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The Sharp Time

By: Mary O'Connell

Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday...

Absolutely Beastly Children

By: written and illustrated by Dan Krall

In this book you’ll find 26 children who are almost certainly nothing like you. You always eat your peas and say please. You, unlike Oscar, would never tell lies. And in your wildest dreams you wouldn’t...


By: Swati Avasthi

A riveting portrait of life after abuse from an award-winning novelist.Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy...


By: Barry Jonsberg

An intense, frightening portrait of a boy driven to the edge . . . and over.Michael Terny is at his seventh school in four years and he knows that whatever he does, he will be ridiculed and pushed around....

Yesterday I Had the Blues

By: Jeron Ashford Frame

Ever had the blues? Yesterday one boy had them bad--not just the ordinary blues, the "deep down in my shoes" blues, the "go away Mr. Sun quit smilin' at me" blues. But today he's traded in those blues...


By: Barry Jonsberg

Michael Terny is at his seventh school in four years and he knows that whatever he does, he will be ridiculed and pushed around. Michael is the fat kid. But Michael is also a lucid dreamer–he can...

The True Story of Christmas

By: Anne Fine

Everyone knows the story of Christmas. Decking the halls with boughs of holly. Hanging stockings by the chimney with care. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Then there’s the true story of Christmas....


By: Nicola Morgan

Edinburgh, 1822. Young Robbie is just eight years old when he witnesses his mother’s agonizing pain and then death from the removal of a breast tumor during public surgery at the hands of one savage...

Yesterday I Had the Blues

By: Jeron Ashford Frame

Moods change from day to day, and you never know what tomorrow will bring. But one thing’s for sure: when you’ve got love around you, the blues won’t stick around long.

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Betty Goes Bananas Storytime Kit

By: Steve Antony

Like Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry, this book offers families a perfect opportunity to openly discuss emotions and behavior.

Meet Betty, a gorilla. She wants...

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Lacey, her dad, and two brothers leave the house just like every other Saturday to go eat breakfast, when a crazy woman hits their car and Lacey's life forever changes when her father dies....

A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

By: Dana Reinhardt

Simone's starting her junior year in high school and she really loves her life.  Her parents, her little brother, her friends, and her new crush. Then her birth mother contacts her. Simone's...

The Book Thief

By: Markus Zusak

What would your life story be if Death was the narrator? Looking back, Leisel Meminger's story is simple, really--foster child, reader, thief. But it is also complex. Living under Nazi rule...

Before I Die

By: Jenny Downham

What would be on your "Things to Do Before I Die List" if you had to write one? Sixteen-year-old Tessa realizes that her Leukemia isn't going to get any better and she needs to start making...

You Against Me

By: Jenny Downham

If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge.

If your brother's accused of a crime but says he didn't do it, you defend him.

When Mikey's sister claims...

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The Gadget

By: Paul Zindel

Near the end of World War II, scientists in Los Alamos, New Mexico, are working on a project that will alter the fate of the world. Thirteen-year-old Stephen Orr is living at a top secret military base...

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The Cay

By: Theodore Taylor

When a freighter to the United States is torpedoed during World War II, an 11-year-old boy is blinded and stranded with an elderly black man who teaches him survival...

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Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different

By: Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

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Alligator Bayou

By: Donna Jo Napoli

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By: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

When Kat suddenly finds herself an orphan, she is forced to leave her friends and the life she knows and loves in California to join a grandfather she barely knows in Arkansas. ...