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Sometimes all you want to do is pick up a book that is going to make you cry. Here is a list of books to do just that! Be aware, though, that all of these books have heavy themes.


Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.
Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police...
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Counting by 7s

Holly Goldberg Sloan · Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 380
Format: Hardcover

In the tradition of "Out of My Mind, " "Wonder, "and "Mockingbird, " this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with...
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Out of My Mind

Sharon M Draper · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 295
Format: Hardcover

"If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind" should be it" (Denver Post") .Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything...
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R J Palacio · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 315
Format: Hardcover


Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.

The book that...
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Mockingbird (Mok'ing-bûrd)

Kathryn Erskine · Philomel Books
Pages: 235
Format: Hardcover

In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That's the stuff Caitlin's older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon's dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl...
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One for the Murphys

Lynda Mullaly Hunt · Puffin
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

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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Harper Collins Publishers Bridge To Terabithia

Katherine Paterson · Harper & Row
Pages: 128
Format: Print book

This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss.

Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces...

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Where the Red Fern Grows: The Story of Two Dogs and a Boy

Wilson Rawls · Cornerstone Books
Format: Hardcover

A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.
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All the Bright Places

Jennifer Niven · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 388
Format: Hardcover

"A do not miss for fans of Eleanor and Park and The Fault in Our Stars, and basically anyone who can breathe."--Justine Magazine

A New York Times bestseller

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!

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This Is Where It Ends

Marieke Nijkamp · Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 285
Format: Hardcover

This #1 New York Times Bestseller chronicles the 54 harrowing minutes of a school shooting and follows four students who must confront their greatest hopes, and darkest fears, as they come face-to-face with the boy with the gun. 10:00 a. m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school...
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Goodbye Days

Jeff Zentner · Ember
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback

"Gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming." - Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything.Perfect for fans of Turtles All the Way Down,Thirteen Reasons Why, and Zentner's own The Serpent King, one of the most highly acclaimed...
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The Book Thief

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


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.

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The Outsiders

S. E. Hinton · S. E. Hinton
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.

No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers,...
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Patrick Ness · HarperTeen
Pages: 277
Format: Hardcover

Inspired by Judy Blume's Forever and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this novel that Andrew Smith calls "beautiful, enchanting, [and] exquisitely written" is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance - and what happens when the walls we build start coming down....

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Laurie Halse Anderson
Format: Large print book

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless,...

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David Arnold · Viking
Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover

"Top-notch" - USA Today
"Illuminating" - Washington Post
"A breath of fresh air" - Entertainment Weekly
"Memorable" - People

I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart...
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky · MTV Books/Gallery Books
Pages: 213
Format: Book

Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting...
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I Was Here

Gayle Forman · Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) , 2015.
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay comes "a heartbreaking novel about coping with loss" (People) . When her best friend, Meg, commits suicide by drinking a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated....
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If I Stay

Gayle Forman · Listening Library
Pages: 4
Format: Audio CD

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year.

Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Chloe Grace Moretz!

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident;...
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The Fault in Our Stars

John Green · Dutton Books
Pages: 318
Format: Hardcover

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about...
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We Are Okay

Nina Lacour · Dutton
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

From the award-winning author of Hold Still comes an achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship.

★ "Exquisite." - Kirkus, starred review
★ "LaCour paints a captivating depiction of loss, bewilderment, and emotional...
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Far from the Tree

Robin Benway · HarperTeen
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Robin Benway's beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms - how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child...

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They Both Die at the End

Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Adam Silvera reminds us that there's no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

New York Times bestseller! 4 starred reviews!

On September 5, a little...

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