by Bauer, Joan Year Published: 2012"When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren't so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar's mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can't control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds" by Morpurgo, Michael Year Published: 2011Lizzie and Karl's mother, Mutti, working at a local zoo in Dresden, Germany, during World War II while their father is away fighting in France, brings home Marlene, a baby elephant who is slated to be destroyed as the Allied bombing grows closer, and when they are forced to flee, Mutti feels they must take Marlene with them, adding even more danger to their journey. by Flinn, Alex Year Published: 2012Tells the story of Kendra, a witch, and the first three-hundred years of her life, including takes on a classic fairy tale, the 1666 plague in Britain, the "Titanic" disaster, and the story of a modern-day, plain stepsister. by Meyer, Marissa Year Published: 2012Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister's illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder's life gets intertwined with Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle. by Sonnenblick, Jordan Year Published: 2012After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography, which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear. by Barnes, Jennifer Lynn Year Published: 2012Every other day, Kali changes from a normal girl to an invincible monster killer. She is forced to reveal her secret and enlist the help of friends when she sees that a classmate is marked for death – and it’s on the wrong day. by Bragg, Georgia Year Published: 2011Shares the sometimes gruesome details of the deaths of nineteen famous historical figures, including King Tut, Pocahontas, George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe, and Marie Curie. by Kincaid, S. J. Year Published: 2012Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet. by Kindl, Patrice Year Published: 2012In order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle in Lesser Hoo, seventeen-year-old Althea bears the burden of finding a wealthy suitor who can remedy their financial problems. by Lu, Marie Year Published: 2011In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. by Davies, Stephen Year Published: 2011The children of Britain's ambassador to Burkina Faso, fifteen-year-old Jake, who loves technology and adventure, and thirteen-year-old Kas, a budding social activist, are abducted and spend time in the Sahara desert with Yakuuba Sor, who some call a terrorist but others consider a modern-day Robin Hood. by Carvell, Tim Year Published: 2012Twelve-year-old Tad has a plan to make seventh grade his most awesome year, but he must overcome a devious little sister, an embarrassing summer job, a science fair project gone awry, and other obstacles. by Petrucha, Stefan Year Published: 2012Adopted by famous Pinkerton Agency Detective Hawking in 1895 New York, fourteen-year-old Carver Young hopes to find his birth father, but when he becomes involved in the pursuit of notorious killer Jack the Ripper, Carver discovers that finding the truth can be worse than ignorance. by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld Year Published: 2013 SportsTheo Rollins is starting eighth grade six inches taller, and his new height is making everyone expect more from him. Coach Mandrake wants to transform him from invisible science geek into star basketball player, even though Theo has little experience with the game. by Bardugo, Leigh Year Published: 2012While crossing the vast, horrifying Fold, Alina discovers that she has magical powers. Attracting the attention of her country's most powerful leaders, Alina is whisked away, and her whole life changes in an instant. by Strohmeyer, Sarah Year Published: 2012Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried--they know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they're missing out on the full high school experience, it's time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: they will each take on their greatest challenge and they will totally rock it. by Blumenthal, Karen Year Published: 2012Steve Jobs' story has become legend: a college dropout who started a wildly successful tech company in his parents' garage. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched. Here is the complex man behind the myth. by Nielsen, Jennifer A. Year Published: 2012In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. by Levine, Kristin Year Published: 2012Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend is actually an African American girl passing herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families. by McCall, Guadalupe Garcia Year Published: 2011Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms. by Palacio, R. J. Year Published: 2012Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
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by Ness, Patrick Year Published: 2011 Fiction
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
by Gidwitz, Adam Year Published: 2010 Fiction
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.
by Gibbs, Stuart Year Published: 2010 Fiction
Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo's star attraction--Henry the hippopotamus--is murdered.Click this link to see all available copies at Denton ISD middle schools. Remember to look for your school!
by Sepetys, Ruta Year Published: 2011 FictionIn 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note. by Young, Moira Year Published: 2011 FictionIn a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.Click this link to see all available copies at Denton ISD middle schools. Remember to look for your school! by Lane, Andrew Year Published: 2010 FictionIn 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain. by Roth, Veronica Year Published: 2011 Fiction
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
by Frost, Helen Year Published: 2011 Fiction
Years after Darra Monson's father stole a minivan with Wren Abbott hiding in the back, the girls come face to face at summer camp and together they try to work through what happened to them and the impact it had on their lives.Click this link to see all available copies at Denton ISD middle schools. Remember to look for your school!
