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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Raymond Obstfeld
Being Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
2017
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar describes how he became one of the top basketball players of all time: from his childhood, through the influence of his many coaches and mentors, to the historical events that helped shape his life. This book goes far beyond a sports hero autobiography, intertwining civil rights history with issues of identity and what it means to be successful. While the tone of the work is understated and contemplative, the memoir contains powerful ideas for reflection and discussion about racism, politics, identity, and religion.
304 p.7 and upDorothy's List2018-2019NoNo8
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Abrahams, Peter
Into the Dark2008
Thirteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes aficionado Ingrid Levin-Hill tries to clear her grandfather’s name when he is accused of murdering an environmental activist found dead on his farm.
352 p.5 and upDorothy's List2009-2010NoYes15
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Acampora, Paul
I Kill the Mockingbird
2014
When best friends Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see To Kill a Mockingbirdincluded. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic.
163 p.6 and upDorothy's List2015-2016NoNo14
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Alexander, Kwame
The Crossover
2014
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
237 p.6 and upDorothy's List2015-2016NoYes8
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Alexie, Sherman
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
2007
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
288 p.9 and upGMBA2009-2010YesYes16
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Anderson, John David
Ms. Bixby's Last Day
2016
When their one-of-a-kind, beloved teacher falls ill and leaves school for the rest of the school year, Topher, Steve, and Brand are crushed. Determined to give Ms. Bixby the perfect last day, they set off on a risky, chaotic, and exciting adventure.
320 p.5 and upDorothy's List2017-2018NoYes7
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Anderson, Laurie Halse
Twisted2007
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.
272 p.9 and upGMBA2009-2010YesYes14
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Anderson, Laurie Halse
Wintergirls2009
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.
288 p.9 and upGMBA2011-2012NoYes16
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Anderson, M.T.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1
2006
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the fictional experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
384 p.9 and upGMBA2008-2009YesYes15
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Anderson, M.T.
Feed2002
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
299 p.9 and upGMBA2005-2006NoYes14
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Anderson, M.T.
Symphony for the City of the Dead
2015
This is the riveting, true story of the Seige of Leningrad -- and the power of Shostakovich's music to sustain and memorialize his fellow citizens.
464 p.9 and upGMBA2016-2017NoYes9
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Anderson, Natalie C.
City of Saints and Thieves
2017
Tina (aka Tiny Girl) and her friends try to figure out who murdered her mother in this mystery set in a fictional Kenyan city. You'll be rooting for Tina as she navigates through the world of illegal arms trading and encounters refugees escaping the conflict in Congo.
432 p.9 and upGMBA2018-2019NoYes16
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Andrews, Jesse
The Haters2016
Wes and best friend Corey decide to take their music to the next level at jazz camp. When they meet Ash, and find camp too lame for their sound, they take their new band on the road trip of a lifetime.
336 p.9 and upGMBA2017-2018NoYes10
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Andrews, Jesse
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
2012
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
304 p.9 and upGMBA2013-2014NoYes15
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Angleberger, Tom
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda
2010
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
160 p.4 and upDorothy's List2011-2012NoYes17
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Applegate, Katherine
Wishtree2017
Trees don’t just talk to anyone – they’re introverts at heart – but when they share their stories, they’re wise, wonderful, and funny. Red, the narrator of Wishtree, is a majestic red oak who acts as unofficial guardian of the neighborhood. To the local birds and animals, Red offers shelter, food, and advice; and especially enjoys conversations with Bongo, the crow. Red also has a special relationship with human neighbors: each year on the first of May, people attach ribbons, strips of cloth, and scraps of paper to the tree, each representing a wish. Red’s life isn’t trouble-free. The owner of the property on which Red grows threatens to cut the tree down, complaining of the annual clean-up of wish debris. And then there’s Samar, daughter of the new Muslim family in the neighborhood, who faces rejection and prejudice, and wishes for a friend.
