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Heart of a Shepherd
With his father shipped off to Iraq and his older brothers away, 11-year-old Ignatius "Brother" Alderman works with his grandparents to keep their Ore ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
Nuts to You
The gray squirrel Jed tells of a harrowing time in his youth when he was captured by a hawk, escaped, and discovered that humans were clearing the are ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 13, 2014
Previously home-schooled because of his facial abnormalities and earlier health issues, Augie's short narratives describe the year he entered fifth gr ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
The Story of Owen (Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, #1)
When Owen Thorskard and his famous dragon-slaying family move to their small Ontario town, musician Siobhan McQuaid becomes both his algebra tutor and ...more
Dec 04, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
September 17
With Germany threatening England from just across the channel, as part of a massive plan to evacuate British children, 90 youngsters set off for Canad ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 26, 2014
Same Sun Here
An unlikely combination of subjects - coal mining through mountaintop removal and living illegally in a rent-controlled apartment - are joined in this ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
Marcelo in the Real World
With a summer job in his father's law firm, seventeen-year-old Marcelo Sandoval, a boy with Asperger's Syndrome, takes his first steps away from the e ...more
Apr 16, 2009
May 05, 2009
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
In her new position assisting the music master at the Goredd court, Seraphina finds that she might be able to bridge the gulf between humans and drago ...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
The Lions of Little Rock
In 1958, 12-year-old Marlee's forbidden friend helps her find her own voice in concert with the adults around her who have been quietly acquiescent to ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
What Came from the Stars
An epic Civil War on a distant planet, pitting the forces of art against the forces of power, plays out in Plymouth, MA where sixth-grader Tommy Peppe ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
The Day of the Pelican
Determined to stick together when war came to Kosovo in 1998, 11-year-old Meli Lleshi's family left their apartment over the store first to camp in th ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
The Storm in the Barn
In the dust bowl of the 1930s, 12-year-old Jack feels useless at home and against the town bullies, but a storekeeper's Jack tales spur him to take on ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)
Eleven-year-old Delphine describes the summer she and her two younger sisters spent with the mother who had abandoned them 7 years earlier, and with t ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 28, 2010
A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home
An industrious mouse finds a friend when she is discovered by Joseph, John James Audubon's assistant, visiting the Louisiana plantation where she live ...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 23, 2010
My Family for the War
Because of her Jewish ancestry, 10-year old Franziska Mangold was sent on the Kindertransport from Nazi Germany to England where the Protestant child ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
Wild Things
In her first-ever stable home, 11-year-old Zoe gradually learns to trust her sculptor uncle Henry, works to tame a feral cat, and discovers relatives ...more
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
Rain Reign
Fifth grader Rose Howard describes how a storm brought her a dog she named Rain who became her emotional anchor. Rules are important to Rain, a child ...more
Oct 10, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
Heroes of the Valley
In a peaceful valley guarded by ancient ancestral cairns, Halli Sveinsson grows up wishing he could be heroic like his ancestor but instead he is only ...more
Dec 23, 2009
Dec 23, 2009
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Delivered to London, but ignored by her alchemist father, Meggy Swann discovers that she can make friends and find useful things to do in spite of req ...more
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
The Dreamer
A dreamy child of a hard man, Neftali grew up skinny and stuttering in a house of mysteries and fears, loved by a sympathetic stepmother, supported by ...more
May 19, 2010
May 20, 2010
Ice Whale
When Toozak, a Yu'pik Eskimo, witnesses the birth of a bowhead whale in 1848 and later reveals the location of the whales to Yankee whale hunters, he ...more
Jun 24, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
When the Whistle Blows
From 1943 through 1949, Jimmy Cannon chronicles the steps of his coming-of-age over a series of All Hallows' Eves in Rowlesburg, West Virginia, a rail ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
Splendors and Glooms
When Clara Wintermute invites puppeteer children Lizzie Rose and Parsefall to perform at her 12th birthday, their master, Grisini, kidnaps her, turnin ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
Fever Crumb (Fever Crumb, #1)
Raised by rational scientists and threatened by Scriven-killing Bagman and his assistant, foundling Fever Crumb discovers her Scrivener roots and her ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
The Book of Lost Things (Mister Max #1)
When 12-year-old Max's parents take off on an ocean voyage without him, he's left with Grammie, a need to be independent, and a series of problems (no ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
All the Broken Pieces
This is an incredibly moving novel in poems (some real poems) about the gradual healing of a boy adopted through the babylift at the end of the war in ...more
May 17, 2008
May 19, 2009
The Kind of Friends We Used To Be
Once best friends, Kate and Marylin grew apart in 6th grade and now, entering 7th grade, find themselves struggling to figure out just exactly who the ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
This Full House (Make Lemonade, #3)
There are some characters, families really, whose stories you welcome and sink into joyfully. I'm thinking of the Tillermans and the Cassons. I feel t ...more
Nov 15, 2008
Mar 23, 2009
The Magician's Elephant
A fable? An allegory? A reminder that the unlikeliest things can happen? This is mannered and old-fashioned not unlike the Miraculous Journey of Edwa ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
Lucky Breaks (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #2)
Just before her eleventh birthday, when geologists visiting Hard Pan bring along a girl her own age, Lucky makes another friend, but when she convince ...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
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