Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan,
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (Grades 9 & up). Estranged from her sister, Dara, by a terrible scarring accident, Nick realizes that something dire has happened when Dara vanishes at the same time a girl goes missing.
"When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October she almost paid the ultimate price.