacques · Philomel
Pages: 351
Format: Hardcover

When Redwall Abbey is threatened by the evil rat Cluny, it is up to Matthias, a young mouse, to destroy the enemy.
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Downriver

Will Hobbs · Atheneum
Pages: 204

Fifteen-year-old Jessie and the other rebellious teenage members of a wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader, hijack his boats, and try to run the dangerous white water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
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A Lesson Before Dying

Ernest J Gaines · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism...
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My Lord, What a Morning: An Autobiography

Marian Anderson · Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Pages: 314
Format: Hardcover

My Lord, What a Morning is a gentle and engrossing memoir, abounding with the tender and inspiring stories of Marian Anderson's life in her own modest words. From her humble but proud beginnings in south Philadelphia to international vocal renown, the legendary contralto writes of triumph...
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My Father Bleeds History

Art Spiegelman · Pantheon Books
Format: Hardcover

The author-illustrator traces his father's imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp through a series of disarming and unusual cartoons arranged to tell the story as a novel.
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The Caine Mutiny: A Novel

Herman Wouk · Little
Pages: 537
Format: Paperback

The Novel that Inspired the Now-Classic Film The Caine Mutiny and the Hit Broadway Play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater was immediately embraced, upon its original publication...
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Far North

Will Hobbs · HarperCollins
Pages: 226
Format: Hardcover

From the window of the small floatplane, fifteen-year-old Gabe Rogers is getting his first look at Canada's magnificent Northwest Territories with Raymond Providence, his roommate from boarding school. Below is the spectacular Nahanni River -- wall-to-wall whitewater racing between sheer...
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The sea of grass

Conrad Richter · Ohio University Press/Swallo Press
Pages: 149

A novel reflecting the rugged life of the early homesteaders of the Southwest.
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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson

Mitch Albom · Doubleday
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie...
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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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Fifth Chinese Daughter

Jade Snow Wong · University of Washington Press
Pages: 246
Format: Paperback

Originally published in 1945 and now reissued with a new introduction by the author, Jade Snow Wong's story is one of struggle and achievements. These memoirs of the author's first twenty-four years are thoughtful, informative, and highly entertaining. They not only portray a young woman...
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Whale Talk

Chris Crutcher · Greenwillow
Pages: 220
Format: Library Binding

There's bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that they don't have a pool. The good news is that only one of them can swim anyway.A group of misfits brought together by T. J. Jones (the J is redundant) to find their places in a school that has no place...
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Among the Hidden

Margaret Peterson Haddix · Thorndike Press
Pages: 153
Format: Hardcover

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix.Luke has never...
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Shattering Glass

Gail Giles · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 215
Format: Hardcover

When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, decides to turn the class nerd into Prince Charming, his cruel challenge leads to violence and death. Vigorous and controversial, Shattering Glass heralds the arrival of a new voice in Young Adult fiction.
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Hole in My Life

Jack Gantos · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 199
Format: Hardcover

Becoming a writer the hard wayIn the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin...
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Abarat

Clive Barker · HarperCollins
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

Once upon a world where time is place a journey beyond imagination is about to unfold....It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. Candy Quackenbush lives in Chickentown, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.When the answer comes,...
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Bleachers

John Grisham · Doubleday
Pages: 176
Format: Book

High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football...
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Confessions of a Not It Girl

Melissa Kantor · Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 247
Format: Hardcover

High school is never easy . . . and when you are suffering from a hubris complex and are convinced that the gods on Olympus have focused their attention on you, things are sure to get even harder. In this smart and sassy debut novel, the spotlight is on Jan Miller-a self-labeled "Not...
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A Great and Terrible Beauty

Libba Bray · Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 16
Format: Library Binding

It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception...
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The Book Thief

Markus Zusak · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 560
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 still.Liesel...
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Notes From The Midnight Driver

Jordan Sonnenblick · Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Pages: 272
Format: Audiobook on CD

From hot new talent Jordan Sonnenblick, a "Tuesdays with Morrie" for teens.16-year-old Alex decides to get even. His parents are separated, his father is dating his former third-grade teacher, and being 16 isn't easy, especially when it comes to girls. Instead of revenge though,...
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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party

