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A Wizard of EarthseaUrsula K. Le Guin25MS/HSfantasyGed was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.1150L
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A Wrinkle in TimeMadeleine L'Engle188-12Newberry Award winnerSophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil. 850L
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Abel's IslandWilliam Steig388-12action/adventure, classic, Newbery Honor One stormy August day, furious flood water carry Abel off and dump him on an uninhabited island. His time on the island brings him a new understanding of the world he's separated from. Faced with the daily adventure of survival in his solitary, somewhat hostile domain, he is moved to reexamine the easy way of life he had always accepted and discovers skills and talents in himself that hold promise of a more meaningful life, if and when he should finally return to Mossville and his dear wife Amanda again. Abel's Island is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1977 Newbery Honor Book.920L
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Across Five AprilsIrene Hunt60HShistorical fictionThe Newbery Award winning author of Up a Road Slowly presents the unforgettable story of Jethro Creighton—a brave boy who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.1100L
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Across Five Aprils & Related ReadingsIrene Hunt34HShistorical fictionThe Newbery Award winning author of Up a Road Slowly presents the unforgettable story of Jethro Creighton—a brave boy who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War. Includes related poems, short stories, and nonfiction materials.1100L
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Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In ItSundee T. Frazier178-12prize winnerWinner of the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Award, this acclaimed, multicultural book about a biracial boy with a passion for science will resonate with children everywhere who can’t—or won’t—be defined by categories.630L
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Caddie WoodlawnCarol Ryrie Brink228-12Newberry MedalCaddie Woodlawn is a real adventurer. She'd rather hunt than sew and plow than bake, and tries to beat her brother's dares every chance she gets. Caddie is friends with Indians, who scare most of the neighbors -- neighbors who, like her mother and sisters, don't understand her at all.890L
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DragonsongAnne McCaffrey298-12classic, fantasyThe first volume in the bestselling Harper Hall Trilogy is the enchanting tale of how Menolly of Half Circle Hold became Pern's first female Harper, and rediscovered the legendary fire lizards who helped to save her world.960L
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Ethan FromeEdith Wharton27MS/HSclassicEthan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zenobia. But when Zenobia's vivacious cousin enters their household as a hired girl, Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent. In one of American fiction's finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill-starred trio toward their tragic destinies. Different in both tone and theme from Whartonas other works, Ethan Frome has become perhaps her most enduring and most widely read novel.1200L
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Great Expectations Charles Dickens22MS/HS classicWhen young Pip accidentally meets a convict out in the marsh one Christmas Eve, he has no idea that his life is about to change--forever. The amazing events following that encounter, and the strange tale of Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella, have made Great Expectations a must-read since it was first serialized in 1860.1230L
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneJK Rowling178-12classicThe first in the beloved magical series tells the outrageously funny, fantastic adventure story of Harry Potter, who escapes a hideous foster home thanks to a scholarship to The Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.880L
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If You Come SoftlyJacqueline Woodson27MS/HSRealistic fiction, romanceJeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he's in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But now he's going to be attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, and black teenage boys don't exactly fit in there. So it's a surprise when he meets Ellie the first week of school. In one frozen moment their eyes lock, and after that they know they fit together--even though she's Jewish and he's black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that's not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world has to get in their way.570L
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InnumeracyJohn Allen Paulos33HSnonfiction/mathWhy do even well-educated people understand so little about mathematics? And what are the costs of our innumeracy? In his celebrated bestseller, John Allen Paulos argues that our inability to deal rationally with very large numbers and the probabilities associated with them results in misinformed governmental policies, confused personal decisions, and an increased susceptibility to pseudoscience of all kinds. Innumeracy lets us know what we're missing, and how we can do something about it.1360L
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KidnappedRobert Louis Stevenson18MS/HSclassic, action/adventureOrphaned at seventeen years old in the mid-18th century, David Balfour soon discovers his father was the eldest son in the family, which would lead David to become the rightful heir to his family's estate. A crooked uncle, however, refuses to let go of the family inheritance without a fight. After a few failed “accidents,” David finds himself abducted on a ship named The Covenant. Bound hand and foot, David must escape and find justice for his uncle’s misdeeds.950L
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MercyRebecca Lim29HSmystery/fantasyAn electric combination of angels, mystery and romance, MERCY is the first book in a major new paranormal series.900L
