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Floors

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Click for availability and more information Floors, by Patrick Carman
 
The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them - he is the maintenance man's son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake . . . and so is Leo's own future!
-Deirdre

The Show Must Go On

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Click for availability and more information The Show Must Go On, by Kate Klise
 
When Sir Sidney, a kindly old circus owner, becomes too tired to travel with his show, he places a Help Wanted ad in the newspaper. Enter Barnabas Brambles: "I have a degree in lion taming from the University of Piccadilly Circus." But does Leo the lion need taming? Will Elsa the elephant still get her gourmet peanuts? And what will Brambles say when he discovers Bert and Gert--two mice who travel with the circus on popcorn cleanup patrol? Brambles has big plans: More cities! More shows! No more free popcorn. Soon he's made a big mess of Sir Sidney's Circus, but Leo, Elsa, Bert, Gert, and the rest of the performers agree: The Show Must Go On! -
-Deirdre

Eleven

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Click for availability and more information Eleven, by Patricia Reilly Giff
 
Sam explores the attic for hidden birthday presents, and finds a newspaper article with his picture and the word "missing". Sam begins to doubt what he knows about his grandfather and his family. As his old memories begin to resurface, Sam recruits new girl Caroline to help him solve this mystery.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information The 100 Year-Old Secret (The Sherlock Files), by Tracy Barrett
 
Xena and Xander Holmes think living in rainy London will be boring until they are handed a note written in disappearing ink that leads them to a hidden room where they discover they are related to the great detective Sherlock Holmes.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things, by Lenore Look
 
There are things you should know about Alvin Ho. He is afraid of everything (or so he says). For example, Alvin is afraid of school. He can talk at home and on the bus, but never, ever at school. That makes it very difficult to make friends. This very funny story of Second-grader Alvin follows his adventures as he tries to overcome his fears, avoid going to school, and deal with the fact his best friend just might be a girl.
-Deirdre

Pie

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Click for availability and more information Pie, by Sarah Weeks
 
After the death of her favorite Aunt Polly, whose award-winning pies made the small town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania known all over the US in the 1950's, Alice finds herself amidst some very suspicious goings-on. Who took Lardo---the cat Aunt Polly left to Alice? Who broke into Aunt Polly's bakery "Pie"? Why are all the townspeople, including her mother, trying so hard to win the next award for best pie? And where is Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe?
-Deirdre

The Secret Zoo

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Click for availability and more information The Secret Zoo, by Bryan Chick
 
When Noah's sister Megan goes missing, Noah and friends Ella and Richie follow a trail of mysterious clues to the Clarksville City Zoo. Once inside, they discover a big secret--a secret so big that it must be protected at all costs. With the help of some very smart animals, Noah and his friends must rely on one another as they try to rescue Megan and save the magical world of the Secret Zoo.
-Deirdre

Toys Go Out

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Click for availability and more information Toys Go Out, by Emily Jenkins
 
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic... well, Plastic isn't quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. A very nice person to belong to. Illustrated by Caldecott winning Paul O. Zelinsky, these are the adventures--and misadventures--of three extraordinary friends.
-Deirdre

MVP: Magellan Voyage Project

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Click for availability and more information MVP: Magellan Voyage Project, by Douglas Evans
 
Twelve-year old Adam Story is recruited to attempt to race around the world (without flying) in just forty days. Adam accepts the challenge, and quickly learns he is part of a Great Global Game, where many players are competing to succeed in the world race and the change to win a four million dollar prize. And many others will do anything to stop him from winning.
-Deirdre

I Was a Third Grade Spy

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Click for availability and more information I Was a Third Grade Spy, by Mary Jane Auch
 
When Brian's dog Arful suddenly begins talking, Brian and his two friends send the dog on secret missions to find out what their classmates are planning for the school talent show.
-Deirdre

Swindle

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Click for availability and more information Swindle, by Gordon Korman
 
After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of valuable Babe Ruth baseball card, Griffin Bing needs a plan to get it back. Griffin puts together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card.
-Deirdre

How Oliver Olson Changed the World

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Click for availability and more information How Oliver Olson Changed the World, by Claudia Mills
 
Oliver Olson's teacher is always saying that one person with a big idea can change the world. But how is Oliver supposed to change the world when his parents won't let him do anything on his own--not his class projects or even attending activities such as the space sleepover at school. Afraid he will become an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, Oliver decides to take control of his corner of the universe!
-Deirdre

Shredderman: Secret Identity

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Click for availability and more information Shredderman: Secret Identity, by Wendelin Van Draanen
 
Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, creates a secret identity---Shredderman---and is determined to turn the tables on Bubby Bixby!
-Deirdre

The Ravenmaster's Secret

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Click for availability and more information The Ravenmaster's Secret, by Elvira Woodruff
 
It's 1735. Eleven-year old Forrest Harper's life inside the Tower of London consists of three ways to pass the time: chores, chores, and more chores. His only friends are the spirited ravens he tends with his father. So when vicious Scottish Rebels are captured, Forrest can't wait to prove himself by standing guard. If only Forrest's prisoner hadn't turned out to be Maddy, the daughter of a Scottish noble held prisoner. And if only Maddy wasn't about to be executed. . . .Now, Forrest must choose between committing treason, or watching an innocent friend hang.
-Deirdre

The Seven Treasure Hunts

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Click for availability and more information The Seven Treasure Hunts, by Betsy Byars
 
Two boys make up a series of treasure hunts for each other , with disastrous and hilarious results.
-Deirdre

Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel

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Click for availability and more information Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel, by K.A. Holt
 
Mike is whisked away on a trip to Mars on only eight hours' notice, and while that sounds kind of cool. . . things aren't quite right. His parents might be involved in a sabotage plot; the know-it-all, talks-too-much girl in his class seems out of this world; and his sister back on Earth is missing. As if all that weren't enough, Mike's teacher seems to come from the Dark Ages of the twenty-first century, and his mom's assistant is a creepy goon.
-Deirdre

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman

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Click for availability and more information The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, by Meg Wolitzer
 
Twelve-year-olds Duncan Dorfman, April Blunt, and Nate Saviano meet at the Youth Scrabble Tournament where, although each has a different reason for attending and for needing to win, they realize that something more important is at stake than the grand prize.
-Deirdre

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

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Click for availability and more information The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, by Alice DalglieshNewberry Medal
 
Eight-year-old Jonathan is sent by his mother on a journey alone, up over Hemlock Mountain to borrow an iron pot. He has been told there are NO bears on Hemlock Mountain and tries hard to overcome his fears. Won Newbery Honor Award in 1953.
-Deirdre

Archer's Quest

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Click for availability and more information Archer's Quest, by Linda Sue Park
 
When a legendary king of ancient Korea suddenly appears in twelve year-old Kevin's home, Kevin must figure out how to return the ancient leader to his own time before the Chinese New Year.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers, by Megan McDonald
 
A class visit to the Gross-Me-Out exhibit at the science museum inspires Stink Moody to create a variety of terrible smells to put on the sneakers he plans to enter in the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneaker contest.
-Deirdre

Saving Armpit

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Click for availability and more information Saving Armpit, by Natalie Hyde
 
Will the beleaguered Terriers baseball team ever win a game? How can they win without a real coach? Packed with fast paced action and humor, the story throws many curves as the Terriers use teamwork and imagination to help not only the town's baseball team but the town itself survive.
-Deirdre

The Lemonade War

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Click for availability and more information The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies
 
Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars.
-Deirdre

The Candymakers

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Click for availability and more information The Candymakers, by Wendy Mass
 
When four twelve-year-olds, including Logan, who has grown up never leaving his parents' Life Is Sweet candy factory, compete in the Confectionery Association's annual contest, they unexpectedly become friends and uncover secrets about themselves during the process.
-Deirdre

How to Eat Fried Worms

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Click for availability and more information How to Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell
 
Friends who are always doing crazy stunts challenge one boy to try and eat fifteen worms in fifteen days.
-Deirdre

