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Andrew Clements

  • Janitor's Boy

    Janitor's Boy

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER IT WAS THE PERFECT CRIME Unfortunately, it also led to the perfect punishment. When Jack Rankin gets busted for defacing a school desk with a huge wad of disgusting, watermelon bubble gum, the principal sentences him to three weeks of after-school gum cleanup for the chief custodian. The problem is, Jack's anger at the chief custodian was the reason for his gum project in the first place. The chief custodian happens to be Jack's dad. But doing time in the school basement after hours reveals some pretty surprising things: about the school, about Jack's father, and about Jack himself.

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  • No Talking

    No Talking

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher "You have the right to remain silent." However... The fifth-grade girls and the fifth-grade boys at Laketon Elementary don't get along very well. But the real problem is that these kids are loud and disorderly. That's why the principal uses her red plastic bullhorn. A lot. Then one day Dave Packer, a certified loudmouth, bumps into an idea -- a big one that makes him try to keep quiet for a whole day. But what does Dave hear during lunch? A girl, Lynsey Burges, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. And those words spark a contest: Which team can say the fewest words during two whole days? And it's the boys against the girls. How do the teachers react to the silence? What happens when the principal feels she's losing control? And will Dave and Lynsey plunge the whole school into chaos?

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  • Room One: A Mystery or Two

    Room One: A Mystery or Two

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average

    FROM THE PUBLISHER 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 that if you lose the school, you lose the town. But the mystery that has Ted's full attention at the moment is about that face, the face he sees in the upper window of the Andersons' house as he rides past on his paper route. The Andersons moved away two years ago, and their old farmhouse is empty, boarded up tight. At least it's supposed to be. A shrinking school in a dying town. A face in the window of an empty house. At first these facts don't seem to be related. But Ted Hammond learns that in a very small town, there's no such thing as an isolated event. And the solution of one mystery is often the beginning of another.

     

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  • The Landry News

    The Landry News

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average

    SYNOPSIS FROM BARNES AND NOBLE Fifth-grader Cara Landry is an aspiring journalist who has created her own newspaper, The Landry News. In her first edition, she writes a harsh editorial that accuses Mr. Larson, her burned-out language arts teacher, of not doing his job. However, her criticism has positive results: It inspires Mr. Larson to become a real teacher again -- one who encourages his class to turn The Landry News into a classroom newspaper. But when the school principal uses something that's been printed in the paper to try to get Mr. Larson fired, the whole town gets involved, and Cara and her classmates learn about the First Amendment -- and the importance of tempering truth with mercy.

     

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  • The Report Card

    The Report Card

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER True or False? Fifth grader Nora Rose Rowley is really a genius. True. But don't tell anyone. Nora always gets average grades so she can forgo the pressure-cooker gifted program or Brainiac Academy. But when Nora gets one hundred percent fed up over testing and the fuss everyone makes about grades, she brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point. Pretty soon her teachers, parents, and the principal are launching a massive effort to find out what's wrong. But can Nora convince them that tests alone are a stupid way to measure intelligence?

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  • The School Story

    The School Story

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Twelve-year-old Natalie Nelson has written a powerful school story. It's a short novel called "The Cheater," and her best friend Zoe is certain it should be published. All Natalie has to do is give the manuscript to her mom, an editor at a big publishing house. However Natalie doesn't want any favors from her mom. Still, Zoe won't drop the idea. Spurred into action, Natalie invents a pen name for herself and Zoe becomes a self-styled literary agent. But if the girls are to succeed, they'll need support from their wary English teacher, legal advice from Zoe's tough-talking father, and some clever maneuvering to outwit the overbearing editor in chief of Shipley Junior Books.

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Animals

  • Because of Winn-Dixie

    Because of Winn-Dixie

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: Average
    Opal's dog helps her learn about her new home town and the characters who live there.
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  • Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web

    by E.B. White Year Published: Average
    Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig learn about farmers and life in this children's classic.
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  • Love That Dog

    Love That Dog

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER "I guess it does
    look like a poem
    when you see it
    typed up
    like that."
    Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments—and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog.

