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Tuck Everlasting

Natalie Babbitt · Farrar
Pages: 139
Format: Book

Doomed to - or blessed with - eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less...
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The Magic Half

Annie Barrows · Bloomsbury USA Childrens; New edition
Format: Book

Miri is the non-twin child in a family with two sets of them—older brothers and younger sisters. When her family moves to an old farmhouse in a new town, the only good thing seems to be Miri's ten-sided attic bedroom. But when Miri gets sent to her room after accidentally bashing...
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

Jeanne Birdsall · Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

With over one million copies sold, this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager. This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful...
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Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

Judy Blume · Dutton Children's Books
Pages: 138
Format: Print book

Sheila Tubman (Peter Hatcher's sworn enemy) sometimes wonders who she really is: the outgoing, witty, and capable Sheila the Great, or the secret Sheila, who's afraid of spiders, the dark, swimming and, most of all, dogs. When her family leaves the city for a summer in the country,...
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Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters

Lesley M. M. Blume · Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Eleven-year-old Cornelia is the daughter of two world-famous pianists—a legacy that should feel fabulous, but instead feels just plain lonely. She surrounds herself with dictionaries and other books to isolate herself from the outside world. But when a glamorous neighbor named Virginia...
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A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett · Puffin
Pages: 293
Format: Paperback

Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to make friends at boarding school and settle in. But when she learns that she'll never see her beloved father again, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for drudgery...
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The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett · Candlewick
Format: Book

The beloved original text now offered in a definitive gift edition by esteemed illustrator Inga Moore."Then she slipped through the door, and shut it behind her, breathing quite fast with excitement, and wonder, and delight. She was standing inside the secret garden."First published...
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Ramona the Pest

Beverly Cleary · HarperTrophy
Pages: 211
Format: Paperback

Ramona Quimby is excited to start kindergarten. No longer does she have to watch her older sister, Beezus, ride the bus to school with all the big kids. She's finally old enough to do it too!Then she gets into trouble for pulling her classmate's boingy curls during recess. Even worse, her crush...
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Extra Credit

Andrew Clements · Atheneum Books for Young Readers; English Language edition
Format: Hardcover

It isn't that Abby Carson can't do her schoolwork. She just doesn't like doing it. And in February a warning letter arrives at her home. Abby will have to repeat sixth grade - unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra-credit project to find a pen pal in a distant...
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The Mighty Miss Malone

Christopher Paul Curtis · Wendy Lamb Books; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

xWe are a family on a journey to a place called wonderfulx is the motto of Deza Malones family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hashit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When...
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The BFG

Roald Dahl · Puffin; Reprint edition
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become...
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Matilda

Roald Dahl · Puffin Books
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG!Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When...
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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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The Search for WondLa

Tony DiTerlizzi · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 477
Format: Hardcover

When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures - a scrap...
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Out of My Mind

Sharon M Draper · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 295
Format: Hardcover

"If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind" should be it" (Denver Post") .Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything...
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Mockingbird (Mok'ing-bûrd)

Kathryn Erskine · Philomel Books
Pages: 235
Format: Hardcover

In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That's the stuff Caitlin's older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon's dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl...
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The Hundred Dresses

Eleanor Estes · Harcourt
Pages: 88
Format: Paperback

Wanda Petronski, a little Polish girl in an American school, is laughed at because she always wears a faded blue dress, until her classmates learn a lesson. "Sensitive, intuitive, restrained."--Saturday Review
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Harriet the Spy

Louise Fitzhugh
Format: Paperback

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truth
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Igraine The Brave

Cornelia Funke · Chicken House/Scholastic
Format: DVD

In the spirit of DRAGON RIDER and THE THIEF LORD, an enchanting fairy tale told with Cornelia's trademark warmth and wit: Perfect Funke fare for readers in the middle grades--Cornelia's "sweet spot"!Igraine dreams of becoming a famous knight just like her great grandfather, but the truth...
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Turtle in Paradise

Jennifer L. Holm · Random House
Pages: 208
Format: Book

In Jennifer L. Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel, life isn't like the movies. But then again, 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley TempleShe's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After...
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly · Henry Holt
Pages: 340
Format: Hardcover

Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones. With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers...
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E.L. Konigsburg
Format: Book

When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Ja
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Inside Out and Back Again

Thanhha Lai · Harper
Pages: 262
Format: Book

Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been...
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Savvy

Ingrid Law · Puffin Books
Pages: 342
Format: eBook

A vibrant new voice . . . a modern classic.For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" - a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark...
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A wrinkle in time

