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I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott

by Shelia P. Moses & Bonnie Christensen Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

Born into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life. But he was fortunate in two ways: His first owner was fairly kind to him, and he grew up with his owner's children,...


The Year of the Rat

by Clare Furniss Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 04, 2014)

Pearl deals with death, life, and family in this haunting, humorous, and poignant debut that School Library Journal calls a “well-written depiction of adolescence and the pervasive, perplexing nature of loss.”...


The Watcher

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 04, 2014)

After Wendy is kidnapped, the only way she can survive World War II Germany is with the help of a special dog and the family she never knew she had in this historically accurate, standalone companion to Shadows...


Survival Colony 9

by Joshua David Bellin Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 23, 2014)

In a futuristic landscape ravaged by war, a colony’s hopes for survival hinge on one teenage boy in this fast-paced, action-packed story “filled with interesting plot twists, compelling characters, and gripping...


Ambassador

by William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 23, 2014)

Gabe Fuentes is in for the ride of his life when he becomes Earth’s ambassador to the galaxy in this alien sci-fi adventure from the National Book Award–winning author of Goblin Secrets.

Gabe Fuentes is reading...


Searching for Silverheels

by Jeannie Mobley Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 02, 2014)

A starry-eyed girl and a gruff suffragette decipher the myth of a dancer-turned-local-hero in this gorgeous novel from the author of Katerina’s Wish that Kirkus Reviews called “an engrossing, plausible story...


Rumble

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 26, 2014)

Does it get better? The New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks explores the highly charged landscapes of bullying and forgiveness in this “strong and worthy” (Kirkus Reviews) novel.

Matthew...


Smoke

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 10, 2013)

Pattyn’s father is dead. Now she’s on the run in this riveting companion to New York Times bestseller Burned, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a strong, painful, and tender piece about wresting hope from the...


Hold Me Tight

by Lorie Ann Grover Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

"I'm leaving."

Dad's words come as a complete shock to Essie. How can he just walk out on her and the family, especially when Mom is pregnant?

Essie keeps her dad's leaving a secret. Then Essie's classmate, Chris...


Girl in Reverse

by Barbara Stuber Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

Being adopted isn’t easy—especially when you’re seen as a national enemy. A teen seeks the roots of her identity in this stirring novel from the acclaimed author of Crossing the Tracks.

When Lily was three,...


Mouseheart

by Lisa Fiedler & Vivienne To Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 20, 2014)

The Warriors series meets Redwall in this first book in an epic animal adventure series set in the subway tunnels of Brooklyn and for “fans of Erin Hunter, Brian Jaques, and Kathryn Lasky” (School Library...


Sand Dollar Summer

by Kimberly K. Jones Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

Twelve-year-old Lise watches her safe world fall apart when her strong, self-reliant mom is injured in a car accident. To recuperate, Mom takes Lise and her bright little brother to live in a rattletrap house...


Fly Away

by Patricia Maclachlan Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 08, 2014)

From the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall comes a story about one brave girl who saves her family from losing everything. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls this lyrical tale...


Mindscape

by M.M. Vaughan & Iacopo Bruno Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 11, 2014)

Telekinetic preteens use their powers for good—and evil—in this mind-bending sequel to The Ability, which Publishers Weekly called a “fast-paced, superhero-tinged spy novel.”

Everywhere that Christopher...


Blown Away!

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

It's the summer of 1935, and in the sleepy Florida Keys, thirteen-year-old Jake Pitney's life is quiet and easy. But all of this changes once Jake begins helping out the town's eccentric fisherman, Sharkey,...


Tricks

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 25, 2009)

Five troubled teenagers fall into prostitution as they search for freedom, safety, community, family, and love in this #1 New York Times bestselling novel from Ellen Hopkins.

“When all choice is taken from...


Firestorm!

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 02, 2010)

Twelve-year-old Poppy is an orphan living in a bad neighborhood in Chicago, pick pocketing so that she has a place to sleep at night. Justin’s world couldn’t be more different—his father owns a jewelry...


The Magician of Hoad

by Margaret Mahy Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 10, 2009)

Where will your destiny lead you?

For as long as he can remember, Heriot Tarbas has been plagued with fits, headaches, dreams, and nightmares that make him feel as if a part of his very self is being torn away....


The Gospel of Winter

by Brendan Kiely Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 21, 2014)

“In a lyrical and hard-hitting exploration of betrayal and healing, the son of a Connecticut socialite comes to terms with his abuse at the hands of a beloved priest” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

As...


The Offering

by Kimberly Derting Margaret K. McElderry Books (December 31, 2013)

True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable...


The King of Dragons

by Carol Fenner Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 01, 2002)

Eleven-year-old Ian and his Vietnam veteran father have been homeless for years, but now his father has found a perfect place for them—an abandoned city courthouse with heat, plenty of bathrooms, and lots...


The Canine Connection

by Betsy Hearne Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 30, 2008)

Meet Willa, a rebellious teenager who cannot resist adopting canine misfits, and Sam, who follows a dog and finds a girlfriend. Fiona's Border collie knows the secret her family has never guessed. Sly hopes...


Aftershock

by Kelly Easton Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 30, 2008)

Seventeen-year-old Adam and his parents are driving home to Rhode Island from a peace rally in Seattle when the accident happens. In a single, horrible moment, his parents are gone. And Adam is alone.

In a...


Midnight Rider

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 23, 2008)

It's 1775 and the American colonies are on the brink of revolution. Boston is swarming with soldiers, spies, and secrets. Tempers are flaring between the Whigs and the Tories. Fourteen-year-old Hannah Andrews...