211 p.4 and upDorothy's List2018-2019YesYes9
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Arnosky, JimLittle Champ1995
Bobby and Gina visit their grandparents on Lake Champlain and learn about the legendary monster that supposedly inhabits the lake.
73 p.3 and upNANANoNo10
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Arons, Marc and Campbell, Patty, eds.
War Is…2008
An anthology of fiction, speeches, poems and essays about war.
288 p.9 and upGMBA2010-2011NoYes15
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Auxier, Jonathan
The Night Gardener
2014
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.
368 p.7 and upDorothy's List2015-2016NoYes10
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Auxier, Jonathan
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
2018
Nan, a young chimney climber in Victorian London, has to carry on without her protector the “Sweep” when he disappears, leaving behind only his hat and a small piece of coal. The coal comes to life in the form of a golem to save Nan from a near death experience and together they protect each other from the grim realities of nineteenth century London. Combining fantasy, history and Jewish folklore, this is a heartwarming, funny and adventurous tale of love, friendship and loyalty.
368 p.5 and upDorothy's List2019-2020NoYes4
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Avi
City of Orphans
2011
In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.
368 p.5 and upDorothy's List2012-2013NoNo13
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Avi
Nothing But the Truth
1991
A ninth-grader’s suspension for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during homeroom becomes a national news story.
177 p.7 and upDorothy's List1992-1993YesYes15
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Babbitt, Natalie
The Search for Delicious
1969
The Prime Minister is compiling a dictionary and when no one at court can agree on the meaning of delicious, the King sends his twelve-year-old messenger to poll the country.
167 p.4 and upNANANoNo10
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Babbitt, Natalie
Tuck Everlasting
1975
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten‑year‑old girl and a malicious stranger now share a secret about a spring whose water prevents people from ever growing any older.
139 p.5 and upDorothy's List1976-1977NoYes19
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Bacigalupi, Paolo
Ship Breaker2011
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
352 p.9 and upGMBA2012-2013NoYes15
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Bardugo, Leigh
Shadow and Bone
2012
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
356 p.7 and upDorothy's List2013-2014NoYes22
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Bardugo, Leigh
Six of Crows2015
In this fantastic start to a new fantasy series by Bardugo, six dangerous outlaws team up to pull off an impossible heist. They might even have a chance if they don't destroy each other -- or the world -- in the process.
480 p.9 and upGMBA2016-2017NoYes10
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Barnes, John
Tales of the Madman Underground
2011
In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his volatile, alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.
544 p.9 and upGMBA2011-2012NoNo15
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Barnett, Mac and John, Jory
The Terrible Two
2015
Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.
224 p.4 and upDorothy's List2016-2017NoNo7
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Barnhill, Kelly
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
2016
Every year the people of the Protectorate must sacrifice the youngest baby to the witch in the woods. What does this witch want with these infants? When Xan the kind witch meets the newest offering, Luna, and feeds her moonlight, characters from the past and the present become dangerously intertwined.
400 p.5 and upDorothy's List2017-2018NoYes10
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Bartok, Mira
The Wonderling
2017
Life for the groundlings at Miss Carbunkle’s Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures can only be described as miserable. For the shy, one eared, half fox, half human known simply as Number 13, life is particularly dismal. Friendless and alone, Number 13 believes his fate is sealed and that a cycle of hard work devoid of joy is his destiny. This all changes when he meets Trinket, a birdlike groundling who convinces him to escape- thus launching him straight into a courageous journey.
464 p.5 and upDorothy's List2018-2019NoNo8
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Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Anything But Typical
2009
Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.
208 p.5 and upDorothy's List2010-2011NoYes14
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Bauer, Joan
Close to Famous
2011
Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother’s abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there. .
250 p.6 and upDorothy's List2012-2013NoYes17
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Bauer, JoanSoar2016
Baseball is life for Jeremiah Lopper even though a serious health issue keeps him off the field. So when his robot-building dad has the opportunity to work to a town with a championship baseball team, he is overjoyed. Jeremiah’s joy soon turns to concern when a scandal rocks the High School team, with devastating consequences. Can Jeremiah’s can-do spirit bring baseball back to this heartbroken community?
