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Read Across Jeff City Schools Book List 2019
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TitleAuthorRecommended Grade LevelOverview
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Blueberries for SalRobert McCloskeyK+Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.
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Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
Richard Scarry3+Buckle-up for a fun-filled day of planes, trains, automobiles . . . and even a pickle truck! Featuring hundreds of clearly labeled vehicles, this is the perfect book for little vehicle fans from the one and only Richard Scarry.
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CorduroyDon FreemanK+A teddy bear spends his days at a store, waiting for someone to buy him.
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Goodnight MoonMargaret Wise BrownK+A little bunny says goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room before falling asleep.
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Harold and the Purple CrayonCrockett JohnsonK+Harold uses his fantastic purple crayon to draw himself some wonderful adventures.
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LentilRobert McCloskeyK+Lentil's harmonica playing saves the day when calamity threatens the homecoming celebration for the leading citizen of Alto, Ohio.
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Little BearElsa Holmelund MinarikK+Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.
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Little House in the Big WoodsLaura Ingalls Wilder3+A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.
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Make Way for DucklingsRobert McCloskeyK+Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.
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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Virginia Lee BurtonK+Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers. When Mary Anne is destined for the scrap heap, the duo must dig their way out of trouble.
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Miss RumphisBarbara CooneyK+After making her girlhood dreams of world travel and living by the sea come true, a retired librarian follows her grandfather's old advice of doing something to make the world more beautiful, and then passes that wisdom on to her grandniece.
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Mrs. Piggle-WiggleBetty MacDonald3+Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves children, both good and bad. She never scolds, but has positive cures for children with special problems such as answering back or never wanting to go to bed.
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Owl at HomeArnold LobelK+Presents five stories about a solitary owl who makes an attempt to befriend winter, tries his best to be in two places at once, and finds an unexpected friend on an evening stroll.
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Owl MoonJane YolenK+On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.
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Pippi LongstockingAstrid Lindgren3+Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.
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The Bears on Hemlock MountainAlice Dalgliesh3+People have always told Jonathan that there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, no bears at all. So he isn't afraid to set out alone over the mountain. But as Jonathan discovers one cold winter night, people aren't always right...There are bears on Hemlock Mountain!
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The Boxcar Children #1
Gertrude Chandler Warner
3+Four orphaned children, afraid to go live with their grandfather, set up housekeeping in an abandoned boxcar and are doing fine until one of them becomes ill.
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The Hundred DressesEleanor Estes3+In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson. Includes a note from the author's daughter, Helena Estes.
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The Runaway BunnyMargaret Wise BrownK+A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.
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The Snowy DayEzra Jack KeatsK+Relates the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
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The Story About PingMarjorie FlackK+A little duck finds adventure on the Yangtze River when he is too late to board his master's houseboat one evening.
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The Very Hungry CaterpillarEric CarleK+A hungry little caterpillar eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
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Tikki Tikki TemboArlene MoselK+When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names.
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Town Mouse, Country MouseJan BrettK+After trading houses, the country mice and the town mice discover there's no place like home.
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Ban This BookAlan Gratz3+A fourth grader fights back when 'From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler' by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library.
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BFGRoald Dahl4+Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
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CountdownDeborah Wiles5+As eleven-year-old Franny Chapman deals with drama at home and with her best friend in 1962, she tries to understand the larger problems in the world after President Kennedy announces that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba. Features historic quotations and photographs.
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Flora and UlyssesKate DiCamillo3+A girl named Flora and a squirrel named Ulysses, whose life was saved by Flora after he was involved in an incident with a vacuum cleaner, team up to use Ulysses' superpowers to conquer villains and protect the weak.
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Fudge-a-ManiaJudy Blume3 +Pete describes the family vacation in Maine with the Tubmans, highlighted by the antics of his younger brother Fudge.
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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Wendy Mass5+Just before his thirteenth birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a keyless locked box--set aside by his father before his death five years earlier--that purportedly contains the meaning of life.
