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My Name Is Maria Isabel

Alma Flor Ada · Atheneum
Pages: 57
Format: Book

For Maria Isabel Salazer Lopez, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marias in this class, " says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?" But Maria Isabel has been...
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Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules

Beth Ain · Scholastic Press
Pages: 145
Format: Print book

Lights! Camera! Action! A hilarious chapter book debut from a fabulous new talent!Things to Know About Meby Jules Bloom1. I am a scrambled-eggs-and-chocolate-milk type person.2. I have an audition for a TV commercial (which would be great if I were a tall-icy-drink type person.) 3. I am in between...
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The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon

David Almond · Candlewick Press
Pages: 117
Format: Hardcover

Crackpot notions, community spirit, and sky-high aspirations transform a quiet boy's life in this whimsical tale from the stellar team of David Almond and Polly Dunbar.There are some strange ideas floating around in Paul's apartment block. There's Mabel, who now calls herself...
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Gravity Buster: Journal 2 of a Cardboard Genius (Journals of a Cardboard Genius)

Frank Asch · Kids Can Press
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

In Alex Archer's previous journal, Star Jumper, he revealed how his amazing cardboard spacecraft was tragically destroyed during a pillow fight with his little brother Jonathan. Alex knows that all geniuses encounter a setback now and then, yet this setback has only spurred him on to even...
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Freckle Juice Book

Judy Blume · Pied Piper
Pages: 48
Format: Audiobook

Nicky has freckles - they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Sitting behind him in class, Andrew once counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty.One day after school,...
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My Last Best Friend

Julie Bowe
Format: Print book

As Ida May begins fourth grade, she is determined never to make another best friend--because her last best friend moved away. This is a doable plan at first. Thanks to bratty, bossy Jenna Drews, who hates Ida, no one in class has ever really noticed her before. It's when the spark
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The Haunted Library #1

Dori Hillestad Butler · Grosset & Dunlap
Format: Hardcover

A brand-new young chapter book series from Edgar Award winner Dori Hillestad Butler! When ghost boy Kaz's haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, he meets a real girl named Claire, who lives above the town library with her parents and her grandmother. Claire has a special...
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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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The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure

Kevin Cornell · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Book

They're darling. They're daring. They know their shapes! They're chicks on a mission - and on this, their first (mis) adventure, the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition.Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical...

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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick
Pages: 85
Format: Hardcover

Yippie-i-oh! Saddle up for the first in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from Kate DiCamillo's New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books.

Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn't have is a horse - until he meets Maybelline, that is, and then...
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How to Be Cool in the Third Grade

Betsy Duffey
Format: Paperback

It's not easy to seem cool when the whole class knows you wear superhero underwear and your mom still kisses you goodbye at the bus stop. But Robbie York has a plan. 1) Get rid of the name Robbie. 2) Get jeans. 3) Avoid bullies like Bo Haney. If only it were that simple!
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The Hundred Dresses

Eleanor Estes · HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition
Format: Hardcover

Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims...
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Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig

Polly Faber · Candlewick Press
Pages: 135
Format: Print book

An unlikely friendship blossoms between Mango, a little girl with an assortment of talents, and Bambang, an Asian tapir.

Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most definitely not-a-pig and is now lost in a very busy city. When the two unexpectedly...
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The Return of the Killer Cat

Anne Fine
Format: Book

When Ellie tells Tuffy the family is leaving for the week, Tuffy couldn't be more thrilled. A whole blissful week of rolling around in the flower bed and lounging on top of the TV? Tuffy can't wait! But the cat sitter the family procures doesn't understand Tuffy's refined feline p
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A Likely Place

Paula Fox
Format: Paperback

While his over-protective parents are away on a trip, Lewis meets and makes a connection with an old Spanish shoemaker who teaches him that he can think for himself.
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My Explosive Diary

Emily Gale · Aladdin
Format: Hardcover

Meet Eliza Boom—assistant inventor, junior spy, and full-on fantastic—as she tells all in this first book of a chapter book series packed with jokes, doodles, and dear-diary secrets! Eliza Boom is having a blast. Her father is an inventor who makes gadgets for spies, and Eliza is his unofficial...
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Stone Fox

John Reynolds Gardiner · Harper & Row
Pages: 96
Format: Hardcover

Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little

Peggy Gifford · Schwartz & Wade
Pages: 104
Format: Hardcover

Here's the first book in the hilarious Moxy Maxwell series, which includes Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes and Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano. It wasn't as if Moxy hadn't tried to do her summer reading. She and Stuart Little had been inseparable...
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Chess! I love it, I love it, I love it!

