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Journey of the Pale Bear

by Susan Fletcher Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 02, 2018)

A runaway boy befriends a polar bear that’s being transported from Norway to London in this lyrical and timeless adventure story about freedom, captivity, and finding a family.

The polar bear is a royal bear,...


Paper Hearts

by Meg Wiviott Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 01, 2015)

A forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this “beautifully told true story about brave young women who refused to be victims and walked out of Auschwitz with...


Chantress Fury

by Amy Butler Greenfield Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 19, 2015)

Power and politics, heartbreak and danger, magic and mermaids—Lucy must conquer it all in the compelling conclusion to the enchanting series that began with Chantress and continued with Chantress Alchemy.

With...


The Watcher

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 04, 2014)

After Wendy is kidnapped, the only way she can survive World War II Germany is with the help of a special dog and the family she never knew she had in this historically accurate, standalone companion to Shadows...


Searching for Silverheels

by Jeannie Mobley Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 02, 2014)

A starry-eyed girl and a gruff suffragette decipher the myth of a dancer-turned-local-hero in this gorgeous novel from the author of Katerina’s Wish that Kirkus Reviews called “an engrossing, plausible story...


Girl in Reverse

by Barbara Stuber Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

Being adopted isn’t easy—especially when you’re seen as a national enemy. A teen seeks the roots of her identity in this stirring novel from the acclaimed author of Crossing the Tracks.

When Lily was three,...


Ghost Hawk

by Susan Cooper Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 27, 2013)

A friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler endangers them both in this “simply unforgettable” (Booklist, starred review) adventure story from Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper....


Star in the Storm

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 30, 2013)

All non-sheepherding dogs have been outlawed from the rocky coastal village where Maggie lives. Unwilling to give up her beloved Newfoundland, Sirius, Maggie defies the law and hides Sirius away.

But when a steamer...


Joshua's Song

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 23, 2013)

Boston, 1919. It’s been a terrible year for thirteen-year-old Joshua Harper. The influenza pandemic that’s sweeping the world has claimed his father’s life; his voice has changed, so he can’t sing in...


Katerina's Wish

by Jeannie Mobley Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 28, 2012)

An immigrant girl discovers that hard work and determination can make dreams come true in this “top-notch” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) debut that is “a rich story threaded with…a vibrant setting...


The Puppeteer's Apprentice

by D. Anne Love Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 29, 2012)

Mouse works in the scullery at Dunston Manor, peeling onions, stirring the pots, sweeping the floors, and doing her best not to get into trouble with the fractious cook. Alone at night in the dark corner she...


The Secret Prince

by D. Anne Love Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 29, 2012)

ALL IS NOT WELL IN KELHADDEN.

During a long-ago battle the king was killed, and his powerful amulet, which protects the kingdom from harm, was lost. Then Kelhadden fell to Ranulf, a cruel Northman, under whose...


Tracks

by Diane Lee Wilson Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 03, 2012)

Can the railroad that is uniting America also bridge the gap between two boys from different backgrounds?

Shortly after the Civil War, Malachy laces on his father’s boots and travels to the American West to...


Victory

by Susan Cooper Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 06, 2012)

A historic connection has the power to change the future in this classic, gripping novel from Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper.

Sam Robbins is a farm boy, kidnapped to serve on HMS Victory, the ship on which Lord...


King of Shadows

by Susan Cooper Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 06, 2012)

Only in the world of the theater can Nat Field find an escape from the tragedies that have shadowed his young life. So he is thrilled when he is chosen to join an American drama troupe traveling to London to...


Freedom Train

by Evelyn Coleman & David Riley Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 03, 2012)

Now in paperback, an enthralling account of a young boy’s struggle to help freedom triumph over fear in the 1940s American South.

It’s 1947, and twelve-year-old Clyde Thomason is proud to have an older brother...


Firestorm!

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 02, 2010)

Twelve-year-old Poppy is an orphan living in a bad neighborhood in Chicago, pick pocketing so that she has a place to sleep at night. Justin’s world couldn’t be more different—his father owns a jewelry...


