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Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson; Donna Diamond (Illustrator)  Icon
ISBN: 9780061975165
Publication Date: 2009-10-06
This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss.

Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie's house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief.

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Thunderwith - Libby Hathorn
Call Number: F HAT
ISBN: 0733611648
After she moves to the Australian outback following her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Laura's friendship with a strange and beautiful dog helps her adjust to a new life with an unfamiliar father and unfriendly stepfamily.

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Dougy - James Moloney
Call Number: F MOL
ISBN: 9780702237065
Publication Date: 1993
I'm nobody much. That's the way Dougy sees himself. Struggling at school, Dougy is quiet. He watches more than he speaks. His siblings, Raymond and Gracey, are the one with the talent: his brother a star footballer and his sister just picked for the state athletic championships. When racial tensions engulf their lonely town in the Australian outback, madness grips and hot-headed men give way to their fears. And waiting in the rising river waters lurks something even more dangerous. Death is stalking Dougy's sister, Gracey, unless he can save her. Can a nobody stand against such forces?

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Gracey - James Moloney
Call Number: F. MOL
ISBN: 9780702237072
When Dougy's sister Gracey is picked for the state athletics championships, not everybody in their small bush town is pleased. "Aborigines get special treatment", some of the angry white people say - "It's not fair!" The championships change everything for Gracey and trigger dramatic events in the town too: black and white relations reach explosion point. The time is ripe for the mysterious Moodagudda to seek a victim... In the end, it's up to Dougy to save his family - and to prove

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Two weeks with the queen - Morris Gleitzman
Call Number: F GLE
ISBN: 0330271830
When Colin's brother Luke becomes seriously ill with leukemia, he is determined to get the best help possible. He's sent to stay with relatives in London and works to go to the very top - the Queen first and, failing her, the best cancer doctor in the world. He is helped by a young man whose partner is dying of Aids - the ending cannot be happy, but is joyous in a way because it offers comfort and truth. The story is told with a wonderfully humorous touch.

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Love Lessons - Jacqueline Wilson
Call Number: F WIL
ISBN: 0552553522
Fourteen-year-old Prue and her sister Grace have been educated at home by their controlling, super-strict father all their lives. Forced to wear Mum's odd hand-made garments and forbidden from reading teenage magazines, they know they're very different to 'normal' girls - but when Dad has a stroke and ends up in hospital, unable to move or speak, Prue suddenly discovers what it's like to have a little freedom.

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The Tanglewoods' Secret - Patricia St John
Call Number: Y JF STJ
ISBN: 1859992676
Ruth was only good at getting into trouble! There seemed to be no end to her mischief until the day she actually ran away.

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 - Sue Townsend
Call Number: F TOW
ISBN: 9780141046426
Publication Date: 1982
I felt rotten today. It's my mother's fault for singing 'My Way' at two o'clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children's home. Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual', Adrian's painfully honest diary is still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared.

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Pinballs - Betsy Byars
Call Number: JF BYA
ISBN: 0064401987
Publication Date: 2004-08-10
You can't always decide where life will take you--especially when you're a kid. Carlie knows she's got no say in what happens to her. Stuck in a foster home with two other kids, Harvey and Thomas J, she's just a pinball being bounced from bumper to bumper. As soon as you get settled, somebody puts another coin in the machine and off you go again. But against her will and her better judgment, Carlie and the boys become friends. And all three of them start to see that they can take control of their own lives.

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Walking the Boundaries - Jackie French
Call Number: JF FRE
ISBN: 0207177961
Publication Date: 1993-03-17
All Martin has to do is walk the boundaries and the farm will be his. It seems like a huge joke when his great-grandfather tells him that he doesn't even have to walk all the way around the fences. It is a bright sunny day when Martin sets out but suddenly he finds himself being swept away in a flash flood! What kind of strange boundary has he crossed?

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Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster - Tim Winton
Call Number: F WIN
ISBN: 0330274465
Publication Date: 1993
Nothing's simple for Lockie Leonard. Dumped by his girlfriend, he's back to being the loneliest kid in town until he makes friends with the weirdest human being he's ever met. As if that isn't enough, Lockie decides to save the planet.

