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The Here and Now

The Here and Now

by Ann Brashares

Hardcover, 242 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $18.99, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • Ann Brashares

Transported through time from a disease-ravaged future to present-day New York, 17-year-old Prenna James is forbidden to change history or become close to anyone outside her community of fellow escapees, edicts that are challenged when she falls in love and discovers an opportunity to save the world.

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The President's Daughter

The President's Daughter

by Ellen Emerson White

Paperback, 297 pages, Feiwel & Friends, $9.99, published July 22 2008 | purchase
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  • Ellen Emerson White

Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers' happy life in Massachusetts changes drastically when her mother, one of the most prestigious senators in the country, becomes the front-runner in the race for United States President.

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Belzhar

Belzhar

by Meg Wolitzer

Hardcover, 352 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.99, published September 4 2014 | purchase
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How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetry

by Marilyn Nelson and Hadley Hooper

Hardcover, 103 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.99, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • Marilyn Nelson and Hadley Hooper

The Connecticut Poet Laureate reflects on her childhood in the 1950s and her development as an artist and young woman through 50 illuminating poems that consider such influences as the Civil Rights Movement, the "Red Scare" atomic bomb era and the Feminist Movement.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Hardcover, 391 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18.99, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Laurie Halse Anderson

Enduring a transient existence before starting school in her Iraq War veteran father's hometown, a troubled Hayley Kincaid longs for a normal life and pursues a relationship with a secretive boy before her father's PTSD leads to a disturbing drug problem. By the National Book Award finalist author of Speak.

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Cuba 15

Cuba 15

by Nancy Osa

Paperback, 16 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $8.99, published March 8 2005 | purchase
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  • Nancy Osa

Violet is about to turn 15 and is unsure what to make of the looming quinceañera party planned by her Cuban grandma. Half Polish and half Cuban, Violet feels more American than anything else.

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Mexican Whiteboy

Mexican Whiteboy

by Matt De La Pena

Paperback, 249 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $8.99, published January 12 2010 | purchase
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  • Matt De La Pena

As the child of a Mexican father and blond, blue-eyed mother, Danny finds it difficult that everyone thinks they know who and what he is just by the color of his skin. So goes to spend time with his father in Mexico in the hopes of getting in touch with his roots, and the person he believes himself to be.

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American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang

Paperback, 233 pages, Feiwel & Friends, $9.99, published December 23 2008 | purchase
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  • Gene Luen Yang

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang's funny and sensitive drawings weave together the stories of Jin Wang, a Chinese-American kid who just wants to fit in at his new school; basketball player Danny, whose life is bedeviled by his stereotypical cousin Chin-Kee; and the mythical Monkey King, whose desire to become a god gets him in rather a lot of trouble.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Paperback, 229 pages, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $12.99, published April 1 2009 | purchase
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  • Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie's humorous, semiautobiographical novel, illustrated by Ellen Forney, follows 14-year-old Junior — poor, skinny and with a freakishly big head — as he leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation for a mostly white school in a nearby town. Alexie captures the pain and awkwardness of adolescence while also meditating on the devastation that poverty, racism and alcoholism have wreaked on Native American communities.Literary Award Winner

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The Latte Rebellion

The Latte Rebellion

by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Paperback, 328 pages, Llewellyn Worldwide, $9.95, published January 8 2011 | purchase
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  • Sarah Jamila Stevenson

When high school senior Asha Jamison is called a "towel head" at a pool party, she and her best friend, Carey, start a club to raise awareness of mixed-race students that soon sweeps the country. But the hubbub puts her Ivy League dreams, friendship and beliefs to the test.

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Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints

by Gene Luen Yang

Paperback, 2 volumes, First Second, $34.99, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Gene Luen Yang

Collects parallel stories of China's Boxer Rebellion. Inspired by visions of Chinese gods, Little Bao joins up with an army of rebels to fight against Western influence and religion; meanwhile Vibiana, an unwanted fourth child, finds her first true home with Christian missionaries.

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The Living

The Living

by Matt De La Peña

Hardcover, 311 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Matt De La Peña

Taking a summer job on a Pacific luxury cruise liner to help his struggling family, Shy anticipates a season of lucrative tips and pretty girlfriends only to have everything radically transformed by a massive California earthquake that jeopardizes the survival of everyone he knows.

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Far Far Away

Far Far Away

by Tom McNeal

Hardcover, 371 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Tom McNeal

After his mother left and his father became a recluse, Jeremy Johnson Johnson (whose mother and father both had the same last name) was left to support the family, but he's been aided by the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous Brothers Grimm writing duo, and when provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion.

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Picture Me Gone

Picture Me Gone

by Meg Rosoff

Hardcover, 239 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.99, published October 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Meg Rosoff

Twelve-year-old Mila travels with her father to upstate New York to visit friends and family, who may lead them to clues to the whereabouts of her father's best friend, who has gone missing.

