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After the First Death
Kate Forrester, a high school student, is filling in for her uncle as the bus driver for 16 pre-school kids headed to day camp near Hallowell, Massachusetts, when a team of four terrorists hijacks the bus and forces Kate drive it to the middle of an abandoned railway bridge. It's also near Fort Delta, an aging military post that serves as the home for the "Inner Delta," a top secret anti-terrorism unit. The youngest member of the terrorist team is Miro, ...
Beyond the Chocolate War
In this 1985 sequel to The Chocolate War, it is early spring and Jerry Renault has returned to the New England town of Monument after recuperating with relatives in Canada. Obie, the go-fer for sadistic Archie Costello and the Vigils gang, has fallen in love and wants to escape Archie's influence. But a rival for Obie's position, Bunting, conducts a surprise attack on Obie and his girl with Archie's tacit approval, and Obie vows revenge on both tormentor...
Fade
At the age of 13, in the summer of 1938, Paul Moreaux discovers he can "fade" -- that is, cause himself and his clothing to disappear from the sight of others at will. He lives in the small Massachusetts town of Monument, in the working-class Canadian Catholic quarter known as Frenchtown. At first, he is thrilled with the things he can do -- spy on his beloved but loose Aunt Rosanna, and the wealthy twins across town, Emerson and Page Winslow -- but ther...
Heroes
Frances Cassevant has returned from World War II with one goal: to kill his childhood hero. An act of betrayal on the part of his hero has cost Frances his face, his girlfriend, and his self-respect. Will Frances get the revenge he so deperately wants?...

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I Am the Cheese
Adam Farmer, a young teen, is placed into a mental institution because he has amnesia. His thereapist, Brint, wants to find out what happened to him. Adam's father testified against wrongdoers and they tried to kill him. The family changed their names and occupation and location. Adam embarks on a trip to what he thinks is to visit his father in the hospital. However, the reader learns at the end of the book that Adam suffers from mental illness and w...
In the Middle of the Night
On a Halloween night eight years before Denny Colbert was born, his father Les was involved in a tragic accident -- a collapsing movie theater balcony -- that killed 22 children. Although 24 years have passed, someone out there cannot forget. Les Albert has received threatening and harassing phone calls at all times of the day and night. He always answers the phone, listens calmly to the angry voice on the other end, and hangs up. And he has instructed D...
Other Bells For Us to Ring
Eleven-year-old Darcy Webster moves to the small town of Monument, Massachusetts with her parents early during the Second World War. Something of a loner, she has her first real friend in Kathleen Mary O'Hara, a smart and feisty girl who surprises Darcy one day by declaring her a Catholic. Darcy's recovering alcoholic father William enlists in the Army and eventually goes missing in action in the European theater. Her only friend Kathleen disappears with...
Tenderness
A physically developed but emotionally edgy Lori Cranston, 15, runs away from her alcoholic mother and mother's annoying boyfriends. She hitchhikes south to Wicksburg, Massachusetts, where she used to live and once encountered Eric Poole just after he had committed his third murder of a teenage girl. Poole has been in a juvenile prison the past three years for the killing of his mother and stepfather, but he is being released upon his 18th birthday. L...
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
Barney Snow is nearly 17, and a resident in "the Complex," an experimental facility where drugs are tested on terminally-ill children. Barney thinks he's different from the rest -- he's not dying, for one thing -- but it's not clear why he's there, or why Dr. Lakendorp (whom Barney refers to as "the Handyman") periodically injects Barney with drugs (which Barney calls "merchandise"). Other residents are much worse off, from Billy the Kidney in his wh...
The Chocolate War
A student named Jerry has problems with Archie Costello, the "Assigner of The Vigils". He is Jerry's main adversary and makes assignments for students to follow. Jerry is ordered not to sell chocolate for two weeks. Much of this book centers on the selling of the chocolates. However, the chocolates fade into the backround as Archie decides that Jerry has defied the The Vigils as well as him. More and more people decide not to sell chocolates and it is no...

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The Rag and Bone Shop
A 7-year-old girl named Alicia has been brutally murdered -- pounded in the head with a rock -- in the woods near Monument, Massachusetts. Twelve-year-old Jason Dorrant, a friend of Alicia's, is the prime suspect because he was the last person known to have seen her alive, although there's no physical evidence to tie him to the crime. There's heavy pressure to arrest a suspect, partly because the victim was a friend of Senator Gibbons's daughter, so the ...
Tunes For Bears to Dance To
Henry and his parents move to a new town after the death of Eddie, Henry's older brother. Henry befriends an old man, Mr. Levine, who had survived the Holocaust. Mr Levine spends most of his time in an arts center recreating his lost family and town out of wood. Henry joins him there often, to escape the silence at home caused by grief over Eddie's death. Mr. Hairston, Henry's ill-mannered employer, offers Henry a gravestone for Eddie (which Henry mo...
We All Fall Down
On the evening of April Fools' Day, four teenage invaders trash a seven-room cottage on Cape Cod. Fourteen-year-old Karen Jerome comes home early to surprise the vandals and is assaulted and tossed down a stairway, which puts her in a coma. Buddy Walker, 17, was one of the trashers but did not participate in the assault. A growing alcoholic upset about his divorcing parents, Buddy feels badly about the trashing, and winds up falling in love with Karen...


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