304 p.5 and upDorothy's List2017-2018NoYes8
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Bauer, Marion Dane
Little Dog, Lost
2012
A boy, a dog, and an old man are lonely before the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and all the townspeople run to the old man’s aid when lightning strikes his home and something miraculous happens.
197 p.4 and upDorothy's List2013-2014NoNo17
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Bayard, LouisLucky Strikes2016
When fourteen-year-old Melia’s mother dies, resourceful Melia – a clever mechanic – is determined to run the family auto repair shop and gas station, care for younger siblings Earle and Janey, survive the tough days of the Depression in rural Virginia, and stave off Standard Oil shill Harley Blevins, who has an eye on Melia’s business. To do so, they need an adult parent – so Melia co-opts Hiram Watts, a drunken hobo, to impersonate their father. A wonderful and heartwarming story.
320 p.7 and upDorothy's List2017-2018NoYes4
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Beasley, Cassie
Circus Mirandus
2015
Do you believe in magic? Micah Tuttle sets out on a quest to visit the magical circus of his Grandfather Ephraim’s stories. Will he find the Lightbender and have his grandfather’s wish granted?
304 p.4 and upDorothy's List2016-2017NoYes4
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Beatty, Robert
Willa of the Wood
2018
Willa is a young night-spirit living in the Smoky Mountains who must use her grandmother’s old magical ways to save human children stolen by the misguided leader of her own clan.
384 p.5 and upDorothy's List2019-2020NoYes4
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Bechdel, Alison
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
2006
In this memoir in graphic novel format, Bechdel tells startling stories of her childhood growing up in a restored funeral home. The story focuses on her father, an angry and disturbed man, and how she came to terms with his secrets.
232 p.9 and upGMBA2008-2009NoNo17
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Bell, CeceEl Deafo2014
A hearing aid grants "superpowers" in this graphic novel memoir about growing up deaf. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear – sometimes things she shouldn't – but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is.
248 p.4 and upDorothy's List2015-2016NoNo11
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Benanav, Michael
Men of Salt2006
Benanav joined the “Caravan of White Gold” – so-called because the salt was once literally worth its weight in gold -- on its mission into the deadly heart of the Sahara to haul back gleaming slabs of solid salt for sale at market. He lived for weeks among the camel drivers as they traveled eighteen hours a day for nearly a thousand miles without a map or landmark in sight, through sandstorms and searing heat on a trek worthy of Indiana Jones.
256 p.9 and upGMBA2009-2010NoYes13
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Benioff, David
City of Thieves
2008
When a dead German paratrooper lands in his street, Lev is caught looting the body and dragged to jail, fearing for his life. He shares his cell with the charismatic and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of the standard bullet in the back of the head, Lev and Kolya are given a chance at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt to find the impossible.
258 p.9 and upGMBA2010-2011NoYes14
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Benjamin, Ali
The Thing about Jellyfish
2015
After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting---things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone.
352 p.5 and upDorothy's List2016-2017NoYes12
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Benway, Robin
Far from the Tree
2017
Grace has always known she's adopted and loves her family fiercely, but when she puts her own baby up for adoption, suddenly knowing her bio family is more important than ever. Younger bio sister Maya and older bio brother Joaquin enter Grace's life with their own family secrets and join her in the search to find their mother. Each sibling grapples with their own family demons while learning to come together as a team in this beautiful and heart-warming story.
384 p.9 and upGMBA2018-2019NoYes15
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Berry, Julie
All the Truth That's in Me
2013
Judith can't speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.
288 p.9 and upGMBA2015-2016NoYes7
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Berry, Julie
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
2014
The students of St Etheldreda's School for Girls face a dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school will almost certainly be closed and the girls sent home – unless these seven very proper young ladies can hide the murders.
