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Reaching for the Moon

Buzz Aldrin · HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 40
Format: Book

I walked on the moon. This is my journey. But it didn't begin when I stepped on board Apollo 11 on July 1, 1969. It began the day I was born.

Becoming an astronaut took more than education, discipline, and physical strength. It took years of determination and believing that any goal...

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The Plot Chickens

Mary Jane Auch · Holiday House
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

Henrietta loves to read. When she clucks buk, buk, buk at the library, the librarian knows exactly what to recommend. Then Henrietta decides to write a book. With the help of her three aunties, she hatches a plot. But when Henrietta publishes her story, the critics say she's laid an egg!...
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Lulu the Big Little Chick

Paulette Bogan · Bloomsbury
Pages: 32
Format: Book

Lulu the little chicken is sick of being told she's too little to do things...so she decides to run away where no one will tell her what to do. And when the horse, and sheep and cow and everyone seem to get in her way, it only makes her more determined. But when she finally gets far far away,...
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Sneezy Louise

Irene Breznak · Random House
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

Even before breakfast, Louise knows that it isn't going to be an easy day. Her itchy eyes, wheezy throat, and very, very sneezy nose lead to trouble at school, during ballet class, and even while reading a bedtime story. Irene Breznak's rhythmic refrain is "catching" as characters...
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Odd Duck

Cecil Castellucci · First Second
Pages: 87
Format: Hardcover

Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there's nothing so odd about that.

Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can't...

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Trouble Gum

Matthew Cordell · Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Pages: 48
Format: Audiobook

It's raining.

There's nothing to do.

Ruben is bored.

But things start looking up when his grandmother gives him and his little brother some gum.

Gum is fun. There's just one problem with gum -- it tends to make a mess!

Uh-oh. . . .

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Amber Brown Is on the Move

Paula Danziger · G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 170
Format: Print book

Fun and not-so-fun changes are keeping Amber Brown, the most colorful chapter-book character, hopping!

Now that Amber's mom and Max are married, the three of them are moving to a new house and Amber is worried about more than just packing. How can she leave the home her dad used...
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Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink

Bruce Coville · G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 154
Format: Print book

Beloved Amber Brown returns in a new book!

Amber can't wait to be Best Child when her mom and Max get married, but planning a wedding comes with lots of headaches. Amber can't find the right dress, her dad keeps making mean cracks about Max, and Mom and Max have very different ideas...
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Amber Brown Goes Fourth

Paula Danziger · Putnam's Sons
Pages: 101
Format: Book

Author Paula Danziger loves to write for and about kids, and kids love her! They especially love her feisty and lovable character Amber Brown.
Putnam is pleased to present the third book in the Amber Brown series, Amber Brown Goes Fourth illustrated by Tony Ross) , a realistic,...
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Amber Brown is Green With Envy (The Amber Brown Series)

Paula Danziger · G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 151
Format: Book

Having her parents live in the same town isn't working out as well as Amber had hoped. Since she's staying at her dad's over Christmas vacation, she doesn't get to go to Disneyland with her mom and aunt Pam. When her mom gets back, she tells Amber that she and Max are getting married soon...
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Amber Brown is not a crayon

Paula Danziger · Putnam's
Pages: 80
Format: Print book

Amber Brown.
Justin Daniels.

Best friends...a team that really knows how to have fun, that knows how to help each other out.

When Amber has trouble with fractions, Justin is there with the answers.

When Justin writes a messy report, it's Amber to the rescue with...
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Amber Brown Sees Red

Paula Danziger · Putnam's
Pages: 116
Format: Book

Amber Brown faces a new set of challenges as she endures a growth spurt, her mother's engagement to Max, her Dad's return from Paris, her school's infiltration by skunks, and the worst haircut in the world.
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Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit

Paula Danziger · G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 120
Format: Book

Amber Brown's in deep trouble. No matter what she does, it's not enough. She straightens up her room, sort of . Her mother wants it clean and is willing to keep her "captive" until it is in order. Amber does her homework, well, some of it. Her teacher wants it all and on time....
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Forever Amber Brown

Paula Danziger · Putnam
Pages: 101
Format: Book

Amber Brown wants a room makeover, not another life makeover.

She's used to changes--finding a new best friend, Brandi...having her old best friend, Justin, move to Alabama...dealing with her parents' divorce...seeing her father move to Paris.

She's even getting used to her mom's...
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I, Amber Brown

Paula Danziger · Putnam's Sons
Pages: 140
Format: Book

Amber Brown loves the holidays. The shopping, the wrapping, the unwrapping. She isn't having any troubles with gifts, but life is another story. She's so happy when her dad has moved back to New Jersey, but her mom isn't. It means the beginning of shared custody, and that means more fighting....
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You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown

Paula Danziger · Putnam's
Pages: 100
Format: Book

Amber's summer plans to visit her father in Paris are thwarted by an outbreak of the chicken pox, and Amber worries that her trip--and her plot to get her parents back together--is spoiled for good.
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Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Nicola Davies · Candlewick Press
Pages: 61
Format: Print book

The creators of POOP are back with an entertaining look at the most incredible survivors on Earth.

