Mystery

  • Face on the Milk Carton

    Face on the Milk Carton

    by Caroline Cooney Year Published: Average
    No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar—a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey—she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl—it was she. How could it possibly be true? Janie can't believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really Janie's parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened?
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  • I Know What You did ast Summer

    I Know What You did ast Summer

    by Trueman Year Published: Average
    It was only an accident — but it would change their lives forever. Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But some secrets don't stay buried, and someone has learned the truth. Someone bent on revenge. This summer, the horror is only beginning....

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  • Wanted

    Wanted

    by Caroline Cooney Year Published: Average
    It all started with a phone call. In a tense voice, Alice's very rational father suggests that she drive his precious Corvette and meet him. But Alice doesn't have a driver's license. "It doesn't matter!" he yells. Yet he never shows up. Never calls. Something is very wrong. Then Alice hears an announcement over the radio. Her father is dead. And someone has already confessed to his murder via E-mail. That someone is Alice. Everyone, including her mother, believes that Alice is guilty. The police are after her. And the real murderer is, too. It's only a matter of time before somebody catches her...

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  • A Fate Totally Worse Than Death

    A Fate Totally Worse Than Death

    by Fleischman Year Published: Challenging
    This takeoff on teen-horror novels is funny, mocking, and a surefire hit. Cliffs, murder, ghosts, and revenge form the core of the plot as three teen girls at Cliffside High draw a bead on Helga, the ravishing Norwegian exchange student who has captivated Drew, a boy whose father is a millionaire. Danielle, Tiffany, and Brooke are convinced that Helga is the avenging ghost of a girl whose death they caused the previous year. As their efforts to dispatch her escalate, the girls of the ruling clique suddenly find themselves rapidly aging with all of the common debilities of arthritis, liver spots, gray hair, hearing loss, and sagging breasts-hence the title. A clever twist at the end delivers a befitting resolution.
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  • Dangling

    Dangling

    by Eige Year Published: Easy Reading
    On a shimmery summer day, eleven-year-old Ben watches his too tall, bird-crazy best friend, Ring, wade into the river. Everyone else is laughing and talking on the riverbank, paying no mind. Ring turns and gives them all one last look...and disappears. Day after agonizing day, Ben waits for the news of his friend. In the meantime, he tries to sort out a jumble of thoughts and memories so he can get things straight in his head about Ring. From his outlandish stories to his evasiveness about his background, Ring has been a mystery from the first. But if Ben dares to consider that Ring might not have drowned, new questions arise. If Ring is still alive, where is he? And why did he leave in the first place?
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  • Down a Dark Hall

    Down a Dark Hall

    by Lois Duncan Year Published: Average
    Suspicious and uneasy about the atmosphere at her new boarding school, fourteen-year-old Kit slowly realizes why she and the other three students at the school were selected.
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  • Missing Since Monday

    Missing Since Monday

    by Ann Martin Year Published: Average
    Maggie's taking care of her four-year-old sister for a week. On Monday morning, she puts Courtenay on the bus to school. That afternoon, Courtenay doesn't come home. She never made it to school that day. She's missing. The detectives looking for Courtenay have hardly any clues. Then Maggie starts getting threatening phone calls...and she thinks she's being followed. Whoever took Courtenay is after her, too. One thing's for sure: If the police don't find Courtenay soon, Maggie will be the next one missing.

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  • 13, Thirteen tales of Horror by 13 Masters of Horr

    13, Thirteen tales of Horror by 13 Masters of Horror

    by Pines, ed. Year Published: Average
    You don't really want to read this ...do you? The masters of horror are waiting to take you on a terrifying ride, and there are 13 stops. Meet the new guy in town, very handsome, very sexy, and very deadly. Dine on sweet and wonderfully inviting confections - they're good to the last breath. Learn that some spells can never be broken... Inside you'll find the works of 13 masters of horror. Let Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine and the rest of our macabre crew show you the beauty in your worst nightmares - and the terror in your most exquisite dreams....
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Adventure/Survival

  • Climb or Die

    Climb or Die

    by Walter Dean Meyers Year Published: Easy Reading
    Edward P. Myers climbed to new heights with his thrilling adventure, Climb or Die. This book, which is a gripping tale of two kids beating the odds, never has a dull moment. Athletic Danielle and brainiac Jake must put their differences aside in order to scale a mountain, to reach help on the summit. Their parents are injured after a car accident, and the bond shared between these kids in the face of danger is inspiring. A suspense-laden story added to honorable characters is the perfect equation for a tale of excellent adventure.
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  • Loch

