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It’s Allie’s 14th birthday, and she’s in her 17th foster home. “Suck it up,” her mom says. “Play the game and they’ll let you come home.” And Allie’s great at the game—at lying about her mom’s drinking, at hiding the weird things her little brother does that worry social workers, at pretending the counseling is actually helping. Allie is so great at the game that she never has to stay in a foster home more than three months.

Now Allie has a problem: Her newest foster family has caught on to her game. They see right through her lies, and they’re trying to stop her from going back home. Ever. Yet the last place Allie wants to live is on a smelly old farm in the middle of nowhere.

But how do you fight it when everyone around you is saying that where you were born isn’t where you belong?

Home is a touching tale about a girl struggling to reunite her family, protect her young siblings, and gain control of her life—all in the face of family problems that no one believes she can fix.

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The Day I Washed My Face In The Toilet

All 14-year-old Monica Bloomfield wants is to spend August at a science camp far away from her idiot sister and weird little brother. Trouble is, Monica’s being dragged into the wedding party of her crabby old great aunt who lives in England—and if she wants to earn that science camp, she has to keep her siblings in line for the entire trip, plus convince her crazy Grandma to move into a nursing home pronto. Monica’s determined to succeed, but things start out badly—and go downhill fast.

First, her hyperactive brother overdoses on caffeine right before their eight-hour flight to England. Then a botched wine-tasting party ends so badly that even a policeman is left speechless (and in need of a new uniform). Getting into science camp isn’t going to be easy—especially with a rampaging bull, drunk parrot and the most gorgeous guy in the universe standing in her way.

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Sleepover Zoo

Toni only wants one thing: To get through 6th grade at her new school without everyone finding out that her family is crazy — and there’s a zoo in their basement. When the most popular girl in school insists that Toni have a sleepover, it looks like Toni’s dream of being normal is about to be smashed.

Toni tries to get her new friend, Meghan, to help — but Meghan’s first visit to Toni’s home ends badly, thanks to a surprise encounter with frozen mice. Then a missing snake and bossy parrot only make things worse. If Toni can’t get out of this sleepover, the whole school will find out her family is not normal.

This wacky tale is packed with fun, feathers and friendship — and a sleepover that no one will ever forget.

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There’s Nothing Wrong With Claudia

Claudia does not like being different. She does not like being outside on windy days. And she does not like being able to float—because floating causes nothing but trouble.

All Claudia wants is to be the same as everyone else...until the day there’s a major disaster at her school, and the only one who can possibly make things right is a very clever girl who knows how to float!

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Parrots and Popcorn

For her birthday, Kara wants a ton of popcorn, a real magic show, and a puppy of her very own. That isn’t what Kara is getting. Her brother is going to do some silly tricks in front of her friends, then pull some silly presents out of his magic hat.

The night before her party, Kara finds her brother’s magic hat and tries a few tricks of her own. Will she ever learn how to do magic properly? And will she be able to clean up the mess she makes while she’s trying to learn?

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