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Dark Skies

by Danielle L. Jensen
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
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Unwanted betrothals, assassination attempts, and a battle for the crown converge in Danielle L. Jensen'sDark Skies, a new series starter set in the universe of the YA fantasy Sarah J. Maas called "everything I look for in a fantasy novel."
A RUNAWAY WITH A HIDDEN PAST
Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of …

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Under Amelia's Wing

Book 2 in the Ginny Ross series

by Heather Stemp
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 11 to 15
  • Grade: 6 to 10
tagged: 20th century, girls & women, post-confederation (1867-)

It's 1936, and against all odds—but not without a few stumbles—Ginny Ross has made it to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Otherwise known as the academic home of her friend and mentor, Amelia Earhart.) For Ginny, this is the next step toward her dream of becoming a pilot, but it's harder than she expected: as the only girl in her …

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Graffiti Knight

by Karen Bass
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: europe, parents, siblings

After a childhood cut short by World War II and the harsh strictures of Nazi Germany, sixteen-year-old Wilm seeks freedom of expression in a city governed by brutal police and oppressive Soviet forces. His graffiti successfully embarrasses the police, but it also endangers the people Wilm holds dear.

After a childhood cut short by war and the harsh …

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Child Soldier

When Boys and Girls Are Used in War

by Michel Chikwanine & Jessica Dee Humphreys, illustrated by Claudia Dávila
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: military & wars, social activists, africa

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his school-yard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged …

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Ne dis rien à l’ennemi

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: military & wars, europe, holocaust

 

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Durant l’occupation soviétique en Ukraine pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, des membres de la famille de Krystia sont harcelés, d’autres sont arrêtés et tués. Lorsque les nazis libèrent la ville, ils sont accueillis à bras ouverts. Le meilleur ami de Krystia, Dolik, est réticent face aux nouveaux v …

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Uncertain Soldier

by Karen Bass
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: military & wars, canada, prejudice & racism

Seventeen-year-old Erich is a prisoner of war working at a northern Alberta logging camp. Twelve-year-old Max goes to school—reluctantly—in the nearby town. The two would be unlikely friends, except that neither has anyone else to turn to. At the height of World War II, nobody wants to befriend a German. It doesn’t matter that Erich was force …

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Dragon Assassin

by Arthur Slade
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: fantasy & magic, school & education, mythical

A thrilling YA fantasy novel from award-winning author Arthur Slade!

 

Carmen is a student at Red Assassin School. She's an expert at bladed weapons and poisons; and she's desperate to finish at the top of the class, ahead of her twin brother. The students have been trained to hunt using giant black swans, but Carmen has discovered a dragon. All sh …

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The Call of the Rift: Flight

by Jae Waller
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Audiobook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: epic, historical

 

A rebellious heroine faces a colonial world coming unstitched in Jae Waller's stunning debut fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Kateiko doesn’t want to be Rin anymore — not if it means sacrificing lives to protect the dead. Her only way out is to join another tribe, a one-way trek through the coastal rainforest. Killing a colonial soldier in the woods …

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