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The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor (2))
by Jessica Townsend (Nov 13, 2018)
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Wunder is gathering in Nevermoor ...Morrigan Crow may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And she is fast learning that not all magic is used for good.Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundro...
The Dark Secret
by Tui T. Sutherland (Sep 30, 2014)
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The New York Times bestselling WINGS OF FIRE saga soars to the mysterious land of the NightWings, where Starflight must face a terrible choice -- his tribe, or his friends?In the shadows, trouble is brewing. . .The mysterious NightWings keep everything hidden, from their home and their queen to their allegiance in the war. Now they've kidnapped the...
The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (May 31, 2016)
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An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.   Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London t...
The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan (Jan 25, 2011)
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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows.While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, wher...
Refugee
by Alan Gratz (Jul 25, 2017)
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Three different kids.One mission in common: ESCAPE.Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety a...
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling (Oct 01, 1998)
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen...
Keeper of the Lost Cities
by Shannon Messenger (Aug 06, 2013)
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Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her famil...
Wonder
by R. J. Palacio (Feb 14, 2012)
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Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. A...
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Nico had warned them. Going through the House of Hades would stir the demigods' worst memories. Their ghosts would become restless. Nico may actually become a ghost if he has to shadow-travel with Reyna and Coach Hedge one more time. But that might be better than the alternative: allowing someone else to die, as Hades foretold.Jason's ghost is his ...
Other Words for Home
by Jasmine Warga (May 28, 2019)
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I am learning how to besadand happyat the same time.Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.At first, everything in America seems too fast and too ...
Front Desk
by Kelly Yang (Jun 25, 2019)
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Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the emp...
Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper (May 01, 2012)
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Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged...
Nevermoor
The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor (1))
by Jessica Townsend (Sep 25, 2018)
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A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imaginationMorrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed t...
Echo
by Pam Munoz Ryan (Feb 24, 2015)
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Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.   Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All...
The Tea Dragon Society
by Katie O'Neill (Oct 31, 2017)
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From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying a...
Because of Mr. Terupt
by Rob Buyea (Oct 11, 2011)
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Features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on what makes their teacher so special.It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the nex...
Sisters
by Raina Telgemeier (Aug 26, 2014)
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Three weeks. Two sisters. One car. A True StoryRaina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture a...
The Stonekeeper's Curse
by Kazu Kibuishi (Sep 01, 2009)
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In this thrilling sequel to AMULET #1: THE STONEKEEPER, Emily and her brother Navin head for Kanalis, a beautiful and mysterious city of waterfalls, where they hope to find the antidote for the poison that felled their mother. That cure lies in the eggs of a giant serpent atop Demon's Head Mountain, but the kids' archenemy, Trellis, is headed for t...
Matilda
by Roald Dahl (Oct 01, 1988)
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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most ...
The Candymakers
by Wendy Mass (Oct 03, 2011)
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In the town of Spring Haven, four children have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who will make a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew?Logan, the candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone?Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the co...
Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson (Mar 10, 2015)
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For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. But Nicole signs up for dance camp with a new frie...
Wishtree
by Katherine Applegate (Sep 26, 2017)
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Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood...
Warriors #1
Into the Wild (Warriors
by Erin Hunter (Mar 17, 2015)
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Join the legion of fans who have made Erin Hunter's Warriors series a #1 national bestseller--with new editions featuring a striking new look! Epic adventures. Fierce warrior cats. A thrilling fantasy world. It all begins here with Warriors #1: Into the Wild.For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid ...
Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Mar 28, 2017)
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“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask fo...
Wings of Fire Book One
The Dragonet Prophecy
by Tui T. Sutherland (Apr 30, 2013)
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The beginning of a thrilling new dragon saga-- now in paperback!Clay and his friends have grown up under a mountain, secretly raised by the Talons of Peace to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The five young dragons are destined to end the war that's been raging between the tribes of Pyrrhia -- but how they'll do this, none of them knows.But not every...
Rebound
by Kwame Alexander (Apr 02, 2018)
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Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshipping, basketball star his sons look up to....
A Long Walk to Water
Based on a True Story
by Linda Sue Park (Oct 04, 2011)
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The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" o...
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT (Jul 01, 2019)
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This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel to Starry River of the Sky and the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to SilverIn the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old...
Howl's Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones (Apr 22, 2008)
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An alternative cover for this ISBN can be found hereSophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her o...
The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander (Mar 18, 2014)
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2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball i...
