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Contemporary Fiction by Alan Gratz

Two Degrees

In the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Akira and her horse struggle to escape a massive wildfire. In Churchill, Manitoba, Owen and George flee starving polar bears that have been stranded on land by melting sea ice. In Miami, Florida, Natalie fights to save her neighbor’s dog as her city drowns in a hurricane. Four different kids. Three different threats. Two degrees of temperature rise. One single cause: Climate change.

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Ground Zero

Nine year old Brandon is trapped in the North Tower when an airplane slams into the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Nearly twenty years later in Afghanistan, eleven year old Reshmina struggles to survive when the U.S. and the Taliban use her village as a battleground. But the past and present are tied together, and Brandon and Reshmina are connected in more ways than they know…

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Ban This Book

When fourth-grader Amy Anne Ollinger’s favorite book is banned from the school library, she fights back–by starting a secret banned book library out of her locker.

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Code of Honor

Kamran Smith has it all. He’s the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl at school, and can’t wait to go to West Point like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran’s mother is from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted.

Then Kamran’s older brother goes online claiming credit for a terrorist attack, and everything implodes.

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Something Rotten

Book One in

Something is rotten in Denmark, Tennessee, and it’s not just the paper plant and the polluted Copenhagen River. Hamilton Prince’s father has been poisoned and the killer is still at large. If Hamilton’s best friend Horatio Wilkes can just get past the smell, he might get to the bottom of all this…

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Something Wicked

Book Two in

A Scottish Highland Fair turns foul when Horatio Wilkes discovers the games’ founder, Duncan MacRae, dead in his tent. Now Horatio will need all his snark and smarts–and maybe a little amazing grace–to solve the mystery and thwart the fate a road-side psychic laid out for him and his friends.

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“The Ghost Who Came to Breakfast”

A modern Japanese family is visited by a warashi — a “good luck ghost” — whose friendship is financially rewarding. But as one member of the family will learn, good luck comes at a high price…

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“Don’t Wet the Bed”

What’s worse than having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night? The thing that’s waiting under the bed to get you, of course.

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