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Absolutely Normal Chaos Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up quickly during the summer while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin's search for his biological father. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=3376
Tangerine Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=2874
The Misfits Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=1570
The Thing about Georgie Georgie's dwarfism causes problems, but he could always rely on his parents, his best friend, and classmate Jeanie the Meanie's teasing, until a surprising announcement, a new boy in school, and a class project shake things up.
Surviving the Applewhites Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=1955
Bystander Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, but although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution. http://bystanderproject.org/2012/03/19/bully-official-trailer/
Waiting for Normal Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie's mother has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, her way or no way. All-or-nothing never adds up to normal, and it can't bring Addie all to home, where she wants to be with her half sisters. But Addie never stops hoping that one day, maybe, she'll find normal. http://readinginaction.org/bookcasts/waiting-normal
Revealers Tired of being bullied and picked on, three seventh-grade outcasts join forces and, using scientific methods and the power of the Internet, begin to create a new atmosphere at Parkland Middle School. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=7790
Alabama Moon After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon Blake is removed from the Alabama forest where he was raised and sent to a boy's home, where, for the first time, he has contact with the outside world and learns about friendship, love, and humanity. http://readinginaction.org/bookcasts/alabama-moon
Walk Two Moons After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=2090
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Town During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=714
Freak the Mighty At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team. http://www.slimekids.com/book-trailers/fifties-nineties/nineties/freak-the-mighty.html
Maniac Magee After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=725
Pinballs Three lonely foster children learn to care about themselves and each other. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=2864
Stargirl Stargirl, a teen who animates quiet Mica High with her colorful personality suddenly finds herself shunned for her refusal to conform. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=276
Ruby Holler Dallas and Florida are "the trouble twins," shuffled around all their lives, longing for a loving place to call home. Tiller and Sairy are an eccentric older couple restless for one more big adventure. And Ruby Holler is the beautiful, mysterious place that changes all their lives forever. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=288
Naked Mole-Rat Letters Twelve-year-old Frankie sends fabricated e-mail letters in an attempt to end her widowed father's long-distance with a Washington, D.C., zookeeper.
Touching Spirit Bear Cole Matthews has been fighting, stealing, and raising hell for years. So his punishment for beating Peter Driscal senseless is harsh. Given a choice between prison and Native American Circle Justice, Cole chooses Circle Justice: He'll spend one year in complete isolation on a remote Alaskan island. In the first days of his banishment, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and nearly dies. Now there's no one left to save Cole, but Cole himself http://www.slimekids.com/book-trailers/zero-four/one/touching-spirit-bear.html
Red Kayak Living near the water on Maryland's Eastern Shore, thirteen-year-old Brady and his best friends J.T. and Digger become entangled in a tragedy which tests their friendship and their ideas about right and wrong.
Rules Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic. http://www.slimekids.com/book-trailers/five-nine/six/rules.html
Hope Was Here When Hope and her aunt move to small-town Wisconsin to take over the local diner, Hope's not sure what to expect. But what they find is that the owner, G.T., isn't quite ready to give up yet--in fact, he's decided to run for mayor against a corrupt candidate. And as Hope starts to make her place at the diner, she also finds herself caught up in G.T.'s campaign--particularly his visions for the future. After all, as G.T. points out, everyone can use a little hope to help get through the tough times . . . even Hope herself. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=690
Crash Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family. http://www.teachingbooks.net/book_reading.cgi?id=4223