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Forge, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Summary: Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.  304 p. Atheneum.

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The Secret of Ka, by Christopher Pike

Summary: When fifteen-year-old Sara unearths a flying carpet in Turkey, it takes her and new friend Amesh to the mysterious Island of the Djinn where she faces terrible creatures and an impossible decision–whether to save mankind, herself, or the boy she is coming to love.

Harcourt, 407 pages

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm

Summary: In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.  191 pages

Random House

As Simple As It Seems, by Sarah Weeks

Summary: Eleven-year-old Verbena Polter gets through a difficult summer of turbulent emotions and the revelation of a disturbing family secret with an odd new friend who believes she is the ghost of a girl who drowned many years before. 181 p., Laura Geringer Books.

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The Red Umbrella, by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Summary: In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been. 284 p., Alfred A. Knopf.

Mindblind, by Jennifer Roy

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel Clark, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, tries to prove that he is a genius by writing songs for his rock band, so that he can become a member of the prestigious Aldus Institute, the premier organization for the profoundly gifted. 256 p., Marshall Cavendish.

The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker, by Louis Sachar

Summary:  When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge. 336 p., Delacorte.

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