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Books

145th Street: Short Stories

By: Walter Dean Myers

A salty, wrenchingly honest collection of stories set on one block of 145th Street. We get to know the oldest resident; the cop on the beat; fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; Monkeyman; and Benny, a...

3 Willows

By: Ann Brashares

summer is a time to grow seedsPolly has an idea that she can't stop thinking about, one that involves changing a few things about herself. She's setting her sights on a more glamorous life, but it's going...

30 Days to Finding and Keeping Sassy Sidekicks and BFFs

By: Clea Hantman

Where would Jennifer be without Courtney? How about Drew and no Cameron? Life is just more fun with friends. And who doesn’t want a sidekick in case there’s ever a need to fight crime or solve...


7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes

By: Amber Kizer

Okay, so here's the deal: there are books about volcanoes erupting and meteorites hitting Earth and plane crashes where the survivors have to eat people—those are extraordinary crises. That's not...

7 Souls

By: Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando

Mary expected her seventeenth birthday to be a blowout to remember, courtesy of her best friends, fellow New York City prepsters Amy and Joon, and her doting boyfriend, Trick.           ...

8 Plus 1

By: Robert Cormier

Seventeen-year-old Mike visits his grandmother’s bedside and learns a family secret.  A divorced father discovers that only love, not bribes, can keep his daughter “his” on...



Resources

10 Lucky Things That Have Happened to Me Since I Nearly Got Hit by Lightning

By: Mary Hershey

BOOK TALK
So my Dad was sent to prison, big deal. It's not like he killed someone or anything. He just stole some money. Okay, a lot of money. Even so, that doesn't mean me, Maxey, or my mom had anything...

10 Things to Do Before I Die

By: Daniel Ehrenhaft

Ted Burger sets out on the wildest adventure of his humorous but short life. After accidentally eating poisoned french fries at the Circle Eat Diner, he discovers there is no antidote, and his ordinary...

100 Cupboards

By: N. D. Wilson

BOOK TALK
Henry York has a dream. He is standing on a hill near a large stone, under an ancient tree, with his pet wolf at his side. Something about the place, the stone, and the tree feels vaguely...


1001 Cranes

By: Naomi Hirahara

BOOK TALK
Angie was looking forward to a summer of fun in the sun with friends, lazy days at the beach, and ice cream cones. Unfortunately, Angie's mom has different plans for her daughter. Angie...

2014 Read Across America Classroom Activity Guide

By: Random House

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2014 Summer Reading Brochure

By: Random House

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3 Willows

By: Ann Brashares

BOOK TALK
Entering high school marks a new chapter in a young person's life, which is marked by many changes. Not only do you change schools but your body changes, your attitudes and desires can change,...