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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder

by Jo Nesbo

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

When Lisa’s best friend moves from Norway across the world, she prepares herself for an unpleasant school year. Of course, that’s before Nilly, the smallest red-headed boy she’s ever seen, moves in next door. Nilly, a courageous, outspoken boy, quickly befriends both Lisa and Doctor Proctor, a pleasantly mad scientist who lives on the other side of Nilly’s new house. Doctor Proctor, a frustrated inventor who never seems to invent anything quite useful enough for anyone, finds Nilly’s creativity a helpful asset to his inventions, especially his latest one – Fart Powder.

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A few other flatulent adventures

The Day My Butt Went Psycho by Andy Griffiths

Sweet Farts: Rippin' it Old-School by Raymond Bean

Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, Friends, Humor, In Other Lands, Misfits, Read-Alikes, School Location: J Fiction
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Divergent

by Veronica Roth

Reading Level: Grade 8+

Veronica Roth has created a dystopian setting as gritty as the world of the Hunger Games.

In Chicago, the city on the swamp, people belong to one of five factions, each dedicated to a virtue: Erudite (intelligence), Dauntless (brave), Candor (honesty), Amity (peacefulness) and Abnegation (the selfless). At age 16 all must declare their faction. While most chose the faction they were raised in, a few forsake their families and cross to another faction.

16-year-old Beatrice dreads the Choosing Ceremony. Her family is Abnegation. Beatrice has never been able to suppress all her selfish impulses. But if she is not Abnegation, what is she?

At the Choosing Ceremony Beatrice makes a shocking choice. Now she must turn her back on all she knows and loves to make it through the brutal initiation. Only the top ten initiates will be accepted...all others will be forced to live out their lives as one of the factionless.

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Reading Level: 8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Dystopias, Fantasy, Science Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Pink

by Lili Wilkinson

Reading Level: Grades 7+

What does pink mean to you? Does it mean a little girl’s bedroom, wallpapered with ponies, princesses, ballerinas and unicorns? A color occasionally featured in your wardrobe? A bonafide, lip-glossed, perfect 'Plastic' a la Mean Girls? Or is pink a color you hate with every dark black fiber of your being?

For Ava, pink is a secret. Pink is the color, the person, that she wants to become – a girl who likes color instead of cloaking herself in black, hiding behind the monochrome lipstick and hair matched perfectly with black, black, black and more black clothing. Ava and her longtime girlfriend, Chloe, have been a dark duo for most of high school; Ava has not had a problem with that at all. At least not until now.

Ava wants to explore her pink, preppy side, but she’s afraid of Chloe’s feminist, antiestablishment and anti…pretty much everything, except Ava and her freethinking parents. What’s more, Ava isn’t 100% sure that she’s a lesbian anymore. It isn’t that she doesn’t love Chloe, or that she doesn’t like girls anymore; she just wonders what it’s like playing for the other team. But in order to explore those desires, she would have to leave Chloe, something Ava isn’t ready to do. So rather than confront Chloe about her identity-altering questions, Ava applies to a new school for the next school year – Billy Hughes.

Before her first day at Billy Hughes, Ava spends hours at the hairdresser stripping years of black dye out of her hair. She prepares her first day outfit – a pink cashmere sweater previously hidden away in the very bottom of her closet. Everything is ready for her new life as a pink.

Everything goes perfectly on Ava’s first day – Alexis, obviously one of the most popular girls in school, invites Ava to her lunch table, and within just a few bites, Ava’s future in the school as a popular girl (a Pastel, in this novel) is secured. All she needs to do now is keep up her façade as a sort-of-Goth with Chloe, and gain a part in the school play with Alexis, Ella-Grace, and Vivian.

When she bombs her audition, Ava joins stage crew, in the hopes that she’ll still be able to hang out with Ethan, the hot guy Alexis is trying to set her up with. (I mean really, who better to test one’s sexuality with than a super-hot theater guy named Ethan?) But as you no doubt have already guessed, Ava’s lies begin to snowball – and fast.

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If you liked Pink, try reading these other books about:

Girls who lie about themselves:

Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Boy Proof by Cecil Castelluci

Girls struggling with their own sexuality:

Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden

Empress of the World by Sara Ryan

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Girls, Chick Lit, Don't Miss These, Family, Friends, LGBT, Misfits, Read-Alikes, Realistic Fiction, Relationships, School, Self Image, Social Issues Location: JY Fiction
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We Are Not Eaten By Yaks

by C. Alexander London

Reading Level: Grade 4-6

The Navel twins have an exciting life. As the children of two world famous explorers, they spend their vacations trekking through jungles, riding Mongolian ponies and exploring cursed graveyards.

The Navel twins do not WANT an exciting life. All they want to do is eat cheese puffs while watching television...lots and lots of television...preferable cable. Alas, it is not to be.