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Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo - Tim Winton
Call Number: F WIN
ISBN: 0140366512
Publication Date: 1990
Lockie Leonard, hot surf-rat, is in love. The human torpedo is barely settled into his new school, and already he's got a girl on his mind.

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One would think the deep - Claire Zorn
ISBN: 9780702253942
It's 1997 and seventeen-year-old Samuel Asher is mourning the sudden loss of his mum. After her death from a brain aneurism, Sam's Aunty Lorraine takes him to live in her dilapidated house on the South Coast of New South Wales. Sam's mum cut off all ties with Aunty Lorraine seven years ago and Sam hasn't seen his aunt or cousins, Michael (Minty) and Shane, since. Despite being suspicious of Aunty Lorraine and Shane and feeling like they are perfect strangers, the easy bond Sam shared with Minty as ten year olds skating on their Nan's driveway and pissing on her geraniums, is rekindled instantly. Minty has blonde dreadlocks, tattooed arms and Labrador enthusiasm. He is also a talented surfer headed for the pro circuit. As Sam navigates his grief, he also has to forge a new identity with a family as unfamiliar to him as the new home in which he suddenly finds himself. When their Nan returns after her disappearance a decade before, Sam is forced to re-evaluate everything he thinks he knows about himself, his family and his place in the world.

 

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The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Call Number: STF F BUR
ISBN: 9780099572954
Publication Date: 2013-06-01
When Mary Lennox is sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody says she is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It is true, too. Mary is pale, spoiled, and quite contrary. But she is also horribly lonely. Then one day she hears about a garden in the grounds of the manor that has been kept locked and hidden for years. And when a friendly robin helps Mary find the key, she discovers the most magical place anyone could imagine.

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Scar Island - Dan Gemeinhart
Call Number: F GEM
ISBN: 9781338053845
Publication Date: 2017-01-03
Twelve-year-old Jonathan Grisby has been sent to the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys, a former lunatic asylum which is currently run by a sadist who enjoys punishing the boys and setting them against each other; but when a lightning strike kills all the adults the boys find themselves suddenly free--and trapped on Scar Island which seems to be sinking into the ocean.

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Little Lord Fauntleroy - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Call Number: F BUR
ISBN: 1617205028
Publication Date: 2011-12-01
In a shabby New York side street in the mid-1880s, young American Cedric Errol lives with his mother in genteel poverty after his father, Captain Errol dies. They receive a visit from Havisham, an English lawyer with a message from young Cedric's grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt. With the deaths of his father's elder brothers, Cedric is now Lord Fauntleroy and heir to the Earldom and a vast estate.

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Dicey's Song - Cynthia Voigt
Call Number: F VOI
ISBN: 0689851316
Publication Date: 2002-03-01
When Momma abandoned Dicey Tillerman and her three siblings in a mall parking lot and was later traced to an asylum where she lay unrecognizing, unknowing, she left her four children no choice but to get on by themselves. They set off alone on foot over hundreds of miles until they finally found someone to take them in. Gram’s rundown farm isn’t perfect, but they can stay together as a family—which is all Dicey really wanted.

But after watching over the others for so long, it’s hard for Dicey to know what to do now. Her own identity has been so wrapped up in being the caretaker, navigator, penny counter, and decision maker that she’s not sure how to let go of some responsibilities while still keeping a sense of herself. But when the past comes back

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Jessica's ghost - Norriss, Andrew
Call Number: STR F NOR
ISBN: 9781910200339
Publication Date: 2015
Francis has never had a friend like Jessica before. She's the first person he's ever met who can make him feel completely himself. Jessica has never had a friend like Francis before. Not just because he's someone to laugh with every day - but because he's the first person who has ever been able to see her.

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Grace - Morris Gleitzman
Call Number: F GLE
ISBN: 9780670073900
Eleven-year-old Grace Hillgrove knows only one world - the world of her family, and the strict religious community they belong to. But when her father is thrown out of the church for asking questions, Grace is torn. How can she stay in the church and keep her family together?

