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Friendship

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Niven
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer
Publisher: 
Penguin (Anchor/Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Violet Markey meets Theodore Finch at the top of their school’s bell tower the day they were both planning on jumping off in this heartbreaking story about love, friendship and the powerful effects of mental illness.

GOODBYE STRANGER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stead
Author's First Name: 
Rebecca
Publisher: 
Penguin (Wendy Lamb/Random House)
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2015

 Seventh grade brings changes and challenges including family breakups, cell phone photography, and changing friendships. Three stories intertwine with humor and drama.

CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rundell
Author's First Name: 
Katherine
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2014

Vivid prose renders Wilhelmina “Wildcat” Silver as fierce and true as the vast beauty of the Zimbabwe farm where she lives with her father. Tragedy and removal to a “land of commonsense” force her to find the strength to cartwheel "into the wind."

EL DEAFO

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bell
Author's First Name: 
Cece
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lasky
Illustrator's Last Name: 
David
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2014

Starting a new school is difficult enough, but it’s even harder if you’re the only one wearing hearing aids. Creating a superhero persona helps, but CeCe soon realizes she can’t always hide behind a cape, even an imaginary one.

NUTS TO YOU

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Perkins
Author's First Name: 
Lynne Rae
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lynne Rae
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Perkins
Publisher: 
Greenwillow
Publication Date: 
2014

A squirrel scooped up by a hawk manages to trick the hawk into dropping him and thus begins his eventful journey home. Accompanied by charming line drawings that bring the characters to life, this clever and amusing adventure is told from the squirrel’s perspective.

WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Reynolds
Author's First Name: 
Jason
Publisher: 
Atheneum
Publication Date: 
2014

See annotation under "Audiobooks."

THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Frazee
Author's First Name: 
Marla
Publisher: 
Beach Lane
Publication Date: 
2014

Multiple interpretations are possible for this wordless encounter between a dour farmer and a small clown who tumbles from a train. Black pencil and gouache illustrations in muted colors convey their emotions and growing bond.

WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Reynolds
Author's First Name: 
Jason
Narrator's First Name: 
J. B.
Narrator's Last Name: 
Adkins
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2014

When a hip party gets out of hand and his friend Noodles is severely beaten Ali—who has always managed to stay above the fray in his Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood—is caught in the middle. Adkins’ narration brings the grit of Ali’s world to life.

TWO SPECKLED EGGS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Mann
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer K.
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2014

A birthday party leads to an unlikely friendship for two young girls. The simple and sweet illustrations are infused with digital collage elements.

LOST FOR WORDS

Lost For Words
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Russell
Author's First Name: 
Natalie
Publisher: 
Peachtree
Publication Date: 
2014

In a charming ode to creativity and communication, Tapir longs to fill the pages of his notebook with rich stories and songs, like those of his animal friends. After many failed efforts at writing, he finds an ideal way to express himself—not with words, but with pictures.

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