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Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
Avi

HIST J AVI

In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.


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The Peculiar
Stefan Bachmann

SF J BACHMANN

After humans win the faery wars in England, a half-human, half-faery child, scorned by both races, finds himself at the center of intrigue and danger when he is stalked by a sinister faery.


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Hold Fast
Blue Balliett

MYS J BALLIETT

Early’s father has disappeared, and now she, her mother, and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless—and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.


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Jinx
Sage Blackwood

SF J BLACKWOOD

A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald and discovers that the world beyond is more complex.


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The Great Unexpected
Sharon Creech

J CREECH

Orphans Naomi and Lizzie, living in America, and grown-up sisters Sybil and Nula, from Ireland, learn what life is truly about as they receive help from one another and open up their hearts to love and forgiveness.


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The Brixen Witch
Stacy DeKeyser

SF J DEKEYSER

Twelve-year-old Rudi stumbles upon a witch’s lair, takes a gold coin he finds there and must deal with the witch’s servant who promises to end the town’s rat infestation only if he receives that gold coin, in a story reminiscent of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”


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The Vengekeep Prophecies
Brian Farrey

SF J FARREY

A magical tapestry prophesies doom for the town of Vengekeep, and to everyone’s surprise twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of con artists appear to be the town’s saviors.


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Better Nate Than Ever
Tim Federle

J FEDERLE

An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of “E.T.”


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One for the Murphys
Lynda Mullaly Hunt

J HUNT

After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love.


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The Unfortunate Son
Constance Leeds

HIST J LEEDS

Luc, a boy born with one ear and raised by a drunken father in fifteenth-century France, finds a better home with fisherman Pons and even after being kidnapped and sold into slavery in Africa, he remains remarkably fortunate.


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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
Claire Legrand

J LEGRAND

Practically-perfect twelve-year-old Victoria Wright must lie, sneak, and break the rules when her investigation of the disappearance of her best friend, Lawrence, reveals dark secrets about her town and the orphanage.


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Flying the Dragon
Natalie Dias Lorenzi

J LORENZI

When Skye’s cousin Hiroshi and his family move to Virginia from Japan, both children are unhappy at the changes in their lives—will flying the dragon kite bring them together?


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Katerina's Wish
Jeannie Mobley

HIST J MOBLEY

Thirteen-year-old Trina’s family left Bohemia for a Colorado coal town to earn money to buy a farm, but by 1901 she doubts that her hard work , even after a strange fish seems to grant her sisters’ wishes.


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Keeping Safe the Stars
Sheila O'Connor

HIST J O’CONNOR

In rural Minnesota in 1974, thirteen-year-old Pride Star, raised to be independent, must accept help from friends and neighbors to care for eleven-year-old Nightingale and six-year-old Baby when her grandfather is hospitalized with a brain infection.


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Hokey Pokey
Jerry Spinelli

J SPINELLI

When Jack tries to retrieve his stolen bike, he realizes he is growing up and must eventually leave the goodlands and badlands of Hokey Pokey.


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Liar & Spy
Rebecca Stead

J STEAD

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, being picked on at school, and a boy who wants his help spying on someone.


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Drama
Raina Telgemeier

GRAPHIC J DRAMA

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon Over Mississippi.


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The Seven Tales of Trinket
Shelley Moore Thomas

SF J THOMAS

Eleven-year-old Trinket searches for the seven stories she needs to become a bard like her father, who disappeared years before.


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One Came Home
Amy Timberlake

HIST J TIMBERLAKE

In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.


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Navigating Early
Clare Vanderpool

HIST J VANDERPOOL

An odyssey-like adventure of two boys’ incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.


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