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Discover: The story of a song that threads its way through the most pivotal moments in U.S. history. Via shelf life. Ages 6-8

Mexican whitely by Matt De La Pena As the child of a Mexican father and blond, blue-eyed mother, Danny finds it difficult that everyone thinks they know who and what he is just by the color of his skin.

Cuba 15 : a novel by Nancy Osa Violet is about to turn 15 and is unsure what to make of the looming quinceañera party planned by her Cuban grandma. Half Polish and half Cuban, Violet feels more American than anything else.

American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang's funny and sensitive drawings weave together the stories of Jin Wang, a Chinese-American kid who just wants to fit in at his new school; basketball player Danny, whose life is bedeviled by his stereotypical cousin Chin-Kee; and the mythical Monkey King, whose desire to become a god gets him in rather a lot of trouble.(NPR)

American born Chinese (Book, 2006) [WorldCat.org]

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My happy life by Rose Lagercrantz (Author) , Eva Eriksson (Illustrator) A sweet, funny illustrated chapter book about a young girl with a lot of optimism—even if sometimes life makes it hard to be happy.

My happy life by Rose Lagercrantz (Author) , Eva Eriksson (Illustrator) A sweet, funny illustrated chapter book about a young girl with a lot of optimism—even if sometimes life makes it hard to be happy.

Kids love to express themselves, and are designers by nature - whether making posters for school, deciding what to hang in their rooms, or creating personalized notebook covers. Go, by the award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd, is a stunning introduction to the ways in which a designer communicates his or her ideas to the world. It's written and designed just for those curious kids, not to mention their savvy parents, who want to learn the secret of how to make things dynamic and interesting.

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang China’s Boxer Rebellion is the unlikely backdrop for this graphic treatment of young villagers on the opposite sides of history. (Graphic Novel - best of 2013)

The 5th Wave by Richard Yancy: The first wave was an electromagnetic pulse; the second, disasters that destroy the world’s coasts; the third, an ebola-like plague; and the fourth, “Silencers” picking off those unlucky enough to remain. Now Cassie and Ben must survive the fifth assault by an alien species intent on eliminating the human race. This high-octane thriller by a Printz Honor winner famous for his ability to scare delivers apocalyptic thrills (Library Journal best of 2013)

Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. Griffin: St. Martin’s. ISBN 9781250030955. $18.99. Cath is a popular fan fiction author, more at home in the magical world of Simon Snow than in her freshman year at the University of Nebraska. The author of Eleanor and Park (2012) celebrates the magic of reading and fandom with a lovable (anti)heroine venturing out of her comfort zone. (Library Journal - on best of 2013 list)

Witch and Wizard Series / The Gift by James Patterson. After escaping imprisonment by the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, siblings Wisty and Whit Allgood, who possess magical powers, establish themselves as leaders of the Resistance, a hidden community of teenagers like themselves, hunted by the state and determined to defy its ban on the arts, magic, and all other forms of creativity.

The Mortal Instruments Trilogy / City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace. Ages 8+ (if you like Harry Potter)

This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also adventure, exploration, and discovery, three core principles of National Geographic's mission (ages 4-8) "daring photographs and invigorating text aim to inspire-- and succeed (PW)

The world is waiting for you (Book, 2013) [WorldCat.org]

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When three Lake Oswego High School girls from different social groups, good-girl Elodie, popular Tabitha, and tough Moe, meet in a rehabilitation group, they discover they have much more in common than shoplifting. (Ages 14+) "funny, smart, perceptive book" (PW)

"Seventeen-year-old Fia and her sister, Annie, are trapped in a school that uses young female psychics and mind readers as tools for corporate espionage--and if Fia doesn't play by the rules of their deadly game, Annie will be killed" Ages 12+ "White's paranormal thriller is a tour de force of perspective and unreliability (PW)

Dani has been waiting to go to school her whole life, and cannot wait for the joys it will bring, such as the friendship of Ella. However, school also brings many unexpected things that Dani isn't sure she is ready to face. Ages 6+

Bruised by Sarah Skilton... When she freezes during a hold-up at the local diner, sixteen-year-old Imogen, a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, has to rebuild her life, including her relationship with her family and with the boy who was with her during the shoot-out. "Skilton paints a vivid portrait of a girl whose shame leads to an identity crisis" (PW) ages 12+

Bink and Gollie: best friends forever - Bink and Gollie's friendship remains strong, even in the face of Gollie's "royal blood," Bink's Stretch-O-Matic machine, and the pursuit of a world record. Ages 6-8

War brothers : the graphic novel Jacob is a 14-year-old Ugandan who is sent away to a boys' school. Once there, he assures his friend Tony that they need not be afraid -- they will be safe. But not long after, in the shadow of the night, the boys are abducted. Marched into the jungle, they are brought to an encampment of the feared rebel soldiers. They are told they must kill or be killed, and their world turns into a terrifying struggle to endure and survive. Ages 14+

Fox forever (Ages 15+) After spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, he has a perfect new body. But before Locke Jenkins can move on with his unexpected new life, he'll have to return the Favor he accepted from the shadowy resistance group known as the Network. Locke must infiltrate the home of a government official by gaining the trust of his daughter, seventeen-year-old Raine, and he soon finds himself pulled deep into the world of the resistance and into Raines life.

Boy Nobody (YA - 15+) "violent, entertaining twist on the teen spy novel." Sixteen-year-old Boy Nobody, an assassin controlled by a shadowy government organization, The Program, considers sabotaging his latest mission because his target reminds him of the normal life he craves.

The Testing (YA - ages 12+) Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

Crankee Doodle (ages 4-8) A pony tries to convince his cranky owner to take a ride into town. Includes notes about the song, "Yankee Doodle."

Bowling alley bandit Arnie the talking doughnut is delighted to be Mr. Bing's new pet "doughnut-dog," so when Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls during a big bowling tournament, Arnie suspects foul play and sets out to solve the mystery.


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