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Fifteen and Change by Max Howard (YA Verse Series)

Fifteen and Change by Max Howard (YA Verse Series) Zeke would love to be invisible. His mother is struggling to make ends meet and stuck with a no-good boyfriend. Zeke knows he and his mom will be stuck forever if he doesn’t find some money fast. When Zeke starts working at a local pizza place, he meets labor activists who want to give him a voice–and the living wage he deserves for his work. Zeke …

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Taken Away by Cyn Bermudez (Brothers #1)

Taken Away by Cyn Bermudez (Brothers #1) Victor, Isaac, Vanessa, and Sara have been taken away from their mother. They’ve been forced to leave behind their home, school, friends, and worst of all, each other. Vanessa and Sara have been placed in the same foster home, but Victor and Isaac have been separated from their younger siblings and each other. As Victor and Isaac grapple with the many challenges of their new lives, they try …

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The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana (The Confectioner Chronicles #1)

The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana (The Confectioner Chronicles #1) A magic cupcake. A culinary killer. The perfect recipe for murder. Wren knew her sweet treats could work wonders, but she never knew they could work magic. She barely has time to wrap her head around the stunning revelation when the head of the prestigious Confectioner’s Guild falls down dead before her. Poisoned by her cupcake. Now facing murder charges in a magical world she …

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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate Trees can’t tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . . Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until …

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The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang

The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang Mia Chen is on what her mother calls a Grand Adventure. She’s not sure what to make of this family trip to China, and didn’t want to leave her friends for the summer, but she’s excited about the prospect of exploring with her Aunt Lin, the only adult who truly understands her. Then Aunt Lin disappears, right after her old nemesis, a man named Ying, comes to visit. Mia …

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The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman Girls can rule the world—all they need is confidence. This empowering, entertaining guide from the bestselling authors of The Confidence Code gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless.  It’s a paradox familiar to parents everywhere: girls are achieving like never before, yet they’re consumed with doubt on the inside. Girls worry constantly about how they look, what people think, whether …

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Cassidy Blake #1)

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Cassidy Blake #1) Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger. When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV …

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Bedeviled Series by Shani Petroff

Bedeviled Series by Shani Petroff The hilarious, pitch-perfect tale of tween angst and superpowers! Daddy’s Little Angel (Bedeviled #1) “Mom always said my dad is the devil. I never knew she meant it literally!” All Angel’s father (a.k.a. the Devil) wants is to be a part of her life. And in return he has the power to give her anything she wants—including popularity and a date with her long-time crush, Cole Daniels. But Angel will …

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The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero In the land of dolls, there is magic. In the land of humans, there is war. Everywhere there is pain. But together there is hope. Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and …

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The Lifters by Dave Eggers

The Lifters by Dave Eggers Journey to an underground world where adventure awaits and heroes are made in this middle grade novel from the bestselling, Pulitzer-nominated author of The Monk of Mokhaand Her Right Foot. When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches …

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Pandava Quartet #1)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Pandava Quartet #1) Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that …

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The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor #1)

The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor #1) A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination  Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh …

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Alan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell

Alan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell Alan Cole can’t stand up to his cruel brother, Nathan. He can’t escape the wrath of his demanding father, who thinks he’s about as exceptional as a goldfish. And—scariest of all—he can’t let the cute boy across the cafeteria know he has a crush on him. But when Nathan discovers Alan’s secret, his older brother announces a high-stakes round of Cole vs. Cole. Each brother must …

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