by Dionne, Erin Year Published: 2011 Fiction
French horn virtuoso Elsie Wyatt resents having to join her high school's marching band playing a mellophone, but finally finds a sense of belonging that transcends the pressure she has always felt to be as good as her father, principal french horn player in the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
by Schmidt, Gary D. Year Published: 2011 FictionFourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck faces many challenges, including an abusive father, a brother traumatized by Vietnam, suspicious teachers and police officers, and isolation, but when he meets a girl known as Lil Spicer, he develops a close relationship with her and finds a safe place at the local library.Click this link to see all available copies at Denton ISD middle schools. Remember to look for your school! by Paulsen, Gary Year Published: 2011 FictionMan of the iron heads -- Jo-Jo, the dogfaced girl -- Erik's rules. A collection of three novellas by Gary Paulsen that explores the diverse meanings of family. by White, Kiersten Year Published: 2010 FictionWhen a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend. by Maberry, Jonathan Year Published: 2010 FictionIn a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter. by Gier, Kerstin Year Published: 2011 Fiction
Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth Shepherd unexpectedly travels through time to the eighteenth century, and she must find out why her mother lied about her date of birth to hide her ability, research her history, and work with Gideon, another time traveler.Click this link to see all available copies at Denton ISD middle schools. Remember to look for your school!
by Hobbs, Will Year Published: 2011 Fiction
When North Carolina fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands joins his fifteen-year-old cousin Rio in running the Rio Grande River, they face a tropical storm and a fugitive kidnapper.
by Stephens, John Year Published: 2011 FictionKate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers--and a fearsome enemy--and embark on a prophesied quest to find a magical book. by Rylander, Chris Year Published: 2011 FictionSixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business charging schoolmates for protection from bullies and for help to negotiate conflicts peacefully, with amazing challenges and results. by Van Draanen, Wendelin Year Published: 2011 FictionWhen a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again. by Oppel, Kenneth Year Published: 2011 Fiction
Victor and Konrad Frankenstein are inseparable twin brothers who stumble upon The Dark Library, where secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are housed, but after their father forbids them to ever return to the library Konrad falls gravely ill and Victor seeks out a cure for his brother beyond traditional medicine.Click this link to see all available copies at Denton ISD middle schools. Remember to look for your school!
by Monninger, Joseph Year Published: 2010 Fiction
While trying to help her eleven-year-old brother who suffers from cystic fibrosis get his greatest wish, fifteen-year-old Bee discovers that she has some special wishes of her own.Click this link to see all available copies at Denton ISD middle schools. Remember to look for your school!
by Coles, William E. Year Published: 1996When Mark discovers money and a note concealed in the pages of a copy of Dickens' "Great Expectations," he undertakes a quest with his classmate Zeena that leads to more money, more clues to follow, and ultimately more knowledge of himself. by Yolen, Jane Year Published: 1998Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents' religious cult, the Believers, to await the end of the world atop a remote mountain, where they try to decide what they themselves believe. by Lasky, Kathryn Year Published: 2010In 1932 Berlin, thirteen-year-old Gaby Schramm witnesses the beginning of Hitler's rise to power, as soldiers become ubiquitous, her beloved literature teacher starts wearing a jewelled swastika pin, and the family's dear friend, Albert Einstein, leaves the country while Gaby's parents secretly bury his books and papers in their small yard. by Flinn, Alex Year Published: 2007A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form. by Westerfeld, Scott Year Published: 2010Continues the story of Austrian Prince Alek who, in an alternate 1914 Europe, eludes the Germans by traveling in the Leviathan to Constantinople, where he faces a whole new kind of genetically-engineered warships. by Flinn, Alex Year Published: 2012Tells the story of Kendra, a witch, and the first three-hundred years of her life, including takes on a classic fairy tale, the 1666 plague in Britain, the "Titanic" disaster, and the story of a modern-day, plain stepsister. by Meyer, Marissa Year Published: 2012Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister's illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder's life gets intertwined with Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle. by Clare, Cassandra Year Published: 2010When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld. Shortly after, she discovers that she is a Downworlder and must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. by Murdock, Catherine Gilbert Year Published: 2006After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. by Chandler, Elizabeth Year Published: 2010Presents two novels in Elizabeth Chandler's Dark Secrets series--"No Time to Die," in which Jenny is stalked by the same serial killer who murdered her sister, Liza--who tries to warn Jenny from the grave; and "The Deep End of Fear," in which Kate tutors a boy living in the estate she used to call home and discovers he is in contact with Ashley, Kate's childhood best friend who drowned in an icy pond. by Chandler, Elizabeth Year Published: 2009Presents two novels in Elizabeth Chandler's Dark Secrets series, "Legacy of Lies," in which Megan's visit with her grandmother puts her in the middle of a twisted love triangle, and "Don't Tell," in which Lauren returns to the town where her mother died years earlier hoping to unlock the secrets of her past. by Powell, Randy Year Published: 1995Eighteen-year-old Dean, a former high school baseball star whose future has been ruined by a batting slump and