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Give your young readers something to look forward to this summer. Check out these titles to keep kids reading . . . all summer long!

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Square Fish

Annie on My Mind

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family...

"...This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family.... This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each..."

Nancy Garden Nancy Garden

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Frances Foster Books

Anything But Ordinary

From the moment their romance begins in eighth grade, Winifred and Bernie are individualists. They pride themselves on being different, and have each other for...

"..., and have each other for support through the tough years of high school. So when they consider..."

Valerie Hobbs Valerie Hobbs

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The Canning Season

Love under trying circumstances One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clark’s ill-natured mother tells her that Ratchet will be leaving their Pensacola...

"...Love under trying circumstances One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clark’s ill-natured mother tells her that Ratchet will be leaving their Pensacola.... Love under trying circumstances One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clark’s ill-natured mother tells her that Ratchet will be leaving..."

Polly Horvath Polly Horvath

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Coram Boy

2000 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Published to acclaim in the United Kingdom, this stunning historical novel delves into a hidden side of...

"...paints low-life characters every bit as seductively as the high-society variety, and never shows her..."

Jamila Gavin Jamila Gavin

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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...

"...of the heart that await them, deep in the heart of high school. Written with verve and touches..."

Veronica Goldbach Veronica Goldbach

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Dreamhunter

Book One of the Dreamhunter Duet

Laura comes from a world similar to our own except for one difference: it is next to the Place, an unfathomable land that fosters dreams of every kind and is...

"...she loves . . . In the midst of a fascinating landscape, Laura’s dreamy childhood is ending..."

Elizabeth Knox Elizabeth Knox

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Dreamquake

Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet

The dreamhunting began as a beautiful thing, when Tziga Hame discovered that he could enter the Place and share the dreams he found there with other people....

"...adult literature."--School Library Journal   “It’s a story of hope and love. It’s a fantasy yet is very..."

Elizabeth Knox Elizabeth Knox

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Firestorm

The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 1

His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn’t broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have known and...

"...His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn’t broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have known and.... His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn’t broken the high school rushing record that night, he..."

David Klass David Klass

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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...

".... . .McDonald once again strikes gold.  Young adults will love this book."  --Starred, School Library..."

Janet McDonald Janet McDonald

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The Invisible

One ordinary Monday morning in May, Hilmer Eriksson walks into his high school classroom and discovers that he has become invisible. No one can see him, no one...

"...One ordinary Monday morning in May, Hilmer Eriksson walks into his high school classroom and discovers that he has become invisible. No one can see him, no one.... One ordinary Monday morning in May, Hilmer Eriksson walks into his high school classroom and discovers that he has become invisible. No one can see him, no one can hear him. In fact, a police detective named Harald Fors arrives at school that very morning to investigate Hilmer’s disappearance. The b..."

By Mats Wahl and Katarina Tucker

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The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named Ivy discovers a chilling secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh pharmacy across the street from the...

"...On an unseasonably warm Easter Sunday, a young girl named Ivy discovers a chilling secret..."

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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Skunk Girl

If Nina Khan were to rate herself on the unofficial Pakistani prestige point system – the one she’s sure all the aunties and uncles use to determine the most...

"...year of high school, none of the feelings swilling around in my head bear any relation to excitement..."

Sheba Karim Sheba Karim

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Tasting the Sky

A Palestinian Childhood

Winner, Arab American National Museum Book Award for Children's/YA Literature, among other awards and honors. “When a war ends it does not go away,” my...

"...will be charmed  by the writer-to-be as she falls in love with chalk, the Arabic alphabet, and the first-grade teacher who recognizes her abilities."--Starred, School Library Journal   "A compassionate..."

Ibtisam Barakat Ibtisam Barakat

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Tell Me Everything

After her mother dies trying to rescue a boy on a snowy mountain, twelve-year-old Roz searches desperately to understand what happened, and why her mother...

Carolyn Coman Carolyn Coman

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A True and Faithful Narrative

In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore is something of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg pores over books. She spends long hours...

"...In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore is something of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg pores over books. She spends long hours.... In Restoration London, sixteen-year-old Meg Moore is something of an anomaly. Unlike other girls her age, Meg pores over books. She spends long hours conversing with the famous authors and poets who visit her father’s bookstore, and even writes..."

Katherine Sturtevant Katherine Sturtevant

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The Espressologist

What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life....

Kristina Springer Kristina Springer

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