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A Bridge to the Stars

By: Henning Mankell

This poignant novel explores how a unilateral decision can change a life.Two things are hard for Joel Gustafson to cope with: not knowing why, and not being able to do anything about it. Joel’s father...

A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

By: Dana Reinhardt

You can tell what really makes Simone different just by looking at her: she doesn't resemble anyone in her family. She's adopted. She's always known it, but she's never wanted to know anything about where...

A Brief History of Montmaray

By: Michelle Cooper

“There’s a fine line between gossip and history, when one is talking about kings.”Sophie Fitzosborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric...


A Dangerous Promise

By: Joan Lowery Nixon

A Dangerous Promise

By: Joan Lowery Nixon

It's 1861, and although Mike Kelly is far younger than the legal age of 16, he and his best friend Todd secretly join up with the Second Kansas Infantry and become army drummer boys. Mike's dreams of...

A Day No Pigs Would Die

By: Robert Newton Peck

Originally published in hardcover in 1972, A Day No Pigs Would Die was one of the first young adult books, along with titles like The Outsiders and The Chocolate War. In it, author Robert Newton Peck weaves...


A Door Near Here

By: Heather Quarles

Without even noticing, 15-year-old Katherine has become the head of her household. She hasn't had time to notice. Her single mother, an out-of-work alcoholic, has been in bed for weeks, leaving Katherine...

A Family Apart

By: Joan Lowery Nixon


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Growing Up Muslim

By: Sumbul Ali-Karamali

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There are over 1.5 billion Muslim people in the world, and in the United States over 2.5 million Muslims practicing Islam.  Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity,...

My Name Is Mina

By: David Almond

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Mina is not like most other kids her age.  She goes where her imagination takes her, which is usually any place but where she is.  While she is excited to experience all that...

Skellig

By: David Almond

David Almond’s Printz Honor–winning novel is a captivating modern classic.

Ten-year-old Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill, his...

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Raven Summer

By: David Almond

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My Name Is Mina

By: David Almond

Award-winning author David Almond reintroduces readers to the perceptive, sensitive Mina before the events of Skellig in this lyrical and fantastical work. My Name is Mina is not only a pleasure to read,...

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Latino Authors and Culture

After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these...

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The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History

By: Jennifer Armstrong
illustrated by: Roger Roth

American history comes alive in these 100 true stories that define our country.
 
This magnificent treasury tells the story of America through 100 true tales. Some are tales of triumph—the...

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Racing the Moon

By: Alan Armstrong
illustrated by: Tim Jessell

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Alexis Hart is about to turn twelve and rejects her mother’s idea that she should act more “ladylike.” Outer space is much more interesting, and she likes building the moon station...

Racing the Moon

By: Alan Armstrong
illustrated by: Tim Jessell

An adventurous new work from Newbery Honor-Winning author, Alan Armstrong.

In the spring of 1947, outer space was an unexplored realm. But eleven year-old Alexis (Alex) Heart and her impulsive...

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Precious Bones

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Bones is a 10-year-old living in a strange world: the Florida swamps.  Her everyday life is full of alligators, black bears, and bobcats.  During the summer, Bones and her best friend,...

Islamic Culture

By: Reza Aslan

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Wyvernhail

By: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Being half falcon and half cobra has not been easy for Hai. Being an orphan on the island of Ahnmik also has haunted her. Now she lives at Wyvern's Court, and is nothing more...


Wolfcry

By: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Beautiful Oliza Shardae Cobriana faces critical decisions in her life as she prepares to choose her mate. As heir to Wyvern's Court, she must keep the peace that her parents...

Ashes of Roses

By: Mary Jane Auch

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Margaret Rose Nolan is sixteen years old when her family leaves their native Ireland and comes to America in search of better opportunities.

The plan is to stay with Uncle...

North by Night

By: Katherine Ayres

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Sixteen-year-old Lucinda Spencer views her work on the Underground Railroad as an adventure until she is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice--leaving her family for the sake of another...