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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. ...


Dave at Night

by Gail Carson Levine HarperCollins (August 27, 2013)

If nobody wants him, that's fine.He'll just take care of himself.

When his father dies, Dave knows nothing will ever be thesame. And then it happens. Dave lands in an orphanage—the cold and strict Hebrew Home...


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 One Safe Place

by Tania Unsworth Algonquin Young Readers (April 29, 2014)

“What is this place?”

In a drought-stricken world, Devin and his grandfather have barely scraped out a living on their isolated farm. When his grandfather dies, Devin knows he can’t manage alone and heads...


Hurricane Heat

by Steven Barwin Orca Book Publishers (May 01, 2013)

Everything stops making sense for southpaw Travis Barkley when his parents die in a car crash and he is separated from his sister, Amanda. After years of being in the foster-care system, Travis receives a puzzling...


I'll Love You Tomorrow

by Welby Thomas Cox, Jr. Tablo Publishing (May 24, 2018)

At the turn of the century, there were many orphans, due in part to the fact that abortion was illegal, so women who had been indiscriminate or had other issues gave their children to the Catholics to raise...


The Pinballs

by Betsy Byars HarperCollins (July 17, 2012)

From Newbery-winning author Betsy Byars comes a story full of "poignancy, perception, and humor" (The Chicago Tribune), about three foster kids who learn what it takes to make a family.

You can't always decide...


The Great Unexpected

by Sharon Creech HarperCollins (September 04, 2012)

From Newbery Medal winner and bestselling author Sharon Creech comes a grand, sweeping yarn that is a celebration of the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness. With a starred review...


The Boatman

by Kat Hawthorne & Dora Mitchell Common Deer Press (April 30, 2018)

Isabel Wixon is weird. Not only does she see dead things, but her list of friends consists of a talkative ventriloquist’s dummy and the gentlemanly spider that lives in her hair. Real friends? Too hard. Inventing...


The Adventurer's Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It)

by Wade Albert White Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 06, 2018)

Fantasy gets a clever refresh in the final book of this witty, action-packed, and hilarious middle grade adventure trilogy.

At Saint Lupin's Quest Academy Completely Ordinary School Where Nothing Bizarre Ever...


Scarlet Ibis

by Gill Lewis & Susan Meyer Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (May 15, 2018)

When a fire leaves twelve-year-old Scarlet in a different foster home than her autistic little brother, she tracks a bird to find her way back to him in this deeply moving illustrated novel from the author of...


Still Falling

by Sheena Wilkinson Little Island Books (February 26, 2015)

Luke falls. He has epilepsy. And, as it turns out, he has much bigger issues too. Esther falls. In love. It's wonderful - but there's a shadow she can't identify and that she can't make go away just by loving...


Thin Ice

by Mikael Engström Little Island Books (April 01, 2011)

Where would you rather live – in a lonely flat with your drunk father, only bearable when your big brother is home? Or in a small, snowy village with a frozen lake, where your aunt burns books to keep the...


The Inventors at No. 8

by A. M. Morgen Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 08, 2018)

Brimming with mystery and treasure, this action-packed tale sends a boy in need of luck and girl in need of a friend on an adventure that will change their lives forever. Meet George, the third Lord of Devonshire...


A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection: Books 10-13

by Lemony Snicket & Brett Helquist HarperCollins (June 12, 2012)

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

A Warning from the Publisher:

If you have come this far, it is likely too late. Readers who have experienced the first nine volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket...


A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection: Books 7-9

by Lemony Snicket & Brett Helquist HarperCollins (June 12, 2012)

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

A Warning from the Publisher:

Would you rather sprain your ankle, bruise your hip, and lose a toe to frostbite on the same day? Or would you rather have these accidents happen on...


A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection: Books 4-6

by Lemony Snicket & Brett Helquist HarperCollins (June 12, 2012)

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

A Warning from the Publisher:

Imagine you are wearing a bandage that needs to be removed. Are you the sort of person who tears the bandage right off, causing an enormous amount of...


