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by Jessi Kirby Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 03, 2011)

Sarah Dessen says this ?incredible first novel? is ?fresh and wise, all at once.?

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I?ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.


The Troubles of Johnny Cannon

by Isaiah Campbell Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2014)

"A boy with a highly original voice winces his way into the bewildering world of adults during a neglected moment in American history" (Newbery Medalist Richard Peck) in this heroic coming-of-age novel.


100 Sideways Miles

by Andrew Smith Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2014)

Destiny takes a detour in this ?wickedly witty and offbeat novel? (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) that was nominated for the National Book Award.

Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes....

Juniper Berry

by M. P. Kozlowsky & Erwin Madrid Walden Pond Press (April 26, 2011)

Juniper Berry's parents are the most beloved actor and actress in the world—but Juniper can't help but feel they haven't been quite right lately. And she and her friend Giles are determined to find out why....

A Blind Spot for Boys

by Justina Chen Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 12, 2014)

"A great photo knocks your heart open. So give some thought to that. What knocks your heart open."

Sixteen-year-old Shana is officially on a Boy Moratorium. After a devastating breakup, she decides it's time...

Trauma Queen

by Barbara Dee Aladdin (April 19, 2011)

Every tween girl knows what it's like to have a mom who can be a little embarrasing at times. But for Marigold, it goes way beyond embarrassing. Marigold's single mom is a performance artist, meaning she stages...

What Erika Wants

by Bruce Clements Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (June 23, 2014)

Drawing the line between what we want and what other people want for us

A woman with a forehead full of acne scars and a New York edge to her voice crosses the courthouse floor with her hand out. "Erika? I'm...

A Hitch at the Fairmont

by Jim Averbeck & Nick Bertozzi Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 24, 2014)

An intrepid boy teams up with Alfred Hitchcock himself in this rollicking mystery rife with action, adventure, intrigue, and all the flavor of film noir.

After the mysterious death of his mother, eleven-year-old...

Infinite Sky

by C. J. Flood Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 20, 2014)

True love is never lost?but how much loss can it endure? Iris confronts the complexities of family and prejudice in this exquisite and searing debut novel whose ?understated, gently embellished prose cuts to...

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel

by Diana Lopez Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2013)

It's summer before eighth grade, and Erica "Chia" Montenegro is feeling so many things that she needs a mood ring to keep track of her emotions. She's happy when she hangs out with her best friends, the Robins....


by John Corey Whaley Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 08, 2014)


Travis Coates has a good head?on someone else?s shoulders. A touching, hilarious ?tour de force of imagination and empathy? (Booklist, starred review) from John Corey Whaley,...

The Complete History of Why I Hate Her

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 27, 2010)

Nola wants nothing more than a summer on her own--and a job at an upscale Maine coast resort sounds ideal. She'll have plenty of beach time between waitressing, some freedom from stresses back home, and the...

Every Little Thing in the World

by Nina De Gramont Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 23, 2010)

When sixteen-year-old Sydney Biggs's pregnancy test shows the telltale plus sign, she confides in only her best friend Natalia, and Natalia promptly "borrows" her mother's car so Sydney can confront the baby's...

Bleeding Violet

by Dia Reeves Simon Pulse (January 05, 2010)

Hanna is what you'd call mentally ill. She'd call it being totally crazy. After running away to Portero, Texas to find her estranged mother, Hanna thinks this new town can't be any crazier than she is. She's...

We Hold These Truths

by Andrew Clements & Adam Stower Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 17, 2013)

Time is almost out for the Keepers of the School in this fifth Keepers adventure from Andrew Clements, the master of the school story.

The Keepers of the School?known to their friends as Ben, Jill, and Robert?have...

The Last Invisible Boy

by Evan Kuhlman & J. P. Coovert Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 24, 2009)


I don't want to give anything away, so I'll tell you what you could probably guess from looking at the cover and flipping through the book.

1. It's about an invisible...

To Be Mona

by Kelly Easton Aladdin (December 01, 2009)

Sage Priestly is seventeen, and she longs to reinvent herself -- to strip away the fat, the past, the crazy mom, the unpaid bills. She longs to be her own version of the gorgeous and popular Mona Simms.


