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REALISTIC FICTION - Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between. Merci and her older brother are scholarship students at a rich private school in Florida. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. At school Merci has to deal with bossy Edna Santos and at home she has to worry about her grandfather who has started to forget things. Who knew sixth grade would be this difficult?
REALISTIC FICTION - The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.
FANTASY - Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch.
REALISTIC FICTION - Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty; and fun; in their routine and the world around them.
SPORTS STORY - REALISTIC FICTION - 12-year old Josh Bell and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.
COMEDY - ANIMAL STORY - A cynical girl, who has read every issue of Terrible Things Can Happen to You, rescues a squirrel from a vacuum cleaner. But when the squirrel develops superpowers things get interesting. This is the laugh-out-loud story of their adventures together.
ANIMAL STORY - When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
COMEDY - HISTORICAL FICTION - This novel is partly autobiographical and partly fictional. In Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
HISTORICAL FICTION - Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up. Over the summer she pieces together her father's story, aided by some mysterious letters. It seems that Manifest's history is full of colorful and shadowy characters--and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history.
REALISTIC FICTION - MYSTERY - SCI FI - As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
REALISTIC FICTION - Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.
HISTORICAL FICTION - Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.
FANTASY - The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
HISTORICAL FICTION - During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
HISTORICAL FICTION - Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless African-American boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
COMEDY - As further evidence of his family's bad fortune, which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
REALISTIC FICTION - Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
HISTORICAL FICTION - In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
REALISTIC FICTION - After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
SCIENCE FICTION - Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
REALISTIC FICTION - When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
FANTASY - Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
REALISTIC FICTION - In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
HISTORICAL FICTION - This story is takes place in the 1940's in the Chesapeake Bay area. Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.
REALISTIC FICTION - Jess is a boy who has trouble fitting in, but when Leslie's family moves into the farm next door they become best friends. They create a secret imaginary kingdom called Terabithia and share many exciting adventures. But then something tragic changes Jess's life forever.
REALISTIC FICTION - As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.
HISTORICAL FICTION - Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.
HISTORICAL FICTION - A young Black boy living in the south in the late 1800's learns the pain of humiliation and anger when his father is given an unjust jail sentence for stealing a ham from a white man. He must struggle to support his family and deal with terrible loss, but he also finds glimmers of hope.
FANTASY - When the sword of dyrnwyn, the most powerful weapon in the kingdom of Prydain, falls into the hands of Arawn-Death-Lord, Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, and Prince Gwydion raise an army to march against Arawn's terrible cohorts. In the final confrontation with Arawn and the evil enchantress Achren, Taran is forced to make the most crucial decision of his life.
REALISTIC FICTION/ MYSTERY - At first Claudia and her brother run away from home and decide to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art to teach their parents a lesson, but then Claudia discovers a mystery at the museum that she is determined to solve.
HISTORICAL FICTION - This story is set in the 1940's. After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, who lives in a small midwestern town. She experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.
HISTORICAL FICTION - When the great Velázquez was painting his masterpieces at the Spanish court in the seventeenth century, his colors were expertly mixed and his canvases carefully prepared by his slave, Juan de Pareja. This is the story of Juan, who was born a slave and died an accomplished and respected artist. The story of a man whose life was filled with cruelty and with beauty.
HISTORICAL FICTION - Dave is a 14-year-old boy growing up in New York in the 1960's. He is always arguing with his father, but he takes comfort in the company of his "crazy" neighbor and the stray cat that she rescues and gives to him.
HISTORICAL FICTION - In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.
HISTORICAL FICTION - When Marley's father returns home from World War II a broken man physically and spiritually, her mother decides that the family needs to leave the city for an extended visit to Grandma's house in the country.
BIOGRAPHY - Growing up in Salem, Nathaniel "Nat" Bowditch seemed too small to be a sailor. But long hours of study made him a master navigator as he learned to sail by the sun, the stars and the compass. And when he took his knowledge and wrote The American Practical Navigator he became famous.
HISTORICAL FICTION - Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. So the children decided to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true.
HISTORICAL FICTION - This story is takes place in New Mexico in the 1950's. Every summer the men of the Chavez family go on a long and difficult sheep drive to the mountains. All the men, that is, except for Miguel. All year long, twelve-year-old Miguel tries to prove that he is up to the challenge, that he is ready to take the sheep into his beloved Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
BIOGRAPHY - Amos Fortune, born the son of a king of the At-mun-shi tribe in Africa. When Amos was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to America. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dignity and courage. He dreamed of being free and of buying the freedom of his closest friends. By the time he was sixty years old, Amos Fortune began to see those dreams come true.
FANTASY/ ADVENTURE - Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.
HISTORICAL FICTION - Birdie Boyer belonged to a large "strawberry family," who lived on a flatwoods farm Florida. They raised strawberries for a living. It was hard work, but Birdie also had dreams of learning to read and learning to play the organ.
ANIMAL STORY - New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and be good providers. But when the new folks move in the animals are a bit surprised.
HISTORICAL FICTION - Eleven-year-old Adam loved to travel throughout 13th century England with his father, a wandering minstrel, and his dog, Nick. But when Nick is stolen and his father disappears, Adam suddenly finds himself alone. He searches the same roads he traveled with his father, meeting various people along the way. But will Adam ever find his father and dog and end his desperate search?
HISTORICAL FICTION - In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.
HISTORICAL FICTION - In 1930's Wisconsin, nine-year-old tomboy Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble. The same day the rains come and end the long drought on her family's farm. Garnet can’t help feeling that the thimble is a magic talisman, for the summer proves to be interesting and exciting in so many different ways.
HISTORICAL FICTION - The story takes place in New York City in the 1890s. 10-year-old Lucinda's parents go to Italy for a year and leave her in the care of Miss Peters and Miss Nettie. Lucinda, enjoying her freedom, explores the city on roller skates and makes friends wherever she goes.
HISTORICAL FICTION - When Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling 1920s Chungking, all he has seen of the world is the rural farming village where he has grown up. He knows nothing of city life. But the city, with its wonders and dangers, fascinates the 13-year-old boy, and he sets out to make the best of what it has to offer him.
FABLE - In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. Then the village's head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum and the artist softens toward the animal he believes has brought him luck. But when he includes the cat in the painting the priest is angered and demands that the painting be destroyed. It seems the artist's life is ruined -- until he is rewarded for his act of love by a Buddhist miracle.
FANTASY - HISTORICAL FICTION - Hitty is a very special doll who belongs to Phoebe. Phoebe is proud of her beautiful doll and brings Hitty everywhere she goes. This is thrilling for Hitty, who finds herself involved in the most wonderful adventures both on land and at sea. She meets many people and makes new friends. This is the story of the first hundred years of Hitty's life. And that's only the beginning for a doll as special as Hitty.
ANIMAL STORY - The story of the training of a carrier pigeon and its service during the First World War, revealing the bird's courageous and spirited adventures over the housetops of an Indian village, in the Himalayan Mountains, and on the French battlefield.
FANTASY/ ADVENTURE - Accompanied by nine-year-old Tommy Stubbins, Jip the Dog, and Polynesia the Parrot, the good doctor sets off on an adventure-packed voyage to search for a missing colleague. After a nasty shipwreck, the fearless adventurers become stranded on a mysterious island — where they meet even more mysterious creatures.
HISTORY - This classic history book, first published in 1921 and winner of the first Newbery Medal, was illustrated in pen and ink by the author. This version has been updated to incorporate more recent events in world history.