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Find a mix of books that have absolutely nothing to do with school — perfect for summer break.
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One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia
Eleven-year-old Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven years ago. Even though her father and Big Ma will send them from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to stay with Cecile for the summer.
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The Lucky Baseball Bat
by Matt Christopher Illustrated by Dee deRosa

Martin desperately wants to prove himself to his teammates on the Tigers baseball team, but he hasn't made much of an impression yet. Then an older boy named Barry Welton gives him an old bat, and suddenly Martin feels like a winner.

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The House of Dies Drear
by Virginia Hamilton
In this Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning novel, a black family moves into an enormous house once used to hide runaway slaves. Mysterious sounds and events as well as the discovery of secret passageways make the family believe they are in grave danger.
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The Suburb Beyond the Stars
Series: Norumbegan Quartet, The, Book #2
by M. T. Anderson

Something very strange is happening in Vermont. It's not the Game of Sunken Places — Brian and Gregory have been through that before, and there's not supposed to be another Game until they say there's a Game. Still, when they go to visit a relative in the Vermont woods, they find many things are...well, off.

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Raiders' Ransom
Series: Raiders' Ransom, Book #1
by Emily Diamand

Winner of the inaugural Chicken House/London Times Children's Fiction Competition, which called it "a funny, clever, towering adventure."

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