Powerless by Matthew Cody

Summary:  Soon after moving to Noble’s Green, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Daniel learns that his new friends have super powers that they will lose when they turn thirteen, unless he can use his brain power to protect them. 279 p., Alfred A. Knopf.

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Invisible Lines by Mary Amato

Summary: Coming from a poor, single-parent family, seventh-grader Trevor must rely on his intelligence, artistic ability, quick wit, and soccer prowess to win friends at his new Washington, D.C. school, but popular and rich Xander seems determined to cause him trouble. 319 p., Egmont USA.

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The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Zeeta comes to terms with her flighty mother and their itinerant life when, soon after moving to Ecuador, she helps an American teenager find his birth father in a nearby village. 324 p., Delacorte Press.

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Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

Summary: With mysterious Sentinels revealing breathtaking secrets of the past, and dark strangers haunting their every move, seven young Elf Lords must decide whether to remain on Earth or return to their homeland of Allyra. 372 p., Thomas Nelson.

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Summary:  In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.  563 p., Little, Brown and Co.

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Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica

Summary: Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed. 244 p., Philomel Books.

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Homestretch by Paul Volponi

Summary: Five months after losing his mother, seventeen-year-old Gas runs away from an abusive father and gets a job working at an Arkansas race track, surrounded by the illegal Mexican immigrants that he and his father blame for her death. 151 p., Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

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