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Pandemic

by Yvonne Ventresca Sky Pony (May 06, 2014)

The 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner for the Atlantic region!

Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna?s circumstances are anything but...


Deadly

by Julie Chibbaro & Jean-Marc Superville Sovak Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 22, 2011)

Join the search for Typhoid Mary in this early twentieth-century CSI. Now in paperback!

Prudence Galewski doesn?t belong in Mrs. Browning?s esteemed School for Girls. She doesn?t want an ?appropriate? job that...


Break

by Hannah Moskowitz Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 25, 2009)

Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow back stronger than they were before. And Jonah wants to be stronger?needs to be stronger?because everything around...


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 Mind's Eye

by Paul Fleischman Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (December 16, 2013)

Eighty-eight-year old Elva and Courtney, an attractive sixteen-year-old with a severed spinal cord, lie in adjacent beds in a grim Bismarck, North Dakota convalescent home. Ignored by the world, the only resource...


Second Impact

by David Klass & Perri Klass Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (August 05, 2013)

Kendall is football town, and Jerry Downing is the high school's star quarterback, working to redeem himself after he nearly killed a girl in a drunk driving accident last year. Carla Jenson, lead reporter for...


Sorry Not Sorry (Point)

by Jaime Reed Point (February 26, 2019)

Janelle and Alyssa used to be friends.

Best friends. They knew each other's deepest secrets and went through the hardest times together. But that was then.

Now? Their status is somewhere between frenemies and...


Lovely, Dark, and Deep

by Justina Chen Scholastic Inc. (July 31, 2018)

"A luminous read that will rekindle your faith in the indomitable human spirit." -- Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook

"An inspiring, romantic novel full of redemption and hope." -- Mitali Perkins,...


Keep Me in Mind

by Jaime Reed Point (April 26, 2016)

Ellia Dawson doesn't recognize the handsome boy who sits in tears by her hospital bed. He claims he's her boyfriend, Liam. But to Ellia, he's a stranger. She remembers her name. Her parents. Her best friend,...


Braced

by Alyson Gerber Arthur A. Levine Books (March 28, 2017)

Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She's finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Her best friends make everything fun. And she really likes Tate, and she's pretty sure he likes...


Sight Unseen

by David Carroll Scholastic Canada (October 01, 2015)

What would it feel like to know you are going blind?

Thirteen-year-old Finn loves bike riding ? the more dangerous the trail, the better. But he had a spectacular crash a few months ago, and he?s just received...


The Look

by Sophia Bennett Scholastic Inc. (March 01, 2013)

Can she be a supermodel and a super-sister? She finds her answer in just one look. Two sisters, both beautiful in different ways: Fifteen-year-old Ted has got "The Look." That's what the scout for the modeling...


Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

by Jordan Sonnenblick Scholastic Paperbacks (January 01, 2010)

From first-time novelist Jordan Sonnenblick, a brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh and break their hearts at the same time. Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums...


Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

by John Boyne & Euan Morton Macmillan Young Listeners (March 24, 2014)

The next work of historical fiction from the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne's Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is a touching look at the effects war has on a family.

The day the First World...


Amos and Amelie Need to Stay Home

by Eva Markert & Eric Wood Babelcube Inc. (November 03, 2020)

A dangerous virus is making many people sick. Because of this, nothing is as it was. Most of the businesses are closed. In those that are still open, there isn?t enough of everything available to buy. Schools,...


Ripple Effect

by Sylvia Taekema Orca Book Publishers (September 15, 2015)

Best friends Dana and Janelle had big plans for grade six. Run on the cross-country team together. Try out for volleyball. They?d even planned to be partners for the class geography project. Neither girl could...


Grandpa's Clock

by Rachna Rachna & Amy Meissner Orca Book Publishers (March 01, 2006)

"Slow and steady," that's how you make a grandfather clock. Grandpa should know. He and Cayley have made nineteen clocks together. Now they are making Cayley's very own, a Lord Nelson. Then, one night, Cayley...


Paralyzed

by Jeff Rud Orca Book Publishers (November 01, 2008)

Linebacker Reggie Scott is forced to deal with the repercussions of an incident that shakes his belief in the game he loves. When he is persecuted by angry fans for being a "dirty" player, Reggie is forced to...


