New York City

Confessions of a NOT IT Girl

By Melissa Kantor

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High school senior Jan Miller is convinced she's destined for the world's least fabulous life because she doesn't have IT. But, maybe, just maybe, being a Not It Girl will turn out to have some major rewards.hi

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The Mayor of Central Park

By Avi

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Oscar Westerwit, a squirrel who loves baseball and Broadway musicals, fights back when a gangster rat named Big Daddy Duds and his thugs move uptown in the year 1900, invade Central Park, and evict Oscar and his animal friends from their homes.

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Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky

By Esther Averill

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In Greenwich Village, an orphaned black cat — the beguiling Jenny Linsky — lives happily with her sea-captain master. Jenny longs to join the local Cat Club, whose members include Madame Butterfly, the fancy dancer Macaroni, and stately, plump Mr. President. But can she prove that she, too, has a special gift? Join Jenny and her friends, including fearless Pickles the Fire Cat, mascot of Hook and Ladder Company 7X, on their spirited and sweet downtown adventures and discover the wonderful world of this special feline and her friends.

Suggested for ages 5 - 9

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Love You, Soldier

By Amy Hest

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Katie, a Jewish girl living in New York City during World War II, sees many dynamic changes in her world as she ages from seven to ten waiting for her father to return from the war.

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Blue Bloods

By Melissa de la Cruz

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Schuyler Van Alen begins to wonder if the legends of vampires are really true. When she turns 15, she starts to crave raw food and is having flashbacks to ancient times. After a classmate is found dead--and bloodless--Schuyler doesn't know what to think.
 

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Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

By Tonya Bolden

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A biography of a remarkable black girl growing up free in Manhattan before, during and after the Civil War.

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Harriet the Spy

By Louise Fitzhugh

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Harriet keeps a detailed spy notebook on everyone around her, until the secret contents are revealed and she is in danger of losing all her friends.

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Gregor the Overlander

By Suzanne Collins

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When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

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Antsy Does Time

By Neal Shusterman

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Fourteen-year-old Anthony "Antsy" Bonano learns about life, death, and a lot more when he tries to help a friend with a terminal illness feel hopeful about the future. 

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