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Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Russell Freedman · Holiday House
Pages: 114
Format: Print book

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white man. This refusal to give up her dignity sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle, and a major victory in the civil rights movement. Source notes, map, bibliography, index.
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The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin · Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
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The Wide Window

Lemony Snicket · HarperCollins
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIESDear Reader,If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck...
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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins · Scholastic Press
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps...
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Nelson Mandela "No Easy Walk to Freedom"

Barry Denenberg · Scholastic
Pages: 164
Format: Print book

From his humble beginnings in rural South Africa to his tragic death at age 95 in 2013, Nelson Mandela's life is a tale of inspiration and courage. The most up-to-date biography of Nelson Mandela.This powerful biography provides an in-depth look at Nelson Mandela who grew up in a rural...
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Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder

Tony Hawk · ReganBooks
Pages: 289
Format: Print book

For Tony Hawk, it wasn't enough to skate for two decades, to invent more than eighty tricks, and to win more than twice as many professional contests as any other skater. It wasn't enough to knock himself unconscious more than ten times, fracture several ribs, break his elbow, knock out his teeth...
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

John Boyne · David Fickling Books
Pages: 16
Format: Paperback

"Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank." - USA Today Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family...
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The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett · HarperCollins
Pages: 311
Format: Hardcover

Celebrate an unforgettable classic with this gorgeous hardcover edition, including full-color illustrations.This beautiful hardcover edition includes Tasha Tudor's iconic illustrations in full color, making it the perfect collector's edition or a wonderful gift for young readers.When orphaned...
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Pictures of Hollis Woods

Patricia Reilly Giff · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 166
Format: Print book

This Newbery Honor book about a girl who has never known family fighting for her first true home "will leave readers . . . satisfied" (Kirkus Reviews) . Hollis Woods is the place where a baby was abandoned is the baby's name is an artist is now a twelve-year-old girl who's...
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Al Capone Does My Shirts

Gennifer Choldenko · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she's denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms...
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Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

Rachel Renée Russell · Aladdin
Pages: 282
Format: Hardcover

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school - and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in this SUPER SQUEE updated edition of Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic...
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Running Out of Time

Margaret Peterson Haddix · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 184
Format: Print book

When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1996 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists, and it's up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children.
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Twilight

Stephenie Meyer · Little Brown
Pages: 498
Format: Hardcover

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep...
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Years of Dust

Albert Marrin · Dutton Children's Books
Pages: 128
Format: Book

Before global warming, there was dust. In the 1930s, dangerous black storms swept through the Great Plains. Created by drought and reckless farming, these lethal storms were part of an environmental, economic, and human catastrophe that changed the course of American history. In riveting,...
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Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Ji-li Jiang · HarperCollins
Pages: 285
Format: Print book

This accessible autobiography is the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, friends, and a bright future in Communist...
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Titanic Sinks!: Experience the Titanic's Doomed Voyage in this Unique Presentation of Fact andFiction

Barry Denenberg · Viking
Pages: 72
Format: Print book

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Barry Denenberg has created a one-of-a-kind, high-concept book that's a unique combination of fiction and nonfiction. He uses a fictional framework to present the true story of the building and launching of the Titanic...
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The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan · Miramax Books/ Hyperion
Pages: 340
Format: Hardcover

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows...
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Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson · Thorndike Press
Pages: 276
Format: Book

The first ten lies they tell you in high school."Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast,...
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Chasing Lincoln's killer

James L Swanson · Paw Prints

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The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery

Nancy Springer · Philomel
Pages: 216
Format: Hardcover

When Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared - on her 14th birthday nonetheless - she knows she alone can find her. Disguising herself as a grieving widow, Enola sets out to the heart of London to uncover her mother's whereabouts...
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Stargirl

Jerry Spinelli · Knopf
Pages: 186
Format: Print book

A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller that celebrates the power of individuality and personal expression from beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli.Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl,...
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Who Wants Pizza?: The Kids' Guide to the History, Science and Culture of Food

