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Head Case

by Sarah Aronson Roaring Brook Press (June 24, 2014)

ONE MISTAKE. ONE BAD NIGHT. ONE TOO MANY DRINKS. Sarah Aronson's Head Case is a powerful and heartbreaking debut novel about a guy who had it all...until he drank that fifth beer and got into the car.

Frank Marder...


I Kill the Mockingbird

by Paul Acampora Roaring Brook Press (May 20, 2014)

When Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see To Kill A Mockingbird included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get...


You Only Live Once

Snap Decision #2

by Bridie Clark Roaring Brook Press (April 15, 2014)

You survived your freshman year at Kings Academy, the prestigious prep school in the New Hampshire hills, but hold the slow clap—turns out sophomore year's the real grinder. You'll have to deal with the stress...


Drama Queens in the House

by Julie Williams Roaring Brook Press (March 25, 2014)

All of Jessie's world is a stage, and she's determined to become a player, in Drama Queens in the House by Julie Williams.

Sixteen-year-old Jessie Jasper Lewis doesn't remember a time in her life when she wasn't...


Tin Star, Chapters 1-5

by Cecil Castellucci Roaring Brook Press (December 17, 2013)

Download the first five chapters of TIN STAR by Cecil Castellucci.

On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the...


Maybe Tonight?

Snap Decision #1

by Bridie Clark Roaring Brook Press (August 06, 2013)

Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark opens as the reader is getting ready for the most exciting party of the year—Midwinter's Night Dream, set in the frosty woods just off campus—with her roommates and best friends...


Getting in the Game

by Dawn FitzGerald Roaring Brook Press (August 06, 2013)

"I'd rather kiss Derek's padded butt than leave the ice right now with everyone thinking that it's too rough out here for a girl."

Seventh grader Joanna Giordano wants to play ice hockey, but the only game in...


Brother, Brother

by Clay Carmichael Roaring Brook Press (July 30, 2013)

The day his grandmother dies, seventeen-year-old Billy "Brother" Grace discovers that he has a twin who has recently made headlines by nearly overdosing on drugs. His twin also happens to be the son of a powerful...


Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace

by Nan Marino Roaring Brook Press (April 16, 2013)

In Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino, eleven-year-old musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, was supposed to win the most coveted reality show on television, Tween Star. None of the other contestants even...


Marco Impossible

by Hannah Moskowitz Roaring Brook Press (March 19, 2013)

In Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz, best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the...


The Worm Whisperer

by Betty Hicks & Ben Hatke Roaring Brook Press (January 22, 2013)

You've heard of Horse Whisperers and Dog Whisperers, but Ellis thinks he might be a Worm Whisperer!

Ellis Coffey loves animals. He spends so much time outdoors that sometimes he thinks he can talk with them....


Don't Feed the Boy

by Irene Latham & Stephanie Graegin Roaring Brook Press (October 16, 2012)

No kid knows more about zoo life than Whit. That's because he sleeps, eats and even attends home-school at the Meadowbrook Zoo. It's one of the perks of having a mother who's the zoo director and a father who's...


Pickle

by Kim Baker & Tim Probert Roaring Brook Press (September 04, 2012)

This is the story of THE LEAGUE OF PICKLEMAKERS

Ben: who began it all by sneaking in one night and filling homeroom with ball-pit balls.

Frank: who figured out that an official club, say a pickle-making club,...


Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things

by Kathryn Burak Roaring Brook Press (October 02, 2012)

When Claire's best friend Richy went missing, he disappeared without a trace. But when Emily Dickinson's dress goes missing from the Amherst museum, she knows exactly where it is: in her closet.

As Claire and...


The Girl Is Trouble

Girl is Murder #2

by Kathryn Miller Haines Roaring Brook Press (July 03, 2012)

Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop's detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers...


The Year of the Beasts

by Cecil Castellucci & Nate Powell Roaring Brook Press (May 22, 2012)

Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister Lulu are un-chaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides,...


The Diamond of Drury Lane

by Julia Golding Roaring Brook Press (April 27, 2009)

MYSTERY, TREASURE, AND A LIFE ON THE STAGE. The first episode of the adventures of Cat Royal is a big, fat juicy read.

She's Cat Royal – four foot four, with long red hair, green eyes and not a penny she can...


Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me

by Nan Marino Roaring Brook Press (May 12, 2009)

A tender story about a tough-as-nails girl forced to take one small step towards understanding during the summer of 1969.

"Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten-year...


Candyfloss

by Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt Roaring Brook Press (September 02, 2008)

CHOOSING BETWEEN PARENTS AND FRIENDS Candyfloss is the perfect introduction to Jacqueline Wilson. When Floss's mother and stepfather announce they are moving to Australia for six months, Floss has to decide...


