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    Holes by Louis Sachar
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    Stanley Yelnats is under a curse.  a curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather  and has since followed generations of  Ye;natses.  Now Stanley has been unjustly send to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day, digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep.  There is no lake at Camp Green Lake, But there are an awful lot of holes.

    But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?  Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this interview and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment-and redemption.

    ISBN: 978-0-440-41480-3

     

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    A Wrinkle In Time (Time Quintet) by Madeleine
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    It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

    “Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

    A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

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    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
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    For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

    Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

    ISBN:  978-0-545-68278-7

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    Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
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    In Gary Paulsen’s classic novel, Hatchet, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is stranded in the Canadian wilderness. To survive, he must rely on his intelligence, his instincts, and one tool: a hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he is rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn’t been rescued? What if Brian had been left to confront his deadliest enemy – winter? Gary Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy faces the ultimate test and the ultimate adventure.

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    The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (Freak the Mighty)
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    Originally published as Freak the Mighty

    Meet Kane Maxwell. A timid, gentle soul stuck in the body of a teenage giant with size 14 shoes. Slow in school, haunted by a dark secret in his past, he hides out in his basement room, avoiding other kids – avoiding the world. Then Max meets Kevin, a tiny Einstein in leg braces with more smarts, savvy, and attitude than any kid in town.

    To the local hoods, they’re “Frankenstein and Igor,” outcasts to be despised. But Max and Kevin form an unbeatable combination, an imposing force with an iron will and a vivid imagination. Together they become The Mighty. Like knights of old, they’ll defend the weak, right every wrong – and solve the dark mystery of Max’s past.

    Kevin’s thirst for adventure and Max’s unpredictable strength lead them on a triumphant quest for truth. At once gripping, heartwarming, and inspiring. Rodman Philbrick’s The Mighty proves that courage comes in all sizes.

    ISBN: 0-590-11022-5

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