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Tiger Eyes

Tiger Eyes

by Judy Blume

Paperback, 217 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $8.99, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Judy Blume

Resettled in the "Bomb City" with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father's death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City.

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Gorgeous

Gorgeous

by Paul Rudnick

Hardcover, 327 pages, Scholastic, $18.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Paul Rudnick

When 18-year-old Becky Randle's mother dies, she is whisked away from a trailer park to New York City, where fashion designer Tom Kelly offers to transform her into a glamorous Rebecca, a girl fit for a prince. But soon she begins to fear that she will lose touch with her real self.

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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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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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Nine Days

Nine Days

by Fred Hiatt

Hardcover, 241 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Fred Hiatt

Tenth-graders Ethan and Ti-Anna go to Hong Kong seeking her father, an exiled Chinese democracy activist who has disappeared. They follow his trail to Vietnam and back, uncovering illegal activity along the way.

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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 Summer Prince

The Summer Prince

by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Hardcover, 289 pages, Scholastic, $17.99, published March 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Alaya Dawn Johnson

In the futuristic Brazilian metropolis Palmares Tres, artist June Costa joins the bold new Summer King, Enki, to stage explosive, dramatic projects that the city will never forget. The pair adds fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech, and June falls deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.


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The Day My Mother Left

The Day My Mother Left

by James Prosek

Paperback, 290 pages, Simon & Schuster, $7.99, published March 10 2009 | purchase
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  • James Prosek

When his mother leaves to live with another man, nine-year-old Jeremy faces his own pain and loss, his father's depression and sister's distance, the pity of friends and strangers, and his father's remarriage two years later, finding solace in fishing and his artwork.

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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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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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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Hardcover, 359 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.99, published February 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Benjamin Alire Saenz

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

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My Brother's Book

by Maurice Sendak

Hardcover, 31 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $18.95, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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Published posthumously, Maurice Sendak's My Brother's Book combines poetry and art in an elegy to his brother.NPR Bestseller

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The Outsiders

The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

Paperback, 160 pages, Gardners Books, $15.50, published April 5 2007 | purchase
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S.E. Hinton was just 16 years old when she wrote this novel about kids getting caught up in class struggles. Ponyboy is a greaser, from the wrong side of the tracks; he runs afoul of the upper-class Socs, leading to an epic rumble between the two gangs.

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein

Hardcover, 343 pages, Hyperion Book CH, $16.99, published May 15 2012 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

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Purity

Purity

by Jackson Pearce

Hardcover, 218 pages, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.99, published April 24 2012 | purchase
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  • Jackson Pearce

Sixteen-year-old Shelby finds it difficult to balance her mother's dying request to live a life without restraint with her father's plans for his "little princess," which include attending a traditional father-daughter dance that culminates with a ceremonial vow to live "whole, pure lives."

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Where Things Come Back

Where Things Come Back

by John Corey Whaley

Hardcover, 228 pages, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99, published May 3 2011 | purchase
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  • John Corey Whaley

Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.

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Seraphina

Seraphina

by Rachel Hartman

Hardcover, 465 pages, Random House Books for Young Readers, $17.99, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Rachel Hartman

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

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