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Calli Be Gold

Author: 
Michele Weber Hurwitz

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Quiet Calli Gold feels out of place in her family of achievers. Her older brother Alex is the star of his school's basketball team. Her older sister Becca is an ice skater. The family calender is loaded with post-it notes, blue for Alex's games and practices, pink for Becca. Calli's color is yellow. There only two yellow post-its up for the whole month, appointments for the dentist and a haircut.

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Sassy: Little Sister is Not My Name!

Author: 
Sharon M. Draper

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

Sassy Simone Sanford feels invisible in her family. Her older brother, sister and her parents call her "Little Sister." Sassy hates that nickname. It sounds like she's a baby. Sassy is anything but a baby. She's a bubbly kid with a quirky fashion sense. Her friends appreciate her, she just needs her family to see her for who she is.

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Dogtag Summer

Author: 
Elizabeth Partridge

Reading Level: Grades 5-7

11-year-old Tracy has been in America for six years. She doesn't remember much about her years in Vietnam. Not until she and her friend Stargazer discover her father's old ammo box in the garage. Stargazer breaks off the lock and opens the box. Her father finds them just as they pull out the military dogtag. His cold, hard anger sends Stargazer running for home.

During that steamy summer of 1980, powerful memories come back to haunt both Tracy and her father, memories that may force them apart forever.

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Blank Confession

Author: 
Pete Hautman

Reading Level: Grades 8-10

If the kid had just waited five minutes Detective George Rawls wouldn't have caught the case. He was on his way out when he was told that a kid had just walked through the door and confessed to murder.  Small, slight 16-year-old Shayne Blank isn't like any killer the detective has ever encountered.

Switching between the stark interview room and the memories of Shayne's friend Mikey, the author pulls the reader into a tantalizing mystery that is almost impossible to put down.

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Radiance

Author: 
Alyson Noël

Reading Level: Grade 6-8

Riley Bloom resisted for a long time. After she, her parents and her dog were killed in a traffic accident, Riley lingered on the earth plane spying on her sister and her friends as they continued living. When she finally crossed the bridge into Here and was reunited with her parents and dog, she still couldn't resist spying on the living.

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The Fenway Foul-Up

Author: 
David A. Kelly

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

The first book in the Ballpark Mysteries series features the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox season is jeopardized when their star slugger's lucky bat is stolen right after batting practice. When no one else can find the bat cousins Mike and Kate decide to save the day.

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The Boy At the End of the World

Author: 
Greg Van Eekhout

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Fisher was "born" when a defective robot triggered the pod right before the entire Ark was destroyed. Fisher was the only biological being to survive. Fisher knows his name, how to talk and one hundred ways to catch fish. Fisher also knows that unless he finds more people, the human race will end with him.

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Borderline

Author: 
Allan Stratton

Reading Level: Grades 7-9

Mohammed Sami Sabiri stopped using his first name the day his father reacted angrily when Andy and Marty nicknamed Mohammed "Prophet." Sami, Andy and Marty have been best friends ever since. Sami's father is not so happy with the friendship. He even sent Samis to a private high school to get him away from their influence. As the only Muslim at the school, Sami is harrassed almost every day. Sami didn't realize how good his life was.

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Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire: Because the Undead Have Feelings Too!

Author: 
Tim Collins
Illustrator: 
Andrew Pinder

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Nigel is about to turn 100 and he has yet to have a girlfriend. His problem is that, although he is a vampire, he does not have super strength, preternatural speed, or hypnotizing beauty. In fact he is weaker and slower than most of his classmates, and sunlight gives him a bad case of acne. In short, he is forever trapped in the body of a geeky 15 year old boy. How will he ever be able to impress the beautiful new girl and maybe, someday, get to bite someone?

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