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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank

Call Number: 940.5318092 F828ZfaE, 1993


The diary of twelve year old Anne Frank written during World War II. 


Bird
Angela Johnson


Devastated by the loss of a second father, thirteen-year-old Bird follows her stepfather from Cleveland to Alabama in hopes of convincing him to come home, and along the way helps two boys cope with their difficulties.


Black Flame
Gerelchimeg Blackcrane


The adventurous life story of Black Flame, a Tibetan Mastiff. 


Bloody Jack
L.A. Meyer

Series: Bloody Jack


Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.


Chronal Engine
Greg Leitich Smith


Eighth-grader Max, his older brother Kyle, and new friend Petra travel in time to the Cretaceous period to rescue Kyle's twin, Emma, who was kidnapped from their grandfather's Texas ranch. Includes author's notes about the facts behind the story,


Ellen Foster
Kaye Gibbons


Having suffered abuse and misfortune for much of her life, a young child searches for a better life and finally gets a break in the home of a loving woman with several foster children.


Endangered
Eliot Schrefer


Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.


Fish in the Sky
Fridrik Erlings


Josh Stephenson's thirteenth year starts with a baffling sequence of events, including an odd gift from his estranged father, the arrival of his flirty seventeen-year-old female cousin, locker-room teasing about certain embarrassing anatomical changes, and wondering if dreams of love can ever come true.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter


Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


The Horse Road
Troon Harrison


In ancient central Asia, thirteen-year-old Kallisto, a superb equestrian, and her friend must warn their families and protect the Ferghana horses from invading Chinese armies.


Hush
Jacqueline Woodson


Twelve-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.


I Funny
James Patterson


Resolving to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funnychallenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.


Immortal Lycanthropes
Hal Johnson


Horribly disfigured thirteen-year-old Myron Horowitz discovers that he is the first immortal lycanthrope, a were-mammal, born since time began, that can switch from a human to an animal.


Jacob Have I Loved
Katherine Paterson


Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to fight back.


Laugh with the Moon
Shana Burg


Massachusetts thirteen-year-old Clare, grieving after her mother's recent death, reluctantly travels with her father to spend nine weeks in a remote village in Malawi, where new friends and experiences help open her mind and heart.


The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan

Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1


After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.


Maniac Magee
Jerry Spinelli


After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.


Middle School: the worst years of my life
James Patterson


When Rafe Kane enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent," to create a game to makeschool more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.


Moon Over Manifest
Clare Vanderpool


Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.


Navigating Early
Clare Vanderpool


Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.


Never Fall Down
Patricia McCormick


Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.


Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli


From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her.


The Summer I Learned to Fly
Dana Reinhardt


Thirteen-year-old Drew starts the summer of 1986 helping in her mother's cheese shop and dreaming about co-worker Nick, but when her widowed mother begins dating, Drew's father's book of lists, her pet rat, and Emmett, a boy on a quest, help her cope.


Summer on the Moon
Adrian Fogelin


Thirteen-year-old Socko and his mother leave their cramped, unsafe inner city apartment and move to a house in a new suburban development where they plan to care for Socko's crotchety great-grandfather, but when they arrive they discover that the rest of the homes are unfinished, they are the only residents of Moon Ridge Estates, and that trouble has followed them.


When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead


As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

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