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Ella Enchanted

Gail Carson Levine · HarperCollinsPublishers
Pages: 232
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, or to chop...
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Bloomability

Sharon Creech · Joanna Cotler Books
Pages: 273
Format: Print book

When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, thirteen-year-old Dinnie discovers her world expanding.
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The Giggler Treatment

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

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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Love, Ruby Lavender

Deborah Wiles · Harcourt Children's Books
Pages: 199
Format: Hardcover

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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The Breadwinner

Deborah Ellis · Groundwood Books
Pages: 170
Format: Hardcover

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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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doreen Rappaport · 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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Why Should I Get Off the Couch?: And Other Questions about Health and Exercise

Louise Spilsbury · Heinemann Library
Pages: 32
Format: Library Binding

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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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

Timothy B. Ering · Candlewick
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

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 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 a china rabbit...
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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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Room One: A Mystery or Two

Andrew Clements · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

Ted Hammond loves a good mystery, and in the spring of his fifth-grade year, he's working on a big one. How can his school in the little town of Plattsford stay open next year if there are going to be only five students? Out here on the Great Plains in western Nebraska, everyone understands...
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Reaching for the Moon

Buzz Aldrin · HarperCollins
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

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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Food Creations: From Hot Dogs to Ice Cream Cones (Which Came First?)

Jacqueline A. Ball · Bearport Publishing
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

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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Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Nicola Davies · Candlewick
Pages: 61
Format: Hardcover

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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Carolina's Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too!

Donna Rathmell German · Sylvan Dell Publishing
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

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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Look What Whiskers Can Do

D M Souza · Lerner Publications
Pages: 48
Format: Library Binding

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: Hardcover

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 · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

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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How to Improve at Swimming

Paul Mason · Crabtree Pub Co
Pages: 48
Format: Paperback

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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Trouble Gum

Matthew Cordell · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

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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The Trouble with Sisters and Robots

Steve Gritton · Albert Whitman & Company
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

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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Cool Dog, School Dog

Deborah Heiligman · Two Lions
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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Sneezy Louise

Irene Breznak · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

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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Wonder

R. J. Palacio · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 315
Format: Hardcover

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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I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001

Lauren Tarshis · Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages: 82
Format: Paperback

On the day that shocks the world, one boy just wants to find his family. A powerful addition to the gripping I SURVIVED series.The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything...
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I Survived #5: I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Lauren Tarshis · Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages: 88
Format: Paperback

The terrifying details of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake jump off the page!Ten-year-old Leo loves being a newsboy in San Francisco -- not only does he get to make some money to help his family, he's free to explore the amazing, hilly city as it changes and grows with the new century....
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I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

Lauren Tarshis · Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback

The most terrifying events in history are brought vividly to life in this new fictional series! In book 1, ten-year-old George is trapped on the Titanic -- how will he survive? Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck -- he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic,...
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I Survived:

Lauren Tarshis · Scholastic
Pages: 87
Format: Paperback

Based on true events! It's the summer of 1916 and the Jersey shore is being terrorized by a Great White shark. Can 10-year-old Chet and his friends survive a swim in the local creek?In the summer of 1916, ten year-old Chet Roscow is captivated by the local news: a Great White shark has been...
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I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005

Lauren Tarshis · Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages: 95
Format: Paperback

The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century.Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced...
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I Survived #4: I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941

Lauren Tarshis · Scholastic Paperbacks
Pages: 86
Format: Paperback

70 years later, the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes to life for a new generation of readers!History's most terrifying moments are brought vividly to life in the action-packed fictional I SURVIVED series! Do you have what it takes to survive ... the bombing of Pearl Harbor?Eleven-year-old...
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Fueling the Teen Machine

Ellen Shanley · Bull Publishing Company
Pages: 279
Format: Paperback

Addressing the growing trend of teenagers whose eating habits keep fast-food restaurants flourishing but do little to keep the kids themselves in shape, this guide presents parents with the tools to ensure the daily health of their children. Providing the latest information on a wide range...
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The One and Only Ivan

Patricia Castelao · HarperCollins
Pages: 305
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the 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 novel...
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I Survived #8: I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011

Lauren Tarshis · Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 83
Format: Paperback

The disaster felt around the world . . .Visiting his dad's hometown in Japan four months after his father's death would be hard enough for Ben. But one morning the pain turns to fear: first, a massive earthquake rocks the quiet coastal village, nearly toppling his uncle's house. Then the ocean...
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I Survived #7: I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

Lauren Tarshis · Scholastic Press
Pages: 89
Format: Paperback

The bloodiest battle in American history is under way . . . It's 1863, and Thomas and his little sister, Birdie, have fled the farm where they were born and raised as slaves. Following the North Star, looking for freedom, they soon cross paths with a Union soldier. Everything changes: Corporal...
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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 For Kids
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

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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Blackberries in the Dark

Mavis Jukes · Yearling
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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I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944

Lauren Tarshis · Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 89
Format: Paperback

In one of the darkest periods in history, one boy struggles to survive...In this gripping new addition to the bestselling I SURVIVED series, a young Jewish boy escapes the ghetto and finds a group of resistance fighters in the forests of Poland. Does he have what it takes to survive the Nazis...
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Brown Girl Dreaming

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

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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The Fourteenth Goldfish

Jennifer Holm · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 195
Format: Hardcover

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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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Kate DiCamillo · Candlewick
Pages: 231
Format: Paperback

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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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 Midnight Fox

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

Tom hates having to spend the summer on a farm . . . until he discovers the midnight fox. 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, loneliness....
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Tornado

Betsy Cromer Byars · HarperCollins
Pages: 49
Format: Paperback

A tornado appears in the distance, and Pete, the farmhand, gathers everyone into the storm cellar. While they wait for the storm to pass,he tells the family about the dog dropped down by a tornado when Pete was a boy. Named Tornado, Pete′s pet was no ordinary dog -- he played card...
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Danger on Midnight River: World of Adventure Series, Book 6

Gary Paulsen · Yearling
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback

Slow-learner Daniel Martin escapes his peers' teasing by spending most of his time outdoors. But when a van crash plunges him and a gang of bullies in the river, Daniel must choose between saving himself and risking his life to save the others. The tables are turned when Daniel, always...
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Like Jake and Me

Mavis Jukes · Yearling
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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Smile

Raina Telgemeier · Graphix
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

Raina Telgemeier's #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir based on her childhood! Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating...
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Who Is Neil Armstrong?

Roberta Edwards · Paw Prints
Pages: 105
Format: Library Binding

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 an astronaut.
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