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Plunked

by Michael Northrop

When a young slugger gets hit by a pitch, he needs more than practice to get back his game. Sixth grader Jack Mogens has it all figured out: He's got his batting routine down, and his outfielding earns him a...


Girl Out Loud

by Emily Gale

*Silent Scream!* Kass Kennedy is nobody's idol. She does forget the lyrics. She's not a gleek. The x factor? Not her! Read her lips: She has the right to remain silent. Just try telling that to her dad. Because...


Strings Attached

by Judy Blundell

From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York. When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York...


I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

by Erin McCahan

The teen-girl fascination with weddings comes to fiction in this hilarious debut, as 17-year-old Bronwen Oliver plots her escape from her family . . . by marrying into someone else's. Here Comes the Bride --...


Ten Ways to Make My Sister Disappear

by Norma Fox Mazer

It's little sister vs. big in this fresh take on a classic struggle by a master storyteller. Everything ten year-old Sprig wants, her older sister Dakota already has. Everything Sprig does, Dakota does better....


Long May She Reign

The President's Daughter #4

by Ellen Emerson White

Meg Powers is the daughter of the President of the United States.  She’s about to enter her first year of college.  She’s living through the worst year of her life. Last June Meg was kidnapped by terrorists...


Fitz

by Mick Cochrane

Sometimes Fitz would look at himself in the mirror, an expression of pathetic eagerness on his face. He was a dog in the pound, wanting to be adopted. He'd smile. What father wouldn't want this boy?

Fifteen-year-old...


The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

by Jack Gantos

On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named

Ivy discovers a chilling secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh

pharmacy across the street from the hotel where she lives with

her mother. The discovery...


Homesick

by Kate Klise

Benny’s parents are splitting up. His mom leaves home after a fight about a mysterious splinter that is rumored to be part of an important relic. Benny’s dad has always liked clutter, but now, he begins...


Beethoven in Paradise

by Barbara O'Connor

Set in a trailer park called Paradise

"You're just wasting your God-given talents if you don't get yourself something besides a little ole harmonica to play." Wylene made it sound so easy. Martin had always like...


Chasing the Skip

by Janci Patterson

Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds...


Holding On to Zoe

by George Ella Lyon

After sixteen-year-old Jules has her baby, Zoe, it doesn’t matter anymore that her mother thinks she’s a drama queen, or that her father left them years ago, or even that Zoe’s father is gone, too. She...


Lunch-Box Dream

by Tony Abbott

Bobby and his family are visiting Civil War battlefields on the eve of the war’s centenary, while inside their car, quiet battles rage. When an accident cuts their trip short, they return home on a bus and...


The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

by Charlotte Agell

Fourth grade is a year of changes, challenges, and ordinary joys for India McAllister.  She lives in Maine with her artist mom and their dog, Tofu.  Her father lives in the next town over with his new partner,...


Operation Clean Sweep

by Darleen Bailey Beard

Mom for mayor!

Election day is fast approaching, and twelve-year-old Cornelius Sanwick discovers a secret: his mom is running for mayor! That would be pretty neat, except that his dad is the incumbent. Corn feels...


How Oliver Olson Changed the World

by Claudia Mills & Heather Maione

Oliver Olson's teacher is always saying that one person with a big idea can change the world. But how is Oliver supposed to change the world when his parents won't let him do anything on his own—not his class...


A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie

by Matt Blackstone

Rene, an obsessive-compulsive fourteen year old, smells his hands and wears a Batman cape when he’s nervous. If he picks up a face-down coin, moves a muscle when the time adds up to thirteen (7:42 is bad...


Sophie Simon Solves Them All

by Lisa Graff & Jason Beene

For a third-grader, Sophie Simon is one smart cookie. She enjoys teaching herself advanced calculus and has performed successful heart surgery on an earthworm. She's also very clever when it comes to dealing...


Hurt Go Happy

by Ginny Rorby

Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she's been deaf since the age of six, Joey's mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips...


Standing Against the Wind

by Traci L. Jones

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her “cocoa grandbaby.” Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and...