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Going Bovine by Libba Bray Pair with Mad Cow Disease All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school and life in general with a minimum of effort. It s not a lot to ask. But that s before he s given some bad news: he s sick and he s going to die.
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Urrea Abandoned by her father who headed north for work years before, Nayeli is hit with the realization that her hometown is all but abandoned by men, leaving it at the mercy of drug gangsters. Pair with Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the dark side of American Immigration
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey Pair with Survive: Stories of Castaways and Cannibals These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years. Additionally with Cannibal Animals
Gentlemen by Michael Northrop Pair with Crime & Punishment Northrop's debut is one dark ride, as events spin out of control for three friends who haven't had many lucky breaks. High school sophomores Micheal (the narrator), Tommy, Mixer and Bones are a pretty tight crew.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly Pair with Forbidden Archeology and Charles Darwin: The Theory of Evolution Callie is equally aware of her growing desire to become a scientist and of societal expectations that make her dream seem nearly impossible.
Pair with any travel guide for Prague The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski This startling novel, about the risks we take to protect those we love, brims with magic, political intrigue, and heroism.
Borderline by Allan Stratton Pair with Being Muslim The truth is closing in. Life's not easy for Sami Sabiri since his dad stuck him at a private school where he's the only Muslim kid. But it's about to get a lot worse.
Deadville by Ronald Koertge Pair with Part of Me Died Too Ron Koertge's spot-on repartee highlights the wry, poignant tale of a teen who is numbed by loss but finds an unusual route to reclaiming his life.
Building readers one a time.
Stuck On Earth by David Klass Pair with Cars on Mars On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen- year-old boy.
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick Pair with Born to Rock and the biography U2 Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives).
Girl v Boy by Collins and Rideout Pair with Letters to a Young Journalist Chicago sophomore Luisa Perez generally avoids school activities. Then she is asked to anonymously cover the school’s efforts in the citywide literacy fund-raising challenge for the school paper
We are Not eaten by Yaks Pair with Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills, the Trackers can find almost anyone, anywhere. Told through a collage of videos, text, and websites. Explore-A-Maze by Robert Snedden
Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow by James Rollins Pair with Mayan and Aztec Mythology Drawn mysteriously into a land where Mayans, Vikings, Romans, Neanderthals, and dinosaurs coexist, Jake and his clueless, Cheerleader type sister struggle both to make friends and to return home.
Written in Bone by Sally Walker Pair with The Hunt for Atlantis and Fort Mose Walker follows a forensic anthropologist and his team of scientists, historians, and archaeologists as they uncover human remains and other artifacts in Jamestown and colonial Maryland.
Banning Books? What a dilemma. Who should decide if a book gets banned?
Graceling by Kristin Cashore Lady Katsa was born with a hyper-developed talent for killing. She rebels against her thuggish uncle, the king, by forming the Council, a sort of social justice league, and is drawn into a mystery involving secrets, greed, and kidnapping. Pair with Himeji Castle
Dark Song by Gail Giles Pair with Gunstories: Life Changing Experiences with Guns Ames is not the person she was a few months ago. Her father lost his job, and her family is crumbling apart. Now, all she has is Marc.
Fixing Delilah Hannaford by Sarah Ockler Pair with Teens & Suicide When Delilah must spend the summer helping to settle her estranged grandmother's estate, she's suddenly confronted by her family's painful past. Faced with questions that cannot be ignored and secrets that threaten to burst free, Delilah begins to doubt all that she's ever known to be true.
The Red Blazer Girls by Michael Beil It all began with The Scream. And ended with... well, if we told you that, it wouldn’t be a mystery! Pair with Dickens:His work and His World
Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton Shaw Pair with Haunted Houses: Chilling Tales from 24 American Homes After their father takes a new job as head gardener at England’s Minerva Hall, Jim and his sister, Sal, find themselves in the perfect setting for a ghost story.
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate In America, he sees the snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He’s never walked on ice, and he falls. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter—cold and unkind.
Compound by S. A. Bodeen When Eli was nine, his autocratic billionaire father led his family into the Compound, an extravagant underground bunker built to protect them against nuclear war. After receiving word that a strike had been launched, they had forty minutes to get inside and lock the door behind them (a door only Eli's father can open again) Pair with Hiroshima: The Story of the First Atom Bomb
For The Win by Cory Doctorow Pair with Alter Ego: Avatars and their creators At any hour of the day or night, millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing and battling to win virtual “gold,” jewels, and precious artifacts.
River of Words by Pamela Michael A collection of environmental paintings and poems taken from the River of Words (ROW) annual poetry and art contest for students K-12.
When Kids Can’t Read By Kylene Beers
Trackers by Patrick Carman Pair with The Dark Side of the Internet Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills, the Trackers can find almost anyone, anywhere. Told through a collage of videos, text, and websites.
That Book Woman by Heather Henson A family living in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s gets books to read during the regular visits of the "Book Woman"--a librarian who rides a pack horse through the mountains, lending books to the isolated residents. Pair with Books in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin
The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle Pair with Genetic Engineering Martin lives in the suburb with his mom, dad, and little sister. But this is where normality ends. (sequel: The Walls Have Eyes)
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan An exchange student who's really an alien, a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape, a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is actually even more bizarre than he says... Pair with Teens in Australia
Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
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