Dangerous Waters

by Gregory Mone Roaring Brook Press (March 13, 2012)

A stowaway, a stolen book, a murderous villain: an adventure on the most famous shipwreck in history.

The great ocean liner Titanic is preparing to cross the Atlantic. On board is a sinister thief bent on stealing...


The Girl Is Murder

Girl is Murder #1

by Kathryn Miller Haines Roaring Brook Press (July 19, 2011)

Iris Anderson is only 15, but she's quickly mastering the art of deception in this YA novel for fans of Veronica Mars.

It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war...


Swimming with Sharks

by Betty Hicks & Adam McCauley Roaring Brook Press (September 02, 2008)

DOES RITA HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SWIM WITH THE SHARKS?

Rita's times aren't good enough to swim with the Sharks—the team where all her friends compete. At first she's determined to improve, but is Rita ready...


The Mouse Family Robinson

by Dick King-Smith & Nick Bruel Roaring Brook Press (August 19, 2008)

GET READY TO EMBARK ON A TINY ADVENTURE!

"You mean you're going to have a baby?" "Babies." The Robinsons are expecting…trouble, that is. With six newborn mousekins and more to come, the whole family is terrified...


Matthew Meets the Man

by Travis Nichols Roaring Brook Press (February 28, 2012)

Matthew Swanbeck has a classic problem. Back in seventh grade, his dad talked him into playing the trumpet instead of the drums. Now he's a lowly brass player in the school marching band. Until one day he has...


The Wooden Mile

by Chris Mould Roaring Brook Press (September 30, 2008)

THE WOODEN MILE VOLUME 1: PIRATES…WEREWOLVES…LOST TREASURE AND A SPOOKY HOUSE

Something Wickedly Weird is most definitely here! Crampton Rock seems like a lovely seaside town…at least until dark. When eleven-year-old...


The Icy Hand

by Chris Mould Roaring Brook Press (September 30, 2008)

THE ICY HAND VOLUME 2 :THE SECOND ADVENTURE IN STANLEY BUGGLE'S SAGA

Even more wicked and weird than the first! Stanley is looking forward to a relaxing winter. After all, nothing could have been weirder than...


The Smugglers' Mine

by Chris Mould Roaring Brook Press (July 20, 2010)

There's a new addition to the island of Crampton Rock. His name is MacDowell (yup, just one name) and he claims to have had some amazing pirate adventures with Admiral Swift, the great uncle of Stanley Buggles.Stanley...


12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn

by James Proimos, Jr. Roaring Brook Press (November 08, 2011)

James "Hercules" Martino has until the end of the summer (a.k.a. two weeks) to accomplish the

twelve tasks given to him by his Uncle Anthony. The tasks will take him to the far reaches of Baltimore, lead him...


The Silver Casket

by Chris Mould Roaring Brook Press (April 14, 2009)

SOMETHING WICKEDLY WEIRD IS HERE

The only thing worse than pirates are undead pirates.

He might have survived the first two books, but Stanley Buggles has hardly found a quiet life in his home of Cramdon Rock....


Basketball Bats

by Betty Hicks & Adam McCauley Roaring Brook Press (April 01, 2008)

UNBEATABLE TEAM--MAYBE. UNBEATABLE READING--FOR SURE! The first novel in Betty Hick's Gym Shorts series is a slam-dunk for newly-independent readers.

Henry and his friends on Rockford Road are a basketball team...


Flirt Club

by Cathleen Daly Roaring Brook Press (January 04, 2011)

When two self-professed middle school drama geeks––Isabelle and Annie (a.k.a. Cisco and The Bean)––fail at their attemps in romance, they start Flirt Club, an after school support group for similarly...


Brains For Lunch

by K. A. Holt & Gahan Wilson Roaring Brook Press (August 24, 2010)

The difference being that this middle school novel is written entirely in Haiku. Loeb, its zombie protagonist has a problem: the object of his affection, Siobhan, is a lifer (i.e. human). What to do? In scenes...


90 Miles to Havana

by Enrique Flores-Galbis Roaring Brook Press (August 03, 2010)

When Julian's parents make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away from Cuba to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation, the boys are thrust into a new world where bullies run rampant and...


Maxine Banks is Getting Married

by Lori Aurelia Williams Roaring Brook Press (September 28, 2010)

When seventeen-year-old Maxine Banks from Houston, Texas convinces her boyfriend to marry her, she finds out that marriage isn't quite what she had in mind.


Cat Among the Pigeons

by Julia Golding Roaring Brook Press (September 02, 2008)

MYSTERY, DISGUISES, AND A FIGHT FOR FREEDOM.

