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The Year of the Rat

by Clare Furniss Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 04, 2014)

Pearl deals with death, life, and family in this haunting, humorous, and poignant debut that School Library Journal calls a “well-written depiction of adolescence and the pervasive, perplexing nature of loss.”...


Ambassador

by William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 23, 2014)

Gabe Fuentes is in for the ride of his life when he becomes Earth’s ambassador to the galaxy in this alien sci-fi adventure from the National Book Award–winning author of Goblin Secrets.

Gabe Fuentes is reading...


Smoke

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 10, 2013)

Pattyn’s father is dead. Now she’s on the run in this riveting companion to New York Times bestseller Burned, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a strong, painful, and tender piece about wresting hope from the...


Hold Me Tight

by Lorie Ann Grover Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

"I'm leaving."

Dad's words come as a complete shock to Essie. How can he just walk out on her and the family, especially when Mom is pregnant?

Essie keeps her dad's leaving a secret. Then Essie's classmate, Chris...


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,...


Sand Dollar Summer

by Kimberly K. Jones Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

Twelve-year-old Lise watches her safe world fall apart when her strong, self-reliant mom is injured in a car accident. To recuperate, Mom takes Lise and her bright little brother to live in a rattletrap house...


Fly Away

by Patricia Maclachlan Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 08, 2014)

From the Newbery Award–winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall comes a story about one brave girl who saves her family from losing everything. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls this lyrical tale...


Tricks

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 25, 2009)

Five troubled teenagers fall into prostitution as they search for freedom, safety, community, family, and love in this #1 New York Times bestselling novel from Ellen Hopkins.

“When all choice is taken from...


Aftershock

by Kelly Easton Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 30, 2008)

Seventeen-year-old Adam and his parents are driving home to Rhode Island from a peace rally in Seattle when the accident happens. In a single, horrible moment, his parents are gone. And Adam is alone.

In a...


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...


The Genie Scheme

by Kimberly K. Jones Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 10, 2009)

When Janna impulsively buys a winter hat for a bag lady, she expects nothing in return. But Janna's kindness pays off in a big way when the bag lady turns out to be a genie! Now Janna is the genie's master and...


Glass

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 20, 2008)

Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.

Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care...


The Legend of Buddy Bush

by Shelia P. Moses Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 12, 2013)

Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Shelia P. Moses’s National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Honoree, The Legend of Buddy Bush, with this new edition of a classic novel that’s more relevant...


Back to Blackbrick

by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 03, 2013)

Cosmo must journey to the past to understand his future in this humorous, heartbreaking, and brilliantly original debut novel.

Cosmo’s granddad used to be the cleverest person he ever knew. That is, until his...


Binny for Short

by Hilary McKay & Micah Player Margaret K. McElderry Books (July 23, 2013)

This tender, sweet, and hilarious novel about growing up with a loving family and a perfectly rambunctious dog “balances moments of hilarity with poignancy” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

When she was...


White Fur Flying

by Patricia Maclachlan Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 19, 2013)

A young boy tries to find his voice with the help of some four-legged friends in this “elegantly spare novel about the healing power of dogs and love” (Publishers Weekly), from the Newbery-winning author...


The Prairie Thief

by Melissa Wiley & Erwin Madrid Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 28, 2012)

In this “delightful mash-up of Little House on the Prairie and The Spiderwick Chronicles” (SLJ), experience life on the prairie—with one fantastical twist!

Louisa Brody’s life on the Colorado prairie...


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...


Finest Kind

by Lea Wait Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 13, 2017)

WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE TWELVE YEARS OLD AND YOUR WORLD IS FALLING APART?

It's 1838. Jake's father has lost his job and his savings. Hearing of work in Maine, the family leaves their large home in Boston...


Caddy's World

by Hilary McKay Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 20, 2012)

Get to know the Casson family in this effervescent novel that “strikes a lovely balance between humor and poignancy” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Cadmium Casson is twelve years old the summer that...


Goblin Secrets

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2012

by William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 06, 2012)

In the National Book Award–winning Goblin Secrets, a boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.

In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs...


How Not to Disappear

by Clare Furniss Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 21, 2017)

A pregnant teen and her gin sling loving great-aunt go on the journey of a lifetime in this “absolutely gorgeous, heartfelt, and incredibly enjoyable” (Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike) novel...


The You I've Never Known

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 24, 2017)

How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? Find out in this “satisfied and moving story” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author,...


Joseph

by Shelia P. Moses Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 28, 2008)

For Joseph Flood, life is tough. Tough because of Mama's addiction to drugs and alcohol. Tough because Daddy is away with the army fighting in Iraq. Tough because it looks like there's no way out once you're...


Walking on Air

by Kelly Easton Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

But today I dream of falling...into the crowd of God-struck people. The pale leaves of their faces tilt up and their white limbs rise to catch me as I am passed among the river of their hands, one to another,...


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...


