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  • And Then There Were None

    And Then There Were None

    by Agatha Christie Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

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  • Bloomability

    Bloomability

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: Average

    FROM THE PUBLISHER Set in the breathtaking landscape of Lugano, Switzerland, Bloomability is Sharon Creech at her very best.When 13-year-old Dinnie Doone is plucked out of her troubled life by her aunt and uncle and whisked away to an international school in Switzerland, her world is turned upside down. Suddenly surrounded by different cultures, languages, and beliefs, Dinnie struggles to hold on to her past life. Gradually, through friendships and experiences she could have nowhere else, she learns to trust herself and discovers the beautiful "bloomabilities" her new life has to offer. 01 Blue Spruce Award Masterlist (YA Cat.), 00-01 Young Hoosier Book Award Masterlist (Grds. 6-8), Pacific NW Library Assoc. 2001 Young Reader's Choice Award Masterlist, and 00-01 South Carolina Book Award Masterlist(Grds 6-9) Young Adult's Choices for 2000 (IRA)

     

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  • Freak the Mighty

    Freak the Mighty

    by Rodman Philbrick Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Dumb, stupid, and slow. All Max's life, he'd been called these names, and it didn't help that people were afraid of him. So Max learned to be alone--at least until Freak came along. Together, they were Freak the Mighty. A major motion picture from Miramax Films starring Sharon Stone, Gena Rowlands, and Harry Dean Stanton.

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  • Loser

    Loser

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Just like other kids, Zinkoff rides his bike, hopes for snow days, and wants to be like his dad when he grows up. But Zinkoff also raises his hand with all the wrong answers, trips over his own feet, and falls down with laughter over a word like "Jabip." Other kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. He doesn't know he's not like everyone else. And one winter night, Zinkoff's differences show that any name can someday become "hero."

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  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders

    by S.E. Hinton Year Published: Average

    FROM THE PUBLISHER Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But no on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idead oa good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.

     

     

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  • Walk Two Moons

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER "How about a story? Spin us a yarn." Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. "I could tell you an extensively strange story," I warned. "Oh, good!" Gram said. "Delicious!" And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic. As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold—the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother. In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.
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Autobiography/Biography

  • Petey

    Petey

    by Ben Mikalsen Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Petey is a touching story of friendship, discovery, and the domination of the human spirit over physical obstacles. The arc of a life bound by cerebral palsy is portrayed in this riveting novel from Ben Mikaelsen.

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  • The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

    The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

    by James Giblin Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Many people believe Hitler was the personification of evil. In this intriguing biography, James Cross Giblin penetrates this facade and presents a picture of a complex person- at once a brilliant, influential politician and a deeply disturbed man. In a straightforward and nonsensational manner, the author explores the forces that shaped the man as well as the social conditions that furthered his rapid rise to power. Against a background of crucial historical events, Giblin traces the arc of Hitler's life: his childhood, his years as a frustrated artist in Vienna, his extraordinary rise as dictator of Germany, his final days in an embattled bunker under Berlin. Powerful archival images provide a haunting visual accompaniment to this clear and compelling account of a life that left an ineradicable mark on our world. Author's note, bibliography, index.

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  • Winterdance

    Winterdance

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Winterdance is an unforgettable account of Gary Paulsen's most ambitious quest: to know a world beyond his knowing, to train for and run the Iditarod. Fueled by an all-consuming passion for running dogs, Paulsen entered the grueling 1,180-mile race across Alaska in dangerous ignorance and with fierce determination. For seventeen days, Paulsen and his team of fifteen dogs ran through breathtaking and treacherous Arctic terrain. They crossed the barren, moonlike landscape of the Alaskan interior and witnessed sunrises that cast a golden blaze over the vast waters of the Bering Sea. They endured blinding wind, snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, hallucinations - and the relentless push to go on. He crossed the finish line, but it wasn't enough: Paulsen was obsessed and wanted to race again. Though the dangers of the Iditarod were legion, more frightening still was the knowledge that he could not stop racing dogs of his own free will.

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Fantasy

  • Eragon

    Eragon

    by Christopher Paolini Year Published: Challenging
    FROM THE PUBLISHER When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands....

