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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

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

FOR LOVERS OF HISTORICAL ADVENTURE, A FAMILY APART IS THE MIDDLE-GRADE ANSWER TO CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE'S NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING ORPHAN TRAIN. Imagine being taken from your home. Imagine your...


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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

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

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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...

Sacred

By: Elana K. Arnold

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After the sudden death of her brother, Scarlett’s family seems to fall apart as they deal with their grief.  Scarlett herself withdraws from her friends and finds solace in starving herself...


The File on Angelyn Stark

By: Catherine Atkins

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Accusations made by a well-meaning neighbor ruined Angelyn’s life.  Her mother still treats her with anger, and Angelyn desperately tries to avoid the neighbor.   Her boyfriend...

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...


All Just Glass

By: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Sarah and Adia Vida, witches and vampire hunters, find themselves on opposite sides when their mother, Dominique, calls the Rights of Kin. Dominique, as matriarch of the ancient line of...

Poison Tree

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Vengeance and the hunger for power come face-to-face with forgiveness and peace in this adventure.  SingleEarth, an organization that dedicates itself to peace and inclusiveness for all...

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...


X-Isle

By: Steve Augarde

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Parents barter what treasures they have left to help their young boys escape the flooded mainland to a better life on Eck Island.  Baz and Ray are the only two chosen on this...

Split

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...

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