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Dead and Buried

by Anne Cassidy Bloomsbury Publishing (March 13, 2014)

It's been five years since Rose's mother Kathy went missing and, after recent events, all Rose wants to do is get on with her life. Which means taking a break from her complicated stepbrother, Joshua.

Then police...


Mean Margaret

by Tor Seidler & Jon Agee Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 07, 2014)

Unconditional kindness is the key in this National Book Award Finalist from the author of The Wainscott Weasel about nontraditional families, adoption, love—and a little peace and quiet.

Margaret is a mean,...


Forged by Fire

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

The flame of love burns bright in the second book of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy...


Before Midnight

by Cameron Dokey & Mahlon F. Craft Simon Pulse (November 30, 2010)

"ONCE UPON A TIME"

IS TIMELESS

Etienne de Brabant is brokenhearted. His wife has died in childbirth, leaving him alone with an infant daughter he cannot bear to name. But before he abandons her for king and...


Mystery of the Island Jewels

by Joyce A. Stengel Aladdin (June 30, 2008)

On the search for an ancient treasure...

On a cruise to the Caribbean, fourteen­year­old Cassie Hartt hopes to reconnect with her father, who she hasn't seen since her parents' divorce. But spending time...


Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

by Margaret Sidney & Ann M. Martin Aladdin (June 30, 2008)

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew was originally serialized in an 1880 edition of Wide Awake, a children's magazine. The publisher of the magazine, Daniel Lothrop, loved the Pepper stories so much that he...


Katie Sprinkles & Surprises

by Coco Simon Simon Spotlight (December 03, 2013)

The Cupcake Club comes to Katie’s defense when a surprise at school leads to unfair gossip.

When Katie’s mom says it’s time for Katie to meet her new boyfriend, Katie is excited and nervous. She thinks...


The Secret Garden (Mermaids Classics)

by Frances Hodgson Burnett eBookIt.com (May 18, 2013)

The Secret Garden (1911) by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) is a classic children's novel based on a young ten year old rude and spoiled girl named Mary Lennox who is the child of wealthy parents. Her parents...


Sarah, Plain and Tall

by Patricia Maclachlan HarperCollins (June 25, 2013)

This beloved Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan's chapter book series about the Witting family.

Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna's point...


Ivy in the Shadows

by Chris Woodworth Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (February 05, 2013)

After Ivy's stepfather disappears, Ivy's mama begins waitressing at Dining Divinely to make ends meet. She also takes in a boardertwelve-year-old Caleb, who's the same age as Ivy and is the weirdest guy she's...


You Don't Know Me

by David Klass Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 01, 2007)

Moving, wholly involving, original, and emotionally true, You Don't Know Me is a multilayered young adult novel that presents a winning portrait of an understandably angst-ridden adolescent.

John ("My father...


All the Ways Home

by Elsie Chapman Feiwel & Friends (May 28, 2019)

"In All the Ways Home, Elsie Chapman gracefully explores the complexities of family and loss. The specificity in which Chapman narrates Kaede's journey in Japan is particularly satisfying. An insightful, compassionate,...


Apple Pie Promises

by Hillary Homzie Sky Pony (October 02, 2018)

Lily has lived with her mom since her parents got divorced several years ago, and her dad has recently remarried to a woman with a daughter her age named Hannah. But now, Lily's mom has gotten a once-in-a-lifetime...


Pumpkin Spice Secrets

by Hillary Homzie Sky Pony (October 17, 2017)

Sometimes secrets aren't so sweet...

Just as Maddie picks up her pumpkin spice frappe from the coffee shop counter, she spills it all over the cute boy behind her. Talk about mortifying! Luckily, the boy -- Jacob...


The Ghosts of Blackbottle Rock

by Martyn Beardsley Our Street Books (December 08, 2017)

In a small Cornish fishing village, Charlie spots a man destroying old genealogical records and he suspects the stranger's activity might be linked to a bigger crime than simple vandalism. Later, when he meets...