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
by Stacy McAnulty (Apr 02, 2019)
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A lightning strike gave her a super power...but even a super genius can't solve the problem of middle school. This smart and funny novel is perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by Sevens.Lucy Callahan's life was changed forever when she was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but the zap gave her genius-le...
Complete Anne of Green Gables 8 Volumes Set
by L M Montgomery (Jan 01, 1995)
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As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard no...
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate (Jan 06, 2015)
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Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephan...
Restart
by Gordon Korman (May 30, 2017)
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Chase's memory just went out the window.Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school,...
The Hidden Oracle
by Rick Riordan (Oct 03, 2017)
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How do you punish an immortal?By making him human.After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Ze...
Smile
by Raina Telgemeier (Feb 01, 2010)
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Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal...
Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his ...
The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan (Apr 01, 2006)
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Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found herePercy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time ...
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
by RICK RIORDAN (Jan 01, 2013)
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An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she kn...
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been sto...
The Wishing Spell
by Chris Colfer (Jul 02, 2013)
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Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a...
Booked
by Kwame Alexander (Apr 05, 2016)
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National Book Award Long ListNew York Times Bestseller Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/can’t nobody cop you…In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-y...
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Ghosts
by Raina Telgemeier (Sep 13, 2016)
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Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: T...
Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin (Jan 02, 2018)
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A New York Times Bestseller!Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her differe...
Wolf Hollow
by Lauren Wolk (Apr 03, 2018)
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Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War...
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick (Jan 30, 2007)
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Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cry...
El Deafo
by Cece Bell (Sep 02, 2014)
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Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends. Then Cece ma...
A Mango-Shaped Space
by Wendy Mass (Oct 19, 2005)
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Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she's keeping a big secret—sounds, numbers, and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses....
The False Prince
by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Feb 01, 2013)
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In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more ...
Ghost
by Jason Reynolds (Aug 29, 2017)
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Running. That's all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race -- and wins -- the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger,...
The Bridge Home
by Padma Venkatraman (Apr 14, 2020)
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"Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma infuses her story with hope and bravery that will inspire readers."--Aisha Saeed, author of the ...
Sky Raiders
by Brandon Mull (Jan 06, 2015)
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In a world that lies between reality and imagination, a “fanciful, action-packed adventure” awaits (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Come and claim it in this first book of the Five Kingdoms series, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his frien...
Full Cicada Moon
by Marilyn Hilton (Apr 04, 2017)
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Inside Out and Back Again meets One Crazy Summer and Brown Girl Dreaming in this novel-in-verse about fitting in and standing up for what’s right.It's 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi, moving to a predominantly white Vermont town is enough to make her feel alien. Suddenly, Mi...
Drama
by Raina Telgemeier (Sep 01, 2012)
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PLACES, EVERYONE!Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she does...
Love, Aubrey
by Suzanne LaFleur (Feb 08, 2011)
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A beautifully written and deeply moving middle-grade novel with characters to cherish and a story that deals with tragedy and loss in a fresh way. Aubrey has suffered an unbelievable loss, and goes to live with her grandmother in Vermont in order to heal. There she makes new friends, learns to cope with what has happened, and begins to figure out h...
Amal Unbound
by Aisha Saeed (Jan 07, 2020)
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The compelling story of a girl’s fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when–as the eldest daughter–she must stay hom...
Mockingbird
by Kathryn Erskine (Feb 03, 2011)
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THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER and ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOVELS OF OUR TIME FOR YOUNG READERSCaitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon was killed in a school shooting, and Caitlin's dad ...
Okay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt (Feb 05, 2013)
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Midwesterner Gary D. Schmidt won Newbery Honor awards for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boys and The Wednesday Wars, two coming-of-age novels about unlikely friends finding a bond. Okay For Now, his latest novel, explores another seemingly improbable alliance, this one between new outsider in town Doug Swieteck and Lil Spicer, the savvy spitfir...
Big Nate
In a Class by Himself
by Lincoln Peirce (Mar 10, 2015)
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Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon!...
The Night Diary
by Veera Hiranandani (Apr 23, 2019)
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It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When P...
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
by L Pichon (Aug 04, 2015)
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The top-selling U.K. series for middle-grade readers now crosses the pond!Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don’t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff, like last summer’s worst camping vacation ever (five merits!), or how much he hates sitting next to nosy Marcus Meldrew, the most annoying boy at school. All...
