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amongthehidden2.jpg Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix Born third at a time when having more than two children per family is illegal and subject to seizure and punishment by the Population Police, Luke has spent all of his 12 years in hiding. His parents disobeyed once by having him and are determined not to do anything unlawful again. At first the woods around his family's farm are thick enough to conceal him when he plays and works outdoors, but when the government develops some of that land for housing, his world narrows to just the attic. Gazing through an air vent at new homes, he spies a child's face at a window after the family of four has already left for the day. Is it possible that he is not the only hidden child? Answering this question brings Luke greater danger than he has ever faced before, but also greater possibilities for some kind of life outside of the attic.

crisscrossl.jpg Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins Her life is as boring as boring can be. Nothing ever happens. But she should have been careful what she wished for because something happened she never expected.
Boring and lazy, that's Debbie a 14 year old girl. Debbie has a friend, Hector. She tells Hector to take guitar lessons. So he decides to follow her words and take them. He always wanted to write a song and now he finally has the chance. Hector, just like Debbie, always had a boring life. But when he notices a girl named Meadow his life gets exciting. The second he sees her he falls in love. But he wonders, does she notice him? Does she notice him staring at her all the time?
A mystery lies and the end? But, it's what you want it to be.

Behind_the_bedroom_wall.jpg Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura Williams Korinna, 13, loves her country and is active in the Jungmadel, Hitler's youth group for girls. When she learns that her parents are hiding Jews, she is shocked and angry. A series of events, including her reluctant, but growing attachment to the little girl hidden behind the wardrobe in her room, leads her to conclude that the price of being loyal to the Fatherland is too high. It is Korinna's quick thinking that saves the family during a night raid. The atmosphere and mood of the times are palpable, with Korinna and her family forced to flee Germany.

I_am_David.jpg I Am David by Anne Holm David's entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive?

Outcasts_of_19_Schuyler_Place.jpg Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by e.l. konigsburg Twelve year old Margaret Rose Kane is incorrigible. Not only does she refuse to bend to the will of her manipulative cabin mates at Camp Talequa, she stands up to and inadvertently insults the camp director and Queen-in-residence, Mrs. Kaplan. The intimidating and cruel confrontations that threaten to break Margaret's spirit only serve to strengthen her resolve, and everyone is happy when Margaret is finally banished/rescued from Camp Talequa. Luckily for her, with her parents in Peru, this means she can spend the rest of the summer with her delightfully eccentric Hungarian great-uncles, Alexander and Morris Rose. Margaret adores her great-uncles, and loves the house at 19 Schuyler Place--especially the three peculiar clock towers (tall painted structures covered in pendants made from broken china, crystal, bottles, jars, and clock parts) that the Rose brothers have been building for as long as she can remember.