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Long Line of CakesDeborah Wiles3 +Aurora County, Mississippi, is only the latest stop on the Cakes' nomadic lifestyle, opening bakeries wherever they go; but Emma Alabama Lane Cake (only girl of the six Cake children) is sick of it, and determined not to form any friendships here because they will just disappear as soon as the family moves again--but Aurora County has other ideas, and so does a girl named Ruby Lavender who plans to teach Emma a thing or two about friendship.
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Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulaine
Kate DiCamillo3+Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
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Misty of ChicoteagueMarguerite Henry3+Paul and his sister Maureen's determination to own a pony from the herd on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among the ponies rounded up for the yearly auction.
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Nest for CelesteHenry Cole3+Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.
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Projekt 1065Alan Gratz5 +It is 1943, and thirteen-year-old Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany in Berlin, is also a spy for the British Secret Service, so he has joined the Hitler Youth, and pretending that he agrees with their violence and book-burning is hard enough--but when he is asked to find out more about "Projekt 1065" both his and his parents' lives get a lot more dangerous.
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The Black StallionWalter Farley4 +The understanding and love between Alec Ramsay and a magnificent wild horse endure through shared adventures and dangers.
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The Thief LordCornelia Funke5+Orphaned brothers Prosper and Bo, having run away from their cruel aunt and uncle, decide to hide out in Venice where they fall in with the Thief Lord, a thirteen-year-old boy who leads a crime ring of street children.
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The War That Saved My Life
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
4+A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
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Westing GameEllen Raskin5 +The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
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Amal UnboundAisha Saeed
6-8 Realistic Fiction
"The compelling story of a girl’s fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude. Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day." (Good for students who enjoyed Malala's story.)GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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Artemis FowlErin Colin6-8 Fantasy"Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous—and extremely high-tech—fairies. He kidnaps one of them, Holly Short, and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family’s fortune. But he may have underestimated the fairies’ powers. Is he about to trigger a cross-species war?" (The blockbuster movie is coming to theaters on August 9th. Read it before you see it!)Teacher recommendation
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BreakoutKate Messner6-8 Mystery"Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek–two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town’s maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds...Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same. Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics...Breakout is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who’s really welcome in the places we call home."GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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Every Shiny ThingCordelia Jenson and Laurie Morrison
6-8 Realistic Fiction
"Told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren’s parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectrum and Sierra moves to a foster home in Lauren’s wealthy neighborhood, both girls are lost until they find a deep bond with each other. But when Lauren recruits Sierra to help with a Robin Hood scheme to raise money for autistic kids who don’t have her family’s resources, Sierra has a lot to lose if the plan goes wrong."GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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Full Cicada MoonMarilyn Hilton
6-8 Historical Fiction
"It’s 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi, moving to a predominantly white Vermont town is enough to make her feel alien. Suddenly, Mimi’s appearance is all anyone notices. She struggles to fit in with her classmates, even as she fights for her right to stand out by entering science competitions and joining Shop Class instead of Home Ec."Teacher recommendation
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GrenadeAlan Gratz6-8 World War II"The day the Americans land on Okinawa during World War II, the Japanese Army pulls Hideki Kaneshiro and all the other boys out of middle school and gives them each two grenades. One grenade, they tell Hideki, is to kill an American soldier. The other grenade is to kill himself." Teacher recommendation
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Harbor MeJacqueline Woodson
6-8 Realistic Fiction
"It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat–by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them–everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives."GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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My Brigadista YearKatherine Paterson
6-8 Historical Fiction
"In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read."GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend6-8 Fantasy"Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she's whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor. There she's invited to join the Wundrous Society. Mystery, magica and protection are hers - if only she can pass four impossible trials, using an exceptional talent. Which she doesn't have...Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series..."GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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Night DiaryVeera Hiranandani
6-8 Historical Fiction
