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Jennifer Chan is Not Alone

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 by Tae Keller Genre:  Realistic Fiction Middle school can be tough, especially when you are figuring out who your true friends are.  Mallory is caught in the middle...she kind of wants to get to know the new girl, Jennifer, but her friends Reagan and Tess think Jennifer acts like she is too good for everyone.  One day Jennifer runs away and everyone is trying to figure out where she went and why.  Mallory has an idea...because she knows what happened on the last day Jennifer was seen...but Mallory isn't sure if she can speak up?  Speaking up will cause her to lose her friends, but it feels like it is the right thing to do.  Mallory will have to make a decision.  What kind of friend does she want to be?

Beginners Welcome

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 by Cindy Baldwin Genre:  Realistic Fiction Annie Lee's daddy died at the beginning of the summer and nothing has been the same ever since.  Her mom is sad all the time and to make matters worse, her dad's ghost seems to be hanging around the apartment they had to move to after they sold their house.  Annie Lee is supposed to go directly home after school, but she can only stay in the tiny apartment for so long.  When she ventures out, she meets a new friend Ray who plays the piano at the mall and agrees to give her lessons.  At school, Annie Lee tries to be invisible, but that only works until a new girl, Mitch, discovers her and decides they should be friends. Can Annie Lee open herself up to the possibility that there is still room for happiness in her life?

Healer of the Water Monster

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 by Brian Young Genre:  Fantasy Nathan has no idea what is going to happen when he makes a quick decision to spend the summer with his grandmother on the Navajo Reservation.  He will be without electricity and cell service, but able to reconnect with his grandmother while working on a science project.  Things are going well until his Uncle Jet arrives.  It's clear that Uncle Jet is dealing with some serious stuff.  One night, Nathan gets lost in the desert and is visited by a Holy Being - a water monster - who needs his help if he is going to survive.  Does Nathan have the courage to help the water monster and his Uncle Jet?

Found

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 by Joseph Bruchac Genre:  Adventure Nick is on his way to teach at an outdoor camp when he accidentally witnesses a murder.  The murderer throws him from the train, but at the last moment his backpack strap catches and breaks his fall and he his saved.  But the man who is after him, also knows he is alive so Nick knows that he is going to have to use all of his survival skills to outsmart his predator. Can Nick navigate the dangerous Canadian wilderness and get to safety?

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

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 by Suzanne Collins Genre:  Science Fiction/Dystopian The 10th annual Hunger Games is set to begin and Coriolanus Snow will be a first time mentor.  His mentee is Lucy Gray from District 12 and be isn't sure what to make of her, but he knows that if he wants to continue on at the Academy, he has to do everything in his power to make sure that she wins. Initially, it looks like the odds are against him, but after he first meets Lucy, he discovers that there is more to her than what others might see.  It will be up to him to work the system to get the end result he wants - Lucy stays alive and the Coriolanus Snow ends up at the top.

Love is a Revolution

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 by Renee Watson Genre:  Realistic Fiction Nala and her cousin Imani have always been cousin-sister-friends.  Their relationship has changed though now that Nala has moved in with Imani's family fulltime.  Imani is super interested in the Harlem Inspire group and is always trying to get Nala to join their events.  Nala isn't really interested until she attends an event and meets Tye.  When Nala first meets him, she makes up a few things about herself to impress him.  Before she knows it, she has told him that she is a vegetarian and works at her grandmother's senior living home.  Nala is afraid that when Tye learns the truth about her, he won't like her, but the web of lies is getting to be a heavy burden to carry.

Wreck

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 by Kirstin Cronn-Mills Genre:  Realistic Fiction Tobin Oliver is a wreck.  Her father has ALS and only has a short time left to live.  And the time that he has left is getting increasingly unpleasant as ALS robs him of his mind and his ability to do things. Her dad, Steve, was a paramedic and marathon runner and now he has to rely on his daughter and caregiver for everything.  Tobin's mom moved to Paris when she was very young and Tobin can't help but think about what her life will be like after her father dies.  She is determined to be there for her father until the very end, but she has no idea just how difficult that will turn out to be.