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  • Redwall

    Redwall

    by Brian Jacques Year Published: Challenging

    FROM THE PUBLISHER When Redwall was published in 1987 it catapulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. Any small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart. That hero is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey. The villain is Cluny the Scourage, one of the most deliciously despicable rats of all time. The unforgettable cast of supporting characters includes the stalwart badger Constance, an irrepressible hare named Basil Stag Hare, and the elderly wisemouse Brother Methuselah. But most of all there is Matthias, seeking his true destiny in a journey that will lead through danger and despair to true wisdom.

     

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  • The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    by J.R.R. Tolkien Year Published: Challenging
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

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Fiction

  • Taking Sides

    Taking Sides

    by Gary Soto Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Lincoln is in a jam when his basketball team at his new school--where the students are rich and mostly white--faces his old team from the barrio on the boards. How can he play his best against his friends? No matter who wins, it looks like it will be lose-lose for Lincoln.

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  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    by Edward Bloor Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER A season with the toughest soccer team in the county gives a teen the confidence to stand up to his wicked brother. "Smart, adaptable, and anchored by a strong sense of self-worth, Paul makes a memorable protagonist in a cast of vividly drawn characters; multiple yet taut plotlines lead to a series of gripping climaxes and revelations. Readers are going to want more from this author."--Kirkus Reviews

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  • The Girls

    The Girls

    by Amy Goldman Koss Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER 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."—Starred Horn Book review for The Aswater Experiment

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  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    by Ann Brashares Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER 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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  • When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

    When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

    by Kimberly Willis Holt Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town. Nothing much until this summer that's full of big changes. It's tough for Toby when his mother leaves home to become a country singer. And Toby takes it hard when his best friend Cal's older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam. But now their sleepy town is about to get an even bigger jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world. Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life.

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Historical Fiction

  • If I should die before I wake

    If I should die before I wake

    by Lurlene McDaniel Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Deanne doesn't want to spend her summer on silly debutante activities, like hanging out at the country club and flirting with the rich boys. She'd rather spend time with the kids in the cancer wing at the local hospital. Wil Deanne's compassion lead her to love -- and heartbreak?

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  • Witness

    Witness

    by Karen Hesse Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves . . . These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish. In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.

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Humor

  • The Series of Unfortunate Events:  Book #1

    The Series of Unfortunate Events: Book #1

    by Lemony Snicket Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Within the pages of this novel, readers will discover one of the books upon which the movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is based: The Bad Beginning. Like the movie, this book tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children, who despite being clever and charming lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very beginning of this volume, when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing onto the last page of this distressing story, disaster lurks at their heels. Unlike the movie, however, this book is printed on paper. Count Olaf is not only smart, he is also intelligent. A renowned, talented, and handsome actor, he certainly could have his choice of marrying any number of beautiful women, but for the time being remains single and, sadly, childless. Fans of theatrics should watch for the name "Count Olaf" on marquees and in local newspapers everywhere. P.S. He is also very good-looking.

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Mystery

  • Among the Hidden

    Among the Hidden

    by Margaret Peterson Haddix Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend. Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside. Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

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  • Down a Dark Hall

    Down a Dark Hall

    by Lois Duncan Year Published: Average

    FROM THE PUBLISHER Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students? Kit walks the dark halls and feels a penetrating chill. What terror waits around the next corner?

     

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  • Face on the Milk Carton

    Face on the Milk Carton

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER 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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  • What Happened to Janie?

    What Happened to Janie?

    by Caroline B. Cooney Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER No one ever paid attention to the faces of missing children on milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the little girl who had been taken twelve years ago, she recognized that little girl—it was herself. The mystery of the kidnapping is unraveled, but the nightmare is not over. The Spring family wants justice, but who is to blame? It's difficult to figure out what's best for everyone. Janie Johnson or Janie Spring? There's enough love for everyone, but how can the two separate families live happily ever after?

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Nonfiction

  • Free the Children

    Free the Children

    by Craig Kielburger Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Craig Kielburger is an activist prodigy who, at 12, was talking to national leaders, lecturing in public forums, and following the burning passion that would not allow him to overlook cruel injustices thrust upon children around the world. Inspired by a newspaper article about a young boy's murder at the hands of his boss in Pakistan, Kielburger set forth on an international crusade against child sweatshops, virtual slave labor, and the abhorrent working conditions to which many children worldwide are subjected. An inspiring book about the power young people can wield to change the world, Free the Children is a must-read from a remarkable young man. The author has appeared on 60 Minutes and CNN and has been featured in People, React, and the New York Times.