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Missing you love Sara - Jackie French  Icon
ISBN: 9780730493433
Publication Date: 2010
There are hundreds and thousands of Missing Persons ... whether they have changed identity to remain hidden from those who love them, whether they have been abducted or some other reason is not always known. Missing You, Love Sara is a story of such a person and the effect on those left behind. At 11.35am, Thursday May 4th, Sara′s sister Reenie disappears. Was she kidnapped? Did she kill herself? Did she simply decide to vanish? Or is her body lying somewhere waiting to be found? This is Sara′s story as she tries to work it out. How can someone like Reenie just disappear? And are the police really doing everything they can to find her ... Ages 12+

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Girl Underground - Morris Gleitzman
Call Number: F GLE
ISBN: 0143300466
Publication Date: 2004
A story of friendship, courage and a bit of crime. Bridget wants a quiet life. Including, if possible, keeping her parents out of prison.

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After - Morris Gleitzman
Call Number: F GLE
ISBN: 9780670075447
Publication Date: 2012
After the Nazis took my parents I was scared
After they killed my best friend I was angry
After they ruined my thirteenth birthday I was determined
To get to the forest
To join forces with Gabriek and Yuli
To be a family
To defeat the Nazis after all

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Then - Morris Gleitzman
Call Number: F GLE
ISBN: 9780670072781
Publication Date: 2008
I had a plan for me and Zelda
Pretend to be someone else
Find new parents
Be safe forever
Then the Nazis came

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A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Call Number: STF F BUR
ISBN: 1859980791
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
Sara Crewe is a student at Miss Minchin's fancy boarding school. She has the very best of everything. But when her rich father dies, she's left without a penny. Now Sara lives in the school's cold attic and works for crusts of bread. With some help from a secret friend and a touch of magic, Sara's world is about to change in ways she never dreamed.

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Skellig - David Almond
Call Number: F ALM
ISBN: 0340716002
Publication Date: 1998
Michael was looking forward to moving house. But now his baby sister's ill, his parents are frantic and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. But what he finds in the crumbling garage will change his life forever.

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The New Policeman - Kate Thompson
Call Number: STR F THO
ISBN: 0099456273
Publication Date: 2005
There is never enough time in Kinvara. When Helen Liddy is asked what she wants for her birthday, she says, 'Time. That's what I want. Time.' When JJ sets out to buy his mother some time he discovers the answer, as well as some truly remarkable things about music, myth and magic. Who knows where the time goes? JJ does.

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Daddy-Long-Legs - Jean Webster (Illustrator)
Call Number: STR F WEB
ISBN: 0140374558
Publication Date: 1995-07-01
Judy Abbott is a lively, endearing young girl growing up in an orphanage. Her dreams of college seem in vain until the unknown benefactor offers to pay for her tuition. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month, and that she can never know who he is

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Five things they never told me - Rebecca Westcott
Call Number: F WES
ISBN: 9780141358642
Publication Date: 2015
Five Things They Never Told Me is story to be felt and not forgotten, from Rebecca Westcott, author of Dandelion Clocks and Violet Ink . . . It's a glorious summer and Erin and Martha are both stuck at Oak Hill Home for the Elderly. Misunderstood and feeling ignored, they are equally frustrated by the situation. But as Erin learns to listen to Martha, she discovers some very important lessons about making her own voice heard.

 

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Seven Little Australians - Ethel Sybil Turner
Call Number: F TUR
ISBN: 0207173370
Publication Date: 2010-01-06
A captain who has lost his wife remarries a much younger woman to provide his six children with a new mother. Together, the couple had another child, making seven. The captain tries to run the family with stern discipline, but he is no match for the fun-loving children.

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Where the Streets Had a Name - Randa Abdel-Fattah
Call Number: F ABD
ISBN: 9780330425261
Publication Date: 2010-11-01
Critically acclaimed author Randa Abdel-Fattah's middle-grade debut about the journey -- and risks -- a Palestinian girl will take to save her family.

Thirteen year old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother's ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab's life. The only problem is that Hayaat and her family live behind the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, and they're on the wrong side of check points, curfews, and the travel permit system. Plus, Hayaat's best friend Samy always manages to attract trouble. But luck is on the pair's side as they undertake the journey to Jerusalem from the Palestinian Territories when Hayaat and Samy have a curfew-free day to travel.

