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  Cover Art: Flora & Ulysses : the Illuminated Adventures 2014
DiCamillo, Kate
Flora & Ulysses : the Illuminated Adventures
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
2013
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The One and Only Ivan 2013
Applegate, Katherine
The One and Only Ivan
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
2012
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Dead End in Norvelt 2012
Gantos, Jack
Dead End in Norvelt
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
2011
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Moon Over Manifest 2011
Vanderpool, Clare
Moon Over Manifest
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.
2010
Children's Fiction Book VANDERP
  Cover Art: When You Reach Me 2010
Stead, Rebecca
When You Reach Me
Shortly after sixth-grader Miranda and her best friend Sal part ways, for some inexplicable reason, her once familiar world turns upside down. Maybe it's because she's caught up in reading A Wrinkle in Time and trying to understand time travel, or perhaps it's because she's been receiving mysterious notes which accurately predict the future.
2009
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Graveyard Book 2009
Gaiman, Neil
The Graveyard Book
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
2008
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! : Voices from a Medieval Village 2008
Schlitz, Laura Amy
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! : Voices from a Medieval Village
A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.
2007
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Higher Power of Lucky 2007
Patron, Susan
The Higher Power of Lucky
Lucky, age 10, doesn't expect running away to be so complicated. A large number of surprises awaits her when she plans to hide from her guardian in the Mojave Desert.
2006
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Criss Cross 2006
Perkins, Lynne Rae
Criss Cross
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.
2005
Teen Fiction Book PERKINS
  Cover Art: Kira-Kira 2005
Kadohata, Cynthia
Kira-Kira
Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.
2004
Teen Fiction Book KADOHATA
  Cover Art: The Tale of Despereaux 2004
DiCamillo, Kate
The Tale of Despereaux
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
2003
Children's Fiction Book DICAMILLO
  Cover Art: Crispin: The Cross of Lead 2003
Avi
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
2002
Children's Fiction Book AVI
  Cover Art: A Single Shard 2002
Park, Linda Sue
A Single Shard
Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
2001
Children's Fiction Book PARK
  Cover Art: A Year Down Yonder 2001
Peck, Richard
A Year Down Yonder
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
2000
Children's Fiction Book PECK
  Cover Art: Bud, Not Buddy 2000
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Bud, Not Buddy
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father -- the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
1999
Children's Fiction Book CURTIS
  Cover Art: Holes 1999
Sachar, Louis
Holes
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
1998
Teen Fiction Book SACHAR
  Cover Art: Out of the Dust 1998
Hesse, Karen
Out of the Dust
In a series of poems, fourteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
1997
Teen Fiction Book HESSE
  Cover Art: The View from Saturday 1997
Konigsburg, E. L.
The View from Saturday
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
1996
Children's Fiction Book KONIGSBUR
  Cover Art: The Midwife's Apprentice 1996
Cushman, Karen
The Midwife's Apprentice
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
1995
Teen Fiction Book CUSHMAN
  Cover Art: Walk Two Moons 1995
Creech, Sharon
Walk Two Moons
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
1994
Children's Fiction Book CREECH
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