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Contemporary Realistic Fiction: 2005-2015

 

 

Contemporary Realistic Fiction for Grades K-8 in the EMC

 

Asterisk (*) indicates subject category list

 

Abeele, Veronique van den. Still My Grandma. 2007
A young girl describes her special relationship with her grandmother, both before and after Grandma contracts Alzheimer's Disease.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Adoff, Jaime. Jimi and Me. 2005
After his father's tragic death, twelve-year-old Keith James moves from Brooklyn to a small midwestern town where his mixed race heritage is not accepted, but he finds comfort in the music of Jimi Hendrix and the friendship of a white classmate.
EMC-Fiction

 

Airgood, Ellen. The Education of Ivy Blake. 2015
When eleven-year-old Ivy Blake leaves the nice farm family where she has been living in upstate New York and moves back in with her mother, she is finally forced to face up to the fact that her alcoholic, dysfunctional parent will never be able to provide her with a stable home--and if she wants to achieve her dreams she is going to have to take charge of her own future.
EMC-Fiction

 

Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. 2015
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Alexander, Kwame,  The Crossover. 2014
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
EMC-Fiction

Alexie, Sherman. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. 2007
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
EMC-Fiction

 

Almond, David. My Name is Mina. 2011
Creative, intelligent, nine-year-old
Mina keeps a journal in her own disorderly way that reveals how her mind is growing into something extraordinary, especially after she begins homeschooling under the direction of her widowed mother.
EMC-Fiction

Almond, David. Savage. 2008
A boy tells about a story he wrote when dealing with his father's death about a savage kid living in a ruined chapel in the woods--and the tale about the savage kid coming to life in the real world.
EMC-Fiction

 

Almond, David. The Tightrope Walkers. 2015
Coming of age in the shadow of northern England's shipyards, young Dominic is torn between the extremes of his shipbuilder family's lifestyle, a complex bully to whom he finds himself irresistibly drawn, and the tightrope-walking girl he loves.
EMC-Fiction

 

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Twisted. 2007
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.
EMC-Fiction

 

Bang, Molly. When Sophie's Feelings are Really, Really, Hurt. 2015
Sophie is hurt when the other children laugh at her painting of her favorite tree--but when she explains her painting, everybody understands what she was trying to do. 
EMC-Picture Books

 

Bean, Jonathon. This is My Home, This is My School. 2015
The boy from BUILDING OUR HOUSE takes us through a typically boisterous homeschooling day with his big family.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Benjamin, Ali. The Thing About Jellyfish. 2015
Some hearts beat only about 412 million times. Which might sound like a lot. But the truth is, it barely even gets you twelve years. Suzy Swanson has always known things that others don't. She can explain the sleep patterns of ants. She knows there are 150 million jellyfish stings on the planet every year. She knows that the average middle school kid contains about 20 billion of Shakespeare's atoms. But she can't understand how Franny Jackson's lifetime could be cut so short ... before Suzy could make up for the worst thing she'd ever done to her friend. As Suzy retreats into a silent world of her imagination, she finds that the universe won't allow her escape into grief. Astonishing wonders are all around her ... as are the love and hope she desperately needs to forgive herself.
EMC-Fiction

 

Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks in Spring. 2015
As spring arrives on Gardam Street, there are suprises in store for each Penderwick, from neighbor Nick Geiger's expected return from the war to Batty's new dog-walking business, but her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Brenna, Beverley.  The White Bicycle. 2012
Taylor Jane Simon, an eighteen-year-old girl with Asperger's Syndrome, travels to France, as she struggles to become independent of her controlling mother and meets a new mentor. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Brisson, Pat. I Remember Miss Perry. 2006
When his teacher, Miss Perry, is killed in a car accident, Stevie and his elementary school classmates take turns sharing memories of her, especially her fondest wish for each day. 
EMC-PIcture Books

 

Brown, Susan Taylor. Hugging the Rock. 2006
Through a series of poems, Rachel expresses her feelings about her parents' divorce, living without her mother and her changing attitude towards her father.
EMC-Fiction

 

Buitrago, Jairo. Two White Rabbits. 2015
A young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the U.S. border. They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn't know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars. Sometimes she sees soldiers. She sleeps, dreaming that she is always on the move, although sometimes they are forced to stop and her father has to earn more money before they can continue their journey.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Bunting, Eve. Yard Sale. 2015
Callie and her family are moving from their house to an apartment, so they're having a yard sale. It can be hard to let things go, but in the end, it's who you have - not what you have - that counts.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Burns, Catherine.  The Good, the Bad & the Beagle, 2014
Shy, eleven-year-old Veronica Louse Morgan of New York CIty is not happy about having to attend Randolf School for Girls, but by the end of her first year she not only has some new friends, she may have finally convinced her parents that she is ready to own a dog.
EMC-Fiction

