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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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The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5

The Green children are nanny repelling specialists. They have driven away every person who has responded to their father's "Nanny Wanted" sign. Their father is so desperate that when a well-dressed pig inquires about the sign, he hires her on the spot.

This is not a story of naughty children taught to be good by a firm but fun nanny. After all this nanny is a pig who knows nothing of manners, bedtimes or the importance of homework. As a matter of fact, this chocolate loving nanny has to be talked out of some of her wilder ideas by her delighted charges.

Other stories of unconventional nannies include: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers and Nurse Matilda: The Collected Tales by Christianna Brand

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