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Killing Time in Crystal City

by Chris Lynch Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 13, 2015)

A teen runs away from his broken life and invents a new one in this "absorbing and satisfying" (Booklist) adventure from Printz Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch.

Crystal City called for...


Moonglass

by Jessi Kirby Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 03, 2011)

Sarah Dessen says this "incredible first novel" is "fresh and wise, all at once."

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

     Anna's...


The Troubles of Johnny Cannon

by Isaiah Campbell Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2014)

"A boy with a highly original voice winces his way into the bewildering world of adults during a neglected moment in American history" (Newbery Medalist Richard Peck) in this heroic coming-of-age novel.

Johnny...


We'll Always Have Summer

by Jenny Han Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2011)

Can Belly make a final choice between Jeremiah and Conrad? Find out in the conclusion of the New York Times bestselling The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy from the author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before...


Sealed with a Lie

by Kat Carlton Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2014)

In this sequel to the romantic spy-thriller Two Lies and a Spy, Kari must race against the clock on a mission to save her little brother.

Kari Andrews thought life was going to get easier. She was wrong. Following...


100 Sideways Miles

by Andrew Smith Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2014)

Destiny takes a detour in this "wickedly witty and offbeat novel" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) that was nominated for the National Book Award.

Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes....


Starbreak

by Phoebe North Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 08, 2014)

Alien foes, forbidden romance, and uneasy alliances await in the sequel to Starglass, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth called "a richly imagined, beautifully written book."

The Asherah...


Unravel

by Imogen Howson Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 08, 2014)

Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller BCCB called "classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best."

After Elissa and Lin exposed the government's secret...


Freewill

by Chris Lynch Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 04, 2014)

A rash of teen suicides haunts a teen with a murky history in this Printz Honor-winning novel.

Will was destined to be a pilot, to skim above surfaces. So why is he in wood shop class? He doesn't know--or maybe...


Unleashed

by Kennedy Center, The, Ard Hoyt & Ronald Kidd Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 04, 2011)

Alongside the politicians and dignitaries, some crazy pets have lived in the White House. From John Quincy Adams' pet alligator all the way to Bo Obama, first families have always been open to four legged friends....


Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major

by Kennedy Center, The, Ard Hoyt, Laura Bush & Ronald Kidd Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 04, 2011)

Imagine if you lived in the White House! The first book centers around three of Theodore Roosevelt's children, Kermit, Ethel and Archie. Their mother is away and they are left in the charge of a comical nanny...


The Summer I Turned Pretty

by Jenny Han Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 21, 2010)

Belly has an unforgettable summer in this stunning start to the Summer I Turned Pretty series from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (now a major motion picture!),...


Pies & Prejudice

The Mother-Daughter Book Club #4

by Heather Vogel Frederick Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2010)

Right before the start of their freshman year, Emma's family unexpectedly moves to England. The book club is stunned, but thanks to videoconferencing, they can keep the club alive. They decide to tackle Jane...


Blastin' the Blues

by Loren Long & Phil Bildner Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2010)

After jumping off the train to St. Louis, Griffith, Woody, and Dog find their way back to the Travelin' Nine. Meanwhile, the rest of the team prepares for the next game--but before they can even get warmed up,...


No Place

by Todd Strasser Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 28, 2014)

When Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless, issues of injustice rise to the forefront in this relatable, timely novel from Todd Strasser that VOYA calls "poignant," "darkly humorous," and "exceptionally...


Lucky

by Wes Tooke Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2010)

Louis isn't very good at playing baseball, but he knows and loves the game more than anybody. He loves the purity of the sport, the sound of the crack of a bat, and the smell of freshly cut grass in the stadium....


Little Blue Lies

by Chris Lynch Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 07, 2014)

Two teens discover the true danger of love in this "beguiling" novel from Printz Honor-winning author Chris Lynch that will leave you "wondering just what is the truth" (VOYA, starred review).

Oliver loves Junie...