Caletti, Deb. The Nature of Jade. 2007
Seattle high school senior Jade's life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo.
EMC-Fiction

 

Cameron, Peter. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful. 2007
Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.
EMC-Fiction

 

Carey, Mike. Re-Gifters. 2007
"Meet Jen Dik Seong -- or "Dixie" as she's known to her friends. She's living on the ragged edge of LA's Koreatown, and her only outlet is the ancient martial art of hapkido. In fact, she's on the verge of winning a championship -- until she falls for fellow hapkido fan/California surfer boy Adam and gets thrown spectacularly off her game. As she struggles to win the tournament -- not to mention Adam's affections -- Dixie learns that in love and in gift-giving, what goes around comes around"--Cover, P. [4].
EMC-Fiction

 

Carmichael, Clay. Wild Things. 2009
Stubborn, self-reliant, eleven-year-old Zoe, recently orphaned, moves to the country to live with her prickly half-uncle, a famous doctor and sculptor, and together they learn about trust and the strength of family.
EMC-Fiction

 

Child, Lauren. New Small Person. 2015
Elmore Green likes being an only child, so when his parents bring a new small person, his baby brother, into the house he is not pleased and does his best to keep the new small person out of his life.
EMC-Picture Books


Christopher, Lucy. Flyaway. 2011
While her father is in the hospital, thirteen-year-old Isla befriends Harry, the first boy to understand her love of the outdoors, and as Harry's health fails, Isla tries to help both him and the lone swan they see, struggling to fly, on the lake outside Harry's window.
EMC-Fiction

 

Cochran, Bill. The Forever Dog. 2007
Mike and his dog Corky plan to be best friends forever, so when Corky becomes sick and dies, Mike is angry about the broken promise.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Coffelt, Nancy. Fred Stays with Me. 2007
A child describes how she lives sometimes with her mother and sometimes with her father, but her dog is her constant companion.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Cottrell Boyce, Frank. The Unforgotten Coat. 2011

When two Mongolian brothers inexplicably appear one morning in her sixth grade class, Julie, who lives in a town near Liverpool, England, named Bootle, becomes their new friend and "Good Guide," navigating them through soccer, school uniforms, and British slang.

EMC-Fiction

 

Creech, Sharon. Replay. 2005
While preparing for a role in the school play, twelve-year-old Leo finds an autobiography that his father wrote as a teenager and ponders the ways people change as they grow up.

EMC-Fiction


Croza, Laurel.  From There to Here, 2014
A young girl tries to adjust to moving from northeastern Saskatchewan to Toronto, where she misses her father coming home for lunch and looking at the stars at night with her family, but an eight-year-old girl from next door helps her to feel better.
EMC-Fiction

 

Danticat, Edwidge. Mama's Nightingale. 2015
When Saya's mother is sent to jail as an illegal immigrant, she sends her daughter a cassette tape with a song and a bedtime story, which inspires Saya to write a story of her own--one that just might bring her mother home.
EMC-Picture Books

 

de la Pena, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. 2015
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
EMC-Picture Books


DiCamillo, Kate.
Bink & Gollie, Two for One.  2012
"The state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie-utter opposites and best friends extraordinaire-must use teamwork and their gray matter while
navigating its many wonders. Will the energetic
Bink win the world's largest donut in the Whack-a-Duck game? Will the artistic Gollie wow the crowd in the talent show? As the undaunted duo steps into the mysterious tent of fortune-teller Madame Prunely, one prediction is crystal clear: this unlikely pair will always be the closest of pals"--

EMC-Fiction


DiPucchio, Kelly.  Crafty Chloe. 2012
Chloe is very good at sewing and crafts and when her best friend's birthday approaches, she not only creates a fabulous gift, she also saves the day for a classmate who had been unkind to her. 
EMC-Picture Books

 

Dominguez, Angela. Mango, Abuela, and Me. 2015
Mia's abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can't read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English ("Dough. Masa"), and Mia learns some Spanish too. But it's still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfecto idea for how to help them all communicate a little better. An endearing tale from an award-winning duo that speaks loud and clear about learning new things and the love that bonds family members.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Donnelly, Jennifer. Revolution. 2010
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy--Louis Charles, the lost king of France. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Dorros, Arthur.  Papa and Me.  2008
A bilingual boy and his father, who only speaks Spanish, spend a day together.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Dowell, Frances O’ Roark. Chicken Boy. 2005
Since the death of his mother, Tobin's family life and school life have been in disarray, but after he starts raising chickens with his seventh-grade classmate, Henry, everything starts to fall into place.
EMC-Fiction

