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Whether children are starting school for the first time or readjusting to a new school year, thse books will help them acclimate.

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1968

1968, THE YEAR AMERICA GREW UP From racial and gender equality fights to the struggle against the draft and the Vietnam war, in 1968 Americans asked...

"...account, as will younger ones who can’t remember who came first.” —The New York Times Book Review..."

Michael Kaufman

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A powerful look at the effects of one girl’s suicide on her high school "I can feel The whispering of the hallway walls Growing louder as the groups...

Terri Fields Terri Fields

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American Born Chinese

A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a...

"...this title. EB Review in March 15th 2007 issue of Library Journal A National Book Award finalist and ALA's Printz Award winner, this fable stars the mythological Monkey King, realistic youngster Jin..."

Gene Luen Yang Gene Luen Yang

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American Born Chinese

A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a...

Gene Luen Yang Gene Luen Yang

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Big Slick

All in all, sixteen-year-old Andrew Lang has been dealt a pretty good hand in life. Sure, he has to spend his afternoons slaving away in the hellhole that is...

".... . . Powerful."—Kirkus Reviews   “BIG SLICK is an action-filled tale involving hot girls, hot cars..."

Eric Luper Eric Luper

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Henry Holt and Co.

Dating Hamlet

Ophelia's Story

Ophelia lives to tell the tale of what happened at Elsinore "The nights at Elsinore are longer than anywhere else. I have stayed awake these many weeks,...

Lisa Fiedler

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Deep in the Heart of High School

Vanna Reynolds was popular and happy back in Plano, Texas, but now she lives with her mother in a tiny apartment in San Antonio. How can she start her freshman...

"...meets marching band, with largely winning results.” —Kirkus Reviews..."

Veronica Goldbach Veronica Goldbach

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Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond

"A gold mine of essential information for every aspiring comics artist. Highly recommended." --Scott McCloud Drawing Words and Writing Pictures is a course...

"...on the accompanying website, www.dw-wp.com.. Review in Kirkus   Smartly designed and easy to understand..."

By Jessica Abel and Matt Madden

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Falling

Everyone expected fifteen-year-old Matt Shaw to be Jeffords Junior High’s star basketball player. But Matt never went out for the team. He won’t even touch a...

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Doug Wilhelm Doug Wilhelm

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Forever Changes

5:30 a.m., Brianna Pelletier gets ready for her daily pounding. As she lies on the couch, her dad beats her chest, then her back, coaxing the mucus out of her...

"...dimension in the personalities of Brianna and those who love her.” —Kirkus Reviews   “Halpin’s gift..."

Brendan Halpin

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Freak

For Miriam Fisher, a budding poet who reads the Oxford English Dictionary for fun, seventh grade is a year etched in her memory “clear as pain.” That’s the...

".... . . Stunning.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews   "Observant and tough, Miriam's voice has a knife edge that tears past..."

Marcella Pixley Marcella Pixley

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How Ya Like Me Now

Since his dad died, Eddie’s mom has spent all her time getting high on OxyContin, leaving Eddie to take care of himself. When Eddie’s mom goes into rehab and...

"...tone."  --Kirkus Reviews   "An engaging YA slice-of-life story, capped by an upbeat resolution..."

Brendan Halpin

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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on...

"...of adolescence."—New York Times Book Review   "Zevin is just a great writer. . . . [She] gets all..."

Gabrielle Zevin Gabrielle Zevin

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Romeo's Ex

Rosalind's Story

Shakespeare’s classic retold from another perspective Rosaline won’t let anyone or anything get in the way of her future as a healer. That is, until she...

Lisa Fiedler

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Speak

"Speak up for yourself - we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinds knows that this is a...

Laurie Halse Anderson Laurie Halse Anderson

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You Don't Know Me

Dark and funny. John ("My father named me after a toilet!") wrestles with the certainty that no one really knows him -- not in his miserable home, and...

"...is a multilayered novel that presents a winning portrait of an understandably angst-ridden adolescent..."

David Klass David Klass

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