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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Jepp, Who Defied The Stars

by Katherine Marsh

Paperback, 385 pages, Disney Pr, $9.99, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Katherine Marsh

In the Spanish Netherlands of 16th-century Europe, Jepp of Astraveld, a teenage dwarf, wages a contest with destiny. From his rural home to the royal courts of the Spanish Infanta, he seeks out a life not readily offered to him. In this young adult novel — inspired by the paintings of Diego Velazquez — Katherine Marsh combines history with fantasy to create an unusual coming-of-age story.

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Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus

Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus

by Gris Grimly, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Bernie Wrightson

Hardcover, 193 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $24.99, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • Gris Grimly, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, et al

The creator of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness presents a full-length, lavishly illustrated adaptation that explores the hubris of the mad scientist, the innocence of his monstrous creation and the dark desires reflected by Mary Shelley's themes.

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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

Paperback, 133 pages, Puffin, $4.99, published March 27 2008 | purchase
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  • Jack London

Jack London's classic novel presents the adventures of an unusual dog, part Saint Bernard and part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields, where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

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Debutante Hill

Debutante Hill

by Lois Duncan

Paperback, 200 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $12.95, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Lois Duncan

Originally published in 1958, Lois Duncan's Debutante Hill may be unfamiliar to readers who mostly know her later thrillers like Down a Dark Hallway and I Know What You Did Last Summer. It's the tale of Lynn Chambers — pretty, popular and rich — who suddenly finds herself an outsider after her father forbids her to be a debutante.

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hardcover, 374 pages, Scholastic, $18.99, published October 1 2008 | purchase
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  • Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.

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Divergent

Divergent

by Veronica Roth

Paperback, 72 pages, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Hardcover, 328 pages, St Martins Pr, $18.99, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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If You Could Be Mine

If You Could Be Mine

by Sara Farizan

Hardcover, 248 pages, Workman Pub Co, $16.95, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Sara Farizan

In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, 17-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

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Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life

Dork Diaries

Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life

by Rachel Renee Russell

School And Library, 282 pages, Simon & Schuster, $13.99, published June 2 2009 | purchase
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  • Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life
  • Rachel Renee Russell

Eighth grader Nikki Maxwell chronicles the trials and tribulations of being the new kid in school. She tackles the conundrums of friends, flirting, family and more in her funny descriptions of her "not-so-fabulous life."

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Julie of the Wolves

Julie of the Wolves

by Jean Craighead George

Paperback, 170 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $5.99, published October 2 1974 | purchase
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  • Julie of the Wolves
  • Jean Craighead George

Fleeing from an arranged marriage, a 13-year-old Eskimo girl gets lost in the desolate Alaskan wilderness and is taken in by a pack of wolves. The wolves accept her as a daughter, and she grows to love them too, but the time comes when she must leave them behind.

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My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain

by Jean Craighead George

Paperback, 177 pages, Penguin Group USA, $6.99, published May 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Jean Craighead George

Sam Gribley runs away from his family's cramped, crowded apartment in New York City and lives alone with his pet falcon in the Catskill Mountains, struggling to survive. Hunting and fishing sustain him in the wilderness, but when a terrible storm approaches, Sam has to fight for his life.

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The Twenty-One Balloons

The Twenty-one Balloons

by William Pene Du Bois

Paperback, 179 pages, Penguin Group USA, $6.99, published May 1 1986 | purchase
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  • William Pene Du Bois

William Pène du Bois' classic novel documents the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman, who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives a volcanic eruption, discovers a fantastical diamond-filled island, and is eventually picked up floating in the Atlantic.

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All-Of-A-Kind Family

All-Of-A-Kind Family

by Sydney Taylor

Paperback, 188 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $3.99, published January 1 1989 | purchase
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  • Sydney Taylor

Five mischievous sisters live on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the buildup to the First World War. In this sweet series illustrated by Helen John, the girls find fun in the rituals of faith and family as they celebrate the Jewish holidays and treat each day as an adventure.

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The Birchbark House

The Birchbark House

by Louise Erdrich

Paperback, 244 pages, Disney Pr, $6.99, published June 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Louise Erdrich

The first young adult novel from the National Book Award-winning novelist Louise Erdrich, The Birchbark House follows Omakayas, a girl from the Ojibwa tribe, as she nurses her family during a devastating smallpox epidemic and discovers a mysterious secret from her past.

