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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)
ISBN: 9781442490581
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2013

The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden

Author-illustrator H. A. Rey (1898–1977)…grew up in Hamburg, Germany, as did his wife Margret (1906–1996). After World War I, Hans emigrated to Brazil; the two were married there in 1935. Carrying Brazilian passports, they honeymooned in Paris. Their intended two-week stay was extended until 1940 when, in the book’s central event, the Jewish Reys barely managed to escape the invading Germans—on bicycles. Meanwhile, they’d begun making children’s books; an early draft of Curious George was one of the very few items they carried as they fled occupied France.…Borden’s simple, quietly dramatic text (“The train slowly pulled out of the Orleans station, / then swayed and clattered along the tracks / as it gathered speed. / To Hans and Margret, / after three days of pedaling, / the sound was wonderful”) is marvelously enhanced by perfectly integrated historical and family photos and documents.…More than a first biography of picture book icons, this is a fine introduction to the period for young children, a model of documentation, and an exceptionally inviting and well-designed book. —Horn Book. Grades 3–6.
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By Allan Drummond (Illustrator), Louise Borden
ISBN: 9780547417462
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 16th, 2010

Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael Beil

Summer is indeed a time for mystery and adventure. Instead of spending the summer with his divorced father, 12-year-old Nicholas Mettleson and his younger, identical twin sisters leave New York City to head to rural Ohio to live along Forsaken Lake with their great-uncle Nick, an arm amputee who never misses a beat. It’s not long before Nicholas teams up with local star baseball player Charlotte “Charlie” Brennan, and the pair discovers a series of mysteries. Ultimately focusing on what’s right rather than the truth, the appealing story leaves one big mystery unsolved, promising a sequel and more summer magic. —Kirkus. Grades 4–6.
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ISBN: 9780375867422
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 12th, 2012

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Marlee only speaks to a tiny handful of people. She’s terrified of giving a presentation in class, of standing up to her bullying best friend, and of talking to strangers. But she’s also terrified of being voiceless in a family pulling itself apart. When a new girl moves to town, Marlee takes a chance and speaks to her. What unfolds is a friendship that challenges the social fabric of the town of Little Rock in the year 1958, just after the Little Rock Nine have desegregated the schools. Against this tumultuous backdrop, Marlee discovers that finding her voice will mean speaking up about what she knows is right. Grades 5–8.“This is my absolute favorite book of the year.” —Eileen

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ISBN: 9780142424353
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Published: Puffin Books - January 10th, 2013

Three Times Lucky Audiobook CD

A 2013 Newbery Honor Book. The American Library Association writes: “In the rich tradition of Southern storytelling, rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads eccentric residents of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, on a rollicking journey of mystery and adventure as she investigates a murder and searches for her long-lost mother.” Booklist, in naming this one of its Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2013, says, “Friedman bathes listeners in a rich drawl that imbues this family-friendly story with warmth and a strong sense of place.” Grades 4–7.
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ISBN: 9781611761368
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Published: Listening Library - August 2nd, 2012

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Telgemeier demonstrates a sure sense of young teen life and sensibilities in this spot-on graphic-novel portrayal of the middle-school theater scene. An ALA Notable Children’s Book, ALA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, ALA Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and ALA Rainbow List Top Ten Title.

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ISBN: 9780545326995
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Published: Graphix - September 1st, 2012

To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel & Mark Siegel

If your child is tired of biographies full of dull facts and figures, they should turn to To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel to showcase the ability to tell personal and powerful stories through art. To Dance follows the dreams of Siena Siegel—from a child starting her first ballet class, through Puerto Rico, Boston and ultimately the New York City Ballet. Chosen as an honor book for the Robert F. Sibert Award, Siegel’s biography shows both the highs and lows of becoming a professional ballerina. Ages 8+

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By Siena Cherson Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416926870
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2006


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