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The Blackbird Girls

Written by Anne Blankman One morning, neighbors Valentina and Oksana wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work–Chernobyl–has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who’ve always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s grandmother. In their …

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Now with Fleas! (Cats vs. Robots #2)

Written by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson, Illustrated by Kay Peterson Do you like Star Wars? Well, this series is like Star Wars except with robots and cats. Obi is a transformed robot cat who has had the Singularity Chip fused in his system. The chip allows him to have his original mind even though …

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Dragon Pearl

Written by Yoon Ha Lee Dragon Pearl definitely has some action. Lee focuses his tale around Korean folklore and chooses a Kumiho, a shape-shifting fox, as his heroine. Thirteen year old Min sets out to find her brother and clear his name. Though she has chosen, like most of the Kumiho, to take a human …

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Goodbye, Mr. Spalding

Written by Jennifer Robin Barr Have you ever wanted something so bad, you would do anything to get it? Jimmy has. He lives in Philadelphia just across the street from Shibe Ballpark. From his roof, you can watch a baseball game of the Philadelphia A’s. His family supplements their income by charging for tickets to …

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Each Tiny Spark

Written by Pablo Cartaya A Social Studies assignment ignites a spark in a Middle School classroom. As students work on their projects they find themselves in a heated real-life debate over a school district plan to merge students from two different schools. Students start to discover their history, their beliefs, their community, their opinions, and …

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