• Book Scavenger

    by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman Year Published: 2016

    Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

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  • Connect the Stars

    by Marisa de los Santos Year Published: 2016

    "When thirteen-year-olds T.E. and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends. But as they trek through the challenging and unforgiving landscape, they learn that they each have what it takes to make the other whole"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Crenshaw

    by Katherine Applegate Year Published: 2015

    "A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Fast Break

    by Mike Lupica Year Published:

    Since his mother's death, Jayson, twelve, has focused on basketball and surviving but he is found out and placed with an affluent foster family of a different race, and must learn to accept many changes, including facing his former teammates in a championship game.

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  • Finder, Coal Miner Dog

    by Alison Hart Year Published:

    In 1909, a nine-month-old puppy, trained unsuccessfully to be a hunting dog, finds a way to earn his keep when disaster strikes in the coal mine where his boy works.

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  • Fuzzy Mud

    by Louis Sachar Year Published:

    After smearing some fuzzy-looking mud in a bully's face to end a fight out in the woods, Tamaya's hand is red and blistered. If this is how her hand looks, then how does Chad's face look?

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  • A Handful of Stars

    by Cynthia Lord Year Published:

    When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.

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  • Harriet the Invincible

    by Ursula Vernon Year Published:

    Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

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  • Last in a Long Line of Rebels

    by Lisa Lewis Tyre Year Published:

    When the city of Zollicoffer, Tennessee, where her family lives, announces plans to seize their one hundred seventy-five year old house through eminent domain, twelve-year-old Louise Mayhew needs to come up with a way to save it--and her ancestor's Civil War diary linking the house to the Underground Railroad, as well as a hidden treasure, seem to offer her family the best chance of saving their home.

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  • Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France

    by Mara Rockliff Year Published:

    Relates the story of Benjamin Franklin's involvement in the early development of the scientific method during a visit to France during the American Revolution to drum up support for the colonists. When asked to determine if the invisible force that Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer claimed he was using to cure patients was genuine, Franklin devised a series of tests that provided the answer in clear results.

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  • My Diary From the Edge of the World

    by Jodi Lyn Anderson Year Published:

    Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood, twelve, of Cliffden, Maine, living in a world where sasquatches, dragons, giants, and mermaids are common, keeps a diary of her family's journey in a used Winnebago as they seek The Extraordinary World in hopes of keeping her little brother, Sam, safe against all odds.

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  • Pax

    by Sara Pennypacker Year Published:

    "After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Project Alpha

    by D.J. MacHale Year Published:

    Eight boys and girls compete for a spot on the space voyage that will search for a solution to Earth's energy crisis.

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  • Roller Girl

    by Victoria Jamieson Year Published:

    "A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart"--Provided by publisher.

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  • Serafina and the Black Cloak

    by Robert Beatty Year Published:

    In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina's Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner's young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.

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  • Spirit Week Showdown

    by Crystal Allen Year Published:

    Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Maya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.

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  • Sunny Side Up

    by Jennifer Holm Year Published:

    After her older brother starts acting strangely, Sunny Lewin is shipped off to Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather. She makes a friend her age and tries to enjoy her stay but, other than Buzz, everyone is really old. Besides, Sunny just knows her parents sent her away because she somehow made her brother the way he is. She just wants things to go back to how they were before.

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  • The Underground Abductor

    by Nathan Hale Year Published:

    Relates, in graphic novel format, the story of Araminta Ross, who was born a slave in Delaware but eventually escaped north to freedom. Changing her name to Harriet Tubman, she became an "abductor" on the Underground Railroad, risking her life to help other slaves reach freedom.

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  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

    by Kelly Jones Year Published:

    Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

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  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

    by Carole Boston Weatherford Year Published:

    A collage-illustrated collection of free form poems describing the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.

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