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Killing Time in Crystal City

by Chris Lynch Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 13, 2015)

A teen runs away from his broken life and invents a new one in this “absorbing and satisfying” (Booklist) adventure from Printz Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch.

Crystal City called...


She Wore Red Trainers: A Muslim Love Story

by Na'ima B. Robert Kube Publishing Ltd (June 07, 2014)

An emotional romance that explores the possibilities and passions young Muslims face when falling in love.


Nerd Camp

by Elissa Brent Weissman Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2011)

Pack your sleeping bag, grab your calculator, and celebrate geekdom with this humorous and empowering middle grade novel by the acclaimed author of Standing for Socks. Nerd Camp, here we come!

Ten-year-old Gabe...


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...


Swatch Out!

by Chloe Taylor & Nancy Zhang Simon Spotlight (July 08, 2014)

As the summer ends, Zoey thinks something’s fishy—so she’s making waves! Includes “Sew Zoey” blog posts and fashion illustrations.

In the eighth book of the Sew Zoey series, for Zoey Webber, the end...


Nerd Camp 2.0

by Elissa Brent Weissman & Drew Willis Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 06, 2014)

Gabe’s happily headed back to Nerd Camp—but can he handle a cool-kid invasion?

For Gabe, the equation for summer bliss equals six glorious weeks of rigorous learning immersion at the Summer Center for Gifted...


Also Known as Elvis

by James Howe Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 15, 2014)

Skeezie Tookis navigates a pivotal summer of first crushes and tough choices in this conclusion to the bestselling and acclaimed quartet that began with The Misfits.

Skeezie Tookis, also known as Elvis, isn’t...


Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, Chapters 1-5

by Katie Finn Feiwel & Friends (February 14, 2014)

Download the first five chapters of BROKEN HEARTS, FENCES, AND OTHER THINGS TO MEND, the first book in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series by Katie Finn.

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a...


Changes in Latitudes

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 30, 2008)

Trouble In Paradise

Sixteen-year-old Travis is looking for a good time. A vacation in Mexico with his mother, sister, and little brother might cramp his style, but he's willing to take that risk for a chance...


Violet Mackerel's Personal Space

by Anna Branford & Elanna Allen Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 03, 2013)

Is it possible to leave a piece of you wherever you go? Violet Mackerel thinks so in this fourth illustrated chapter book of a charming series.

Violet Mackerel believes that wherever you leave something small,...


The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away

by Frances O'Roark Dowell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 27, 2013)

Marylin and Kate find that boys can be just as complicated as friendship in this conclusion to the bestselling Secret Language of Girls trilogy, a “quietly perceptive tour de force” (Kirkus Reviews) from...


Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

by Eric Luper Balzer + Bray (June 08, 2010)

Seth Baumgartner just had the worst day of his life.

His girlfriend dumped him (at Applebee's), he spied his father on a date with a woman who is not his mother (also at Applebee's!), and he lost his fourth...


Whistle Bright Magic: A Nutfolk Tale

by Barb Bentler Ullman Katherine Tegen Books (February 09, 2010)

It has been twenty years since the time of The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood, and grownup Willa has returned to Plunkit with her daughter, Zelly. Willa can't see the fairies anymore, but Zelly can, and she meets an...


Hancock Park

by Isabel Kaplan HarperTeen (June 30, 2009)

Becky Miller lives in the best neighborhood, goes to school with the children of movie stars, and has her psychiatrist on speed dial. She may live in the City of Angels, but this sixteen-year-old's life is far...


The House of Djinn

by Suzanne Fisher Staples Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 01, 2008)

It has been ten years since Shabanu staged her death to secure the safety of her daughter, Mumtaz, from her husband's murderous brother. Mumtaz has been raised by her father's family with the education and security...


Celine

by Brock Cole Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 08, 2003)

"Show a little maturity," he said, which I've doped out to mean: Pass all your courses, avoid detection in all crimes and misdemeanors, don't get pregnant.

Celine's father has left her with these instructions....


