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The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid

by Rick Riordan

Paperback, 516 pages, Disney Press, $9.99, published August 16 2011 | purchase
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  • Rick Riordan

Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey to save him.

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Abe Lincoln's Dream

by Lane Smith

Hardcover, 32, Roaring Brook Press, 16.99, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Lane Smith

While on a tour of the White House, a schoolgirl finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, face-to-face with the great president's ghost. Together they set off across the country to answer Lincoln's concerns about the nation.

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Peter Rabbit

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit

by Emma Thompson

Hardcover, 72 pages, Penguin Group USA, $19.99, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Emma Thompson

Based on the original stories by Beatrix Potter, Emma Thompson's tale celebrates 110 years of Peter Rabbit. In this story, Peter's adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr. McGregor's garden and all the way to Scotland.

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Under Wildwood

Under Wildwood

by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Hardcover, 559 pages, Balzer + Bray, $17.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to the divided country of Wildwood.

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Clifford Collection

Clifford Collection

The Original 6 Stories

by Norman Bridwell

Hardcover, 182 pages, Scholastic, $12.99, published September 1 2012 | purchase
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  • The Original 6 Stories
  • Norman Bridwell

This collection features the first six stories in the Clifford catalog, with the big red dog engaging in such activities as visiting the circus, taking a vacation and doing tricks.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

Paperback, 213 pages, MTV Books, $14, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • Stephen Chbosky

In a thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel, teenager Charlie struggles to cope with the complex world of high school. He deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs and the pain of losing a close friend and favorite aunt.NPR Bestseller

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Wolf Story

Wolf Story

by William McCleery

Hardcover, 82 pages, Random House Distribution childrens, $14.95, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • William McCleery

A young father tells his 5-year-old son humorous variations on the theme of a hen escaping the clutches of a wily wolf. Illustrated by Warren Chappell.

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Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman

by Marc Tyler Nobleman and Ty Templeton

Hardcover, 48, Charlesbridge, $17.95, published July 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
  • Marc Tyler Nobleman and Ty Templeton

Batman's biggest secret isn't Bruce Wayne — it's his forgotten co-creator, Bill Finger. Batman is usually credited to Bob Kane, who'd been commissioned by DC Comics to come up with a hit superhero. But Kane approached Finger for help — and it was Bill Finger who invented everything from Gotham City to Batman's tragic backstory. But he never got the credit — until recently. Illustrations by Ty Templeton.

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Harry Potter Box Set

Harry Potter: The Complete Series

by J.K. Rowling

Paperback, 7 v., Arthur A. Levine Books, $86.93, published July 7 2009 | purchase
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  • Harry Potter: The Complete Series
  • J.K. Rowling

The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

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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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Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

Paperback, 288 pages, Razorbill, $10.99, published June 14 2011 | purchase
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  • Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing 13 cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recount the events leading up to her death.

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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

Paperback, 148 pages, Square Fish, $6.99, published August 21 2007 | purchase
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  • Natalie Babbitt

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when it discovers that a 10-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret, about a spring of magical water that prevents the drinker from ever growing any older.

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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 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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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

Paperback, 329 pages, Greenwillow Books, $6.99, published August 1 2001 | purchase
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  • Diana Wynne Jones

The eldest of three sisters in a land where being the eldest is considered a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice — until a witch turns her into an old woman, and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.Literary Award Winner

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The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men

by Terry Pratchett

Paperback, 375 pages, HarperCollins, $6.99, published June 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Terry Pratchett

In a remote corner of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, a young witch-to-be named Tiffany Aching teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of rowdy, 6-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

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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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Forever...

Forever...

by Judy Blume

Paperback, 192 pages, Simon Pulse, $8.99, published April 24 2007 | purchase
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  • Judy Blume

Katherine and Michael, along with various friends and acquaintances in suburban New Jersey, discover the possibilities and limitations of love and personal commitment — and some interesting names for body parts.

