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Throwaway Girl

by Kristine Scarrow Dundurn (October 01, 2014)

Since she was thirteen years old, Andy Burton has learned about survival at Haywood House, a group home for girls. Now almost eighteen, Andy must find a new home. Can she build a life for herself and find happiness?...


The Girl in the Torch

by Robert Sharenow Balzer + Bray (May 26, 2015)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets True Grit in this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, from award-winning author Robert Sharenow.

At the dawn of the twentieth...


Liars, Inc.

by Paula Stokes HarperTeen (March 24, 2015)

A dark and twisted psychological tale, which Kirkus Reviews called "captivating to the very end" in a starred review—perfect for fans of I Hunt Killers and Gone Girl.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of...


Anne's House of Dreams

by L. M. Montgomery Aladdin (September 23, 2014)

Anne and Gilbert join in domestic harmony in this artfully packaged edition of the fourth book in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Anne is marrying Gilbert Blythe! While she’s deliriously happy to finally be...


The Prince of Venice Beach

by Blake Nelson Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 03, 2014)

Robert "'Cali" Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He's got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game...even a girl...


Anne of the Island

by L. M. Montgomery Aladdin (May 20, 2014)

Anne Shirley is off to college in this artfully packaged edition of the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Anne is finally off to Redmond College! While she’s sad to be leaving Marilla and the twins,...


The Unspoken

by Thomas Fahy Simon Pulse (July 07, 2009)

"In five years' time, your greatest fear will consume you. It will rob you of your last breath."

Five years ago six children who lived with their families in Jacob Crawley's Divine Path religious cult escaped...


After the River the Sun

by Dia Calhoun & Kate Slater Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 09, 2013)

Will Eckhart find the courage to rise from his past—and climb to his future? This quest for home is a stunning companion to Eva of the Farm.

When Eckhart Lyon arrives at Sunrise Orchard, all he wants to do...


Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (November 30, 2010)

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hypnotism

Molly Moon is no ordinary orphan. When she finds a mysterious old book on hypnotism, she discovers she can make people do whatever she wants. But a sinister stranger...


Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (October 19, 2010)

Molly Moon meets . . . Molly Moon? In this third book in the wildly popular New York Times bestselling series, mesmerizing orphan Molly Moon and her fabulouspug, Petula, are off to India, where they discover...


Molly Moon Stops the World

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (October 19, 2010)

Molly Moon is back -- and this time she's hypnotizing her way to the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Along with Rocky and Petula the pug,Molly is tracking the sinister activities of American billionaire Primo...


Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (October 19, 2010)

She knows what you're thinking . . . no really,She knows what you're thinking.

Molly Moon is back from the future—and this time, she can read minds.


Billy Creekmore

by Tracey Porter HarperCollins (June 15, 2010)

He is a motherless child,

a coal miner,

a circus star,

a con artist,

a seer,

a hero,

and a survivor.

This is the tale of Billy Creekmore, a young boy with mystifying powers and the gift of storytelling. But his...


Anne of Green Gables Complete Text

by L. M. Montgomery HarperFestival (June 08, 2010)

Get ready for the new Anne of Green Gables Netflix series!

Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert had planned to adopt a boy to help out around Green Gables farm. But waiting for Mathew at the train station is freckle-faced,...


Finding Katie: The Diary of Anonymous, A Teenager in Foster Care

by Beatrice Sparks HarperCollins (May 18, 2010)

This appealing teen read tells the story of Katie, a teen from an abused home, and her journey through foster care.

Katie is always surrounded by wealth, but feels terribly alone because of the secret horror...


A Lion to Guard Us

by Clyde Robert Bulla & Michele Chessare HarperCollins (June 25, 2013)

The inspiring classic that The New Yorker called "an exciting tale [with] top-notch writing," about one girl facing harsh conditions and huge responsibility as she brings her family to the American colonies. ...


Where I'd Like To Be

by Frances O'Roark Dowell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 26, 2013)

A ghost saved twelve-year-old Maddie’s life when she was an infant, her Granny Lane claims, so Maddie must always remember that she is special. But it’s hard to feel special when you’ve spent your life...