Wildfire Run

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Click for availability and more information Wildfire Run, by Dee Garretson
 
A relaxing retreat to Camp David turns deadly after a faraway earthquake sets off a a chain of disastrous events that traps the president's twelve-year-old son, Luke, and his two friends within the compound.
-Deirdre

Dessert First

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Click for availability and more information Dessert First, by Hallie Durand
 
Third-grader Dessert's love of treats leads to a change in her large family's dinner routine, then an awful mistake, and later a true sacrifice after her teacher, Mrs. Howdy Doody, urges students to march to the beat of their own drums.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information Best Friends Forever: a World War II Scrapbook, by Beverly Patt
 
Fourteen-year-old Louise keeps a scrapbook detailing the events in her life after her best friend, a Japanese-American girl, and her family are sent to a relocation camp during World War II.
-Deirdre

The Dragon in the Sock Drawer

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Click for availability and more information The Dragon in the Sock Drawer, by Kate Klimo
 
Cousins Jesse and Daisy always knew they would have a magical adventure, but they are not prepared when the "thunder egg" Jesse has found turns out to be a dragon egg that is about to hatch.
-Deirdre

Three Good Deeds

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Click for availability and more information Three Good Deeds, by Vivian Vande Velde
 
If Howard had known the old witch would cast a spell on him, he would never have bothered her or her geese. The witch had enough of Howard and the tricks he played on her and the geese and she turned him into a goose. Howard finds out the only way to break the spell and turn back into a boy is to do "three good deeds", but how can he--with webbed feet, wings, and only a "honk?"
-Deirdre

The Power of Un

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Click for availability and more information The Power of Un, by Nancy Etchemendy
 
Until a week ago, Gib Finney was just a regular guy, shooting spitballs and messing up his science experiments. But when he receives a mysterious device called the Unner, everything changes. Gib discovers that the Unner has the power to travel back in time to undo his bad decisions. What will change in Gib's life if he uses the Unner?
-Deirdre

The Elevator Family

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Click for availability and more information The Elevator Family, by Douglas Evans
 
When the eccentric Wilson family arrives at the San Francisco Hotel only to find there are no rooms available, they waste no time in finding the next best place to stay--the elevator!
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo
 
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.
-Deirdre

The Westing Game

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Click for availability and more information The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
 
The Newbery Medal winner in 1979. The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together 16 possible heirs who become involved in a "game" to solve how Sam Westing died and win their inheritance.
-Deirdre

Abraham Lincoln

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Click for availability and more information Abraham Lincoln, by Mary Pope Osborne
 
This nonfiction companion book to Abe Lincoln at Last is a "fact tracker" guide by the author of the Magic Tree House series. A look into Abraham Lincoln's world as a boy growing up in a log cabin, the book describes what life was like for his family and for Lincoln on his journey to become the sixteenth president of the United States.
-Deirdre

The BFG

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Click for availability and more information The BFG, by Roald Dahl
 
Taken from her orphanage by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save children from nine other man-gobbling giants.
-Deirdre

The Chocolate Touch

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Click for availability and more information The Chocolate Touch, by Patrick Skene Catling
 
John Midas is a normal boy, except that he has an abnormal love for candy, especially chocolate. But when he acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate, he finds out that too much of a good thing isn't so great.
-Deirdre

Turtle in Paradise

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Click for availability and more information Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm
 
It's 1935, and jobs and money are scarce, so when Turtle's mama gets a job with a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle is sent off to Key West to stay with relatives she's never met. Florida is hot and strange, full of mischievous boy cousins, family secrets and even an ancient buried treasure map.
-Deirdre

The Enormous Crocodile

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Click for availability and more information The Enormous Crocodile, by Roald Dahl
 
When the Enormous Crocodile decides he wants a nice juicy child for lunch, the other animals are horrified. He continues on with his secret plans and clever tricks. Will the animals be able to stop him?
-Deirdre

Because of Mr. Terupt

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Click for availability and more information Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea
 
Seven fifth graders at Snow Hill School in Vermont learn a variety of life lessons when they start the school year off with their new teacher, Mr. Terupt, who makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much...until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything--and everyone.
-Deirdre

Lulu and the Brontosaurus

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Click for availability and more information Lulu and the Brontosaurus, by Judith Viorst
 
Lulu's parents refuse to give in when she demands a brontosaurus for her birthday and so she sets out to find her own, but while the brontosaurus she finally meets approves of pets, he does not intend to be Lulu's.
-Deirdre

A Tale Dark & Grimm

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Click for availability and more information A Tale Dark & Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz
 
Once upon a time...Hansel and Gretel decided to escape from their own story and jump into other classic Grimm fairy tales. As they wander through a forest brimming with menacing foes and talking trees, they learn the true story behind the bread crumbs, munch edible houses, and outwit some witches.
-Deirdre

Horrible Harry at Halloween

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Click for availability and more information Horrible Harry at Halloween, by Suzy Kline
 
Every Halloween Harry plays tricks on his classmates and dresses up as something scary or gross or both. He's been Count Dracula, a slimy snake and even the Loch Ness Monster. Everyone in Room 3B is waiting to see what Harry will be this year--and they're all in for a really big surprise!
-Deirdre

Powerless

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Click for availability and more information Powerless, by Matthew Cody
 
Soon after moving to Noble's Green, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Daniel makes new friends. Some have super strength, some can turn invisible, and a few can even fly. But Daniel learns that his friends are mysteriously losing their powers when they turn thirteen, and it's up to Daniel to save them.
-Deirdre

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Click for availability and more information The Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl
 
Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers have joined forces and are out to get him. Will he be able to outfox them?
-Deirdre

The Potato Chip Puzzles

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Click for availability and more information The Potato Chip Puzzles, by Eric Berlin
 
Winston Breen and his friends enter a puzzle contest to win fifty thousand dollars for their school. As they race against other school teams to solve puzzles, they discover there is a cheater among the contestants who is trying to sabotage the contest. The book includes puzzles for the reader to solve.
-Deirdre

Being Teddy Roosevelt

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Click for availability and more information Being Teddy Roosevelt, by Claudia Mills
 
When he is assigned Teddy Roosevelt as his biography project in school, fourth-grader Riley finds himself inspired by Roosevelt's tenacity and perseverance and resolves to find a way to get what he most wants--a saxophone and music lessons.
-Deirdre

Born to Fly

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Click for availability and more information Born to Fly, by Michael Ferrari
 
It is December 7, 1941. It is the day "Bird" turns 11, and her father takes her for an airplane ride, a dream come true for Bird, who longs to be a pilot. As Bird and her family learn about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and their dad goes to fight in World War II, the war comes to their little Rhode Island town.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, by Candace Fletcher
 
A rowdy group of students and their teacher learn their lessons at Aesop Elementary. Each humorous chapter tells the story of one student or teacher and ends with an Aesop-like moral. Many of the tales will be familiar to readers, though are told with a new twist using these "fabled" fourth graders.
-Deirdre

The Birthday Ball

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Click for availability and more information The Birthday Ball, by Lois Lowry
 
Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored, bored, bored. She devises a plan to escape the boredom, and makes her chambermaid switch identities with her so she can attend the village school as a peasant girl. She enjoys the life outside the castle walls and is not looking forward to her 16th birthday party, where she will have to decide who to marry among her suitors. A fun fairy-tale with many memorable characters.
-Deirdre

Guinea Dog

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Click for availability and more information Guinea Dog, by Patrick Jennings
 
When his mother brings home a guinea pig instead of the dog he has always wanted, fifth-grader Rufus is not happy. But the new family pet "Fido" acts exactly like a dog, not a guinea pig!
-Deirdre

My Life as a Book

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Click for availability and more information My Life as a Book, by Janet Tashjian
 
Summer is finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to having fun. But his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp in hopes that he will finish his summer reading. As Derek forms unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself, he realizes summer vacation may turn out better than he expected.
-Deirdre

Ninth Ward

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Click for availability and more information Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
 
Twelve year-old Lanesha lives in New Orleans with Mama Ya-Ya, her adopted grandmother. Mama Ya-Ya has taught Lanesha to understand the "signs" of nature and dreams, and to pay attention to the spirits that surround them. Their special gifts and inner strength are what they rely upon as Hurricane Katrina hits their neighborhood. A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award book.
-Deirdre

Who Was King Tut?