The Year of Miss Agnes

by Kirkpatrick Hill Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 26, 2008)

A year they'll never forget

Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn't have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room...


The Curse of the Romanovs

by Staton Rabin Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 27, 2009)

Alexei Romanov, heir to the Russian throne, is in deadly danger.

It¹s 1916, the struggling Russian people are tired of war and are blaming their Romanov rulers for it, and some are secretly plotting to murder...


Picture Perfect

by D. Anne Love Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 27, 2009)

So far, life for fourteen-year-old Phoebe Trask has been picture perfect. Her parents are successful; her older sister, Shyla, is on track to becoming the youngest lawyer in Texas; and her sixteen-year-old brother,...


Semiprecious

by D. Anne Love Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 20, 2009)

It's the middle of summer in Mirabeau, Texas, but already Garnet Hubbard looks forward to fall -- to entering seventh grade and becoming a teenager at last. With Opal, her beautiful and popular fourteen-year-old...


Golden & Grey: A Good Day for Haunting

by Louise Arnold Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 22, 2009)

After his triumph over a ghost collector and a doctor who does no good, Tom Golden thinks life is finally...well, golden. Grey Arthur and his ghostly crew have happily settled into their roles as Invisible Friends...


One of the Survivors

by Susan Shaw Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 08, 2009)

Fourteen-year-old Joey Campbell knows that he is lucky to be one of the survivors of the school fire. But really, how much luck is involved when he is the lone student to stand up during a fire drill? The only...


Entrapment: A High School Comedy in Chat

by M. Spooner Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 02, 2009)

Bliss Taylor and Tamra Gray are absolutely convinced that their boyfriends’ hearts lie in the palms of their hands. But when the girls’ two cynical and mischievous friends beg to differ, a wager is born....


Solving Zoe

by Barbara Dee Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 21, 2009)

Zoe Bennett feels lost at her fancy private school.

She's not the star drama queen like her sister, or a brainiac math genius like her brother. Luckily her best friend, Dara, is just as content as Zoe is...


The Genie Scheme

by Kimberly K. Jones Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 10, 2009)

When Janna impulsively buys a winter hat for a bag lady, she expects nothing in return. But Janna's kindness pays off in a big way when the bag lady turns out to be a genie! Now Janna is the genie's master and...


Bull Rider

by Suzanne Morgan Williams Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 24, 2009)

All it takes is eight seconds . . .

Cam O'Mara, grandson and younger brother of bull-riding champions, is not interested in partaking in the family sport. Cam is a skateboarder, and perfecting his tricks—frontside...


Burned

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 20, 2008)

I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream.

It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience....


Glass

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 20, 2008)

Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.

Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care...


Crank

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 20, 2008)

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact...


The Legend of Buddy Bush

by Shelia P. Moses Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 12, 2013)

Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Shelia P. Moses’s National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Honoree, The Legend of Buddy Bush, with this new edition of a classic novel that’s more relevant...


Back to Blackbrick

by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 03, 2013)

Cosmo must journey to the past to understand his future in this humorous, heartbreaking, and brilliantly original debut novel.

Cosmo’s granddad used to be the cleverest person he ever knew. That is, until his...


Ghost Hawk

by Susan Cooper Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 27, 2013)

A friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler endangers them both in this “simply unforgettable” (Booklist, starred review) adventure story from Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper....


Binny for Short

by Hilary McKay & Micah Player Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 23, 2013)

This tender, sweet, and hilarious novel about growing up with a loving family and a perfectly rambunctious dog “balances moments of hilarity with poignancy” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

When she was...


The Ability

by M.M. Vaughan & Iacopo Bruno Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 23, 2013)

Delve into the extraordinary abilities of the twelve-year-old mind in this “fast-paced, superhero-tinged spy novel” (Publishers Weekly), the thrilling start to a middle grade series that expands the possibilities...


White Fur Flying

by Patricia Maclachlan Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 19, 2013)

A young boy tries to find his voice with the help of some four-legged friends in this “elegantly spare novel about the healing power of dogs and love” (Publishers Weekly), from the Newbery-winning author...


On Pointe

by Lorie Ann Grover Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 26, 2013)

For as long as she can remember, Clare and her family have had a dream: Someday Clare will be a dancer in City Ballet Company. For ten long years Clare has been taking ballet lessons, watching what she eats,...


Tilt

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 11, 2012)

Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting standalone novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their...


Dream Within a Dream

by Patricia Maclachlan Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 07, 2019)

A young girl finds herself—and so much more—during a summer stay with her grandparents in this tender novel from Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan.

When Louisa (short for Louisiana) is sent...


Friendroid

by M.M. Vaughan Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 26, 2019)

“[An] unrelentingly funny sc-fi story.” —BCCB (starred review)

Stranger Things meets robots in this sweet and “noteworthy” (Booklist) story about an unlikely friendship between two boys—one human,...


Smashed

by Lisa Luedeke Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 21, 2012)

A field hockey star grapples with addiction in this riveting read perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.

Katie Martin wants to leave her small-town loneliness behind forever. She is a field hockey...


The Prairie Thief

by Melissa Wiley & Erwin Madrid Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 28, 2012)

In this “delightful mash-up of Little House on the Prairie and The Spiderwick Chronicles” (SLJ), experience life on the prairie—with one fantastical twist!

Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie...


Katerina's Wish

by Jeannie Mobley Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 28, 2012)

An immigrant girl discovers that hard work and determination can make dreams come true in this “top-notch” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) debut that is “a rich story threaded with…a vibrant setting...