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The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Summary:  A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.


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Dagger X, by Brian Eames

DaggerXSummary:  Twelve-year-old Kitto Quick, stranded with his stepmother, Van, a Wampanoag girl, and a baby rescued from a slave ship on the very island where Morris hid valuable spices, learns powerful secrets of his past.

Simon & Schuster

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Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell

Handbook for Dragon SlayersSummary:  Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them.


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Unstoppable, by Tim Green

Summary:  If anyone understands the phrase ‘tough luck,’ it’s Harrison. As a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing for the NFL is a long shot. Then Harrison’s luck seems to change. He is brought into a new home with kind, loving parents–his new dad is even a football coach. Harrison’s big build and his incredible determination quickly make him a star running back on the junior high school team. In no time, he’s practically unstoppable. But Harrison’s good luck can’t last forever.


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Aldo’s Fantastical Movie Palace, by Jonathan Friesen

Summary: Chloe, who loves the darkness of her family’s broken-down movie theater because it hides the scars that line her face, and Nick, who shares her love of movies despite his blindness, are transported into the fantasy world of the script they are writing, where they face adventure and tragedy that could transform their real lives.


Dagger Quick, by Brian Eames

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Christopher “Kitto” Wheale, a clubfooted boy seemingly doomed to follow in the boring footsteps of his father as a cooper in seventeenth-century England, finds himself on a dangerous seafaring adventure with his newly discovered uncle, the infamous pirate William Quick.

Simon & Schuster

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Lovely Shoes, by Susan Shreve

Summary:  In 1950s Ohio, ninth-grader Franny feels isolated and self-conscious at high school because of her deformed leg and feet, but her irrepressibly high-spirited mother is determined to find shoes for Franny to wear at the school dances.

Arthur A. Levine


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