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Knots in My Yo-Yo String

By: Jerry Spinelli

"A master of those embarrassing, gloppy, painful, and suddenly wonderful things that happen on the razor's edge between childhood and full-fledged adolescence" (The Washington Post),  Newbery...

Shane

By: Jack Schaefer

He rode into our valley in the summer of ’89, a slim man, dressed in black. “Call me Shane,” he said. He never told us more.There was a deadly calm in the valley that summer, a slow,...

The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay

By: Rebecaa Sparrow

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Hill is the girl most likely to succeed. And the girl most likely to have everything under control . . . that is, until her dad invites Nick McGowan, the cutest boy at school,...


Pie in the Sky

By: Jane Smiley

Abby Lovitt doesn't realize how unprepared she is when she takes her beloved horse, True Blue, to a clinic led by the most famous equestrian anyone knows. The biggest surprise, though, is that Sophia,...

Kindred

By: Tammar Stein

The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen.Miriam is an unassuming college freshman stuck on campus after her spring break plans fall through. She's not a religious girl--when pressed...

When You Reach Me

By: Rebecca Stead

This remarkable novel holds a fantastic puzzle at its heart. By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, and...


I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It

By: Adam Selzer

Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere...

The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It

By: Lisa Shanahan

IN MY FAMILY, when anyone rides the wave of their emotions, we say they're chucking a birkett. When the emotion drives out all common sense, we say they're chucking a big one. The telltale signs are: flaming...

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

By: Gary D. Schmidt

Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then he befriends smart and lively Lizzie Bright Griffin,...


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Calvin Coconut: Man Trip

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What do you do when you’re tired of mowing grass, toad guts, and too many girls?  You go on a man trip with your mom’s boyfriend, that’s what. Ledward takes Calvin on his first plane...

Lord of the Deep

By: Graham Salisbury

Fishing. This is it, the big time. Mikey's 13, a deckhand working on a charter boat in Hawaii. Working for the best skipper anywhere, his stepdad, Bill. Before Bill came along, it was just Mikey and his...

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Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

By: Gary D. Schmidt

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Black Box

By: Julie Schumacher

WHEN DORA, ELENA’S older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge...

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The Warlock

By: Michael Scott

On Alcatraz Island, two human immortals – Machiavelli and Billy the Kid – are about to release loathsome monsters to terrorize and destroy the city of San Francisco. Meanwhile, in the city, a motley...

The Alchemyst

By: Michael Scott

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Josh and Sophie, 15-year-old twins, take summer jobs across the street from one another, one in a bookstore and one in a coffee shop. But the arrival of a sinister man in a sleek, dark car...


The Enchantress

By: Michael Scott

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Josh and Sophie, traveling through a powerful leygate 10,000 years into the past with the immortals John Dee and Virginia Dare, are immediately faced with the startling revelation...

The Enchantress

By: Michael Scott

Read the sixth book in the New York Times bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.The two that are one must...

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Ice Island

By: Sherry Shahan

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Tatum moves around Alaska with her parents as they work different jobs while saving money to build their own lodge.  Tatum’s dream is to race her own dogsled in the Iditarod with her...


The Lucky Kind

By: Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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Nick thinks he’s found the girl of his dreams.  When Eden Reiss actually gives him the time of day and they begin spending time together, he thinks all is right with his world.  Then...

Starstruck

By: Rachel Shukert

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After being “discovered,” Margaret leaves the safety of her home in Pasadena and the snobby finishing school she attends for the glitz of Hollywood.  She arrives an innocent hopeful,...

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

By: Liesl Shurtliff

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Have you ever wondered where Rumpelstiltskin came from? Or who his parents were? Or how he acquired the magic to turn straw into gold? Rump’s story begins when he is living with his grandmother...


Jasper Jones

By: Craig Silvey

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Jasper Jones has just stumbled onto a corpse, who happens to be his secret girlfriend. Jasper, the town bad boy, is sure he will be blamed for Laura’s death. His only hope comes in the...

The Georges and the Jewels

By: Jane Smiley

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Abby loves the horses her dad raises. She loves feeding them. She loves training them. She loves keeping them clean. What she doesn't love is that her dad won't let her name any of them....

Diary of a Parent Trainer

By: Jenny Smith

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Katie is bound and determined to keep a diary of how she trains the grown-ups in her life.  She has studied the operating modes of grown-ups and gives readers tips on how to maximize...


Hokey Pokey

By: Jerry Spinelli

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Jack is the leader of Hokey Pokey, a land where there are no grownups and kids rule.   His prize position is his bike, called Scramjet, and he races through Hokey Pokey and up and down...

Hokey Pokey

By: Jerry Spinelli

Welcome to Hokey Pokey. A place and a time, when childhood is at its best: games to play, bikes to ride, experiences to be had. There are no adults in Hokey Pokey, just kids, and the laws governing Hokey...

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Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever.

By: Caissie St. Onge

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Sexy, blood sucking, sparkling vampires are in. Awkward, blood allergic, average vampires – like teen – Jane Jones are not. After more than 90 years dealing with high school mean girls...


When You Reach Me

By: Rebecca Stead

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Albert Einstein said, "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious." When You Reach Me is just the kind of book that you will experience - mysterious, with strange...

Liar & Spy

By: Rebecca Stead

The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of the Newbery Medal book When You Reach Me: a story about spies, games, and friendship. Seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building...

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Liar & Spy

By: Rebecca Stead

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Georges is in the seventh-grade when his world turns upside down.  His father loses his job and the family moves from their house into an apartment. He loses his best friend to the “cool...


Kindred

By: Tammar Stein

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With a rabbi for a father and a former nun for a mother, Miriam probably understands what spirituality means better than most teenagers. However, when she is visited by angels and has prophetic...

The Emerald Atlas

By: John Stephens

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Three ancient lost books of magic, and three abandoned children wandering from one orphanage to another… what could they possibly have in common? Kate has only a vague memory of the night...

The Fire Chronicle

By: John Stephens

After the tumultuous events of last winter, Kate, Michael, and Emma long to continue the hunt for their missing parents. But they themselves are now in great danger, and so the wizard Stanislaus Pym hides...

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The Fire Chronicle

By: John Stephens

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After finding and mastering the power of the Emerald Atlas, Kate, Michael, and Emma continue the search for their parents who have been kidnapped.  However, the children are now in danger...

I So Don’t Do Famous

By: Barrie Summy

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Sherlock (Sherry) Holmes Baldwin thinks she’s in for an uber-good time when she wins an award for writing an essay on true love for Hollywood Girl magazine.  Unfortunately, her boyfriend...