• Out of the Dust

    by Karen Hesse Year Published: 1997

    "A terrible accident has transformed Billie Jo’s life, scarring her inside and out. Her mother is gone. Her father can’t talk about it. And the one thing that might make her feel better—playing the piano—is impossible with her wounded hands.

    To make matters worse, dust storms are devastating the family farm and all the farms nearby. While others flee from the dust bowl, Billie Ko is left to find peace in the bleak landscape of Oklahoma—and in the surprising landscape of her own heart."

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  • Number the Stars

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: 1989

    "Ten year old Annamarie Johansen and herb best friend, Ellen Rosen, often think about life before the war. But it’s now 1943, and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town.

    The Nazis won’t stop. The Jews of Denmark are being ‘relocated,’ so Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family.

    Then Annemarie is asked to god on a dangerous mission. Somehow she must find the strength and courage to save her best friend’s life. There’s no turning back now."

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  • I Am Malala

    by Malala Yousafzai Year Published: 2013

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    Malala Yousafzai was ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So in a time when girls were forbidden from going to school, she fought for her right to be educated. On October 9, 2012, she was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school

    No one expected her to survive .

    Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes exclusive material and photos has been updated with a new epilogue, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who refused to be silenced.

    Malala’s powerful story will make you believe that one child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world."

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  • Among the Hidden

    by Margaret Peterson Haddix Year Published: 1998

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    Luke had never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

    Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with the new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

    Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he;s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows—does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?"

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  • The Adventures of Freak the Mighty

    by Rodman Philbrick Year Published: 1993

    "Meet Maxwell Kane. All his life he’s been called stupid. Dumb. Slow. And it doesn’t help that his body sees to be growing faster than his mind. Meet Kevin “Freak” Avery. He’s weird too. He has a little body—and a really big brain.
    What makes them different from everybody else makes them perfect for each other. Together, Max and Freak are unstoppable. Together, they are Freak he Mighty.

    Max’s story continues as he finds himself defending a young, solitary girl cruelly nick-named ‘Worm’ because she loves to read. And when Max best blamed fro a horrific crime, he and Worm flee across America—hunted by the police and pursued by the mysterious man known as the Undertaker. The only way the teens can survive is to confront Worm’s darkest and most revealing secret. And that means facing something more frightening than death itself."

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