Madeleine L'Engle · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 211
Format: Hardcover

Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture.It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most...
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin · Routledge
Pages: 550
Format: Hardcover

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories,...
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The Year of the Dog (A Pacy Lin Novel)

Grace Lin · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback

It's the Chinese Year of the Dog, and as Pacy celebrates with her family, she finds out that this is the year she is supposed to "find herself." Universal themes of friendship, family, and finding one's passion in life make this novel appealing to readers of all backgrounds....
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Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren
Pages: 207
Format: Hardcover

Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.
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Rules

Cynthia Lord · transcribed by Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Pages: 181
Format: Audio CD

A heartfelt and witty debut about feeling different and finding acceptance--beyond the rules.Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach...
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Number the Stars

Lois Lowry · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 137
Format: Hardcover

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles...
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11 Birthdays

Wendy Mass · Scholastic Press
Pages: 267
Format: Hardcover

GROUNDHOG DAY meets FLIPPED in this tale of a girl stuck in her birthday.It's Amanda's 11th birthday and she is super excited -- after all, 11 is so different from 10. But from the start, everything goes wrong. The worst part of it all is that she and her best friend, Leo, with whom she's...
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Anne of Green Gables

L M Montgomery · Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 333
Format: Paperback

An unforgettable character beloved by generations of readers Redheaded orphan Anne Shirley longs for a real home, somewhere she can truly belong. When she first arrives at the Green Gables house on Prince Edward Island, it's everything she ever imagined. But to stay, she'll first...
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Fablehaven

Brandon Mull · Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster Children's
Pages: 351
Format: Paperback

Fablehaven, a sanctuary for mystical creatures, survives as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Kendra and her brother Seth do not know their grandfather is the current caretaker, but they soon face the challenge of their lives when powerful forces of evil are unleashed....

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Liesl & Po

Lauren Oliver · HarperCollins; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.That same...
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The Great Gilly Hopkins

Katherine Paterson · HarperCollins
Format: Paperback

Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she's disliked them all. She has a county-wide reputation for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable. So when she's sent to live with the Trotters -- by far the strangest family...
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The Higher Power of Lucky

Susan Patron · Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

Believing that her French guardian is about to abandon her to an orphanage in the city, ten-year-old Lucky runs away from her small town with her beloved dog by her side in order to trek across the Mojave Desert in this Newbery Medal-winning novel from Susan Patron.

Lucky, age ten,...
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Westing Game: Anniversary Edition

Ellen Raskin · Dutton Books for Young Readers; Anniversary edition
Format: Hardcover

For twenty-five years, Ellen Raskin's Newbery Medal-winning The Westing Game has been an enduring favorite and is now being reissued with a brand-new jacket by Kevin Hawkes and an introduction by Ann Durell. This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading...
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Glory Be

Augusta Scattergood · Scholastic Press
Pages: 202
Format: Print book

A Mississippi town in 1964 gets riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool.

As much as Gloriana June Hemphill, or Glory as everyone knows her, wants to turn twelve, there are times when Glory wishes she could turn back the clock a year. Jesslyn, her sister and former...
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The Hope Chest

Karen Schwabach

A perfect Common Core tie-in, The Hope Chest includes backmatter with period photographs, historical notes about the suffrage movement, and a Voting in America timeline. It's also a New York State Curriculum title for fourth grade.
Eleven-year-old Violet has one goal
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When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 208
Format: Library Binding

Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal

Four mysterious letters change Miranda's world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they...
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Catherynne M. Valente · Feiwel & Friends
Format: Book

welve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket, who invites her on an adventure, implying...

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Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

Wendelin Van Draanen · Knopf
Pages: 168
Format: Paperback

With this debut book of a new mystery series, Wendelin Van Draanen establishes Samantha Keyes as a crime fighter to watch. Though, actually, the book opens with Sammy watching...a crime in progress. And when the man with the wad of cash in one hand and the open purse in the other catches...
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Charlotte's Web

E B White · HarperCollins
Pages: 184
Format: Large print book

This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's...
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One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia · Amistad
Pages: 218
Format: Hardcover

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. "This vibrant and moving award-winning novel has heart to spare."*

Eleven-year-old...

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The Devil's Arithmetic

Jane Yolen · Puffin Books
Format: Print book

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, "a triumphantly moving book."*Hannah is tired of holiday gatherings−all her family ever talks about is the past. In fact, it seems to her that's what they do every Jewish holiday. But this year's Passover Seder will be different−Hannah...
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