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Click for availability and more information Who Was King Tut?, by Roberta Edwards
 
The life and times of the ancient Egyptian ruler, covering the story of the tomb's discovery, as well as myths and stories of mummy curses and life in Ancient Egypt. A popular biography series.
-Deirdre

The Magician's Boy

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Click for availability and more information The Magician's Boy, by Susan Cooper
 
A magician's apprentice is tired of washing the rabbits, cleaning the magic wands and getting the puppets ready for the "St. George and the Dragon" part of the show. The Boy longs to do magic, but the Magician tells him he is not ready yet. When the St. George puppet goes missing from the magic act, the magician sends the Boy into the Land of Story, where only a child can bring back what is lost. In the Land of Story, the Boy meets characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales who try to help him in his quest to locate St. George.
-Deirdre

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

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Click for availability and more information Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
 
The Newbery Honor story blending fantasy and folklore of Ancient China. Minli, the daughter of poor rice farmers, loves to listen to her father's stories and sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon who she hopes will change her family's fortune. With a rescued dragon as her companion, the two follow clues around the kingdom with the hope of finding the answers they seek.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg
 
Winner of the 1968 Newbery Medal and a modern day classic. The story of Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, sister and brother who run away from their Greenwich home to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Readers are along for the trip, living among the treasures of the Met and New York City. Claudia's wish for adventure comes true when the two set out to discover the secrets of the Met's newly acquired angel.
-Deirdre

I Was a Third Grade Science Project

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Click for availability and more information I Was a Third Grade Science Project, by Mary Jane Auch
 
Josh and Brian have come up with an idea for the Science Fair---they are going to hypnotize Brian's dog Arful to believe he's a cat! In the weeks leading up to the fair, they attempt hypnosis several times and record their observations. Is Arful acting like a cat? Will they win the science fair? A funny story that will have readers looking for Brian and Josh's next adventures in this start to the "I was a Third Grade..." series of books.
-Deirdre

Ben and Me

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Click for availability and more information Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin As Written by His Good Mouse Amos, by Robert Lawson
 
This story, "lately discovered" by Robert Lawson, is said to have been written during the colonial period of American history by a mouse named Amos. Amos wants to set the record straight about experiments and inventions credited to Benjamin Franklin. His claim? He gave Ben Franklin some of his best ideas! A wonderful story written in 1939 by award winning author Robert Lawson. Lawson's awards include the Caldecott Medal for They Were Strong and Good, 1941; Newbery Award for Rabbit Hill, 1945; and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Ben & Me, 1961.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by W.R. Philbrick
 
After his brother is illegally sold into service during the Civil War, 12 year-old Homer sets off on an adventure to find him, encountering con-artists, thieves and spies. Homer uses his wits and his skill at telling tall tales to make his way from his Uncle's farm in Maine to Gettysburg Pennsylvania. A very funny story that manages to fold history into the tale, including the Underground Railroad and the Battle of Gettysburg. A 2010 Newbery honor recipient.
-Deirdre

My Father's Dragon

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Click for availability and more information My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett
 
This classic Newbery Honor book from 1949 is the story of Elmer Elevator who runs away on adventure to save a baby dragon from Wild Island, with nothing except the unusual items he carries in his knapsack.
-Deirdre

The Tale Of Despereaux

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Click for availability and more information The Tale Of Despereaux : Being The Story Of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, And A Spool Of Thread, by Kate DiCamillo
 
Despereaux is not like the other mice living in the castle. He seeks out the light instead of scurrying in the shadows and he reads books instead of eating them. His worst crime is making himself known to humans (and falling in love). Love sets Despereaux on a quest to save the princess. A wonderful fairy tale which won the 2004 Newbery Medal and was made into a popular animated movie.
-Deirdre

The World According to Humphrey

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Click for availability and more information The World According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney
 
Humphrey is the pet hamster of classroom 26. Teacher Mrs. Brisbane does not think they need this "rodent", but the students and staff of the school are helped in many ways by their furry new friend.
-Deirdre

Dying to Meet You

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Click for availability and more information Dying to Meet You, by Kate Klise
 
I.B. Grumply has writer's block. So the popular children's author rents a house on Old Cemetery Road for a quiet place to write the 13th book in his "Ghost Tamer" series. Grumply soon finds out he's not alone in the house. A young boy and his cat live in the house and claim it is haunted by friendly ghost writer Olive C. Spence. A very funny story told through letters, newspaper articles and other documents.
-Deirdre

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

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Click for availability and more information The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, by Alice Dalgliesh
 
Eight-year-old Jonathan is sent by his mother on a journey alone, up over Hemlock Mountain to borrow an iron pot. He has been told there are NO bears on Hemlock Mountain and tries hard to overcome his fears. Won Newberry Honor Award in 1953.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (The Brixton Brothers), by Mac Barnett
 
12-year old Steve Brixton is not a detective. He has read every one of the Bailey Brothers detective series, and he's going to have to use their tips for crime-fighting and detective work when the local librarians (who are really undercover government agents) have Steve on the run thinking he is working for an international criminal.
-Deirdre

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days

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Click for availability and more information Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days, by Stephen Manes
 
Milo is through with going through life being clumsy, bullied and easily embarrassed. When the library book Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days falls off the shelf and onto his head, he knows this could be the answer. Milo will have to follow the book's instructions exactly, but perfection will be worth it.
-Deirdre

The Silver Bowl

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Click for availability and more information The Silver Bowl, by Diane Stanley
 
Stanley's wonderful new story is fantasy with the feel of historical fiction. At a young age, Molly realizes she sees visions. She inherited this gift from her mother, who is locked away for her "madness". Molly is hired out to work as a maid in the castle of the King and hears whispers that the royal family's bad luck may actually be a curse. Molly has trusted knowledge of her secret gift to her best friend Tobias, and together they attempt to save the prince and break the royal curse. Grades 5-8. Stanley is the author of many novels including The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy and and the young adult novel Bella at Midnight.
-Deirdre

Dial-a-Ghost

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Click for availability and more information Dial-a-Ghost , by Eva Ibbotson
 
Ghosts outnumber the living in this funny tale of orphan Oliver smith, who inherits Helton Hall only to find he has cousins who want to get their greedy hands on the estate. Using the Dial-a-Ghost Agency, they plot to scare Oliver out of his inheritance with a family of shrieker ghosts. Only that's not exactly what happens.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story, by Mary Downing Hahn
 
Ali is excited to spend the summer with her aunt and young cousin at the lake. Ali's own mother has never taken her there and mysteriously won't talk about her own summers there as a child. Life is great at the lake cottage until her cousin meets a young girl who stirs up trouble. Will Ali's summer warm up or will the cold and icy lake claim another victim?
-Deirdre

Extra Credit

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Click for availability and more information Extra Credit, by Andrew Clements
 
Abby Carson won't be promoted from the sixth grade in her farm town in Illinois unless she completes all her homework, aces all her exams, and finishes an extra credit project. The project: write letters to a pen pal in Afghanistan. Sounds easy enough. But the growing friendship between the letter writers cause numerous problems for both communities.
-Deirdre

The Lemonade War

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Click for availability and more information The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies
 
One brother. One sister. One bet. Winner take all.
-Deirdre

The Gollywhopper Games

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Click for availability and more information The Gollywhopper Games, by Jody Feldman
 
Gil is one of ten children picked out of thousands to compete in the Gollywhopper Games, a contest sponsored by a toy company, with fabulous prizes to win. But Gil has more at stake -- the year before, his father, who worked for the company, was fired and arrested, falsely accused of embezzlement. Though acquitted, he and his family are still treated like criminals, and Gil wants to get enough money for them to move out of town. Winning won't be easy.
-Deirdre

