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Lady Knight

By: Tamora Pierce

Kel has finally achieved her lifelong dream of being a knight. But it’s not turning out as she imagined at all. She is torn between a duty she has sworn to uphold and a quest that she feels could...

Land of Hope

By: Joan Lowery Nixon

The family of Rebekah Levinsky emigrates from Russia and settles in New York City, hoping their dreams will come true. But instead of finding streets paved with gold, they find they must work seven days...

Land of Hope

By: Joan Lowery Nixon

Russian immigrant Rebekah Levinsky hopes desperately that her dream will come true in America. On the difficult ocean journey to the "land of opportunity" she meets two other girls--Kristin Swensen...

Lara's Gift

By: Annemarie O'Brien

Young Lara is being groomed in the family tradition to take over as Count Voronstov's next kennel steward, breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar. But then Lara's baby brother is born and she finds herself...

Lark Rising

By: Sandra Waugh

Full of romance and nature magic, this debut fantasy is perfect for fans of Shannon Hale, Juliet Marillier, and Kristin Cashore.   “A beautifully realized world, a unique voice, and a compelling,...

Las Huellas Secretas

By: Julia Alvarez
illustrated by: Fabian Negrin

The Dominican legend of the ciguapas, creatures who lived in underwater caves and whose feet were on backward so that humans couldn't follow their footprints, is reinvented by renowned author Julia...

Last Dance at the Frosty Queen

By: Richard Uhlig

On the dock of a lake in a tiny town at the corner of Nowhere & Nowhere, he sits counting the seconds until his high school graduation—at which point Arthur M. Flood intends to leave his hick...

Last Day of Love: A Teardrop Story

By: Lauren Kate

Don't miss this beautiful original digital short story by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series, set in the romantic world of Teardrop, a place of  devastating...


The Lacey Chronicles #1: The Other Countess

By: Eve Edwards

Despite her title--Lady Eleanor Rodriguez, Countess of San Jaime--Ellie is penniless. And her alchemist father, Sir Arthur Hutton, has worn out their welcome in most of the respectable...

The Lacey Chronicles #2: The Queen’s Lady


After avoiding a loveless match, being rescued by a marriage of convenience, and widowed, Lady Jane Rievaulx is happy to be single and appointed as a Queen's Lady. However, arrival at court...

The Lacey Chronicles #3: The Rogue’s Princess

By: Eve Edwards


Eve Edward's third installment of the Lacy Chronicles reintroduces the youngest Lacy brother, Kit Turner, now a player in Will Shakespeare’s company. When he is thrown together with...

The Language Inside Educator Guide

By: Holly Thompson

   Emma Karas was raised in Japan; it's the country she calls home. But when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Emma's family moves to a town outside Lowell, Massachusetts, to stay...

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Latino Authors and Culture

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Laugh with the Moon

By: Shana Burg

Thirteen-year-old Clare Silver is still mourning the death of her mother when her father takes her to Malawi for sixty-four days while he provides medical help to the villagers.  As she...

The League Book Talk

By: Thatcher Heldring

No one believes Wyatt Parker is about to start high school. He’s on the small side and getting picked on by the school bully. Girls certainly won’t give him the time of day What’s...

Lies Beneath


A family of mermaids.  It evokes memories of fairy tales and fanciful endings.  The truth could not be further from this myth.  As a merman Calder tries to deny his murderous tendencies...

Like Mandarin

By: Kirsten Hubbard

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At age seven, Grace Carpenter was already a beauty pageant has-been. Seven years later, it’s her kindergarten-aged sister, Taffeta’s, turn to occupy her pageant- crazed mom’s time....

Like Water on Stone (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Dana Walrath
Guide Prepared by: Judith Turner

"Evocative and hopeful," says Newbery Honor-Winner Rita Williams-Garcia of this intense survival story set during the Armenian genocide of 1915. 
It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire...

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The Little Woods


At ten, Cally Wood’s sister vanished in the woods outside the prestigious boarding school St. Bede’s. At seventeen, Cally transfers to the school to discover the truth. Since her sister’s...

The Living Book Talk

By: Matt de la Pena

Shy feels so fortunate when he lands a summer job on a cruise ship, and meets Carmen, the girl he hopes will be the love of his life. The job soon becomes a nightmare when Shy witnesses...

The Living Reading Group Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Matt De La Pena
Prepared by: Susan Geye, Director of Library Services, Everman ISD, Texas

“De la Peña has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel.”-Entertainment Weekly, A-
“Action is first and foremost. ....

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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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The Lost Songs

By: Caroline B. Cooney

When Lutie Painter decides to cut class and take the city bus north instead of the school bus west, her aunt and uncle have no way of preventing her from heading straight into...

The Lost Sun


Soren lives in the United States of Asgard, a modern country populated by Norsemen who descend from Odin.  Soren Bearskin hates the berserker blood that lives in his veins.  It was that...

Loud Awake and Lost Book Talk

By: Adele Griffin

Six weeks before her car plunged into the icy waters under the Bowditch Bridge, 17-year-old Ember Leferrier started taking charge of her future. Eight months after the accident, Ember can’t...

Love and Other Perishable Items

By: Laura Buzo

Amelia, at the tender age of fifteen, crushes deeply over Chris, an older guy of twenty-one.  A six-year age difference does not seem that it should matter that much, but it does.   As...

The Lovely and the Lost Book Talk

By: Page Morgan

Moving to France didn’t help Ingrid and Gabby Waverly escape their past in London, it threw them into a nightmare world of demons, hounds and gargoyles. In, The Lovely and the Lost, Page...

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...