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  • Shiloh

    Shiloh

    by Phyllis Naylor Year Published: Average
    An 11 year old boy must decide how to help an abused beagle named Shiloh.
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  • The Incredible Journey

    The Incredible Journey

    by Sheila Burnford Year Published: Average
    Follow three lost family pets as they make their way home. A book no one should miss.
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  • The Trumpet of the Swan

    The Trumpet of the Swan

    by E.B. White Year Published: Average
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Award Winners

  • Holes

    Holes

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Average
    Stanley Yelnats goes to camp Green Lake instead of juvenile detention. Did he make the right choice? A Newbery Award winner.
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  • Jumanji

    Jumanji

    by Chris Van Allsburg Year Published: Average
    Award winning illustrations lead readers through this story about a jungle game that comes to life.
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  • Maniac Magee

    Maniac Magee

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Challenging
    The 1991 Newbery Award winner about an energetic boy who confronts racism and tries to make peace in a troubled part of town.
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  • The Midwife's Apprentice

    The Midwife's Apprentice

    by Karen Cushman Year Published: Average
    Set in medieval England, this Newbery medal winner tells the tale of a young girl who must make her own way in the world, and what she learns in the process.
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  • The View from Saturday

    by E. L. Konigsburg Year Published: Average
    Learn how the sixth graders beat out the older kids to win the championship quiz contest. A Newbery winner.
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Fantasy/Science Fiction

  • A wrinkle in time  .

    A wrinkle in time .

    by Madeleine L'Engle Year Published: Challenging
    Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
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  • Apple Island, or the Truth About Teachers

    by Douglas Evans Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Bradley doesn't like school. It's boring and Mrs. Gross, his new teacher, is really crabby. But he has no idea how good school really is--not until he discovers that something is terribly wrong with the teachers. In fact, if Bradley doesn't act quickly, schools everywhere could be ruined

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  • Awfully short for the fourth grade  Elvira Woodruf

    Awfully short for the fourth grade Elvira Woodruff

    by Elvira Woodruff Year Published: Easy Reading
    Nine-year-old Noah disrupts the school when his wish comes true and he becomes small and his miniature toy men come to life.
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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average
    Charlie discovers that the truth about Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is even better than the rumors.
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  • Dragon Rider

    Dragon Rider

    by Cornelia Funke Year Published: Challenging
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven --- which may not even exist. Firedrake boldly volunteers to go ahead first. As he embarks on his journey, he meets Ben, a runaway boy. Together, the boy & dragon make their way toward the Rim of Heaven, all the while running a step ahead of Nettlebrand, a monster who will stop at nothing to hunt down Firedrake. Their quest will truly become an adventure like no other.

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  • Dragon rider

    Dragon rider

    by Cornelia Funke Year Published:
    After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the legendary valley known as the Rim of Heaven, encountering friendly and unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggling to evade the relentless pursuit of an old enemy.
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  • Half Magic

    Half Magic

    by Edgar Eager Year Published:
    Four children discover that their magical coin must be used very, very carefully.
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  • Inkheart

    Inkheart

    by Cornelia Funke Year Published: Challenging
    FROM THE PUBLISHER From the author of the sensational New York Times bestseller The Thief Lord comes a thrilling new adventure about magic and self-discovery. Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a bookbinder. But her father has a deep secret -- he possesses an extraordinary magical power. One day a mysterious stranger arrives who seems linked to her father's past. Who is this sinister character and what does he want? Suddenly Meggie is involved in a breathless game of escape and intrigue as her father's life is put in danger. Will she be able to save him in time?

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  • Inkspell

    Inkspell

    by Cornelia Funke Year Published: Challenging
    FROM THE PUBLISHER The captivating sequel to Inkheart, the critically acclaimed bestseller! Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters came to life. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds Orpheus, a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of the past. Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie. Before long, both are caught inside the book, too. And the story is threatening to evolve in ways neither of them could ever have imagined.

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  • Jackie and Me

    Jackie and Me

    by Dan Gutman Year Published: Average
    A young boy uses his baseball card collection to travel through time and meet famous players from the past.
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  • James and the Giant Peach

    James and the Giant Peach

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average
    Dahl's great read-aloud book features a great cast of improbable characters.
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  • No Flying in the House

    No Flying in the House

    by Betty Brock Year Published: Average

    FROM THE PUBLISHER Most little girls have parents to take care of them, but not Annabel Tippens. She has Gloria, a tiny white dog who talks and wears a gold collar. Annabel never thought it was strange that she had Gloria instead of real parents. Until one day a wicked, wicked cat named Belinda comes to tell her the truth — she's not just a little girl, she's a half-fairy! And she can do lots of things that other kids can't do, such as kiss her own elbow and fly around the house. But being a fairy isn't all fun and games, and soon Annabel must make a choice. If she chooses to be a fairy, she'll have to say good-bye to Gloria forever. How can she decide between her newly found magic and her dearest friend? Most little girls have parents to look after them, but not Annabel Tippens. She has Gloria, a tiny white dog who talks and wears a gold collar. And that's not the only thing that makes Annabel different: She can do all kinds of things that other kids can't do, like kiss her own elbow and fly around the house! Could it be true that Annabel is not a little girl at all, but a fairy? Soon Annabel will have to decide. If she chooses to be a fairy, she'll have to say good-bye to Gloria forever. But how can she decide between her newly found magic and her dearest friend?

