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Pink and Say

Patricia Polacco · Philomel Books
Pages: 48
Format: Audio CD

When Sheldon Russell Curtis told this story to his daughter, Rosa, she kept every word in her heart and was to retell it many times. I will tell it in Sheldon's own words as nearly as I can.He was wounded in a fierce battle and left for dead in a pasture somewhere in Georgia when...
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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

William Steig · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results.

How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes...

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Tuesday (Caldecott Medal Book)

David Wiesner

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How Big Is It?

Ben Hillman · Scholastic Reference; Library Binding edition
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

A big book all about bigness!This BIG title removes the confusion of the abstract by teaching size through eye-catching juxtaposition in "oh wow!" images. For instance, any idea about the size of the mysterious Giant Squid of the deep? Sure, you could read that it's 59.5...
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I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King Jr. · Schwartz & Wade; Har/Com Re edition
Format: Hardcover

A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor BookFrom Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing "I Have a Dream"...
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 25th Anniversary Edition

Alvin Schwartz · HarperCollins; 1st edition
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover

This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartzs popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. There is a story here for everyone -- skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth a ghost who takes revenge...
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The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity

Elizabeth Rusch · HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

On June 10, 2003, a little rover named Spirit blasted off on a rocket headed for Mars. On July 7, 2003, a twin rover named Opportunity soared through the solar system with the same mission: to find out if Mars ever had water that could have supported life.A thrilling addition to the acclaimed...
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Kadir Nelson · Jump At The Sun; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

We are the ship all else the sea.-Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship of fortunes won and lost of triumphs and defeats on and off the field....
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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Tom Angleberger · Amulet Books
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren't strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient....
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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...

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Chasing Vermeer

Blue Balliett · Scholastic Press; 1st edition
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

This bewitching first novel is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art.When a book of unexplainable occurances brings Petra Andalee Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric...
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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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The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

A beautiful and timeless tale of the enchantment worked by a long-forgotten garden on three children in Victorian England.
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Frindle

Andrew Clements · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 112
Format: Hardcover

Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third-grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick's in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over. Everyone knows that...
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Love That Dog

Sharon Creech
Format: Print book

With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow...
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Elijah of Buxton

Christopher Paul Curtis
Format: Paperback

Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor, unique narrative voice, and new cover art--now in paperback!

Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the fi
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Matilda

Roald Dahl

Now on Broadway!

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 menacing, kid-hating headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers...
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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 miraculous journey of Edward Tulane

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick
Pages: 228
Format: Audiobook

A timeless tale by the incomparable Kate DiCamillo, complete with stunning full-color plates by Bagram Ibatoulline, honors the enduring power of love.

"Someone will come for you, but first you must open your heart. . . ."

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived...
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The Whipping Boy

Sid Fleischman

Award-winning author Sid Fleischman blends the broadly comic with the deeply compassionate in this memorable novel, winner of the Newbery Medal.

A Prince and a Pauper . . . Prince Brat and his whipping boy inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous

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Among the Hidden

Margaret Peterson Haddix · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 153
Format: Paperback

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Luke...
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Princess Academy

Shannon Hale · Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition
Format: Print book

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride...
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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 Temple

She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending....
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The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster · Random House
Pages: 255
Format: Hardcover

With almost 4 million copies sold over 50 years after its original publication, generations of readers have now journeyed with Milo to the Lands Beyond in this beloved classic that Philip Pullman says "comes up bright and new every time I read it . . . it will continue to charm and delight...
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney · Amulet
Pages: 217
Format: Paperback

Acclaimed debut author Jeff Kinney brilliantly re-creates the typical humor and logic of middle school boys sidling into adolescence.

Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough...

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Dying to Meet You

Kate Klise · HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer's block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive....
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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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Swindle

Gordon Korman

Ocean's 11... with 11-year-olds, in a super stand-alone heist caper from Gordon Korman!After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card. There are many...
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Ella Enchanted

Gail Carson Levine · HarperCollins
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old.

At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift - the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half,...

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C S Lewis · HarperTrophy
Pages: 154
Format: Paperback

A full-color paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-color cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.Four adventurous siblings - Peter, Susan,...
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

A Newbery Honor WinnerA New York Times Bestseller
This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel to Starry River of the Sky and the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver
In the valley...
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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 · Scholastic Press
Pages: 181
Format: Hardcover

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 David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants...
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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...

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Lawn Boy

Gary Paulsen · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 96
Format: Hardcover

One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism....
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick · Scholastic Press
Pages: 533
Format: Hardcover

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover...
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Jake and Lily

Jerry Spinelli · Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover

Beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee and Wringer, addresses issues of identity, belonging, family, and bullying in this humorous and heartfelt novel about twins. Jake and Lily are twins. Despite their slightly different interests and temperaments, they feel exactly...
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Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree

Lauren Tarshis · Dial
Format: Print book

Twelve-year-old Emma-Jean Lazarus isn't like the other seventh-graders at William Gladstone Middle School. She is brilliant and logical and curious about the world. She's also strange. Extremely strange, in the best sense of the word. The other seventh-graders don't understand...
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Pie

Sarah Weeks · Scholastic Press
Pages: 183
Format: Hardcover

From the award-winning author of SO B. IT, a story about family, friendship, and...pie! When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo . . . and then...
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Squish #1: Super Amoeba

Jennifer L. Holm · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback

Introducing SQUISH - a new graphic novel series about a comic book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school AMOEBA trying to find his place in the world (or at least trying to make it through a school day) . Inspired by his favorite comic book hero, SUPER AMOEBA!, Squish has to navigate school...
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The Stonekeeper

Kazu Kibuishi · Scholastic
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased...
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Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton

Matt Phelan · Candlewick Press
Pages: 223
Format: Hardcover

In the summer of 1908, in Muskegon, Michigan, a visiting troupe of vaudeville performers is about the most exciting thing since baseball. They're summering in nearby Bluffton, so Henry has a few months to ogle the elephant and the zebra, the tightrope walkers and - lo and behold - a slapstick...
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The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future

Dav Pilkey · The Blue Sky Press
Pages: 175
Format: eBook

Tra-la-laaa! The wait is over! Dav Pilkey--ahem--we mean, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the bestselling authors of THE ADVENTURES OF SUPER DIAPER BABY, are back with their second graphic novel!Meet Ook and Gluk, the stars of this sensationally silly graphic novel from the creators of Captain...
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The Unsinkable Walker Bean

Aaron Renier · First Second; First Edition edition
Format: Paperback

Walker Bean never wanted to be a high-seas pirate waging a pitched battle against the forces of the deep. It just worked out that way.Mild, meek, and a little geeky, Walker is always happiest in his grandfather's workshop, messing around with his inventions. But when his beloved grandfather...
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Little Vampire

Joann Sfar · First Second
Pages: 92
Format: Print book

Living in a house filled with grown-up ghouls and monsters, Little Vampire is so lonely that he's even willing to go to school if that's what it takes to find friends. Unfortunately, school seems to be filled with children who are still alive. . . .Little Vampire finds friendship...
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BONE #1: Out from Boneville

Jeff Smith · Graphix/Scholastic
Pages: 138
Format: Paperback

The cornerstone of GRAPHIX, our new graphic novel imprint, BONE is the incredible comic book saga of the unwitting hero who must save an idyllic valley from the forces of evil.

The BONE adventures tell the story of a young bone boy, Fone Bone, and his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley...
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