a bad arm, is offered a college baseball scholarship and finds himself uncertain of whether to take it. by Werlin, Nancy Year Published: 2004Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering. by Golding, Julia Year Published: 2008When Tashi, the rigidly formal sixteen-year-old Fourth Crown Princess of the Blue Crescent Islands, reluctantly weds roguish eighteen-year-old Prince Ramil of Gerfal, their religious, cultural, and personal differences threaten to end their political alliance and put both countries at the mercy of a fearsome warlord. by Westerfeld, Scott Year Published: 2007In an alternative civilization where the social status of each person is monitored and rated and anyone can drop from celebrity to nobody, fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse's popularity ranking is so low her only chance of moving up is to find a good story, so when she meets a group of girls who hide an explosive secret, Aya decides to expose the group and unknowingly puts her own life in danger. by Lynch, Chris Year Published: 1999As he enters high school, fourteen-year-old Elvin continues to deal with his weight problem as he tries to find his place among his peers. by Corbet, Robert Year Published: 2005Mia, a violist, and Will, a tennis player, each relate their feelings about each other, school, friends, and family troubles as they struggle to understand the opposite sex and to survive being fifteen. by Van Draanen, Wendelin Year Published: 2001In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years. by Westerfeld, Scott Year Published: 2011Alek and Deryn encounter obstacles on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek's throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. by Reinhardt, Dana Year Published: 2008Seventeen-year-old Harper Evans hopes to escape the effects of her father's divorce on her family and friendships by volunteering her summer to build a house in a small Tennessee town devastated by a tornado. by Fisher, Catherine Year Published: 2007To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape. by Powell, Randy Year Published: 1992An eighteen-year-old pinball addict and a smart-mouthed girl who don't quite fit in with anyone else develop a special relationship. by Scott, Kieran Year Published: 2003Paul Nicholas, a devoted Christmas enthusiast, falls in with the Anti-Christmas Underground after a series of disasters occur in the week leading up to the holiday, including his girlfriend Sarah's make-out session with a mall Santa Claus. by Dessen, Sarah Year Published: 2006Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life. by Westerfeld, Year Published: 2009In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts. by Ness, Patrick Year Published: 2010As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions, questioning all they have ever known as they try to step back from the darkness and find the best way to achieve peace. by Flinn, Alex Year Published: 2004A year after running away with a traveling carnival to escape his unbearable home life, sixteen-year-old Michael returns to Miami, Florida, to find that his mother is going on trial for the murder of his abusive stepfather.
Prisoners in the palace : how Victoria became queen with the help of her maid, a reporter, and a scoby MacColl, Michaela Year Published: 2010Recently orphaned and destitute, seventeen-year-old Liza Hastings earns a position as a lady's maid to sixteen-year-old Princess Victoria at Kensington Palace in 1836, the year before Victoria becomes Queen of England.
by Wittlinger, Ellen Year Published: 2001When his retired parents buy a group of tourist cabins on Cape Cod, fifteen-year-old Kenyon Baker's days are filled with repair work until he becomes friends with an eccentric girl and makes her the subject of a series of photographs. by Draper, Sharon M. Year Published: 1999Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating. by Maberry, Jonathan Year Published: 2010In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter. by Gier, Kerstin Year Published: 2011Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust. by Fisher, Catherine Year Published: 2008After his escape from the sentient prison, Incarceron, Finn finds that the Realm is not at all what he expected, and he does not know whether he is to be its king, how to free his imprisoned friends, or how to stop Incarceron's quest to be free of its own nature. by Gier, Kerstin Year Published: 2012Sixteen-year-old Gwen, the newest and final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve, searches through history for the other time-travelers, aided by friend Lesley, James the ghost, Xemerius the gargoyle demon, and Gideon, the Diamond, whose fate seems bound with hers. by Stiefvater, Maggie Year Published: 2009In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity. by Korman, Gordon Year Published: 2005Eighteen-year-old Vince Luca, son of mob boss Anthony Luca, goes away to college in southern California hoping to escape his past, but soon his brother and a series of "uncles" appear at his dorm, and before long he is caught up in criminal activity once again. by Spinelli, Jerry Year Published: 2001In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever. by Oppel, Kenneth Year Published: 2012When his grieving father orders the destruction of the Dark Library, Victor retrieves a book in which he finds the promise of not just communicating with the dead, but entering their realm, and soon he, Elizabeth, and Henry are in the spirit world of Chateau Frankenstein, creating and growing a body. by Soto, Gary Year Published: 2003A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance. by Ness, Patrick Year Published: 2009Alternate chapters follow teenagers Todd and Viola, who become separated as the Mayor's oppressive new regime takes power in New Prentisstown, a space colony where residents can hear each other's thoughts. by Paulsen, Gary Year Published: 1990Jacob Freisten, often in a fog, tries to ease through high school unnoticed; but a beautiful classmate takes notices of him and his life begins to change. by Clements, Bruce Year Published: 1990Almost from the first moment he sees Anna, Tom knows that he loves her, and although she is cautious at first, they quickly develop a very special relationship.Last Modified on August 10, 2017