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Eternal

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

At last, Miranda is the life of the party: all she had to do was die. Elevated by none other than the King of the Mantle of Dracul, she goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous fiend overnight. Meanwhile,...


Smack

by Melvin Burgess

Winner of the 1996 Carnegie Medal in Literature and the Guardian Prize for fiction, two of England's most prestigious awards, Smack tells a penetrating story about heroin use, a topic that is becoming familiar...


Homeless Bird

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2000

by Gloria Whelan

Leaving Home...forever. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly is getting married. When she discovers that the husband her parents have chosen for her is sickly boy with wicked parents, Koly...


Can't Get There from Here

by Todd Strasser

Her street name is Maybe

She lives with a tribe of homeless teens -- runaways and throwaways, kids who have no place to go other than the cold city streets, and no family except for one another. Abused, abandoned,...


The Golden Ghost

by Marion Dane Bauer & Peter Ferguson

Delsie knew it wasn't a good idea to dare her best friend Todd to explore the abandoned houses by the old mill. But she couldn't back down after the words slipped out of her mouth. Together the two friends bike...


Chook Chook: Saving the Farm

by Wai Chim

The third book in the Chook Chook series set against the backdrop of rural China

It’s Chinese New Year, and for Mei and her family things are looking grim. It’s been another bad harvest and a disappointing...


The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

by Holly Schindler

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.

August "Auggie" Jones lives with her Grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town. So when her wealthy classmate's...


Do Not Pass Go

by Kirkpatrick Hill

Deet's world turns upside down when his father is arrested for drug use. It doesn't seem possible that kind, caring Dad could be a criminal! After all, he only took the pills to stay awake so he could work two...


Joseph's Grace

by Shelia P. Moses

Joseph’s sophomore year is about to begin, but his new start is a false one. At his father’s request Joseph moved in with Aunt Shirley, Uncle Todd and cousin Jasmine over the summer, to distance himself...


Ivy

by Julie Hearn

Ivy is used to being overlooked. The youngest in a family of thieves, scoundrels, and roustabouts, the girl with the flame-colored hair and odd-colored eyes is declared useless by her father from the day she...


No Place

by Todd Strasser

When Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless, issues of injustice rise to the forefront in this relatable, timely novel from Todd Strasser.

It seems like Dan has it all. He’s a baseball star who...


The King of Dragons

by Carol Fenner

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.


Crash

by Lesley Choyce

After resolving to turn his life around, sixteen-year-old Cameron ends up homeless and struggling to survive.


Under a Living Sky

by Joseph Simons

At the height of the Depression, Mary is unlikely to receive new shoes for Christmas but is deeply disappointed to receive a doll crudely sewn from a horse's nosebag instead.


The House that Was Eureka: Text Classics

by Nadia Wheatley & Toni Jordan

Winner of the New South Wales Premier's Children's Book Award, 1985.

It's 1981 and Evie is sixteen. She has left school but can't find work, and her family has just moved into the run-down inner Sydney suburb...


The Amazing Angelina: and her Hula Hoop

by Hailey McDaniel

Angelina is upset because she only got a boring hula hoop for her birthday. But that hula hoop becomes the means by which Angelina learns that giving is a wonderful thing.


Friday Never Leaving

by Vikki Wakefield

In this wrenching, exquisite coming-of-age novel, Friday discovers what makes a family—and a home.

Friday Brown has never had a home. She and her mother live on the road, running away from the past instead...


Hold Fast

by Blue Balliett

From NYT bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance. Where is Early's father? He's...


A Lion to Guard Us

by Clyde Robert Bulla & Michele Chessare

Amanda Freebold doesn't know what to do. Her father left three years ago for the new colony of Jamestown, in America, thousands of miles away. All Amanda has to remember him by is a little brass lion's head...


Tyrell

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature 2006

by Coe Booth

An astonishing new voice in teen literature, writing what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of the year. Tyrell is a young African-American teen who can't get a break. He's living (for now) with...