 

Draper, Sharon. November Blues. 2007
A teenaged boy's death in a hazing accident has lasting effects on his pregnant girlfriend and his guilt-ridden cousin, who gives up a promising music career to play football during his senior year in high school. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Edwards, Michelle. Stinky Stern Forever. 2005
Pa Lia and her classmates share memories of Stinky Stern, the second-grade bully. 
EMC-Picture Books

 

Elliott, Zetta. Bird. 2008
Bird, an artistic young African American boy, expresses himself through drawing as he struggles to understand his older brother's drug addiction and death, while a family friend, Uncle Son, provides guidance and understanding. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Ellis, Deborah. I am a Taxi. 2006
Living with his family in a prison in Bolivia due to his parents' convictions for drug trafficking, twelve-year-old Diego does his best to live a normal life, but when his mother receives additional fines, Diego risks everything to earn quick money.
EMC-Fiction

 

Fang, Suzhen. Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village. 2015
Xiao Le's grandmother lives in a faraway village. A visit with Grandma is always a special event, but this time she is frail. With encouragement from his mom, Xiao Le plays with and helps Grandma. When Grandma dies shortly thereafter, Xiao Le comforts his mom--reminding her that when it rains, Grandma is washing her clothes in the sky ... and although the Perfume Village in heaven cannot be reached by train, it can be accessed by the heart. Fang Suzhen's moving story, with stunning illustrations by Sonja Danowski, is a powerful reminder that love transcends all. 
EMC-Picture Books

 

Felin, M. Sindy. Touching Snow. 2007
After her stepfather is arrested for child abuse, thirteen-year-old Karina's home life improves but while the severity of her older sister's injuries and the urging of her younger sister, their uncle, and a friend tempt her to testify against him, her mother and other well-meaning adults persuade her to claim responsibility.
EMC-Fiction

 

Flores-Galbis, Enrique. 90 Miles to Havana. 2010
When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.
EMC-Fiction

 

Forman, Gayle. I was Here. 2015
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything--so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg's college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there's a lot that Meg never told her. About old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg's heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can't open--until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend's death gets thrown into question. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Frank, E.R. Wrecked. 2005
After a car accident seriously injures her best friend and kills her brother's girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Anna tries to cope with her guilt and grief, while learning some truths about her family and herself.
EMC-Fiction

 

French Terrel S. Operation Redwood. 2009In northern California, Julian Carter-Li and his friends old and new fight to save a grove of redwoods from an investment company that plans to cut them down
.EMC-Fiction

 

Frost, Helen. Hidden. 2011
When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra's father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.
EMC-Fiction

 

Garden, Nancy. Endgame. 2006
Fifteen-year-old Gray Wilton, bullied at school and ridiculed by an unfeeling father for preferring drums to hunting, goes on a shooting rampage at his high school.
EMC-Fiction

 

Gerdner, Linda. Grandfather’s Story Cloth. 2008
Ten-year-old Chersheng helps his beloved grandfather cope with his failing memory, brought on by Alzheimer's disease, by showing him the story quilt Grandfather made after fleeing his homeland, Laos, during wartime.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Giles, Gail. What Happened to Cass McBride? 2006
After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.
EMC-Fiction

 

Gino, Alex. George. 2015
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Godin, Thelma Lynne.  The Hula Hoopin' Queen. 2014
Kameeka yearns to continue her hula hooping competition with her rival, Jamara, rather than help prepare for Miz Adeline's birthday party, and "the itch" almost ruins the party before the girls learn who the real winner is.
EMC-PIcture Books


Going, K.L. Saint Iggy. 2006
Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friends to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.
EMC-Fiction

 

Gourlay, Candy. Tall Story. 2011
Sixteen-year-old Bernardo, who is eight feet
tall and suffers from a condition called Gigantism, leaves the Philippines to live with his mother's family in London, much to the delight of his thirteen-year-old half sister Andi, a passionate basketball player.
EMC-Fiction

 

Graff, Lisa. Lost in the Sun. 2015
As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on.
EMC-Fiction

 

Green, John. Abundance of Katherines. 2006
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
EMC-Fiction


Green, John.  Fault in Our Stars. 2012
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
EMC-Fiction

 

Green, John. Looking for Alaska. 2005
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
EMC-Fiction

 

Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses. 2009
Tamika, a fifteen-year-old hearing-impaired girl, Jimmi, an eighteen-year-old veteran who stopped taking his antipsychotic medication, and sixteen-year-old Fatima, an illegal immigrant from Africa, meet and connect in their Bronx, New York, neighborhood, with devastating results.
EMC-Fiction

