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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...

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...

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 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...

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...

A Fish Name Fred

by Tamara Neal & Lovyaa Garg

A Fish Name Fred, is a magical tale about a fish who was found living in brown, yucky, murky-looking water, in an empty house, which a family had sadly moved out of, and left all alone.  

This very touching...

The Whale

by Cynthia Rylant & Preston McDaniels

In this Lighthouse Family adventure, Whistler and Lila help to reunite a baby beluga whale with his mother.

Pandora, Seabold, Whistler, Lila, and Tiny have all been enjoying the love and comfort that being a...

TWIN TAILS: Song of The Siren

by Cillyart (Cindy M Bowles) & Cillyart (Cindy M Bowles)

Discovering that their allergy to the sea has a mystical link to their past, Marina and Perla have already begun to embrace their uniqueness. However, the shrill wailing coming from the ocean that only they...

White Lies

by Mark O'Sullivan

Nance, a young black girl, is trying to piece together the true story of her adoption, beginning with a newly-discovered photograph of herself as a baby. OD, her boyfriend, is struggling to cope with his crumbling...

Not For Sale

by Sara Cassidy & Helen Flook

When ten-year-old Cyrus sees a For Sale sign plunged into his front lawn, it’s a complete and utter disaster. Usually, his younger brother, Rudy, is the scaredy-cat, but for the first time in his life, Cyrus...

Addy's Race

by Debby Waldman

Addy has worn hearing aids for as long as she can remember. Her mother tells her this makes her special, but now that Addy's in grade six, she'd wants to be special for what she's done. When Addy joins the school...

Somebody's Girl

by Maggie de Vries

Martha knows she is adopted, but she's well-loved and popular, at least until her mother gets pregnant and she feels her parents' attention start to shift. Upset and confused, Martha lashes out at and loses...

TWIN TAILS of Mason Beach

by Cindy M (Cillyart) Bowles

What led Mateo and Marnie Perez to the greatest treasure they could hope for?

Twin baby girls come into their life in the most extraordinary way, but they soon find out that their discovery is even more mystical...


by Jason Reynolds

A New York Times Notable Children’s Book

A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in this follow-up to the National Book Award finalist...

The Bodies of the Ancients

by Lydia Millet

In the third and final installment in the thrilling Dissenters series, the Sykes family are hoping to enjoy a normal Cape Cod summer. But there are strong and surprising forces lined up against them and there...

Boy and Poi Poi Puppy: A Tale of Puppy Love

by Linda Boyden

What happens when a lonely boy stumbles upon a poi dog? Discover how Boy and Poi Poi Puppy bond, as Boy pleads his case and brings Poi Poi Puppy home for good. Set in Hawaii, friendship, loyalty and responsibility...