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Ages 10-13 from the 2013 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2013 Winter Newsletter.

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

Intrepid orphan Hattie (from the Newbery-honor book Hattie Big Sky) sets out to make her fortune in the bustling city of San Francisco in 1919. Starting out as the seamstress for a vaudeville troupe, Hattie sets her sights on becoming a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, despite the countless obstacles in her path. Excellent historical fiction and a bright tale of ambition and pluck. Grades 6–8.

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ISBN: 9780385737463
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 2013

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Oscar is one of the most unique characters ever in a middle grade fantasy book. His desire to understand what people want of him when they speak, and his awareness that he does not, is enough to break our hearts. Is he a real boy if he’s not like everyone else? Here’s a plot that will fool you and a boy who will delight you. Grades 5–8.

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By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062015075
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Published: Walden Pond Press - September 24th, 2013

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Twelve-year-old Summer and her Japanese-American family work every harvest season to earn money to pay their mortgage. But this last year, Summer has had malaria (she is now obsessed with learning everything to be known about mosquitoes and is both amazed and repelled); her parents have to travel to Japan to care for elderly relatives; her grandmother, now in charge of cooking for the combine crews, has intense spinal pain; and her grandfather driving the giant harvesting machine all day and night is getting very tired. Her brother, Jaz, amusing and puzzling, earnest and autistic, is, like Summer, attempting to maneuver within friendship and family ties. The Thing About Luck is heartfelt, perfect in structure and narrative, accessible, and very funny. Newbery-winner Cynthia Kadohata could, with this book, do it again. Grades 5–8.

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By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416918820
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2013

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

For such a slim book, Flora & Ulysses is enormously enjoyable. I won’t outline the plot, but I will tell you it’s about the pleasure of reading aloud and sharing references (both Flora and her father will sometimes exclaim "Holy Bagumba!"); a superhero squirrel who writes poetry; a couple of quick-witted 10- and 11-year-olds (one boy, one girl), and other adults who mean well, but not always and not all of them. I smiled as I read the first page and continued to smile all the way through, except when I occasionally stopped smiling to laugh. For all ages, but particularly for 7- to 11-year-olds, this book would be an absolutely super read-aloud. We have signed first editions.

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By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763660406
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Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2013

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

Sixth-grader Ruby Pepperdine is "good at figuring out what she was supposed to do," but since her grandmother Gigi’s death, she’s lost the center of everything. The story is told in flashbacks circles around the truth. What if there is no "supposed to"? Ruby, missing Gigi, misses opportunity after opportunity to remain close to her best friend, her family, her town. This sweet novel is simultaneously commonplace and complex, poignant, and oh-so-gently funny, like life, like death—like love, which is the center of everything.

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ISBN: 9780547763484
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2013

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Twelve-year-old Willow Chance is... different. Different as in she grows 30-foot bamboo, diagnoses medical conditions, and loves the number 7. Also, she has no friends. Not one, until the day she meets a seriously misguided guidance counselor, Dell Duke, and a series of coincidences are set in motion (some tragic, some mystical), which will radically change this girl’s life. Not to mention changing the lives of 1 guidance counselor, 1 generous Vietnamese-American family (numbering 3), 1 lucky taxi driver, and 1 magnificent garden. (1 + 3 + 1 + 1 + Willow = 7) You don’t want to miss this one. Grades 5–8.

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ISBN: 9780803738553
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Published: Dial Books - August 29th, 2013

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Enter the dreamy forest of the Urwald, where the orphaned Jinx is snatched up by a secretive wizard. For what purpose? Uncertain who to trust, Jinx sets out to uncover the secrets of his new master as well as the strange and persistent callings of the Urwald forest. Sage Blackwood evokes the mysterious and unsettling terrain of Grimm’s fairy tales through which the soft-hearted Jinx stumbles until he learns that in the midst of perilous danger that he can trust his own powers. A mesmerizing fantasy, told with droll humor and packed with witches who travel in butter churns, botched curses, and cranky, if lovable, friendships. Grades 4–7.

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ISBN: 9780062129901
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Published: HarperCollins - January 8th, 2013

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

When the Queen Mary sinks, Charles Maxim finds 1-year-old Sophie floating in a cello case in the English channel and fishes her out. Book fiends, firm friends, the two create a harmonious, unorthodox life together. On her 12th birthday (evading the National Children’s Agency), Sophie and Charles flee to Paris, where Sophie believes her mother may be: "Never ignore a possible," says Charles. The book blooms into a nocturnal rooftop escapade high above the streets of Paris, where a nimble gang of kids live and get around the city by leaping building to building. Sophie joins them, following night after night a trail of notes. A buoyant, witty, Dickensian treat. Grades 4–8.

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By Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442490581
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2013

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