Rescue Pup

by Jean Little Orca Book Publishers (September 01, 2004)

Shakespeare is a Seeing Eye puppy. But before the time comes for him to train with a blind person, he must spend six months with a girl who has never learned to love. He does all he can to teach her, but the...


Forward, Shakespeare!

by Jean Little Orca Book Publishers (September 01, 2005)

Seeing-eye pup, Shakespeare, conquered many fears in Rescue Pup. Now he is back, about to be matched up with a blind boy, ready to begin his working life. Tim is enraged by his blindness and wants nothing to...


Bio-pirate

by Michele Martin Bossley Orca Book Publishers (October 01, 2008)

Trevor, Robyn and Nick decide they have a mystery to solve when Trevor discovers a suspicious looking young man snooping around. They learn about missing research involving the use of carob beans to aid in cancer...


In the Clear

by Anne Carter Orca Book Publishers (September 01, 2001)

On her seventh birthday, Pauline rode across the lawns on her street followed by her best friend Henry, he on the blue wooden horse, she on the red. On the seventh lawn at the top of the street, she collapsed,...


A Different Game

by Sylvia Olsen Orca Book Publishers (April 01, 2010)

In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy and his three friends, Danny, Jeff and Albert, are making the transition from the tribal elementary school to the community middle school. They are all trying out...


Bouncing Back

by Scott Ostler Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 07, 2019)

Packed with humor and thrilling sports action, this "wonderful story of friendship and the unique ability of kids to overcome a challenge" (#1 New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom) "will get in your...


Queen of Hearts

by Martha Brooks Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (August 01, 2011)

On the prairies of Canada during World War II, a girl and her two young siblings begin a war of their own. Stricken with tuberculosis, they are admitted to a nearby sanatorium. Teenager Marie Claire is headstrong,...


Out at Second

by Matt Christopher & Joshua Swanson Hachette Book Group (February 08, 2011)

When the Grizzlies' shortstop is sidelined two days before the playoffs, catcher Manny Griffin and second baseman Stu Fletcher decide to help his replacement, Sean, become a better player. During practice, Sean...


Cold Hands, Warm Heart

by Jill Wolfson Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 30, 2009)

Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body. In her fifteen years of life, she's had more doctor's appointments, X-rays, and tests, and eaten more green hospital Jell-O than she cares to think...


To Spoil the Sun

by Joyce Rockwood Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (August 31, 2003)

A classic about the devastation of smallpox is back in hardcover after many years

"'You cannot imagine what it [smallpox] is like. It falls on everyone and soon there is no one who can stand. It is like a fire...


Sudden Impact

by Lesley Choyce Orca Book Publishers (August 31, 2005)

When Kurt is hurt in a soccer game and ends up in the hospital Tina tries to help him, but nobody will tell her what is wrong, and Kurt's parents don't want her around. Tina learns that Kurt needs a donor with...


The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

by Ashley Herring Blake Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 25, 2019)

Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James navigates heart surgery, reconnecting with her lost mother, first kisses, and emerging feelings for another girl in this stunning, heartfelt novel--perfect for fans of Ali Benjamin...


Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

by Ashley Herring Blake Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 05, 2018)

In the wake of a destructive tornado, one girl develops feelings for another in this stunning, tender novel about emerging identity, perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish.

When a tornado rips through...


Mayday

by Karen Harrington Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 23, 2016)

In the tradition of Counting By 7s and The Thing About Jellyfish, a heartwarming coming-of-age story about grief, family, friendship, and the importance of finding your voice

Wayne Kovok lives in a world of...


Caleb and Kit

by Beth Vrabel Running Press Kids (September 11, 2017)

From award-winning author Beth Vrabel comes a powerfully moving story about a magical friendship, coping with disability, and the pains of growing up and growing apart.

Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer,...


My Mommy Medicine

by Edwidge Danticat & Shannon Wright Roaring Brook Press (February 25, 2019)

My Mommy Medicine is a picture book about the comfort and love a mama offers when her child isn't feeling well, from renowned author Edwidge Danticat.

Whenever I am sick,

Or just feel kind of gloomy or sad,

I can...


Something for You

by Charlie Mylie Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (November 25, 2019)

Something for You is a touching picture book about lending a hand and the gift of friendship, from debut author-illustrator Charlie Mylie, whom Brian Selznick has heralded as ?a major new talent in children's...


