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Moi et Finn

by Claire St-Onge & Julie Bruneau

Yan and Fanny live in the little town of Shush!, a very secret place. It's so secret that nobody knows it exists, apart from its inhabitants, of course! Yan and Fanny are going to make smart soup in cookery...


My So-Called Ruined Life

by Melanie Bishop

Having lost her parents to murder and the judicial system, Tate McCoy tries to take control of her seventeenth summer.


When Wings Expand

by Mehded Maryam Sinclair

A raw and emotional journal charting the death of Nur's mother to cancer.

Winner of the Unpublished Muslim Writer's Award 2011.


A Hole in the Hedge

by Grace Casselman

An expert at fierce scowls, 12-year-old Kaitlin presents a tough face to the world. Still dealing with the loss of her mother to cancer, Kaitlin is less than kindly disposed to her stepmother and bratty half-sister....


King and the Dragonflies

by Kacen Callender

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Booklist


School Library Journal


Publishers Weekly


The Horn Book




Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he...


Rose Coffin

by M. P. Kozlowsky

Rose Coffin can't win. She's teased for her secondhand clothes. She's teased for blushing all the time. And she's teased for slipping into song at inopportune moments, though that's the only thing that keeps...


My Deal with the Universe

by Deborah Kerbel

Maybe ?normal? isn't all it's cracked up to be.

All twelve year-old Daisy Fisher wants is to be normal ? or at least to not stick out like a sore thumb. But growing up in the house disparagingly referred to as...


On a Scale of One to Ten

by Ceylan Scott

Tamar is admitted to Lime Grove, a psychiatric hospital for teenagers.

Lime Grove is home to a number of teenagers with a variety of problems: anorexia, bipolar disorder, behavior issues. Tamar will come to...


Bone Hollow

by Kim Ventrella

?Set in the rural South, the syrup-soaked, rich imagery is a sensory delight. Gabe?s voice is distinct, and the evolution of his conflict reinforces the humanity amid the magic. A heck of a good read about...


Dog Heaven

by Cynthia Rylant

In Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant's classic bestseller, the author comforts readers young and old who have lost a dog. Recommended highly by pet lovers around the world, Dog Heaven not only comforts but also...


Cat Heaven

by Cynthia Rylant

"The way to Cat Heaven is a field of sweet grass, where crickets and butterflies play!" With a gentle, playful rhyme, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant explores all the ways our beloved cats enjoy Cat Heaven,...


Confusion Is Nothing New

by Paul Acampora

Ellie Magari just learned that her mother is dead. Perhaps that would be sad if Ellie had ever met the woman. Exactly who was Ellie's mom? Does it even matter that she's gone? Perhaps a dead mom can still help...


Adrift

by Paul Griffin

From critically acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast-paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each other. Matt and John are best friends working out...


Skeleton Tree

by Kim Ventrella

A staggering debut that will forever change the way you think about life, hope, death . . . and the power of friendship to transcend them all.

Twelve-year-old Stanly knows the bone growing in his yard is a little...


Stealing Our Way Home

by Cecilia Galante

Saying goodbye is never easy.Everything changed after Pippa and Jack's mother died last spring. Pippa stopped speaking, Jack started picking fights, and their father's struggling business began to fail. Now,...


The Memory of Light

by Francisco X. Stork

"When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: After her suicide attempt, she shouldn't be alive. But then she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M.,...


Can't Look Away

by Donna Cooner

Torrey Grey is famous. At least, on the internet. Thousands of people watch her popular videos on fashion and beauty. But when Torrey's sister is killed in an accident -- maybe because of Torrey and her videos...


The Honest Truth

by Dan Gemeinhart

The debut of a phenomenal new middle-grade talent. In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his...


Untwine

by Edwidge Danticat

"A haunting and mesmerizing story about sisterhood, family, love and loss by literary luminary Edwidge Danticat. Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be, even as their...


Everyday Angel #1: New Beginnings

by Victoria Schwab

Meet a guardian angel like no other, from a writer like no other. Bold rising star, Victoria Schwab, makes her whimsical, inspiring, and clever middle-grade debut. At a first glance, Aria seems like your average...