368 p.6 and upDorothy's List2015-2016NoYes10
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Bigelow, Lisa Jenn
Drum Roll, Please
2018
In Melissa “Melly” Goodwin's mind, she and her best friend Olivia are about to experience the most epic summer ever at Camp Rockaway, a music camp located deep in the woods of Michigan. It starts looking like Melly’s dream summer may become more of a nightmare, when her parents announce the day before camp begins that they are getting a divorce. Add to that a scary band instructor, Olivia’s sudden infatuation with “Noel”, a cute fellow camper, and Melly’s own confusing feelings towards Adeline, a girl to whom she finds herself drawn. Will Melly’s summer hit all the right notes or be a flat-out disaster?
320 p.5 and upDorothy's List2019-2020NoYes4
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Black, Holly and Castelluci, Cecil
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
2010
A collection of twenty-nine short stories about geeks.
432 p.9 and upGMBA2011-2012NoYes15
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Blake, Kendare
Anna Dressed in Blood
2011
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.
320 p.9 and upGMBA2013-2014NoYes15
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Bond, Rebecca
Escape from Baxters' Barn
2015
Burdock the barn cat hears some terrible news and shares it with the barn animals. The brave and charming group of farm animals works together once they learn that their lives are threatened. A delightful story of perseverance, friendship, and teamwork, peppered with the author’s own pen and ink drawings.
246 p.4 and upDorothy's List2016-2017NoNo8
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Booth, CoeTyrell2006
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.
320 p.9 and upGMBA2010-2011NoNo17
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Bowling, Dusti
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
2017
Aven Green is pretty much your average soccer-playing , blog-writing 13-year-old, with one major exception. Aven was born without arms. When her family moves from Kansas to Arizona, Aven’s once infallible confidence begins to falter. Making friends is tough, until she meets Connor and Zion, boys who also know what it’s like to be an outsider. Together, the trio works to solve a mystery about the quirky amusement park Aven’s family calls home.
274 p.5 and upDorothy's List2018-2019NoYes10
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Braden, Ann
The Benefits of Being an Octopus
2018
Seventh grader Zoey has a lot on her plate. She is constantly taking care of her younger siblings, being bullied or ignored at school, and worrying about things like the power being turned off or not having enough food to eat. This novel, set in Vermont, exposes the reality of living in poverty, being both child and care-giver, and simply the ups and downs of being a middle school girl. A timely tale, The Benefits of Being an Octopus blends both politics and economics in a heartwarming tale about finding one’s own voice.
256 p.6 and upDorothy's List2019-2020NoYes4
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Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
The War that Saved My Life
2015
A determined and willful handicapped girl escapes a brutal life in 1940's London with her younger brother when air raids begin in the city. As Ada must learn to trust someone other than herself, her sense of self-worth grows. Their journey to discover a sense of home and family is both dangerous and beautiful.
320 p.5 and upDorothy's List2016-2017NoYes4
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Bray, Libba
Beauty Queens
2011
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
400 p.9 and upGMBA2013-2014NoYes15
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Brooks, Kevin
The Road of the Dead
2006
Two brothers leave London and travel to an isolated and desolate village, in search of the brutal killer of their sister.
368 p.9 and upGMBA2009-2010NoNo15
58
Brown, Daniel James
The Boys in the Boat
2013
The University of Washington's eight-oar crew team transformed the sport and defeated elite rivals in their quest for a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
416 p.9 and upGMBA2015-2016YesYes13
59
Brown, Don
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
2015
This is a journalistic look at the disastrous hurricane that leveled New Orleans in August 2005, brought to grim life through graphic novel style illustrations. A dramatic tale with text that ranges from simple, factual sentences to quotations from an extensive collection of books and media.
96 p.6 and upDorothy's List2016-2017NoNo9
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Brown, Peter
The Wild Robot
2016
Roz the Robot's future takes an unexpected turn when she washes up on a remote island. After a misstep on a craggy ledge Roz assumes the role of mother to a baby gosling and through this relationship and her interactions with other woodland animals she learns about love, life and death, and community.
