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Alan Gratz
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The instant #1 New York Times bestseller! From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Refugee, Ground Zero, and Two Degrees comes this heart-pounding, inventive, and powerful new novel about the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor... as only Alan Gratz can tell it! December 6, 1941: Best friends Frank ... Read More about
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Gordon Korman
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From Gordon Korman, the New York Times bestselling author of Restart, comes a hilarious new story about a group of underdogs who come together when they are forced to attend summer school—for failing PE. Yash is the best athlete at Robinette Middle School—so good, in fact, that he’s already playing ... Read More about
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Patricia Brennan Demuth, Who HQ
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In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, an armada of 7,000 ships carrying 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Nazi-occupied France. Up until then the Allied forces had suffered serious defeats, yet D -Day, as the invasion was called, spelled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany and ... Read More about
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Gordon Korman
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From Gordon Korman, the bestselling author of Restart and The Unteachables, comes a hilarious new story about a mysterious new teacher who turns out to be an AI robot from a secret experimental program. Oliver Zahn, spitball champion and self-declared rule-wrecker of Brightling Middle School, is not ... Read More about
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Rex Ogle
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A New York Public Library Best Book of 2021 The companion to Rex Ogle’s award-winning Free Lunch is a searing account of adolescence in a household torn by domestic violence. Punching Bag is the compelling true story of a high school career defined by poverty and punctuated by outbreaks of domestic ... Read More about
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Watt Key
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In this riveting middle-grade adventure from Watt Key, the son of a Mississippi policeman finds a boy living on his own in the wilderness. Twelve-year-old Sam has been given a fishing boat by his father, but he hates fishing. Instead he uses the boat to disappear for hours at a time, exploring the f ... Read More about
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Misako Rocks!
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Lilico, with the help of her cat, must learn to adjust to a new country, a new school, and new pressures in Bounce Back, a middle grade graphic novel from author/illustrator Misako Rocks! about finding your team and finding yourself. Lilico’s life in Japan is going well. She has great friends and ... Read More about
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Erin Soderberg Downing
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*A MIBA Bestseller! Wild meets Gilmore Girls on the trail in this indie bestselling story of resilience and the healing and restorative power of the nature from bestselling author Erin Soderberg Downing "A fun, heartfelt tale of adventure, family, and determination that will make you just keep readi ... Read More about
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Amanda Li, Aardman Animations
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Ginger and the gang are back in this junior novel of Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Chicken Run, the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream — a peaceful island sa ... Read More about
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Sherri L. Smith, Who HQ
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Relive the moments when African Americans fought for equal rights, and made history. Even though slavery had ended in the 1860s, African Americans were still suffering under the weight of segregation a hundred years later. They couldn't go to the same schools, eat at the same restaurants, or even us ... Read More about
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Kelly Yang
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes the sequel to Finally Seen in which Lina gets a phone and tries to navigate social media, only to discover not everything online is what it seems. When ten-year-old Lina Gao sees her mom’s video on social media take off, she’s captivated ... Read More about
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In Above the Trenches, author-illustrator Nathan Hale takes to the skies with the flying aces of World War I to reveal another Hazardous Tale in American history in the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel series. When the Great War began in 1914, America had plans to stay out of it. But som ... Read More about
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Jazz Taylor
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From the author of Meow or Never, a story about blended families, anxiety, and how a fresh start can be just what you need... even when you least expect it. Janie believes there's a best way to do everything. When she sticks to a schedule, she and her mom can tackle anything. But Janie's perfect sch ... Read More about
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Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
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Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Making Bombs for Hitler, explores the bonds of friendship and family against the perilous backdrop of war. In the grip of World War II, Maria has realized that her Nazi-occupied Ukrainian town is no longer safe. Though she and her family might survive, her friend ... Read More about
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Gordon Korman
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The amazing New York Times bestseller about what you can do when life gives you a second chance. Chase's memory just went out the window. Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and sud ... Read More about
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Eve L. Ewing
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From award-winning author Eve L. Ewing comes an illustrated middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a friend -- and a science fair project. Maya's nervous about fifth grade. She tries to keep calm by reminding herself ... Read More about
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Rodman Philbrick
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Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick sends readers rushing down a raging river on a life-or-death adventure when a white water rafting trip goes terribly wrong! Daniel Redmayne is fast asleep on the first night of a white water rafting trip, when he's awoken by screams. The dam has failed. The riv ... Read More about
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Alan Gratz
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Here it is! The hugely anticipated follow-up to Gratz's NYT bestselling, critically acclaimed phenomenon REFUGEE. This is another searing and heart-pounding look at kids making their way through war. A New York Times bestseller!It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war.Hideki lives on the isla ... Read More about