Molly Moon & the Monster Music

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (February 26, 2013)

Molly has developed even more amazing powers in the sixth and final hypnotic installment of the New York Times bestselling Molly Moon series—perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch!

Molly...


The Problem with Forever

by Jennifer L. Armentrout & Amy Landon Harlequin Audio (May 17, 2016)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival and finding your voice 

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge,...


The Healing Wars: Book II: Blue Fire

by Janice Hardy & Luci Christian Bell Balzer + Bray (February 17, 2012)

Part fugitive, part hero, fifteen-year-old Nya is barely staying ahead of the Duke's trackers.

Wanted for a crime she didn't mean to commit, she risks capture to protect every Taker she can find, determined to...


The Healing Wars: Book I: The Shifter

by Janice Hardy & Luci Christian Bell Balzer + Bray (February 14, 2012)

Fifteen-year-old Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker--with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body.

But unlike...


Tangled in Time: The Portal

by Kathryn Lasky & Jorjeana Marie HarperCollins (March 19, 2019)

"Kathryn Lasky's latest is a sleight-of-hand that will have you clapping your hands. With the brio and big-heart that characterizes all of Lasky's work, this opening salvo of a new series can be heralded with...


The Great Gilly Hopkins

by Katherine Paterson & Alyssa Bresnahan HarperCollins (August 18, 2009)

This timeless Newbery Honor Book from bestselling author Katherine Paterson about a wisecracking, ornary, completely unforgettable young heroine. Now a feature film starring Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, and Octavia...


Odd and the Frost Giants

by Neil Gaiman HarperCollins (September 22, 2009)

The thrilling, wintry Nordic tale by Neil Gaiman, who weaves a magical story of legend and adventure that will enchant readers from beginning to end.

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid....


Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head

by Lauren Oliver, H. C. Chester & Greg Steinbruner HarperCollins (September 29, 2015)

The book is about, among other things: the strongest boy in the world, a talking cockatoo, a faulty mind reader, a beautiful bearded lady and a nervous magician, an old museum, and a shrunken head.

Blessed with...


A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room

by Lemony Snicket & Tim Curry HarperCollins (May 06, 2014)

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Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky....


Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue

by Lauren Oliver, H. C. Chester & Greg Steinbruner HarperCollins (May 03, 2016)

In this second book in the exceptional Curiosity House series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and shadowy recluse H. C. Chester, four extraordinary children must avenge their friend's death, try to save...


Orphan Island

by Laurel Snyder & Kim Mai Guest Walden Pond Press (May 30, 2017)

A National Book Award Longlist title!

"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." --Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

"This is one of those books that haunts you...


The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

by Colin Meloy & Bronson Pinchot Balzer + Bray (October 24, 2017)

From the creator of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets--imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets...


June Sparrow and the Million-Dollar Penny

by Rebecca Chace & Brittany Pressley Balzer + Bray (May 30, 2017)

A charming, classic middle grade debut perfect for fans of Three Times Lucky and Because of Winn-Dixie with the most lovable pig since Wilbur in Charlotte's Web.

June Sparrow and her best friend--a miniature...


Curiosity House: The Fearsome Firebird

by Lauren Oliver, H. C. Chester & Greg Steinbruner HarperCollins (April 11, 2017)

In this third book in the exceptional Curiosity House mystery series by bestselling author Lauren Oliver and mysterious recluse H. C. Chester, four children must uncover the evil Nicholas Rattigan's newest dastardly...


A Series of Unfortunate Events #13: The End

by Lemony Snicket & Tim Curry HarperCollins (October 13, 2006)

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Like an off-key violin concert, the Roman Empire, or food poisoning, all things must come to an end. Thankfully, this includes A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The...


Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure

by Georgia Byng & Clare Higgins HarperCollins (August 16, 2005)

Molly Moon returns ... and bumps into earlier versions of herself -- four of them, to be exact -- all kidnapped and transported back in time to nineteenth-century India by Molly's most fearsome nemesis yet,...