Jamie Gilson · Clarion Books
Pages: 82
Format: Print book

When second-grader Richard and three other members of the Sumac School Chess Club compete in their first tournament, they each learn something about luck, concentration, and teamwork.
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Oona finds an egg

Adele Griffin · Scholastic Press
Pages: 133
Format: Hardcover

Oona has found a very special egg. Oh, how she loves her baby! She'll do anything to protect this egg until it hatches. Then she can find out what's inside, even though it might just gobble her up! But Oona's precious bundle of eggy joy may never see the light of day. It seems everyone...
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Big Bad Detective Agency

Bruce Hale · Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback

From the comic genius behind CHET GECKO comes a new kind of fairy tale hero -- and a big, bad, crime-solving adventure!The houses of all Three (not-so-) Little Pigs were broken into and ransacked, and the Pigs are squealing for justice. So Prince Tyrone, ruler of Fairylandia, drags in the obvious...
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Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

Jenny Han · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Meet Clara Lee.Likes her best friends, her grandpa, her little sister when shes not being annoying, which is almost always, candy necklaces, and the Apple Blossom Festival.Dislikes her little sister when shes being annoying, which is almost always, her moms yucky fish soup, and bad dreams...
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Dory Fantasmagory

Abby Hanlon · Dial Books
Format: Book

Move over, Junie B. Jones and Ivy & Bean! Here comes a lovably energetic little sister with a BIG personality - and an imagination to match!As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she's...

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How Not to Start Third Grade (Step into Reading)

Cathy Hapka · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Format: Library Binding

Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that brought us How Not to Babysit Your Brother now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very...
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Just Grace Goes Green

Charise Mericle Harper · Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pages: 178
Format: Print book

Grace can do a lot of things...but can she save the planet???? Or at the very least, can she help her best friend Mimi get her favorite stuffed animal back? Lots of exciting things are happening to Grace and her friends. Most exciting of all, Mimi's older cousin Gwen is coming to stay...
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Uh-oh, Cleo: Underpants on My Head

Jessica Harper · Putnam Juvenile
Format: Hardcover

In the Small family, it?s best to expect the unexpected? six kids make for a lot of surprises?but who would ever imagine getting caught in a snowstorm in August? When the whole crew goes to visit Grandma in Colorado and Cleo, Jack, and Jenna go on a mountain camping trip with Mom and Dad,...
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The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost

Geoffrey Hayes
Format: Library Binding

Illus. in full color. Is there a ghost loose in Boogle Bay? Young Otto the alligator and his Uncle Tooth find out in a funny, high-spirited whodunit for beginning readers.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Year of Billy Miller

Kevin Henkes · Greenwillow Books
Pages: 229
Format: Hardcover

A 2014 Newbery Honor Book
A New York Times Bestseller

Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes...

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Dog on Third Base

Constance Hiser

James and the gang are busy with spring baseball practice until James's dog, Tag, whom they use for third base, disappears.
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Clara Barton #1: Angel of the Battlefield

Ann Hood · Grosset & Dunlap
Format: Print book

While exploring The Treasure Chest, Felix and Maisie are transported to a Massachusetts farm in 1836. Disappointed that they have not landed in their beloved New York City, they wonder why they were brought to Massachusetts to meet a young girl named Clara Barton. Perhaps Clara has a message...
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Odd, Weird & Little

Patrick Jennings · EgmontUSA
Format: Hardcover

Readers who love Andrew Clements, Dan Gutman, Gordon Korman, and Tom Angleberger will find this charming, funny, easy-to-read middle-grade novel from the beloved Patrick Jennings an absolute hoot!When the new kid joins his class, Woodrow agrees with his schoolmates--Toulouse is really weird....
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Little Genie: Make a Wish

Miranda Jones

Ali doesn't feel like going to school today. And with Little Genie around, she doesn't have to. She'll let Genie take her place!

Is it a good idea to let a little genie pretend to be a human girl? The sparkling pink sand in Little Genie's watch is starting to move - time fo
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Herbie Jones Sails into Second Grade

Suzy Kline · Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover

Just entering second grade, Herbie Jones is just as likeable and mischievous as he is in the middle-grade series that kids have been enjoying for over twenty years. Herbie Jones gets two surprises on his first day of second grade. One is meeting a new friend, Raymond Martin, on the way to school.The...
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The Show Must Go On!

Kate Klise · Algonquin Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

In their trademark style, author Kate Klise and illustrator M. Sarah Klise blend a story bursting with jokes, puns, and wordplay with illustrations, signs, letters, recipes, and bold graphics to introduce Three-Ring Rascals.When Sir Sidney, a kindly old circus owner, becomes too tired to travel...
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Super Burp! #1

Nancy Krulik · Grosset & Dunlap
Format: Paperback

The first day at a new school is always the hardest, right? No, not always as George finds out the hard way. On the second day at ... Sugarman Elementary School, he is suddenly seized by uncontrollable burps, burps so loud they practically break the sound barrier, burps that make him do wild...
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The Dragonsitter

Josh Lacey · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 96
Format: Hardcover

Dear Uncle Morton: You'd better get on a plane right now and come back here. Your dragon has eaten Jemima. Emily loved that rabbit! I'd better go now. I can smell burning. --Eddie
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JUDY MOODY WAS IN A MOOD

Megan McDonald · Candlewick
Pages: 152
Format: Paperback

Reissued in a way-cool paperback design

"Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood. A mad-faced mood."