 

Grimes, Nikki. Dark Sons. 2005
Alternating poems compare and contrast the conflicted feelings of Ishmael, son of the Biblical patriarch Abraham, and Sam, a teenager in New York City, as they try to come to terms with being abandoned by their fathers and with the love they feel for their younger stepbrothers.
EMC-Fiction

 

Grimes, Nikki. Planet Middle School. 2011
A series of poems describes all the baffling changes at home and at
school in twelve-year-old Joylin's transition from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl.
EMC-Fiction

 

Grimes, Nikki. Road to Paris. 2006
Inconsolable at being separated from her older brother, eight-year-old Paris is apprehensive about her new foster family but just as she learns to trust them, she faces a life-changing decision.
EMC-Fiction

 

Han, Jenny. Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream. 2011
Korean American fourth-grader
Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.
EMC-Fiction

 

Han, Jenny. Shug. 2006
A twelve-year-old girl learns about friendship, first loves, and self-worth in a small town in the South.
EMC-Fiction


Hartnett, Sonya.  Sadie and Ratz.  2012
Hannah and her hands, named Sadie and Ratz, regularly get into trouble, especially when younger brother Baby Boy is around.
EMC-Fiction

Hautman, Pete. Invisible. 2005
Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
EMC-Fiction

 

Henkes, Kevin. Bird Lake Moon. 2008Twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother are spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate, and ten-year-old Spencer and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer's little brother drowned long ago, and as the boys become friends and spend time together, each of them begins to heal.
EMC-Fiction

Henkes, Kevin. Junonia. 2011
The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they always are.  EMC-Fiction

 

Heo, Yumi.  Ten Days and Nine Nights: An Adoption Story. 2009
A young girl eagerly awaits the arrival of her newly-adopted sister from Korea, while her whole family prepares.
EMC-Picture Books

Hest, Amy.  Charley's First Night.  2012

A book about friendship, new beginnings and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog. 
EMC-Picture Books

 

Hest, Amy. Remembering Mrs. Rossi. 2007

Although she loves her father, their home in New York City, and third-grade teacher Miss Meadows, Annie misses her mother who died recently. Eight-year-old Annie lives in a sunny apartment in Manhattan with her father, Professor Rossi. Life would be pretty good if only Annie didn't so achingly miss her mother. When Mrs. Rossi died suddenly, she left not only Annie but also a class full of students - who pour out their hearts in a scrapbook Annie will treasure forever. With tenderness and humor, Amy Hest reveals the struggles of a father and daughter as they forge a new life together.
EMC-Fiction

 

Holm, Jennifer & Matthew. Sunny Side Up. 2015
Sunny Lewin is sent to live with her grandfather for the summer in Florida, where she befriends Buzz, a boy completely obsessed with comic books, and faces the secret behind why she is in Florida in the first place.
EMC-Fiction

 

Howe, James. Addie on the Inside. 2011
Outspoken thirteen-year-old
Addie Carle learns about love, loss, and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with her boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her former best friend.
EMC-Fiction

 

Hubbard, Jenny.  And We Stay, 2014
Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.
EMC-Fiction

 

Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. 2015
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.
EMC-Fiction

 

Johnson, Harriet McBryde. Accidents of Nature. 2006
Having always prided herself on blending in with "normal" people despite her cerebral palsy, seventeen-year-old Jean begins to question her role in the world while attending a summer camp for children with disabilities.

EMC-Fiction

 

Jones, Traci L. Silhouetted by the Blue. 2011
After the death of her mother in an automobile accident, seventh-grader Serena, who has gotten the lead in her middle school play, is left to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother when their father cannot pull himself out of his depression.
EMC-Fiction

 

Kelly, Erin Entrada. Blackbird Fly. 2015
Bullied at school, eight-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.
EMC-Fiction

 

Kephart, Beth. Undercover. 2007High school sophomore Elisa is used to observing while going unnoticed except when classmates ask her to write love notes for them, but a teacher's recognition of her talent, a "client's" desire for her friendship, a love of ice skating, and her parent's marital problems draw her out of herself.
EMC-Fiction


Khan, Rukhsana. Big Red Lolipop.  2010
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina's fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.
EMC-Picture Books


Kim, Patti.  Here I Am, 2014
"Tells the story in pictures of a family newly immigrated to the United States and the challenges of starting a life in a new place"--Provided by publisher.
EMC-Picture Books


King, A.S. Please Ignore Vera Dietz. 2010
When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.
EMC-Fiction

 

Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal. 2007Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
EMC-Fiction

 

Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. 2009
Middle-schooler Greg Heffley nimbly sidesteps his father's attempts to change Greg's wimpy ways until his father threatens to send him to military school.
EMC-Fiction

 

Knowles, Jo.  See You at Harry's.  2012
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, where grumpy eighteen-year-old Sarah is working at the family restaurant, fourteen-year-old Holden is struggling with school bullies and his emerging homosexuality, and adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention, and when tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Konigsberg, Bill.  Openly Straight.  2013
Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.
EMC-Fiction

 

Lai, Thanhaa. Listen Slowly. 2015
A California girl born and raised, Mai can't wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, though, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai's parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about their culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place she wants to be. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn't know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Laird, Elizabeth. A Little Piece of Ground. 2006
During the Israeli occupation of Ramallah in the West Bank of Palestine, twelve-year-old Karim and his friends create a secret place for themselves where they can momentarily forget the horrors of war.
EMC-Fiction

 

Leavitt, Martine.  My Book of Life by Angel. 2012
"16-year-old Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution in which she is caught."
EMC-Fiction

 

Lord, Cynthia. A Handful of Stars. 2015
When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year-old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches, Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.
EMC-Fiction


Ludwig, Trudy. Just Kidding. 2005
With help from his father, older brother, and teacher, D.J. learns how to handle a classmate who claims that his mean-spirited "teasing" is just a joke.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Lyga, Barry. Boy Toy. 2007After five years of fighting his way past flickers of memory about the teacher who molested him and the incident that brought the crime to light, eighteen-year-old Josh gets help in coping with his molester’s release from prison when he finally tells his best friends the whole truth.
EMC-Fiction

 

MacLachlan, Patricia.  Fly Away. 2014
While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.
EMC -Fiction

 

Mann, Jennifer K. I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard. 2015
Rose is a distracted and creative soul. She does her best at school, but sometimes her mind wanders, and she answers the wrong question ... And her desk? Well, keeping her desk neat is a challenge. When it's time to make thank-you cards for a class visitor, Rose's art supplies turn her workspace--and her--into a colorful mess. But her artistic skills shine through in the gorgeous oversize card she creates. Could she possibly get a star after all?
EMC-Picture Books


Massey, David.  Torn.  2013
Only eighteen when she is sent to Afghanistan, British army medic Elinor Nielson is continually at odds with her hardnosed bunkmate, Heidi Larson, but connects with a mysterious Afghan girl and local children, as well as an American lieutenant.
EMC-Fiction

 

Matthies, Janna. The Goodbye Cancer Garden. 2011
When a mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, she and her family plant a garden and watch it grow through the seasons as she undergoes treatments and gets better.
EMC-Picture Books

 

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite. 2011
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.
EMC-Fiction

 

McCormick, Patricia. Sold. 2006
Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.
EMC-Fiction

 

McGovern, Cammie. A Step Toward Falling. 2015
After failing to come to Belinda's aid while she was being attacked, Emily and another classmate are punished by being forced to work at a community center for people with disabilities, but they are put to the ultimate test when Belinda finally returns to school and they must find a way to make amends to her.
EMC-Fiction

 

McKay, Hilary.  Lulu and the Duck in the Park.  2012
A young girl who loves animals brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned her from bringing animals to school ever again.
EMC-Fiction


McNamara, Margaret.  How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? 2007
Charlie, the smallest child in his first grade class, is amazed to discover that of the three pumpkins his teacher brings to school, the tiniest one has the most seeds.
EMC-Picture Books


Medina, Meg.  Tia Isa Wants a Car. 2011
Tia Isa and her niece try to save enough money to buy a car to take the whole family to the beach.
EMC-Picture Books


Monninger, Joseph. Baby. 2007
Fifteen-year-old Baby’s last chance at foster care is with the Potters, and while she likes them and enjoys learning to race their sled dogs, she feels she should go back on the streets with her boyfriend if she cannot find the mother who has deserted her again.
EMC-Fiction

 

Moriarty, Jaclyn. Murder of Bindy Mackenzie. 2006
Class brain Bindy Mackenzie has alienated her entire high school but when she realizes someone is trying to kill her, she has to make friends in order to get help.
EMC-Fiction

 

Moundlic, Charlotte. The Scar. 2011
When his mother dies, a little boy is angry at his loss but does everything he can to hold onto the memory of her scent, her voice, and the special things she did for him, even as he tries to help his father and grandmother cope.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Na, An. Wait for Me. 2006
As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.
EMC-Fiction

 

Neri, Greg. Chess Rumble. 2007
Branded a troublemaker due to his anger over everything from being bullied to his sister's death a year before, Marcus begins to control himself and cope with his problems at home and at his inner-city school when an unlikely mentor teaches him to play chess.
EMC-Fiction

