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Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson
Publication Date: 741.5 JAM
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

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Auggie and Me - R. J. Palacio
Call Number: F PAL
Three previously-published novellas that shed further light on the world of Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, set before he entered Beecher Prep and during his first year there and told from other characters' points of view. "The Julian Chapter" reveals why the bully dislikes Auggie so much. "Pluto" is about the lifelong friendship between Auggie and Christopher. And, finally, "Shingaling" offers a view of how the girls at Beecher Prep see Auggie when he first comes on the scene.

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Making Friends with Billy Wong - Augusta Scattergood
Call Number: F SCA
In 1952 eleven-year-old Azalea is sent to Paris Junction, Arkansas, to help out her grandmother who has injured her foot, but does not really seem to want her help; Billy Wong is a Chinese-American boy whose uncle owns the local grocery store, in town to attend the "white" school, since the Chinese mission school has closed, but frustrated by the overt prejudice of the local children--and over the summer the two begin to forge a friendship.

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One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia
Call Number: F WIL
In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

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Mark of the Thief - Jennifer A. Nielsen
Call Number: F NIE
Forced to enter a sealed cavern that reputedly holds the lost treasures of Caesar, slave Nic discovers an amulet imbued with divine power and finds himself at the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark a war.

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Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
ISBN: 9780803738553
Publication Date: F SLO
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

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We Are All Made of Molecules - Susin Nielsen
Call Number: F NIE YoungAdult
Thirteen-year-old brilliant but socially-challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when, two years after Stewart's mother died, his father moves in with his new girlfriend--Ashley's mother, whose ex-husband lives in their guest house.

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Upside down in the Middle of Nowhere - Julie T. Lamana
Call Number: F LAM
At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.

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Millicent Min, Girl Genius - Lisa Yee
Call Number: F YEE
In a series of journal entries, eleven-year-old child prodigy Millicent Min records her struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends over the course of a summer.

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Slacker - Gordon Korman
Call Number: F KOR
ISBN: 978054582315
Cameron creates a community service group as a diversion to fool his parents so he can keep playing video games all day, but his plan goes awry when students express interest in the club and he is forced to take real action.

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Words with Wings - Nikki Grimes
Publication Date: 811 GRI
Gabby's world is filled with daydreams. However, what began as an escape. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer, and words that carried her away might allow her to soar.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba
Call Number: 921 KAM
African teenager William Kamkwamba explored science books in his village library when he was forced to drop out of school, and was able to change his family's life by creating a windmill to pump water for his family's farm.

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Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
Call Number: F AVE
In a world divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities--seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

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Nine, Ten - Nora Raleigh Baskin
Publication Date: F BAS
Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.

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Echo - Pam Munoz Ryan
Call Number: F RYA
Decades after a man is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges involving the same harmonica.

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Alabama Moon - Watt Key
Call Number: F KEY
After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon Blake is removed from the Alabama forest where he was raised and sent to a boy's home, where, for the first time, he has contact with the outside world and learns about friendship, love, and humanity.

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As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds
Call Number: F REY
When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart
Call Number: F STE
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

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The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen
Call Number: F NIE
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

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Heat - Mike Lupica
Call Number: F LUP
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

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I Will Always Write Back - Martin Ganda & Caitlin Alifirenka
Call Number: 305.2 ALI
The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever. It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and fifty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives. In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --and better people--through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

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Just a Drop of Water - Kerry O'Malley Cerra
Call Number: F CER
Jake and Sam are best friends, but after the attacks on September 11, their friendship is in danger of crumbling as Sam and his family succumb to hatred for being Muslim American.

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