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The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases by Adilis Vicente

Grades 2-3

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This bilingual book is perfect for young readers! The story follows Flaca, whose chancleta, or flip flop, has gone missing. She is on a mission to find it ASAP! She suspects her family members are involved, and, armed with her notebook and magnifying glass, proceeds to interview each of them and get to the bottom of this. Included are other interwoven stories of her other cases, and readers have the pleasure of reading the book in both English and Spanish!

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Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

Grades 9-12

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Seventeen-year-old Mina is at the top of her class, has a great boyfriend and is a fierce problem solver. She’s also a virgin and pregnant, and fears that this is one problem that she can’t figure out. She hasn’t had sex with her boyfriend, but no one believes her claims of virginity. What’s more, her boyfriend believes that she cheated on him, and she has no way of proving otherwise. Mina is labeled a liar and a fraud by most, but there are some people who are on her side and believe that her unborn baby is a true miracle.

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Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Grades 9-12

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The first book in the OnceĀ Upon a Crime Family series, this story about organized crime is a must read! Penelope Landlow is the daughter of one of the three crime families who buy and sell body parts and control the black market for organ transplants. She feels safe within the walls of her own home, but she knows that no one in this business is safe forever. She is suddenly caught in between two of the families who are fighting for control over one another, and doesn’t know what to do to stop it.