    Loch

    by Paul Zindel Year Published: Easy Reading
    Loch and his sister are with their father on a scientific expedition to track lake monsters. Their father's boss, Anthony Cavenger, a ruthless publishing mogul, is determined to prove that the legends are fact.Until now, it has been a fruitless exercise. But suddenly, on a routine exploration, a hideous water beast explodes out of the water, and a photographer, hoping to get the picture of a lifetime, loses his life instead. The plesiosaurs terrorize the secluded lake community, but Loch encounters a baby plesiosaur and realizes that the monsters only attack when threatened. So he risks his life-and the lives of his family and friends-to save the prehistoric creatures from destruction.

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  • Rats

    Rats

    by Zindel Year Published: Easy Reading

    From a Pulitzer-prize winning author comes another white-knuckle thriller for teens. When mutant rats threaten to take over Staten Island, which has becomea huge landfill, 14-year-old Sarah and her younger brother Mike try to figureout how to stop them.

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  • Wild Man Island

    Wild Man Island

    by Hobbs Year Published: Average
    After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father's death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.

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  • Hatchet (Book 1)

    Hatchet (Book 1)

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Easy Reading
    Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present -- and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents' divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair -- it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

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  • Brian's Winter (Book 2)

    Brian's Winter (Book 2)

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Easy Reading
    Instead of being rescued from a plane crash, as in the author's book Hatchet, this story portrays what would have happened to Brian had he been forced to survive a winter in the wilderness with only his survival pack and hatchet.

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  • Brian's Return (Book 3)

    Brian's Return (Book 3)

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Easy Reading
    For more than a decade, readers and reviewers everywhere have praised Gary Paulsen's exciting stories about brave Brian Robeson. In the Newbery Honor book Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian was stranded in the Canadian wilderness with only the clothes on his back and a hatchet to help him survive. The River brought 15-year-old Brian back to the wilderness for a government project -- where he was left with a wounded partner and a rapid river to navigate. An alternative sequel, Brian's Winter, posed the question: What if Brian had not been rescued? Now comes Brian's Return -- the final, gripping conclusion to Paulsen's extraordinary saga.

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  • The River

    The River

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Easy Reading
    "We want you to do it again."These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to do it again -- to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive.

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Friendships/Relationships

  • The Girls

    The Girls

    by Amy Goldman Koss Year Published: Average

    The girls: Maya, Brianna, Darcy, Renée...and popular, fascinating, dangerous Candace. Five friends ruled by one ringleader who plays games to test their loyalty—and then decides who's in the group and who's out. Each of the girls has her say in this fast-paced and absolutely believable novel set in the war zone of middle school cliques. The author of the highly praised The Ashwater Experiment, Amy Koss has once again crafted a "truly original piece of fiction brimming with humor and insight."—

      

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  • The Cheat

    The Cheat

    by Koss Year Published: Easy Reading
    Cheating on a geography midterm is only the beginning. It seemedsimple enough&150they were given the answers from last year's test and they used them. But Sarah and her friends got caught, and what was done without much thought leads to greater and greater consequences. Now they are facing punishment at school, tension at home, and no one is sure how or when it will end.
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  • Stargirl

    Stargirl

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Average
    Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: don't stand out—under any circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes—for Leo and for the entire school. After 15 years of home schooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music, enchanting the Mica student body. But the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift, and Stargirl is shunned for everything that makes her different. Somewhere in the midst of Stargirl's arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlock has tumbled into love with her. In a celebration of nonconformity, Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity—and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

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  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Series:  Bo

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Series: Book1)

    by Ann Brashares Year Published: Average

    Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn't look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they're great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they're fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

     

     

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  • All American Girl

    All American Girl

    by Meg Cabot Year Published: Challenging
    Samantha Madison is an average, cool Washington, D.C., teen: She loves Gwen Stefani (who doesn't?), can draw like nobody's business, and enjoys being opposite to her sister's annoying ultra-social personality. When she ditches art class one day, however, she doesn't expect to be jumping on the back of a wannabe presidential assassin. Soon, the young hero is receiving worldwide acclaim for her bravery, having dinner with her family at the White House, and is even being named teen ambassador to the UN. As if this weren't enough, she and David, the president's son, strike up a friendship that everyone wants the dirt on, which starts to give her romantic "frisson" feelings. Unfortunately, Sam thinks her sister's boyfriend, Jack, is the true love of her life, and she makes a few wrong turns that could screw up what she's developing with David. Will she ever stop following what she knows and start following what she sees?

