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Elementary School List

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A Handful of Stars - Cynthia Lord
ISBN: 9780545700283
Publication Date: 2017-05-09
Whimsical middle-grade reads -now in paperback! This powerful middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of Rules explores a friendship between a small-town girl and the daughter of migrant workers... Set amongst the blueberry barrens and by the sea, this is a gorgeous new novel by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord that tackles themes of prejudice and friendship, loss and love.

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A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle; Hope Larson (Adapted by, Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374386153
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs-Who, Whatsit, and Which - the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time.

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Dash - Kirby Larson
ISBN: 9780545416351
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
From Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson, the moving story of a girl and her dog separated during WWII. Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home - or her beloved dog, Dash... Though they've lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?

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Letters from Camp - Kate Klise; M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780380793488
Publication Date: 2000-04-05
Mom and Dad, You've got to get us out of here! When you get this letter, COME IMMEDIATELY! -- Charlie The brother-sister pairs who arrive for the summer at Camp Happy Harmony are almost too busy fighting with each other to notice how strange the camp really is...

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Moo - Sharon Creech
ISBN: 9780062415240
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we're open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family's momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

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Ms. Rapscott's Girls - Elise Primavera
ISBN: 0803738226
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship. Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn't agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing.

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No Talking - Andrew Clements; Mark Elliott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781410402943
Publication Date: 2007-12-01
The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.

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Stick Dog - Tom Watson; Ethan Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062110787
Publication Date: 2013-01-08
Introducing everyone's new best friend: Stick Dog! He'll make you laugh...he'll make you cry...but above all, he'll make you hungry! Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger. With hilarious text and stick-figure drawings, reluctant readers will eat this one up!

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The Cat Who Came in off the Roof - Annie M. G. Schmidt; David Colmer (Translator)
ISBN: 9780553535006
Publication Date: 2016-01-19
A charming Dutch classic that withstands the test of time worldwide and will appeal to readers young and old--and dog and cat lovers alike! Shy reporter Mr. Tibble is close to losing his job because he only writes about cats. But when an act of kindness brings him into contact with the unusual Miss Minou, his luck suddenly begins to change.

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The Lincoln Project - Dan Gutman
ISBN: 0062374419
Publication Date: 2016-02-23
"History can be hilarious, at least in the hands of author Dan Gutman." --Washington Post In New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman's all-new series, which blends fascinating real history with an action-packed and hilarious adventure, four very different kids are picked by a mysterious billionaire to travel through time and photograph some of history's most important events.

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The Terrible Two - Mac Barnett; Jory John; Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419727375
Publication Date: 2017-10-03
Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that's famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town's best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one.

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Wonder - R. J. Palacio; Diana Steele (Read by); Nick Podehl (Read by); Kate Rudd (Read by)
ISBN: 9781480586352
Publication Date: 2016-02-09
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face...



Middle School List

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A Single Shard - Linda Sue Park
ISBN: 0395978270
Publication Date: 2001-04-23
In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch'ulp'o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter's craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday.

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Black Star, Bright Dawn - Scott O'Dell
ISBN: 9780547053196
Publication Date: 2008-02-18
In this redesigned edition of Scott O'Dell's classic novel, a young Eskimo girl encounters frightening obstacles when she takes her father's place in the Iditarod, the annual 1,172-mile dogsled race in Alaska.

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Booked - Kwame Alexander
ISBN: 9780544570986
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can't nobody stop you/ can't nobody cop you... This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!

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Cosmic - Frank Cottrell Boyce
ISBN: 9780061836862
Publication Date: 2010-01-19
Liam has always felt a bit like he's stuck between two worlds. This isprimarily because he's a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he's about thirty. Sometimes it's not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it's just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It's not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again--only this time he's 239,000 miles from home.

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Dear Hank Williams - Kimberly Willis Holt
ISBN: 9780606385510
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
In Rippling Creek, Louisiana, in 1948, eleven-year-old Tate writes letters to her favorite country singer, sharing her dreams of becoming a singer and revealing that her mother is in prison.

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I Am Princess X - Cherie Priest; Kali Ciesemier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545620857
Publication Date: 2015-05-26
Best friends, big fans, a mysterious webcomic, and a long-lost girl collide in this riveting novel - fully illustrated with comics throughout. Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure... The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon - her best friend, Libby, who lives.

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Revenge of the Witch - Joseph Delaney; Patrick Arrasmith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060766191
Publication Date: 2005-09-06
Capturing witches Binding boggarts Driving away ghosts For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice.

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The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau
ISBN: 9780375822735
Publication Date: 2003-05-13
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

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The Eighth Day - Dianne K. Salerni; David McClellan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062272164
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in a new series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense. When Jax wakes up to a world without any people, he assumes it's the zombie apocalypse. But when he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he learns that he's really in the Eighth Day--an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. Some people--like Jax and Riley--are Transitioners, able to live in all eight days, while others, including Evangeline, the elusive teenage girl who's been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day. There's a reason Evangeline's hiding. As the descendant of the powerful wizard Merlin, her magic is highly sought by corrupt Transitioners who want to use her to destroy the seven-day world.

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The Thing about Leftovers - C. C. Payne
ISBN: 0399172041
Publication Date: 2016-07-19
"C. C. Payne intertwines heartache with humor and hope in a novel about navigating divorce and blended families, following your passion, and celebrating who you are... With the poignancy and humor of Joan Bauer and Lynda Mullaly Hunt, this poignant story reminds readers that they have a right to a voice, that it is okay to say how you feel, and that some leftovers are absolutely delicious!"

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The True Meaning of Smekday - Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786849017
Publication Date: 2009-05-05
It all starts with a school essay. When twelve-year-old Gratuity ("Tip") Tucci is assigned to write five pages on "The True Meaning of Smekday" for the National Time Capsule contest, she's not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens-called Boov-abducted her mother? Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it "Smekland" (in honor of glorious Captain Smek), and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod?

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The Way Home Looks Now - Wendy Wan-Long Shang
ISBN: 9780545609579
Publication Date: 2017-03-28
A beautifully written and poignant story of family and loss, healing and friendship, and baseball. Twelve-year-old Peter Lee and his family are baseball lovers, who bond over back lot games and talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and baseball no longer seems to matter. Is that true? Peter wonders if just maybe the game they love can pull them together and bring them back, safe at home.



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