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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 is possible...
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The One and Only Ivan

Patricia Castelao · Harper
Pages: 305
Format: Book

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated...
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Food Creations: From Hot Dogs to Ice Cream Cones (Which Came First?)

Jacqueline A. Ball · Bearport Pub. Co.
Pages: 32
Format: Print book

Table of ContentsGlossaryInternet sitesBibliographyIndex- Question-and-answer format- High-interest topics- Appropriate for Hi-Lo reading- Timelines- Scorecard to review results- Bonus questions for further inquiry- Fact Boxes- Just the Facts section
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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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The Midnight Fox

Betsy Cromer Byars · Puffin Books
Pages: 134
Format: Paperback

No one asked Tom how he felt about spending two months on his Aunt Millie's farm. For a city boy, the farm holds countless terrors - stampeding baby lambs, boy-chasing chickens, and worst of all, lonliness. But everything changes when Tom sees the midnight fox. He can spend hours watching...
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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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Bloomability

Sharon Creech · HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 273
Format: Print book

Set in the breathtaking landscape of Lugano, Switzerland, Bloomability is Sharon Creech at her very best. When 13-year-old Dinnie Doone is plucked out of her troubled life by her aunt and uncle and whisked away to an international school in Switzerland, her world is turned upside down....
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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 deserts to the squash-proof...
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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. The squirrel never...
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The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick Press
Pages: 198
Format: Audio CD

Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

Timothy B. Ering · Candlewick Press
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback

WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL!Kate DiCamillo introduces a hero for all time! Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled...
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The Giggler Treatment

Roddy Doyle · Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 112
Format: Book

A talking dog, the Mack children, and the small elf-like Gigglers themselves must try to stop the prank that the Gigglers have mistakenly set in motion to punish Mr. Mack for being mean to his children.
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Who Is Neil Armstrong?

Roberta Edwards · Paw Prints
Pages: 105
Format: Book

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and, to an audience of over 450 million people, proclaimed his step a ?giant leap for mankind.? This Eagle Scout built his own model planes as a little boy and then grew up to be a test pilot for experimental aircraft before becoming...
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The Breadwinner

Deborah Ellis · Douglas & McIntyre
Pages: 170
Format: Book

The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media - the reality of life under the Taliban. Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because he has a foreign education, her father...
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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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Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Isabella Hatkoff · Scholastic Press
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY) . When Owen was stranded...
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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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Letters from Rifka

Karen Hesse · Square Fish
Pages: 148
Format: Paperback

From Newbery media winner Karen Hesse comes an unforgettable story of an immigrant family's journey to America. "America," the girl repeated. "What will you do there?"I was silent for a little time."I will do everything there," I answered.Rifka knows nothing...
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The Fourteenth Goldfish

Jennifer Holm · Random House
Pages: 195
Format: Print book

Believe in the possible . . . with this "warm, witty, and wise" New York Times bestselling novel from three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far? Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked...
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Blackberries in the Dark

Mavis Jukes · Random House
Pages: 58
Format: Paperback

"Austin's visit to his grandmother's is the first since Grandpa died. Austin notices Grandpa's things but feels the emptiness of his absence. This spare story vividly captures the emotions of painful times and shows how they ease with sharing and remembering. Boy and grandfather were...
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Like Jake and Me

Mavis Jukes · Yearling Book
Pages: 46
Format: Paperback

In this Newbery Honor - winning story from 1984, a new family builds a relationship as a stepfather and stepson celebrate their differences and take heart in their similarities.
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Ella Enchanted

Gail Carson Levine · HarperCollinsPublishers
Pages: 232
Format: Hardcover

How can a fairy'sblessing be such a curse?At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift -- the "gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed...
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How to Improve at Swimming

Paul Mason · Crabtree
Pages: 48
Format: Book

For young athletes who want to learn how to improve their swimming skills and become an advanced swimmer, this exciting guide is the answer! Detailed photographs take readers through step-by-step drills on starts, turns, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and more. Clear text...
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Wonder

R. J. Palacio · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 315
Format: Print book

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY!Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. The book that inspired the Choose Kind...
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Danger on Midnight River: World of Adventure Series, Book 6

Gary Paulsen · Delacorte Press
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback

When his camp van crashes into a raging river, Daniel Martin is plunged into a frightening position. Suddenly the campmates who call him "dork breath" and "retard" because he is a slow learner are depending in him for survival. Daniel could save himself. Or risk everything...
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TIME for Kids BIG Book of Why: 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know

Editors of TIME For Kids Magazine · Time Home Entertainment
Pages: 192
Format: Print book

Why do we have eyebrows? What's a black hole and what happens if you fall into one? What's the fastest a human is capable of running? Why do wet fingers stick to metal in the freezer? Where is the deepest point on Earth? Divided by subject area - humans, animals, environment/nature, technology,...
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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doreen Rappaport · Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the most influential and gifted speakers of all time. Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of his most...
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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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Why Should I Get Off the Couch?: And Other Questions about Health and Exercise

Louise Spilsbury · Heinemann Library
Pages: 32
Format: Book

Contents include: Why should I get off the couch? Why is it bad to be unfit? What kind of exercise is best? Why should I do warm-ups? Why do cool-downs after exercise? How often should I exercise? Why should I wear sneakers? Should I eat special food? Why
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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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Love, Ruby Lavender

Deborah Wiles · Gulliver Books/Harcourt
Pages: 199
Format: Book

Ruby Lavender and Miss Eula are a pretty good team, for a couple of chicken thieves. What other granddaughter-grandmother duo could successfully drive the getaway car for chickens rescued from a journey to the slaughterhouse, paint a whole house shocking pink, and operate their own personal...
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Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 336
Format: Book

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems,...
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