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Thresholds

by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

After Maya's best friend dies her family moves to a new town in a new state so everyone can get a fresh start. Maya's new bedroom faces the Janus House Apartments which is filled with a fascinating mix of odd people whom she loves to secretly watch. Then one night, a fairy flies into her room through the open window...

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy Location: J Fiction
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Stanley's Little Sister

by Linda Bailey

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 6

Stanley KNOWS he shouldn't chase the new cat, but the cat, who rejects all of Stanley's attempts at friendship, makes it very hard not to.

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Other books by Bill Slavin

Illustrator: Bill Slavin Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Ruth and the Green Book

by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Reading Level: Grades K - 4

Ruth and her parents take a road trip during the Jim Crow era and encounter discrimination at every turn, until they are given a copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book which lists the safe places for African-Americans to eat, visit and stay.

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Other books by Floyd Cooper

Illustrator: Floyd Cooper Reading Level: Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Social Issues Location: Picture Books
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I Shall Wear Midnight

by Terry Pratchett

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

The fourth and final novel in Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series is a gem. 16-year-old Tiffany is now the witch of Chalk. Her duties include caring for the poor, aged and sick and delivering babies. When the old Barron dies, Tiffany is accused of theft, murder and the black arts. As old friends turn on her, Tiffany sets off for Ankh-Morpork (unwillingly accompanied by the fractious Nac Mac Feegles)to find the new baron only to discover life is much more dangerous for witches in the big city.

Other sophisticated fantasies include:
Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones,
Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde and
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor Location: JY Fiction
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Saraswati's Way

by Monika Schroder

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After his father dies, 12-year-old Akash's grandmother turns him over to the cruel owner of a quarry to work off the family's debt. Oppressed by the unbearable working conditions and the realization that the loan will never be paid off, Akash runs away to Delhi where he struggles to survive on his own.

I you enjoyed this tale of a third world kid surviving on his own, try:
I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis,
Trash by Andy Mulligan and
AK by Peter Dickinson

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Other books by Monika Schroder

Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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The Ghost and the Goth

by Stacey Kade

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Alona Dare is a "first tier" high school girl. She is the leader of the popular crowd, a cheerleader, the girl all the other girls want to be and the boys want to date. Then she gets hit by a bus and becomes a ghost seemingly doomed to haunt the school. To make matters worse she discovers that the only person who can see and hear her is the school's biggest loser, Will Killian. Will dresses in black, always looks at the floor, and has been diagnosed as schizophrenic because he sees and hears things nobody else does.

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Other books by Stacey Kade

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Girls, Fantasy, Humor, Misfits, Relationships, School, Self Image, Social Issues, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Payback Time

by Carl Deuker

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

High school senior Daniel True,unkindly know as "Mitch" because of his resemblance to the Michelin Man, is upset when he is passed over for editor-in-chief of the school paper and is instead assigned his school's sports beat. Mitch's disappointment is short lived when he realizes that the coach and one of his players are involved in something shady. Mitch soon learns that digging for facts that no one wants him to have can be dangerous both for himself and someone he cares about.

Other newshound chiffhangers include:
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein,
Adam Canfield of the Slash by Michael Winerip and
Peeled by Joan Bauer

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Other books by Carl Deuker

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Boys, Mysteries, Realistic Fiction, Sports Location: JY Fiction
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Me & Death: An Afterlife Adventure

by Richard Scrimger

Reading Level: Grades 7 - 9

Jim is proud to be a thug, a bully and a thief, until he stumbles off a curb and gets run over by a car. That is when he learns that souls with unfinished business (and punks like him always have unfinished business) are doomed to spend eternity haunting their old neighborhoods or hanging out at the Jordan Arms, an otherworldly fleabag hotel. Can he prevent his body from dying and change his ways before it is too late?

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor, Self Image, Social Issues, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Token of Darkness

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Football star Cooper Blake's life changed the day he woke up in a hospital bed with a damaged body and a ghostly companion. The ghost, Samantha, can't remember much about her life or how she died. She just knows she needs Cooper's help. With dark shadows closing in on both of them, Cooper desperately seeks a way to save them both.

Other ghostly tales:
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade,
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong and
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

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Other books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

by Natalie Standiford

Reading Level: Grades 8 and up

It was a normal Christmas. Daddy-o, Ginger and their six children had opened their presents at home and then had set off for dinner at Almighty's home. After dinner Almighty, Daddy-o's mother, made an announcement:

One of you has offended me deeply, unless that person comes forward with a confession of his or her crime, submitted to me in writing by New Year's Day, I will donate your share of my fortune to Puppy Ponchos upon my death.

The panicked family agrees that the three teenaged Sullivan girls are the most likely suspects. Each girl is ordered to write a complete confession of all her transgressions. It is the only way to avoid a life of poverty.

Other rich girl stories include: Peace, Love and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle, The Daughters by Joanna Philbin and Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

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Reading Level: 8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Girls, Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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