Angel's Grace

by Tracey Baptiste Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 04, 2009)

Grace has always had wild red hair like no one else in her family and a birthmark on her shoulder that her mother told her was the mark of an angel. When Grace is sent from New York to spend the summer with...

My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life

by Kate Feiffer & Diane Goode Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (March 24, 2009)

Everyone has only nice things to say about my mom.

Everyone likes her.

She looks nice.

She bakes great cookies and makes me feel better when I have a bad day.

But would a really nice mom do embarrassing...


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...


by Angela Johnson Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 19, 2013)

A poignant novel of deception and self-discover from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson.

You never know what?s gonna come down?in Heaven.

At fourteen, Marley knows she has Momma's hands...

Full Ride

by Margaret Peterson Haddix Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 12, 2013)

Becca has plenty to hide and everything to lose--but with her future on the line, she's willing to risk it all. This gripping novel from New York Times bestselling author Maragaret Peterson Haddix "will rivet...


by Katherine Rundell & Terry Fan Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 24, 2013)

"The beauty of sky, music, and the belief in 'extraordinary things' triumph in this whimsical and magical tale" (Publishers Weekly) about a girl in search of her past who discovers a secret rooftop world in...

When Wings Expand

by Mehded Maryam Sinclair The Islamic Foundation (February 12, 2013)

A raw and emotional journal charting the death of Nur's mother to cancer.

Winner of the Unpublished Muslim Writer's Award 2011.

Sure Signs of Crazy

by Karen Harrington Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 20, 2013)

A poignant and powerful coming of age story perfect for fans of Wonder and The Thing about Jellyfish

You've never met anyone exactly like twelve-year-old Sarah Nelson. While most of her friends obsess over Harry...

Everything Beautiful in the World

by Lisa Levchuk Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (August 12, 2013)

Lately I feel like an astronaut out on a space walk - constantly praying the tube attaching me to the ship doesn't snap and send me flying into outer darkness.

The only good thing about having a mother with...

Wise Young Fool

by Sean Beaudoin Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 06, 2013)

You want ninety? Fine, I'll give you ninety. I'll give them to you coming and going.

Teen rocker Ritchie Sudden is pretty sure his life has just jumped the shark. Except he hates being called a teen, his band...

Stealing Heaven

by Elizabeth Scott HarperCollins (June 23, 2009)

My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember.

Dani has been trained as a thief by the best—her mother. Together, they move from town to town, targeting wealthy...

Two Under Par

by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books (July 02, 2013)

It seemed to ten-year-old Wedge that most of the time nothing made sense anymore. Suddenly he had a brand-new stepfather and a five-year-old stepbrother, Andrew. He lived in a new house, far from his friends,...

Billy and the Birdfrogs

by B.B. Wurge Leapfrog Press (October 01, 2008)

Roald Dahl meets Lemony Snicket in this fantastical comic adventure beneath the streets of New York.

Truths I Learned from Sam

by Kristin Butcher Dundurn (February 11, 2013)

Despite initial misgivings, it's the best summer of 17-year-old Dani's life. Staying in a small community while her mother honeymoons in Europe, Dani finds her days filled with riding, reading, rodeo, and romance....

Building Blocks

by Cynthia Voigt Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 26, 2013)

What would it be like to be older than your father?

Brann Connell is sick of hearing his parents argue all the time. Seems to Brann his dad could stand up for himself more, instead of building a wall of excuses...

The Whole Stupid Way We Are

by N. Griffin Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 05, 2013)

What happens when everything you?ve got to give isn?t enough to save someone you love? This transformative portrayal of ?injustice, frustration, and rage is wrenching and difficult to forget? (Publishers Weekly...

The Runaway Bunny

by Margaret Wise Brown & Robin Miles HarperCollins (September 15, 2020)

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, beloved children's book author of Goodnight Moon, is now available in digital audio read by audiobook star Robin Miles!

"If you run away," said his mother, "I will...

When You Know What I Know

by Sonja K. Solter Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 23, 2020)

A sensitive, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful novel in verse about one girl's journey in the aftermath of abuse.