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Bunnicula

Bunnicula

A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

by James Howe and Deborah Howe

Paperback, 98 pages, Simon & Schuster, $5.99, published August 8 2006 | purchase
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  • A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
  • James Howe and Deborah Howe

Chester the cat begins to notice something odd about his family's new pet rabbit. Fangs, capelike markings and a nocturnal disposition harden Chester's conviction: The sweet baby bunny is actually a vampire. James Howe's creepy, furry tale is illustrated by Alan Daniel.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

A Life of Discovery

by Russell Freedman

Paperback, 198 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $11.95, published April 14 1997 | purchase
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  • A Life of Discovery
  • Russell Freedman

In a sympathetic and sensitive portrayal of the United States' longest-serving first lady, Russell Freedman follows Roosevelt from her difficult childhood to her years in the White House during her husband's four terms to her work with the United Nations following FDR's death.

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Half Magic

Half Magic

by Edward Eager

Paperback, 192 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published March 1 1999 | purchase
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  • Edward Eager

Four cousins spending their summer vacation in a city apartment find an ancient coin and enjoy a series of fantastic adventures when they learn the coin is "half magic." Cheerful drawings by N.M. Bodecker illustrate the sometimes unexpected results of the children's wishes.

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Paperback, 336 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $7.99, published September 28 2010 | purchase
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  • Neil Gaiman

Reared by ghosts, werewolves and other residents of the hillside cemetery he calls home, an orphan named Nobody Owens wonders how he will manage to survive among the living having learned all his lessons from the dead. And the man Jack — who killed the rest of Nobody's family — is itching to finish the job. Illustrations by Dave McKean.Literary Award Winner

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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

by P. L. Travers

Paperback, 202 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published October 1 1997 | purchase
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  • P. L. Travers

A stern but magical English governess is blown into the Banks' lives by the east wind. She slides up the banisters, can produce enormous objects from her carpet bag, and takes the children to a tea party on the ceiling in this beloved children's classic.

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Complete Anne of Green Gables

The Complete Anne of Green Gables

by L.M. Montgomery

Paperback, , Starfire, $37.96, published September 1 1990 | purchase
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  • L.M. Montgomery

In this collection of eight novels by Lucy Maude Montgomery, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a rather prim and elderly brother and sister pair, send away for an orphan boy to help them run their farm on Canada's Prince Edward Island. But when the orphan arrives, he's not a he, he's a she — the loquacious and dreamy red-haired Anne-with-an-E Shirley — who quickly takes up a central place in their hearts.

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Little Women

Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

Paperback, 650 pages, Pocket Classics, $3.95, published May 12 2009 | purchase
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  • Louisa May Alcott

In Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, the lives and adventures of the four independent, creative March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — are set against the backdrop of 19th century New England while their father is away during the Civil War.

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The City of Ember

The City of Ember

by Jeanne Duprau

Paperback, 270 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $4.99, published May 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Jeanne Duprau

In the year 241, 12-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day — the day schoolchildren are told what their jobs will be — to become a Messenger so she can run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, and perhaps even glimpse Unknown Regions.

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The Giver

The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Paperback, 179 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.50, published September 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Lois Lowry

Jonas lives in a seemingly perfect world: Everyone has an assigned role, there are no choices, and no one experiences pain. But at 12, Jonas is given his lifetime assignment and he becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community — and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

by Philip Pullman

Paperback, 3 v., Yearling, $23.97, published May 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Philip Pullman

In this hit series, young Lyra Belacqua tries to prevent kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments; helps Will Parry — a boy from another world — search for his father; and finds that she and Will are caught in a battle between the angelic forces of the Authority and those gathered by her rebel uncle, Lord Asriel.

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Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy

by Louise Fitzhugh

Paperback, 300 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $5.99, published May 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet wants to become an author, so she keeps a secret notebook full of thoughts and observations about her classmates and friends. But when she misplaces her notebook and it falls into the wrong hands, Harriet knows she is going to have a lot of explaining to do.

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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Patterson

Paperback, 128 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $6.99, published June 1 1987 | purchase
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  • Katherine Patterson

Jess Aarons is the fastest runner in his class — until a newcomer, the tomboyish Leslie, challenges him. Not only is Leslie a tomboy; she's also an atheist and a misfit at their school. But after that rough beginning, Jess and Leslie become close friends, inventing together the magical forest kingdom of Terabithia. A story of friendship, imagination and learning to deal with tragedy.

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Holes

Holes

by Louis Sachar

Paperback, 233 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.50, published May 1 2000 | purchase
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  • Louis Sachar

When Stanley Yelnats, the unlucky hero of Holes, is wrongfully accused of stealing baseball player Clyde "Sweet Feet" Livingston's shoes, he is sent to a juvenile detention facility in the desert where the inmates must dig 5-foot holes all day. It doesn't help that Stanley carries a family curse passed down from his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather."

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Okay for Now

Okay for Now

by Gary D. Schmidt

Paperback, 360 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Gary D. Schmidt

Fourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck has just moved to a new town where he doesn't have any friends. His teachers and the police think of him as a "skinny thug." He finds his way to the library, where he discovers John James Audubon's Birds of America. When he notices that some of the pages are missing, he resolves to track them down.