M.T. Anderson · Candlewick
Pages: 351
Format: Hardcover

A gothic tale becomes all too shockingly real in this mesmerizing magnum opus by the acclaimed author of FEED.It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers,...
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The Wednesday Wars

Gary D. Schmidt · Clarion Books
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

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 Hoodhood,...
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What They Found: Love on 145th Street

Walter Dean Myers · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 243
Format: Hardcover

WALTER DEAN MYERS returns to the world of 145th Street: Short Stories to show how love can be found, and thrive, in the most unlikely places. Curtis finds love in Iraq as he struggles to stay alive in a war he doesn't want to fight, and Letha discovers her own beauty in the love of her child....
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Slam

Nick Hornby · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 309
Format: Hardcover

Just when everything is coming together for Sam, his girlfriend Alicia drops a bombshell. Make that ex-girlfriend-- because by the time she tells him she's pregnant, they've already called it quits. Sam does not want to be a teenage dad. His mom had him at sixteen and has made it very...
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Everlost (Skinjacker Trilogy)

Neal Shusterman · Simon Pulse
Pages: 377
Format: Paperback

IT BEGINS WITH AN ACCIDENT. Nick and Allie don't survive the crash, and now their souls are stuck halfway between life and death in a sort of limbo called Everlost. It's a magical yet dangerous place, where bands of lost souls run wild and anyone who stands in the same spot too long sinks...
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In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle

Madeleine Blais · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 266
Format: Paperback

They Were a Talented Team with a Near-Perfect Record. But for Five Straight Years, When it Came to The Crunch of the Playoffs, the Amherst Lady Hurricanes-A "Finesse" High-School Girls' Basketball Team of Nice Girls from A Nice Town-Somehow Lacked the Scrappy, Hard-Driving Desire...
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Shane

Jack Schaefer · Ingram
Pages: 119
Format: Paperback

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.
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Found

Margaret Peterson Haddix · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 314
Format: Hardcover

Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adoped, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware!...
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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

Tanya Lee Stone · Candlewick
Pages: 133
Format: Hardcover

They had the right stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. And they blazed a trail for generations of women to follow.What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape - any checklist would include these....
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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves

M T Anderson · Candlewick Press
Pages: 555
Format: Paperback

Sequel to the National Book Award Winner!"A novel of the first rank, the kind of monumental work Italo Calvino called 'encyclopedic' in the way it sweeps up history into a comprehensible and deeply textured pattern." - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWFearing a death sentence,...
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Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini

Sid Fleischman · Greenwillow Books
Pages: 210
Format: Hardcover

Who was this man who could walk through brick walls and, with a snap of his fingers, vanish elephants? In these pages you will meet the astonishing Houdini - magician, ghost chaser, daredevil, pioneer aviator, and king of escape artists. No jail cell or straitjacket could hold him! He shucked...
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Shizuko's Daughter

Kyoko Mori · Fawcett
Pages: 214
Format: Mass Market Paperback

"Lyrical...A beautifully written book about a bitterly painful coming of age."THE KIRKUS REVIEWSYuki Okuda knows her mother would be proud of her grades and her achievements in sports if she were alive. But she committed suicide. And Yuki has to learn how to live with a father...
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Rebecca

Daphne Du Maurier · William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every...
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Heroine of the Titanic: The Real Unsinkable Molly Brown

Elaine Landau · Clarion Books
Pages: 132
Format: Hardcover

Margaret (Molly) Brown is best known for her bravery and compassion during the tragic sinking of the Titanic, which catapulted her to international fame virtually overnight. But few people are aware that she was also an outspoken suffragist, a tireless champion of miners' rights, and one of the first...
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Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America

Karen Blumenthal · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 152
Format: Book

Can girls play softball? Can girls be school crossing guards? Can girls play basketball or ice hockey or soccer? Can girls become lawyers or doctors or engineers? Of course they can... today. But just a few decades ago, opportunities for girls were far more limited, not because they weren't...
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Everlost

Neal Shusterman · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 313
Format: Hardcover

Nick and Allie don't survive the car accident... ...but their souls don't exactly get where they're supposed to get either. Instead, they're caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places...
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The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale

Art Spiegelman · Pantheon
Pages: 295
Format: Hardcover

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father's story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice)...
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