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While living in Nauvoo, Illinois, in the mid-nineteenth century and enjoying the friendship of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, Anna struggles to make her family see the importance of her gift for drawing.
Fourteen-year-old Carolina has been through a terrible loss. As she struggles to speak openly to her new boyfriend and to relate to her distant, sad mother, the reader slowly realizes the nature of their shared tragedy. Through letters to her sister and by using her father's camera, Carolina tries to see the past clearly and find a path to an uncharted future. Though she feels she cannot bear any more pain, her strong character sees her through the wrenching changes in her life. Carolina's clear vision and sense of humor help her to find her way and connect to her boyfriend, her mother, and a life with new purpose and hope.
In 1846, when religious persecution forces her family to leave Illinois and flee west to find a new home, Catherine finds herself questioning her parents' Mormon faith, until she discovers a bundle of old letters written by her mother years earlier.
Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much -- if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle -- who already has six wives -- Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.
Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters. That is, without questioning them much - if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle - who already has six wives - Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.
Twelve-year-old Hope's life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age, ever since the death of their father. Their mother, who turns tricks to support her family, is a reluctant and unreliable parent--at best. During the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative from an exceptionally promising YA voice, readers will discover the chilling reason why Lizzie has stopped speaking--and why Hope is the only one who can bring the truth to light and save her sister.
Sixth grade is over and Elyse Donaldson is ready for a perfect summer. She's going to read her favorite books and write her first novel. She's even determined to get along with her older sister, Jordyn. But her plans quickly unravel. Granny's Alzheimer's is getting worse. So she moves in with Elyse, Jordyn, and their mom, and the girls watch over her while their mother is at work. Sometimes she's fine, but sometimes she slides into the past and doesn't even recognize Elyse. It's frightening to realize that her beloved grandmother is slowly slipping away. Then Elyse gets involved in a neighborhood newspaper, and her mom starts dating for the first time since her father died. Elyse doesn't think she can stand any more changes, any more loss, but she's a lot stronger than she knows. This is the summer she'll learn to stand up for herself and to help the grandmother who has always helped her.
Eleven-year-old Leah has a summer of outrageous adventures in her small Florida community, some involving her freethinking grandfather but all shared with her younger sister, Kelly, until an unexpected loss changes their lives.
Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seemsso much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control.
Now that Laura is 12 years old, she realizes that everything about her mother is totally embarrassing. There must be some way Laura can change her mother before her own life is completely ruined.
Fifteen-year-old Sage Olivar is writing a Romance novel--with a capital "R." The book's heroine, Angelica, is Sage's ideal woman--sensitive, strong, and sexy. There is only one small problem with Sage's novel--it's absolutely dreadful! Enter George, Sage's would-be boyfriend and unwilling reader of Angelica stories. When she decides to enter her masterpiece in the school writing contest, George is frantic. How can he save Sage from public humiliation? Told in chapters alternating Sage's and George's point of view, this hilarious story is also a nuanced portrait of teenagers trying to make sense of their feelings and relationships.
A shy, small-town girl learns the true meaning of loyalty, love, and beauty through her friendship with a classmate who is suffering from a rare, life-threatening illness.
George and Gracie begin their adventure in Dover, Delaware 1776. The kids are surprised to discover that one of them changes into an animal every time they travel, and this time Gracie is a horse. All the twins want to do is return a pair of antique school desks and search for their parents. But instead they find themselves in the middle of the American Revolution and end up helping Caesar Rodney make his famous ride into Philadelphia to vote "yes" for the Declaration of Independence. Crowe lands in Delaware, too, and he plans to take the time machine--with George and Gracie inside!
In this next adventure, George and Gracie travel back in time to Hershey, Pennsylvania--1907. Their mission: to return an antique rug and rescue their parents. When the time machine lands them smack dab in the middle of a barn, George turns into . . . something pretty weird. And Gracie drives a car into a fence. They meet Milton Hershey, the chocolate king, who invites them to be his chocolate tasters. But when George and Gracie discover a plot to steal Mr. Hershey's perfect--and secret--chocolate recipe, they put themselves in danger to stop the thieves. Meanwhile, the evil villain, Crowe, is two steps from catching them and their time machine--and he's closing in!
Caity and her sister Kara get along well, considering their home life. By sticking together and keeping out of their mother's way, they eat, go to school, and protect each other from their mother's terrifying and seemingly random verbal and physical attacks. Some friends help and make a difference. But when their mother storms off with a suitcase and doesn't return, the girls realize they can't cope on their own for long. Yet, as Caity comes to realize, there is a lot they can do to take control of their future.
In 1906 Victoria, an eleven-year-old Mormon girl, prays to Heavenly Father when the terrible earthquake destroys her San Francisco home and separates her from her family.
After her brother's death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this gripping novel.Growing up, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London's father is distant. Her mother won't speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Was it London's fault? Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother's best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself--and ultimately redemption--in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.ncy of a pair of loving sisters who are savaged by a dysfunction or disturbed mother. That sick chemistry, the fact that the caretaker entrusted with the greatest responsible is the perpetrator of unspeakable trauma, makes this story chilling and unforgettable. Fortunately, Williams doesn't lead her readers to the brink of the chasm of despair and shove them in; instead, she demonstrates how courage, resilience, and love can help young people in the most dire of situations survive. This is a book I will read again and one I will recommend to teachers and to my own students." Chris Crowe, author, professor at BYU and former ALAN president.
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