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Amos Fortune, Free Man - Elizabeth Yates; Nora S. Unwin (Illustrator)
Call Number: CMC E 185.97 .F73 Y3 1950
ISBN: 0525255702
Publication Date: 1967-04-14
The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.

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Charlotte's Web - E. B. White; Garth Williams (Illustrator); Kate DiCamillo
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .W58277 Ch 1952
ISBN: 0064400557
Publication Date: 2012-04-10
This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect." Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter. E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E.B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books. Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Diary of a wimpy kid: Hard Luck - Jeff Kinney
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .K6232 Dj 2013
ISBN: 9781419711329
Publication Date: 2013-11-05
Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?  

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Diary of a wimpy kid: The Last Straw - Jeff Kinney
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .K6232 Dm 2009
ISBN: 9780810970687
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
The highly anticipated third book in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series takes the art of being wimpy to a whole new level. nbsp; Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other #147;manly” endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out. nbsp; Greg and his family and friends, who make the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books a must-read for middle school readers, are back and at their best in this hilarious new installment of the series, which is sure to please current fans while attracting new ones. nbsp; Publishers Weekly-1/19/2009: The third book in this genre-busting series is certain to enlarge Kinney’s presence on the bestseller lists, where the previous titles have taken up residence for the past two years. Kinney’s spot-on humor and winning formula of deadpan text set against cartoons are back in full force. This time, Greg starts off on New Year’s Day (he resolves to #147;help other people improve,” telling his mother, #147;I think you should work on chewing your potato chips more quietly”) and ends with summer vacation. As he fends off his father’s attempts to make him more of a man (the threat of military school looms), Greg’s hapless adventures include handing out anonymous valentines expressing his true feelings (#147;Dear James, You smell”), attempting to impress his classmate Holly and single-handedly wrecking his soccer team’s perfect season. Kinney allows himself some insider humor as well, with Greg noting the #147;racket” children’s book authors have going. #147;All you have to do is make up a character with a snappy name, and then make sure the character learns a lesson at the end of the book.” Greg, self-centered as ever, may be the exception proving that rule. Ages 8#150;12. (Jan.) nbsp; F&P level: T

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Dork in Disguise - Carol Gorman
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .G6693 Do 1999
ISBN: 0064408914
Publication Date: 2000-08-08
Last year, Jerry Flack was a dork. So this year, at a new school in a new town, he's decided to start a new life altogether--as a Cool Kid. He's been preparing all summer: studying teen magazines, acquiring hair gel, and distressing his jeans. Things get off to a good start, and before you know it, Jerry's in, Rollerblading with the pros. But soon, Jerry finds himself tangled up in a complicated web of lies; and what's more, he's battling a terrible urge to put his glasses back on, join the science team, build a hovercraft, and, worst of all, date Brenda, a 100% geek. Does he really want to be a dork in disguise forever?

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Middle school: Get Me Out of Here! - James Patterson; Chris Tebbetts; Laura Park (Illustrator)
Call Number: CMC YA PZ 7 .P27653 2012
ISBN: 0316206717
Publication Date: 2012-05-07
James Patterson's winning follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life--which the LA Times called "a perfectly pitched novel"--is another riotous and heartwarming story about living large. After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He's been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone.Wrong! It's more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he's never done before, he's going to do it, from learning to play poker to going to a modern art museum. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family Rafe's never known, he has to decide if he's ready to have his world turned upside down. (Includes over 100 illustrations.)

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Gracie's Girl - Ellen Wittlinger
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .W78436 Gr 2000
ISBN: 0689849605
Publication Date: 2002-04-01
YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT -- OR WHO -- WILL TOUCH YOUR HEART. Now that Bess Cunningham is in middle school, she's determined to get noticed. With her new glasses, her wild thrift-store clothes, and her job as stage manager for the school play, she's sure her days of being invisible are over. Being forced to volunteer with her parents at the local soup kitchen doesn't exactly fit into Bess's popularity plans, especially since she finds the place so creepy. But when she meets Gracie Jarvis Battle, an elderly homeless woman, Bess can't help but feel compassion for her. Bess grows more involved with trying to feed and shelter the older woman, but as the weather turns colder and Gracie grows thinner, Bess begins to wonder -- will her help be enough?