Schooled

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Click for availability and more information Schooled, by Gordon Korman
 
Capricorn Anderson has never watched TV, tasted pizza or been to school. He has always lived on the farm commune with his grandmother. When she is hospitalized, Cap must leave the only life he has known and attend Claverage Middle School. Will he survive this strange new world? Read Korman's funny and tender-hearted novel and find out!
-Deirdre

Secret Identity

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Click for availability and more information Secret Identity, by Wendelin Van Draanen
 
Meet Alvin Bixby, aka Bubba, the biggest, baddest bully of the whole school. Meet Nolan Byrd, aka Nerd, puny 5th grade math wiz and power walker who finally decides to fight back. Enter Shredderman!
-Deirdre

Three Good Deeds

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Click for availability and more information Three Good Deeds, by Vivian Vande Velde
 
If Howard had known the old hag would cast a spell on him, he would never have taunted her. Now he's a goose and the only way to break the curse is to do three good deeds, but how can he--with webbed feet, wings, and only a "honk?"
-Deirdre

Signal

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Click for availability and more information Signal, by Cynthia DeFelice
 
It's summer and 12 year-old Owen has just moved to the Finger Lakes region of New York. Since he hasn't made friends yet and his dad always seems to be working, he spends his time running the trails in the area. Following one of these trails, he comes upon a girl who appears to be alone and injured. From her story, it seems she is more alone than he is this summer. She tells him she is an alien waiting for her parents to return for her, and Owen has to help her prepare for the spaceship's arrival.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook, by Beverly Patt
 
Fourteen-year-old Louise keeps a scrapbook detailing the events in her life after her best friend, a Japanese-American girl, and her family are sent to a relocation camp during World War II.
-Deirdre

The 100-year old Secret

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Click for availability and more information The 100-year old Secret, by Tracey Barrett
 
Xena and Xander Holmes think living in rainy old London will be boring until one afternoon they are handed a note written in disappearing ink that leads them to a hidden room where they discover they are related to the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Using Holmes's unsolved casebook, the two become detectives and attempt to find a missing painting. The first in a series of mysteries involving the detective duo.
-Deirdre

Flight of the Phoenix

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Click for availability and more information Flight of the Phoenix, by R.L. LaFevers
 
In 1928, ten-year-old Nate learns that his explorer/scientist parents have been lost at sea. He is sent to live with cousin Phil Fludd and learns he comes from a long line of "beastologists". Nate and Cousin Phil set off on his first adventure upon his arrival--to Arabia--where they will oversee the death and rebirth of a phoenix. Along the way they meet quite a few other creatures Nate never knew existed and look into the mystery of his missing parents. First in the beastologist series.
-Deirdre

Savvy

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Click for availability and more information Savvy, by Ingrid Law
 
Mibs Beaumont is just about to turn 13. For her family, that is the age when your "savvy" (your unique magical power) is revealed. Her mom can do anything perfectly. Brother Rocket seems to control electricity. Mibs' other brother Fish has a savvy related to water. It's because Fish started a hurricane that her family now lives in a place in the midwest they call Kanaska. Just before her birthday, Mibs' dad is in an accident and Mibs hopes her savvy will be powerful enough to help her father.
-Deirdre

Who Was George Washington

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Click for availability and more information Who Was George Washington, by Roberta Edwards
 
One in a series of "Who was" biographies, presenting famous lives in an appealing style for Grades 3 and up. Filled with illustrations, maps, and side stories that bring history to life.
-Deirdre

The Teacher's Funeral

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Click for availability and more information The Teacher's Funeral, by Richard Peck
 
Set in 1904 rural Indiana. 15 year-old Russell is dreading the start of school and thinks his luck has finally changed when his mean old teacher Mrs. Arbuckle "hauls off and dies". There is no one else in his small town who could teach in that one room schoolhouse and Russell hopes they will finally close down the school so he can leave town and follow his dream of joining a threshing crew. But his "dream" is shattered when his older sister takes over the teaching job. A very funny school story, with each of Russel's fellow students providing humor for the school year.
-Deirdre

The Chocolate Touch

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Click for availability and more information The Chocolate Touch, by Skene Catling
 
John Midas is a normal boy, except that he has an abnormal love for candy, especially chocolate. But when he acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate, he finds out that too much of a good thing isn't so great.
-Deirdre

School Story

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Click for availability and more information School Story, by Andrew Clements
 
After twelve-year-old Natalie writes a wonderful novel, her friend Zoe helps her devise a scheme to get it accepted at the publishing house where Natalie's mother works as an editor. Natalie uses a pseudonym to write her first book, and her friend, Zoe, pretends to be an agent. With a little help from an English teacher, the book exceeds everyone's expectations and could become a bestseller!
-Deirdre

Masterpiece

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Click for availability and more information Masterpiece, by Elise Broach
 
When Martin, a beetle who lives with his family under the sink in James Pompaday's apartment, surprises James with a miniature pen-and-ink drawing for birthday, then two become tangled up in an art heist of a Durer masterpiece stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
-Deirdre

Elephant Run

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Click for availability and more information Elephant Run, by Roland Smith
 
It's 1941 and Nick's mother sends him away from war-torn London to his British father's plantation in Burma. But the War follows Nick to Burma when the Japanese invade. Nick's father and others are taken to a prison camp, while Nick and his friend Mya are held as prisoners on the plantation. Nick and Mya plan a daring escape with the help of elephants, risking their lives to save Nick's father and Mya's brother.
-Deirdre

Midnight Magic

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Click for availability and more information Midnight Magic, by Avi
 
Can a servant boy and a magician save a princess from a ghost?
-Deirdre

Reckless

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Click for availability and more information Reckless, by Cornelia Funke
 
Jacob Reckless spent nights in his father's study searching for clues to why his father had vanished and left Jacob, his grief stricken mother and younger brother Will. At twelve, Jacob first discovered the magical mirror in that room which took him far away from his home to the Mirrorworld where fairy-tale stories of witches and gingerbread houses, sleeping princesses and ogres and dwarves were all true. Twelve years later, Jacob is a treasure hunter in this dangerous, volatile and dark world, collecting glass slippers, magical items and fairy tale treasures. He has always slipped through the mirror unknown, until his brother Will follows him through. Will is attacked and turned into one of the Goyle, the stone creatures who are the enemy of the kingdom. It is up to Jacob Reckless to follow shape shifters, dwarves and fairies on a seemingly hopeless quest to save his brother from this curse of the Mirrorworld. Cornelia Funke has created a great read, a dark story where not all is happily-ever after. The first in a new series. For readers grades 5 and up.
-Deirdre

Night of the Howling Dogs

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Click for availability and more information Night of the Howling Dogs, by Graham Salisbury
 
In 1975, eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends camping at Halape, Hawaii, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami. Fiction based on true events.
-Deirdre

Dark Life

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Click for availability and more information Dark Life, by Kat Falls
 
A thrilling splash for summer reading! Readers will brave the deep water to the "Dark Life" where "pioneers" have been living for 15 years since devastating storms and rising sea levels caused much of the Earth's surface to collapse into the ocean. 15 year-old Ty was the first child born to the pioneers, loves his ocean life, and can't wait to own acres and acres of his own land underwater. Up on the surface, little land is left, leaving "Topsiders" to live in crowded apartments. Gemma is one of these Topsiders looking for the only family she has, a brother who disappeared among the ocean settlements. She knows nothing of the ocean, only the rumors of those like Ty who were born underwater and supposedly possess "Dark Gifts". Ty offers to help Gemma in her search for her brother, among the outlaws and the dangers of the settlement and of the ocean. Great for grades 5-9.
-Deirdre

Swindle

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Click for availability and more information Swindle, by Gordon Korman
 