The Sled

by J. Craig Williams, Christine B. Williams & Amelia Bernstein Crimson Cloak Publishing (August 01, 2017)

The Sled tells the Christmas story of how our heroine, Naomi, struggles to save Santa from the frozen icicles hurled by the Frost King to freeze everything Christmas.  Together with Duchess the Sled Dog, a...


Running for Water and Sky: A Novel

by Sandra Kring SparkPress (May 10, 2016)

When 17-year-old Bless Adler visits a local psychic, the woman describes a vision of Bless's boyfriend, Liam, lying in a pool of blood-sending Bless on a 14-block sprint to reach Liam before she loses the only...


Applewhites Coast to Coast

by Stephanie S. Tolan & R. J. Tolan HarperCollins (October 17, 2017)

This third story about the madcap family introduced in Stephanie Tolan’s Newbery Honor Book Surviving the Applewhites features even more outlandish adventures and will appeal to fans of the Applewhites and...


Ben and the Sudden Too-Big Family

by Colby Rodowsky Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 20, 2007)

Ben's philosophy of life is that there are two categories of things that happen, the all-right stuff and the not-all-right stuff. Ben has always lived with just his dad, Mitch, which definitely falls into the...


Team Awkward

by Katy Birchall Aladdin (March 07, 2017)

In this hilarious second novel in The It Girl trilogy, painfully shy Anna’s awkward adventures continue as she decides to find the “thing” she’ll be famous for.

There are good ways of starting school...


Bait

by Alex Sanchez Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 09, 2009)

After Diego lands himself on probation for fighting, he doesn’t trust his probation officer, Mr. Vidas. But as he begins to open up, Diego realizes that he needs Mr. Vidas’s help to get his anger under control....


To Catch a Prince

by Gillian McKnight Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

Helene Masterson and Alexis Worth are stepsisters and best friends. When Helene lands a summer internship in London, Alexis tags along. To make their summer more interesting, the girls make a bet that one of...


Far from You

by Lisa Schroeder Simon Pulse (December 23, 2008)

Lost and alone...down the rabbit hole.

Years have passed since Alice lost her mother to cancer, but time hasn't quite healed the wound. Alice copes the best she can by writing her music, losing herself in her...


The Sleepover

by Jen Malone Aladdin (May 17, 2016)

Three besties must piece together what happened after an epic sleepover becomes more than just karaoke and sundaes in this “fun…unlikely” M!X novel “in the manner of the movie The Hangover” (Booklist...


The It Girl

by Katy Birchall Aladdin (June 14, 2016)

In this hilarious debut novel, painfully shy Anna is thrust into the spotlight—and onto the cover of every tabloid—when her father marries one of the world’s most famous actresses.

Everyone wants to be...


The Steps

by Rachel Cohn Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 19, 2015)

Twelve-year-old Annabel thought Christmas break was going to be amazing. She'd planned to stay home in New York City with her best friend and do traditional things like go ice-skating in Rockefeller Center,...


Megan Owlet

by Beth Anne Maresca Sky Pony (April 07, 2015)

Megan Owlet doesn’t want to play basketball, learn karate, or practice the violin. Every day she goes and cheers her brothers on as they participate in their own activities, but one morning she wakes up and...


Silent to the Bone

by E.L. Konigsburg Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 12, 2011)

Connor is sure his best friend, Branwell, couldn't have hurt Branwell's baby half sister, Nikki. But Nikki lies in a coma, and Branwell is in a juvenile behavioral center, suspected of a horrible crime and unable...


Johnny Long Legs

by Matthew F Christopher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 19, 2009)

Even though he is the tallest member of the basketball team, a young boy finds he is far from being the best player.


My Dinosaur Is More Awesome!

by Simon Coster Sky Pony (March 03, 2015)

When Joel and Olivia sit down to dinner, with two of their favorite dinosaurs, Olivia can’t help but point out that her dinosaur is better. Olivia’s dinosaur can play the trumpet while riding her bike, and...