Are you ready for the competition? From the persevering emperor penguins of the South Pole to the brave bacteria inside bubbling volcanoes, from the hardy reptiles of the driest...
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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick Press
Pages: 231
Format: Print book

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....
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Mercy Watson Fights Crime

Kate DiCamillo · Walker
Pages: 70
Format: Book

The beguiling porcine wonder turns bucking bronco to snare a robber in this hilarious new addition to the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series.

Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he's just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons'...
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Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick Press
Pages: 72
Format: Print book

The amiable Mercy Watson takes an automobile ride she'll never forget in the second tale of an ebullient first chapter-book series by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen.

Mr. and Mrs. Watson's porcine wonder, Mercy, loves nothing more than a ride in the car. It takes a fair...
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Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick Press ; London
Pages: 70
Format: Print book

Can visions of treats entice a porcine wonder to wear her princess costume? Hold on for some Halloween havoc, Mercy Watson-style!

When the Watsons decide to zip their porcine wonder into a formfitting princess dress for Halloween - complete with tiara - they are certain...
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Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick Press
Pages: 86
Format: Book

The porcine wonder is off to the drive-in - and driven to follow that buttery smell - in a comic crescendo that reunites a familiar cast of characters.

Some may find it wonky to take a pig to the movies. But not Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who think the title of the film, WHEN...
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Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick Press
Pages: 70
Format: Book

Can Mercy Watson outwit . . . Animal Control? The porcine wonder's on the lam in her latest tongue-in-snout adventure!

Eugenia and Baby Lincoln may live next door to a pig, but that doesn't stop them from living a gracious life. And the amiable Mercy Watson is equally determined...
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Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick
Pages: 80
Format: Book

From the one and only Kate DiCamillo comes an irresistible new hero for early chapter book readers, brightly captured with comic nostalgic flair by Chris Van Dusen.

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig - she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured...
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Special issue dedicated to Franz von Benda-Beckmann

Melanie Wiber · DK
Pages: 32
Format: Audiobook

This Level 2 book is appropriate for children who are beginning to read alone. Longer sentences and an expanded vocabulary make this series of 48--page books slightly more challenging: Level 2 is appropriate for children who have started to read but still need help. Information boxes full...
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DK Readers L2: Earth Smart: How to Take Care of the Environment

Leslie Garrett · DK
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

Earth Smart (PB)
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DK Readers: Terror on the Amazon: The Quest for El Dorado

Phil Gates · Dorling Kindersley Pub.
Pages: 48
Format: Print book

This Level 3 book is perfect for children who can read alone.

In Terror on the Amazon, the search for the mythical riches of El Dorado in Peru in 1541 by the Spanish conqueror Gonzalo Pizarro and his men. The story contrasts the horrors of the conquistadors with the Indians' knowledge...

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Carolina's Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too!

Donna Rathmell German · Sylvan Dell Pub
Pages: 32
Format: Book

Follow the photographic journal of Carolina, a critically ill loggerhead sea turtle, as she is nursed back to health at the Sea Turtle Hospital of the South Carolina Aquarium. Just like hospitalized children, Carolina experiences a variety of emotions and procedures during her care and recovery...
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The Trouble with Sisters and Robots

Steve Gritton · Albert Whitman
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Digging for treasure in their yard, Kyle and his pesky sister, Lizzy, find a robot head. Kyle adds pieces of scrap metal for a body, plugs the whole thing in, and Rusteye the Robot comes alive! Unfortunately, everything Rusteye touches - including Kyle's parents - turn to metal. Kyle...
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DK Readers: Astronaut, Living in Space

Kate Hayden · Dorling Kindersley
Pages: 31
Format: Print book

With Eyewitness Readers, children will learn to read ---- then read to learn! What does it take to hold down a job in zero gravity? Find out what it's really like to be an Astronaut: Living in Space. Longer sentences and an expanded vocabulary make this series of 48--page books slightly...
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Cool Dog, School Dog

Deborah Heiligman · Marshall Cavendish Children
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Tinka is a cool dog, a school dog, a breaking all the rules dog.A hall dog, a ball dog, a crash-into-the-wall dog.

Join Tinka, a dandy, sandy Golden Retriever, as she unexpectedly visits her owner at school and helps his class learn to read. Bright illustrations rendered in acrylic paint...

