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Torn Away

by Jennifer Brown Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 06, 2014)

Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the...


When You Were Here

by Daisy Whitney Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 04, 2013)

Filled with humor, raw emotion, a strong voice, and a brilliant dog named Sandy Koufax, When You Were Here explores the two most powerful forces known to man-death and love. Daisy Whitney brings her characters...


Spindlefish and Stars

by Christiane M. Andrews Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 21, 2020)

Inspired by Greek mythology, this spellbinding fantasy invites readers to seek connections, to forge their own paths, and to explore the power of storytelling in our interwoven histories.

In which a story is...


The Canyon's Edge

by Dusti Bowling Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 07, 2020)

Hatchet meets Long Way Down in this heartfelt and gripping novel in verse about a young girl's struggle for survival after a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong.

One year after a random shooting...


The Light in the Lake

by Sarah R. Baughman Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2019)

Go on a journey of discovery, magic, science, and hope with this remarkable debut novel about a girl's powerful connection to a mysterious lake.

Twelve-year-old Addie should stay away from Maple Lake. After all,...


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...


The Light in the Lake

by Sarah R. Baughman Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 03, 2019)

A remarkable debut novel that takes readers on a journey of discovery, magic, science, and hope Twelve-year-old Addie should stay away from Maple Lake. After all, her twin brother, Amos, drowned there only...


My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

by Annabel Pitcher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 14, 2012)

My sister Rose lives on the mantelpiece. Well, some of her does. A collarbone, two ribs, a bit of skull, and a little toe.

To ten-year-old Jamie, his family has fallen apart because of the loss of someone he...


Minna's Patchwork Coat

by Lauren A. Mills Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 02, 2015)

In this charming historical novel, acclaimed artist Lauren A. Mills reimagines her beloved picture book, The Rag Coat, with fifty delicate pencil illustrations and an expanded story about a resilient little...


The Thing About Jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 21, 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...


Yours Truly

by Annabel Pitcher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 06, 2014)

Previously published under the title Ketchup Clouds

Dear Mr. S. Harris,

Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your...


I Crawl Through It

by A.S. King Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 21, 2015)

Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the...


The Red Pencil

by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Shane W. Evans Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 15, 2014)

"Amira, look at me," Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers."The Janjaweed attack without warning.If ever they come-- run."

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities....


Torn Away

by Jennifer Brown Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 05, 2014)

Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the...


If You Find This

by Matthew Baker Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 16, 2015)

Mixing mystery and adventure in the tradition of Louis Sachar, Avi, and E.L. Konigsburg, If You Find This is the story of unlikely friendships, unexpected bravery and eleven-year-old Nicholas Funes's quest to...


How to Save a Life

by Sara Zarr Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2011)

Jill MacSweeny just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she's been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends -- everyone who wants to support her. When her mom...


Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

by Wendy Mass Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 29, 2010)

In one month Jeremy Fink will turn thirteen. But does he have what it takes to be a teenager? He collects mutant candy, he won't venture more than four blocks from his apartment if he can help it, and he definitely...


All Together Now (previously published as Sorta Like a Rock Star)

by Matthew Quick Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 30, 2010)

Coming to Netflix this summer as a major motion picture called ALL TOGETHER NOW

Juno meets Stargirl in this fresh and funny yet heartbreaking novel

Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend...


Twenty Boy Summer

by Sarah Ockler Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 31, 2009)

"Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."

"Okay."

"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"

"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her...


Eggs

by Jerry Spinelli Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 31, 2007)

Nine-year-old David has recently lost his mother to a freak accident, his salesman father is constantly on the road, and he is letting his anger out on his grandmother. Sarcastic and bossy 13-year-old Primrose...


Mayday

by Karen Harrington Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2016)

A powerful coming-of-age story about the importance of finding your voice

Wayne Kovok lives in a world of After. After his uncle in the army was killed overseas. After Wayne and his mother survived a plane crash...


The Goodbye Book

by Todd Parr Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 03, 2015)

From bestselling author Todd Parr, a poignant and reassuring story about loss.

Features Read-Aloud/Read-to-Me functionality, where available.

Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr...


I Crawl Through It

by A.S. King Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2015)

Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the...


The Thing About Jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin Little, Brown Books for 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...


Right Behind You

by Gail Giles Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 01, 2008)

When he was nine, Kip set another child on fire. Now, after years in a juvenile ward, he is ready for a fresh start. But the ghosts of his past soon demand justice, and he must reveal his painful secret. How...