One day after school, on the couch in the basement, Tori's uncle did something bad. Afterward,...

Ali Cross

by James Patterson jimmy patterson (November 24, 2019)

James Patterson's blockbuster Alex Cross series has sold over 100 million copies -- and now he's bringing those thrills to a new generation! Alex's son Ali is eager to follow in his father's footsteps as a detective,...

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

by Jack Gantos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (June 23, 2008)

On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named

Ivy discovers a chilling secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh

pharmacy across the street from the hotel where she lives with

her mother. The discovery...

The Unicorn Came to Dinner

by Lauren DeStefano & Gaia Cornwall Roaring Brook Press (August 10, 2020)

A sweet and charming picture book about fear, anxiety, and unicorns.

The unicorn smells nice, but she is very rude. She never waits for an invitation to come over?she walks right in and tracks heart-shaped hoof-prints...


by Kate Klise Feiwel & Friends (September 17, 2012)

Benny's parents are splitting up. His mom leaves home after a fight about a mysterious splinter that is rumored to be part of an important relic. Benny's dad has always liked clutter, but now, he begins hoarding...

Three Squeezes

by Jason Pratt & Chris Sheban Roaring Brook Press (August 03, 2020)

When you could neither talk nor stand

life's hourglass still filled with sand,

I gently held your tiny hand

and gave it three soft squeezes.

When you awoke within the night

And cried from fear and called for light,...

Beethoven in Paradise

by Barbara O'Connor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (September 09, 1999)

Set in a trailer park called Paradise

"You're just wasting your God-given talents if you don't get yourself something besides a little ole harmonica to play." Wylene made it sound so easy. Martin had always like...

A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie

by Matt Blackstone Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 04, 2011)

Rene, an obsessive-compulsive fourteen year old, smells his hands and wears a Batman cape when he's nervous. If he picks up a face-down coin, moves a muscle when the time adds up to thirteen (7:42 is bad luck...

Hurt Go Happy

by Ginny Rorby Starscape (July 30, 2007)

Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she's been deaf since the age of six, Joey's mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips...

Standing Against the Wind

by Traci L. Jones Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 21, 2010)

Patrice Williams was happy living in Georgia with her grandmother, who called her "cocoa grandbaby." Then her mother lured her to Chicago and ended up in jail. Now Patrice lives with her Auntie Mae, and her...

The Way to Bea

by Kat Yeh & Dianne Down Hachette Book Group (September 19, 2017)

With a charming voice, winning characters, and a perfectly-woven plot, Kat Yeh delivers a powerful story of friendship and finding a path towards embracing yourself.

Everything in Bea's world has changed. She...

King of Ithaka

by Tracy Barrett Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 13, 2010)

Telemachos has a comfortable life on his small island of Ithaka, where his mother Penelopeia keeps the peace even though the land has been without its king, his father Odysseus, since the Trojan War began many...

Buck Fever

by Cynthia Chapman Willis Feiwel & Friends (October 26, 2009)

Twelve-year-old Joey MacTagert's dad wants his son to carry on the family tradition of hunting. But Joey has "buck fever"--he can't pull the trigger on a deer, and hates the idea of killing animals. He's more...

Blue Like Friday

by Siobhan Parkinson Roaring Brook Press (March 17, 2008)

NOT EVERYONE SEES THE WORLD THROUGH THE SAME LENS. From the author of Something Invisible comes this funny and poignant novel about the hues of friendship.

Spunky Olivia and eccentric Hal are an unlikely pair....

Super Jake and the King of Chaos

by Naomi Milliner Running Press Kids (May 06, 2019)

A debut contemporary novel about 11-year-old aspiring magician Ethan, who discovers that heroes come in all sizes, and real magic can be found in the most unexpected places.

When life revolves around stressed-out...

Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream

by Monica Brown Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 02, 2017)

Lola Levine is ready to celebrate her favorite holiday in the sixth book in this charming chapter book series by acclaimed author Monica Brown.

It's Halloween--Lola and Ben's favorite holiday. She loves pumpkins,...