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I Shall Wear Midnight

by Terry Pratchett

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

The fourth and final novel in Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series is a gem. 16-year-old Tiffany is now the witch of Chalk. Her duties include caring for the poor, aged and sick and delivering babies. When the old Barron dies, Tiffany is accused of theft, murder and the black arts. As old friends turn on her, Tiffany sets off for Ankh-Morpork (unwillingly accompanied by the fractious Nac Mac Feegles)to find the new baron only to discover life is much more dangerous for witches in the big city.

Other sophisticated fantasies include:
Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones,
Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde and
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor Location: JY Fiction
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Saraswati's Way

by Monika Schroder

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After his father dies, 12-year-old Akash's grandmother turns him over to the cruel owner of a quarry to work off the family's debt. Oppressed by the unbearable working conditions and the realization that the loan will never be paid off, Akash runs away to Delhi where he struggles to survive on his own.

I you enjoyed this tale of a third world kid surviving on his own, try:
I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis,
Trash by Andy Mulligan and
AK by Peter Dickinson

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Other books by Monika Schroder

Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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The Ghost and the Goth

by Stacey Kade

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Alona Dare is a "first tier" high school girl. She is the leader of the popular crowd, a cheerleader, the girl all the other girls want to be and the boys want to date. Then she gets hit by a bus and becomes a ghost seemingly doomed to haunt the school. To make matters worse she discovers that the only person who can see and hear her is the school's biggest loser, Will Killian. Will dresses in black, always looks at the floor, and has been diagnosed as schizophrenic because he sees and hears things nobody else does.

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Other books by Stacey Kade

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Girls, Fantasy, Humor, Misfits, Relationships, School, Self Image, Social Issues, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Payback Time

by Carl Deuker

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

High school senior Daniel True,unkindly know as "Mitch" because of his resemblance to the Michelin Man, is upset when he is passed over for editor-in-chief of the school paper and is instead assigned his school's sports beat. Mitch's disappointment is short lived when he realizes that the coach and one of his players are involved in something shady. Mitch soon learns that digging for facts that no one wants him to have can be dangerous both for himself and someone he cares about.

Other newshound chiffhangers include:
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein,
Adam Canfield of the Slash by Michael Winerip and
Peeled by Joan Bauer

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Other books by Carl Deuker

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Boys, Mysteries, Realistic Fiction, Sports Location: JY Fiction
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Me & Death: An Afterlife Adventure

by Richard Scrimger

Reading Level: Grades 7 - 9

Jim is proud to be a thug, a bully and a thief, until he stumbles off a curb and gets run over by a car. That is when he learns that souls with unfinished business (and punks like him always have unfinished business) are doomed to spend eternity haunting their old neighborhoods or hanging out at the Jordan Arms, an otherworldly fleabag hotel. Can he prevent his body from dying and change his ways before it is too late?

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, Humor, Self Image, Social Issues, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Token of Darkness

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Football star Cooper Blake's life changed the day he woke up in a hospital bed with a damaged body and a ghostly companion. The ghost, Samantha, can't remember much about her life or how she died. She just knows she needs Cooper's help. With dark shadows closing in on both of them, Cooper desperately seeks a way to save them both.

Other ghostly tales:
The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade,
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong and
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

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Other books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

by Natalie Standiford

Reading Level: Grades 8 and up

It was a normal Christmas. Daddy-o, Ginger and their six children had opened their presents at home and then had set off for dinner at Almighty's home. After dinner Almighty, Daddy-o's mother, made an announcement:

One of you has offended me deeply, unless that person comes forward with a confession of his or her crime, submitted to me in writing by New Year's Day, I will donate your share of my fortune to Puppy Ponchos upon my death.

The panicked family agrees that the three teenaged Sullivan girls are the most likely suspects. Each girl is ordered to write a complete confession of all her transgressions. It is the only way to avoid a life of poverty.

Other rich girl stories include: Peace, Love and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle, The Daughters by Joanna Philbin and Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

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Reading Level: 8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Girls, Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Virals

by Kathy Reichs

Reading Level: Grades 6 and up

Tory Brennan, like her famous aunt Temperance Brennan (who you may know from the TV series Bones), is headstrong, determined, and smart. When Tory finds out that scientists on a nearby island are doing illegal and inhumane experiments on a wolfdog, she and her three best friends Hi, Shelton, and Ben, break in to the lab and rescue the pup.

The poor dog's been infected with parvovirus, a disease common in puppies that can be fatal to dogs, but is harmless to humans. But as Tory and her friends nurse Coop back to health, they begin to notice some changes in themselves. Could Coop's strain of parvovirus have been an experimental version? Could the four kids have caught it themselves?

Other books you might like are: Maximum Ride #1: The Angel Experiment

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Other books by Kathy Reichs

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Real, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Werewolves Location: JY Fiction
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My Double Life

by Janette Rallison

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

18-year-old Lexi's life spins out of control when she is offered a lucrative job as pop star Kari Kingsley's body double. Lexi's resemblance is not accidental. She herself has just discovered she is Kari's half-sister, a fact that only her mother and grandmother knew.

Determined to meet her father, Lexi takes the job despite her mother's objections. But as the wild swirl of Hollywood threatens to engulf her, Lexi wonders what price she will have to pay to meet the father she has never known.

If you enjoyed this story of a teen's attempt to connect with her celebrity father, try:

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

For other stories of ordinary teens thrust into the world of celebrity try: One of Those Hideous Book Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones, Airhead by Meg Cabot and Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Girls, Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Harmless

by Dana Reinhardt

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Once you tell one lie, it gets easier and easier and easier. All it takes is just one little lie.

Emma, Anna, and Mariah weren't supposed to be at a party with senior boys, but they were anyways. Emma wasn't supposed to fall in love with one of them, but she did. Anna wasn't supposed to be a bad girl, but she was. And Mariah wasn't supposed to even be friends with Anna and Emma, being a popular girl and all. But she was.

All of these things culminate in the lie that Emma was attacked by a masked man at the riverside but the three fended him off. That's why the girls were late coming home from the 'play' they went to see.

The girls think that once the police hit a dead end in finding the attacker, they won't pursue it any further. But they're sorely mistaken, and their lie snowballs and snowballs until it is beyond any control.

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Other books you might like are: After by Amy Efaw, Touch by Francine Prose For older readers: Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan

Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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