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Bridge to Terabithia
Jesse Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade class. Unfortunately, the school year begins and a new student a new girl student insists on running with the boys and beats him. The two students Jesse and Leslie Burke become inseparable friends. Leslie is quirky and unusual and doesn't fit in well in Jesse's town, but Jesse doesn't care. He likes that Leslie is different. Together the two kids begin playing a make ...
Jacob Have I Loved
Sara Louise "Wheeze" Bradshaw struggles with inner turmoil as she fights to be seen in her sisters shadow. Louise Bradshaw has lived her entire life hidden in the glare of sunshine that is her sister Caroline. Even as an infant, she was left forgotten in the shadows when her sister even bats an eye. Finding no validation in her parents or grandmother, Louise looks in her friend Call and even the object of her affection, Hiram Wallace (Captain). It soon b...
Jip, His Story
This is an absorbing, yet heartbreaking story about a young boy named Jip. When he was a baby, his mother a black, white mixed person ran away in search of the underground rail road. His mother laid him down on the ground when a detective came and took his mother back. The preacher in the town finds and sends the baby to the local poor farm where he is mistaken as a gypsy babe because his skin is so white. As Jip, grows older he is forced to take care of...
The Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Patterson writes about the life of Jess Aarons when Leslie Burke moves into the house next door from the nearby city. The two become close friends. From restoring the old house they bought to not having a TV, Lesie and her family don't fit into Jess's neighborhood. Leslie is gifted with an imagination that can take her anywhere she wants at anytime, something Jess has never experienced before. Together these two create an imaginary land fo...

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The Great Gilly Hopkins
Giladrael "Gilly" Hopkins is not an easy child to raise. Just ask her three previous foster families, who have all given her back to Social Services for various reasons. Being shuffled from home to home has made Gilly a cynical, resentful 11 year old girl, who only wants to find her biological mother. Gilly is certain that once her mother learns of her plight with the foster care system, she will be rescued immediately and live a life of love and luxu...
The Sign Of The Chrysanthemum
Muna and his mother were peasants who lived in a small island village in twelfth century Japan where they toiled hard for the lord of the island. Due to his illegitimacy, Muna had to endure the taunts and disdain of his fellow peasants, which made him determined to find his father, rumored to be an important samurai. After his mother's death, Muna ran away to the capital city of Japan to begin his quest. During his journey he meets the boisterous yet ...


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