The Miner's Daughter

by Gretchen Moran Laskas Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 24, 2008)

Perhaps there is always a mark, when another person touches you, an invisible thread connecting you to them.

Backbreaking work, threadbare clothes, and black coal dust choking the air -- this is what a miner's...


You Are Here

by Jennifer E. Smith Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2010)

Emma Healy has grown used to being the only ordinary one in her rather extraordinary family. But when she finds a birth certificate for a twin brother she never knew she had, along with a death certificate dated...


Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea

by Anna Humphrey & Vanessa Brantley-Newton Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 31, 2013)

Ruby wants first prize at the fifth grade science fair--and she thinks her quirky, creative, Rube Goldberg-esque invention is just the way to get it! Rife with "depth and charm," this story is peppered with...


The Comeback Season

by Jennifer E. Smith Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2010)

Baseball brings them together--but will his secret keep them apart? Find out in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

The last...


Stella Stands Alone

by A. LaFaye Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 09, 2010)

Stella Reid is fighting to save the home she loves. After her father is killed and her mother succumbs to yellow fever, it's up to Stella to run Oak Grove, her family's plantation. Unlike most Southerners, Stella...


Good Fortune

by Noni Carter Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 05, 2010)

Ayanna Bahati lives in a small African village when she is brutally kidnapped, along with her mother and brother, and forced onto a slave ship to America. As Ayanna, renamed Anna, rises from the cotton fields...


Godless

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2004

by Pete Hautman Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2008)

"Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion?"

Fed up with his parents' boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god -- the town's water tower....


Homefront

by Doris Gwaltney Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 29, 2009)

For as long as Margaret Ann Motley can remember, she has been waiting and hoping for one thing -- a room to call her very own. And when Margaret's older sister leaves for college, it looks like Margaret's days...


My Brother Abe

by Harry Mazer Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 29, 2009)

Virtually nothing is known about Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's older sister. This novel follows the few known facts of the Lincoln family's early life, starting with the Lincolns' move from Kentucky to Indiana...


The Seven Rays

by Jessica Bendinger Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 24, 2009)

Beth Michaels isn't sure when it all began, but she's pretty sure that the pink dots came first. Pink dots everywhere in her vision, clouding the people who stood before her. And then little movie screens started...


Claim to Fame

by Margaret Peterson Haddix Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 10, 2009)

I have to tell you my secret. I can't go on...without revealing it. I had a pretty good run, hiding from everyone for five years. For five years I was safe. But now...

It was a talent that came out of nowhere....


Positively

by Courtney Sheinmel Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 15, 2009)

Since the day Emerson Pressman and her mother were diagnosed as HIV positive, nothing has been the same. When her mother dies of AIDS, Emmy has to go live with the father and stepmother she barely knows, and...


The Christmas Genie

by Dan Gutman & Dan Santat Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 06, 2009)

It's the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of Mrs. Walter's fifth-grade class couldn't wish more for the final bell to ring. But the day takes a crazy turn when a mysterious...


Dear Pen Pal

The Mother-Daughter Book Club #3

by Heather Vogel Frederick Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2009)

The third book in the Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick follows the girls for a new year of humor and friendship.


Kip Campbell's Gift

by Coleen Murtagh Paratore Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 04, 2009)

Kip Campbell is still living in the town of Clover, still working in his family's funeral home, and yes, still speaking to the dead. Those souls who have passed on but aren't yet able to go to "the good" because...


Heaven

by Angela Johnson Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 19, 2013)

A poignant novel of deception and self-discover from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson.

You never know what's gonna come down--in Heaven.

At fourteen, Marley knows she has Momma's hands...


Full Ride

by Margaret Peterson Haddix Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 12, 2013)

Becca has plenty to hide and everything to lose--but with her future on the line, she's willing to risk it all. This gripping novel from New York Times bestselling author Maragaret Peterson Haddix "will rivet...


Rooftoppers

by Katherine Rundell & Terry Fan Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 24, 2013)

"The beauty of sky, music, and the belief in 'extraordinary things' triumph in this whimsical and magical tale" (Publishers Weekly) about a girl in search of her past who discovers a secret rooftop world in...