Crossing the Tracks

by Barbara Stuber Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 06, 2010)

At fifteen, Iris is a hobo of sorts—no home, no family, no plan. Her mother died when she was six, and her selfish father hires her out as a companion to a country doctor’s elderly mother. Iris, stuck in...


Firehorse

by Diane Lee Wilson Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 06, 2010)

Fifteen-year-old Rachel is furious and lonely when her father moves the family to Boston in 1872—especially since she had to sell her beloved horse. But in Boston she finds the Governor’s Girl, an injured...


I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott

by Shelia P. Moses & Bonnie Christensen Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

Born into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life. But he was fortunate in two ways: His first owner was fairly kind to him, and he grew up with his owner's children,...


Blown Away!

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

It's the summer of 1935, and in the sleepy Florida Keys, thirteen-year-old Jake Pitney's life is quiet and easy. But all of this changes once Jake begins helping out the town's eccentric fisherman, Sharkey,...


A Tale of Gold

by Thelma Hatch Wyss Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

GOLD! GOLD! GOLD! scream the headlines in July 1987, announcing the discovery of gold in the Yukon. Fourteen-year-old James Erickson, alone in the world after his father's death, is mesmerized when he sees the...


Black Storm Comin'

by Diane Lee Wilson Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

WANTED: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.

When Colton Wescott sees this sign for the Pony Express, he thinks he has the solution...


Seaward Born

by Lea Wait Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

"Sometimes a man has to risk everything to do what's right. Doing it is what makes him a man."

Thirteen-year-old Michael knows he is lucky. Few slaves in 1805 Charleston are where they want to be. But Michael...


Aleutian Sparrow

by Karen Hesse & Evon Zerbetz Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

In June 1942, seven months after attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese navy invaded Alaska's Aleutian Islands. For nine thousand years the Aleut people had lived and thrived on these treeless, windswept lands....


Shadows on the Sea

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

1942.

The U.S. is at war with Germany. Fourteen-year-old Jill Winter's mother is traveling to Newfoundland and must pass through the treacherous North Atlantic, where German submarines -- U-boats -- stalk like...


Freaks

by Annette Curtis Klause Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

If this is a dream, why does she seem so real?

Though Abel Dandy was born to circus performers and grew up in a troupe of odd and inexplicable people, he has never felt limited by his normalcy--until now. Realizing...


Wintering Well

by Lea Wait Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

"What happened this afternoon is too terrible to write...Please, God, let Will live. And please, God, forgive me."

Cassie's journal opens her dramatic story and that of her older brother Will, as they are both...


Raven Speak

by Diane Lee Wilson Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 20, 2010)

Asa is the daughter of a Viking chief whose clan is struggling to survive a never-ending winter. All the able-bodied men head to sea in search of food, leaving behind the children, the elderly, the sick—and...


Secret of the Night Ponies

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 20, 2009)

Thirteen-year-old Jessie Wheller is a girl who knows her heart and will do everything that she can to follow it. With her Newfoundland pony, Raven, and Newfoundland dog, Blizzard, Jessie is never at a loss for...


Semiprecious

by D. Anne Love Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 20, 2009)

It's the middle of summer in Mirabeau, Texas, but already Garnet Hubbard looks forward to fall -- to entering seventh grade and becoming a teenager at last. With Opal, her beautiful and popular fourteen-year-old...


One Small Step

by P.B. Kerr Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 19, 2009)

It's 1969, and thirteen-year-old Scott is doing all the things that normal boys do -- and also flying airplanes with his Air Force flight instructor father. When Scott successfully crash-lands a training plane,...


Midnight Rider

by Joan Hiatt Harlow Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 23, 2008)

It's 1775 and the American colonies are on the brink of revolution. Boston is swarming with soldiers, spies, and secrets. Tempers are flaring between the Whigs and the Tories. Fourteen-year-old Hannah Andrews...