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  • Breaking Point

    Breaking Point

    by Alex Flinn Year Published: Easy Reading
    "We may need to plant a bomb in Old Lady Zaller's classroom." These simple words will change Paul Richmond's life forever. Paul is new to Gate, a school whose rich students make life miserable for anyone not like them. And Paul is definitely not like them. Then something incredible happens. Charlie Good, a star student and athlete, invites Paul to join his elite inner circle. All Charlie wants is a few things in return — small things that Paul does willingly. And then, one day, Charlie wants something big. How far will Paul go to fit in?
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  • Flipped

    Flipped

    by Wendelin Van Draanen Year Published: Average

    Bryce moves into the neighborhood and straight into Juli's heart, all before second grade. Juli's world is turned upside down trying to win his boyish affections. Her attempts continue through the seventh grade and include giving him answers to tests, giving his family eggs from her chickens and befriending his grandfather. In the meantime, Bryce, not appreciating the adoration she has for him, only sees her as a nuisance and tries to have as little to do with her as possible. His ploys only make Juli angry and eventually he lies to her and hurts her feelings. By the time Bryce realizes he is fond of Juli and apologizes for his behavior, they are in the eighth grade. Juli is hesitant about Bryce's change of heart at this point and finds herself getting over him. The author provides added enjoyment by giving readers the story from both Juli's and Bryce's point of view. A story about the ups and downs of childhood puppy love, it is primarily for teens but will have adults reminiscing as well

     

     

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Conflict/Self-Doubt

  • Blue Eyes Better

    Blue Eyes Better

    by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur Year Published: Easy Reading
    When her brother dies, a 10-year-old girl grapples with enormous guilt and feelings of abandonment by her mother's all-encompassing pain. In a boxed review, PW wrote, "With nary a superfluous scene or a wasted word, the author crafts a deeply moving novel exploring a family's loss and grieving." Ages 10-up.
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  • The Best Little Girl in the World

    The Best Little Girl in the World

    by Steven Levenkron Year Published: Average
    At first, no one knows that something is fatally wrong with fifteen-year-old Kessa -- not her parents, teachers, friends, or family doctor. No one knows Kessa avoids eating whenever she can and forces herself to vomit when she does eat . . . that she has gone from an "A" student to failing. No one knows until Kessa's weight drops from 98 pounds to 88, 81, 78 . . . and it may be too late.
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  • Wolf Rider

    Wolf Rider

    by Avi Year Published: Average
    The phone rang three times before Andy picked it up. "Hello?" he said. A voice replied, "I just killed someone." Only Andy Zadinski is convinced that the caller is serious. But no one else will listen; not the police, not his friends, not even his father. They all say he's crying wolf. But when Andy decides to investigate he discovers more than he bargained for. Nina Klemmer may not be the only target for murder after all...
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  • Martyn Pig

    Martyn Pig

    by Kevin Brooks Year Published: Average
    Meet Martyn Pig... a boy with a terrible name, trapped in a terrible life. His mother has left him. His father is a belligerent, abusive alcoholic. It seems like his life can't get any worse. And then it does. Faced with the sudden, accidental death of his father, Martyn realizes that for the first time ever, he has a choice. He can tell the police what happened -- and be suspected of murder -- or he can get rid of the body and go on with the rest of his life. Deciding on the latter, Martyn and his sharp-witted and undeniably pretty new neighbor come up with a seemingly foolproof plan. Then, just as Martyn begins to think his life is finally under control, a twisted turn of events leaves him stunned beyond belief. Kevin Brooks masterfully captures the humor and heart of this compelling character with his chilling, unforgettable story.