     

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  • The house with a clock in its walls John Bellairs

    by John Bellairs Year Published:
    A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.
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  • The Indian in the Cupboard

    The Indian in the Cupboard

    by Lynn Reid Banks Year Published:
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  • The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

    by Julie Andrews Edwards Year Published: Challenging

    This is one of my favorite stories! It asks you to use your imagination to the fullest...you won't be sorry if you check this one out!
    From the Publisher
    The Whangdoodle was once the wisest, the kindest, and the most extraordinary creature in the world. Then he disappeared and created a wonderful land for himself and all the other remarkable animals—the ten-legged Sidewinders, the little furry Flukes, the friendly WhiffleBird, and the treacherous, oily Prock. It was an almost perfect place where the last of the really great Whangdoodles could rule his kingdom with peace, love and a sense of fun—apart from and forgotten by people. But not completely forgotten. Professor Savant believed in the Whangdoodle. And when he told the three Potter children of his search for the spectacular creature, Lindy, Tom, and Ben were eager to reach Whangdoodleland. With the Professor's help, they discovered the secret way. But waiting for them was the scheming Prock, who would use almost any means to keep them away from his beloved king. Only by skill and determination were the four travelers able to discover the last of the really great Whangdoodles and grant him his heart's desire.
    Julie Andrews Edwards, star of stage and screen, has written a unique and beloved story that has become a modern classic. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles is sure to continue to delight readers everywhere. This edition includes a new foreword by the author.

     

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  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    by C.S. Lewis Year Published: Challenging
    Three children discover their own fantasy world while prowling through an attic, but the discoveries are only beginning. History, magic and a classic story of good and evil.
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  • The Phantom Tollbooth

    The Phantom Tollbooth

    by Norton Juster Year Published: Average
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  • The Princess Test

    The Princess Test

    by No Author Text Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER In The Princess Test, King Humphrey has decided its time for his son, Prince Nicholas, to marry. But he must make sure the bride is a real princess. So he devises a series of princess tests, designed to weed out the phonies and the fakes. Meanwhile, Nicholas has fallen in love with Lorelei, a mere blacksmith's daughter. She's no princess, but he wants to marry her all the same—but how will she ever pass the terrible tests?

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  • The School Mouse

    The School Mouse

    by Dick King-Smith Year Published: Average
    FROM THE CRITICS Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman It is the tale of Flora, the first ever 'school mouse,' who learns to read and tries to convince her family of its value. It is she who discovers the bag marked POISON.

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  • Tuck Everlasting

    Tuck Everlasting

    by Natalie Babbitt Year Published: Challenging
    From bn.com: Doomed to-or blessed with-eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem.

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  • Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt

    Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt

    by Natalie Babbitt Year Published: Challenging
    Winnie Foster has to make a life and death decision in truly different circumstances.
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Funny Books

  • Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days

    Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days

    by Stephen Manes Year Published: Easy Reading

    FROM THE PUBLISHER Milo, tired of problems with his sister, parents, and classmates, finds a book in the library that promises to make him a perfect person in just three days.

     

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  • How to Eat Fried Worms

    How to Eat Fried Worms

    by Thomas Rockwell Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM OUR EDITORS Billy could not resist the bet. Now all that stands between him and $50 are 15 soon-to-be fried worms. To snag the loot (and in turn a shiny new mini-bike), he must munch, chew, and swallow these creepy night crawlers within 15 days.

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  • Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday

    Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday

    by Stephen Manes Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM THE PUBLISHER In this sequel to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, Jason Nozzle, young, would-be millionaire, finds a copy of Dr. K. Pinkerton Silverfish's book Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday! and follows its recommendations carefully.

