Where I Belong

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Clarion Books #ad - He takes refuge in books, carving, drawing, and daydreaming. Brendan's need to immerse himself in his fantasy world becomes more acute, until he meets a girl with secrets of her own who may just keep his feet on the ground. Harcourt Brace and Company. When brendan stumbles upon an old man near his tree house in the Virginia woods, he is quick to believe that this is the magical Green Man, guardian spirit of the forest.

No one is kind to sixth-grader Brendan Doyle: his foster mother, his classmates, his teachers, and especially the thugs who bully him.

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Hear the Wind Blow

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Clarion Books #ad - His quest is also a passage into manhood, as he experiences the last bloody days of the Civil War. A first-rate story. Kirkus reviews  on a cold, snowy night, thirteen-year-old Haswell Magruder makes a fateful decision. Unfortunately, this sets off a horrific chain of events that leaves their house burned to the ground and their farm in ruins.

With no home left, haswell sets out in search of his older brother, a Confederate soldier. A wounded confederate soldier appears at the family’s Virginia farm, and Haswell convinces his mother to take the man in, despite the dire repercussions if the enemy Yankees were to catch them in such an act.

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Promises to the Dead

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Clarion Books #ad - Instead, perry, he comes across a dying slave woman who makes Jesse promise he’ll take her young son, to a relative in Baltimore. The journey is more treacherous than Jesse ever imagined. At the crossroads of a country about to plunge into civil war, danger lurks around every corner. Will these boys on the run ever find a safe haven?      Includes an author's note.

When jesse went down to the marsh on that fateful day, he expected to find a turtle for terrapin soup. But he can’t break a promise to the dead, and, more important, he has to follow what he knows in his heart to be right. Aiding and abetting a slave is against the law, and it also goes against everything Jesse has been taught to believe.

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Closed for the Season

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HMH Books for Young Readers #ad - The boys' quest takes them to the highest and lowest levels of society in their small Maryland town, and eventually to a derelict amusement park that is supposedly closed for the season. Houghton Mifflin. A contemporary thriller by the bestselling author of The Old Willis Place. Two 13-year-old boys, arthur and logan, set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old house Logan's family has just moved into.

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The Old Willis Place

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HMH Books for Young Readers #ad - Only by connecting with the new girl who moves into the old Willis place can Diana and little brother George be free—but making contact with this girl would be a violation of the rules. Houghton Mifflin. The pursuit of friendship is at the heart of this haunting novel, and brilliant plot twists make The Old Willis Place an irresistible page turner.

Hmh books for Young Readers. Known for her spooky stories of ghosts and secrets, Mary Downing Hahn weaves a tale of two children who live near a decaying Victorian mansion, bound to the place by a mysterious set of rules.

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The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

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HMH Books for Young Readers #ad - Will florence be able to convince the others in the household of the imminent danger and stop Sophia before it's too late? Houghton Mifflin. Hmh books for Young Readers. Houghton Mifflin. When twelve-year-old florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside.

Anything will be better,  she thinks, than the grim London orphanage where she has lived since her parents' death. But florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield and concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals.

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The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story

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Clarion Books #ad - When ashley discovers a turn-of-the-century doll it is just the first of several puzzling events that lead her through the hedge and into a twilight past where she meets Louise, an ailing child whose beloved doll has mysteriously disappeared. Houghton Mifflin. Houghton Mifflin. Hmh books for Young Readers.

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One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story

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Clarion Books #ad - Kirkus“the novel’s blend of historical drama, the supernatural, and the intricacies of adolescent friendship is a gripping combination. Publishers weekly “Hahn clearly knows her apples about writing ghost stories. Booklist “Another historical and chilling success. Kirkus reviews against the ominous backdrop of the 1918 influenza epidemic, new girl Annie is claimed as best friend by Elsie, liar, the tattletale, and thief of the class.

Hmh books for Young Readers. Houghton Mifflin. When elsie dies of influenza, annie thinks she’s free of her torment—until the bully returns to reclaim Annie’s friendship and take revenge. Another historical and chilling success” of revenge from beyond the grave during the 1918 influenza outbreak from ghost story master Mary Downing Hahn.

One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story #ad - But annie would rather spend time with the other girls, since Elsie is so mean. Houghton Mifflin.

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Witch Catcher

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HMH Books for Young Readers #ad - It seems like a wish come true. Her dad has a mysterious new girlfriend, Moura, who slowly drives a wedge between Jen and her father. An odd-looking girl wearing a torn dress appears, seemingly out of nowhere, and Moura’s behavior becomes more sinister, leading Jen to believe that her father is a pawn in an evil scheme.

Houghton Mifflin. Hmh books for Young Readers. Author’s note. But she quickly realizes that not all change is positive. When jen’s cat accidentally breaks the globe, which Moura calls a “witch catcher, ” strange things begin to happen. Furthermore, moura has an unusually strong—almost obsessive—interest in the antiques that fill the mansion, especially a beautiful glass globe that Jen finds hanging in a window.

Witch Catcher #ad - . Inspired by the age-old legend of witch catchers, Mary Downing Hahn brings a magical cast of characters to life in this compelling fantasy adventure. Houghton Mifflin. Soon jen finds herself caught in the midst of a supernatural war, with the fate of an enchanted race—and her family—at stake. When her widower father inherits a castlelike estate in the mountains of West Virginia, 12-year-old Jen is thrilled.

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Stepping on the Cracks

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HMH Books for Young Readers #ad - Houghton Mifflin. Houghton Mifflin. Hmh books for Young Readers. In 1944, after she discovers he is hiding his own brother, Gordy, when her brother is overseas fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Margaret changes her mind about the school bully, a deserter. Houghton Mifflin.

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The Dead Man in Indian Creek

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Clarion Books FBA-|285955 #ad - Are the boys clever enough to get away? Or will they, too, end up like the dead man in Indian Creek? Houghton Mifflin. There are murderous grownups that would do anything to keep what the boys found in the shop a secret, and now they’re after Parker and Matt. Instead, they find the body of a dead man floating in the clear water.

Parker is sure that george Evans, the smooth-talking  local antiques dealer, must somehow be connected to the dead man. Houghton Mifflin. While camping near indian creek, Matt and his best friend, Parker, get up early to see if they can spot a blue heron. Matt isn’t so sure—but then, on halloween night, while snooping around Evans’s antique shop, the boys make another shocking discovery that puts their own lives in danger.

The Dead Man in Indian Creek #ad - Houghton Mifflin. Hmh books for Young Readers.

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