Griffin Bing is the "man with the plan". This 6th grader hadn't planned on being swindled out of the value of a very rare Babe Ruth baseball card and he vows to get his card back. He plans a heist that includes assembling a team of kids to get past security systems, guard dogs, nosy neighbors and sneaky collector S. Windle Palamino.
-Deirdre

The Lemonade War

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Click for availability and more information The Lemonade War, by Jacqueline Davies
 
Evan's final weeks of summer are ruined when he finds out his sister Jessie is going to be in his 4th grade class this fall. Why? Jessie is his younger and smarter sister, and she is skipping a whole grade. Jessie is thrilled at the news and can't understand Evan's reaction or why he doesn't want to set up the lemonade stand together like they planned. Their fight turns into a "lemonade war" to see who can earn $100 in their rival stands.
-Deirdre

First Light

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Click for availability and more information First Light, by Rebecca Stead
 
From the Newberry Winner of When You Reach Me. First Light is the story of 12 year-old Peter who travels with his parents from New York City to Greenland where his father is doing research. But Peter discovers there is more to the research than he is told, and secrets to be solved above and below the ice in Greenland.
-Deirdre

Iron Thunder

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Click for availability and more information Iron Thunder, by Avi
 
13 year old Tom Carrol takes a job at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to help support his family during the Civil War. Tom is assigned to be the assistant of Captain Ericsson, who is currently at work on the first ironclad ship for the Union--The Monitor. Many wonder if Ericsson's "folly" will even float, and confederate spies are willing to pay gold for any secrets Tom can share about the ship. Tom is caught between helping his family and helping his country in this first battle of the Ironclad ships.
-Deirdre

The Birthday Ball

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Click for availability and more information The Birthday Ball, by Lois Lowry
 
Sixteen year-old Princess Patricia Priscilla and her cat Delicious are absolutely bored with castle life and seek to have an adventure outside the castle walls before the princess' upcoming birthday ball, when she will have to select one of the awful noblemen to marry. Trading places with her chambermaid and disguised as a peasant, Patricia attends the village school and makes friends with the locals. A very funny read for grades 3 and up, one that a parent and child would enjoy reading together. As in The Willoughbys, Lowry doesn't shy away from larger words, which add to the humorous descriptions and dialogue in the story. The characters (especially the less than appealing suitors) are brought to life with fabulous ink illustrations by Jules Feiffer.
-Deirdre

The Willoughbys

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Click for availability and more information The Willoughbys, by Lois Lowry
 
At the same time the four Willoughby children are plotting to become orphans, their parents are planning how to get rid of them! Find out if this hilarious parody of children's literature will have a happy ending.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling, by Maryrose Wood
 
Alexander, Beowulf and Cassiopeia may have been found in the woods of Ashton Place, but under the guidance of their governess Miss Penelope Lumley, these "Incorrigible" children work hard to learn proper manners, poetry and Latin verbs. But can they curb their instinct for chasing squirrels? As a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, fifteen year-old Penelope frequently calls upon clever phrases coined by the school's namesake when teaching her three charges. The Mysterious Howling, the charming first installment of this series, will leave you hungry for more.
In the words of Miss Agatha Swanburne herself: "If it were easy to resist, it wouldn't be called chocolate cake."
-Catherine

Hatching Magic

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Click for availability and more information Hatching Magic, by Ann Downer
 
13th Century English wizard Gideon goes in search of his pet wyvern (think--dragon) that disappeared through a magic hole in time and landed in modern day Boston. Gideon needs all the help he can get to find his pet, since an evil wizard and his demon sidekick are looking for Wycca too. He may find that help in Theodora Oglethorpe--a modern day girl who happens to know a few things about wyverns and whose summer just got a whole lot more interesting.
-Deirdre

Imogene's Last Stand

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Click for availability and more information Imogene's Last Stand, by Candace Fleming
 
In the tiny town of Liddleville, NH lives history-loving Imogene Tripp. Her first words were "four score and seven years ago", for show and tell in kindergarten she gave a series of lectures on women's history, and she often quotes historical figures. Now, after cleaning up the town's historical society, she discovers it is going to be torn down and replaced with a shoelace factory that will put Liddleville on the map. But Imogene tells the town "[i]n the immortal words of John Paul Jones, 'I have not yet begun to fight!'" And fight she does, in this wonderfully funny picture book by Candice Fleming, with fantastic pen and ink illustrations by Nancy Carpenter. Grades K and up.
-Deirdre

11 Birthdays

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Click for availability and more information 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass
 
Amanda is dreading her 11th birthday. She and her best friend Leo were born on the same day and shared their parties since they were one year old. But the best friends had a falling out at her 10th birthday and haven't spoken since. So Amanda is dreading the separate parties, the gymnastic tryouts and everything happening on her birthday because she knows it will be awful....and it is. When she wakes up the day after her birthday, she discovers she is starting the same day over again...and again...and again...and so is Leo. They are the only two trapped in repeating this same day until they figure out what can be done to begin a new day.
-Deirdre

Weezer Changes the World

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Click for availability and more information Weezer Changes the World, by David McPhail
 
Weezer's just an ordinary dog that loves to play with his friend Billy, chew toys, and bark...until during a storm something "striking" happens to Weezer. He has changed, and because of that, so will the world. I'm a fan of David McPhail's stories, his ink and water color illustrations (Pigs a Plenty, The Day the Sheep Showed Up and Big Brown Bear) and Weezer is a new favorite of mine. The small dog develops new habits including averting natural disasters, holding benefit concerts for the poor, curing diseases, and negotiating world peace. This picture book will work best for kindergartners and elementary grades, who will enjoy the illustrations, the humor and the story of how one individual, no matter how small, can make a difference in the world.
-Deirdre

Thunder from the Sea

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Click for availability and more information Thunder from the Sea, by Joan Hiatt Harlow
 
Tom rescued the beautiful Newfoundland, a dog he always dreamed of having. Now he may have to return him to his rightful owner.
-Deirdre

The White Giraffe

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Click for availability and more information The White Giraffe, by Lauren St. John
 
After losing her parents in a terrible fire, eleven-year-old Martine leaves England to live with a grandmother she doesn't know on a wildlife game reserve in South Africa. There is belief among the locals that a mythical white giraffe lives on the sanctuary. As Martine explores the African world, myths become reality and she discovers her courage and her healing powers that may save her one true friend.
-Deirdre

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

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Click for availability and more information Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, by Lynne Jonell
 
A lonely girl, a cantankerous Rat, and a Nanny who is doing very, very bad things.
-Alice

Click for availability and more information A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray, by Ann M. Martin
 
Everything is comfortable in Squirrel's life until her mother and brother disappear. Left on her own, she is forced to face challenges from humans, other animals, and the natural world. Squirrel learns that her life will never be the same, but with all these obstacles, can she survive?
-Deirdre

The Magician's Elephant

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Click for availability and more informationThe Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo
 
Peter Augustus Duchene is a 10 year old orphan who decides to use the money he has been given to purchase bread and visit's a fortuneteller. In another part of the city at the Opera House a magician is performing before Madame LaVaughn and an elephant comes through the roof instead of flowers. The elephant and Peter's fate are tied together by the magician's action and how this will change both of their lives. The story moves along with a host of other colorful characters adding to the story as Peter and the elephant discover how they can help each other. This book is a heart-warming story of love and loss, and holding out hope. A great read-a-loud in the tradition of the Tale of Despereaux and the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. "Magic is always impossible," said the magician. "It begins with the impossible and ends with the impossible and is impossible in between. That is why it is magic." --Excerpt from the The Magician's Elephant.
-Carol

Eleven

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Click for availability and more information Eleven, by Patricia Reilly Giff
 
Sam is almost 11 when he discovers papers in a locked box in the attic that make him question his identity. Sam has always had trouble reading and he's desperate to solve this mystery. When he is paired up with new girl Caroline to build a castle for a school project, Sam turns to his new friend for help. But she's moving soon, and the two must hurry to discover the truth about Sam.
-Deirdre

Dessert First

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Click for availability and more informationDessert First, by Hallie Durand
 
Who wouldn't like to eat dessert first? Certainly Dessert Schneider (her real name) thinks that's an excellent idea. When her new third grade teacher, Mrs. Howdy Doody, advises the class to march to one's own drummer, Dessert decides her first project will be convincing her family to start dinner with dessert. Her love of sweets, especially chocolate, and especially her French grandmother Reine's recipe for double-decker chocolate bars, becomes her undoing. When her mother warns her, "Stay away from the Double-Ds" in the refrigerator, Dessert cannot resist and before she knows it, she has devoured all twelve bars. When the empty box is discovered, Dessert must find a way to say she's sorry and make amends to her family. Christine Davenier's humorous black and white illustrations add to the fun. First-time novelist Durand has created a plucky eight-year-old who will be gobbled up by fans of Ramona, Clementine and Junie B. and will long for more desserts to come. Grades 2 and up.
-Alice S.

