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A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich by Alice Childress
The life of a thirteen-year-old Harlem youth on his way to becoming a confirmed heroin addict is seen from his viewpoint and from that of several people around him.
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A Separate Peace by John Knowles
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Bee and Jacky by Carolyn Coman
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Bless the Beasts & the Children by Glendon Swarthout
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California Blue by David Klass
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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul : 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning (Chicken Soup for the Soul Series) by Jack Canfield (Editor), Kimberly Kirberger, Mark V. Hansen (Editor)
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Go Ask Alice by Anonymous, Beatrice M. Sparks (Editor)
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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
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Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
This simple and sweet story, which won the Newbery Medal in 1993, is injected with just the right touches of humor and mysticism.
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Lisa, Bright and Dark by John Neufeld
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Lord of the Flies by William Gerald Golding
The classic tale of a group of English school boys who are left stranded on an unpopulated island, and who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own natures.
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Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
An itinerant farmhand's loving protection of a slow-witted comrad has profound implications for both characters, in Steinbeck's classic tale.
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Out of the Dust (Newbery Medal Book) by Karen Hesse
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
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Smack by Melvin Burgess
This searing account of two young runaways' descent into heroin addiction and their faltering climb back out. Won England's Carnegie Medal and Guardian Prize for Fiction.
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Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
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The Chosen by Chaim Potok
In 1940s Brooklyn, an accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Despite their differences the young men form a deep, if unlikely, friendship.
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The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie Johnson on a search for her real identity.
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The Giver by Lois Lowry
Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. But when he is given his life assignment as the Receiver, he begins to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.
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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
A children's story at heart (originally written for Tolkien's own kids), the book rightly holds its own as a classic, the sweet if simple predecessor to the most-loved epic in all of fantasy.
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The Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev, Hillel Halkin (Translator)
During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.
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The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
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The Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
A fictional account of the night freakish and devastating tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska, as experienced by a twelve-year-old, his family, and friends.
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Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera Cleaver, Bill Cleaver
Set in the Appalachian hills, the story, narrated by 14-year-old Mary Call, tells of her efforts to keep her family together and independent after their sharecropper father dies. School Library Journal Best of the Best (1969); ALA Notable Children's Book; New York Times Outstanding Children's Book of 1969.
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