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The A Circuit
Catherine Hapka,Georgina Bloomberg

HORSE TEEN BLOOMBERG

A billionaire heiress, a working student, and the daughter of a famous rock star compete on horseback riding’s elite A circuit.


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Doggirl
Robin Brande

TEEN BRANDE

“Meet Riley Case: An expert with dogs, lousy with people. She’s been keeping a low profile at her high school- well, except for that incident with the birds- but when the chance comes to use her talents as a dog trainer to help the drama department win a national competition, she knows she can’t stay in the shadows in the shadows any longer. Funny and tender, with plenty for any animal- lover to love, DOGGIRL and her dogs will steal your heart.”


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Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family
Helen Brown

SELFHELP GRIEF BRO

Through happiness and heartbreak, changes and new beginnings, Cleo turned out to be the unlikely glue that affectionately held Helen’s family together. It’s the story of a cat with an extraordinary gift for knowing just where she was needed the most.


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The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog
Nancy Ellis-Bell

PETS BIRDS ELL

Life with Sarah, an exotic, wild-caught, one-footed macaw, was anything but average. With a huge beak, raptor claws, and a four-foot wingspan, Sarah quickly staked her claim on everything in Nancy’s home. But just when taking her in began to feel like an utter disaster, Nancy was able to coax Sarah to spread her atrophied wings—weak from years of being confined to a cage—and fly.


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Tiger's Voyage (Book 3 in the Tiger's Curse Series)
Colleen Houck

SF TEEN HOUCK

After battling the villanous Lokesh, Kelsey and the Indian princes Ren and Kishan return to India, where Kelsey learns that Ren has amnesia, and five cunning dragons try to keep the trio from breaking the curse that binds them.


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Wish
Joseph Monninger

TEEN MONNINGER

While trying to help her eleven-year-old brother who suffers from cystic fibrosis get his greatest wish, fifteen-year-old Bee discovers that she has some special wishes of her own.


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The Night the Elephants Cried - A Story of the Tsunami
Nancy H. Murray

TEEN MURRAY

Jerry Edmunds, a British teenager, is an apprentice to the mahouts and works with their trekking elephants on Thailand’s beaches. He and his sister, Elsbeth, meet Gail, an American girl at elephant camp. The three teens’ unique adventures take a disastrous turn when a natural catastrophe threatens.


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Half Brother
Kenneth Oppel

TEEN OPPEL

In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project—an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills—he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.


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Notes from the Dog
Gary Paulsen

TEEN PAULSEN

When Johanna shows up at the beginning of summer to house-sit next door to Finn, he has no idea of the profound effect she will have on his life by the time summer vacation is over.


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Paintings from the Cave: Three Novellas
Gary Paulsen

TEEN PAULSEN

In these three novellas, Gary Paulsen explores how children can survive the most difficult circumstances through art and the love of dogs.


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What the Dog Said
Randi Reisfeld,H. B. Gilmour

TEEN REISFELD

Shortly after their police officer father is killed in the line of duty, thirteen-year-old Grace’s older sister decides to adopt a dog to train as a service dog for a handicapped child so that she can write about it for her college applications, but, true to form, it is the grief-stricken Grace who ends up taking responsibility for the dog.


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The Outside of a Horse
Ginny Rorby

TEEN RORBY

When her father returns from the Iraq War as an amputee with post-traumatic stress disorder, Hannah escapes by volunteering to work with rescued horses, never thinking that the abused horses could also help her father recover.


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A Good Horse
Jane Smiley

HORSES TEEN SMILEY

On her family’s California horse ranch in the 1960s, eighth-grader Abby Lovitt tries to rely on her Christian faith as she faces the possibility of giving up her beloved colt, Jack.


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The Scorpio Races
Maggie Stiefvater

SF TEEN STIEFVATER

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.


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What Comes After
Steve Watkins

TEEN WATKINS

When her veterinarian father dies, sixteen-year-old Iris Wight must move from Maine to North Carolina where her Aunt Sue spends Iris’s small inheritance while abusing her physically and emotionally, but the hardest to take is her mistreatment of the farm animals.


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A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom)
David Weber

SF TEEN WEBER

Twelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl on the pioneer planet of Sphinx, bonds with a treecat, a telepathic and fully sentient animal, putting her in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.


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