279 p.4 and upDorothy's List2017-2018NoYes10
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Bunker, LisaFelix Yz2017
When Felix was a toddler, an accident at his father’s lab killed his dad and fused Felix’s brain with a super-intelligent fourth-dimensional alien known as Zyx. Now, a decade later, it’s clear that Felix can’t survive unless he undergoes a hazardous operation (the Procedure) to separate him from Zyx. The book is written in the form of Felix’s secret blog, each entry counting down the days until the Procedure, and features two memorable voices: that of Felix himself, and of Zyx. Along with his complex relationship with Zyx, Felix also has to cope with the trials and tribulations of middle school, including a crush on classmate Hector; and the up-and-down dynamics of family life, with his mother’s pushy boyfriend and his supportive gender-unusual grandparent.
283 p.7 and upDorothy's List2018-2019NoYes14
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Burg, Ann E.
Unbound: A Novel in Verse
2016
Grace's mamma makes her promise to "keep her eyes down and her mouth closed" when she leaves their slave cabin to work at the big house. Grace cannot remain silent as she witnesses the cruel treatment of slaves at the hands of a heartless missus and master. Her spoken thoughts trigger a series of events which force Grace to lead her family through the Great Dismal Swamp in search of freedom.
345 p.5 and upDorothy's List2017-2018NoNo12
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Burg, Shana
Laugh with the Moon
2012
Thirteen-year-old Clare, grieving after her mother’s recent death, reluctantly travels with her father to spend nine weeks in a remote village in Malawi, where new friends and experiences help open her mind and heart.
256 p.5 and upDorothy's List2013-2014NoYes16
64
Campbell, Jeff
Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth's Most Dominant Species
2016
A fascinating study of giant species like the auroch, the moa, the elephant bird, and their extinction during the last 500 years. Biology, history, geology, and zoology skillfully intermingled.
271 p.9 and upGMBA2017-2018NoNo10
65
Cartaya, Pablo
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
2017
Most summers Arturo Zamora spends hanging out with his friends, relaxing and occasionally working in his family’s neighborhood Cuban restaurant. This summer is different...very different. First Arturo reconnects with a girl from his past. She has grown into a cute, funny, young lady.His stomach always gets nervous when she is near. Arturo also gets new responsibilities at the restaurant. His summer really takes a turn when a land developer threatens the family’s restaurant with a plan to gentrify the neighborhood. Arturo must save his neighborhood, save his family’s business and get the girl. What could possibly go wrong?
236 p.6 and upDorothy's List2018-2019NoYes14
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Cashore, Kristin
Graceling2008
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
480 p.9 and upGMBA2010-2011NoYes16
67
Castaldo, Nancy
Back from the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction
2018
Activists and animal-lovers alike will be inspired by this non-fiction resource about saving endangered species, complete with full color photography. This book discusses seven threatened species, the threats to their survival, and the ways scientists and other concerned people have worked to pull them away from extinction.
176 p.4 and upDorothy's List2019-2020NoNo4
68
Castellucci, Cecil
Plain Janes2007
When Jane moves to the suburbs she thinks her life is over, but she meets three friends who form a club P.L.A.I.N., but can art really save a group of misfits from high school?
176 p.9 and upGMBA2008-2009NoNo15
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Cheng, Jack
See You in the Cosmos
2017
Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski is making his own version of Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, carrying representative sounds of Earth, that was launched in 1977 on board Voyagers 1 and 2. Each chapter in the book is a transcript of Alex’s recordings for his own Golden iPod, which he plans to launch on his homemade rocket, Voyager 3, at the Southwest High-Altitude Rocket Festival (SHARF) in New Mexico. Alex is on his own: his father is dead; his mother is mentally unstable; and his older brother, Ronnie, lives in California. Nonetheless, accompanied by his dog (Carl Sagan, named for his hero), Alex sets off for the rocket festival. It’s an epic journey, during which he makes new friends, finds a new and unexpected half-sister, loses his dog, has a near-fatal accident, and ultimately – home again - forges a family. Alex’s resourcefulness, courage, and kindness in the face of many troubles makes you proud to share a planet with this kid.