Closed for the Season

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Click for availability and more informationClosed for the Season, by Mary Downing Hahn
 
"What happened in our house?" Logan asks his new next door neighbor Arthur. "Mrs. Donaldson died there... She was murdered." That's not exactly the news 13 year-old Logan wants to hear about the house he just moved into with his family. Arthur's grandmother thinks Mrs. Donaldson knew someone was stealing money from the Magic Forest Amusement Park, which was shut down soon after she died. Arthur and Logan search the house, the small Maryland town, and the creepy overgrown park to find the money...and the murderer. Great mystery read for grades 4 and up.
-Deirdre

No Talking

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Click for availability and more informationNo Talking, by Andrew Clements
 
The 5th graders at Laketon Elementary are the noisiest class in history, so when Dave Packer challenges Lynsey burgess to a boys vs. girls "no talking" contest, it's not going to be easy. Who will win, the boys or the girls? Read this funny, thought-provoking tale from a master of school stories.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more informationStonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run, by Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger
 
12 year-old Stonewall Hinkleman's T-shirt says it all --"Are we having fun yet?". Stonewall is dragged once again to the Civil War reenactments his parents love. Forced again to be in uniform (Confederate of course, since Stonewall is named after his dad's favorite Southern General ). To reenact again The Battle of Bull Run (the one his great-great-great uncle died in after being shot in the.....well Stonewall doesn't even want to think about it). But this time, when Stonewall leads the charge, the battle cry of the bugle transports him back to The Battle of Bull Run. There, Stonewall discovers that war is definitely not boring, that his ancestor is more heroic than he could have imagined, and most importantly --that someone is trying to change the outcome of the war. It's up to Stonewall to keep history on the right path and try to get back to the future. Putting a present day tween into the Civil War allows the reader to appreciate both the humorous and serious differences between modern life and life in the late 1800's. For grades 4 and up.
-Deirdre

Attack of the Turtle

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Click for availability and more informationAttack of the Turtle, by Drew Carlson
 
14-year-old Nathan Wade fears two things: a local bully and (despite being a fisherman's son) water. When his father enlists in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, Nathan goes to stay with relatives in Saybrook, CT. His cousin, David Bushnell, invents a submarine to be used against the British and asks Nathan to help him journey to New York to deliver the Turtle--a submarine designed to attach bombs to the British ships in New York harbor. There Nate tests his courage under fire and even underwater. Novel is based on actual events: although Nate's story is fictionalized, Bushnell did invent and construct the Turtle, the first submarine to be used in warfare.
-Deirdre

Cajun Cornbread Boy

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Click for availability and more informationThe Cajun Cornbread boy A well loved tale spiced up , by Dianne de Las Casas

A retelling of the Gingerbread Boy---Cajun style! Watercolor illustrations by Marita Gentry bring this humorous fractured fairy tale to life. A spicy cornbread boy made from Grand-mére's old skillet (with two chilies for eyes, a peppercorn nose, and a link of boudin for a mouth) escapes from the oven for a journey through the Louisiana back country. It's a humorous romp through the bayou, with the cornbread boy trying to outrun the hungriest of animals while singing "Run, chér, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me--I'm full of cayenne." A recipe for southern cornbread adds a dash of fun for readers. A picture book all ages will enjoy.
-Deirdre

Bubble Trouble

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Click for availability and more information Bubble Trouble , by Margaret Mahy

Winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award.

A wonderful read aloud picture book for preschool and early elementary grades. Mabel's baby brother floats away in a bubble and friends and neighbors come to the rescue to help baby back to safety. The rhyming text begs to be read aloud--and children will enjoy the sounds of the words in the story as much as the baby enjoyed his bubble journey in the sky where "[t]he baby didn't quibble. He began to smile and dribble, for he liked the wibble-wobble of the bubble in the air." Illustrations by Polly Dunbar are done in beautiful watercolor and colorful paper cut designs.
-Deirdre

Summer Wonders

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Click for availability and more information Summer Wonders , by Bob Raczka

The colorful illustrations by Judy Stead shout "summer is here!" Raczka's simple text highlights the best of summer---swimming, 4th of July, picnics, climbing trees, building sandcastles, stargazing, capturing fireflies and more. Share the story with toddlers and preschoolers and make the mini ice pops with your little one (recipe included) for a summer's day delight.
-Deirdre

Paint the Wind

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Click for availability and more information Paint the Wind, by Pam Munoz Ryan
 
A shocking turn of events finds Maya going to live in Wyoming with her mother's family whom she has not seen since she was a baby. It is a summer of new beginnings, living in a tent, riding horses and learning to get along with a cousin who is an annoying nuisance. Woven into Maya's narrative is the story of a herd of wild horses, including the mare her mother once rode, and whose survival becomes intertwined with Maya's own.
-Deirdre

Gettysburg The Graphic Novel

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Click for availability and more information Gettysburg The Graphic Novel, by CM Butzer

Discover the Battle of Gettysburg in graphic novel form. With illustrations done in Civil War blue and grey and black, the battle is brought to life. The Gettysburg Address featuring Abraham Lincoln is a great feature bringing the words of the speech alive with pictures of the struggles in US history.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information Wink- The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed, by JC Phillipps

It was the happiest day of Wink's life when he started the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. Wink could tumble and climb and fight like the Ninjas...but he just could not be silent. Is there anywhere the spirited Wink could fit in? A fantastic debut by Connecticut author JC Phillipps about a boy discovering where his talents are appreciated. Beautiful, bright paper cut illustrations add to this humorous and fun picture book that preschool to early elementary grade readers will love.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information The Gate of Days-The Book of Time II, by Guillaume Prevost

Sequel to The Book of Time. Sam continues to unlock the clues of a time travelling statue and races through history to rescue his father, who is being held prisoner by Prince Vlad the Impaler. As Sam and his cousin Lily seek to understand time travel and the coins scattered through time that controls the statues, they discover others are trying to destroy the gates. With fast paced action, readers will travel to prehistoric time, to ancient Greece, to Pompeii, to 1930's Chicago and to Dracula's Castle. Fans of Percy Jackson, The Dark is Rising, and readers looking for action and adventure will enjoy this series. Age 10 and up.
-Deirdre

My Life in Pink and Green

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Click for availability and more information My Life in Pink and Green, by Lisa Greenwald

How can a 12-year old possibly help save her family's Old Mill Pharmacy from going out of business? Lucy Desberg has inherited her activist ways from her mom, her work ethic from her grandmother and her flair for cosmetics from all those years stocking shelves at the pharmacy and practicing makeup on her older sister. After helping a popular teen during a "hair emergency", all the teens in town turn to Lucy for their makeup needs. Lucy's family doesn't think this little side business can turn the pharmacy around and makes plans to shut down. But Lucy has other, bigger ideas that just might save the pharmacy. A fun read about how one person can make a difference. Lucy's confident personality, her friendships, plus the focus on environmentally friendly businesses will appeal to girls ages 10 and up.
-Deirdre

The Ghost's Grave

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Click for availability and more information The Ghost's Grave, by Peg Kehret
 
