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Running Out of Night by Sharon Lovejoy

“Every day is a misery for a nameless, motherless Southern girl who is treated cruelly by her pa and brothers. Her life changes forever when a runaway slave named Zenobia turns to her for help and shelter. Longing for her own freedom, the girl decides to run away, and she and Zenobia set off on a harrowing journey. Along the way, Zenobia names the girl Lark, after the bird, for her ability to mimic its song.

Running by night, hiding by day, the girls are pursued by Lark’s pa and brothers and by ruthless slave catchers. Brightwell, another runaway slave, joins them, and the three follow secret signs to a stop on the Underground Railroad. When the hideout is raided and Zenobia and Brightwell are captured, Lark sets out alone to rescue her friends (From the publisher’s page).”

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo is a wonderful graphic memoir loosely based upon the author’s own experience moving from a school for the deaf to a public school classroom. This has proved to be a little tricky, especially because her teacher keeps forgetting to turn his microphone off so she can hear him EVERYWHERE- when he’s getting lunch, when he’s talking to other teachers, even in the bathroom. It’s also tricky because she has to make new friends, and this year she has one quest: find the perfect friend.
There’s plenty in this book for anyone who has ever felt different to relate to (isn’t that most of us?) and an equal amount for everyone who has ever wondered what it means to be a friend.

Visit the publisher’s page and the author Cece Bell.

Listen to an interview with Cece Bell.

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Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Only two people know about the masterpiece hidden in the Tenpenny home—
and one of them is dead.

The other is Theodora Tenpenny. Theo is responsible for tending the family’s two-hundred-year-old town house, caring for a flock of unwieldy chickens, and supporting her fragile mother, all on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. So, when Theo discovers a painting in the house that looks like a priceless masterpiece, she should be happy about it. But Theo’s late grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and if the painting is as valuable as she thinks it is, then her grandfather wasn’t who she thought he was.

With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all over Manhattan and introduces her to a side of the city—and her grandfather—that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time. (Laura Marx Fizgerald)

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The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

Benji and Red couldn’t be more different. They aren’t friends. They don’t even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real?

A companion to Curtis’ Elijah of Buxton.

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There Will Be Bears By Ryan Gebhart

Tyson is determined to hunt an elk — even if it means sneaking his grandpa out of a nursing home — in a debut novel sparked with dry wit and wilderness adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Tyson loves hanging out with his roughneck Grandpa Gene, who’s a lot more fun than Tyson’s ex–best friend, Brighton. These days, Bright just wants to be seen with the cool jocks who make fun of Tyson’s Taylor Swift obsession and dorky ways. So when Grandpa Gene has to move to a nursing home that can manage his kidney disease, Tyson feels like he’s losing his only friend. Not only that, but Tyson was counting on Grandpa Gene to take him on his first big hunt. So in defiance of Mom and Dad’s strict orders, and despite reports of a scary, stalking, man-eating grizzly named Sandy, the two sneak off to the Grand Tetons. Yes, there will be action, like shooting and dressing a six-hundred-pound elk. Is Tyson tough enough? There will be heart-pounding suspense: is Grandpa Gene too sick to handle the hunt, miles away from help? And, oh yes, there will be bears. . . . (From Penguin Random House)

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Unfriended by Rachel Vail

So, for the first time in your life you’re sitting at the popular table. And from the outside, it looks nice. But things are not so easy from the inside, in the virtual world of texts, group chats and social media posts. They get even tougher when you find out that you’ve been hacked by a former friend bent on hurting you. In this tale, a seat with the in-crowd may end up costing you.

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