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The best day of my life - Deborah Ellis
Call Number: F ELL
ISBN: 9781742379142
In Jharia, India,Valli spends her days picking up coal and fighting with her cousins. Her family won't let her go to school and there's never enough food. When Valli discovers that that her 'aunt' is a stranger who was paid to take her, she leaves Jharia and begins a new life, surviving on the streets of Kolkata. A chance encounter with a doctor may change her life but Valli must decide if she trusts enough to accept help.

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Alice, I think - Susan Juby
Call Number: STF Fiction JUB
ISBN: 0060515457
Publication Date: 2004
After her first therapist has a meltdown, Alice MacLeod and her new therapist decide that Alice's horizons should be expanded. Enter Alice's Life Goals List. It's time to grow up, act her age, maybe even go back to high school after years of being taught at home. Alice is on the hunt for a look, a social life, a job, a boyfriend, and most importantly, a half decent haircut. But getting those things in Smithers, B.C., isn't easy. Particularly if Irma of Irma's Salon is in charge of the new look.

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P.S. I love you - Cecelia Ahern
Call Number: F AHE
ISBN: 9780007263080
Publication Date: 2007
Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. They were childhood sweethearts - no one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other.

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A Place Called Here - Cecelia Ahern
Call Number: F AHE
ISBN: 9780007198917
Publication Date: 2006
Ever since the day her classmate Jenny-May Butler vanished, Sandy Shortt has been haunted by what happens when something - or someone - disappears. Finding has become her goal.

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If You Could See Me Now - Cecelia Ahern
Call Number: F AHE
ISBN: 9780007198894
Publication Date: 2005
What if love was right there in front of you - you just couldn't see it?

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Thanks for the Memories - Cecelia Ahern
Call Number: F AHE
ISBN: 9780007233687
Publication Date: 2008
Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. When she leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, Joyce moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of deja vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why...

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Letters to a princess - Libby Hathorn
Call Number: F HAT
ISBN: 9780730495451
Publication Date: 2007
Princess Diana saved my life. My name is Diana Moore and I′m the kind of girl who doesn′t stand out in the crowd. Average height. Average brown hair. The only thing not average about me is that I seem to land in trouble on a regular basis. My Mum died suddenly over a year ago. She left me with a stepfather who is a loser and his loudmouth son, Marcus. If it weren′t for Babs and my letters to Princess Diana, I′d be crazy by now.

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Wonder - R. J. Palacio
Call Number: STR F PAL
ISBN: 9780370332291
Publication Date: 2012
WONDER is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

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The middle of nowhere - Geraldine McCaughrean
Call Number: STR F MCC
ISBN: 9781409522003
Publication Date: 2012
When Mary Pinny dies from a snakebite, she leaves her young daughter, Comity, and husband Herbert in the Middle of Nowhere. As Stationmaster of the Kinkindele Repeater Station, Herbert Pinny takes great pride in his job; receiving morse messages and passing them down the Wire to the rest of Australia and beyond. But Comity dreams of a different life - where her mother is alive and she has her own horse and a new piano - and sends letters to her grandmother and her snooty aunt full of colourful tales of her imaginary life. That is, until the new station assistant, Quartz Hogg, arrives and brings Comity and her father sharply back down to earth.

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Extremely loud and incredibly close - Jonathna Safran Foer
Call Number: F POE
ISBN: 9780241957608
Publication Date: 2005
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is Jonathan Safran Foer's heartrending New York novelIn a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key . . .The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open?So begins a quest that takes Oskar - inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective - across New York's five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father?Moving, literary and innovative, perfect for fans of Lorrie Moore and Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was made into a major film starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, released in 2012.Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. He is the author of Everything is Illuminated, which won the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book award, and Eating Animals, and the editor of A Convergence of Birds.

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For the forest of a bird - Sue Saliba
ISBN: 9780143571780
'I want to tell you that he's coming home. . . and it's going to be like it was before he went away, before everything broke apart.'

Nella waits for the swallows by the creek each spring. It's a secret vigil she's followed ever since her father left.

This year she's going to take him with her . . . but can we ever return to the way things were?

A novel about love and the things you can and can't change, from the winner of the Victorian's Premier's Literary Award for young adult fiction.

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