Jan Thornhill · Maple Tree Press
Pages: 62
Format: Print book

Part of the loosely constructed series by Jan Thornhill, which already includes This Is My Planet and I Found a Dead Bird, Who Wants Pizza? is brimming with no-nonsense facts that illustrate the importance of food choices and the practices surrounding food production. Full of direct, eye-opening...
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New Moon

Stephenie Meyer · Megan Tingley Books
Pages: 563
Format: Hardcover

Shoot, I muttered when the paper sliced my finger; I pulled it out to examine the damage. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut.It all happened very quickly then.Edward threw himself at me, flinging me back across the table...I tumbled down to the floor by the piano, with my arms...
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The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket · HarperCollins
Pages: 162
Format: Hardcover

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIESViolet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive...
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Survival at 120 Above

Jon Van Zyle · Walker & Co.
Pages: 40
Format: Print book

After exploring one of the coldest places on Earth, Debbie S. Miller travels to one of the hottest places, to introduce readers to the variety of animals who call the desert home and show the ways they have adapted to survive temperatures as high as 120 degrees. Creatures such as the sand...
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Eclipse

Stephenie Meyer · Little, Brown
Pages: 629
Format: Hardcover

Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds...
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The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2)

Lemony Snicket · HarperCollins
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIESViolet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive...
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Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine

Leslie A Dendy · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 213
Format: Hardcover

It was August 27, 1885. In a hospital in Lima, Peru, a student named Daniel Carrión was preparing to infect himself with a dreaded disease . . . He had a small, sharp lancet ready . . . Carrión's friends and teacher from the medical school thought it was a bad idea. They knew Carrión...
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 229
Format: Hardcover

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other...
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Half-Human Monsters and Other Fiends

Ruth Owen · Bearport Publishing
Pages: 32
Format: Book

Could half-human, half-ape creatures really roam the Himalayan Mountains and the forests of North America? If tales of Bigfoot, Yeti, and Sasquatch are just stories, why do so many people report seeing these monsters in remote areas around the world? What would it be like to come upon a footprint...
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The California Gold Rush

Mel Friedman · Childrens Pr
Pages: 48
Format: Paperback

Would you brave blizzards, starvation, unknown territories, and Indians to build a better life for yourself and your family? Journey west with America's pioneers on foot, on horseback, and in covered wagons-from the Mississippi River to the Oregon Trail-in these true stories of courage...
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Dogs of War

Sheila Keenan · GRAPHIX
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback

Sheila Keenan's captivating stories paired with Nathan Fox's stunning art bring the heroic military actions of man's best friend to life!Some war heroes heard wind whistling over a hidden trip wire.Some war heroes sniffed out a sniper 1,000 yards away.Some war heroes stood tall . . . on four...
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My Side of the Mountain Trilogy

Jean Craighead George · Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pages: 628
Format: Hardcover

In 1959, Jean Craighead George published My Side of the Mountain. This coming-of-age story about a boy and his falcon went on to win a Newbery Honor, and for the past forty years has enthralled and entertained generations of would-be Sam Gribleys. The two books that followed--On the Far Side...
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The Case of the Left-Handed Lady: An Enola Holmes Mystery

Nancy Springer · Puffin Books
Pages: 234
Format: Paperback

Sherlock Holmes?s sister, Enola, is back on another case! Enola Holmes is being hunted by the world?s most famous detective?her own brother, Sherlock Holmes. But while she is on the run in the world?s biggest, darkest, dirtiest city, she discovers a hidden cache of charcoal drawings and feels...
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The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets: An Enola Holmes Mystery

Nancy Springer · Puffin Books
Pages: 170
Format: Print book

Everyone knows Dr. Watson is Sherlock Holmes? right-hand man?so when he goes missing, it?s a shock. Even Sherlock hasn?t the slightest clue as to where he could be. Enola is intrigued but wary; she?s still hiding from her older brothers, and getting involved could prove to be disastrous....
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The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan: An Enola Holmes Mystery

