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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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Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Reading Level: Grades 8 and up

17-year-old Lisabeth Lewis is fat. That's what the "thin voice" she hears inside her head tells her. Despite eating only lettuce and the constant exercising, the "thin voice" still tells Lisa that she is disgustingly fat. On the day Lisabeth considered ending her life, she heard a new voice...Death.

Death, who looks like a super cute dead rocker dude, gives her scales, a really cool horse and tells her she is now Famine. As Famine, she has horrifying powers. Lisabeth sees suffering and hunger like she's never imagined. Lisa hates being Famine, but Death informs her it is that or...well, death.

Other stories of kids struggling with eating disorders include: Perfect by Natasha Friend Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Fat Chance by Lesléa Newman and I Am An Artichoke by Lucy Frank

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Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

"Why would her parents send a young girl alone through a woods that was obviously infested with wolves?" This is one of the questions Vivian Vande Velde asked herself before writing these eight entertaining retellings of the Red Riding Hood tale from various viewpoints and with many surprising twists.

If you enjoyed this collection of offbeat retellings try: The Rumpelstiltskin Problem also by Vivian Vande Velde The Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson Levine and The Frog Princess E.D. Baker

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