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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...

She Wore Red Trainers: A Muslim Love Story

by Na'ima B. Robert Kube Publishing Ltd (June 07, 2014)

An emotional romance that explores the possibilities and passions young Muslims face when falling in love.

Nerd Camp

by Elissa Brent Weissman Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2011)

Pack your sleeping bag, grab your calculator, and celebrate geekdom with this humorous and empowering middle grade novel by the acclaimed author of Standing for Socks. Nerd Camp, here we come!

Ten-year-old Gabe...

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...

Swatch Out!

by Chloe Taylor & Nancy Zhang Simon Spotlight (July 08, 2014)

As the summer ends, Zoey thinks something's fishy--so she's making waves! Includes "Sew Zoey" blog posts and fashion illustrations.

In the eighth book of the Sew Zoey series, for Zoey Webber, the end of summer...

Nerd Camp 2.0

by Elissa Brent Weissman & Drew Willis Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 06, 2014)

Gabe?s happily headed back to Nerd Camp?but can he handle a cool-kid invasion?

For Gabe, the equation for summer bliss equals six glorious weeks of rigorous learning immersion at the Summer Center for Gifted...

Also Known as Elvis

by James Howe Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 15, 2014)

Skeezie Tookis navigates a pivotal summer of first crushes and tough choices in this conclusion to the bestselling and acclaimed quartet that began with The Misfits.

Skeezie Tookis, also known as Elvis, isn?t...

Changes in Latitudes

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 30, 2008)

Trouble In Paradise

Sixteen-year-old Travis is looking for a good time. A vacation in Mexico with his mother, sister, and little brother might cramp his style, but he's willing to take that risk for a chance...

Violet Mackerel's Personal Space

by Anna Branford & Elanna Allen Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 03, 2013)

Is it possible to leave a piece of you wherever you go? Violet Mackerel thinks so in this fourth illustrated chapter book of a charming series.

Violet Mackerel believes that wherever you leave something small,...

The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away

by Frances O'Roark Dowell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2013)

Marylin and Kate find that boys can be just as complicated as friendship in this conclusion to the bestselling Secret Language of Girls trilogy, a ?quietly perceptive tour de force? (Kirkus Reviews) from the...

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

by Eric Luper Balzer + Bray (June 08, 2010)

Seth Baumgartner just had the worst day of his life.

His girlfriend dumped him (at Applebee's), he spied his father on a date with a woman who is not his mother (also at Applebee's!), and he lost his fourth...

Whistle Bright Magic: A Nutfolk Tale

by Barb Bentler Ullman Katherine Tegen Books (February 09, 2010)

It has been twenty years since the time of The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood, and grownup Willa has returned to Plunkit with her daughter, Zelly. Willa can't see the fairies anymore, but Zelly can, and she meets an...

Hancock Park

by Isabel Kaplan HarperTeen (June 30, 2009)

Becky Miller lives in the best neighborhood, goes to school with the children of movie stars, and has her psychiatrist on speed dial. She may live in the City of Angels, but this sixteen-year-old's life is far...

The House of Djinn

by Suzanne Fisher Staples Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 31, 2008)

Suzanne Fisher Staples returns to modern-day Pakistan to reexamine the juxtaposition of traditional Islamic values with modern ideals of love, in this commanding standalone sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the...


by Brock Cole Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 07, 2003)

"Show a little maturity," he said, which I've doped out to mean: Pass all your courses, avoid detection in all crimes and misdemeanors, don't get pregnant.

Celine's father has left her with these instructions....

Return to Me

by Justina Chen & Thérèse Plummer Hachette Book Group (January 15, 2013)

Three months before Rebecca Muir is set to begin college, her father reveals a secret that tears the family apart: he is leaving them. In an instant, Rebecca's life crumbles--she has to rely on her mother now,...


by Madeleine L'Engle Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (April 26, 2009)

Experience this story of first love by A Wrinkle in Time author Madeleine L'Engle. This classic novel is now a major motion picture, Camilla Dickinson.

Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson has led a sheltered...

Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend

by Karen Stanton Feiwel & Friends (February 03, 2014)

Henry Cooper and his dog Pomegranate have two houses. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other weekend, they live with Mama in her new apartment, but on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other weekend, they live...

A Good Day for Climbing Trees

by Jaco Jacobs & Kobus Geldenhuys Rock the Boat (April 12, 2018)

*Nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal*

*Spectator Best Books of the Year selection*

Two unlikely heroes inspire a whole town by fighting to save a tree

Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, you do something...

Summer and July

by Paul Mosier & Hope Newhouse HarperCollins (June 09, 2020)

From the critically acclaimed author of Train I Ride and Echo's Sister comes a moving story of friendship between two girls looking for some happiness in a world that can be a little cruel. Perfect for fans...

Home Games

by Benjamin Markovits & Kirby Heyborne HarperCollins (February 04, 2020)

Award-winning adult author Benjamin Markovits delivers a poignant coming-of-age middle grade story that will give comfort to anyone feeling like a small fish in a Texas-size sea. Perfect for fans of Kevin Henkes,...

Dog Days in the City

by Jodi Kendall & Cassandra Morris HarperCollins (November 05, 2019)

Twelve-year-old Josie must find forever homes for seven rambunctious foster puppies in this heartwarming sequel to The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City, which the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books...

Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century

by Jane O'Connor & Chloe Hennessee HarperCollins (April 08, 2014)


Fans of Fancy Nancy and weddings alike will laugh along with Nancy as she discovers how truly special a wedding can be--whether lavish or, as this one turns out to be, more...

The You I've Never Known

by Ellen Hopkins, Rebekkah Ross, Candace Thaxton & Kirby Heyborne Simon & Schuster Audio (January 24, 2017)

How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? Find out in this “satisfied and moving story” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author,...

The Thing About Jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin & Sarah Franco Little, Brown Young Readers (September 22, 2015)

This stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist!

After her best...

Honeybees and Frenemies

by Kristi Wientge Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 04, 2019)

Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey in this “sweet and satisfying read about friendship, sisterhood, and change” (Kirkus Reviews).

It’s the...

If This Were a Story

by Beth Turley Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2018)

“An imaginative debut.” ?Booklist

“Hannah’s growth is organic and well earned.” ?Publishers Weekly

In the tradition of Crenshaw and The Thing About Jellyfish, ten-year-old Hannah copes with the bullies...

The Black Butterfly

by Shirley Reva Vernick Cinco Puntos Press (June 15, 2014)

Penny is furious, and who can blame her? She has to spend Christmas break alone at the Black Butterfly, an old inn at the coldest, bleakest edge of America—the coast of Maine. This "vacation" is the brainchild...

Remember Dippy

by Shirley Reva Vernick Cinco Puntos Press (July 23, 2013)

Johnny's plans fly out the window when he finds out his single mother is leaving town for the summer. She has a breakthough job in upstate New York. He can live with his Aunt Collette but only on the condition...


by Deirdre Sullivan Little Island Books (February 25, 2016)

'I would like to make things beautiful, but a tawdry and repulsive kind of beauty. A braver sort than people have from birth. Sexy zombies on a bicep. That sort of thing.' Ces longs to be a tattoo artist and...

Taking Terri Mueller

by Norma Fox Mazer Lizzie Skurnick Books (November 09, 2015)

Fourteen-year-old Terri has lived with her father since the death of her mother in a car accident when she was four. Father and daughter move often, the reason for which becomes clear when Terri finds out that...

A Long Day in November

by Ernest J. Gaines Lizzie Skurnick Books (November 11, 2013)

An affectionate and funny story set in the “black quarter" of a Southern sugar cane plantation in the 1940s and told by a child named Eddie, who watches his mother leave his father over his preoccupation with...

Lisa and Lottie

by Erich Kästner Lizzie Skurnick Books (May 13, 2015)

In the book that spawned the beloved movie The Parent Trap, nine-year-old Lisa from Vienna—bold, with a head of curls—meets Munich's buttoned-up Lottie at summer camp. Soon, a newspaper clipping tells the...