Camilla

by Madeleine L'Engle Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 27, 2009)

Experience this story of first love by A Wrinkle in Time author Madeleine L'Engle. This classic novel is now a major motion picture, Camilla Dickinson.

Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson has led a sheltered...


If This Were a Story

by Beth Turley Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2018)

“An imaginative debut.” —Booklist

“Hannah’s growth is organic and well earned.” —Publishers Weekly

In the tradition of Crenshaw and The Thing About Jellyfish, ten-year-old Hannah copes with the...


Ella Unleashed

by Alison Cherry Aladdin (September 25, 2018)

The Parent Trap meets Best in Show in this charming novel about a girl who must learn to make peace with the unpredictability of life.

Ella Cohen was skeptical when her mom started dating Krishnan just a few...


The Black Butterfly

by Shirley Reva Vernick Cinco Puntos Press (June 15, 2014)

Penny is furious, and who can blame her? She has to spend Christmas break alone at the Black Butterfly, an old inn at the coldest, bleakest edge of America—the coast of Maine. This "vacation" is the brainchild...


Remember Dippy

by Shirley Reva Vernick Cinco Puntos Press (July 23, 2013)

Johnny's plans fly out the window when he finds out his single mother is leaving town for the summer. She has a breakthough job in upstate New York. He can live with his Aunt Collette but only on the condition...


Needlework

by Deirdre Sullivan Little Island Books (February 25, 2016)

'I would like to make things beautiful, but a tawdry and repulsive kind of beauty. A braver sort than people have from birth. Sexy zombies on a bicep. That sort of thing.' Ces longs to be a tattoo artist and...


Taking Terri Mueller

by Norma Fox Mazer Lizzie Skurnick Books (November 09, 2015)

Fourteen-year-old Terri has lived with her father since the death of her mother in a car accident when she was four. Father and daughter move often, the reason for which becomes clear when Terri finds out that...


A Long Day in November

by Ernest J. Gaines Lizzie Skurnick Books (November 11, 2013)

An affectionate and funny story set in the “black quarter" of a Southern sugar cane plantation in the 1940s and told by a child named Eddie, who watches his mother leave his father over his preoccupation with...


Lisa and Lottie

by Erich Kästner Lizzie Skurnick Books (May 13, 2015)

In the book that spawned the beloved movie The Parent Trap, nine-year-old Lisa from Vienna—bold, with a head of curls—meets Munich's buttoned-up Lottie at summer camp. Soon, a newspaper clipping tells the...


Bristol Bay Summer

by Annie Boochever Alaska Northwest Books (May 01, 2014)

Against the backdrop of the great Bristol Bay salmon fishery, thirteen-year-old Zoey Morley struggles with her parents divorce, her moms bush-pilot boyfriend, and the pangs of growing up during her summer in...


The 12 Dares of Christa

by Marissa Burt Katherine Tegen Books (September 26, 2017)

“Inspiring, cozy, and full of heart!” —Lisa Greenwald, author of 11 Before 12 and the Pink & Green series

A thirteen-year-old girl spends her first holiday away from home completing a scavenger hunt that...


The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish

by Claudia Mills Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 18, 2008)

Amanda MacLeish might be the only student in Mr. Abrams's fifth-grade class who doesn't mind doing her homework. Now that her father has left home and moved into a motel, the only thing that brings Amanda any...


Center Ice

by Cate Cameron Entangled Publishing, LLC (May 19, 2015)

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city...


Eggs over Evie

by Alison Jackson & Tuesday Mourning Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (November 09, 2010)

Twelve-year-old Evie Carson lives with her mom. In an apartment across the lake, Evie's celebrity-chef dad is starting a new life with his young second wife, Angie, who's expecting twins. To make matters worse,...


The Book of Dares for Lost Friends

by Jane Kelley Feiwel & Friends (July 14, 2015)

Val and Lanora have been friends forever. Val expects their relationship to stay the same. But after they start middle school, Lanora decides to reinvent herself. Her parents have split up, and she wants to...