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Middle School Blues - Lou Kassem
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .K1545 Mi 1986
ISBN: 0380703637
Publication Date: 1987-09-01
I was ready for the first day of middle school to be bad, but it's worse than I imagined. My best friend Becca missed the bus; I can't find my way around the school; I still haven't found Becca; I don't see any of my friends; and every time the bell rings, I have to worry about getting to the next class on time. The phys. ed. teacher sounds like a prison guard. Math class is even worse. I've been sent to the principal's office...and it's not even my fault. No wonder they call it middle school. You're stuck in the middle between little kid and grown-up, just trying to make your way out of the confusion. But some kids actually look happy here. Does that mean there's a chance things will get better?

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Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf a year told through stuff - Jennifer L. Holm; Elicia Castaldi (Illustrator)
Call Number: CMC YA PZ 7 .H732226 Mid 2007
ISBN: 0689852819
Publication Date: 2007-07-24
Ginny has ten items on her big to-do list for seventh grade. None of them, however, include accidentally turning her hair pink. Or getting sent to detention for throwing frogs in class. Or losing the lead role in the ballet recital to her ex-best friend. Or the thousand other things that can go wrong between September and June. But it looks like it's shaping up to be that kind of a year! Here's the story of one girl's worst school year ever -- told completely through her stuff.

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Regarding the Bathrooms : a privy to the past - Kate Klise (Illustrator); M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .K684 Rc 2006
ISBN: 0152051643
Publication Date: 2006-08-01
Poor Principal Walter Russ. He's desperate for designer Florence Watersnbsp;to renovate the school's disgusting basement bathrooms, and the stress is causing him to get, ahem, all clogged up. Luckily, during their stressful summer school internships, the sixth graders uncover the perfect way for everyone to relax: by enjoying an ancient Roman spa and bath buried in the school's basement!nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;The fourth book in the Regarding the . . . series overflows with toilet humor. In their award-winning stylenbsp;that featuresnbsp;newspaper spreads, letters, ads, and puns galore, the fabulous Klise sisters have created an unforgettable story about persistance, friendship, and learning to relax a little!

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Diary of a wimpy kid:: Rodrick Rules - Jeff Kinney
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .K6232 Dk 2008
ISBN: 0810994739
Publication Date: 2008-02-01
The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book! Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved. Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it. As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular. Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg’s attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.   F&P level: T

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The Word Eater - Mary Amato
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .A49165 Wo 2000
ISBN: 082341468X
Publication Date: 2000-04-15
Life is miserable for sixth-grader Lerner Chanse at her new school, where the MPOOE (Most Powerful Ones on Earth) Club ruthlessly rules over the SLUGs (Sorry Losers Under Ground). Then Lerner accidentally discovers that her pet worm Fip eats paper - with startling results...When he eats a label with the words "Mack's Thumbtacks", all Mack's thumbtacks instantly vanish and papers slip from bulletin boards everywhere! It seems that if Fip eats a word, that item simply disappears from the world - forever. Now that Lerner knows about Fip's magic, she has some extraordinary powers of her own - and some big decisions to make. Should she eliminate crime? Her mean neighbour Bobby Nitz's evil dog? Or simply wipe Cleveland Park Middle School off the face of the earth? Or will destroying anything cause effects that she can't imagine or predict? Lerner soon discovers that extraordinary power brings extraordinary responsibility - but will she learn her lesson in time?

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United Tates of America: a novel with scrapbook art - Paula Danziger
Call Number: CMC PZ 7 .D2394 Un 2002
ISBN: 0590692224
Publication Date: 2003-06-01
Best-selling children's book author Paula Danziger brings us the perfect novel for middle grade readers--a touching story incorporating the themes of friendship,loss, love and perseverance. Skate Tate hates change. But her whole life is changing at once. It's just not fair! Sixth grade is tough. Her new school is bigger, the classes are harder, and Skate's group of close friends is growing apart. Only her Great Uncle Mort (GUM for short) can help her deal with it all. He's not afraid of anything. When tragedy strikes, GUM sends Skate and her family on a road trip that will change their lives forever--starting with Plymouth, Massachusetts. Skate is taking it all down in her scrapbook, but will she ever learnhow to handle what lies just around the corner?