The Nobodies

by N. E. Bode & Oliver Platt HarperCollins (June 14, 2005)

This book promises weird surprises! Multiple jujitsu-like plot twists! An escaped rhinoceros! A girl whose braids turn into snakes! So go on, snap to it! Read the book already! You might just learn the secret...


The Anybodies & The Nobodies

by N. E. Bode & Oliver Platt HarperCollins (August 16, 2005)

What if I were to TELL youthat this is an all-true story, every word?

You see, once there was a VERY REAL girl named Fern who found out that she'd been swapped at birth. This might disturb some people, but it...


Ruby Holler

by Sharon Creech & Donna Murphy HarperCollins (May 17, 2005)

From Sharon Creech, the Newbery Medal winning author of Walk Two Moons, comes a heartwarming adventure about finding family, and a home, when you least expect it.

Ruby Holler is a Carnegie Medal-winning novel,...


Series of Unfortunate Events #1 Multi-Voice, A: The Bad Beginning

by Lemony Snicket & Tim Curry HarperCollins (November 02, 2004)

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Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording...


Series of Unfortunate Events #12: The Penultimate Peril

by Lemony Snicket & Tim Curry HarperCollins (October 18, 2005)

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Lemony Snicket returns with the last book before the last book of his bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events. Scream and run away before the secrets of the series are revealed!...


Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope

by Lemony Snicket, Tim Curry & Stephin Merritt HarperCollins (September 21, 2004)

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DISCLAIMER: The long term effects of listening to this audio are unknown. Scientists have detected slightly higher rates of panic, fright and free-floating anxiety amongst listeners...


Series of Unfortunate Events #11: The Grim Grotto

by Lemony Snicket & Tim Curry HarperCollins (September 21, 2004)

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Warning: Your day will become very dark--and possibly damp--if you read this book.

Plan to spend this spring in hiding. Lemony Snicket is back with the eleventh book in his New York...


Series of Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window

by Lemony Snicket HarperCollins (September 21, 2004)

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Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted...


Series of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill

by Lemony Snicket HarperCollins (September 21, 2004)

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I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously,...


Series of Unfortunate Events #5: The Austere Academy

by Lemony Snicket HarperCollins (September 21, 2004)

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As the three Baudelaire orphans warily approach their new home Prufrock Preparatory School, they can't help but notice the enormous stone arch bearing the school's motto Memento...


Series of Unfortunate Events #6: The Ersatz Elevator

by Lemony Snicket & Tim Curry HarperCollins (September 21, 2004)

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In their most daring misadventure, the Baudelaire orphans are adopted by very, very rich people, whose penthouse apartment is located mysteriously close to the place where all their...


Series of Unfortunate Events #7: The Vile VillageDA

by Lemony Snicket & Tim Curry HarperCollins (September 21, 2004)

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Dear Reader,

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus,...


Series of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital

by Lemony Snicket & Tim Curry HarperCollins (September 21, 2004)

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The Baudelaires need a safe place to stay--somewhere far away from terrible villains and local police. A quiet refuge where misfortune never visits. Might Heimlich Hospital be just...


Series of Unfortunate Events #9: The Carnivorous Carnival

by Lemony Snicket & Tim Curry HarperCollins (September 21, 2004)

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Everybody loves a carnival! Who can fail to delight in the colourful people, the unworldly spectacle, the fabulous freaks?

A carnival is a place for good family fun--as long as one...


The Prince of Fenway Park

by Julianna Baggott & William Dufris HarperCollins (April 14, 2009)

It's been eighty-six years since the Red Sox won a World Series. Eighty-six years cursed.

Twelve-year-old Oscar Egg be-lieves he is cursed, just like the Red Sox. His real parents didn't want him, and now his...


90 Miles to Havana

by Enrique Flores-Galbis Blackstone Publishing (August 01, 2013)

Winner of a Pura Belpré Award, this middle grade Cuban American coming-of-age novel is inspired by the author's own experience.

When Julian's parents make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two...


The Christmas Doll

by Elvira Woodruff & Bernadette Dunne Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Lucy Wolcott and her younger sister Glory are two young orphans who have no one in the world but each other. Every day, they labor from dawn to dusk in the bleak, cold shelter of a public workhouse in old London...