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The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate · Harper
Pages: 305
Format: Book

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated...
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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Richard Atwater · Little
Pages: 138
Format: Print book

A classic of American humor, the adventures of a house painter and his brood of high-stepping penguins have delighted children for generations. "Here is a book to read aloud in groups of all ages. There is not an extra or misplaced word in the whole story."--The Horn Book. Newbery...
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Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare

Gene Barretta · Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

President Abraham Lincoln grew up in a one-room log cabin. President John F. Kennedy was raised in the lap of luxury. One was a Republican and one a Democrat. They lived and served a hundred years apart. Yet they had a number of things in common. Some were coincidental: having seven letters...
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Freckle Juice

Judy Blume

More than anything in the world, Andrew wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles -- they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. (Once sitting behind him in class, Andrew counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start!One day after school, Andrew screws...
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Bobbie the Wonder Dog: A True Story

Tricia Brown · WestWinds Press
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Bob was an average-looking collie puppy in every way, except for his bobbed tail . . . and maybe that's why the Brazier family named him Bob, or Bobbie. But he was average in no other way. In 1923, Bobbie joined Frank and Elizabeth Brazier for a cross-country drive from Silverton, Oregon,...
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Tornado

Betsy Cromer Byars

When a doghouse landed in the backyard during a tornado, the family wasn't really surprised. What did surprise them was that there was a dog inside, whom they named Tornado. Each chapter of this gently humorous book by award-winning author Betsy Byars tells a different adventure, and together...
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Muggie Maggie

Beverly Cleary · Morrow Junior Books
Pages: 70
Format: Print book

At first, Maggie is just being contrary when she tells her parents she doesn't need to learn cursive. Then her teacher, Mrs. Leeper, says Maggie's cursive is so untidy that when she writes her name it looks like "Muggie," which makes her whole class erupt in laughter....
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Tricking the Tallyman

Jacqueline Davies · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 40
Format: Book

Are kids interested in learning about the very first American census? Probably not. Do young readers clamor for stories set in the very, very olden days of the late 18th century? Uh, not really. Okay, but do they like nutty cat-and-mouse trickery, wacky slapstick, and animals disguised...
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Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick Press
Pages: 182
Format: Paperback

Kate DiCamillo's beloved, best-selling story is now one of the biggest family movie events of 2005--celebrate with this irresistible movie tie-in! One summer day, Opal goes into a supermarket and comes out with a scraggly dog that she names Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, her preacher...
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Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Erupts!: The First Experiment

Frances O'Roark Dowell · Aladdin Paperbacks
Pages: 167
Format: Paperback

Here's what you need to know about Phineas L. MacGuire, boy-scientist extraordinaire, aka Mac: 1. He's allergic to purple, telephone calls, and girls, and can prove it. 2. He's probably the world's expert on mold, including which has the highest stink potential. 3. He does...
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By the Great Horn Spoon!

Sid Fleischman · Little, Brown
Pages: 193
Format: Hardcover

It is 1849 and Jack Flagg stows away on a ship headed for the California gold fields where he plans to recoup his Auntie Arabella's fortune.
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Boxes for Katje

Candace Fleming · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinaryAfter World War II there is little left in Katje's town of Olst in Holland. Her family, like most Dutch families, must patch their old worn clothing and go without everyday things like soap and milk. Then one spring morning...
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My Father's Dragon

Ruth Stiles Gannett · Dover Publications
Format: Paperback

When Elmer Elevator tells a stray cat about his dream of being able to fly, he learns of a captive dragon on Wild Island. The dragon has been forced by the jungle residents to serve as their shuttle across a wide river — and anyone who rescues the dragon from its cruel captors might...
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Sheep

Valerie Hobbs · Square Fish
Pages: 115
Format: Paperback

The sheep closed in around him like a big, woolly blanket. The puppy had never been so scared or so excited in his life. Soon he was racing, feinting, dodging--learning what it means to be one of the proud breed of Border collies, the finest sheepherders in the world. Then, almost overnight,...
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Clementine

Sara Pennypacker · Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 131
Format: Audio CD

Clementine is having not so good of a week.On Monday she's sent to the principal's office for cutting off Margaret's hair. Tuesday, Margaret's mother is mad at her. Wednesday, she's sent to the principal again. Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her. Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets...
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The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio)

Jon Scieszka

Joe's been caught up in a book before, but this is ridiculous! Joe's Book, a gift from his magician uncle, doesn't just tell stories, it zaps Joe and his friends Sam and Fred right into the middle of them. And when these thoroughly modern kids meet King Arthur and become Knights of the Round...
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Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team

Audrey Vernick · Clarion Books
Format: Hardcover

The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseballteam . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brotherteam in baseball history. They...
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The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children Mysteries)

L. Kate Deal · Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition
Pages: 154
Format: Paperback

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.
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Charlotte's Web Movie Tie-in Edition (hardcover)

E. B. White · HarperFestival; 1 Mti edition
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

In his classic and beloved novel, E. B. White tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbors. As the runt of the litter, Wilbur struggles to survive from the very beginning. Fern fights...
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You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

Jonah Winter · Schwartz & Wade
Format: Hardcover

In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax such an amazing baseball player. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews...
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