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  • The Giggler Treatment

    The Giggler Treatment

    by Roddy Doyle Year Published: Average
    FROM THE EDITORS AT BARNES AND NOBLE The fun begins with the Gigglers -- a rascally bunch of elf-like creatures who look after children to make sure adults are being fair to them. Whenever adults are mean to kids -- be it by sending them to bed without supper, lying to them, or even making them wear clothes they hate -- they get the Giggler Treatment: poo on the shoe! In this deliciously rude, irreverent, and silly tale, a man's cookie tasting job takes a stinky turn when the Gigglers decide to take matters into their own hands. But this time, the Gigglers have made a mistake. Can the Treatment be stopped before Mister Mack takes that last, fateful smelly step?

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  • Wayside School books

    Wayside School books

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Easy Reading
    This is a series of three books...a trilogy. Be sure to check them all out! FROM THE PUBLISHER There was a terrible mistake-Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high! (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor.

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Historical Fiction

  • Journey to Nowhere

    by Mary Jane Auch Year Published: Average
    Follow the journey of 11 year old Remembrance as her family moves from Connecticut to the Genessee Country. They travel through much of the area we live in now! This is written by a local author and is the first of a trilogy.
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    Mem's family is hit by the Murphy's Law of pioneering: if anything can go wrong, it will. In migrating from Connecticut to upstate New York in 1815, 11-year-old Mem is called upon to save her mother by hitting an attacker over the head with a tree limb, save an old man who gets bit by a rattlesnake, save herself after she gets lost in the wilderness, save her brother from a black bear and save her pig from wolves. Meanwhile, her parents accidentally drop Mem off the back of the wagon and drive off for several hours before they realize it, chop down a tree and almost kill their children, forget to properly lash down their wagon so they lose half their possessions, and nearly get swept away in a river after jumping in. The best part of this novel is where the family, alone in the wilderness, waits in vain for neighbors to show up to help them build a cabinthey come a day late, delayed because one of the families' houses has burned down.

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  • Macaroni Boy

    Macaroni Boy

    by Katherine Ayres Year Published: Challenging
    In Pittsburgh in 1933, sixth-grader Mike Costa notices a connection between several strange occurrences, but the only way he can find out the truth about what's happening is to be nice to the class bully.
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  • The whipping boy Sid Fleischman

    The whipping boy Sid Fleischman

    by Sid Fleischman Year Published: Average
    A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
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Judy Blume

  • Double Fudge

    Double Fudge

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher
    "I love money," is five-year-old Fudge's new theme song. He's going to dress as a miser for Halloween and has made big plans to buy the entire world (or at least Toys"R"Us). Fudge's new obsession with cash is driving his older brother Peter crazy! But life really spins out of control when Peter and his family run into their long-lost relatives, the Howie Hatchers of Honolulu, Hawaii. Now Peter has to deal with Flora and Fauna, his annoying twin cousins who burst into song at the drop of a hat, and their weird little brother, coincidentally named Farley Drexel Hatcher-just like Fudge! Their names aren't the only similarity, and before long, mini-Fudge is causing just as much trouble as Fudge always has! This newest book starring Peter and Fudge is one wild ride!

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  • Freckle Juice

    Freckle Juice

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher
    Nicky has freckles — they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Sitting behind him in class, Andrew once counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty. One day after school, Andrew works up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. When know-it-all Sharon overhears, she offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe — for fifty cents. It's a lot of money, but Andrew is desperate. At home he carefully mixes the strange combination of ingredients. Then the unexpected happens...

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  • Fudge-a-mania

    Fudge-a-mania

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher
    Peter Hatcher can't get a break. His little brother, Fudge -- the five-year-old human hurricane -- has big plans to marry Peter's sworn enemy, Sheila Tubman. That alone would be enough to ruin Peter's summer, but now his parents have decided to rent a summer home next door to Sheila the Cootie Queen's house. Peter will be trapped with Fudge and Sheila for three whole weeks!

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  • Iggie's House

    Iggie's House

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher
    Iggie's house just wasn't the same. Iggie was gone, moved to Tokyo. And there was Winnie,cracking her gum on Grove Street, where she'd always lived, with no more best friend and twoweeks left of summer.
    Then the Garber family moved into Iggie's house — two boys, Glenn and Herbie, and Tina,their little sister. The Garbers were black and Grove Street was white and always had been.Winnie, a welcoming committee of one, set out to make a good impression and be a good neighbor. That's why the trouble started. Glenn and Herbie and Tina didn't want a "good neighbor." They wanted a friend.