The Puppeteer's Apprentice

by D. Anne Love Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 29, 2012)

Mouse works in the scullery at Dunston Manor, peeling onions, stirring the pots, sweeping the floors, and doing her best not to get into trouble with the fractious cook. Alone at night in the dark corner she...


Freckles

by Gene Stratton-Porter Dover Publications (April 19, 2017)

In this companion book to the much-loved classic A Girl of the Limberlost, an orphaned teenager longs to find his place in the world. Freckles was discovered on the doorstep of a Chicago orphanage, badly beaten...


To All My Fans, With Love, From Sylvie

by Ellen Conford Lizzie Skurnick Books (October 15, 2013)

Set against a 1950s-era backdrop of James Dean billboards and jukeboxes blasting Elvis,Ellen Conford’s classic road adventure follows fifteen-year-old Sylvie as she leaves her foster home in New Jersey chasing...


His Own Where

by June Jordan & Sapphire The Feminist Press at CUNY (May 01, 2010)

“This June Jordan treasure is a rare piece of fiction from one of America's most vital poets and political essayists—a tender story of young love in the face of generational opposition, a modern-day Romeo...


Ruby Holler

Carnegie Medal 2002

by Sharon Creech HarperCollins (October 06, 2009)

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,...


A Different Home: A New Foster Child's Story

by Kelly DeGarmo, John DeGarmo & Norma Jeanne Trammell Jessica Kingsley Publishers (January 21, 2014)

Jessie tells us her story of being placed in foster care and the worries she had. The new home is not like her old home, but she begins to see that this different home is kind of nice. Sensitively written and...


Chiquita's Children

by Jan Wolff, Cheryl Hanson & Lorraine Dey New Horizon Press (May 16, 2016)

Chiquita, a determined young hen, longs to raise a family of her own. The other barnyard animals look on sadly each day as Farmer Olson carries her eggs away. Then one day, he brings Chiquita a dozen large assorted...


The Adventurer's Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me)

by Wade Albert White Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 05, 2017)

Get ready for dragons, robots, and an even more dangerous quest in the sequel to The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes!

Anne, Penelope, and Hiro have returned to Saint Lupin's Quest Academy for Consistently...


Pollyana

by Eleanor H. Porter Dancing Unicorn Books (December 02, 2016)

Pollyanna Whittier, is a young orphan who goes to live in Beldingsville, Vermont, with her wealthy but stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna's philosophy of life centers on what she calls "The Glad Game", an optimistic...


Pollyanna

by Eleanor H. Porter & Marion Dane Bauer Aladdin (February 21, 2012)

Pollyanna's eternal optimism has made her one of the most beloved characters in American literature. First published in 1913, her story spawned the formation of "Glad" clubs all over the country, devoted to...


Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

by Frank Cottrell Boyce Walden Pond Press (June 20, 2017)

A one-of-a-kind story of heart, humor, and finding one’s place in the universe.

Prez knows that the best way to keep track of things is to make a list. That's important when you have a grandfather who is...


Heidi: With Linked Table of Contents

by Sp Spyri Dancing Unicorn Books (August 08, 2016)

Heidi has captivated and enthralled readers since it was first published. Heidi, an orphan, has to move in with her stern, demanding grandfather in the Swiss Alps, and just as she begins to feel at home she...


Blood Family

by Anne Fine Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 21, 2017)

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, this dark and gripping novel tells the tragic story of a smart, sweet child poisoned by circumstance as he struggles to escape the horrors of his childhood.

Edward is four...


The Higher Power of Lucky

by Susan Patron & Matt Phelan Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 20, 2007)

Lucky, age ten, can't wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice...


Dream of Night

by Heather Henson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 04, 2010)

Untamable. Damaged. Angry. Once full of promise and life, now a fiery knot of resentment and detachment. This is the story of Dream of Night, an injured and abused racehorse. It’s also the story of Shiloh,...


And the Trees Crept In

by Dawn Kurtagich Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 06, 2016)

A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately...


Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Book Analysis)

by Bright Summaries BrightSummaries.com (February 25, 2016)

In this clear and detailed reading guide, we’ve done all the hard work for you!

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is still a classic of English literature today. This gripping novel tells the story of a good-hearted...