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  • In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle

    In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle

    by Madeleine Blais Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Begun as an article in the "New York Times Magazine," "In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle" offers a close-up of the girls on a high school basketball team whose passion for the sport is rivaled only by their loyalty to one another. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Madeleine Blais's book takes the reader through a season in the history of the Lady Hurricanes of Amherst, Massachusetts, from tryouts and practices during the regular season up through the final championship game. The result is a moving narrative that captures the complexities of girls' experiences in high school, sports, and society. It is a compelling and touching literary exploration of one group of girls' fight for success and respect... and a dramatization of the success of the women's movement and a testimony to all the changes yet to come.

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  • It's Not About the Bike:  My Journey Back to My Li

    It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to My Life

    by Lance Armstrong Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER This is the story of Lance Armstrong, the world-famous cyclist, and his fight against cancer. People magazine called it "inspiring." The New York Times called it "fascinating." But perhaps Cincinnati Enquirer said it best: "It's not about the bike, or about the sport. It's about the soul." Author Biography: Lance Armstrong's first Tour de France victory was hailed as among "the most memorable moments in sports history during this century" (USA Cycling). Sally Jenkins authored Men Will Be Boys, and has co-authored numerous sports biographies, most recently Funny Cide.

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  • Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brai

    Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

    by John Fleischman Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Phineas Gage was truly a man with a hole in his head. Phineas, a railroad construction foreman, was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain. Miraculously, he survived to live another eleven years and become a textbook case in brain science. At the time, Phineas Gage seemed to completely recover from his accident. He could walk, talk, work, and travel, but he was changed. Gage "was no longer Gage," said his Vermont doctor, meaning that the old Phineas was dependable and well liked, and the new Phineas was crude and unpredictable. His case astonished doctors in his day and still fascinates doctors today. What happened and what didn't happen inside the brain of Phineas Gage will tell you a lot about how your brain works and how you act human.

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  • Warriors Don't Cry

    Warriors Don't Cry

    by Melba Pattillo Beals Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER You've gotta learn to defend yourself. Never let your enemy know what you are feeling. -- The soldier assigned to protect Melba Please, God, let me learn how to stop being a warrior. Sometimes I just need to be a girl. -- Melba's diary, on her sixteenth birthday In 1957 Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board Education, she was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. This is her remarkable story. You will listen to the cruel taunts of her schoolmates and their parents. You will run with her from the threat of a lynch mob's rope. You will share her terror as she dodges lighted sticks of dynamite, and her pain as she washes away the acid sprayed into her eyes. But most of all you will share Melba's dignity and courage as she refuses to back down.

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Sports

  • Babe and Me

    Babe and Me

    by Dan Gutman Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM THE PUBLISHER 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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  • Jackie and Me

    Jackie and Me

    by Dan Gutman Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Like every other kid in his class, Joe Stoscack has to write a report on an African American who's made an important contribution to society. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Joe plans on writing a prize-winning report. But he doesn't plan on a trip that will for a short time change the color of his skin—and forever change his view of history and his definition of courage.Joe Stoshack has really done it this time. When a pitcher insults his Polish heritage, Joe flings his bat and prompts an on-field brawl that ends in a two-team pileup. he's suspended from Little League...indefinitely. At school, his teacher assigns an oral report for Black History Month. The topic? An African-American who has made a significant contribution to American society. The prize for the best report is four tickets to a cool local amusement park. But Joe doesn't know where to begin. If he could just get his hands on a certain Jackie Robinson baseball card...

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  • Me and Hank

    Me and Hank

    by Sandy Tolan Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER In 1965, when Sandy Tolan was nine, his hero left town. Unlike other Milwaukee Braves fans, Sandy continued to follow Hank Aaron and his teammates, even though they were now seven hundred miles south in Atlanta. In 1973, as Aaron closed in on Babe Ruth's career home run mark, the black slugger received racist hate mail by the ton. Shocked, Sandy wrote his hero a letter of support. A few weeks later, Aaron responded. "Dear Sandy," Aaron wrote. "Your letter of support and encouragement meant much more to me than I can adequately express in words." Twenty-five years later, Tolan embarked on a journey to meet his old hero and to understand, through family, teammates, and civil rights leaders, a legacy of courage and dignity that resonates far beyond the playing field. Me and Hank explores the landscape between a hero's aspirations and the reality of his struggle; between a young fan's wishes and their delivery, a generation later, to a middle-aged man; and between the starkly different ways blacks and whites experience and remember the same events.

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