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  • Just As Long as We're Together

    Just As Long as We're Together

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher
    Rachel is Stephanie's best friend. Since the second grade they have shared all their secrets,good and bad. So when Alison moves in, Stephanie hopes that the three of them can be best friends because Stephanie really likes Alison. After all, they have even more to share now,including seventh grade and Jeremy Dragon, the cutest boy in junior high. Even though the three of them live in a quiet Connecticut neighborhood, there's a lot going on in their lives. Stephanie wishes her father didn't have to work so far from home and she worries that Rachel's talents will get in the way of their friendship. Rachel and Alison have to deal with the changes in their own lives, yet Stephanie is sure everything will work out fine—"just as long as we're together...."

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  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

    Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
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  • Superfudge

    Superfudge

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher
    Twelve-year-old Peter can hardly survive life in the Hatcher household. Fudge is still hisbiggest problem, but now he has a whole new disaster to consider. Will the new Hatcher baby become a carbon copy of the zany Fudge?

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  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher:
    Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing smashed potatoes on walls at Hamburger Heaven, or scribbling all over Peter's homework, he's never far from trouble. He's a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything and Peter's had enough. When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge too long. How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

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Mystery

  • Chasing Vermeer

    Chasing Vermeer

    by Blue Balliett Year Published: Challenging
    The Barnes and Noble Review: A puzzling art theft is solved by two sixth-grade sleuths in a first-rate first novel by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Series of Unfortunate Events artist Brett Helquist. Cut from similar cloth to The Da Vinci Code while harkening back to E. L. Konigsburg and Agatha Christie, Balliett's book follows young Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay as they piece together separate, seemingly disconnected events to locate The Lady Writing, a Vermeer painting that gets stolen en route to Chicago's Art Institute. Going on the theory that there are no coincidences, the two wonder about the link between their teacher's statements, Petra's dreams, a book Petra finds in the library, and other clues that set the reader guessing as to their significance as well. But after they learn of the culprit's aim to correct untruths about Vermeer's life and art -- which spurs them into full-throttle detective work -- the pieces all come together in a brilliant ending sure to make readers cheer, "Ah ha!" Infused with intrigue and Helquist's clever illustrations that include coded messages, Balliett's novel is a dynamic can't-miss that will get those brain cells firing as it satiates your appetite for intelligent, modern-day mystery.

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  • The Mystery of Edward Tulane

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: Average

    From the Publisher Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobo's camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle -- that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

     

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  • The Westing game

    The Westing game

    by Ellen Raskin Year Published: Challenging
    The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
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  • Wait Till Helen Comes

    Wait Till Helen Comes

    by Mary Downing Hahn Year Published: Average
    Heather is such a whiny little brat. Always getting Michael and me into trouble. But since our mother married her father, we're stuck with her...our "poor stepsister" who lost her real mother in a mysterious fire. But now something terrible has happened. Heather has found a new friend, out in the graveyard behind our home — a girl named Helen who died with her family in a mysterious fire over a hundred years ago. Now her ghost returns to lure children into the pond...to drown! I don't want to believe in ghosts, but I've followed Heather into the graveyard and watch her talk to Helen. And I'm terrified. Not for myself, but for Heather...

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Picture Books

  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

    by Kevin Henkes Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher Lilly the mouse adores her teacher, Mr. Slinger -- until he takes away the purple plastic purse she was proudly showing off to her class. Lilly is so angry she draws a nasty picture of Mr. Slinger and slips it in his bag. At the end of the day, Lilly gets her purse back, and inside is a sympathetic note and a bag of treats. As in all his other books, Henkes shows an incredible sensitivity to children's feelings.

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  • The true story of the 3 little pigs

    The true story of the 3 little pigs

    by No Author Text Year Published:
    The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
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  • Tuesday

    Tuesday

    by David Wiesner Year Published:
    Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
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Poems

  • A Giraffe and a Half

    A Giraffe and a Half

    by Shel Silverstein Year Published: Average
    Giraffes aren't the only characters in this collection of great Shel Silverstein poems. See what you can find!
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  • A Light in the Attic

    A Light in the Attic

    by Shel Silverstein Year Published: Average
    Shel Silversteins poems are sometimes silly, sometimes wonderful. These are great poems to read with a child.
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  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    by Shel Silverstein Year Published:
    Stanley the Fierce and the entire cast of Silverstein characters are a great way for children to learn about poetry, whether on their own or with a parent or grandparent.
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Realistic Fiction