The Final Descent

by Rick Yancey Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 10, 2013)

In the fourth and final horrific adventure in the award-winning Monstrumologist series, Will Henry encounters unprecedented terror, a terror that delves into the depths of the human soul.

Will Henry has been...


Two Lies and a Spy

by Kat Carlton Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 03, 2013)

Kari plunges into the world of espionage on a mission to save her parents while trying to impress the guy she's been in love with forever in this entertaining thriller that "goes down as easy as popcorn" (Kirkus...


The Little Leftover Witch

by Florence Laughlin Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2013)

A little lost witch undergoes a magical transformation when she's loved by a human family in this heartwarming story.

When Felina, a little witch, breaks her broom on Halloween and can't fly home, she is stuck...


The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong

by L. Tam Holland Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 23, 2013)

This "first-rate," hysterically funny debut novel "that belongs on every multicultural reading list" (Kirkus Reviews) is one of Kirkus's Best Books of 2013.

When Vee Crawford-Wong's history teacher assigns an...


Starglass

by Phoebe North Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 23, 2013)

In this futuristic, outer space thriller that #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth calls "richly imagined" and "beautifully written," Terra has to decide between supporting the rebellion she believes...


Dexter the Tough

by Margaret Peterson Haddix & Mark Elliott Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 18, 2013)

I'm the new kid. I am tuf. This morning I beat up a kid.

It's only the first day of school for Dexter, but he's already mad at the principal, and the secretary, and the janitor, and the kids who laugh at him....


Pieces

by Chris Lynch Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 05, 2013)

A teen revives the legacy of his lost brother in this "exceptional" (Kirkus Reviews) companion to Iceman, from National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch.

When Eric's brother Duane dies, his world breaks in two....


Wish You Were Eyre

The Mother-Daughter Book Club #6

by Heather Vogel Frederick Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 23, 2012)

The Mother-Daughter Book Club says bon voyage to Concord and bonjour to France!

It's a dream come true for Megan, who's jet-setting to Paris for Fashion Week with Gigi. Meanwhile, back in Concord, Mrs. Wong decides...


The Dream Weaver

by Reina Luz Alegre Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2020)

Twelve-year-old Zoey navigates the tricky waters of friendship while looking for a way to save her grandfather’s struggling business in this heartwarming, coming-of-age debut novel perfect for fans of Kristi...


The Girl and the Witch's Garden

by Erin Bowman Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2020)

“As enchanting as it is wise, the true magic of this secret garden story is in its unflinching, heart-wrenching exploration of grief, belonging, and inner strength. Once I stepped into the witch’s garden...


The Last Tree Town

by Beth Turley Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 05, 2020)

“A tender novel about how negotiating fine lines--between friendship and a crush, between sadness and something crueler--is part of the mixed bag that is growing up.” --Shelf Awareness

“A sensitive story...


The Paris Project

by Donna Gephart Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 08, 2019)

“Une histoire d’espoir--a story of hope.” --Kirkus Reviews

“A memorable, heartfelt read.” --Publishers Weekly

Fans of the Nate series by Tim Federle and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm will...


Never Fear, Meena's Here!

by Karla Manternach & Mina Price Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2020)

Meena discovers the secret to being a good friend and big sister in this superpower-filled sequel to Meena Meets Her Match that’s perfect “for Junie B. graduates” (Kirkus Reviews).

Meena’s life is more...


A Song Only I Can Hear

by Barry Jonsberg Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 07, 2020)

When Rob starts getting mysterious texts from an unknown number, he has to make a decision--stay under the radar, or risk being exposed in a way he’s not prepared for--in this “stirring” (Booklist) middle...


Blue Skies

by Anne Bustard Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 17, 2020)

For fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Louisiana’s Way Home, this heartwarming novel tells the story of ten-year-old Glory Bea as she prepares for a miracle of her very own--her father’s return home.

Glory Bea Bennett...