When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyper-observant 16-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy-and-shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad's obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany's lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?
The thoughts, worries and dreams of a young Jewish girl hiding in Nazi-occupied Poland are collected and retold.
Raised by a mother who's had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician who turns her rule-oriented world upside down. (www.sarahdessen.com)
Fourteen-year-old Melinda Sordino, has essentially stopped speaking. One of the reasons is because the world has stopped listening to her. After calling the police on an end-of-the-summer party, Melinda enters ninth grade as a pariah, ostracized by everyone in the school, including her best friends. Melinda hides away from life, and especially the dangerous jock who roams the halls and torments her. He is the reason her mouth, body, and mind are scarred and rendered mute.
15-year-old Rudolf Hefting of Amsterdam thought he was engaged in an experiment that would take him back to the Middle Ages to a tournament of knights. But by a miscalculation of the computer, he arrives in the Rhineland at the exact time that the Children's Crusade is passing through. A stranded traveler in time, Rudolf joins the immense children's army – almost 10,000 strong. With Rudolf, the reader struggles to understand how it was possible that children between the ages of 6 and 15 thought they could travel across Europe, then cross the sea to drive away the Saracens from …
Charlie is a freshman. And while's he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He's a wallflower–shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school–how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs–but he must also deal with his best friend's recent suicide.
Tale of Princess Elizabeth's teenage years. Her father has beheaded her mother, she was locked away in the Tower of London by her half sister, and her only love betrays her in his quest for the throne.
Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is desperate to get back to school and find out why his friends Ron and Hermione have been so secretive all summer. However, what Harry is about to discover in his new year at Hogwarts will turn his world upside down…
Four best friends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions. Their first summer apart they discover a magical pair of jeans that, despite each of their varying sizes, fits each one perfectly.
Vanessa, Catty, Serena, and Jimena seem like ordinary girls living in Los Angeles. But they each have a secret. Vanessa can become invisible. Catty travels back in time. Serena reads minds, and Jimena has premonitions. As the girls become friends, they discover that what seperates them from others will band them together.
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