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja
by Marcus Emerson (Oct 30, 2013)
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My name is Chase Cooper, and I'm a 6th grade ninja. It's my first day at a different school and the only person I know is my cousin, Zoe (but she might be a little too cool for me). I was just another scrawny kid until a group of ninjas recruited me into their clan. It was a world of trouble I wasn't prepared for, which is why I kept this diary (or...
New Kid
by Jerry Craft (Feb 05, 2019)
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Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sendin...
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The Skylarks' War
by Hilary McKay (Sep 17, 2019)
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A Boston Globe Best Book of 2018 A Horn Book Best Book of 2018 “Vivid, hilarious, and heartbreaking.” —Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity “The best children’s book I’ve read this year.” —Katherine Rundell, Boston Globe–Horn Book Award–winning author of Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms “A near-miraculous balance of l...
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Patina
by Jason Reynolds (Oct 23, 2018)
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Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her “real” mom any more: her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that ...
Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick (Sep 13, 2011)
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Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are mi...
The Stonekeeper
by Kazu Kibuishi (Jan 01, 2008)
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Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before ...
The Terrible Two
by Mac Barnett (Oct 03, 2017)
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Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town thats famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the towns best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going ...
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The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart (Apr 01, 2008)
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ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD Looking for special opportunities? When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mis...
Nowhere Boy
by Katherine Marsh (Aug 07, 2018)
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"A resistance novel for our time." - The New York Times"A hopeful story about recovery, empathy, and the bravery of young people." - Booklist "This well-crafted and suspenseful novel touches on the topics of refugees and immigrant integration, terrorism, Islam, Islamophobia, and the Syrian war with sensitivity and grace." - Kirkus, Starred Review F...
I Funny
A Middle School Story
by James Patterson (Jan 26, 2015)
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In James Patterson's heartwarming #1 New York Times bestseller, middle schooler Jamie Grimm faces bullying and self-doubt as he chases his dream to become the world's greatest comedian.Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian, even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He'...
Forget Me Not
by Ellie Terry (Mar 14, 2017)
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A girl with Tourette syndrome starts at a new school and tries to hide her quirks in this debut middle-grade novel in verse.Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at...
Torpedoed
The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"
by Deborah Heiligman (Oct 08, 2019)
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From award-winning author Deborah Heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII. Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out ...
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Merci Suárez Changes Gears
by Meg Medina (Apr 07, 2020)
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"The realistic portrayal of a complex young Latina's life is one many readers will relate to. . . . Medina cruises into readers' hearts." -- School Library Journal (starred review)Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, as strong and thoughtful as Merci is, she has never been comp...
Keeper of the Lost Cities Collection Books 1-3
Keeper of the Lost Cities; Exile; Everblaze
by Shannon Messenger (Aug 25, 2015)
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A telepathic girl is the key to an unknown world and it's up to her to save it in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. The first three books are now available as a collectible paperback boxed set!Sophie Foster has never quite fit into her life. The reason? Sophie's a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret--at least, that's w...
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson (Oct 11, 2016)
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Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her grow...
Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Sep 16, 2014)
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Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life...until now.Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when he...
The Last Kids on Earth
by Max Brallier (Aug 08, 2019)
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Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he's armed to the teeth with catapults and a moat, not to mention video games and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew scavenged from abandoned stores. But Jack alone is no match for the hoards of Zombies and Winged Wr...
Of Witches and Wind
by Shelby Bach (May 27, 2014)
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In this second book in a series that Kirkus Reviews calls a “fast-paced combination of middle school realism and fairy-tale fantasy,” it’s up to Rory to save the Ever After School—and deal with her father’s fiancée.After taking part in a successful real-life fairy tale, Rory Landon is now an Ever After School veteran. She has better friends than sh...
Of Giants and Ice
by Shelby Bach (May 07, 2013)
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Rory Landon has spent her whole life being known as the daughter of a famous movie star mom and director dad. So when she begins a new after-school program and no one knows who her family is, Rory realizes something is different. After she ends up fighting a fire-breathing dragon on her first day, she realizes the situation is more unusual than she...
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard
A Peter Nimble Adventure
by Jonathan Auxier (Apr 04, 2017)
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It’s been two years since Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort. In that time, they have traveled far and wide in search of adventure. Now Peter and Sir Tode have been summoned by Professor Cake for a new mission: to find a 12-year-old bookmender named Sophie Quire. Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father’s book...