Enchanted Ivy

by Sarah Beth Durst Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 12, 2010)

What Lily Carter wants most in the world is to attend Princeton University just like her grandfather. When she finally visits the campus, Grandpa surprises her: She has been selected to take the top-secret Legacy...


Yolonda's Genius

by Carol Fenner Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 27, 2002)

Fifth grader Yolonda determines to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius in this Newberry Honor Book from Carol Fenner.

Yolanda is smart, tough, and big for her age. Back...


Impulse

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 20, 2008)

Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.

Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have...


Identical

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 16, 2008)

Do twins begin in the womb?

Or in a better place?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family...


Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life

by Barbara Dee Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 19, 2011)

Twelve-year-old Cassie has a lot to cope with when her father moves "out of the picture." Her mom's constantly working overtime, her teenage sister's going AWOL, and her little brother seriously needs attention....


Shine, Coconut Moon

by Neesha Meminger Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 10, 2009)

Seventeen-year-old Samar -- a.k.a. Sam -- has never known much about her Indian heritage. Her mom has deliberately kept Sam away from her old-fashioned family. It's never bothered Sam, who is busy with school,...


Joseph's Grace

by Shelia P. Moses Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 04, 2011)

Joseph’s sophomore year is about to begin, but his new start is a false one. At his father’s request Joseph moved in with Aunt Shirley, Uncle Todd and cousin Jasmine over the summer, to distance himself...


Do Not Pass Go

by Kirkpatrick Hill Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 17, 2008)

Deet's world turns upside down when his father is arrested for drug use. It doesn't seem possible that kind, caring Dad could be a criminal! After all, he only took the pills to stay awake so he could work two...


Tunnel Vision

by Susan Shaw Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 16, 2011)

Pushed into the witness protection program for a crime she didn’t know she saw, Liza is racing for survival.

On her way home one evening, Liza has to force her way through a group of men in a train underpass....


The Blind Faith Hotel

by Pamela Todd Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 20, 2010)

When her family falls apart, fourteen-year-old Zoe feels like her whole world is going to pieces. Zoe's mother takes her kids away from their father, a fisherman who ships out to Alaska, and moves them to a...


Broken Moon

by Kim Antieau Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 17, 2008)

I WILL NEVER HAVE A HUSBAND, BUT I HAVE THE BEST BROTHER IN THE WORLD. YOUR BREATH ON MY CHEEK -- ON MY SCAR -- FELT LIKE THE BREATH OF ALLAH.

Nadira is spoiled goods. Scars from a beating she received for...


Skin

by Adrienne Maria Vrettos Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 23, 2011)

You don't have to be thin to feel small.

Donnie's life is unraveling. His parents' marriage is falling apart, and his sister is slowly slipping away in the grip of her illness. To top it all off, he accidentally...


The Last True Love Story

by Brendan Kiely Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 13, 2016)

From the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed coauthor of All American Boys and author of The Gospel of Winter comes a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer nights and the classic teen love story...


Fallout

by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 14, 2010)

This gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Crank trilogy features a refreshed look and a trade paperback trim size.

Hunter, Autumn, and Summer—three of Kristina Snow’s five children—live...


The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn

by Sam Gayton & Poly Bernatene Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 02, 2016)

An alchemist peddles a new magical invention—and the key that could unlock Lettie Peppercorn’s family secrets—in this quirky “tale of self-discovery, family, and friendship” (The Independent).

Lettie...


Nomad

by William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 22, 2015)

Gabe Fuentes is in a race against time—and aliens—in this intergalactic sequel to Ambassador, which Booklist called “an exciting sci-fi adventure, perceptively exploring what it means to be alien,” from...


Drink, Slay, Love

by Sarah Beth Durst Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 13, 2011)

Vampire romance takes a snarky turn in this humorous novel, coming soon to TV screens as a Lifetime Original Movie!

Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire…fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil…until...


Binny in Secret

by Hilary McKay & Micah Player Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 16, 2015)

School has started, and secrets and adventures await Binny and her family in this delightful sequel to Binny for Short, which Publishers Weekly called “a well-crafted story that balances moments of hilarity...


Fig

by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 07, 2015)

An NPR Best Book of 2015

Love and sacrifice intertwine in this brilliant debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and her own mental illness.

Fig’s world lies somewhere between...


The Demon's Surrender

by Sarah Rees Brennan Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 14, 2011)

Loyalty leads to catastrophe in the thrilling and suspenseful conclusion to the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy.

The Goblin Market has always been the center of Sin’s world. She’s a dancer and a performer, secure...


The Return of Buddy Bush

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

First introduced in Shelia P. Moses' award-winning The Legend of Buddy Bush, Pattie Mae Sheals continues her journey in The Return of Buddy Bush. Pattie Mae goes to Harlem to visit her sister after the death...


Thunder from the Sea

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

It's 1929 and thirteen-year-old Tom Campbell has always wanted a real family with a real house and a dog of his very own. Since he was three years old, the only home he has ever known has been the Mission orphanage....