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Character education has recently been endorsed by federal law and by many state laws. The study of literature allows children to explore protagonists who either encompass or are struggling with the common virtues of kindness, caring, courage, responsibility, and citizenship and, in that way, examine their own character traits.

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Bad

Inspired by the author's work in a girls' rehabilitation center. Ray called it skating when we did the crazy things . . . Hot-wiring a fancy car for a...

Jean Ferris Jean Ferris

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Buddha Boy

How to survive being good Like a flashback memory, he’s there in my mind: skimming up the stairs at school, his sloppy old T-shirt big as a sail, red...

Kathe Koja Kathe Koja

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Buttermilk Hill

Finding a way to cope through poetry The days seem carefree for Piper Berry in her hometown of Buttermilk Hill, North Carolina -- days filled with fishing...

Ruth White Ruth White

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A Dangerous Engine

Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat

At the time of his famous kite experiment, Benjamin Franklin was unaware that his theories about electricity had already made him a celebrity all over Europe,...

"...long, productive, and interesting life is vividly recounted in a lively manner."  --School Library..."

By Joan Dash and Dusan Petricic

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Defect

Maybe it was bad karma. Maybe it was just bad luck. Whatever the reason, fifteen-year-old David was born defective. His bug eyes, pinched face, and hearing...

"...an unforgettable character on the path to discovering that some blessings can be a curse—and some curses..."

Will Weaver Will Weaver

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Elsewhere

Is it possible to grow up while getting younger? Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful....

"....  Surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing..."

Gabrielle Zevin Gabrielle Zevin

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Everything Beautiful in the World

Lately I feel like an astronaut out on a space walk – constantly praying the tube attaching me to the ship doesn’t snap and send me flying into outer darkness....

"...confessions, and her bravado. To create a character who is all at once flawed, defiant, remorseful, utterly..."

Lisa Levchuk Lisa Levchuk

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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...

".... Of course she’s done the math. But in her senior year of high school, Brianna learns of another kind..."

Brendan Halpin

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Guerrilla Season

The Civil War in Missouri In 1863, at fifteen, Matt Howard is old enough to join the Southern guerrillas and help protect Missouri from Union forces. But...

Pat Hughes Pat Hughes

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Harlem Hustle

Hustle’s personal Harlem was sorely in need of a renaissance. For him, it was the place where a scared kid named Eric Samson had been ditched by druggy parents...

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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Headlong

What sets Vaughn apart is the quality of our girls. We do draw from all over, girls from every kind of background, girls for whom Vaughn is a major life...

"...What sets Vaughn apart is the quality of our girls. We do draw from all over, girls from every kind..."

Kathe Koja Kathe Koja

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Home of the Braves

"At the start of his senior year, Joe Brickman expects to be the star of his high school soccer team and finally work up the courage to ask out his neighbor,...

David Klass David Klass

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It's Our World, Too!

Young People Who Are Making a Difference

This invaluable companion to the award-winning We Were There, Too! gives young readers the tools to bring about change. After the tragic and transforming...

By Phillip Hoose and Pete Seeger

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Letting Go of Bobby James

Or How I Found My Self of Steam

A heartwarming journey to self-discovery When sixteen-year-old Sally Jo Walker, known as Jody, is abandoned at a gas station by her husband after he hits...

Valerie Hobbs Valerie Hobbs

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Never So Green

"Johnston debuts with a gut-wrenching small town tale of friendship, baseball, and 'dirty little secrets' . . . Will draw readers irresistibly into Tex's...

Tim Johnson Tim Johnson

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Off-Color

Spunky and headstrong, Cameron blasts music, challenges adults, and cuts class when she feels like it. She lives with her single mom in Brooklyn and hangs out...

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

A Novel

It’s time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a...

".... The novel demonstrates every kind of strength.”—New York Times Book Review   "The dialogue pings...Cameron, a respected author of adult fiction, has written a spare, spacious, quietly dazzling book..."

Peter Cameron Peter Cameron

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Sonny's War

After her father dies, fourteen-year-old Corin needs her brother, Sonny, more than ever. Sonny is quiet but he's a great listener, and Cory knows where she can...

"...with vivid, well-rounded characters who learn to love each other – and themselves. Hobbs just gets..."

Valerie Hobbs Valerie Hobbs

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Strong at the Heart

How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse

“This book is an absolute gift to the world.” – Jacqueline Woodson Every year more than half a million young people are sexually abused or assaulted in North...

"...will want to read it and every teacher should. This is the kind of book that will help our culture..."

By Carolyn Lehman and Laura Davis

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Swiss Mist

When Milo is in fifth grade, his parents get divorced, and his teacher, Ms. Swinford, helps him make it through the year. He loves hearing her sing “The Happy...

"...of what is true is shaken.   With the authentic teen voice and quirky characters he’s known..."

Randy Powell Randy Powell

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Underground

In 1839, visitors from miles around come to Kentucky to tour Mammoth Cave. But sixteen-year-old Charlotte, the maid at Mammoth Cave Hotel, doesn’t understand...

"...’s interested in Stephen himself, with his quick mind and kind ways. Then Charlotte makes..."

Jean Ferris Jean Ferris

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The Year They Burned the Books

Booklist, Top 10 Gay and Lesbian Books for Youth

Nancy Garden Nancy Garden

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Write Naked

Sixteen-year-old Victor, a thoughtful loner who tries to live his life “under the radar,” wants to test out the saying “You have to be naked to write.” When he...

".... A strikingly original debut novel that introduces two storytellers with different kinds of tales: one..."

Peter Gould

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Zulu Dog

"Two children and a dog offer a tentative hope for a strife-ridden, modern South Africa . . . Vusi is a meticulously drawn character, whose singleminded...

Anton Ferreira

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