The second episode in the CAT ROYAL ADVENTURE series plunges readers into the underbelly of London in a mission for justice. Pedro's old slave master wants him back,...


Best Friends

by Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt Roaring Brook Press (September 30, 2008)

LITERARY SUPERSTAR JACQUELINE WILSON TELLS A UNIVERSAL STORY

about what it means to be Best Friends Forever. Gemma and Alice have been best friends since they were born on the same day in the same hospital—it...


Hitler's Canary

by Sandi Toksvig Roaring Brook Press (March 06, 2007)

"My brother stood up so quickly he almost knocked Mama over. 'Why aren't you doing something? Do you know what the British are calling us? Hitler's canary! I've heard it on the radio, on the BBC. They say he...


Isabelle's Boyfriend

by Caroline Hickey Roaring Brook Press (September 02, 2008)

WHAT DO YOU DO IF THE GUY OF YOUR DREAMS IS SOMEBODY ELSE'S BOYFRIEND?

Taryn has found the perfect guy. Epp is tall, athletic, handsome, and best of all, she is sure he likes her, too. There's only one problem:...


Scrawl

by Mark Shulman Roaring Brook Press (September 14, 2010)

Tod Munn is a bully. He's tough, but times are even tougher. The wimps have stopped coughing up their lunch money. The administration is cracking down. Then to make things worse, Tod and his friends get busted...


Den of Thieves

by Julia Golding Roaring Brook Press (April 27, 2009)

TRAITORS, CAPTIVES, AND A PEOPLE'S REVOLUTION

The third volume of the CAT ROYAL ADVENTURE series takes readers to Paris on a covert mission.

The Theater Royal is closed for renovations, so Mr. Sheridan commissions...


Death by Eggplant

by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe Roaring Brook Press (January 05, 2010)

"It was last-period math, with summer vacation close enough to touch. My daydream was just getting to the part where the cute cooking groupies show me around Stockholm after the Nobel Prize awards dinner. Then...


Goof-Off Goalie

by Betty Hicks & Adam McCauley Roaring Brook Press (May 27, 2008)

SOCCER DREAMS AND PLENTY OF ACTION this second book in the Gym Shorts series scores high with new readers.

There's nothing Goose wants more than to play goalie for his soccer team. It looks like such fun –...


The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz

by Laura Toffler-Corrie Roaring Brook Press (August 03, 2010)

Told in wry emails and brilliant little one-act plays, this laugh-out-loud debut novel offers quirky characters, a whimsical tour around New York City, and an appealing story about what it means to be a good...


Kiss

by Jacqueline Wilson Roaring Brook Press (May 22, 2010)

HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT. Sylvie is sure Carl loves her, so why hasn't he kissed her?

Sylvie and Carl have always been best friends, and Sylvie's always dreamed that they'd get married someday. But when she...


Cat O'Nine Tails

by Julia Golding Roaring Brook Press (September 29, 2009)

Cat is finally living a life of luxury--and so bored she's going out of her mind. But then she and her friends are kidnapped and forced to work on a ship bound for the New World. With a mystery to solve and...


Cassie Was Here

by Caroline Hickey Roaring Brook Press (May 01, 2007)

Bree's mom is busy with work. Her brother Reid is mad at her about his broken arm. Cassie is two years older, smokes (or says she does), and has a tattoo. The only person Bree can depend on is her old friend...


The White Witch

by Janet Graber Roaring Brook Press (April 27, 2009)

Accused of witchcraft, threatened by the Plague.

The Great Plague has come to England, and no one is safe, least of all Gwendoline Riston. With fair skin and hair and a way with plants and animals, the villagers...


Clever Duck

by Dick King-Smith & Nick Bruel Roaring Brook Press (September 30, 2008)

FEATHERS FLY

when one smart duck decides to teach the farmyard know-it-alls a lesson. Damaris is a duck. Not the ordinary, silly, jumping-inpuddles kind of duck—she's a very clever duck. So when the farmyard...


Pirates Drive Buses

by Christopher Morgan & Neil Curtis Roaring Brook Press (March 18, 2008)

"OH, NO," SAID HEIDI. "IT'S THAT PIRATE AGAIN." IT SURE IS. Newly-independent readers will welcome the pirate's return.

Billy and Heidi were walking to school when they heard the strangest sound. An odd bus stopped...


Rose by Any Other Name

by Maureen McCarthy Roaring Brook Press (March 18, 2008)

Don'tcha just hate the way you get caught up in stuff without really wanting to? Then it goes a bit further, and suddenly you're one of those jerks you hate because . . . you can't be trusted.

ROSE WANTS NOTHING...