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  • Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice

    by Anonymous Year Published: Average
    With over a million copies in print, Go Ask Alice has become a classic of our time. This powerful real-life diary of a teenager's struggle with the seductive — often fatal — world of drugs and addiction tells the truth about drugs in strong and authentic voice. Tough and uncompromising, honest and disturbing — and even more poignant today — Go Ask Alice is page-turning and provocative reading.
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  • Driver's Ed

    Driver's Ed

    by Cooney Year Published: Easy Reading
    Driver's Ed means a license which means freedom. Remy and Morgan can't wait. When they take a late-night joyride with someone who already has a license, they end up stealing a stop sign. Their innocent prank turns deadly, and Remy and Morgan share a painful secret. What do you do when you didn't mean it, but you can't change what's happened?
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  • Drive-By

    Drive-By

    by Ewing Year Published: Easy Reading
    Jimmy is dead now — gunned down in front of his little sister, Mina, and his brother, Tito. And Tito is left wondering: Was Jimmy in a gang after all? Ice Breaker Joe and Lamar think so. They say Jimmy was skimming their drug money. And if the missing cash isn't returned, Tito may have to pay — with his life.Some people go to the crossroads, but Tito's crossroads laid themselves down in front of him. His brother Jimmy sprawls on the sidewalk at his feet. Shot in a drive by. Now a gang claims that Jimmy was their Ace Man. They say Tito must take his place and resolve some unfinished business. They give him a gun. "You need protection. It's not safe on the street." What path will be choose at the crossroads? He knows one leads to safety and one to death . . . but which is which?
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  • Silent to the Bone

    Silent to the Bone

    by Konigsburg Year Published: Average
    Kate and Cecelia are cousins and best friends. Constantly writing letters back and forth, they exchange all the news and gossip nineteenth-century London has to offer. But when strange things begin to happen, the girls abandon the flightiness of the social scene and determine to delve into the mysterious circumstances. First, Kate walks into a trap meant for the dashing Marquis of Schofield and is nearly poisoned by hot chocolate. Then Cecelia stumbles upon magic meant to harm her. Both girls fearlessly search for clues, piecing together the evidence as they write back and forth. Their mystery centers upon a magical chocolate pot that somehow is linked to the Marquis. Spinning spells and side-stepping evil witches, the two girls manage to solve the mystery and find true love amidst the busy London social season.
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  • Second Star to the Right

    Second Star to the Right

    by Deborah Hautzig, Year Published: Challenging

    The title refers to the familiar directions to Peter Pan's Neverland, but Leslie Hiller wants to fly away to "never-be-judged land, never-be-Mom land, always-be-me land." This important novel tells the compelling story of a teen-aged girl's battle with anorexia in a way that is as authentic as it is informative. Without casting blame, it shows both Leslie's pain and that of her family. It also makes clear some of the complex reasons why she needs to exert power over her body. First published in 1981, this reissue contains an afterword by the author, which makes it a new book in terms of further comprehending the devastating effects of anorexia nervosa

      

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  • The Dark Side of Nowhere

    The Dark Side of Nowhere

    by Shusterman Year Published: Easy Reading
    Jason Miller feels trapped in the small town of Billington — where nothing ever happens. But when his friend Ethan dies of what the doctor calls a burst appendix, Jason's life changes forever. First he is given a mysterious glove that can shoot pellets with deadly force. Then he learns that the monthly shots he gets from the friendly town doctor are not for his health but for a far more sinister purpose. As he peels away layer after layer of the lies he's been told, Jason comes to learn of his own true nature.
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Sports

  • Center Court Sting

    Center Court Sting

    by Matt Christopher Year Published:
    Written in contemporary style, this fast paced sports action paperback moves the reader through a season with the Rangers-a basketball team reported to be the best in the league. Daren blames everyone but himself when the Rangers go through a slump, including a teammate, his best friend, and a young neighbor. Daren finally realizes he is part of the problem and learns to be a real team player. The dialogue is realistic. The action will be sure to please any young sports fan. Christopher scores another win.
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  • Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure

    Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure

    by Dan Gutman Year Published: Average

    On October 1, 1932, during Game Three of the Chicago Cubs — New York Yankees World Series, Babe Ruth belted a long home run to straightaway centerfield. According to legend, just before he hit, Babe pointed to the bleachers and boldly predicted he would slam the next pitch there. Did he call the shot or didn't he? Witnesses never agreed. Like other baseball fans, Joe Stoshack wants to know the truth. But unlike other fans, Joe has the astonishing ability to travel through time and solve one of baseball's greatest puzzles....

     

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  • Mickey and Me (A Baseball Card Adventures Series)

    Mickey and Me (A Baseball Card Adventures Series)

    by Dan Gutman Year Published: Challenging
    When Joe Stoshack's dad ends up in the hospital after a car accident, he has two words to say to his son: Mickey Mantle. For Stosh has a special power — with a baseball card in hand, he can travel back in time. And his dad has a rare card — Mantle's valuable 1951 rookie card. "I've been thinking about it for a long time. Go back to 1951. You're the only one who can do it," Dad whispers. That night Stosh grips the card and prepares for another magical adventure. But when he opens his eyes, he's not in Yankee Stadium — he's in Milwaukee on June 8, 1944. And how he wound up there is not half as surprising as what he finds!

