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A Long Walk to Water

By Linda Sue Park

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When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

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Human.4

By Mike Lancaster

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Twenty-first century fourteen-year-old Kyle was hypnotized when humanity was upgraded to 1.0 and he, incompatible with the new technology, exposes its terrifying impact in a tape-recording found by the superhumans of the future.

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End of the Line

By Angela Cerrito

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In the prison-like school that is his last chance, thirteen-year-old Robbie tries to recover from events that brought him there, including his uncle's war injuries and the death of a classmate who may have been his friend.

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Crowfield Curse

By Pat Walsh

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In 1347, when fourteen-year-old orphan William Paynel, an impoverished servant at Crowfield Abbey, goes into the forest to gather wood and finds a magical creature caught in a trap, he discovers he has the ability to see fays and becomes embroiled in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, a bitter feud, and ancient secrets.

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You Wish

By Amanda Hubbard

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Sixteen year-old Kayla may have had the worst birthday ever, but she’s just about to see things get a little worse. It all starts with one wish . . . for her birthday wishes to finally start coming true. But, when her first childhood wish arrives – a real-life My Little Pony prancing in her front yard – she realizes that it could end with kissing her best friend’s boyfriend.

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Ruby Red

By Kerstin Gier

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Sixteen year-old Gwyneth never dreamed of traveling through time, like her cousin, Charlotte, has spent her entire life preparing to do. But then Gwyneth discovers that she is the one with the time-travel gene, and must learn all too quickly about her family’s confusing past and dangerous future.

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The False Princess

By Eilis O’Neal

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For sixteen years, Nalia thought she was the princess of Thorvaldor. Then her world was shattered. Now called Sinda, she learns that not only was she raised as the false heir, she is part of a conspiracy that only she may be able to figure out.

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Akata Witch

By Nnedi Okorafor

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Born in America but living in her parents’ native Nigeria, Sunny Nwazue is split not just between countries, but between the physical and magical worlds. With newly discovered powers that she must hide from nearly everyone she loves, Sunny and two friends join forces to find a serial killer.

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Trash

By Andy Mulligan

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Raphael is a hard-working "dumpsite boy," living and searching in the trash piles for useful items to sell and support his family. When Raphael finds a bag money, a map, and a key , it leads him and two of his friends on a city-wide adventure where few can be trusted.

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Brain Jack

By Brian Faulkner

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Sam is a computer hacker in the near future. Online gaming is a dangerous addictive crime and everyone can telepathically surf the web. When a secret team of hackers get their sights on Sam, it leads to a wonderful opportunity, but also a terrifying question: "What happens when the computer starts sending YOU the commands?"

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