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Alan Gratz
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A New York Times bestseller!Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world. June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the ... Read More about
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Ellen Labrecque, Who HQ
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NBA champion, sports analyst, and successful businessman Shaquille O'Neal is a lively and entertaining addition to the #1 New York Times Bestselling Series! Shaquille O'Neal discovered his love of basketball while spending time in an afterschool program called the Boys & Girls Club of America. S ... Read More about
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Debbi Michiko Florence
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Fans of Wendy Mass and Lisa Greenwald are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sweet story about first crushes, friendship drama, and finding the courage to stand up for yourself. Seventh grade is supposed to be a game changer. And Keiko thinks she's got it covered, especially with Audrey and Jenn ... Read More about
Hidenori Kusaka
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Awesome Pokémon adventures inspired by the best-selling Pokémon X and Y video games! X was a Pokémon Trainer child prodigy. But now he’s depressed and hides in his room avoiding everyone—including his best friend Y. An attack on their hometown by Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal, led by Team Fl ... Read More about
Stuart Gibbs
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In the seventh novel in New York Times bestselling Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth to solve the disappearances of endangered bison and an irreplaceable necklace. Teddy Fitzroy, his family, and some other FunJungle employees have been invited to v ... Read More about
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Stuart Gibbs
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In the eighth novel in New York Times bestselling Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series, Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth to find the culprits behind a blown-up whale and a string of beach sand thefts. After an escaped kangaroo starts a fire that burns down his house, Teddy Fitzroy acc ... Read More about
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Jennifer A. Nielsen
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Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of A Night Divided and Rescue, artfully weaves together the stories of five kids living through World War I who each hold the key to each other’s futures... if they are lucky -- and brave -- enough to find each other. World War I stretches its cruel fingers across Europe, ... Read More about
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Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
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From acclaimed author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, this incredibly gripping and timely story set during the Holodomor in 1930s Ukraine introduces young readers to a pivotal moment in history-- and how it relates to the events of today. Nyl is just trying to stay alive. Ever since the Soviet dictator, S ... Read More about
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Gordon Korman
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From the bestselling author of Swindle and Ungifted comes the funny, fantastic story of an underachiever who ends up achieving much more than any overachiever could ever imagine. Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in h ... Read More about
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Art Coulson
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Twins Harley and Rhiannon Hummingbird have always been competitive. But there's one thing the siblings can agree on--they can't wait to travel from their Oklahoma home to their grandparents' new cabin in northern Wisconsin. Both Harley and Rhiannon are looking forward to a week of swimming, boating, ... Read More about
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Mike Lupica
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The #1 Bestseller! Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat along with aspirations of leading his team all the way to the Little League World Series. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the fam ... Read More about
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Tim Green
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New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green encourages readers to fight for their dreams in this heartfelt story about a young football star grappling with the stress of living up to his father’s name. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica! Danny Owens is dedicating his sevent ... Read More about
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LeBron James, Andrea Williams
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Kids have big dreams. And when those dreams are on the line, how far are they willing to go to achieve them? When Jayden and his teammates find out there’s not going to be a Hoop Group this year—and maybe ever again—they have to learn to lean on each other if they want to save their basketball seaso ... Read More about
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Jake Maddox
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Hotshot forward Melina Stern is ready to start her last season of middle school soccer. But there's a problem. There won't be a middle school team this year The program has been cut due to budget constraints, and the girls are forced to try out for the high school JV team. At first Melina is secret ... Read More about
Dan Wetzel
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In this uplifting illustrated middle-grade biography, acclaimed sports journalist Dan Wetzel tackles the real-life story of the NFL's brightest rising star, quarterback Patrick Mahomes! In 2018, Patrick Mahomes stepped onto the gridiron as the new, inexperienced quarterback for the Kansas City Chi ... Read More about
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Jake Maddox
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Kyle is the star of his junior high wrestling team's A squad. Not only does he win most of his matches, but he's also the heavyweight . . . the wrestler that gets to go last in a tournament and hopefully clinch the victory for the team. So when a new kid, Kenny, shows up and challenges Kyle for the ... Read More about
Jake Maddox
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The Clovers have never been the best basketball team in the district, but lately their luck has been worse than ever. And it seems like everyone wants to blame Brandon for the team's losing streak. Can Brandon convince his teammates he's not bringing the bad luck before it's too late? ... Read More about
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Raj Haldar
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Are you ready for adventure? The third book in a new action-packed series from bestselling author Raj Haldar follows two best friends as they race to different parts of the world to solve mysteries and uncover lost treasures! They've signed the permission slips, the bus has finally arrived, and ever ... Read More about
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A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story for middle grade readers about how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team, from New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Award recipient Steve Sheinkin. “Sheinkin has made ... Read More about