"It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn’t know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home." (Note: JMS hosted Mrs. Hirandandani this past spring. It was an instant hit with our 8th graders!)GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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ReboundKwame Alexander6-8 Sports Fiction"It's 1988. Charlie Bell is still mourning his father, and struggling to figure out how he feels for his best (girl) friend, CJ. When he gets into trouble one too many times, he's packed off to stay with his grandparents for the summer. There his cousin Roxie introduces him to a whole new world: basketball. A legend on the courts is born. But can Charlie resist when trouble comes knocking once again?"GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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ResistanceJennifer A. Nielsen6-8 World War II"Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people."GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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Seventh WishKate Messner6-8 Fantasy"Charlie feels like she's always coming in last. From her Mom's new job to her sister's life away at college, everything else always seems to be more important than Charlie's upcoming dance competition or science project. Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing...in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom."GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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The Epic Fail of Arturo ZamoraPablo Cartya6-8 Adventure"Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL? For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees...He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as...Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí." (Note: Mr. Cartya is starting his book tour in Athens this spring. You can read his book and meet him in person!)Teacher recommendation
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The Journey of Little CharlieChristopher Paul Curtis
6-8 Historical Fiction
"Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His dad just died, the share crops are dry, and Cap'n Buck, the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina, has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap'n Buck and agrees to track down some folks accused of stealing from the Cap'n and his boss. It's not too bad of a bargain for Charlie, until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and discovers their true identities. Torn between his guilty conscience and his survival instinct, Charlie needs to figure out his next move, and soon. It's only a matter of time before Cap'n Buck catches on."GA Children's Book Award Nominee 19-20
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After the Shot DropsRandy RibayYoung Adult- Sports"Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood"
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Children of Blood and BoneTomi AdeyemiYoung Adult- FantasySeventeen-year-old Zelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
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Dear MartinNic StoneYoung Adult- Realistic Fiction"Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him"--Provided by publisher.
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Devils WithinS.F. HensonYoung Adult- Realistic FictionA teenage boy with a background in white supremacy and extreme violence gets a new start at a new school under a false name and struggles to forge a new life while trying to learn how to navigate a world where people of different races interact.
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Dread NationJustina IrelandYoung Adult- Historical Fiction/ Horror"Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania--derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities--and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponryand etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society's expectations. But that's not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn't pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies"--Dust jacket.
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Far from the TreeRobin BenwayYoung Adult- Realistic Fiction"Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties."--OCLC.
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (teacher nomination)Douglas AdamsYoung Adult- Science FictionSeconds before Earth is destroyed to make room for a galactic freeway, a young man is rescued by an alien friend who whisks him away on a space-traveling adventure.
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I am Still AliveKate Alice MarshallYoung Adult- Adventure/ Survival"Jess hadn't seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded. With only her father's dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she's stronger than she ever imagined. Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father . . . and she wants revenge"--Provided by publisher.
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Mary's Monster: Love, Madness and how Mary Shelley Created FrankensteinLita JudgeYoung Adult- BiographyIncludes bibliographical references (pages 305-311). An illustrated biography of the life of English novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
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Now is EverythingAmy GilesYoung Adult- Realistic Fiction"Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley's forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed. When Hadley attempts to take her own life at the hospital post-accident, her friends, doctors, family, and the investigator on the case want to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she's not talking"--Amazon.com
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Pitch DarkCourtney AlamedaYoung Adult- Science FictionTuck Durante, a shipraider, and Lana Gray, a curator, must work together to try to rescue a space capsule hijacked by nightmarish creatures who kill with a scream.
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SeafireNatalie C. ParkerYoung Adult- FantasyFollows Caledonia Styx, captain of her own ship, the Mors Navis, and its all-female crew as they strive to defeat the powerful fleet of Aric Athair, the vicious warlord who has taken their homes and families.
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The Loneliest Girl in the UniverseLauren JamesYoung Adult- Science FictionThe daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents' tragic deaths left her alone on the 'Infinity,' a spaceship speeding away from Earth. Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can't help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the 'Eternity,' will be joining the 'Infinity.' Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of the 'Eternity,' and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the 'Eternity' gets closer, Romy learns there's more to J's mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone . . ."--Jacket flap.
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The Poet XElizabeth AcevedoYoung Adult- Realistic FictionXiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
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The Way You Make Me FeelMaurene GooYoung Adult- Realistic Fiction"Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad's business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?"--Amazon.com.
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Truly DeviousMaureen JohnsonYoung Adult- MysteryNew at Ellingham Academy, Stevie Bell tries to both solve a murder at campus and the cold case of a double kidnapping.
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