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"A Northern Light," by Jennifer Donnelly, is the story of Mattie Gokey's coming of age. She struggles to find her voice while dealing with her mother's death and raising her sisters. Her dream of going to New York City to become a writer is interrupted by the discovery of a drowned woman. This award winner blends romance, historical fiction and mystery.
"Into the Wild," by Erin Hunter, is Book One in the Warriors series involving four clans of wild cats. Mysterious deaths are occurring among the Thunderclan and Rusty, an ordinary house cat, may be the one to save them. The book includes a list of the members of the various cat clans and two clever maps.
The idea of "Shakespeare Bats Cleanup" came to the author while attending a minor league baseball game. Ron Koertge uses free verse to tell the story of 14-year-old Kevin, an MVP first baseman. While recuperating from mono, Kevin discovers that writing can ease the pain of loss and bring humor to life's situations. Step up to the plate with this Booklist Top 10 Youth Sports Book Award winner.
How would you like to be forced to work underground at the age of 12? That's what happens to Lina in "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau. Doon, Lina's friend, wants to go underground to fix the failing generator. It is all that keeps the darkness surrounding the city at bay. Will the ancient parchment Lina finds lead them out of the city? And what lies beyond?
"Wasted" is a memoir of anorexia and bulimia. Marya Hornbacher has been through it all - the highs, the lows, therapy, hospitalization and the loss of everything that matters. Without self-pity, she tells her story as a survivor's tale.
"The Homeless" is one volume in a series called Opposing Viewpoints. Each volume includes a diversity of opinions from various formats, such as articles, book passages, speeches and cartoons. This series is a great resource for homework covering topics like alcohol, civil liberties, human rights, poverty and more.
Daniel and his best friend, Armin, plan to join the Hitler Youth group. In "Daniel Half Human," David Chotjewitz tells the story of these two friends during World War II. When Daniel discovers his mother is Jewish, his life changes. Read this Batchelder Honor Book for a glimpse of darker times.
"Tall Tales: Six Amazing Basketball Dreams" is a wild, colorful leap into the world of inner-city basketball. Take some sneakers, a patch of concrete, a rim, a ball, people who love the game and add a shot of imagination. That's what Charles R. Smith Jr. has done. He's combined infrared photographs and a funky layout to reflect the excitement of basketball.
Birdie Sidwell longs for something more exciting in her life than soggy Oregon soccer games. Morgan Bera is alone on her parents' sailboat in the Caribbean. A dream vacation for the Sidwells brings the two together. When both girls are kidnapped by a psychotic criminal, their individual strengths are called into play in "Deep," by Susanna Vance.