12 year-old Josh was sure the summer with his elderly, eccentric aunt would be one big bore. Then things start to get really spooky. He meets Willie, the ghost of a coal miner, who asks Josh to dig up his leg and rebury it with the rest of him. But digging in the old cemetery unearths more than just bones.
-Deirdre

Millions

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Click for availability and more information Millions, by Frank Cottrell Boyce

A bag stuffed with cash tumbles out of the sky, landing at Damian's feet. Suddenly he and his brother are rich...very rich! But there's a catch...they have 17 days to spend the money before it becomes worthless. And the crooks who originally stole the cash are closing in...fast.
-Deirdre

All In a Day

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Click for availability and more information All In a Day, by Cynthia Rylant

All In a Day by Cynthia Rylant is a beautiful picture book to read aloud about the wonders each new day brings. The black, white and yellow paper cut illustrations by Nikki McClure bring to mind the recent Caldecott winner The House in the Night. The simple rhyming text carries a larger message of making each day count and the hope of each day. The reader follows a young boy as he plants a seed, waters a garden, feeds the chickens, watches the sun go by and takes a walk with a grownup. All may not go well, and each day may bring a few pitfalls and surprises, but "you can make a wish, and start again, you can find your way back home". A nice read for Earth Day or any day for all ages with the message "live it well, make it count, fill it up with you. The day's all yours, it's waiting now...see what you can do".
-Deirdre

The Composer is Dead

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Click for availability and more information The Composer is Dead, by Lemony Snicket

An introduction to the orchestra as only Lemony Snicket (author of the humorous A Series of Unfortunate Events) can provide. A composer is dead ("decomposing"--according to Snicket) and an investigator is questioning all the instruments in the orchestra about the murder to find out "whodunit". As the instruments are interrogated as to where they were on the night in question, readers are introduced to the sections of the orchestra. The humor is better appreciated by older children and adults. For example, in response to being accused of murder, the "star" violins claim such an idea preposterous because if they "killed the composer, [they] would have to find work at square dances or in romantic restaurants". Great illustrations by Carson Ellis will look familiar to fans of Mysterious Benedict Society. A bonus to this fun mystery is an audio version featuring Snicket narrating the story and music performed by the San Francisco symphony. Ages 5 and up.
-Deirdre

I'll Pass for Your Comrade

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Click for availability and more information I'll Pass for Your Comrade, by Anita Silvey

March is Women's History Month and I'll Pass for Your Comrade by Anita Silvey is a great look at women soldiers in the Civil War. At a time when women could not serve in the military, they fought for the right to do their part during the war. Some women were laundresses and there were also women nurses for the Union Army, organized by Dorothea Dix. Others were Daughters of the Regiment, described as "mascots" who drilled with the men and who were there to provide moral support for the soldiers, often taking part in the battles. But the heart of this book is a look at the women who took the risk to disguise themselves as men to enlist and be a soldier with the troops. It is a look at who these women were and why these women enlisted. Some, like Martha Parks Lindley and Malinda Blalock, disguised themselves to be with their husbands during the war. Lindley became "Jim Smith" and continued on in the war two years after her husband was discharged. Blalock and her husband fought first for the South and then for the North, and Blalock left the war only temporarily to have her baby before returning to their unit. Author Anita Silvey tells many of the stories of these women--the stories of sisters who enlisted with their brothers, women who were searching for their loved ones. But it also tells of the women who secretly enlisted just to have the chance to fight as a soldier, the right to fight for their country. The photos of many women are included in the book and these and additional war photos bring the Civil War to life for the reader. Grades 5 and up.
-Deirdre

Dial-A-Ghost

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Click for availability and more information Dial-A-Ghost, by Eva Ibbotson
 
Ghosts outnumber the living in this comic tale of orphan Oliver Smith, who inherits Helton Hall only to find he has cousins who want to get their greedy hands on the estate. Using the Dial-a-Ghost Agency, they plot to scare Oliver out of his inheritance with a family of shrieker ghosts. Only that's not exactly what happens!
-Deirdre

11 Birthdays

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Click for availability and more information 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass

Amanda is dreading her 11th birthday. She and her best friend Leo were born on the same day and shared their parties since they were one year old. But the best friends had a falling out at her 10th birthday and haven't spoken since. So Amanda is dreading the separate parties, the gymnastic tryouts and everything happening on her birthday because she knows it will be awful....and it is. When she wakes up the day after her birthday, she discovers she is starting the same day over again...and again...and again...and so is Leo. They are the only two trapped in repeating this same day until they figure out what can be done to begin a new day. 4th grade to middle school readers will enjoy these two characters, their funny and daring adventures, and the story behind the enchantment of having to repeat the same day over and over again.
-Deirdre

Archer's Quest

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Click for availability and more information Archer's Quest, by Linda Sue Park
 
It looks like another dull afternoon of homework for Kevin Kim when a young man, armed with bow and arrows, crash-lands in his room and claims to be a legendary ruler from ancient Korea. Will Kevin be able to help the famed archer travel back in time to hi skingdom before the Year of the Tiger ends and history is changed forever?
-Deirdre

The House in the Night

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Click for availability and more information Caldecott Medal The House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson

And the Award goes to....

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association has picked picture book The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson as this year's Caldecott Winner. Fans of Goodnight Moon will love Swanson's soothing text featuring a small house where the light used in the illustrations by Beth Krommes explores its rooms, books, and the night sky. Check out the ALA website for a list of previous Caldecott winners for most distinguished illustrated book in children's literature.
-Deirdre

The Graveyard Book

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Click for availability and more information Newberry Medal The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

The Newbery Award for 2009 is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman for his story of an "average" boy named Nobody Owens who happens to be raised by ghosts. Gaiman is also the author of Coraline, the spooky book about a girl who walks through the door in her house to find an alternate world where her "other" family is waiting. Past Newbery Awards for distinguished contribution in children's literature can also be found on the ALA website.
-Deirdre

The Houdini Box

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Click for availability and more information The Houdini Box, by Brian Selznick

If you are a fan of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Selznick's Caldecott winner from 2008, this reissue of Selznick's 1991 story The Houdini Box is sure to please. An "I Can Read" book aimed at young readers, this is a story that will please lower elementary age readers and reluctant older readers. Selznick weaves a mystery about a young boy who finds a box that may contain Houdini's secrets. Includes Selznick's trademark sketch drawings, as well as interesting facts about Houdini's life.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information Knucklehead: tall tales & mostly true stories about growing up Scieszka , by Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieska's tales of growing up in a family of 6 boys gives an insight into why this guy is so funny! The author of the Time Warp Trio series, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, and The Trucktown series tells hysterical stories of Catholic school, his parents and of course growing up (and wrestling and tricking and playing) with his brothers. 3rd grade to middle school readers
-Deirdre

Masterpiece

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Click for availability and more information Masterpiece, by Elise Broach

The Shakespeare's Secret author writes a tale about a beetle who is truly an artist. Melvin discovers his talent when he uses a pen and ink set to create a beautiful sketch of the world outside the window of the apartment where he lives with his beetle family. The apartment belongs to humans, including eleven year old James, who becomes friends with Melvin. The sketch brings the two together and sets them on an adventure and mystery when priceless artwork is stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of art. 3rd grade to middle school readers.
-Deirdre

The Pencil

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Click for availability and more information The Pencil, by Allan Ahlberg

I love this picture book about a pencil who creates a humorous world of characters who demand to be painted, named, fixed and what happens when an eraser enters their world. Preschool and elementary school children will laugh out loud. Ahlberg is the author of many popular picture books for children including the Runaway Dinner, The Adventures of Bert and the recent Baby in the Hat.
-Deirdre

Trial by Journal

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Click for availability and more information Trial by Journal, by Kate Klise
 
12 Year-old juror Lily Watson puzzles through the case of Perry Keet, a classmate who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Will she crack the case and reveal the truth? Newspaper articles, illustrations, and court documents provide the clues in this clever mystery thriller.
-Deirdre

