Totally Joe BR 16655
by James Howe
For a class assignment, seventh-grader Joe writes an alphabiography--his life from A to Z. He comments on his friendships with Addie, Skeezie, and Bobby, from The Misfits (BR 14087); describes his brother Jeff, a sports-loving guy- guy; discusses issues at school; and relates being a gay teenager. For grades 6-9. 2005.
Ark Angel: An Alex Rider Adventure BR 16834
by Anthony Horowitz
After recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, teenage spy Alex Rider embarks on a new mission to stop a group of ecoterrorists from sabotaging the launch of the first outer space hotel, Ark Angel. For grades 6-9. 2006.
The Counterfeit Princess BR 16846
by Jane Resh Thomas
England. Vowing revenge when her parents are executed in 1553 by the duke of Northumberland, teenaged Iris becomes a messenger, a spy, and a stand-in for Princess Elizabeth during the volatile political events surrounding young King Edward VI's death. For grades 6-9. 2005.
The Happiness of Kati BR 16849
by Jane Vejjajiva
Thailand. After living for several years with her grandparents, nine-year-old Kati spends some precious time with her mother, who is dying from Lou Gehrig's disease. One of the mother's last gifts to Kati allows her to make an important decision for herself. For grades 3-6. 2003.
The Skeleton in the Smithsonian: Capital Mysteries, Book 3 BR
by Ron Roy
Washington, D.C. When Leonard Fisher claims to be the long-lost heir to the Smithsonian fortune, KC and Marshall set out to prove that he is a phony. For grades 2-4. 2003.
The Mailbox BR 16885
by Audrey Shafer
Rural Virginia. When twelve-year-old Gabe comes home after school, he discovers his guardian, Uncle Vernon, dead on the floor. Frightened, he tells no one, so he is surprised the next day to find the body gone and a note from an anonymous writer in the mailbox. For grades 5-8. 2006.
A Corner of the Universe BR 16894
by Ann M. Martin
Twelve-year-old Hattie experiences a tragic summer in 1960 when her young, mentally ill uncle Adam comes to stay with her grandparents. Hattie befriends him, but no one knows how to handle his moods, least of all Adam himself. For grades 6-9. 2002.
Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow BR 16897
by James Howe
Twelve-year-old Peter Monroe has won an overnight visit from M.T. Graves, author of the FleshCrawlers series, and his pet crow. Household dogs Harold and Howie are thrilled, but Chester the cat is suspicious and predicts a gruesome fate for the Monroe family pets. For grades 3-6. 2006.
Crispin: At the Edge of the World BR 16913
Fourteenth-century England. This sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead (BR 14606) finds Crispin and the enormous red-haired juggler, Bear, fleeing for their lives from a rebel brotherhood. When Bear is wounded, Crispin relies on an ancient healer and a disfigured girl for help. For grades 6-9. 2006.
Zelda and Ivy One Christmas BR 16918
by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
While baking cookies with their neighbor Mrs. Brownlie, sister foxes Zelda and Ivy talk about what they want for Christmas. Back home they're unsure whether the Christmas elves will leave Mrs. Brownlie a gift, so they decide to make one for her themselves. Easy chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2000.
Bella at Midnight BR 16925
by Diane Stanley
After a happy childhood with a peasant family, teenaged Bella is reclaimed by her real father, a knight. Castle life with a stepmother and two stepsisters becomes worse when Bella is caught up in a terrible plot. Bella's resources are her brave heart and her godmother. For grades 5-8. 2006.
Los Gatos Black on Halloween BR 17018
by Marisa Montes
Rhyming verse about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos, whose party in a haunted house is interrupted by what the monsters most abhor. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2006.
Move Over, Rover! BR 17020
by Karen Beaumont
When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself. But various other animals including a skunk come to join him. A story in rhyme. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor. 2006.
Chicken Boy BR 17104
by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Tobin McCauley's first day in seventh grade starts with his grandmother's arrest for illegal parking--on the school sidewalk. Two weeks later, when Tobin gets into a fight to defend his English teacher's honor, Henry, a new boy who raises chickens, comes to his aid. For grades 4-7. 2005.
Flush BR 17107
by Carl Hiaasen
The Florida Keys. With their father jailed for sinking a gambling boat, Noah Underwood and his sister Abbey gather evidence that casino owner Dusty Muleman is illegally emptying sewage tanks into coastal waters. They receive help from a former card dealer, a pirate, and Dusty's ex-girlfriend. For grades 5-8. 2005.
Smiler's Bones BR 17128
by Peter Lerangis
In 1897, Minik and his father Qisuk (Smiler) are among a group of Eskimos presented in New York City by explorer Peary. After Qisuk's death, Minik experiences displacement, sorrow, and deception as he battles to take his father's bones home to Greenland. Based on historical events. For grades 6-9. 2005.
Kit Learns a Lesson--A School Story: An American Girl, Book 2
by Valerie Tripp
In this sequel to Meet Kit (BR 16890), Kit learns hard lessons about the Great Depression. At school, Kit fights with a boy who makes fun of her out-of-work father. But a Thanksgiving delivery to a soup kitchen teaches Kit to be thankful. For grades 3-6. 2000.
All Alone in the Universe BR 17185
by Lynne Rae Perkins
Debbie and Maureen have been best friends ever since third grade. But now Maureen always seems to be with Glenna, and Debbie is feeling left out and lonely. Companion to Criss Cross (BR 17209). For grades 5-8. 1999.
Happy Birthday, Kit! A Springtime Story: An American Girl,
Book 4 BR 17186
by Valerie Tripp
Aunt Millie's visit to Kit and her family in Cincinnati during the Great Depression cheers them up. She impresses Kit with her money-saving ideas until she invites Kit's class to celebrate Kit's birthday at a "penny-pincher party." Sequel to Kit's Surprise (BR 17194). For grades 3-6. 2001.
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