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Letters to Missy Violet

by Barbara Hathaway

A heartwarming coming-of-age story set in the rural South.  With her friend Missy Violet away in Florida, Viney has big shoes to fill. While there are ailing neighbors to comfort, Viney’s favorite teacher...


The Year of the Book

by Andrea Cheng & Abigail Halpin

This fully illustrated chapter book follows Anna, a young Asian-American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.


Nikki and Deja: Election Madness

by Karen English & Laura Freeman

When Deja launches her campaign to become president of Carver Elementary, she can't see beyond her goal to notice her best friend Nikki is upset. This fourth book in the Nikki & Deja series tackles a rough...


The Maldonado Miracle

by Theodore Taylor

A story of a 12-year-old Mexican boy who crosses the border illegally to join his father in California--now a Showtime movie


Caleb's Wars

by David L. Dudley

A powerful novel about growing up black on the World War II home front in the Jim Crow South. Caleb lives in a world at war. War news is on everyone’s mind, and Caleb’s older brother, Randall, is likely...


The Circuit

by Francisco Jimenez

"'La frontera'...I heard it for the first time back in the late 1940s when Papa and Mama told me and Roberto, my older brother, that someday we would take a long trip north, cross la frontera, enter California,...


Next to Mexico

by Jennifer Nails

When Lylice found out she was skipping fifth grade, she was excited. Then nervous. Then excited again. Then terrified. On her first day of sixth grade everything bad that could happen did. But when Senora Schwartz...


The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots

by Carolyn Meyer

The latest installment in the acclaimed Young Royals series by a master of historical fiction tells the story of the powerful and passionate Mary Queen of Scots, who was widowed at eighteen, stripped of her...


Mare's War

by Tanita S. Davis

Meet Mare, a grandmother with flair and a fascinating past.

Octavia and Tali are dreading the road trip their parents are forcing them to take with their grandmother over the summer. After all, Mare isn’t your...


The Mourning Emporium

by Michelle Lovric

Venice is in peril. Bajamonte Tiepolo is back, and his baddened magic has spread across the globe, from the island of Hooroo in the South Pacific, all the way to London, where Queen Victoria lies dying.

Now two...


Lights, Camera, Cassidy: Drama

by Linda Gerber

Cassidy Barnett is not your average twelve- (almost thirteen!-) year -old. While most other girls her age are worries about school and clothes and boys, Cass has spent most of her life traveling the world with...


Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You

by Joyce Carol Oates

Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You is renowned author Joyce Carol Oates's newest novel for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Wintergirls and Speak, said that "the painful honesty of this...


Chickadee

by Louise Erdrich

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Chickadee is the first novel of a new arc in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich.

Twin...


By the Skin of His Teeth: A Barkerville Mystery

by Ann Walsh

In 1870 British Columbia, racial tensions run high when a Chinese man is found stabbed to death. Ted MacIntosh must fight to reveal the truth.


Vinnie's War

by David McRobbie

The story of a homeless boy who starts by losing everything, and - through his experience as an evacuee in World War II - finds friendship, vocation and a place to belong.


Sadri Returns to Bali: A Tale of the Balinese Galungan Festival

by Elisabeth Waldmeier & Susan Tuttle_Laube

The Galungan festival in Bali marks the victory of dharma (order) over adharma

(disorder). It is celebrated by the Balinese Hindus, who believe that during

these ten days of prayers, offerings, and feasting, their...


Raising the Griffin

by Melissa Wyatt

What’s it really like to be a prince? To his horror, British schoolboy Alex Varenhoff finds out when the monarchy is restored in the tiny country of Rovenia.

“To see, to do, to prevail.” The motto of Rovenia...


Bog Child

Carnegie Medal 2009

by Siobhan Dowd

DIGGING FOR PEAT in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she’s been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him—his brother on hunger-strike...


Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll: The Adventures of a Blind Japanese Girl Who Saves Her Village

by Sunny Seki

Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll, a gorgeous book by author/illustrator Sunny Seki, takes readers on a journey into ancient Japan and the story behind the famous Daruma Doll.

Yuko-chan, an adventurous blind orphan,...


Instructions for a Broken Heart

by Kim Culbertson

Top 20 Reasons He's a Slimy Jerk Bastard

Jessa: To help you get over your train wreck EX, I've enclosed 20 envelopes. Each one has a reason why Sean is a jerk and not worth the dirt on your shoes. And each one...