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  • Travel Team

    Travel Team

    by Mike Lupica Year Published: Average
    Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court -- but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured. Travel Team is an inspirational tale in the tradition of The Bad News Bears and Hoosiers. It will leave readers of all ages cheering.

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  • The Boxer

    The Boxer

    by Kathleen Karr Year Published:
    Ever since his father ran off two years before, fifteen-year-old Johnny Woods has struggled to help support his ma and five siblings, sacrificing his own schooling in the process. Still, there's been hardly enough money each month to make the rent, and Johnny's dream of a house in Brooklyn, away from the tenement slums, is out of reach. Then Johnny discovers boxing. He is a natural-born fighter, with street smarts, determination, and an explosive uppercut. Although boxing is illegal in 1885 New York, Johnny powers his way through every obstacle, believing he has found the means to raise himself and his family out of poverty. But as he moves closer to his biggest fight yet, Johnny must reconcile his need to help his loved ones with a sharpening desire to achieve something outside the ring, starting with his education. In bringing to life Johnny's struggle and ultimate success, Kathleen Karr offers readers a compelling portrait of an appealing young champion.
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Fantasy

  • Midnight Magic

    by Avi Year Published: Challenging

    What better place for some midnight magic than a dank, medieval castle replete with hidden doorways, secret passages, and a daunting spiral staircase? In the summer of 1491 a servant boy named Fabrizio and his master, a retired magician, are urgently summond to this castello in the Italian kingdom of Pergamontio. Young princess Teresina has witnessed a frightening apparition, which she claims is the ghost of her murdered brother. While Mangu the Magician attempts to solve the mystery through reason and deduction, his twelve-year-old servant roams the castle halls, where he eventually sees the ghost himself. Fabrizio, who is not above using a little sleight-of-hand to secure an advantage, befriends Teresina and learns that the ten-year-old princess will soon be betrothed to her father's adviser, Cont Scarazoni. Although Teresina shows Fabrizio the secret chambers of the castle, she does not share all the secrets she knows. Indeed, most of the characters in the novel withhold information from one another, and Fabrizio is left in the dark both literally and figuratively when, at the book's climax, he must race through the castle's pitch-black corridors and help Mangus conjure up an illusion that may save the monarchy.

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  • Artemis Fowl (Series: Book 1 of 4)

    Artemis Fowl (Series: Book 1 of 4)

    by Eoin Colfer Year Published: Average
    Artemis Fowl is a one of the greatest criminal minds the world has ever seen. He is heir to the Fowl family empire—a centuries old clan of international underworld figures and con artists. He is arguably the most cunning Fowl of all. He is also twelve years old. Artemis' interest in mythology and an obsession with the Internet leads him to discover proof of the existence of "The People"- otherwise known as fairies, sprites, leprechauns and trolls. He learns every fairy has a magical Book. If he can find the Book, it will lead him to "The People's" vast treasure of gold. With his brutish sidekick, Butler, he sets his plans in motion. Artemis tricks a drunken old fairy woman into loaning him her Book, a tiny golden volume, for thirty minutes. He scans it with a digital camera and emails it to his Mac G6 computer. Back in his mansion in Ireland, he is the first human to decode the secrets of the fairies. Artemis needs a leprechaun to help him with this plan. He and Butler hunt down Holly Short, a tough, female LEPrecon, part of a gung-ho Fairy commando unit, who is on a reconnaissance mission. He kidnaps her, and a major battle begins. It's satyr against gnome, man against elf, and for the first time in his life, Artemis must decide what he values most.

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  • Artemis Fowl Files - A Companion Book

    Artemis Fowl Files - A Companion Book

    by Eoin Colfer Year Published: Average
    No, this is not a sequel to the previous titles; it's a companion book. It includes two original short stories, one a prequel to Artemis Fowl (the first) about Captain Holly Short and how she became a member of the LEP, and the other a story about Artemis looking for the Fei Fei Tiara (Seventh Dwarf). In it, readers see Mulch working with Artemis for the first time. There are also games; readers can practice fairy code, learn the gnomish alphabet, do a crossword puzzle or a find-a-word (the latter may cause problems in libraries). Finally, they can read interviews with Artemis, Captain Short, Butler, Mulch Diggums, Foaly, Commander Root, and the author. With the write-in caveat in mind, this volume will give all of those Fowler fans something to read while waiting for the next book.

