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A Time of Miracles
A Time of Miracles
By Bondoux, Anne-Laure
Translator Maudet, Y.
2010-11 - Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
9780385739221 Check Our Catalog

2011 Mildred L Batchelder Award Winner

When Blaise Fortune turns seven years old, the Soviet Union collapses and his mother Gloria decides that she and Blaise must flee the political troubles and civil unrest in Georgia. The two make their way westward on foot, heading toward France, where Gloria says they will find safe haven. But what exactly is the truth about Blaise's past? …More

Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel
Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel
By MacColl, Michaela
2010-10 - Chronicle Books (CA)
9780811873000 Check Our Catalog

MacColl presents a novel of intrigue and romance about how Princess Victoria became queen with the help of a maid, a newspaperman, and a scoundrel. Illustrations. …More

Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray
By Sepetys, Ruta
2011-03 - Philomel Books
9780399254123 Check Our Catalog

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Sepetys presents a powerful and haunting novel based on a little-known real-life event in history. In terrifying detail, Ruta Sepetys re-creates a World War II coming of all all too timely today. "Between Shades of Gray" is a document long overdue.--Newbery Medalist Richard Peck. …More

The Berlin Boxing Club
The Berlin Boxing Club
By Sharenow, Robert
2011-05 - Harper Teen
9780061579684 Check Our Catalog

In 1930s Berlin, a Jewish boy forms an unlikely bond with a boxing champion in the second novel from the author of "My Mother the Cheerleader." …More

Out of Shadows
Out of Shadows
By Wallace, Jason
2011-04 - Holiday House
9780823423422 Check Our Catalog

2010 Costa Children's Book Award Winner

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No Safe Place
No Safe Place
By Ellis, Deborah
2010-08 - Groundwood Books
9780888999733 Check Our Catalog

Orphaned and plagued with the grief of losing everyone he loves, 15-year-old Abdul has made a long, fraught journey from his war-torn home in Baghdad, only to end up in The Jungle -- a squalid, makeshift migrant community in Calais. Desperate to escape, he takes a spot in a small, overloaded England-bound boat that's full of other illegal migrants -- and a secret stash of heroin. A sudden skirmish leaves the boat stalled in the middle of the Channel, the pilot dead, and four young people remaining -- Abdul; Rosalia, a Romani girl who has escaped from the white slave trade; Cheslav, gone AWOL from a Russian military school; and Jonah, the boat pilot's ten-year-old nephew. As they attempt to complete the frantic and hazardous Channel crossing their individual stories are revealed and their futures become increasingly uncertain. "No Safe Place" is a novel of high adventure and heart-stopping suspense by a writer at the height of her powers. …More

A Long Walk to Water
A Long Walk to Water
By Park, Linda Sue
2010-11 - Clarion Books
9780547251271 Check Our Catalog

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From a Newbery Medalist comes a mesmerizing novel based on a true story. "A Long Walk to Water" begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. …More

Trash
Trash
By Mulligan, Andy
2010-10 - David Fickling Books
0385752148 Check Our Catalog

Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump. …More

Hacking Timbuktu
Hacking Timbuktu
By Davies, Stephen
2010-11 - Clarion Books
9780547390161 Check Our Catalog

Danny is a freelance IT specialist--that is, a hacker. He and his pal Omar are both skilled at parkour, or freerunning, a discipline designed to enable practitioners to travel between any two points regardless of obstacles. This is fortunate, because they're off on an adventure that's filled with obstacles. …More

No and Me
No and Me
By Vigan, Delphine De
Translator Miller, George
2010-08 - Bloomsbury UK
9781599904795 Check Our Catalog

The international award-winning story of two girls from different backgrounds, united in friendship

Parisian teenager Lou has an IQ of 160, OCD tendencies, and a mother who has suffered from depression for years. But Lou is about to change her life--and that of her parents--all because of a school project about homeless teens. While doing research, Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou bravely asks her parents if No can live with them, and is astonished when they agree. No's presence forces Lou's family to come to terms with a secret tragedy. But can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together when No's own past comes back to haunt her?

Winner of the prestigious Booksellers' Prize in France, "No and Me "is a timely and thought-provoking novel about homelessness that has far-reaching appeal. …More