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Book Cover The Agony of Alice
By Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
2007/12 - Aladdin Mix
141695533X Check Our Catalog

Since Alice McKinney burst onto the scene in 1985, she has addressed the issues tween girls care about with humor and sensitivity. Now, the first two books in Naylor's beloved series are reissued with a fresh new look. ...More

Book Cover I, Coriander
By Gardner, Sally
2005/09 - Dial Books
0803730993 Check Our Catalog

With atmospheric writing, Gardner creates a new exhilarating fairy tale of a young girl who in the 17th century discovers she has inherited mysterious abilities from her mother. ...More

Book Cover Little Women
By Alcott, Louisa May
Jambor, Louis
1947/01 - Grosset & Dunlap
0448060191 Check Our Catalog


Book Cover Hope Was Here
By Bauer, Joan
2000/09 - Putnam Publishing Group
0399231420 Check Our Catalog

Thumbs Up! Award Winner - 2001
After moving to Wisconsin to run a diner with her aunt, 16-year-old Hope finds herself involved in the small town's mayoral race, where the G.T., owner of the diner, enters the race against the undefeated longtime mayor. G.T. has leukemia, but Hope sees the goodness and power in him. ...More

Book Cover Lucky T
By Brian, Kate
2005/06 - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
0689873514 Check Our Catalog

Carrie Fitzgerald always has the lead in the school play, and she dates the cutest boy in school. But when her mother accidentally donates Carrie's lucky T-shirt to a charity in India, she travels halfway around the world to get it back. ...More

Book Cover Love Among the Walnuts
By Ferris, Jean
1998/09 - Harcourt Children's Books
0152015906 Check Our Catalog

Sandy Alger is born into wealth and lives an idyllic life in almost total seclusion with his family for twenty years. But when his wicked uncles make a move to steal the family fortune, Sandy is forced to come to terms with a threatening world. Jean Ferris goes far beyond her standard YA novels in this dramatic and fanciful adventure. ...More

Book Cover Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board
By Hamilton, Bethany
Berk, Sheryl
Bundschuh, Rick
2004/10 - MTV Books
0743499220 Check Our Catalog

Hamilton, the teenage surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in the fall of 2003, shares her amazing story, detailing her return to surfing after this life-changing event. She also reveals how she has dealt with the maelstrom of attention from the press and media and how her faith keeps her going and feeling positive. ...More

Book Cover Gathering Blue
By Lowry, Lois
2000/09 - Walter Lorraine Books
0618055819 Check Our Catalog

CCBC Choices - 2001
Suddenly orphaned and physically disabled, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians. ...More

Book Cover I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader
By Scott, Kieran
2005/02 - Putnam Publishing Group
0399242791 Check Our Catalog

Sassy, brunette New Jersey transplant Annisa Gobrowski is stunned when she sees everyone at her new school in Florida is blonde. But that's not going to stop her from making the cheerleading squad. But after she discovers the other cheerleaders hate her, she has second thoughts. ...More

Book Cover Surviving the Applewhites
By Tolan, Stephanie S.
2002/08 - HarperCollins Publishers
0066236029 Check Our Catalog

2005 Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Grades 6-8
CCBC Choices - 2003
Word is Jack Semple was kicked out of every school in his home state. Now, the only place that will take him is the Creative Academy, a home school run by a chaotic, quarrelsome family named Applewhite. When Jake meets E.D. Applewhite, a scruffy girl longing for order, the only thing they have in common is the determination to survive the family's eccentricities. ...More

Book Cover Uglies
By Westerfeld, Scott
Corral, Rodrigo
2005/03 - Simon Pulse
0689865384 Check Our Catalog

2008 Grand Canyon Reader Award- Tween Nominee
2007 Gateway Reader's Award 3rd place
2007 Teen Buckeye Book Award- 2nd Place
2007 Virginia Readers' Choice High School Winner
2006-2007 Rosie Award Winner

In Tally's world, a 16th birthday brings an operation, transforming one from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty. Turning Pretty is all Tally has ever wanted. Her friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally must make a terrible choice. ...More

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The Golden Compass
By Pullman, Philip
2006/10 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
0375838309 Check Our Catalog

Lyra Belaqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar Pantalaimon always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle--a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold, far North, young Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: She alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle. ...More

Book Cover Flavor of the Week
By Shaw, Tucker
2003/09 - Hyperion Books
0786818905 Check Our Catalog

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Flavor of the Week is a novel about a teenage chef and the girl he dreams of when he cooks. ...More

Book Cover Flipped
By Van Draanen, Wendelin
2001/10 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
037591174X Check Our Catalog

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: "My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss." He says: "It's been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort." But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he's thinking there's more to her than meets the eye, she's thinking that he's not quite all he seemed.
This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny new voices. Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying the humor are two teens in transition. They are each learning to look beyond the surface of people, both figuring ...More

Book Cover Rapunzel's Revenge
By Hale, Shannon
Hale, Dean
Hale, Nathan
2008/08 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781599900704 Check Our Catalog

In this swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel uses her amazing hair as a lasso and teams up with a mysterious outlaw to gallop around the Wild West, battling villains and righting wrongs. ...More

Book Cover Doctor Illuminatus: The Alchemist's Son Part I
By Booth, Martin
2004/10 - Little Brown and Company
0316155756 Check Our Catalog

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When a family moves to an old English country estate, Sebastian, the son of an alchemist, is accidentally awakened from a centuries-long sleep. The evil enemy of Sebastian's father has also been awakened and continues to relentlessly pursue his sinister plan. ...More

Book Cover Letters from Father Christmas
By Tolkien, J. R. R.
1999/12 - Houghton Mifflin Company
061800937X Check Our Catalog

Each December, while they were growing up, one of these beautifully written and illustrated letters would arrive for Tolkien's children. Readers, young and old, are sure to be charmed by the inventiveness of Tolkien's seasonal ingenuity. 60 color illustrations. ...More

Book Cover I, Coriander
By Gardner, Sally
2005/09 - Dial Books
0803730993 Check Our Catalog

With atmospheric writing, Gardner creates a new exhilarating fairy tale of a young girl who in the 17th century discovers she has inherited mysterious abilities from her mother. ...More

Book Cover Emma
By Austen, Jane
Cronin, Richard
McMillan, Dorothy
2005/10 - Cambridge University Press
0521824370 Check Our Catalog

Emma is Austen's most technically accomplished novel. The full implications of its hidden plot are only revealed by a second reading. Presented here for the first time with the spelling and the punctuation of the first edition of 1816, the text allows readers to see the novel as Austen's contemporaries first encountered it. The volume includes comprehensive explanatory notes, an extensive critical introduction covering the context and publication history of the work, and a chronology of Austen's life as well. This edition is an indispensable resource for all scholars and readers of Austen. ...More

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