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  • The Ropemaker

    The Ropemaker

    by Dickinson Year Published: Average
    Young Tilja is bitter when she realizes that the magic powers of her mother and grandmother have passed to her younger sister, not her. But there are many kinds of magic, as she discovers, on the long, perilous journey she must make when her Valley is threatened. She and her grandmother Meena join forces with young Tahl and his grandfather, who have their own magic, to find Naheel, the designer of the Valley's original protection, to renew it. They meet many dangers along the way. Naheel, as his powers weaken, leaves it to Tilja to surmount all obstacles, then find and work with the mysterious Ropemaker to save them all and bring peace back to the Valley. This fantasy is lengthy but rich with imagination, fascinating characters and adventure.
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  • I am Mordred

    I am Mordred

    by Springer Year Published: Average
    What will a person give to forsake his destiny? From his very incarnation, Mordred has been a pawn in Camelot’s history. Foretold by Merlin that he will grow up to kill his father, the beloved King Arthur, young Mordred struggles with his fate, loathing the great king who tried to kill him as a baby, yet journeying to Camelot where he learns to serve and idolize the legendary leader. Torn between feelings of love and hate, Mordred yearns to make peace with Arthur, who still refuses to acknowledge him. But Mordred is determined to have peace at any price—even if it costs him his soul. In I Am Mordred, one of the most fascinating and misunderstood heroes of Arthurian lore comes to life in an epic fantasy for Camelot fans.
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  • The Seeing Stone

    The Seeing Stone

    by Crossley-Holland Year Published: Average
    In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.
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  • Eragon (Book 1)

    Eragon (Book 1)

    by Christopher Paolini Year Published: Average

    Teen author Christopher Paolini breathes fire into the realm of fantasy -- whisking readers to a world of dragons, magic, and legends -- in his first impressive entry in the Inheritance trilogy. Following in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry Goodkind, Paolini recounts the harrowing adventure of Eragon, a peasant boy who one day discovers a strange rock that happens to be a lost, coveted dragon's egg. Eragon finds himself raising the highly intelligent creature (which he names Saphira) and bonds with her both mentally and soulfully, but after a team of marauders sent by the land's conniving ruler destroys his family home and kills his uncle, the boy sets out to hone his skills as a Rider and claim his vengeance. Paolini pays meticulous attention to detail and to the characters' actions in the book, letting readers travel eagerly with the young hero along every step of his journey. Sure to sit memorably with lovers of the genre and worthy of every bit of praise it gets, Paolini's foray into fantasy writing will transfix and entertain.

      

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  • Eldest (Book 2)

    Eldest (Book 2)

    by Christopher Paolini Year Published: Average

    Darkness falls...despair abounds...evil reigns... Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle -– one that might put Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life....

     

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  • Midnight for Charlie Bone ( Series: Book 1 of 4)

    Midnight for Charlie Bone ( Series: Book 1 of 4)

    by Jenny Nimmo Year Published: Challenging

    Ten-year-old Charlie Bone doesn’t realize he’s inherited the family’s magical powers until one day he finds that he’s able to hear the conversations of people in photographs. When his nasty Grandma Bone and underhanded paternal aunts discover Charlie’s gift, they eagerly pack him off to Bloor's Academy -- a school of magic where he makes friends (and enemies) and learns the strange history of the Red King, whose descendents still roam the earth. Charlie’s courage is put to the test as be begins to discover that the Red King, his own emerging powers, and a mysterious metal box are all linked in ways he could never have imagined. If you like this one, read the other three books to see what happens to Charlie.