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My Brother Sam Is DeadJames Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier238-12Newberry Honor, historical fictionWar is raging and Tim knows he'll have to make a choice -- between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats . . . and between his brother and his father.770L
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NildaNicholasa Mohr21MS/HSrealistic fiction"An exceptional story of hardship and discrimination faced by a poor Puerto Rican girl." --School Library Journal | "Nilda is a singular achievement: powerful, unflinching, wise and a landmark in Puerto Rican Diasporic literatures. One of the books that drove me to the page and that inspires me to this day." --Junot Diaz660L
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Raising the GriffinMelissa Wyatt36MS/HSYoung AdultAbout a 16 year old; When the people of Rovenia vote to restore their monarchy, sixteen-year-old Alex Varenhoff must suddenly leave his native England to become prince of a land he knows only from his grandfather's stories.670L
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Regine's Book: A teen girl's last wordsReginne Stokke25MS/HSMemoirA memoir/blog of a teenager fighting against leukemia.810L
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Revolution Is Not a Dinner PartyYing Chang Compestine298-12ALA NotableNine-year-old Ling has a very happy life. Her parents are both dedicated surgeons at the best hospital in Wuhan, and her father teaches her English as they listen to Voice of America every evening on the radio. But when one of Mao's political officers moves into a room in their apartment, Ling begins to witness the gradual disintegration of her world. In an atmosphere of increasing mistrust and hatred, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors, and soon, for herself and her family. For the next four years, Ling will suffer more horrors than many people face in a lifetime. Will she be able to grow and blossom under the oppressive rule of Chairman Mao? Or will fighting to survive destroy her spirit―and end her life?740L
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ShilohPhyllis Reynolds Naylor268-12Newberry Award winnerWhen Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight—and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun—and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?890L
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SiddharthaHermann Hesse25MS/HSclassicClassic novel that has inspired generations of seekers. Blending Eastern mysticism and psychoanalysis, Hesse presents a strikingly original view of man and culture and the arduous process of self-discovery, reconciliation, harmony, and peace.1010L
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Silas MarnerGeorge Eliot32HSclassicSilas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe is the third novel by George Eliot, published in 1861. An outwardly simple tale of a linen weaver, it is notable for its strong realism and its sophisticated treatment of a variety of issues ranging from religion to industrialisation to community.1330L
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The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain33MS/HSclassicThe novel's preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author's remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book's understated development of serious underlying themes: "natural" man versus "civilized" society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, and other topics.980L
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The Adventures of UlyssesBernard Evslin25MS/HSclassicThe legendary adventures of the Greek king’s epic journey come to life in a modern retelling of The Odyssey that’s “an unmitigated delight” (School Library Journal).860L
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The Alchemist's Cat (Book One of the Deptford Trilogy)Robin Jarvis26MS/HSfantasy/catsThe year is 1664 when young Will Godwin comes to London. In order to survive, he becomes an assistant to a wicked alchemist, Elias Theophratus Spittle. On an errand one freezing night, Will finds a mother cat and her three kittens, and brings the family back to his master's lab. Among the bubbling bottles and evil smelling jars of his master's apothecary shop unfolds an extraordinary tale of villainy, sorcery, and murder. 830L
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The Bronze BowElizabeth George Speare22MS/HSNewberry Award winnerThis gripping, action-packed novel tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin—a fierce, hotheaded young man bent on revenging his father’s death by forcing the Romans from his land of Israel. Daniel’s palpable hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the gentle lessons of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth. A fast-paced, suspenseful, vividly wrought tale of friendship, loyalty, the idea of home, community760L
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The Call of the WildJack London20MS/HSclassicBased on London’s experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike.640L
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The Clay MarbleMinfong Ho23MS/HSfictionFleeing war-torn Cambodia in 1980, Dara, her mother, and her older brother find sanctuary in a refugee settlement on the Thailand border, but when fighting erupts, Dara finds herself separated from everyone and everything she loves860L
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The Door in the WallMarguerite de Angeli218-12Newberry MedalSet in the fourteenth century, the classic story of one boy's personal heroism when he loses the use of his legs.920L
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The GoatsBrock Cole238-12Realistic fictionMarooned on a small island by their fellow campers, a boy and a girl form an uneasy bond that grows into a deep friendship when they decide to run away and disappear without a trace.550L
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The House of Dies Drear (and related readings)Virginia Hamilton188-12mystery, historical fictionA family tries to unravel the secrets of their new home which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad in this Edgar Award–winning book670L