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.50, published July 1 1993 | purchase
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  • Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Norton Juster's classic fantasy — with wry illustrations by Jules Feiffer — follows bored young boy Milo after he receives a mysterious gift: a tollbooth that allows him entrance to the magical "Lands Beyond." Milo and his traveling companion, Tock the watchdog, restore the princesses Rhyme and Reason to the Kingdom of Wisdom — and in the process Milo discovers the real world has its own charms.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kinney

Hardcover, 217 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $13.95, published April 1 2007 | purchase
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  • Jeff Kinney

Sad-sack sixth-grader Greg Heffley just wants to fit in. His preteen diaries chronicle the dramas of junior high as he and his best friend, Rowley, try to survive as undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily. When Rowley grows more popular, Greg takes drastic measures to save their friendship.

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

by John Bellairs

Paperback, 179 pages, Penguin Group USA, $5.99, published August 3 2004 | purchase
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  • John Bellairs

Illustrated by Edward Gorey, a master of macabre, this sinister novel follows Lewis, an orphan who goes to live with his magician uncle in a house that holds a clock counting off the time until the end of the world. When Lewis accidentally raises the dead, he must stop the clock before it strikes for the last time.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsburg

Paperback, 162 pages, Simon & Schuster, $6.99, published August 1 1987 | purchase
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  • E.L. Konigsburg

When Claudia decides to run away from home, she knows any old place won't do, and so settles on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and her little brother, Jamie, move into the museum, sleeping in a 16th century bed and bathing in the fountain. While there, they uncover a tremendous secret.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

A Novel in Words and Pictures

by Brian Selznick

Hardcover, 533 pages, Scholastic, $24.99, published March 1 2007 | purchase
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  • A Novel in Words and Pictures
  • Brian Selznick

In this magical novel written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, 12-year-old Hugo is an orphan, clock-keeper and petty thief living within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931. Before he died, his father left him a broken automaton, and Hugo labors to uncover the secret hidden inside the machine.Literary Award Winner

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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

Paperback, 199 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.99, published December 28 2010 | purchase
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  • Rebecca Stead

In the 1980s, as her mother prepares to be a contestant on a television game show, Miranda tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.Literary Award Winner

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The Dark Is Rising Sequence

The Dark is Rising Sequence

by Susan Cooper

Paperback, 5 v., Simon & Schuster, $34.99, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Susan Cooper

Five novels steeped in British and Welsh mythology follow the story of 11-year old Will Stanton, seventh son of a seventh son and last of the Old Ones, in his quest to vanquish the powers of the Dark.

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Percy Jackson Boxed Set

Percy Jackson Boxed Set

by Rick Riordan

Paperback, 5 v., Disney Pr, $35, published August 30 2011 | purchase
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  • Rick Riordan

This thrilling fantasy quintet follows the life of Percy Jackson, a demigod and the son of Poseidon, god of the sea. Though heavily inspired by classical mythology, the series feels thoroughly modern thanks to Percy's funny, smart-aleck narration.

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The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

by Nancy Farmer

Paperback, 380 pages, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $9.99, published April 27 2004 | purchase
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  • Nancy Farmer

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. Escape is his only chance to survive — but even that may not save him.

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The Wrinkle in Time Quintet

The Wrinkle in Time Quintet

by Madeleine L'Engle

Paperback, 5 v., Feiwel & Friends, $34.99, published October 2 2007 | purchase
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  • Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle's bestselling series revolves around the precocious Murray children. Plain, bespectacled Meg, brilliant Charles Wallace, the sensible twins Sandy and Dennys, and their friend Calvin travel through time, encounter strange creatures and battle the forces of darkness in these metaphysical science fiction novels.

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Paperback, 311 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $6.99, published February 1 1987 | purchase
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  • Frances Hodgson Burnett

Bratty Mary Lennox, born in India to wealthy and neglectful parents, is sent back to England after a cholera epidemic to live in a rural manor with her uncle. At first rude and angry, Mary is transformed by the kindness of the staff and by her discovery of a neglected garden that once belonged to the late lady of the manor.

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The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now

by Tim Tharp

Paperback, 294 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $8.99, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Tim Tharp

Known by all as the best party guy in town, Sutter Keely lives a carefree life with little responsibility. When he meets Aimee, a socially inept girl with a need for change, Sutter ends up in unfamiliar territory when his feelings for her suddenly become more real than anything he's ever felt in his life.

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Little Brother

Little Brother

by Cory Doctorow

Paperback, 416 pages, St Martins Pr, $9.99, published April 13 2010 | purchase
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  • Cory Doctorow

After being interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security after a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, Marcus is released into what is now a police state and uses his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

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