Jr. High Fiction

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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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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Strike Zone

Written by Mike Lupica Nick has two best buddies that are as close as family to him: Ben and Diego. Baseball is what they love to do together the most. They are in the Little League Championship. They win game after game, even when Nick has a bad night and can’t pitch his best. There …

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