     

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  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    by Goldman Year Published: Challenging
    Once upon a time came a story so full of high adventure and true love that it became an instant classic and won the hearts of millions. Now in hardcover in America for the first time since 1973, this special edition of The Princess Bride is a true keepsake for devoted fans as well as those lucky enough to discover it for the first time. What reader can forget or resist such colorful characters as Westley . . . handsome farm boy who risks death and much, much worse for the woman he loves; Inigo . . . the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his father's death; Fezzik . . . the Turk, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini . . . the evil Sicilian, with a mind so keen he's foiled by his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinck . . . the eviler ruler of Guilder, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and the beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen . . . the evilest man of all, who thrives on the excruciating pain of others; Miracle Max. . . the King's ex-Miracle Man, who can raise the dead (kind of); The Dread Pirate Roberts . . . supreme looter and plunderer of the high seas; and, of course, Buttercup . . . the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world.
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Science Fiction

  • Companions of the Night

    Companions of the Night

    by Velde Year Published: Average
    Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her. What begins as a simple lost-and-found trip to the Laundromat turns into a nightmarish odyssey of murder, vampires, and--quite possibly--true love. Vivian Vande Velde puts a terrifying spin on what should be a typical night in a small town. SYNOPSIS Kidnapping. Car theft. Murder. Vampires. Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her.
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  • Gregor the Overlander

    Gregor the Overlander

    by Collins Year Published: Easy Reading
    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it -- until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.
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  • Messenger

    Messenger

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village's closing and try to convince Seer's daughter to return with him before it's too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.

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  • The City of Ember

    The City of Ember

    by DuPrau Year Published: Average
    The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.
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  • The Giver

    The Giver

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    Lowry won the Newbery award for this book, her first science fiction story. Jonas is an adolescent living in a world that has a decidedly futuristic feel. When he turns twelve, he gets the job that will last him the rest of his life. He's the Receiver of Memory, the one who receives from the Giver all the memories of his society. Jonas is given great privileges, new privacy, and information that allow him (and readers) to see through the society's apparent Eden. At first his world seems great, but then, bit by bit, she tears away at the perfection she has built.

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War

  • A Soldier's Heart

    A Soldier's Heart

    by Ann McGovern, Harold Goodwin Year Published: Average
    Deborah Sampson wanted to travel and have adventures, but since she had no money, the best way to do that was to join the army. This is the exciting true story of a woman who became a soldier during the American Revolutionary War, by dressing and acting like a man.
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  • The Fighting Ground

    The Fighting Ground

    by Avi Year Published: Average
    April 3, 1778. America is caught up in the Revolutionary War. On this warm spring morning, not far from Trenton, New Jersey, a 13-year-old boy and his father are quietly tilling the sod on their farm. But the boy can think of only one thing: He wants to fight. He knows how to use a gun-why won't his father let him go? Unexpectedly, the quiet is cut by the sound of a bell-an alarm ringing from the nearby tavern. Jonathan is sent to find out what the trouble is. What he finds in the next twenty-four hours, when he does fight and is taken prisoner by three Hessian soldiers, changes his understanding of war and life forever. The real war, he discovers, is being fought within himself. This swiftly paced adventure story of a battle-within-a-battle is told by Avi in stark detail, with vivid historical settings and breathtaking action.
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  • The Perilous Road

    The Perilous Road

    by William O. Steele, Jean Fritz Year Published: Average
    Fourteen-year-old Chris, bitterly hating the Yankees for invading his Tennessee mountain home, learns a difficult lesson about the waste of war and the meaning of tolerance and courage when he reports the approach of a Yankee supply troop to the Confederates, only to learn that his brother is probably part of that troop.
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  • The Rifle

    The Rifle

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Average
    In 1768, a gunsmith named Cornish McManus built a rifle of such accuracy that he know he could never create another like it. He intended to treasure his masterpiece, but with a new wife to provide for, he felt pressed to sell it. Soon the rifle was helping one John Byam become a legendary sharpshooter in the American Revolution. But when Byam succumbed to dysentery, the weapon was passed on to yet another owner...and then to another and another, until the present day. Strangely, in all the time of the rifle after John Byam's death and through all the people who looked at it and held it to their shoulder, not once in the life of the rifle did anybody ever think to see if it was loaded. The rifle was loaded.
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Holocaust

  • Friedrich

    Friedrich

    by Richter Year Published: Easy Reading
    His best friend thought Friedrich was lucky. His family had a good home and enough money, and in Germany in the early 1930s, many were unemployed. But when Hitler came to power, things began to change. Friedrich was expelled from school, and then his mother died and his father was deported. For Friedrich was Jewish.
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  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

    In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

    by Opdyke Year Published: Average
    Recounts the experiences of the author who, as a young Polish girl, hid and saved Jews during the Holocaust.
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  • The Devil's Arithmetic

    The Devil's Arithmetic

    by Jane Yolen Year Published: Average
    The Holocaust was so monstrous a crime that the mind resists belief and the story must be made new for each individual. Yolen's book is about remembering. During a Passover Seder, 12-year-old Hannah finds herself transported from America in 1988 to Poland in 1942, where she assumes the life of young Chaya. Within days the Nazis take Chaya and her neighbors off to a concentration camp, mere components in the death factory. As days pass, Hannah's own memory of her past, and the prisoners' future, fades until she is Chaya completely. Chaya/Hannah's final sacrifice, and the return of memory, is her victory over the horror.