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Arthur and the Seventh Inning Stretcher

Stephen Krensky · Little
Pages: 54
Format: Paperback

This new chapter book series features Arthur and his friends in sports action. In Book #2, Arthur tries to teach Binky the importance of proper training. Illustrations.
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Tumble Bunnies

Kathryn Lasky · Candlewick Press
Pages: 32
Format: Book

Every child who has ever worried about organized sports will cheer Clyde's innovative solution in a lighthearted story that underscores the true meaning of sportsmanship.


The Sports Spectacular is only a week away, and Clyde is worried. He's sure he won't get chosen for any team...
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Bouguer gravity anomaly map of New Jersey and vicinity

Suhas L Ghatge · DK Pub.
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

This DK Reader follows a team of scientists down to the ocean's depths in a vivid introduction to the world of underwater craft. Full color.
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Strong Man: The Story of Charles Atlas

Meghan McCarthy · A.A. Knopf
Pages: 40
Format: Book

He could tear phone books in half, bend iron bars into giant Us, and pull a 145,000-pound train with his bare hands. But Charles Atlas wasn't always one of America's most famous strong men. Once upon a time, he was a "97-pound weakling" who was picked on by neighborhood bullies.Using...
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Rufus the Scrub Does Not Wear a Tutu

Jamie McEwan · Darby Creek Pub.
Pages: 64
Format: Print book

Rufus is tired of being yelled at by his football coach. Sure, he's the biggest guy in his class and he wants to be a better player, but he's doing the best he can. When his mom suggests he try ballet lessons to become less clumsy, Rufus decides to give it a try. Now the coach wants him to choose...
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Lulu and the Dog from the Sea

Priscilla Lamont · Albert Whitman
Pages: 108
Format: Book

Lulu loves animals. When Lulu goes on vacation, she finds there's a stray dog living on the beach. Everyone in the town thinks the dog is trouble. But Lulu is sure he just needs a friend. And that he's been waiting for someone just like her. The second book in this early chapter book series...
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Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed

J.C. Phillipps · Viking
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

The happiest day of Wink?s life was when he was accepted to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. He is sure that he will be a great ninja. Silence is the fi rst lesson and everyone is very very silent . . . except for Wink. Stealth is the second lesson and everyone is very very stealthy...
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What Really Happened to Humpty?

Jeanie Franz Ransom · Charlesbridge ; Enfield
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

A scrambled mess . . .

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Or--as his brother Detective Joe Dumpty thinks--was he pushed? This case isn't all it's cracked up to be. Suspects are plenty (as are the puns) in this scrambled story of nursery rhyme noir. Was it Little Miss Muffet? There's...
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Look What Whiskers Can Do

D M Souza · Lerner Publications Co.
Pages: 48
Format: Book

Book by Souza, D. M.
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Turtle Tide: The Ways of Sea Turtles

Stephen R. Swinburne · Boyds Mills Press
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

A mother turtle swims to shore. She digs a hole in a dune, where she lays one hundred eggs. Following her instinct, she covers the eggs with sand and slowly makes her way back to sea. What happens next, from eggs to hatchlings, is one of the most extraordinary occurrences in nature. The eggs...
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Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog

Pamela S Turner · Houghton Mifflin Co.
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Imagine walking to the same place every day, to meet your best friend. Imagine watching hundreds of people pass by every morning and every afternoon. Imagine waiting, and waiting, and waiting. For ten years. This is what Hachiko did.
Hachiko was a real dog who lived in Tokyo, a dog who faithfully...
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Mouse Was Mad

Linda Urban · Harcourt Children's Books
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

Who knows the best way to be mad? Bear stomps. Hare hops. Bobcat screams. Mouse? He just can't get it right. But when he finds the way that works for him--still and quiet--he discovers that his own way might be the best of all.
Linda Urban's story about self-expression is both...
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Clarabella's Teeth

An Vrombaut · Clarion Books
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Rosie, Max, Liam, and Zoe are painting pictures, playing games, and having lunch, but Clarabella the crocodile can't join them. She's busy brushing her teeth - and it takes a long time because crocodiles have so many teeth! After she misses a whole day's worth of activities, her friends...
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Diving Dolphin

Karen Wallace · DK
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

This Level 1 book is appropriate for children who are just beginning to read. A young dolphin's life is full of adventure! He wants to explore, but danger lurks! Can he escape the killer whale? For children who are just beginning to read and who have a limited vocabulary, these 32-page...
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DK Readers L1: Rockets and Spaceships

Karen Wallace · DK
Pages: 31
Format: Book

Featuring redesigned jackets and interiors, and up-to-date vocabulary throughout, DK Readers now have a fresh new look!
With DK Readers, children will learn to read-then read to learn!



Take a ride on a rocket ship and explore the depths of outer space!
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