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May B.

May B.

By: Caroline Starr Rose
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Level: 10-11

When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May, who suffers from dyslexia, from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.

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One for the Murphys

One for the Murphys

By: Lynda Hunt
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Level: 12-13

A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family’s love. Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong–until her mother wants her back …

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Bear Has a Story to Tell

Bear Has a Story to Tell

By: Philip C. Stead
Publisher: Roaring Brook
Level: 0-5

Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.

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Liar & Spy

Liar & Spy

By: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Level: 12-13

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another …

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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?"

“Who Could That Be at This Hour?”

By: Lemony Snicket, Seth
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Level: 10-11

He started by asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume.

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This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

By: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Level: 0-5

A follow-up to the award-winning I Want My Hat Back follows the antics of a tiny fish who wears a perfectly fitting round blue hat while trying to avoid an enormous sleeping fish.

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The Great Unexpected

The Great Unexpected

By: Sharon Creech
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 10-11

As two very different worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all, and the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness.

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Almost Home

Almost Home

By: Joan Bauer
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
Level: 12-13

When twelve-year-old Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar’s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to …

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Revolver

Revolver

By: Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Roaring Brook
Level: 14+

Marcus Sedgwick. He looked past the man, hoping to see Anna and Nadya there, putting the dogs away, having brought help. But his sister and stepmother were nowhere in sight. The man leaned forward, looking past Sig into the cabin.

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Malice

Malice

By: Chris Wooding
Publisher: Scholastic Incorporated
Level: 14+

Fans Luke, Seth, and Kady have read all about the sinister world in which the villainous Tall Jake resides, but they learn more about it than they ever wanted when they are suddenly pulled into the pages of their comic book.

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