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THE GOLDFISH BOY, by Lisa Thompson

October 13, 2017

The story: Matthew’s OCD keeps him in the house, as far away from germs as he can get. Who would have thought that a kid who spends most of his time watching out the window would be the one putting together clues to solve the disappearance of a neighbor’s grandson? If Matthew can’t do it, […]

YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER, by Ann Dee Ellis

October 13, 2017

The story: Her dad is gone, her mother leaves them home alone all the time, and her only hobby is entering every sweepstakes she can find. Only Olivia’s imagination–and her love for younger sister Berkeley–keeps the sixth grader going. When she finally, finally finds a friend in Bart, he betrays her in what seems to […]

MUSTACHES FOR MADDIE, by Chad Morris and Shelley Brown

September 29, 2017

The story: 6th grade Maddie’s life–complete with bullies, Shakespeare, and tough decisions about standing up–is turned upside down when she finds out she has a brain tumor. Now it’s the turn of her classmates to rally around her, and they do: complete with mustaches (Maddie’s signature fashion accessory). But there’s a big surgery coming up, […]

WILD BIRD, by Wendelin Van Draanen

September 29, 2017

The story: Wren is in trouble…big trouble. Her parents have sent her to jail–or at least, that’s how it feels. After getting busted while high on drugs and doing just about everything to alienate her family, she’s been sent to a rehab survival camp out in the Utah desert. Not only does she not have […]

THIS IMPOSSIBLE LIGHT, by Lily Myers

September 28, 2017

The story: Ivy is a smart girl, even though her world seems to be crumbling around her. Her parents have divorced, dad has a new girlfriend, her brother has moved out, and her mother seems to be drowning in depression. Worst of all, Ivy feels that she’s getting too tall, too round, too different from […]

FLAWED, by Cecelia Ahern

September 28, 2017

The story: In Celestine’s dystopian society, making choices that don’t benefit society can cause you to be labeled “flawed”–and branded, so that everyone else knows it too. When Celestine breaks a rule to help someone on the fringes, the unthinkable happens, and somehow she finds herself targeted as the most flawed person EVER. Will her […]

LOVE, ISH by Karen Rivers

September 28, 2017

The story: Mischa (aka Ish) wants nothing more than to go to Mars someday, although in the meantime she’d also like it if her best friend Tig moved back, her sister Elliott was a little nicer, or she didn’t have these headaches all the time–bad ones. On the first day of 7th grade, her classmates […]

MUSTACHES FOR MADDIE, by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

September 27, 2017

The story: 6th grade Maddie’s life–complete with bullies, Shakespeare, and tough decisions about standing up–is turned upside down when she finds out she has a brain tumor. Now it’s the turn of her classmates to rally around her, and they do: complete with mustaches (Maddie’s signature fashion accessory). But there’s a big surgery coming up, […]

SAVING RED, by Sonya Sones

May 22, 2017

The story: Molly feels bad about a lot of things in her life, yet it seems like things might just be changing when she befriends homeless Red and falls in love with Cristo. But when Cristo dumps her and Red just keeps listening to the voices in her head, Molly realizes that she can’t fix […]

THINGS TO HUGE TO FIX BY SAYING SORRY, by Susan Vaught

May 22, 2017

The story: Dani’s Grandma Ruth has Alzheimer’s, and it looks like the truth about her part in the history of the Civil Rights Movement may go to the grave with her, untold. But Dani’s been given a rambling manuscript, a key with no lock, and a story written by Grandma’s worst enemy and she intends […]