320 p.5 and upDorothy's List2018-2019NoYes14
70
Chmakova, Svetlana
Awkward2015
Peppiis the new kid and just wants to fit in, but in an effort to keep from being bullied, she’s managed to hurt the one person who tried to be nice to her on her first day of school- a boy named Jaimie. Can Jaimie and Peppi still become friends and join forces to help their school… or is it just all too awkward?
210 p.5 and upDorothy's List2016-2017NoNo8
71
Choldenko, Gennifer
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog
2001
Eleven-year-old Ant, stuck in a family that she does not like, copes by pretending that her "real" parents are coming to rescue her, by loving her dog Pistachio, by volunteering at the zoo, and by bending the truth and telling lies.
216 p.6 and upDorothy's List2002-2003NoYes15
72
Cleary, Beverly
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
1981
The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona enters the third grade.
208 p.3 and upDorothy's List1982-1983NoYes7
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Clements, Andrew
Troublemaker
2011
When his older brother gets in serious trouble, sixth-grader Clay decides to change his own mischief-making ways, but he cannot seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker.
160 p.4 and upDorothy's List2012-2013NoYes15
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Cline, Ernest
Ready Player One
2011
In the year 2044, Wade Watts, like the rest of humanity, chooses to escape reality and spends his waking hours in the limitless, utopian virtual world of the OASIS, but when Wade stumbles upon the first of the fiendish puzzles set up by OASIS creator James Halliday he finds he must compete with thousands of others – including those willing to commit murder – in order to claim a prize of massive fortune.
374 p.9 and upGMBA2014-2015NoYes11
75
Coates, Ta-Nehisi
Between the World and Me
2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men -- bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son.
337 p.9 and upGMBA2016-2017YesYes8
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Cohen, Marina
The Inn Between
2016
Quinn’s little sister Emma has vanished, leaving nothing behind but a backpack. Now on a cross-country trip with her best friend Kara and family, who are moving to California, Quinn ends up at the Inn Between, an elegant and eerie Victorian hotel in the desert, where people mysteriously disappear and she catches glimpses of Emma through distant windows.
198 p.5 and upDorothy's List2017-2018NoNo10
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Collins, Suzanne
Gregor the Overlander
2004
Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, triggering an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
320 p.5 and upDorothy's List2004-2005YesYes15
78
Collins, Suzanne
The Hunger Games
2008
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem conduct an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she volunteers to take her younger sister’s place.
374 p.7 and upDorothy's List2009-2010YesYes18
79
Connolly, John
The Book of Lost Things
2007
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld.
480 p.9 and upGMBA2011-2012NoYes15
80
Connor, Leslie
The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle
2018
Mason Buttle is a large, sweaty kid with learning disabilities. Mason also has a big heart. When his best friend dies under suspicious circumstances, Mason becomes the focus of Lieutenant Baird’s investigation.
336 p.5 and upDorothy's List2019-2020NoYes4
81
Cormier, Robert
The Chocolate War
1974
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school’s annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.
253 p.8 and upNANANoYes14
82
Cormier, Robert
I Am the Cheese
1977
A young boy desperately tries to unlock his past, yet knows he must hide those memories if he is to remain alive.
233 p.7 and upNANANoYes14
83
Couloumbis, Audrey
Jake2010
When ten-year-old Jake’s widowed mother breaks her leg just before Christmas while her sister and best friend are both away, a grandfather Jake barely remembers must come to Baltimore, Maryland, to help a neighbor take care of him.
176 p.4 and upDorothy's List2011-2012NoNo17
84
Cox, Lynne
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer
2004
The world's most extraordinary distance swimmer writes about her emotional and spiritual need to swim and about the almost mystical act of swimming itself.
359 p.9 and upGMBA2006-2007YesNo16
85
Creech, Sharon
Love that Dog
2001
A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.