 

Nicholls, Sally. Ways to Live Forever. 2008
Eleven-year-old Sam McQueen, who has leukemia, writes a book during the last three months of his life, in which he tells about what he would like to accomplish, how he feels, and things that have happened to him.
EMC-Fiction

 

Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. 2015
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief and guilt in the wake of her sister's recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the "natural wonders" of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself--a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.
EMC-Fiction

O’Connor, Barbara. How to Steal a Dog. 2007
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
EMC-Fiction

 

Pearson, Mary E. A Room on Lorelei Street. 2005To escape a miserable existence taking care of her alcoholic mother, seventeen-year-old Zoe rents a room from an eccentric woman, but her earnings as a waitress after school are minimal and she must go to extremes to cover expenses.
EMC-Fiction

 

Peet, Mal. Tamar. 2007
In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family. 
EMC-Fiction

 

Pennypacker, Sara.  Summer of the Gypsy Moths. 2012
A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella's great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.
EMC-Fiction

 

Perez, Amada Irma.  Nana's Big Surprise.  2007
Amada and her family build a chicken coop, hoping that her grandmother, visiting from Mexico, will enjoy raising the chickens and be distracted from her grief at Grandfather's death.
EMC-Picture Books


Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People. 2010
Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.

EMC-Fiction

 

Perkins, Mitali. Rickshaw Girl. 2007
In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naimi excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy--or disguise herself as one.
EMC-Fiction

 

Perkins, Mitali. Tiger Boy. 2015
A tiger cub has escaped from a reserve in the Sunderbans in West Bengal, India, and Neel, a poor boy from the islands, is determined to find her in  order to save her from being captured and sold on the black market by Mr. Gupta and his men.
EMC-Fiction

 

Peters, Julie Anne. Between Mom and Jo. 2006
Fourteen-year-old Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky 2, some pet fish, and two mothers, whose relationship complicates his entire life as they face prejudice, work problems, alcoholism, cancer, and finally separation.
EMC-Fiction

 

Philbrick, W.R. The Young Man and the Sea. 2004
After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a huge bluefin tuna.
EMC-Fiction

Pinkney, Andrea.  The Red Pencil, 2014
"After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder"--
EMC-Fiction

Pitcher, Annabel. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.  2012
With his family still grieving over his sister's death in a terrorist bombing seven years earlier, twelve-year-old Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and keeping his new Muslim friend Sunya a secret from his father.
EMC-Fiction

 

Polacco, Patricia.  In Our Mother's House.  2009
Three young children experience the joys and challenges of being raised by two mothers.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Qamar, Amjed. Beneath My Mother’s Feet. 2008
When her father is injured, fourteen-year-old Nazia is pulled away from school, her friends, and her preparations for an arranged marriage, to help her mother clean houses in a wealthy part of Karachi, Pakistan, where she finally rebels against the destiny that is planned for her.
EMC-Fiction

 

Quintero, Isabel.  Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, 2014
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
EMC-Fiction


Rapp, Adam. Punkzilla. 2009“Punkzilla” is on a mission to see his older brother “P”, before “P” dies of cancer. Still buzzing from his last hit of meth, he embarks on a days-long trip from Portland, Ore. to Memphis, Tenn., writing letters to his family and friends. Along the way, he sees a sketchier side of America and worries if he will make it to see his brother in time.
EMC-Fiction

 

Raschka, Christopher. The Purple Balloon. 2007
Easy-to-read text reveals that dying is hard work, for the old and especially the young, and how good it is that so many people help when a person dies, from medical staff to clergy and friends to family members.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Reedy, Trent. Words in the Dust. 2011
Zulaikha, a thirteen-year-old girl in Afghanistan, faces a series of frightening but exhilarating changes in her life as she defies her father and secretly meets with an old woman who teaches her to read, her older sister gets married, and American troops offer her surgery to fix her disfiguring cleft lip.
EMC-Fiction

 

Reinhardt, Dana. How to Build a House. 2008
Seventeen-year-old Harper Evans hopes to escape the effects of her father's divorce on her family and friendships by volunteering her summer to build a house in a small Tennessee town devastated by a tornado.
EMC-Fiction

 

Reynold, Jason.  When I was the Greatest, 2014.
Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.
EMC-Fiction


Rocco, John.  Blackout. 2011
When a busy family's activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Rocklin, Joanne.  The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook. 2012
As ten-year-old Oona and her younger brother conspire to break their sick cat Zook out of the veterinary clinic, Oona tells the story of Zook's previous lives.
EMC-Fiction

 