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Paperback, 302 pages, Puffin, $4.99, published March 27 2008 | purchase
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, an innkeeper and her son find a treasure map that leads them across the Spanish Main to a notorious pirate's treasure. This classic novel introduced the world to the dreaded Long John Silver.

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Delirium

Delirium

by Lauren Oliver

Paperback, 480 pages, HarperCollins, $8.99, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Lauren Oliver

In a dystopian near future America, the government has classified love as a disease. All citizens, once they turn 18, receive a government operation to cure the unwanted emotion. Lena looks forward to her operation and a safe, predictable and happy life — until, just a few months before her 18th birthday, she meets the mysterious Alex and falls in love.

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Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss

by Stephanie Perkins

Paperback, 400 pages, Speak, $9.99, published August 4 2011 | purchase
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  • Stephanie Perkins

When Anna's romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she goes reluctantly — and meets the amazing Etienne St. Clair. Will their year of near-misses lead to love?

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The Bartimaeus Trilogy

The Bartimaeus Trilogy

by Jonathan Stroud

Paperback, 3 v., Hyperion Books, $24.99, published September 14 2010 | purchase
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  • Jonathan Stroud

In an alternate London, where magic is real and the Crystal Palace never burned down, magician's apprentice Nathaniel summons the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus — but summoning and controlling are two different things.

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Feed

Feed

by M. T. Anderson

Paperback, 299 pages, Candlewick Pr, $7.99, published February 1 2004 | purchase
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  • M. T. Anderson

In the future, most people will have a Feed chip implanted in their heads that connects everyone to an evolved version of the Internet — at the cost of even basic privacy. During spring break on the moon, Titus and Violet meet and build a relationship when their Feeds are hacked.

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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Paperback, 183 pages, Ember, $8.99, published August 28 2007 | purchase
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  • Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
  • Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart. That fateful five minutes leads to an all-night quest to find their favorite band's secret show.

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Betsy Tacy

Betsy-Tacy

by Maud Hart Lovelace

Paperback, 122 pages, HarperCollins, $5.99, published October 1 1993 | purchase
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  • Maud Hart Lovelace

The classic Betsy-Tacy series follows Minnesota girl Betsy Ray and her friends Tacy and Tib as they grow from making piano-box playhouses to traveling the world and getting married.

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Before I Fall

Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver

Paperback, 496 pages, HarperCollins, $9.99, published October 25 2011 | purchase
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  • Lauren Oliver

Popular, thoughtless Samantha dies in a fiery car crash — but wakes up the next morning, and ends up living out her last day alive seven times in a row, until she finally unravels the mystery of her death.

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If I Stay

If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

Paperback, 259 pages, Penguin Group USA, $8.99, published April 6 2010 | purchase
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  • Gayle Forman

Seventeen-year-old Mia is in a coma after a terrible car accident that killed her parents. Awakening, she has no memory of the accident, and must put her life back together piece by piece — and decide what to do with it.

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Matched

Matched

by Ally Condie

Paperback, 16 pages, Speak, $9.99, published September 20 2011 | purchase
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  • Ally Condie

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate — until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.

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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Paperback, 560 pages, Gardners Books, $13.90, published September 8 2007 | purchase
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  • Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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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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Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective

Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective

by Donald J. Sobol

Hardcover, 88 pages, Penguin Group USA, $13.99, published June 1 1963 | purchase
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  • Donald J. Sobol

Fifth-grader "Encyclopedia" Leroy Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.

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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 Cheerleaders of Doom

The Cheerleaders of Doom

by Michael Buckley and Ethen Beavers

Hardcover, 245 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $14.95, published September 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Michael Buckley and Ethen Beavers

When a former member of NERDS turns into a villainous cheerleader, Matilda "Wheezer" Choi and the rest of the NERDS must infiltrate the cheerleader squad and save the world from a machine that wreaks havoc by entering other dimensions.

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Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys

Paperback, 352 pages, Penguin Group USA, $8.99, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Ruta Sepetys

In 1941, Lina and her family are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers.

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