• Allies

    by Alan Gratz Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world.  The only way to stop them?  The biggest, most top-secret endeavor ever, with the Allied nations coming together t storm German-occupied France.

    Welcome to D-Day.

    Dee, a young US soldier, in on a boat racing toward the French coast.  And Dee- along with his brothers-in-arms-is terrified.  He fells the weight of World War II on his shoulders.

    But Dee is not alone.  Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army.  Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid.  And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save.

    In a breathtaking race against time, they all must fight to complete their high-stakes missions.  but with betrayals and deadly risks at every turn, can the Allies do what it takes to win?


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  • The Good Thieves

    by Katherine Rundell Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    When Vita's grandfather's mansion is taken from him by a powerful real estate tycoon, Vita knows it's up to her to make things right.

    With the help of pickpocket and her new circus friends, Vita creates the plan:  Break into the mansion.  Steal back what's rightfully her grandfather's.  Expose the real estate tycoon for the crook he truly is.  But 1920's Manhattan is ever-changing and full of secrets.  It might take more than Vita's ragtag gang of misfits to outsmart the city that never sleeps.  

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  • Wildfire

    by Rodman Philbrick Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    Flames race toward Sam Castine's summer camp.  Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode.  Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his only chance to evacuate.  There's just one thing to do:  Run for his life.  Run or die.  Drought has made the forest a tinderbox.  How will he survive? Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father.  Alone and lost, with no chance of rescue, it's a stroke of luck to find another lost camper-- Delphy, a tough older girl with spunk and wit.  The pace never slows, and when flames finally surround Sam and Delphy on all sides, there's no place to turn.  but a powerful bond that can only grow out of courage and hardship has been forged-- as two unlikely friends beat all odds and outwit one of the deadliest fires ever.

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  • The Echo Park Castaways

    by M.G. Hennessey Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    Nevaeh, Vic, and Mara are veterans of the Los Angeles foster care system.  For over a year they've been staying with Mrs. K in Echo Park.  It's not ideal, but it's the best home they'be found. However living together doesn't necessarily make them close.  Mara barely speaks, Vic won't stop talking (and spends most of his time living in a dream world), and Nevaeh is forced to act as a backup parent.  Still, they all have good reasons to tolerate each other, doing whatever it takes to keep Mrs. K happy.

    But when Child Protective services places Quentin in their home, everything is turned upside down.  Nevaeh isn't sure she can handle watching over anyone else, especially a boy on the autism spectrum.  Plus, Quentin tries to run away, creating a crisis:  if Mrs. K finds out, she might decide to stop fostering altogether.  So, when Vic relaizes that Quentin just wants to see his mom, he decides to help him out.  This "epic quest" could result in the foster siblings getting sent to different group homes- but maybe it's worth the risk if it brings them closer together.  

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  • When you Reach Me

    by Rebecca Stead Year Published: 2009 Fiction



    Miranda is an ordinary sixth grader, until she starts receiving mysterious messages from somebody who knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet.  Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death.  Until the final note makes her think she's too late.

    When You Reach Me is on the 2010 Lone Star Book List.  It also won the John Newberry Medal in 2010.

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