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The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir

by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Gaby's mother became pregnant with her first child at 14. All of Gaby's seven older brothers and sisters became teen parents as well, but Gaby, who was an unplanned, post-divorce child, is determined to not follow in her family's footsteps. When she needed to design her senior year research project she wondered, how would people react if a hardworking, determined student with a planned out future DID become a teen mother? Thus begins a six month long faked teen pregnancy and social experiment.

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Biographies, Books for Girls, Family, Friends, Misfits, Non-Fiction, Relationships, School, Self Image, Social Issues Location: JY Non-Fiction
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Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War

by Marsha Forechuk Skrypuch

Reading Level:  Grades  3-6

This is the true story of Tuyet,  an eight -year- old orphan who didn't remember her life before the Saigon orphanage.  There were the scars that she thought might have been from the war that still raged on, but she couldn't remember  When Saigon fell, she was one of 57 babies and children evacuated to Canada during "Operation Babylift." 

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Novels about war orphans:

Betti on the Highwire by Lisa Railsback

Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge

Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Biographies, Books for Girls, Non-Fiction Location: J Non-Fiction
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Anna Dressed in Blood

by Kendare Blake

Grades 7+

Cas, teenage ghost killer, moves to a new town to pursue a tip he's gotten on a murdurous ghost known as Anna Dressed in Blood. Cute, personable guy that he is, he quickly gets in with the popular crowd - his plan is to learn as much as he can about Anna - and who tells urban legends better than high schoolers?

Cas doesn't really expect Anna to be any more formidable of a ghost than anything else he's thought. But, of course, Anna is different.

Creepy, spooky, gory... you won't soon forget Anna or her dress of blood.

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

For older readers:
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Horror, Read-Alikes, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Grades 4+

Ivan (The Ape at Exit 8) is a downtrodden, has-been silverback gorilla living in a small, unkept domain within a shopping mall, occasionally accompanied by Bob, a stray dog who sneaks into Ivan's domain through a hole in the glass.

Stella, an aging elephant with a bad foot, dies from lack of treatment after Ruby, a baby elephant purchased from a defunct circus, arrives at the mall. The owner hopes Ruby will jumpstart visitor attendance again. Before Stella dies, she asks Ivan to promise that he will bring Ruby somewhere safe, knowing his devotion to protection of his friends is paramount.

Ivan's poetic narration is honest, painful, and heartbreaking; Applegate's insight into captive animal life is powerful. Don't miss this book, no matter how old you are.

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Illustrator: Patricia Castelao Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Animals--Talking, Don't Miss These, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Non-Prose, Read-Alouds Location: J Fiction
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Giants Beware!

by Jorge Aguirre

Grades 3-5

Claudette, a spunky medieval girl with her heart set on giant-slaying, encounters some difficulty doing so because she is a girl. Accompanied by her cowardly brother, Gaston, and Marie, Claudette's polar opposite, determined Claudette sets out to slay a giant. Giants beware? More like anyone-who-crosses-the-main-character-Claudette Beware!

An action-packed graphic novel for adventure-lovers, Giants Beware! introduces a powerful main character and expertly blends comedy with fantasy.

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Illustrator: Rafael Rosado Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Humor, Misfits, Social Issues Location: J Graphic Novels
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Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems

by Kristine O'Connell George

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

These poems are for every big sister who has had to deal with an little sister who drives them crazy!  Has your room been invaded?  Does she want to join you and your friends?  Do you parents always expect you to be the "role model?"  But do you really, really love each other-most of the time?  This is the book for you!

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Illustrator: Nancy Carpenter Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Family, Non-Fiction, Non-Prose, Relationships Location: J Non-Fiction
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Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls

by Mary Downing Hahn

Reading Level: Ages 12 and up

Combining murder mystery, historical fiction, and a coming-of-age story, this chilling book is base on real life events in the author's past.  The time is 1956 and Nora anticipates spending a the summer  before her senior year with her group of friends.  But two of her friends are shot to death on their way to the last day of school.  Everyone but Nora is sure that the murderer is a jealous ex-boyfriend. Told from a number of perspectives, the story examines the effect this horrible event had on so many lives.

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Another story of a shooting is

Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Crime and Punishment, Historical Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

by Dave Shelton

Grades 1-4

A boy, looking to go to the other side, hops into a bear's boat for what he is assured will not be too long of a journey. Hours later, the bear continues to assure the boy that They. Are. Not. Lost.  Sometimes unforseen anomalies arise, you know.

Days later the two have run out of sandwiches.

A simple, quiet adventure story perfectly tailored for a bedtime read-aloud, A Boy and a Bear in a Boat recalls cozy, character-rich classics with plenty to think about, yet is one of a kind and quite quirky.

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Other good read-alouds for age 4 to 2nd grade and grades 3 and older.

Reading Level: 1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Talking, Fantasy, Friends, In Other Lands, Read-Alouds, Survival Location: J Fiction
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Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom

by Rachel Vail

Grades 2-5

If you thought Justin had a worrisome and difficult third-grade year, just wait until you read about his summer at Camp GoldenBrook.

After third-grade, Justin is determined to stop worrying so much - until he finds out he's going to a camp that is probably going to kill him - if his flip-flops don't do the job first.

Fans of Alvin Ho or the Wimpy Kid series will love Justin's humorous attempts at bravery, and find Justin to be a welcome friend.

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Read the first book in the Justin Case series.

Other series about kids like Justin:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Greg Kinney
Alvin Ho by Lenore Look
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Mason Dixon by Claudia Mills

Stand-alone books you may enjoy:
Herbert's Wormhole by Peter Nelson
The Thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
 

 

Illustrator: Matthew Cordell Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Don't Miss These, Friends, Humor, Misfits, Realistic Fiction, Social Issues, Sports Location: J Fiction
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Magritte's Marvelous Hat

by D.B. Johnson

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 11

Magritte sees a hat in a shop window and, even though it refuses to stay on his head, he can't resist buying it. Then the adventures begin in this surreal picture book introduction to the surrealist painter's art.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Humor Location: Picture Books
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