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Shiloh

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor · Atheneum
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

Eleven-year-old Marty Preston loves to spend time up in the hills behind his home near Friendly, West Virginia. Sometimes he takes his .22 rifle to see what he can shoot, like some cans lined up on a rail fence. Other times he goes up early in the morning just to sit and watch the fox and deer....
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Home of the Brave

Katherine Applegate · Square Fish
Pages: 268
Format: Print book

A man I helped to settle heretaught me a saying from Africa.I'll bet you would like it:A cow is God with a wet nose.Kek comes from Africa where he lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived. Now she's missing, and Kek has been sent to a new home....
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Sounder

William H Armstrong

A new series of companions to well loved and often read middle-grade novels.Sounder by William H. Armstrong is a favorite middle grade novel. This companion gives background on the author, questions to guide reading, clues to themes, plot, characters, and setting of the bo
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Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library, The

LINDA BAILEY · Greenwillow Books
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Eddie, a passionate reader and a shiny green bug, saves the school library in this funny, heartwarming tale that fans of Flora & Ulysses and Charlotte's Web will love. Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout from Newbery Honor Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author-artist...
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Boy's Best Friend

Kate Banks · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Eleven-year-old George has a dog, Bart, who seems to know everything about him-from when he is feeling sad to when he will arrive home from school. George's new neighbor and classmate, Lester, also has a dog, Bill Gates, and Lester thinks he is the smartest animal in the world. When their...
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Malcolm at Midnight

W. H. Beck · HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters kids safe. Theres just one problemrats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academys iguana leader is kidnapped,...
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The Wolf Keepers

Elise Broach · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

A high-stakes middle grade historical adventure through Yosemite National Park by the New York Times-bestselling author of Masterpiece.Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango and her dad have always had a zoo to call their home. Lizzie spends her days watching the animals and taking note of their...
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Strider

Beverly Cleary

Strider has a new habit. Whenever we stop, he places his paw on my foot. It isn't an accident because he always does it. I like to think he doesn't want to leave me. Can a stray dog change the life of a teenage boy? It looks as if Strider can. He's a dog that loves to run; because of Strider,...
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Saving Winslow

SHARON CREECH · HarperCollins
Pages: 176
Format: Library Binding

Perfect for fans of Charlotte's Web and The One and Only Ivan, Saving Winslow is an uplifting modern classic in the making about a young boy who befriends an ailing newborn donkey and nurses him back to health, from New York Times bestseller and Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech.Louie...
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Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer - and learning to love what you have.The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket - and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense...
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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick Press
Pages: 231
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never...
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The Black Stallion

Walter Farley
Format: Print book

First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse. From Alec Ramsay and the Black's first meeting on an ill-fated ship to their adventures on a desert island and their eventual rescue, this beloved story will...
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Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen

Candace Fleming · Schwartz & Wade
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

For fans of Balto and other real-life dog stories, here's a heavily illustrated middle-grade novel about a canine movie star of the 1920s, dramatically told in both words and pictures by an acclaimed author and a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator.When movie director Larry Trimble travels...
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Strudel's Forever Home

Martha Freeman · Holiday House
Pages: 160
Format: Print book

Strudel, a homeless dachshund, loves listening to Jake read from Chief, Dog of the Old West at the animal shelter. When Jake decides to adopt him, Strudel vows to be as brave and loyal as Chief. Only trying to fend off danger in his new home leads to trouble when Strudel makes mistakes...
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Julie of the Wolves

Jean Craighead George

Jean Craighead George's Newbery Medal-winning classic about an Eskimo girl lost on the Alaskan tundra now features bonus content. This edition, perfect for classroom or home use, includes John Schoenherr's original scratchboard illustrations throughout, as well as extra materia
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Jubilee

Patricia Reilly Giff · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 149
Format: Hardcover

Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff writes a tender, timeless story about a girl who stopped speaking long ago, and how she finds her way back to her voice. For fans of Listening for Lucca, Fish in a Tree, The Rules, and Mockingbird. Judith lives with her beloved aunt Cora...
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Old Yeller

Fred Gipson · Harper
Format: Hardcover

When a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling, comes along it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the respouse it evokes in the reader. Such a book, we submit, is Old Yeller; to read this eloIquently simple story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable...
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Rescue

JESSIE HAAS · Boyds Mills Press
Pages: 200
Format: Hardcover

In this coming-of-age story perfect for horse fans, twelve-year-old animal lover Joni clashes with her new neighbor and animal rights activist Chess. Their bumpy friendship reaches a crisis when Chess stages an impulsive animal rescue, and Joni must act fast to save the animals' lives.Shy...
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One Amazing Elephant

Linda Oatman High · Harpercollins
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

A poignant middle grade animal story from talented author Linda Oatman High that will appeal to fans of Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan. In this heartwarming novel, a girl and an elephant face the same devastating loss - and slowly realize that they share the same powerful love....
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Dash

Kirby Larson · Scholastic Press
Pages: 243
Format: Hardcover

Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home -- or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps,...
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Gorilla Dawn

Gill Lewis · Atheneum Children'S Books
Pages: 432
Format: Print book

Two children captured by a band of rebel soldiers in the Congo vow to protect an orphaned gorilla baby in this powerful, thought-provoking, and vividly compelling novel from award-winning storyteller Gill Lewis.Deep in the heart of the Congo, a baby gorilla is captured by a group of rebel...
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A Handful of Stars

Cynthia Lord · Scholastic Press
Pages: 184
Format: Hardcover

This powerful middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES explores a friendship between a small-town girl and the daughter of migrant workers.When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago...
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Pablo and Birdy

Alison McGhee · Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his parrot came from in this charmer of a tale laced with magical realism from New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee.The seaside town of Isla has many stories, the most notable being...
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Chester and Gus

Cammie Mcgovern · Harpercollins
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

Critically acclaimed author Cammie McGovern presents a heartwarming and humorous middle grade novel about the remarkable bond that forms between an aspiring service dog and an autistic boy in need of a friend. "Joyful, inspiring, and completely winning, Chester and Gus is unforgettable,"...
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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 York Times...
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Rain Reign

Ann M Martin · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 226
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times Bestseller!Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein) , which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's...
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The Boy Who Spoke Dog

Clay Morgan · Dutton Books for Young Readers; 1 edition
Format: Print book

Jack, a storm-snatched cabin boy, washes up on a mysterious island. He finds sheep, sheep dogs, and wild dogs called fangos, but strangely, no people. Jack struggles to survive, to understand the dogs, and to befriend a little Border collie named Moxie. She and the other sheep dogs are mystified...
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Wish

Barbara O'Connor · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 227
Format: Hardcover

A touching story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young animal loversEleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing...
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Dog Trouble!

Galia Oz · Crown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

Readers who have graduated from Junie B. Jones and Ivy & Bean will fall head over heels for feisty Julie and her troublesome new dog. Julie has only had her dog for two weeks, but she is already causing all sorts of problems. For starters, she is missing! Julie suspects the school...
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Dog Steals Home, A

Kathleen Schrenk · Pelican Publishing Company
Pages: 96
Format: Print book

Step up to the plate for an unforgettable adventure! Zach Stewart's life has never been more complicated. Between preparing for the arrival of his baby brother ("the little lizard") and keeping up with the baseball team, Zach can hardly catch his breath. All he really wants...
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