Orphans

Tantalize

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

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When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.

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Moses the Kitten

By James Herriot

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A bedraggled orphaned kitten is nursed back to health on a Yorkshire farm and when he recovers turns out to have a very unusual idea about the identity of his mother.

Suggested for ages 6 - 12

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Jade Green

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression causes mysterious happenings.
 

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Tantalize

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

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When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.
 

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H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education

By Mark Walden

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Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E. 

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Locomotion

By Jacqueline Woodson

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In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

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Alabama Moon

By Watt Key

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After the death of his reclusive father, ten-year-old Moon Blake survives alone in the Alabama wilderness. When he fails to escape government officials, he ends up in reform school where he discovers the power of friendship.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

By Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis (Illustrator)

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Four young recruits infiltrate the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and disable the source of secret subliminal messages which have made people fearful about their world.  

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The Graveyard Book

By Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Illustrator)

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In one night, Jack’s life is changed forever. He’s only a toddler, but he escapes the grisly murderer who slays his entire family, wanders through the fog, and is rescued by the supernatural folks who live at a nearby graveyard. But this is just the beginning of the story, because Jack will not be safe until he grows up and faces those that still hunt him.

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If the Witness Lied

By Caroline B. Cooney

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Torn apart by tragedies and the publicity they brought, siblings Smithy, Jack, and Madison, aged fourteen to sixteen, tap into their parent's courage to pull together and protect their brother Tris, nearly three, from further media exploitation and a much more sinister threat. 

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