Keeper of the Lost Cities Collection Books 1-5
Keeper of the Lost Cities; Exile; Everblaze; Neverseen; Lodestar
by Shannon Messenger (Aug 14, 2018)
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A telepathic girl is the key to an unknown world—and it’s up to her to save it—in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series. The first five books are now available as a collectible paperback boxed set!Sophie Foster has never quite fit into her life. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No ...
Willa of the Wood
Willa of the Wood, Book 1 (Willa of the Wood (1))
by Robert Beatty (Jun 04, 2019)
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From #1 New York Times best-selling author Robert Beatty comes a thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina. ...
When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money. Claudi...
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Jacky Ha-Ha
by James Patterson (Mar 21, 2016)
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In his new middle grade novel that debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, James Patterson introduces his hilarious new heroine, Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who makes people laugh with her so they can't laugh at her.With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation--even when she really, really shouldn't--twelve-year-old Jack...
The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown (Apr 07, 2020)
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When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the othe...
Forever, or a Long, Long Time
by Caela Carter (Feb 05, 2019)
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3 starred reviews • A Kirkus Best Book of 2017 • A New York Public Library Top Ten Books for Kids pick • An ALA Notable Book • 2018 NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor BookFrom rising star Caela Carter, author of My Life with the Liars and How to Be a Girl in the World, comes a captivating and heartfelt story about siblings who learn that love can never be d...
Treasure Hunters
by James Patterson (May 05, 2015)
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson comes a brilliantly original adventure series, jam-packed with action, humor, and heart!The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after the...
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate
by Jacqueline Kelly (Jul 11, 2017)
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Callie Vee, Travis, Granddaddy, and the whole Tate clan are back in this charming follow-up to Newbery Honor-winner The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.Travis keeps bringing home strays. And Callie has her hands full keeping the wild animals—her brother included—away from her mother's critical eye. Whether it's wrangling a rogue armadillo or stray dog,...
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein (Jun 24, 2014)
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A New York Times BestsellerKyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town libr...
The School for Good and Evil Series Paperback Box Set
Books 1-3
by Soman Chainani (Jul 12, 2016)
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Enjoy Soman Chainani's complete New York Times bestselling series, the School for Good and Evil, in this hardcover box set, containing The School for Good and Evil, A World Without Princes, and The Last Ever After.Journey into a dazzling new world when best friends Sophie and Agatha enter the School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls ...
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill (Apr 30, 2019)
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Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal The New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 Named to KirkusReviews Best B...
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When Friendship Followed Me Home
by Paul Griffin (Jul 18, 2017)
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"If you have middle schoolers who are too young to fully grasp John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and love dogs, give them this sweet tearjerker." -- School Library Journal"In this beguiling tearjerker, a foster kid's luck slowly changes after he befriends a scruffy pup he finds outside the library."--People magazine Ben Coffin has never been one ...
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl (Sep 06, 2016)
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Charlie Bucket's wonderful adventure begins when he finds one of Mr. Willy Wonka's precious Golden Tickets and wins a whole day inside the mysterious chocolate factory. Little does he know the surprises that are in store for him!(back cover)...
Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhhà Lai (Jan 02, 2013)
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For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabam...
Impyrium
by Henry H. Neff (Oct 03, 2017)
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A 2018 TEXAS LONE STAR READING LIST PICK!"A rare jewel. A new classic in the fantasy genre." —Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl seriesHenry H. Neff’s new high-stakes middle grade fantasy follows two unlikely allies as they confront a conspiracy that will shake the world of Impyrium to its core.For over three thousand years, the Fa...
The Blackthorn Key
by Kevin Sands (May 03, 2016)
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Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).“Tell no one what I’ve given you.” Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puz...
Diary of a Wimpey Kid
Roderick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
by Jeff Kinney (Jan 05, 2009)
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The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book! Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved. Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it. As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months be...
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1
Locker Hero (1)
by Rachel Renée Russell (Jun 07, 2016)
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A brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell! Introducing Max Crumbly!Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been: South Ridge Middle School. There’s a lot that’s great about his new school, but there’s also one big problem—Doug, the school bully whose hobby is stuffing Max in his...
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend
A Memoir by Jacques Papier
by Michelle Cuevas (Apr 04, 2017)
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A "TIME" magazine Top 10 Children's Book of 2015!The whimsical "autobiography" of an imaginary friend who doesn't know he'simaginary--perfect for fans of "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" and "Toy Story."Jacques Papier has the sneaking suspicion that everyone except his sister Fleur hates him. Teachers ignore him when his hand is raised in ...