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A Wrinkle in TIme by Madeleine L’Engle
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A Wrinkle in TIme by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. One stormy night a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and fantastic journey, a journey that will threaten their lives and our universe.

 

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 

Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit’s friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty.

 

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Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
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Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

After their father, a video-game inventor, strikes it rich, the Smithfork kids move from their cozy Brooklyn neighborhood to a swanky apartment on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

One day Brid, CJ, and Patrick discover an astonishing secret about their apartment. The original owner, the deceased multimillionaire Mr. Post, long ago turned the apartment itself into a giant puzzle containing a mysterious book and hidden panels—a puzzle that, with some luck, courage, and brainpower, will lead to discovering the Post family fortune.

 

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The Secret Life of Ms Finkleman by Ben H. Winters
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The Secret Life of Ms Finkleman by Ben H. Winters

It all started with a Special Project: Solve a mystery in your own life.

For seventh grader Bethesda Fielding, one mystery is too tempting to ignore. She’s convinced that her mousy Music Fundamentals teacher is hiding a secret life. But no one is prepared for what she discovers. Ms. Finkleman used to be . . . a rock star? Soon the whole school goes rock crazy, and a giant concert is in the works, led by none other than timid Ms. Finkleman!

 

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Rules by Cynthia Lord
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Rules by Cynthia Lord

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the rules from “a peach is not a funny-looking apple” to “keep your pants on in public”—in order to head off David’s embarrassing behaviors.

 

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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people–her teachers and doctors included–don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can’t, because Melody can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write.

 

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No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis
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No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis

Reviewed by Faith McPhee, age 12

No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis is a brilliant novel, detailing the events of Valli’s adventures in Kolkata, India. Valli is a courageous girl who finds herself on a journey of independence, taking with her only her spirit and a pair of “magic feet.”

 

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Mackenzie Blue by Tina Wells
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Mackenzie Blue by Tina Wells

She has it all—smarts, talent, humor, and style. . . . Is it enough to survive middle school?

Countdown to a 7th Grade Meltdown

1. Your BFF moves away.
2. Someone steals your diary and reveals your deepest secrets—to the entire class.
3. You have one chance to become a rock star and one chance to totally blow it.

Guess what!? All three happened to me! School’s a disaster already. Don’t get me wrong—I love Brookdale Academy and I have a fabulous crew of friends. (At least, I think I do.) But if I’m going to survive, I need all the help I can get!

 

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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

I am a 14-year-old girl and just got around to reading Little Women about a year ago. It is a great American classic written by Louisa May Alcott. It is about the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. They live in New England during the Civil War. They are poor, but they try to make the best of it as they grow and learn. We follow them through good times and bad as they, with help from Marmee and Laurie (their next-door neighbor), bear their own unique burdens. Meg’s is poverty, Jo’s is her temper, Beth’s burden is not being able to play on a piano, and Amy’s is her unaristocratic nose. (as funny as that sounds) You’ll fall in love with Jo’s oddities just as much as with Beth’s gentil manners. It is a great book that everyone should read!

 

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