Rundell, Katherine.  Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, 2014
"Will must find her way after she's plucked out of a wonderful life in Zimbabwe and forced to go to boarding school in England"--Provided by publisher.
EMC-Fiction


Russell, Ching Yeung. Tofu Quilt. 2009
Growing up in 1960s Hong Kong, a young girl dreams of becoming a writer in spite of conventional limits placed on her by society and family.
EMC-Fiction

 

Ryan, Amy Kathleen. Zen and Xander Undone. 2010
Two teenaged sisters try to come to terms with the death of their mother in very different ways.
EMC-Fiction

 

Sacher, Louis. Small Steps. 2006
Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to keep his life on track, but when his old pal X-Ray shows up with a tempting plan to make some easy money scalping concert tickets, Armpit reluctantly goes along.
EMC-Fiction

 

Saenz, Bejamin.  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. 2012
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before. 
EMC-Fiction


Schimel, Lawrence. Let's Go See Papa.  2010
A girl whose father emigrated in search of work writes in her diary about how much she misses him and how happy she is when she learns that the family will be reunited.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Scott, Elizabeth. Living Dead Girl. 2008"Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared. Once upon a time, my name was not Alice. Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was. When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends: her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over. Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her. This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget"--Book flap.
EMC-Fiction

 

Shea, Pegi Deitz. The Carpet Boy’s Gift. 2006
Yearning for freedom and schooling for himself and the other children who toil in a carpet factory in Pakistan to repay loans from the factory owner to their parents, Nadeem is inspired by a former carpet boy named Iqbal to lead the way.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Schmatz, Pat. Bluefish. 2011
Everything changes for thirteen-year-old Travis, a new student who is trying to hide a learning disability, when he meets a remarkable teacher and a sassy classmate with her own secrets.
EMC-Fiction

 

Schmidt, Gary D. Okay For Now. 2011
As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.
EMC-Fiction

 

Schmidt, Gary D. Trouble. 2008
Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin's dying wish, sets out to hike Maine's Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But fate adds another companion--the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin--and reveals troubles that predate the accident.
EMC-Fiction

 

Senzai, N.H. Shooting Kabul. 2010
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.
EMC-Fiction

 

Shang, Wendy Wan-Long. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu. 2011
Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior designer
Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit and Lucy will have to share a room with her for several months, shattering her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year.
EMC-Fiction

 

Sovern, Megan Jean.  The Meaning of Maggie, 2014
Eleven-year-old Maggie Mayfield is an A-plus student with big plans for herself, but at this moment she is also facing a lot of problems--like starting middle school and figuring out how to help her father who is out of work and in a wheelchair.
EMC-Fiction

 

Spiegelman, Nadja. Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure: A TOON graphic. 2015
After getting separated from his teacher, his classmates, and his trip partner during an outing to the Empire State Building, Pablo, the new kid in school, learns to navigate the New York City subway system as well as his own feelings towards making new friends and living in a big city.
EMC- Picture Books


Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Under the Persimmon Tree. 2005
During the 2001 Afghan War, the lives of Najmal, a young refugee from Kunduz, Afghanistan, and Nusrat, an American-Muslim teacher who is awaiting her husband’s return from Mazar-i-Sharif, intersect at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
EMC-Fiction

 

Stead, Philip. Lenny and Lucy. 2015
A picture book about moving to a new house and making new friends.
EMC-Picture Books


Stead, Rebecca. Goodbye Stranger. 2015
As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend--or more than friend-Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: "What is my purpose?" 
EMC-Fiction

 

Sullivan, Tara.  Golden Boy. 2013
"A Tanzanian albino boy finds himself the ultimate outsider, hunted because of the color of his skin"--
EMC-Fiction

 

Suma, Nova Ren. Dani Noir. 2009
Imaginative thirteen-year-old Dani feels trapped in her small mountain town with only film noir at the local art theater and her depressed mother for company, but while trying to solve a real mystery she learns much about herself and life.
EMC-Fiction

 

Tamaki, Mariko. Skim. 2008
"Skim" (Kimberly Keiko Cameron) is a not-slim would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school. When her classmate Katie is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. The popular clique stars a club to boost school spirit, but Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression.
EMC-Fiction

Telgemeier, Raina.  Drama.  2012
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.
EMC-Fiction


Telgemeier, Raina. Smile. 2010
From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.
EMC-Fiction

 

Tinkham, Kelly. Hair for Mama. 2007

When Marcus's mother has chemotherapy for her cancer and loses her hair, he tries to find new hair for her to make her well again.