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Steve Sheinkin
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New York Times bestselling author Steve Sheinkin presents a follow up to his award-winning book Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, taking readers on a terrifying journey into the Cold War and our mutual assured destruction. As World War II comes to a close, the Un ... Read More about
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Rebecca Stead, Wendy Mass
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Now a New York Times bestseller, a #1 Indie Bestseller, and the Amazon #1 Best Kids' Book of 2023, readers won't want to miss this story of a little free library guarded by a cat and a boy who takes on the mystery it keeps. When a mysterious little free library (guarded by a large orange cat) appea ... Read More about
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A wave of crime has hit Gotham City and the ferocious Bane is behind the spree. The super-villain wants to defeat the Caped Crusader and prove to all of Gotham that he is the ultimate fighter. Should Batman take the case on his own, or go to Commissioner Gordon for help? Where should he investigate ... Read More about
Michael has the speed to be a great wide receiver, but he struggles to consistently catch passes. The defensive coach sees potential in Michael's speed and has him try his hand at defensive back. Then the head coach puts Michael on special teams to return kicks. Michael is grateful for all of the op ... Read More about
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Jake Maddox
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Caleb has always batted with the same wood bat--until the other team accuses Caleb of cheating by tampering with the bat Now Caleb is forced to use the aluminum bat. How is he supposed to help his team win when he keeps striking out? ... Read More about
Alastair Chisholm
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Get ready to enter a magical world filled with secret dragons and their summoners--the dragonseers! Meet, Erin, a young dragonseer, as she hones her fight-or-flight instincts in this thrilling fantasy series that's perfect for readers ages 7-10! To all the other dragonseers, Erin and her dragon, Roc ... Read More about
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Zetta Elliott
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Getting three baby dragons back home was just the beginning. Now Jaxon is on a mission to help all magical creatures from Dragons in a Bag! But things in the magical realm are more complicated than they seem in the fourth book of this critically-acclaimed series. With their new special abilities, Ja ... Read More about
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Uncovering a Terrorist is the story of the FBI's investigation of Mohamed Mohamud led by Agent Ryan Dwyer, the agent who helped bring him to justice, creating room for the conversation surrounding religious terrorism and its effects around the world. Mohamed Osman Mohamud was an American citizen, a ... Read More about
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Jasmine Warga
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#1 New York Times bestseller * Best Book of the Year from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library The One and Only Ivan meets The Wild Robot in this unique and deeply moving middle grade novel about the journey of a fictional Mars rover, from the Newbe ... Read More about
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Jamar J. Perry
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Fans of Rick Riordan will lose themselves in the exciting world of Chidani--where the last descendant must fight to save the world! After his first adventure as the Descendant, Cameron can't sit through seventh grade classes. Especially when his mother is still trapped in Chidani and his father is s ... Read More about
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Gary Paulsen
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This stunning New York Times Bestseller from the survival story master, set along a rugged coastline centuries ago, does for the ocean what Hatchet does for the woods, as it relates the story of a young person’s battle to stay alive against the odds, where the high seas meet a coastal wilderness. W ... Read More about
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Jake Burt
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A thrilling middle-grade mystery, The Ghoul of Windydown Vale is from the author of Cleo Porter and the Body Electric. “Don't miss this book! It takes you to another world—and then terrifies you with surprise after surprise. Great ghoulish fun!” —R. L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street In ... Read More about
Tom Percival
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Meet Jack and his talking chicken Betsy, Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and a host of other Little Legends as they have fantastic new adventures! Get to know your favorite fairytale characters like never before in this magical new book series. A cutting has been stolen from the magical Story Tree ... Read More about
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Terry Lynn Johnson
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From the author of Ice Dogs comes a riveting adventure about a musher who sets out to prove her impaired vision won't hold her back from competing in a rigorous sled race through the Canadian wilderness. Perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen. McKenna Barney is trying to hide her worsening eyesight and h ... Read More about
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Tim Green
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**INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** From New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green comes a gripping, deeply personal standalone football novel about a star middle school quarterback faced with a life-changing decision after his dad is diagnosed with ALS. Perfect for fans ... Read More about
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Tommy Greenwald
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From Tommy Greenwald, the author of the award-winning Game Changer, comes a gripping novel about two student athletes searching for stardom, a young reporter searching for the truth, and a crosstown basketball rivalry that goes too far.   The people of Walthorne love their basketball—and one of the ... Read More about
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Mike Lupica
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From the #1 bestselling author of Heat, Travel Team and Fantasy League comes a story of heroes, family, the thrills of skateboarding, and football. When the Brighton Bears suit up on game day, 12-year-old Tommy Gallagher is the toughest kid on the football field. And the bravest. After all, his fath ... Read More about
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Celia C. Pérez
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From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk, a dazzling novel about a young girl who learns the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she’s just met. Twelve-year-old Adela “Addie” Ramírez has a big decision to make when her stepfather proposes adoptio ... Read More about
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