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Stella by Starlight

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 06, 2015)

When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era “novel that soars” (The New York...


The Boy in the Black Suit

by Jason Reynolds Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 06, 2015)

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.

Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able...


The Wainscott Weasel

by Tor Seidler & Fred Marcellino Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 11, 2014)

A daring rescue, undying loyalty, and true love fill the pages of Tor Seidler’s beloved tale, rightfully compared to Charlotte’s Web by The New York Times.

Bagley isn’t your typical trouble-making weasel—and...


Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Gets Cooking!

by Frances O'Roark Dowell & Preston McDaniels Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 04, 2014)

Chemistry in the kitchen? Phineas L. MacGuire applies his science skills to culinary creations in this food-tastic tale from the bestselling author of Chicken Boy.

Phineas L. MacGuire—scientist extraordinaire—has...


The Dragon in the Ghetto Caper

by E.L. Konigsburg Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2011)

Andy's not your average resident of exclusive Foxmeadow -- whenever he sits down to draw something, it turns out to be a dragon. And he wants to be a detective when he grows up -- not just an ordinary, everyday...


Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William Mckinley, And Me, Elizabeth

by E.L. Konigsburg Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2011)

2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved classic Jennifer, Hecatate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is an only child, new in town, and the shortest kid in her class. She’s...


The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

by Uma Krishnaswami & Abigail Halpin Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2011)

Rose petal milk shakes and a world of surprises awaits Dini when her family moves to India in this spirited novel with Bollywood flair.

Eleven-year old Dini loves movies—watching them, reading about them, trying...


Altogether, One at a Time

by E.L. Konigsburg, Mercer Mayer, Gail E. Haley & Gary E. Parker et al. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2011)

Four funny and perceptive short stories in which young people cope with difficult situations and in doing so learn something that changes their lives.


Mean Margaret

by Tor Seidler & Jon Agee Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 07, 2014)

Unconditional kindness is the key in this National Book Award Finalist from the author of The Wainscott Weasel about nontraditional families, adoption, love—and a little peace and quiet.

Margaret is a mean,...


Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest

by Anna Branford & Elanna Allen Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2014)

In this sixth story of the Violet Mackerel series, Violet and Rose start a very small protest to make a very big impact.

Violet and Rose have shared their best secrets under the big oak tree in Clover Park. And...


Half a World Away

by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2014)

A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal (Kira-Kira) and the National Book...


Genesis Alpha

by Rune Michaels Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2011)

Josh worships his older brother, Max. They look alike, they talk alike, and they both have the same interests, including their favorite massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Genesis Alpha. But Josh...


The Amazing Wilmer Dooley

by Fowler DeWitt & Rodolfo Montalvo Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2014)

Student scientist Wilmer Dooley and his friends—and enemies—are back with another hilarious mystery to solve in this zany, action-packed sequel to The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School.

Wilmer Dooley...


The Boy I Love

by Nina De Gramont Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2014)

When the boy you love asks you to keep his greatest secret, do you? A thought-provoking, achingly complex novel about prejudice and the many meanings of love from Nina de Gramont, author of Meet Me at the River...


Double Dutch

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

Delia loves Double Dutch. And she's good at it. Really good. So good that her team has a chance to win the World Double Dutch Championships this year -- Delia is sure of it. What she is less sure of is her chance...


The Battle of Jericho

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

WARRIORS ROCK!

Sixteen-year-old Jericho is psyched when he and his cousin and best friend, Josh, are invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, the oldest and most exclusive club in school. Just being...


The Map Trap

by Andrew Clements & Dan Andreasen Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 22, 2014)

This map-tastic middle grade story from Andrew Clements gives the phrase “uncharted territory” a whole new meaning!

Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved them ever since he was little, and not just for the...


Found Things

by Marilyn Hilton Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 15, 2014)

Experience the wonder of the river in this “quietly powerful story” (Kirkus Reviews) where family is lost, friends are found, and hope runs in the current.

One morning, River Rose Byrne wakes up talking like...


Infinite Sky

by C. J. Flood Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 20, 2014)

True love is never lost—but how much loss can it endure? Iris confronts the complexities of family and prejudice in this exquisite and searing debut novel whose “understated, gently embellished prose cuts...


Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend

by Anna Branford & Elanna Allen Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 06, 2014)

The charming Violet Mackerel must overcome self-doubt to make a new friend in this fifth illustrated chapter book of a delightful series.

Violet Mackerel hopes and hopes that her new next door neighbor, Rose,...


Call Me By My Name

by John Ed Bradley Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 06, 2014)

From former football star and bestselling author John Ed Bradley comes a searing look at love, life, and football in the face of racial adversity. “Heartbreaking,” says Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak...


Touching Snow

by M. Sindy Felin Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 22, 2011)

M. Sindy Felin’s National Book Award finalist is in paperback for the first time. Karina has plenty to worry about on the last day of seventh grade: finding three Ds and a C on her report card again, getting...


Shift

by Jennifer Bradbury Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 06, 2010)

Some friends fade away….Others disappear. Now in paperback, a riveting mystery that will “keep the pages turning” (Chris Crutcher, author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes).

Imagine you and your best friend...


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...