86 p.4 and upDorothy's List2002-2003NoNo6
86
Creech, Sharon
Walk Two Moons
1994
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
280 p.5 and upDorothy's List1995-1996NoYes15
87
Creech, Sharon
The Wanderer
2000
Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot sailboat which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England.
305 p.5 and upDorothy's List2001-2002YesYes15
88
Cronn-Mills, Kirstin
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
2012
As Gabe's new public access radio show gains in popularity, he struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgender.
271 p.9 and upGMBA2014-2015NoYes16
89
Crowley, Cath
Words in Deep Blue
2017
Rachel and Henry share a past and a bookstore. Before Rachel moved away, she and Henry were best friends. Now, she's back, working in the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal, and looking for her future. A perfect romance for book lovers.
288 p.9 and upGMBA2018-2019NoYes14
90
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Bucking the Sarge
2004
Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother’s shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home for Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.
288 p.9 and upGMBA2008-2009YesYes18
91
Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Madman of Piney Woods
2014
Benji and Red couldn't be more different. They aren't friends. They don't even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real?
384 p.5 and upDorothy's List2015-2016NoNo8
92
Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Mighty Miss Malone
2012
With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.
320 p.5 and upDorothy's List2013-2014NoYes22
93
Cushman, Karen
Catherine, Called Birdy
1994
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
169 p.6 and upDorothy's List1995-1996NoYes15
94
Davies, Jacqueline
The Lemonade Crime
2011
When money disappears from fourth-grader Evan’s pocket and everyone thinks that his annoying classmate Scott stole it, Evan’s younger sister stages a trial involving the entire class, trying to prove what happened.
160 p.4 and upDorothy's List2012-2013NoYes18
95
Davies, Jacqueline
Nothing but Trouble
2016
Budding engineer Maggie Gallagher and her artsy new friend Lena Polachev plan and execute elaborate pranks at their school, brining much needed change to their depressed community.
314 p.5 and upDorothy's List2017-2018NoYes9
96
De Angeli, Marguerite
The Door in the Wall
1949
In the Middle Ages a young boy crippled by the plague has an adventurous journey from London to the castle where he becomes a page.
111 p.4 and upNANANoYes10
97
De Fombelle, Timothee
Vango: Between Sky and Earth
2014
In the world between the wars, a young man on the cusp of taking priestly vows is suddenly made a fugitive. Fleeing accusations of murder and attempts on his life, Vango crisscrosses Europe on plane, train and even zeppelin, desperately trying to uncover the secrets of his past and prove his innocence before it's too late.
421 p.9 and upGMBA2016-2017NoYes9
98
de la Pena, Matt
The Living2013
After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.
311 p.9 and upGMBA2015-2016NoNo7
99
Dee, Barbara
Halfway Normal
2017
Norah Levy has just completed two years of treatment for leukemia and is ready to go back to the “real world” of middle school. She knows it'll be tricky—but like the Greek mythological characters she read about while she was sick, Norah’s up for any challenge. But seventh grade turns out to be trickier than she thought. Norah’s classmates don’t know what to make of her. Her best friend, Harper, tries to be there for her, but she doesn’t get it, really—and is hanging out with a new group of girls. Norah’s other good friend, Silas, is avoiding her. What’s that about, anyway? When Norah is placed with the eighth graders for math and science, she meets Griffin, a cute boy who encourages her love of Greek mythology and art. And Norah decides not to tell him her secret—that she was “that girl" who had cancer. When something happens to make secret-keeping impossible, Norah must figure out a way to share her cancer story. But how do you explain something to others that you can’t explain to yourself? Can Nora take her cue from her favorite Greek myth? And then, once she finds the words, can she move forward with a whole new ‘normal’?
243 p.5 and upDorothy's List2018-2019NoNo14
100
Demetrios, Heather
I'll Meet You There
2015
The story of Skylar, whose dream of attending art school in the fall is threatened by her mother's instability, and of Josh, who has returned to their small California town from Afghanistan without a leg.
388 p.9 and upGMBA2016-2017NoNo4
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