When their father enters a foolish wager with the evil Sir Edmund, the twins are forced to accompany him to the frozen heights of the Himalayas in search of the Lost Tablets of Alexandria.  While there  they encounter many dangers including  a Yeti, the Poison Witches and the Demon Fortress of the Oracle King.

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Other wacky adventures include:

A Whole Nother Story by Cuthbert Soup

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson and

MVP* : *Magellan Voyage Project by Douglas Evans

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Family, Humor, Mysteries Location: J Fiction
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Warp Speed

by Lisa Yee

Reading Level: Grade 5-7

Marley Sandelski is invisible or worse to most of the kids at his middle school. The Star Trek fan hangs out with the only kid who nerdier than him, 15-year-old Kid is a student in the Game, a franchised high school that occupies an old mall. The students at the school spend their days playing "games" that are closely monitored by corporate sponsors. Almost every kid in the Game hopes to stand out enough to get "Branded."

Kit is horrified when someone is pushed over the fifth floor railing into "the Pit" where most of the kids hang out. The person turns out to be a dummy with the sign "Unidentified. Choose your suicide" taped to its sweater.

When Kid begins an investigation to discover the perpetrators of the hoax, she triggers a series of events that will change her life, and possibly her society, forever.

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Other dystopian adventures include:

The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

Matched by Allyson Braithwaite Condie and

Ship Breaker by Paul Bacigalupi

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The Unidentified

by Rae Mariz

Reading Level: Grade 7-9

15-year-old Kid is a student in the Game, a franchised high school that occupies an old mall. The students at the school spend their days playing "games" that are closely monitored by corporate sponsors. Almost every kid in the Game hopes to stand out enough to get "Branded."

Kit is horrified when someone is pushed over the fifth floor railing into "the Pit" where most of the kids hang out. The person turns out to be a dummy with the sign "Unidentified. Choose your suicide" taped to its sweater.

When Kid begins an investigation to discover the perpetrators of the hoax, she triggers a series of events that will change her life, and possibly her society, forever.

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Other dystopian adventures include:

The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

Matched by Allyson Braithwaite Condie and

Ship Breaker by Paul Bacigalupi

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Dystopias, Fantasy, Friends, School, Social Issues Location: JY Fiction
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Kick

by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

Reading Level: Grade 6-8

When 14-year-old Ross Workman wrote a fan letter to his favorite author Walter Dean Myers, he never expected to be invited to write a book with his idol. "Kick" is the result. Mr. Myers writes the voice of Sergeant Brown, an African America police police veteran. Ross writes the voice of Kevin, a 13-year-old white kid who has been charged with a serious felony.

When Kevin, who is charged with kidnapping and grand theft auto, meets Sergeant Brown he finds it hard to trust the man or his motives. Unless Kevin can get over his reservations he will most likely be incarcerated for the rest of his childhood.

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Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Friends, Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Hothouse

by Chris Lynch

Reading Level: Grade 8+

Russell was named for DJ's father. DJ was named for Russell's. Their dads were neighbors, best friends and coworkers. Both were firemen. They did everything together...including dying in the same fire.

When their small town hails both men as heroes, both their sons and widows are expected to attend function after function honoring the men. Although Russell is intensely proud of his father, he and DJ both wish the attention would end.

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If you enjoyed this story try:

Lord of the Deep by Graham Salisbury

Reading Level: 8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Books for Boys, Family, Friends, Realistic Fiction, Self Image Location: JY Fiction
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The Book of Spells: A Private Prequel

by Kate Brian

Reading Level: Grades 8+

Kate Brian expands the back story of her Private series in this gripping prequel.

16-year-old Eliza is delighted when her mother decides to send Eliza away to the Billings School for Girls. Finally, she will have a chance to spread her wings away from her mother's eagle eye. But the expectations for upper class girls at the beginning of the 20th century are stifling whether enforced by her mother or the teachers at the school.

When a forbidden moonlight excursion lands Eliza and three friends in trouble, they are sentenced to weeding the school garden. There Eliza uncovers a buried cache of dangerous books that lead the girls into supernatural danger.

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Other eerie boarding school tales include :

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Books for Girls, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, School, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Tutored

by Whittenberg, Allison

Reading Level: Grades 8+

"Are you a minority?  Unemployed, underemployed, or economically disadvantaged?  We serve the entire West Side, and we have services that can assist you to a new FUTURE!  Stop by today."

Hakiam didn't believe the lame sign. He just stopped by to get extra credit for his GED class. He went back the second time because of the girl behind the desk. Even with her rich girl clothes and fancy way of talking...there was something about her.

Wendy couldn't believe the guy's attitude. She volunteered to help guys like him. Where did he get off judging her, making fun of her just because she spoke like an educated person? He might be cute but she could never hook up with someone like him, her father would kill her.

When the lives of these two African American teens cross, sparks fly between them and cause ripples in the relationships with the other people in their lives.

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If you enjoyed this story try:

Street Love by Walter Dean Myers

Reading Level: 8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Realistic Fiction, Relationships, Self Image, Social Issues Location: JY Fiction
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