Nancy Springer · Puffin Books
Pages: 183
Format: Paperback

Enola is thrown into a tailspin when she receives a desperate message from her old friend, Lady Cecily. Enola knows she must help her friend before it's too late - but she doesn't know how! This complicated case has Enola hunting down clues all over London until she finally discovers the awful...
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The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline: An Enola Holmes Mystery

Nancy Springer · Puffin Books
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback

EnolaÕs landlady, Mrs. Tupper, is the closest thing Enola has to family these days, besides her occasional run-ins with her brother Sherlock. Even though Mrs. Tupper is nearly deaf and can barely cook, sheÕs an endearing presence as Enola longs for her absent mother. So imagine...
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The case of the gypsy good-bye

Nancy Springer · Puffin Books
Pages: 166
Format: Paperback

As Enola searches for the missing Lady Blanchefleur del Campo, she discovers that her brother Sherlock is just as diligently searching for Enola herself! Sherlock and Enola must solve a triple mystery: What has happened to their mother? And to Lady Blanchefleur? And what does either have...
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Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf

Paul Stewart · Yearling
Pages: 204
Format: Paperback

BARNABY GRIMES IS a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and "highstacking" around the rooftops in search of new mysteries to solve. In this first adventure, Barnaby is attacked one night by an enormous dog and soon finds himself swept up in a world of crooked...
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Fish in a Tree

Lynda Mullaly Hunt · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 276
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times Bestseller!The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who's ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn't fit in. "Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge...
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The Great Fire

Jim Murphy · Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 144
Format: Print book

The Great Fire of 1871 was one of most colossal disasters in American history. Overnight, the flourshing city of Chicago was transformed into a smoldering wasteland. The damage was so profound that few people believed the city could ever rise again.By weaving personal accounts of actual...
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The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

John A Cunliffe · Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

An award-winning author presents a riveting account of the extraordinary career and accomplishments of boxer Muhammad Ali. This biography chronicles Ali's impact on race relations inside and outside the sports world.
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IMMIGRANT KIDS

Russell Freedman · Puffin Books
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback

America meant "freedom" to the immigrants of the early 1900s - but a freedom very different from what they expected. Cities were crowded and jobs were scare. Children had to work selling newspapers, delivering goods, and laboring sweatshops. In this touching book, Newberry...
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Barnaby Grimes: Legion of the Dead

Paul Stewart · Yearling
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

The corpses swayed where they stood, their bony arms outstretched before them and tattered sleeves hanging limply in the foggy air. Their sunken eyes bored into mine. I was surrounded. . . . Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city and high-stacking around the rooftops...
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Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley

Paul Stewart · Yearling
Pages: 201
Format: Paperback

Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, high-stacking his way across the rooftops of his city in search of adventure and mystery. In each tale, he encounters a supernatural force and must battle the horrors that await him.In this new adventure, Barnaby finds himself in the fiercely competitive...
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Swimming the Distance

Jake Maddox · Stone Arch Books
Pages: 89
Format: Paperback

Mason Williams dominates short races in the pool, but his endurance is not up to speed. When one of his teammates taunts him that he might never ""swim with the big fish,"" Mason vows to train harder. Luckily, his best friend Alex has a great idea . . . to swim in a nearby...
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The thing about jellyfish

Ali Benjamin · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 334
Format: Hardcover

This stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist! Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi...
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Who Was Helen Keller?

Gare Thompson · Grosset & Dunlap
Pages: 107
Format: Paperback

At age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it. But with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things. This inspiring illustrated...
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Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

Rosalyn Schanzer · National Geographic Children's Books
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

Tackling the same twisted subject as Stacy Schiff's much-lauded book The Witches: Salem, 1692, this Sibert Honor book for young readers features unique scratchboard illustrations, chilling primary source material, and powerful narrative to tell the true tale. In the little colonial town...
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