 

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High School Books

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A Blue So Dark - Holly Schindler
Call Number: CMC YA PZ 7 .S34634 Blu 2010
ISBN: 9780738719269
Publication Date: 2010-05-08
Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura's dad left them. Convinced that "creative" equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked--and together may offer an escape from her fears. Praise for A Blue So Dark: "A truly real, emotional, and honest read."--Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay it Forward "A Blue So Dark is a raw, compelling and eloquent portrayal of art and madness, and the freeing, healing gift of creativity. Schindler's voice is brilliant and true."--Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Need and Captivate "Schindler's lyrical debut explores the nightmare of mental illness in a voice that is sharp and funny and all her own. This is as real as teen fiction gets. A must-read."--Crissa-Jean Chappell, author of Total Constant Order GOLD MEDAL WINNER: IPPY Awards 2010 (Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction) SILVER MEDAL WINNER: ForeWord Book of the Year Awards 2010 (Young Adult Fiction)      

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Always and ForeverToo young to die and Goodbye doesn't mean forever - Lurlene McDaniel
Call Number: CMC YA PZ 7 .A477 1989
ISBN: 0553494198
Publication Date: 2004-05-11
Sixteen-year-old Melissa Austin has always worked hard to get what she wants. As the school year begins, her work is paying off: Her grades are up and she's landed a coveted spot on the Brain Bowl team. She and her best friend, Jory Delaney, are determined to have the best junior year ever. Then Melissa receives devastating news about her health. At first she refuses to accept the doctor's diagnosis, but as her illness gets worse, she cannot deny the truth. Only with the loving support of her family, and especially Jory, can Melissa come to terms with the mysteries of living . . . and dying.

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Before, after, and Somebody in Between - Jeannine Garsee
Call Number: CMC YA PZ 7 .G1875 Bef 2007
ISBN: 159990022X
Publication Date: 2007-06-26
My sympathy fades as Chardonnay twists around to spread her lips in a demented grin. Her long yellow teeth probably haven't seen a toothbrush in months. I take a chance and smile back, and what do I get? A pudgy middle finger jabbed under my nose. My next thought is: Wow. I may not even survive homeroom.   One hour into her first day of tenth grade, Martha Kowalski knows she's really in trouble. The school bully, Chardonnay, has already threatened her life--and at home, things are even worse. Martha's mom, fresh out of rehab, is shacking up with an obnoxious jerk in a neighborhood that can only be described as a "ghetto." More than anything she's ever wanted, Martha wants to play the cello. But even music becomes dangerous to her health--because nothing is what it seems in this place. With  her mother's willpower dissolving,  Martha watches helplessly as her own dreams slip further away. But in an exhilarating twist that would stun even Cinderella, everything changes. A wealthy lawyer invites her into his family's home and Martha is given a chance to start over. The warm, caring Brinkmans treat Martha like one of the family and even though it feels so right, she knows they can't be as perfect as they seem. And she knows that this fairy tale can't last forever...   An unforgettable debut, Before, After and Somebody in Between is smart, poignant, and very real.

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Bullying - Beth Rosenthal (Editor); Christine Nasso (Contribution by); Elizabeth Des Chenes (Editor)
Call Number: CMC YA BF 637 .B85 B84 2008
ISBN: 0737738014
Publication Date: 2007-12-14
Pro/con articles on how bullying including the causes of bullying, how parents and others can combat bullying, and how bullying can be reduced.

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Catalyst - Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: CMC YA PZ 7 .A54385 Cat 2002
ISBN: 0142400017
Publication Date: 2003-09-15
Meet Kate Malone-straight-A science and math geek, minister's daughter, ace long-distance runner, new girlfriend (to Mitchell "Early Decision Harvard" Pangborn III), unwilling family caretaker, and emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all-or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly as a string of chemical reactions; first, the Malones' neighbors get burned out of their own home and move in. Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teri's little brother. The days are ticking down and she's still waiting to hear from the only college she applied to: MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of her control-and then, something happens that truly blows it all apart. Set in the same community as the remarkable Speak, Catalyst is a novel that will change the way you look at the world.

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Chocolate War - R. Cormier
Call Number: CMC YA PZ 7 .C81634 Ch 1974
ISBN: 0881033219
Publication Date: 1986-09-01
A high school freshman who refuses to participate in the annual fundraising chocolate sale is forced to defend his convictions.

