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Mean Margaret

by Tor Seidler & Jon Agee

Unconditional kindness is the key in this National Book Award Finalist from the author of The Wainscott Weasel about nontraditional families, adoption, love—and a little peace and quiet.

Margaret is a mean,...


Lies I Told

by Michelle Zink

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family. But it's all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything...


Greenglass House

by Kate Milford & Jaime Zollars

A rambling old inn, a strange map, an attic packed with treasures, squabbling guests, theft, friendship, and an unusual haunting mark this smart middle grade mystery in the tradition of the Mysterious Benedict...


Operation Oleander

by Valerie O. Patterson

A stunning contemporary YA drama about a soldier’s daughter whose efforts to help Afghan orphans creates a political firestorm over the ethics of war and charity.


Train to Somewhere

by Eve Bunting & Ronald Himler

Marianne, heading west with fourteen other children on an Orphan Train, is sure her mother will show up at one of the stations along the way. When her mother left Marianne at the orphanage, hadn't she promised...


Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar

by James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou & Neil Swaab

Previously published as Middle School: My Brother is a Big Fat Liar.

From blockbuster author James Patterson comes the third installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series!

Georgia Khatchadorian--the...


Anne of Green Gables

by L. M. Montgomery & Katherine Paterson

When Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables farm on Prince Edward Island, she surprises everyone: first of all, she is a girl. Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, had specifically asked for an orphan boy....


Girl in Reverse

by Barbara Stuber

Being adopted isn’t easy—especially when you’re seen as a national enemy. A teen seeks the roots of her identity in this stirring novel from the acclaimed author of Crossing the Tracks.

When Lily was three,...


When the Black Girl Sings

by Bil Wright

Lahni Schuler is the only black student at her private prep school. She's also the adopted child of two loving, but white, parents who are on the road to divorce. Struggling to comfort her mother and angry with...


First Daughter: White House Rules

by Mitali Perkins

In First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover, Sameera showed the United States it was ready for a Pakistani-born First Daughter. With her brains and bravado, she helped her dad win the presidential election....


Wishing Well #3

by Jason Lethcoe

Benjamin Bartholomew Piff is the luckiest kid on the earth! His wish for unlimited wishes brought him to the wonderful Wishworks Factory, he has one of the best jobs in the factory, and he’s finally found...


The Little Leftover Witch

by Florence Laughlin

A little lost witch undergoes a magical transformation when she’s loved by a human family in this heartwarming story.

When Felina, a little witch, breaks her broom on Halloween and can’t fly home, she is...


The Year of the Baby

by Andrea Cheng & Patrice Barton

In the fully-illustrated sequel to The Year of the Book, Anna's family adopts a baby from China. When her new sister fails to thrive, Anna and her best friends Laura and Camille create a science project...


The Callender Papers

by Cynthia Voigt

Think carefully. That’s the advice Jean Wainwright always gets from her beloved Aunt Constance, Jean’s guardian and headmistress at the boarding school where she lives. It’s advice that proves valuable...


Where I'd Like To Be

by Frances O'Roark Dowell

A ghost saved twelve-year-old Maddie’s life when she was an infant, her Granny Lane claims, so Maddie must always remember that she is special. But it’s hard to feel special when you’ve spent your life...


The Secret Room

by Antonia Michaelis

Achim is eleven years old when he moves from the orphanage to the house by the sea. Here everything is strange and new. But one day he discovers an unusual door that leads to a circular room with walls made...


Invisible Threads

by Maria Dalton & Annie Dalton

Naomi was never going to be like her mother. The crazy highs and underground lows. Naomi was in control. When the time came she would be the perfect mother–nothing like her own.

On the day Carrie-Anne turned...


Dog Whisperer: The Ghost

by Nicholas Edwards

From the day Emily rescued her dog Zack, they have always shared a special connection. But it's more than special—they can read each other's minds. And since Zack can sense when someone is in danger, they've...


Pepper

by Danielle Findlay & Sean and Cody

Mr. and Mrs. Greene get the surprise of a lifetime when they discover a baby girl in their prized pepper patch. Pepper blossoms into a beautiful girl with fiery red hair, emerald eyes and a kind and caring spirit....


Red Thread Sisters

by Carol Antoinette Peacock

When a girl is adopted from a Chinese orphanage, everything she knew about family, best friends, and sisterhood must change.

Wen has spent the first eleven years of her life at an orphanage in rural China, and...