  • Beezus and Ramona

    Beezus and Ramona

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Average
    Beezus and her little sister Ramona Quimby just can't seem to get along.
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  • From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweil

    From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    by Konigsburg, E.L. Year Published: Challenging
    A girl and her younger brother run away from home and take up residence at the Metropolitan Museum where they come across a beautiful and mysterious statue. Determined to discover its maker, they first have to find the statue's former owner, the reclusive and mischievous Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and then sort through her incredibly mixed-up files.
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  • Harriet the Spy

    Harriet the Spy

    by Louise Fitzhugh Year Published: Easy Reading
    Harriet discovers that keeping a diary can sometimes backfire.
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  • Mandy

    by Julie Andrews Edwards Year Published: Average

    FROM THE PUBLISHER Ten-year-old Mandy feels lost among the thirty children who live in the old stone orphanage. She dreams of a home of her own, a place where she belongs. When Mandy climbs over the high orphanage wall to explore the outside, she is lucky enough to find a tiny deserted cottage hidden in the forest. With a few "borrowed" items, the cottage becomes a refuge. To guard her secret, Mandy even lies — but when she falls terribly sick, no one knows where she is. No one, that is, except for a special admirer she didn't know she had.

     

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  • Maniac Magee

    Maniac Magee

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Challenging
    From The Critics...Publisher's Weekly In this modern-day tall tale, Spinelli presents a humorous yet poignant look at the issue of race relations, a rare topic for a work aimed at middle readers. Orphaned as an infant, Jerry Magee is reared by his feuding aunt and uncle until he runs away at age eight. He finds his way to Two Mills, Pa., where the legend of ``Maniac'' Magee begins after he scores major upsets against Brian Denehy, the star high school football player, and Little League tough guy, John McNab. In racially divided Two Mills, the Beales, a black family, take Maniac in, but despite his local fame, community pressure forces him out and he returns to living at the zoo. Park groundskeeper Grayson next cares for the boy, but the old man dies and Maniac moves into the squalid home of the McNabs, who are convinced a race war is imminent. After a showdown with his nemesis, Mars Bar, Maniac bridges the gap between the two sides of town and finally finds a home. Full of snappy street-talk cadences, this off-the-wall yarn will give readers of all colors plenty of food for thought. Ages 8-12.

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  • No More Dead Dogs

    by Gordon Korman Year Published: Average
    A synopsis the Barnes and Noble website: Wallace does not understand it -- why do dogs die at the end of every classic story? When Wallace gives his book report, he can't bring himself to lie about his feelings - the book stank! The teacher feels the opposite and forces Wallace to attend and participate in the town's play based on the book. Find out what happens when Wallace's creativity gets out of hand.

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  • Pink and Say

    Pink and Say

    by Patricia Polacco Year Published:
    Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author's great-great-grandfather.
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  • The Thief Lord

    The Thief Lord

    by Cornelia Funke Year Published: Challenging
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. Soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.

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Series

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    by Lemony Snicket Year Published: Challenging
    Have you ever been in a foster home? Have you ever experienced deaths like your mom or dad? This story is about three kids, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Violet is the one how likes to invent things. Klaus is the one who is grand with words. Sunny is just good at biting. Their uncle is after the fortune their parents left them. He is very mean and tries many interesting ways to trick the children. Discover which disguise their uncle will be in!

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  • Animal Ark

    by Ben Baglio Year Published: Average
    This is a wonderful series, about children who work for a veterinarian. Each book centers on a different animal, which the children help to "save". This is a very large series, which also has some "spin-offs" such as Animal Ark Hauntings and Animal Ark Pets, which is a slightly easier to read version of the series.
    If you are an animal lover, you are sure to love these books!
    The book pictured here is one from the series. Click below to buy books from the series.