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Dancing with Elvis - Lynda Stephenson
Call Number: CMC YA PZ 7 .S83658 Dan 2005
ISBN: 0802852939
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
With humor and heart, Dancing with Elvis tells of one young woman's coming of age in the South, during a time of change in America's history.

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Girls Get Curves : geometry takes shape - Danica McKellar
Call Number: CMC YA QA 461 .M387 2012
ISBN: 9781594630941
Publication Date: 2012-08-02
New York Times bestselling author and mathemetician Danica McKellar tackles all the angles--and curves--of geometry In her three previous bestselling books Math Doesn't Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed!, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the "math nerd" stereotype by showing girls how to ace their math classes and feel cool while doing it. Sizzling with Danica's trademark sass and style, her fourth book, Girls Get Curves, shows her readers how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master the core concepts of high school geometry, including congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, proofs, theorems, and more! Combining reader favorites like personality quizzes, fun doodles, real-life testimonials from successful women, and stories about her own experiences with illuminating step-by-step math lessons, Girls Get Curves will make girls feel like Danica is their own personal tutor. As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica's irreverent, lighthearted approach opens the door to math success and higher scores, while also boosting their self-esteem in all areas of life. Girls Get Curves makes geometry understandable, relevant, and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls.

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Hot X - Algebra Exposed! - Danica McKellar
Call Number: CMC YA QA 159 .M34 2010
ISBN: 9781594630705
Publication Date: 2010-08-03
In her two bestselling books, Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shattered the "math nerd" stereotype by showing girls how to ace middle school math-and actually feel cool while doing it! Sizzling with Danica's trademark sass and style, Hot X: Algebra Exposed tackles algebra: the most feared of all math classes and the most common roadblock to high school graduation. McKellar instantly puts her readers at ease, showing teenage girls-and anyone taking algebra-how to feel confident, get in the driver's seat, and master topics like square roots, polynomials, quadratic equations, word problems and more . . . without breaking a sweat (or a nail). Danica provides illuminating, step-by-step math lessons combined with reader favorites like personality quizzes, popular doodles, real-life testimonials, and stories from her own life, so girls feel like she's sitting right next to them. As hundreds of thousands of girls already know, Danica's irreverent, light-hearted approach opens the door to higher grades and higher test scores. Now, with Hot X: Algebra Exposed, the scary veil of algebra is finally lifted, making it understandable, relevant and maybe even a little (gasp!) fun for girls.

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The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
Call Number: CMC YA PZ 7 .R4829 Bat 2008
ISBN: 1423101464
Publication Date: 2008-05-06
As an incoming freshman, Percy isn't expecting his high school orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends will set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

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The Columbine School Shootings - Jennifer MacKay
Call Number: CMC YA LB 3013.33 .C6 M33 2010
ISBN: 1420501380
Publication Date: 2010-02-01
Analyzes the murder scene and its aftermath at Columbine High School in Colorado where two young men planned to blow up their school.

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The Fallen - Paul Langan
Call Number: CMC YA PE 1122 .L364 F35 2007
ISBN: 1591940664
Publication Date: 2006-06-01
This sixth edition of Religion and Politics in the United States offers a comprehensive account of the role of religious ideas, institutions, and communities in American life. Through a detailed review of the political attitudes and behavior of major religious and minority faith traditions, the book establishes that religion continues to be a major part of the American cultural and political milieu while explaining that it must interact with many other factors to influence political outcomes in the United States. This edition also reviews the role of religion in the 2008 election and includes fully up-to-date coverage of how religion informs the civil rights struggles of women and gay Americans.

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The Wireless Society - Stuart A. Kallen
Call Number: CMC YA TK 5105.78 .W6655 2006
ISBN: 0737727500
Publication Date: 2006-12-11
Books in this anthology series focus a wide range of viewpoints onto a single controversial issue, providing in-depth discussions by leading advocates. Articles are printed in their entirety and footnotes and source notes are retained. These books offer the reader not only a full spectrum of dissent on the subject, but also the ability to test the validity of arguments by following up on sources used as evidence. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations to contact offer a gateway to further research. This series provides a quick grounding in the issues, a challenge to critical thinking skills, and an excellent research tool in each inexpensive volume.

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