The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl!

by Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton & Christine Davenier Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 17, 2012)

Gerry is asked to be the flower girl in Aunt Sue's wedding, and she couldn't be more excited. Her imagination runs wild with thoughts of extravagant decorations, a billowy white gown, and hundreds of guests....

Bristol Bay Summer

by Annie Boochever Alaska Northwest Books (May 01, 2014)

Against the backdrop of the great Bristol Bay salmon fishery, thirteen-year-old Zoey Morley struggles with her parents divorce, her moms bush-pilot boyfriend, and the pangs of growing up during her summer in...

The 12 Dares of Christa

by Marissa Burt Katherine Tegen Books (September 26, 2017)

“Inspiring, cozy, and full of heart!” —Lisa Greenwald, author of 11 Before 12 and the Pink & Green series

A thirteen-year-old girl spends her first holiday away from home completing a scavenger hunt that...

The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish

by Claudia Mills Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 17, 2008)

Amanda MacLeish might be the only student in Mr. Abrams's fifth-grade class who doesn't mind doing her homework. Now that her father has left home and moved into a motel, the only thing that brings Amanda any...

Center Ice

by Cate Cameron Entangled: Crush (May 18, 2015)

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother's death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers--her dad and his perfect, shiny new family--and there doesn't seem to be room for a city girl...

Eggs over Evie

by Alison Jackson & Tuesday Mourning Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (November 08, 2010)

Twelve-year-old Evie Carson lives with her mom. In an apartment across the lake, Evie's celebrity-chef dad is starting a new life with his young second wife, Angie, who's expecting twins. To make matters worse,...

The Book of Dares for Lost Friends

by Jane Kelley Feiwel & Friends (July 13, 2015)

Val and Lanora have been friends forever. Val expects their relationship to stay the same. But after they start middle school, Lanora decides to reinvent herself. Her parents have split up, and she wants to...

Rani Patel In Full Effect

by Sonia Patel Cinco Puntos Press (September 19, 2016)

Rani’s fully present as MC Sutra, “Call my solution a female revolution / retribution in the form of rhyme electrocution.”

Lucky Jars & Broken Promises

by Chrissie Perry & Hardie Grant Egmont Aladdin (August 08, 2017)

Penelope tries to impress her father with her booth at the school fair in the third book in the charming Penelope Perfect chapter book series.

Penelope Kingston is absolutely certain that her stall at the school...

The You I've Never Known

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 24, 2017)

How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? Find out in this “satisfied and moving story” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author,...

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

by Jennifer Smith Poppy (January 02, 2012)

Quirks of timing feature in this romantic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver find that true love can be unexpected.Today should...

The Watcher

by James Howe Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 24, 2012)

A mysterious girl, dubbed The Watcher, spins tales of rescue from her lonely perch above the beach. She closely observes the actions of two people she has never met: a fourteen-year-old boy whose family seems...

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

by Benjamin Alire Saenz Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 17, 2008)

"I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one."

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives...

A Solitary Blue

by Cynthia Voigt Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 12, 2001)

A Newbery Honor?winning installment of the Cynthia Voigt?s classic Tillerman series.

Jeff Greene was only seven when he came home from school to find a note from his mother. She felt that the world needed her...

Secret Agent

by Robyn Freedman Spizman & Mark Johnston Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

LISTEN UP PEOPLE, because we've got a problem here. It's time to get really worried, and by that I mean majorly concerned, about Kyle Parker. he used to be a cool guy. Okay, not the smartest kid at school or...

Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life

by Barbara Dee Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 19, 2011)

Twelve-year-old Cassie has a lot to cope with when her father moves "out of the picture." Her mom's constantly working overtime, her teenage sister's going AWOL, and her little brother seriously needs attention....

Cordially Uninvited

by Jennifer Roy Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 03, 2012)

It?s The Princess Diaries meets Mean Girls when eleven-year-old Claire is invited to the royal wedding of the century!

Claire Gross, age eleven, might live in sleepy upstate New York, but she?s about to be a...