Rani Patel In Full Effect

by Sonia Patel Cinco Puntos Press (September 19, 2016)

Rani’s fully present as MC Sutra, “Call my solution a female revolution / retribution in the form of rhyme electrocution.”


Lucky Jars & Broken Promises

by Chrissie Perry & Hardie Grant Egmont Aladdin (August 08, 2017)

Penelope tries to impress her father with her booth at the school fair in the third book in the charming Penelope Perfect chapter book series.

Penelope Kingston is absolutely certain that her stall at the school...


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,...


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

by Jennifer Smith Poppy (January 02, 2012)

Quirks of timing feature in this romantic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver find that true love can be unexpected.Today should...


The Watcher

by James Howe Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 24, 2012)

A mysterious girl, dubbed The Watcher, spins tales of rescue from her lonely perch above the beach. She closely observes the actions of two people she has never met: a fourteen-year-old boy whose family seems...


He Forgot to Say Goodbye

by Benjamin Alire Saenz Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 17, 2008)

"I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one."

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives...


A Solitary Blue

by Cynthia Voigt Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 12, 2001)

A Newbery Honor–winning installment of the Cynthia Voigt’s classic Tillerman series.

Jeff Greene was only seven when he came home from school to find a note from his mother. She felt that the world needed...


Secret Agent

by Robyn Freedman Spizman & Mark Johnston Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

LISTEN UP PEOPLE, because we've got a problem here. It's time to get really worried, and by that I mean majorly concerned, about Kyle Parker. he used to be a cool guy. Okay, not the smartest kid at school or...


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....


Cordially Uninvited

by Jennifer Roy Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 03, 2012)

It’s The Princess Diaries meets Mean Girls when eleven-year-old Claire is invited to the royal wedding of the century!

Claire Gross, age eleven, might live in sleepy upstate New York, but she’s about to be...


Waiting for the Magic

by Patricia Maclachlan & Amy June Bates Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 13, 2011)

People may drift apart, but love can hold them together. A touching tale of pets and family told in the “venerable spare and moving style” of Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah, Plain...


Sincerely

by Courtney Sheinmel Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 08, 2010)

Eleven-year-old Sophie Turner attends an all-girls private school in Manhattan. When Sophie’s family falls apart and her best friend rejects her for a faster crowd, Sophie’s only source of comfort is the...


Tree By Leaf

by Cynthia Voigt & Suzanne Duranceau Aladdin (June 19, 2008)

It's not fair that Clothilde's father has returned from World War I so disfigured that he retreats to the boathouse as a recluse. It's not fair that her brother has abandoned the family to live with his rich...


No Limit

by Pete Hautman Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 01, 2009)

A teen develops a gambling addiction in this risk-heavy read—in trade paperback for the first time.

Sixteen-year-old Denn Doyle’s troubles begin with a seemingly harmless—and extremely profitable—game...


Two Naomis

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich & Audrey Vernick Balzer + Bray (September 13, 2016)

A realistic contemporary story of two girls whose divorced parents begin to date—perfect for fans of Lisa Graff, Sara Pennypacker, and Rita Williams-Garcia.

Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi...


Terror at Bottle Creek

by Watt Key Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (January 05, 2016)

In this gritty, realistic wilderness adventure, thirteen-year-old Cort is caught in a battle against a Gulf Coast hurricane. Cort's father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who has...


No Stopping Her

by Rebecca Elswick Gemma Open Door (November 01, 2015)

Growing up without a mother is hard. Worse is having a stepmother who controls Dad. Brittany Myerson is so ready for high school to end. She knows that life is going to get a whole lot better when she gets her...


Freaky Green Eyes

by Joyce Carol Oates HarperTeen (February 16, 2016)

"Later, I would think of it as crossing over. From a known territory into an unknown. From a place where people know you to a place where people only think they know you."

Sometimes Franky Pierson has a hard...


Young Widows Club

by Alexandra Coutts Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (November 10, 2015)

This is the moving story of a teenage bride who is forced back to the high-school life she thought she'd left behind. For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape...