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Laura Golden
Jennifer Holm's fans will root for Lizzie Hawkins. RUTA SEPETYS, New York Times bestselling author of BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY, says: "A beautiful story of acceptance and determination. Lizzie Hawkins reminds us that in the mids of losing something precious we may find something equally important: ourselves."

It's been two months since Lizzie's daddy disappeared due to the awful Depression. Lizzie's praying he'll return to Bittersweet, Alabama, for her birthday. It won't feel special without him, what with Lizzie's Mama being so sad she won't even talk and the bank nipping at their heels for a mortgage payment.

Daddy expected her to be the best at any cost. But Lizzie claims "that cost me my top grades and my best friend. It's dumped 'em both square into Erin's hands. She's gone batty if she thinks she's gonna get me carted off to the orphanage."

While Lizzie waits, she gets comfort writing in her journal. As time passes, she can only picture her daddy's face by opening her locket. If others can get by, why did her daddy leave? If he doesn't return, how can she overcome the same obstacles that drove him away?
Every Day After
Adi Alsaid

Five strangers. Countless adventures.One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.  

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Let's Get Lost
Pritesh Rane, Will Summerhouse
Eleven-year-old Orion lives with his stodgy grandfather in eastern Maine, where nothing exciting ever happens. But then a series of strange events draws him into the mystery of a lost explorer, and Orion is swept up in a whirlwind of adventure that takes him to the top of the world. To survive he must outwit a scheming treasure hunter, team up with a gang of flimps, and take on a tyrant with an anger management problem. Can Orion solve the mystery and get back home alive? And just what are flimps, anyway? Orion Poe is about to find out. Join him as he laughs, cries, bluffs, and shoots his way to the heart of one of the greatest mysteries in the history of exploration. Along the way he discovers that the world is far bigger—and stranger—than he ever imagined.
Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer (The Amazing Adventures of Orion Poe) (Volume 1)
Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore
Above the treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their island home. . . . These are Puerto Rican parrots. They lived on this island for millions of years, and then they nearly vanished from the earth forever. Puerto Rican parrots, once abundant, came perilously close to extinction in the 1960s due to centuries of foreign exploration and occupation, development, and habitat destruction. In this compelling book, Roth and Trumbore recount the efforts of the scientists of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program to save the parrots and ensure their future. Woven into the parrots’ story is a brief history of Puerto Rico itself, from before the first human settlers to the present day. With striking collage illustrations, a unique format, and engaging storytelling, Parrots Over Puerto Rico invites readers to witness the amazing recovery efforts that have enabled Puerto Rican parrots to fly over their island once again.
Parrots Over Puerto Rico (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner)
Janet McLaughlin
When Zoey Christopher is invited to a week’s vacation on the Caribbean Island of St. Anthony’s, she’s thrilled. Sun, sand, and absolutely nothing to do are exactly what Zoey needs. But what she gets is something totally opposite. There’s Tempy, a pesky ghost who won’t leave her alone; Chris, a boyfriend wannabe she can’t shake; and Enid and Doris, two sisters who seem determined to make her vacation miserable.

Zoey is surprised when the ghost first appears. She’s used to seeing visions of what might happen in the future, but this is the first time she gets a visitor from the past. A visitor who seems determined to keep appearing until Zoey finds the answers she needs. Problem is, Zoey has no idea what the questions are.

Then there’s Chris. He’s cute. He’s nice. And he likes her. Zoey kind of likes him too, which brings up all kinds of guilty feelings, because Zoey already has a boyfriend at home. As far as Zoey is concerned, this vacation can’t end soon enough.
Psyched Out (Get Psyched Series Book 2)
Deborah Hopkinson
“A delightful combination of race-against-the-clock medical mystery and outwit-the-bad-guys adventure.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a “mudlark,” he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. He’s being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked the streets of London. And he’s got a secret that costs him four precious shillings a week to keep safe. But even for Eel, things aren’t so bad until that fateful August day in 1854—the day the deadly cholera (“blue death”) comes to Broad Street.
Everyone believes that cholera is spread through poisonous air. But one man, Dr. John Snow, has a different theory. As the epidemic surges, it’s up to Eel and his best friend, Florrie, to gather evidence to prove Dr. Snow’s theory—before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.
“Hopkinson illuminates a pivotal chapter in the history of public health. . . . Accessible . . . and entertaining.” —School Library Journal, Starred
“For [readers] who love suspense, drama, and mystery.” —TIME for Kids

From the Hardcover edition.
The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel
Benjamin Stones
The first book of the TROL trilogy.

Jonas is lost, dazed and confused. His family are gone; his friends are gone. Everything he has ever known has changed; an army of invaders swarm across his planet - Hala. Creatures are falling from the sky, military battalions are breaking the cities, Jonas' home is being destroyed. His fight is dwindling fast. He's no good - he can't win...best to just be lying down; giving in...dying.

But hope appears! A fellow Halan evading the enemy; a wild man on the run. Someone he can trust? Someone who will protect him? Who knows...what choice does he have? The Wild Man has friends; promises him safety. They escape into the mountains, comrades in arms, overcoming their fears...living, running...surviving.

But the wild man knows things. Whispering dark secrets, tales of a clandestine alien race...a race orchestrating the invasion. What do they want? How does the wild man know so much? What does he want with Jonas? Why are they no longer running? Because now they're fighting, rebelling, turning against the invaders...attacking.

Jonas is frightened...he wants his family and home. They're moving...into the heart of the enemy. He's unsure; bewildered. He's told of an alien prophecy; it talks of a weapon that fills him with fear...

…not because it can stop the invasion...

…not because it can bring home his family...

…but because the weapon...

...is Jonas.
The Rule of Lorques: Lorque Exposure
Geoffrey Saign
Samantha and her neighbor, Jake, have no idea that Samantha's best friend, a parrot named Charlie, is a thousand years old. Charlie is also at the center of a secret battle between magical creatures and an ancient, evil man. When Charlie asks Samantha and Jake to protect him, they are chased by monsters from both sides. To save Charlie, and two worlds, Samantha and Jake have twenty-four hours to figure out how to use the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and find the courage to confront what they fear most... Ages 9 & up.
WhipEye: WhipEye Chronicles (Volume 1)

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