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Non-Fiction

  • Guts: The True Stories behind

    Guts: The True Stories behind

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Easy Reading
    From Hatchet and The River to Brian's Winter and Brian's Return, readers and reviewers everywhere adore Gary Paulsen's exciting stories about brave Brian Robeson. Now, real-life adventurer Paulsen reveals the actual events that inspired him to write these survival stories. From his first hunting trips to his memories of moose attacks, to his near-plane crashes to his own tried-and-true tips on cooking in the wilderness, Paulsen shares the experiences that inspired Brian's adventures in the woods just as they happened to him.

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  • Locked Inside

    Locked Inside

    by Werlin Year Published: Average
    Marnie is tremendously wealthy and tremendously alone. The 16-year-old daughter of a superstar who was killed years ago in a plane crash, Marnie refuses to take part in her oppressive boarding-school community. And she has no interest in living with her guardian, a well-meaning but stiff man named Max. She would rather burrow away in the dark, comforting world of her favorite Internet adventure game. Especially now that she has started chatting online with one of the other players, an intriguing rogue who calls himself the Elf. But closing herself off from the people around her doesn’t mean she’s safe, as Marnie soon discovers. Kidnapped and locked inside an empty basement cell, Marnie is forced to confront painful truths about herself and her famous mother as she desperately tries to escape her jailer. Oh, how little her cyber-adventure game has prepared her for this real-life dungeon!
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  • Ryan White: My Own Story

    Ryan White: My Own Story

    by Ryan White Year Published: Easy Reading
    Although Ryan White was born with hemophilia, the boy and his family were determined that he live as normal a life as possible. But, given contaminated blood in a transfusion, Ryan contracted AIDS. Most Americans are familiar with the ensuing headline-making facts: his school barred his attendance, neighbors and former friends shunned him and his family. Moving from Kokomo, Ind., to friendlier Cicero, Ryan struggled for the right to be educated and treated like any other kid even as he fought a daily battle against AIDS and hemophilia. Until his death in April 1990, Ryan was an eloquent spokesperson for all AIDS patients. This understated, affecting first-person account is no mere saccharine tearjerker about a ``victim.'' Early on, Ryan resolved to be the ``first kid with AIDS to speak out, fight back--and win.'' Hearing Ryan's often strong, sometimes hurting, always faith-filled voice in these pages, readers will know that his hopeful, heroic spirit did ultimately triumph. Illustrated with photographs, the work includes an epilogue on Ryan's final illness and funeral, tributes from friends Elton John and Michael Jackson, Ryan's testimony before the President's Commission on AIDS, answers to frequently asked questions and a final section on AIDS information resources.
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  • The Salem Witch Trials: An Unsolved Mystery from H

    The Salem Witch Trials: An Unsolved Mystery from History

    by Jane Yolen Year Published: Average
    The enigma of the Salem Witch Trials is introduced as a young girl explains her desire to be a detective and her interest in finding all the clues possible to solve cases, both present and past. She provides background information about Salem Village and the people who lived there. Realistic full color illustrations fill each double-page.

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  • What's Living in your Bedroom (Hidden Life Series)

    What's Living in your Bedroom (Hidden Life Series)

    by Andrew Solway Year Published: Average
    Did you know that many living things are too small to see? That your bedroom is home to millions of tiny organisms? That some of them can feed on you while you are asleep? Discover your bedroom through a powerful microscope and see what lives in the carpet and bed. Check out insects as giant monsters and tiny specks of dust as huge mountains of material. Learn about the thousands of tiny living things that are normally invisible to the naked eye-a world of hidden life.

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  • Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo

    Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo

    by de Lint Year Published: Average
    In September 1991, shortly before war broke out on the streets of Sarajevo, 11-year-old Zlata Filipovic began to keep a diary. In a voice both innocent and wise, she wrote of the horrors of war--the deaths of friends, a shortage of food, and days spent in fear--and issued a compelling plea for peace that has moved parents and children, and will continue to awaken the conscience of the world.
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