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  • Bunnicula strikes again!  James Howe

    Bunnicula strikes again! James Howe

    by James Howe Year Published: Easy Reading
    When Bunnicula the rabbit starts acting strangely, the Monroe dogs and cat renew their suspicions that he is a vampire.
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  • Dear America: A Journey to the New World

    Dear America: A Journey to the New World

    by Kathryn Lasky Year Published:
    A Pilgrim girl makes the exciting yet dangerous journey on the Mayflower to a new world, filled with the excitement of meeting Native peoples there as well as the trauma of a sickness that would take her mother's life.
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  • Dear America: Love Thy Neighbor

    Dear America: Love Thy Neighbor

    by Ann Turner Year Published:
    The drama of the American Revolution is brought to life through the eyes of Prudence Emerson, who tells this story from the rarely heard perspective of a Tory.
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  • Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow

    by Kristiana Gregory Year Published:
    During the difficult winter of 1777-1778, eleven-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart witnesses George Washington readying his young soldiers for battle on the frozen fields of Valley Forge.
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  • Hatchet

    Hatchet

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Challenging
    After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
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  • Little House in the Big Woods

    Little House in the Big Woods

    by Laura Ingalls Wilder Year Published: Average
    This is the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's series about life in Wisconsin and the plains during the late 1800s.
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  • Little House on the Prairie

    Little House on the Prairie

    by Laura Ingalls Wilder Year Published: Average
    Laura and her family move from Wisconsin to Kansas, and build the house on the prairie.
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  • Little House on the Prairie

    Little House on the Prairie

    by Laura Ingalls Wilder Year Published: Average
    Probably my favorite series for kids....historical fiction. Follow the adventures of Laura, and her sisters Mary and Carrie growing up in the 1800's. Wait until you meet Nellie Olsen, who Laura does NOT like! Boys and girls love these books. Lots of adventure and suspense! Try to read them in order....look inside the front cover to find it out!
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  • Little Town on the Prairie

    Little Town on the Prairie

    by Laura Ingalls Wilder Year Published: Average
    Laura is growing up, and new opportunities await.
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  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

    by Betty MacDonald Year Published: Average

    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside down house, smells like cookies, and used to be married to a pirate! Plus, she knows EVERYTHING about children and can fix whatever is wrong with them. Do you know the cure for "The Never-Want-to-go-to-Bedders", or for the "Answer-Backers"? Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle does!!! These books are lots of fun!

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Pippi Longstocking

    by Astrid Lindgren Year Published: Average
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is PippiLongstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!
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  • Ramona the Pest Beverly Cleary

    Ramona the Pest Beverly Cleary

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Average
    Ramona Quimby enters Kindergarten and asks LOTS of questions.
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  • Ramona's World

    Ramona's World

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Average
    Here we meet Ramona at age 9, ready to tackle 4th grade, and lots more!
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  • Sideways stories from Wayside School

    Sideways stories from Wayside School

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Easy Reading
    Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
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  • The Borrowers

    The Borrowers

    by Mary Norton Year Published: Average
    Can you imagine being six inches tall? This family is and lives under the floor boards of an old country house. They "borrow" things from the huge humans that live there. Great adventure and fantasy series!
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  • The Diamond Champs

    The Diamond Champs

    by Matt Christopher Year Published:
    Coach Stag is obsessed with the idea of turning a team full of players new to baseball into league champions in just one season. Can this team of novice players go all the way?
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  • The Dog That Called the Pitch

    The Dog That Called the Pitch

    by Matt Christopher Year Published:
    Mike and his dog communicate with E.S.P. They are shocked to discover that Mr. Grimley can also hear their mental conversations. Will their telepathic connection save the day at the ballpark?
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  • The Dog That Pitched a No-Hitter

    The Dog That Pitched a No-Hitter

    by Matt Christopher Year Published:
    Mike is set to pitch against the best team in the league and he is a bundle of nerves. Will a little help from his dog Harry help him get through the game?
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  • The Dog That Stole Home

    The Dog That Stole Home

    by Matt Christopher Year Published:
    When his telepathic dog Harry is grounded for nipping another dog, Mike wonders how he will ever make it through the baseball game without his advice and encouragement.
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  • The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

    The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

    by John Erickson Year Published: Average
    A very funny series!! Hank the cowdog is the head of ranch security and gets himself in all sorts of crazy situations.

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  • The Littles

    The Littles

    by John Peterson Year Published: Easy Reading
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Here's the tiny family that always ends up in king-sized trouble, the Littles have adventures galore in the land of the Biggs.
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  • These Happy Golden Years Laura Ingalls Wilder

    These Happy Golden Years Laura Ingalls Wilder

    by Laura Ingalls Wilder Year Published: Average
    Laura begins working as a teacher, finding new adventures.
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Sports

  • The Boy Who Saved Baseball  John Ritter

    The Boy Who Saved Baseball John Ritter

    by John Ritter Year Published: Average
    The fate of a small town rests on the outcome of one baseball game. Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the help of a mysterious former Major League player.
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