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The Magic of Meliwick Orchard is a wonderful story about a girl whose life has been flipped upside down. Not only has her little sister gotten sick but her parents have forgotten about her in the process. Isa's parents don't notice when her shoes grow gaping holes and when she wears the same clothes over and over. They don't even remember to pick her up from school sometimes. One day, she takes a hike into the 'haunted' orchard behind their home and finds a chance seedling. She buries her shoes there because they are pretty worthless.

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When her mother, who is a secret spy, is on a mission, Simone LaFray has a mission herself. Living in Paris, this twelve-year-old girl also helps her dad, who owns a patisserie, make the delicious pastries. When someone steals their sacred recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, Simone tries to figure out the identity of the culprit. Simone and her father enter the famous Chocolatiers’ Ball intending to clear their name and catch the thief.

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Empty Seats is about a boy, Jimmy, who he was 6 years old when he started to play baseball. His father was very good at baseball. He wanted his son to excel so he could make it to the pros, which his dad has never did. Jimmy was taught by his dad and ended up being the best pitcher in his high school. He went to the minors straight from high school and skipped college because he knew he could make it to the majors. While he was in the minors, his coach is harsh. Jimmy thinks he knew everything, but realizes there's a lot left to learn. 

 
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Empty Seats is about 3 boys who get drafted to minor league baseball with the Montreal Expos. They become good friends throughout the season as ball players.  After the season is over, Jimmy, Bobby, and Bud travel home to see their families. Once at home, each boy changes their careers. Even though their careers go in different directions, they stay in contact.

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Decades after a nuclear war destroys much of the planet and the government is forced to change, brothers Jason and Nate decide to switch places near the end of the big soccer tournament so Jason can take their family to Canada. Nate has a lot of pressure on himself that game because if they lose, their family will be killed by the president. The game does not end well.

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The book Elle of the Ball is about a girl who is 6 feet tall in 7th grade. She seems especially oversized because everyone else in the grade is 5 feet tall. Elle has to do a dance performance with the rest of the 7th grade in front of parents. On top of that, Elle doesn't get the position she wants as point guard in basketball. She really needs some help with her height!

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Stand-Off is the sequel to Winger by Andrew Smith. In this duology, we follow a boy named Ryan Dean West. He goes to a Pine Mountain Academy. He is a 14-year-old junior who is also on the rugby team. In Winger, we read about his junior year: his classes, his friendships, his new relationship, and his time on the rugby team. Unfortunately, he is moved to O-Hall or Opportunity Hall, which is where all the bad kids reside during their school year. He was caught hacking a stolen cell phone from a teacher. 

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There is a boy named Cody who is on the local high school basketball team. A new kid moves to his school from the inner city. This boy is named Jayson Davis. Jayson is really good at basketball, and that later leads him to join the high school team. Cody and Jayson become friends. Jayson and his coach do not like each other, so the coach kicks Jayson off the team, which could sacrifice the school basketball record.  So Chris finds himself at the center circle and Chris has to step up and lead the team to victory so they can keep their good record.

 

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