The President of the United States

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Seal of the President of the United States Children can meet the Presidential candidates----in books. Whether a child has to read a biography for school, likes to read non fiction, or wants to learn more about the upcoming election, there are several new titles in the children's room for all different reading levels: For readers as young as 3rd grade, the biographies Barack Obama: An American Story by Roberta Edwards and John McCain: An American Life by Spencer Williams provide an introduction to the candidates lives. Readers at a 4th or 5th grade level looking for more details can turn to recent releases including John McCain: Profile of a Leading Republican by Kira Wizner and Barack Obama by Stephen Feinstein, which is part of the "African American heroes" series. For older children grades 6-8, Obama: A Promise of Change by Sarah Thomson, is a biography adapted from the adult title Obama: From Promise to Power. There are also two titles in picture book format that one can share with a child or would work well in a classroom setting. Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, by Nikki Grimes is done in rich illustrations, and is the story of a mother telling her child about the presidential candidate. As she shares the story of Obama, the child draws parallels to his own life. The picture book My Dad, John McCain by Meghan McCain, allows readers to follow McCain's life as if they were looking through the family scrapbook.
-Deirdre

The Dodgeball Chronicles

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Click for availability and more information The Dodgeball Chronicles, by Frank Cammuso

The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso is the first in the graphic novel series "Knights of the Lunch Table". A fun read for kids that is "loosely" based on the sword in the stone and other Arthurian legends. Artie King starts at a new middle school and finds he is assigned to the locker no one has ever been able to open. The locker not only opens for Artie, but unlocks a series of events that leads Artie and his new friends to challenge the school bullies to a game of dodgeball. Science teacher Mr. Merlyn may not be able to stop Principal Dagger from insuring it is the bullies that win the game. Grades 3 and up will enjoy the fun and the illustrations by Cammuso make this graphic novel a standout.
-Deirdre

Eleven

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Click for availability and more information Eleven, by Patricia Reilly Giff

Sam lives with his grandfather and they both share a love and talent of woodworking. As Sam nears his eleventh birthday, he stumbles onto a mystery...of his own life. Could it be that his grandfather really isn't his family? Sam turns to a new girl in his class and as they work on a class project together, he enlists her help in finding out his true identity. Patricia Reilly Giff is an award winning author, and among her other titles are Pictures of Hollis Woods, Lily' s Crossing, and Nory Ryan's Song.
-Deirdre

The Ghost of Fossil Glen

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Click for availability and more information The Ghost of Fossil Glen, by Cynthia DeFelice

Sixth grader Allie escapes a close call after nearly falling from a steep cliff. She is guided down the cliff by a voice who she thinks might be a ghost. When a mysterious journal appears in her mailbox, Allie begins to follow a trail the ghost is leading her on to solve the mystery of another sixth grader's death years ago. Grades 4 to 6.
-Deirdre

Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607

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Click for availability and more information Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607, by Elisa Lynn Carbone

Join 12 year old Samuel Collier, an orphan who has been selected to be a page to Captain John Smith for the new settlement of Jamestown. Told from Samuel's perspective, readers experience the life of the settlers, their relationships with the Native Americans, and the cruel winters of starvation that threaten to destroy the settlement. Grades 4 and up.
-Deirdre

DK Eye Know

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Click for availability and more information DK Eye Know, by Penelope Arlon

Children are big fans of the oversize DK Eyewitness books. The DK Eye Know series for younger children takes one word...color, water, space and plant and provides enjoyment in photos, fun with flaps, and peepholes. For children as young as preschool age this is a great series.
-Deirdre

Oliver Who would Not Sleep

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Click for availability and more information Oliver Who would Not Sleep, by Mara Bergman

Why is it that Oliver would not go to sleep? Children will agree with Oliver that it's not that they are scared; it's just that there is too much to do!! Painting, drawing, reading, racing his cars, flying his rocket ship to outer space, Oliver has a lot more to do when his parents tuck him into bed. A fun bedtime story for preschool to young elementary school age.
-Deirdre

The London Eye Mystery

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Click for availability and more information The London Eye Mystery, by Siobhan Dowd

Twelve year-old Ted and his older sister Kat watch their cousin Salim enter the London Eye sightseeing attraction, "the largest observation wheel ever built." But, after a half hour, when his pod returns, everyone troops off- except Salim. Where is he? How could he disappear from a locked glass-and-steel capsule? Feeling guilty because they urged Salim to accept a free ticket from a stranger, the brother and sister, despite their thorny relationship, join together and follow a trail of clues across London. Ted, who narrates the story, has a funny brain that runs on a "different operating system," giving him encyclopedic knowledge but also a literal view of the world. Ultimately his powers of deduction lead them to solve the mystery that even the police have been unable to crack. Test your skills and see if you can stay one step ahead of Ted and Kate in their desperate race to find Salim. This fast-paced thriller will grab you from the beginning. A real page-turner.
-Alice S

Click for availability and more information Big Book of Play and Find out Science Projects, by Janice VanCleave

Big Book of Play and Find out Science Projects by Janice VanCleave is another interactive way to introduce younger children to science. Looking to answer questions our curious kids ask such as why does my shadow change size? Why do balls bounce? How does a compass work? Why do fireflies light up? VanCleave provides easy projects for parent and child to explore and have fun answering those questions.
-Deirdre

Bunny Fun

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Click for availability and more information Bunny Fun, by Sarah Weeks

Bunny Fun, by Sarah Weeks is the answer to those rainy Spring days. Follow bunny and his mouse friend as they find so many fun things to do around the house on a rainy day. The rhyme and colorful illustrations are sure to please the toddler and preschool set, who will no doubt be shouting "bunny fun" right along with the story.
-Deirdre

Click for availability and more information The Shocking World of Electricity with Max Axiom, by Liam O'Donnell

Science can be shocking! From Graphic Library comes The Shocking World of Electricity with Max Axiom by Liam O'Donnell. Part of the "Max Axiom" series, where science is presented in graphic novel format. We have several in the series explaining topics such as sound, global warming and forces in motion. Max Axiom is a fun character, and in this format it is a great way to introduce a young elementary school age child to nonfiction science concepts.
-Deirdre

Go To Bed, Monster

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Click for availability and more information Go To Bed, Monster, by Natasha Wing

Lucy doesn't want to go to sleep, preferring to draw and color. When the friendly monster she draws comes to life, Lucy and the monster have such fun playing together...until Lucy is tired and the monster just won't go to bed. Cute illustrations and preschool and young elementary school age children will enjoy this bedtime book.
-Deirdre

Tuck Everlasting

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Click for availability and more information Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

Beautifully written by Natalie Babbitt in the 1970's, this truly is a wondrous adventure classic. Set in the late 1800's, precocious ten-year-old Winnie Foster runs away in her family's wood and stumbles upon the Tuck family who may have truly been given eternal life after drinking from a magic spring eighty years earlier. The Tucks try to explain to Winnie just what eternal life means to each of them, and how it is a secret never to be revealed. But the secret may be public already, and Winnie will be faced with the choices of aiding the Tucks and joining them in their fate. Recommended for ages 9-12. Great for both parents and children to read and discuss.
-Deirdre

The Book of Time

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Click for availability and more information The Book of Time, by Guillame Prevost

For children looking for adventure, history, time travel "The Book of Time" is the first in a planned trilogy about 14 year old Sam who is living with his grandparents since his eccentric dad disappeared. Sam searches his father's antique bookstores for clues and stumbles upon an ancient statue that hurtles him back to the time of the Vikings. From there, Sam continues his search and finds statues and ancient coins that transport him to ancient Egypt, World War I France, the Middle Ages, all the while he tries to solve the mystery of these time traveling devices and just where in time his father is trapped. Clues lead Sam to believe his dad could be a prisoner of Vlad the Impaler. A fast moving story for those who are searching for adventure, history, and mystery. Good for grades 4-8th.
-Deirdre

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