To start, Judy Moody doesn't have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won't have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom...
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Firefly Hollow

Alison McGhee · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 291
Format: Hardcover

Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel oh-so-big? Delve into this lush, unforgettable tale in the tradition of Charlotte's Web and The Rats of NIMH, from the author of the New...
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Waiting for the Magic

Patricia MacLachlan · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 143
Format: Hardcover

People may drift apart
But love can hold them together.
Sometimes we find that love through magic -
Sometimes that magic is all around us.

This is a story about all of these things.

But it's also a story about how
four dogs
and one cat
help one boy
and...
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Mary Margaret and The Perfect Pet Plan

Christine Kole MacLean · Dutton Children's Books
Pages: 168
Format: Print book

Mary Margaret is desperate for a pet. But her father is allergic to almost everything, and her mother is too busy with the new baby coming to focus on finding a hypoallergenic pet for her precocious, nearly-nine-year-old daughter. So Mary Margaret takes matters into her own hands and comes...
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Marty McGuire

Kate Messner · Scholastic Press
Pages: 129
Format: Hardcover

A fun, accessible chapter-book debut from an exciting new talent--simultaneous hardcover-paperback launch!

Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess...
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Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

Claudia Mills · Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages: 122
Format: Print book

Kelsey Green is the best reader in the third grade--well, maybe tied for best with know-it-all Simon Ellis. When the principal Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading contest, complete with a pizza party for the winning class and a special certificate for the top readers in each grade,...

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The Case of the Stinky Socks

Lewis B. Montgomery · Kane Press
Pages: 94
Format: Paperback

The high school's star pitcher is missing his lucky socks, and his pitching is going to pieces! Can detective duo Milo and Jazz find the thief -- before the big game?
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Uses Her Common Cents

Lisa Mullarkey · Magic Wagon
Format: Print book

Third grader Katharine Carmichael thinks coming up with the winning idea for the school-wide service project will be easy-breezy. But her tattoo idea earns her a trip to the principal and her cookie business crumbles. Katharines worried that her classmate Vanessa, aka Miss Priss-A-Poo,...
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Waylon! One Awesome Thing

Sara Pennypacker · Disney/Hyperion
Pages: 198
Format: Print book

Waylon has lots of ideas for making life more awesome through science, like teleportation, human gills, and attracting cupcakes by controlling gravity. But it's impossible for him to concentrate on his inventions when he's experiencing his own personal Big Bang.

Arlo Brody is dividing...
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Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet

Graham Salisbury · Wendy Lamb Books
Format: Book

Fourth-grader Calvin lives near the beach in Oahu with his mom and little sister. Mom says: “You’re the man of the house.” But Calvin’s not great at being the man of the house, or taking care of his responsibilities. He’s too busy having fun with his pals,...
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Snoop Troop: It Came from Beneath the Playground

Kirk Scroggs · Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Pages: 176
Format: Book

Every newly independent reader will be rolling on the floor--and has a chance to solve the mystery--in this wildly wacky mash-up of chapter book and graphic novel, with art on every page, interactive seek-and-find elements, and more! SEQUEL: Attack of the Ninja...

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Big News!

Ida Siegal · Scholastic Paperbacks
Format: Hardcover

WNBC reporter Ida Siegal makes her debut as a chapter book author with a hilarious look at one girl's journey into journalism, mystery-solving, and fame -- or at least two out of those three! This is Emma Perez, and I'm ON THE AIR!Today at lunch, my friend Javier found a slimy worm...
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Stella Batts Needs a New Name

Courtney Sheinmel · Sleeping Bear Press
Pages: 150
Format: Book

In Needs a New Name, Stella decides to change her name after a boy from her class keeps calling her "Smella." How hard can it be to pick a new name? It's not as easy as it sounds. SEQUELSHair Today, Gone TomorrowPardon...

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Chocolate Fever

Robert Kimmel Smith · Puffin; Reissue edition

Henry Green is a boy who loves chocolate. He likes it bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily; for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; in cakes, candy bars, milk, and every other form you can possibly imagine. Henry probably loves chocolate more than any boy in the history of the world....
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Cody and the Fountain of Happiness

Tricia Springstubb · Candlewick
Format: Book

Middle-grade readers drawn to Judy Moody or Clementine will find a funny and charismatic companion in Cody, star of this delightful new series.For whimsical Cody, many things are beautiful, especially ants who say hello by rubbing feelers. But nothing is as beautiful as the first day of summer...

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The Story of Diva and Flea

Mo Willems · Disney Hyperion Books
Pages: 65
Format: Print book

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris,...
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