Learning Not to Drown

by Anna Shinoda Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 01, 2014)

“Anna Shinoda’s deeply informed story is not to be missed.” —Dr. Drew Pinsky, Celebrity Rehab and Teen Mom

Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted...


Noggin

by John Corey Whaley Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 08, 2014)

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious “tour de force of imagination and empathy” (Booklist, starred review) from John Corey...


More of Monkey & Robot

by Peter Catalanotto Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 18, 2014)

Monkey and Robot are the best of friends—and they have the best of adventures! This chapter book includes four (more!) playful stories.

Monkey always gets in the wildest messes. And Robot is always there to...


Every Living Thing

by Cynthia Rylant & S.D. Schindler Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 22, 2011)

Here are twelve deeply moving short stories from the perceptive pen of Cynthia Rylant. Each captures the moment when someone's life changes -- when an animal causes a human being to see things in a different...


Nothing

by Janne Teller & Martin Aitken Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 09, 2010)

When Pierre-Anthon realizes there is no meaning to life, the seventh-grader leaves his classroom, climbs a tree, and stays there. His classmates cannot make him come down, not even by pelting him with rocks....


The View from Saturday

by E.L. Konigsburg Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 21, 2010)

HOW HAD MRS. OLINSKI CHOSEN her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such...


The Secret of Ferrell Savage

by J. Duddy Gill & Sonia Chaghatzbanian Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 04, 2014)

Middle school romance is hard enough, but cannibalism really gets in the way. This humorous look at first crushes and family secrets is sure to be devoured.

Ferrell Savage is finally twelve, and finally eligible...


Bird

by Crystal Chan Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 28, 2014)

Entrenched secrets, mysterious spirits, and an astonishing friendship weave together in this extraordinary and haunting debut that School Library Journal calls “a powerful story about loss and moving on.”...


Kira-Kira

by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 20, 2008)

kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining

Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time....


The Complete History of Why I Hate Her

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 27, 2010)

Nola wants nothing more than a summer on her own—and a job at an upscale Maine coast resort sounds ideal. She’ll have plenty of beach time between waitressing, some freedom from stresses back home, and the...


Every Little Thing in the World

by Nina De Gramont Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 23, 2010)

When sixteen-year-old Sydney Biggs’s pregnancy test shows the telltale plus sign, she confides in only her best friend Natalia, and Natalia promptly “borrows” her mother’s car so Sydney can confront...


Weedflower

by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 30, 2008)

Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only...


A Fine White Dust

by Cynthia Rylant Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 01, 2002)

How much do you have to give up to find yourself?

When Pete first sets eyes the Man, he's convinced he's an ax murderer. But at the revival meeting, Pete discovers that the Man is actually a savior of souls,...


When I Was the Greatest

by Jason Reynolds & Michael Frost Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 07, 2014)

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding...


The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

by Betty G. Birney & Matt Phelan Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 30, 2008)

Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders...


We Hold These Truths

by Andrew Clements & Adam Stower Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 17, 2013)

Time is almost out for the Keepers of the School in this fifth Keepers adventure from Andrew Clements, the master of the school story.

The Keepers of the School—known to their friends as Ben, Jill, and Robert—have...


Outside Beauty

by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 22, 2009)

"My mother had four daughters by four different men."

There's only one way Shelby and her sisters can describe their mother: She's a sexpot. Helen Kimura collects men (and loans, spending money, and gifts of...


Wrecked

by E. R. Frank Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2008)

A tragic car wreck leads to PTSD and therapeutic salvation in this novel from the author of America, which Kirkus Reviews deemed “a work of sublime humanity.”

Anna is involved in a horrific accident one night...


A Blue-Eyed Daisy

by Cynthia Rylant Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 30, 2008)

an amazing year

Ellie Farley's father, Okey, drinks too much, mostly because he hasn't been able to work since he was injured in a mining accident. He hasn't been able to hunt, either, so it's strange when he...


Homestretch

by Paul Volponi Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2009)

A runaway boy with nothing finds everything he needs, including a faimly, in the most unlikely of places--at a racetrack.


Just Another Hero

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2009)

This group of friends has been through so much after a deadly hazing ritual left friendships broken, hearts aching, and November pregnant with Josh’s baby. But senior year is going well, and when the fire...


November Blues

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 19, 2009)

When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse. But Josh left something behind that will change November's life forever,...


Here's How I See It--Here's How It Is

by Heather Henson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 28, 2009)

here's how i see it

Rave reviews, an endless request for autographs, my name in lights on Broadway.

here's how it is

The audience is half empty, I spend zero time onstage, my dad's midlife crisis is about...


Lucky Breaks

by Susan Patron & Matt Phelan Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 10, 2009)

"Eleven is much more intrepid than only ten."

On the eve of her eleventh birthday, Lucky wants to let loose and become intrepid; she's ready for life to change. But Hard Pan (population 43) drones on like...


Standing for Socks

by Elissa Brent Weissman & Jessica Sonkin Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2009)

When Fara Ross puts on mismatched socks accidentally one morning, little does she know that it will ignite her political career. What begins as a wardrobe malfunction grows into an expression of freedom in footwear,...


Edward's Eyes

by Patricia Maclachlan Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)

Jake is a part of an extraordinary family.

He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake...