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Lockdown

By Walter Dean Myers

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Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

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The Hunchback Assignments

By Arthur Slade

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In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.

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Half World

By Hiromi Goto, Jillian Tamaki

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When her mother is kidnapped, Melanie, the human daughter of parents from the Half World, a limbo between Earth and the afterlife, is forced to follow her missing mother to Half World, from which neither may return alive.

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Diary of a Witness

By Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Ernie, an overweight high school student and long-time target of bullies, relies on his best friend Will to watch his back until Will, overwhelmed by problems at home and guilt over his brother's death, seeks a final solution.

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Mockingbird

By Kathryn Erskine

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Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

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Al Capone Shines My Shoes

By Gennifer Choldenko

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Moose Flanagan, who lives on Alcatraz along with his family and the families of the other prison guards, is frightened when he discovers that noted gangster Al Capone, a prisoner there, wants a favor in return for the help that he secretly gave Moose.

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The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba

By Margarita Engle

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Draws on little-known Cuban history to tell a stirring story in poetry. Based on the diaries and letters of Swedish suffragist Fredrika Bremer, who spent three months in Cuba in 1851, the story focuses on oppressed women, the privileged as well as the enslaved, in three alternating free-verse narratives.

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The Miles Between

By Mary Pearson

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Seventeen-year-old Destiny keeps a painful childhood secret all to herself until she and three classmates from her exclusive boarding school take off on an unauthorized road trip in search of "one fair day."

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The Cupcake Queen

By Heather Hepler

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Penny moves to Hogs Hollow from New York City with her Mom. Penny's Mom runs a cupcake store and Penny has to help out. She also had to leave her friends. In addition to that, her Dad did not move with them. But there is Marcus, the boy she sees running on the beach every night.

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

By by Tom Angleberger

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What if a paper finger puppet could really predict the future? Sound too weird to be true? Tommy and his sixth grade friends are skeptics but Dwight’s Yoda puppet may convince them that, “the truth, he does tell.”

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