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The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeC.S. Lewis238-12classic, fantasyFour English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, in triumphing over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.940L
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The OdysseyHomer19MS/HSclassicIn twenty years of hardship and adventure, Odysseus has defeated men, monsters, and gods. Now he must face one last challenge…a hundred skilled warriors determined to possess his wealth, his palace, and his wife. This Townsend Library Classic has been carefully edited for clarity and readability830L
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The PearlJohn Steinbeck20MS/HSclassicLike his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security...1000L
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The Return of the IndianLynne Reid Banks258-12fantasy, action/adventureIt's been over a year since Omri discovered in The Indian in the Cupboard that, with the turn of a key, he could magically bring to life the three-inch-high Indian figure he placed inside his cupboard. Omri and his Indian, Little Bear, create a fantastic world together until one day, Omri realizes the terrible consequences if Little Bear ever got trapped in his "giant" world. Reluctantly, Omri sends the Indian back through the cupboard, giving his mother the magic key to wear around her neck so that he will never be tempted to bring Little Bear back to life.740L
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The Samurai's TaleErik Christian Haugaard408-12Historical fictionWhen the powerful Lord Takeda’s soldiers sweep across the countryside, killing and plundering, they spare the boy Taro’s life and take him along with them. Taro becomes a servant in the household of the noble Lord Akiyama, where he meets Togan, a cook, who teaches Taro and makes his new life bearable. But when Togan is murdered, Taro’s life takes a new direction: He will become a samurai, and redeem the family legacy that has been stolen from him.960L
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The Song of the TreesMildred D. Taylor218-12historical fictionAnother powerful story in the Logan Family Saga and companion to Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. With the depression bearing down on her family, there isn’t much that Cassie Logan can count on anymore. But there is one thing that hasn’t changed—the whispering trees outside her window. Cassie’s trees, which have stood for centuries, are a great source of comfort to her. But they are also worth a lot of money. With Cassie’s daddy gone to lay tracks for the railroad, it seems like no one can stop Mr. Andersen from forcing Big Ma to sell their valuable trees. How can Cassie sit by and watch them disappear?710L
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The Time MachineHG Wells27Elementaryclassicadapted for younger readers560L
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The White MountainsJohn Cristopher358-12sci-fi/adventureFirst on the Tripods trilogy. Will Parker never dreamed he would be the one to rebel against the Tripods. With the approach of his thirteenth birthday, he expected to attend his Capping ceremony as planned and to become connected to the Tripods—huge three-legged machines—that now control all of Earth. But after an encounter with a strange homeless man called Beanpole, Will sets out for the White Mountains, where people are said to be free from the control of the Tripods.890L
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The White StagKate Seredy298-12Newberry MedalSet in the fourteenth century, the classic story of one boy's personal heroism when he loses the use of his legs.1020L
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The Year of the HangmanGary Blackwood36HShistorical fictionIn 1776, the rebellion of the colonies against British rule was crushed. Now, in 1777--the year of the hangman--George Washington is awaiting execution, Benjamin Franklin's banned rebel newspaper, Liberty Tree, has gone underground, and young Creighton Brown, a fifteen-year-ol Brit, has just arrived in the colonies. With nothing but an attitude and empty pockets, Creighton lands a job with Franklin's print shop. The English general expects the spoiled yet loyal Creighton to spy on the legendary printer. But as battles unfold and falsehoods are exposed, Creighton must decide where his loyalties lie... a choice that could determine the fate of a nation.820L
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Thomas (Book Three of the Deptford Histories)Robin Jarvis18MS/HSfantasy/catsThomas begins four years after the fall of Jupiter, when Thomas Triton, a midshipmouse, is tormented by horrific visions of the past: stormlashed seas, ferocious battles, lost cities and terrifying heathen gods. But now the time has come to confront the most chilling memory of his youth, a dark and dreadful secret.1130L
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What Eric KnewJames Howe608-12mysteryGraduates of the Bunnicula books can move on to the adventures of young sleuth Sebastian Barth. In the first of these mysteries Sebastian investigates the strange accidents that befall a noted actress; the second book, which PW called "a tense adventure with laugh-out-loud moments," involves a ghost and puzzling notes from one of Sebastian's friends.590L
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Yang the Third and Her Impossible FamilyLensey Namioka238-12Asian-American/family lifeYingmei Yang has changed her name to Mary now that she's learning how to be American. It's hard since her family sticks to their Chinese customs, which can be embarrassing in public. Still, Mary wants to be best friends with popular Holly Hanson. She sees her chance when she adopts one of Holly's kittens. The trouble is that Mary's family can't afford a cat and it could damage their prized musical instruments. To prove her friendship to Holly, Mary must find a way to keep the kitten a secret from her impossible family. It won't be easy!690L
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