How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear?

by Vanessa Bayer & Rosie Butcher Feiwel & Friends (June 03, 2019)

From debut children's author Vanessa Bayer and illustrator Rosie Butcher, How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear? is a sweet picture book with advice for children?and adults?for dealing with a sick friend.

You...


Minus Me

by Ingelin Røssland Rock the Boat (July 02, 2015)

It’s not always easy to become the person you want to be.

When Linda discovers that she has a life-threatening heart condition, she refuses to be wrapped in cotton wool. Determined to experience everything...


Pete the Kitty Goes to the Doctor

by James Dean, Kimberly Dean & James Fouhey HarperCollins (July 14, 2020)

Oh no! Pete the Kitty has a tummy ache. Good thing his dad knows just what to do. It?s time to go to the doctor!

Except Pete may be a teensy-weensy bit nervous about his first visit to the doctor. With the help...


Pete the Kitty and the Case of the Hiccups

by James Dean, Kimberly Dean & James Fouhey HarperCollins (July 14, 2020)

Beginning readers will laugh and easily relate to Pete the Kitty and his search for the perfect remedy for his hiccups!

Pete gets a case of the hiccups, and he doesn?t know what to do. He decides to ask his...


Mogie

by Kathi Appelt & Laurel Kathleen Simon & Schuster Audio (October 07, 2014)

Mogie is a real-life Labradoodle with a special talent: he always knows just what a sick kid needs! Get to know this passionate pup with this story by a Newbery Honoree.

Give that dog a puddle and he?d splash....


Cyclone

by Doreen Cronin & Candace Thaxton Simon & Schuster Audio (August 29, 2017)

Nora’s whole world plummets faster than the Cyclone roller coaster when her cousin Riley falls into a coma that Nora thinks is her fault in this warm, big-hearted debut middle grade novel from #1 New York...


Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

by Ashley Herring Blake & Chloe Cannon Little, Brown Young Readers (March 06, 2018)

In the wake of a destructive tornado, one girl develops feelings for another in this stunning, tender novel about emerging identity, perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish.

When a tornado rips through...


The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

by Ashley Herring Blake & Chloe Cannon Little, Brown Young Readers (March 26, 2019)

Twelve-year-old Sunny St. James navigates heart surgery, reconnecting with her lost mother, first kisses, and emerging feelings for another girl in this stunning, heartfelt novel--perfect for fans of Ali Benjamin...


Courage for Beginners

by Karen Harrington & Casey Holloway Little, Brown Young Readers (August 12, 2014)

Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fictional, she'd magically know how to deal with the fact that her best friend, Anibal Gomez, has abandoned her in favor of...


The Truth According to Blue

by Eve Yohalem & Ariana Cordero Little, Brown Young Readers (May 12, 2020)

A heartfelt middle grade adventure about one girl's search for sunken treasure, friendship, and her place in the world.

Thirteen-year-old Blue Broen is on the hunt for a legendary ship of gold, lost centuries...


Game Changer

by Tommy Greenwald Amulet Books (September 10, 2018)

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

Thirteen-year-old Teddy Youngblood is in a coma fighting for his life after an unspecified football injury at training camp. His family and friends flock to his bedside to support...


El Deafo

by Cece Bell Amulet Books (September 01, 2014)

A 2015 Newbery Honor Book & New York Times bestseller!

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest?...


The Great Googlini

by Sara Cassidy & Charlene Chua Orca Book Publishers (October 02, 2018)

Filip, the ten-year-old son of Croatian immigrants, lives in a boring suburb of the big city, where he passes his time either at school or in his cozy kitchen, googling everything from dinosaurs to the Hubble...


Kasey & Ivy

by Alison Hughes Orca Book Publishers (March 20, 2018)

Through twenty-six letters to her friend Nina, twelve-year-old Kasey chronicles the often humorous observations and impressions of her unexpected, month-long stay in a geriatric ward for the treatment of a rare...


Caleb and Kit

by Beth Vrabel Running Press (September 12, 2017)

From award-winning author Beth Vrabel comes a powerfully moving story about a magical friendship, coping with disability, and the pains of growing up and growing apart.

Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer,...