EMC-Picture Book

 

Tutu, Desmond.  Desmond and the Very Mean Word:  a Story of Forgiveness.  2013
While riding his new bicycle Desmond is hurt by the mean word yelled at him by a group of boys, but he soon learns that hurting back will not make him feel any better.
EMC-Picture Books

Urban, Linda. Hound Dog True. 2011
Mattie, a shy fifth-grader, wants to hide out at her new school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons the courage to speak about what matters most and finds a
true friend.
EMC-Fiction


Vail, Rachel.  Flabbersmashed about You. 2012
When Katie's best friend Jennifer plays with Roy at recess instead of with her, Katie is surprised and angry.
EMC-Fiction


Vejjajiva, Jane. The Happiness of Kati. 2006
With the impending death of her mother, Kati, a young Thai girl, completes the puzzle of her past and discovers the reason that her mother gave her up as a baby. Nine-year-old Kati has always lived with her grandparents in the house by the river. Every day she goes to school, brings offerings to the monks, and plays with Tong, the abbot's nephew. She is happy enough, but something -- someone -- is missing. Kati has not seen her mother for nearly five years, and no one will tell her where she is, until the day she receives some shocking news from Grandmother: Her mother is very ill with Lou Gehrig's disease and has suffered from it for many years. Would Kati like to go see her? And so Kati travels to the house by the sea to spend the last weeks of her mother's life with her. There she learns the reason why her mother gave her up and also finds that she has a decision...to meet the father she's never known. A singular story of love, hope, and renewal, set against the lushly exotic background of Thailand, The Happiness of Kati is a profoundly touching novel that reminds us of how very brave, and very wise, children can be.
EMC-Fiction

 

Venkatraman, Padman.  A Time to Dance. 2014.
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.
EMC-Fiction

 

Volponi, Paul. Rooftop. 2006
Still reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, seventeen-year-old Clay is dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.
EMC-Fiction

 

Waber, Bernard. Ask Me. 2015
A father and daughter explore their neighborhood, talking and asking questions as they go. 
EMC-Picture Books

 

Watkins, Steve. Down Sand Mountain. 2008
In a small Florida mining town in 1966, twelve-year-old Dewey faces one worst-day-ever after another, but comes to know that the issues he faces about bullies, girls, race, and identity are part of the adult world, as well.
EMC-Fiction

 

Werlin, Nancy. Rules of Survival. 2006
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.
EMC-Fiction

 

Whitney, Kim Ablon. See You Down the Road. 2004Sixteen-year-old Bridget, member of an Irish Traveller community in the United States, questions the traditions of her family's nomadic and criminal way of life and begins to wonder if she wants to continue living it.
EMC-Fiction

 

Wild, Margaret. Harry and Hopper. 2011
One day when
Harry comes home from school, his faithful companion Hopper isn't there to greet him, in a touching story about the process of healing after losing a beloved pet.
EMC-Picture Books

 

Wiles, Deborah. Each Little Bird that Sings. 2006
Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto.

EMC-Fiction

 

Williams, Mary. Brothers in Hope: the Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. 2005
Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally in the United States.
EMC-Fiction

 

Williams, Michael. Now is the Time for Running. 2011
When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.
EMC-Fiction

 

Wilson, Jacqueline. The Illustrated Mum. 2005
Ten-year-old Dolphin is determined to stay with her family, no matter what, but when her sister goes to live with her newly-discovered father, sending their mother further into manic-depression, Dolphin's life takes a turn for the better.
EMC-Fiction

 

Wolitzer, Meg. The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman. 2011
Twelve-year-olds
Duncan Dorfman, April Blunt, and Nate Saviano meet at the Youth Scrabble Tournament where, although each has a different reason for attending and for needing to win, they realize that something more important is at stake than the grand prize.
EMC-Fiction

 

Woodson, Jacqueline. Beneath a Meth Moon. 2012"A young girl uses crystal meth to escape the pain of losing her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina, and then struggles to get over her addiction"
EMC-Fiction

 

Woodson, Jacqueline.  Each Kindness. 2012
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
EMC-Picture Books


Woodson, Jacqueline. Feathers. 2007When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.
EMC-Fiction

 

Yu, Li-Qiong.  A New Year's Reunion. 2007
Little Maomao's father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again.
EMC-Picture Books


Zarr, Sara. How to Save a Life. 2011Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.
EMC-Fiction

 

Zarr, Sara. Sweethearts. 2008
After losing her soul mate, Cameron, when they were nine, Jennifer, now seventeen, transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron’s unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil.
EMC-Fiction

 

Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn. Reaching for Sun. 2007Josie, who lives with her mother and grandmother and has cerebral palsy, befriends a boy who moves into one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse.
EMC-Fiction

 

Zusak, Markus. I Am the Messenger. 2005
After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
EMC-Fiction

 

 

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