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All rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook All rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook / Leslie Connor
Perry T. Cook has been secretly brought up in prison because his mom is an inmate there. Now he's in middle school, and word gets out about his living arrangement. The local DA not only forces him to live at his own house as a foster child, but he also purposefully delays Perry's mother's parole, saying she got a special privilege being able to raise her son at the prison. But Perry won't stand for it. With the assistance of his best friend--the DA's stepdaughter, the local librarian who serves the prison via bookmobile, and clues he gets about the true story surrounding his mother's imprisonment, he struggles to find a way out of the mess he's in. Kind, resourceful Perry is honorable in every way, and readers will be rooting for him to succeed. (Diane 7/16)

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Always, Abigail Always, Abigail / Nancy J. Cavanaugh
Sixth grader Abigail, assigned a different homeroom than her two best friends and made only the alternate on the pom-pom squad, learns a lot about popularity and true friendship when paired with unpopular Gabby for a year-long "Friendly Letter Assignment." Suggested by Jennifer (5/16)

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Among the hidden Among the hidden / Margaret Peterson Haddix
A gripping suspense tale about a boy who lives in secrecy from the Population Police. He discovers that there are 'third' children like himself hiding from the government and it sets him in motion towards a dangerous journey. Thought-provoking and a great adventure story. Erin L. (4/16)

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The Bad beginning The Bad beginning / Lemony Snicket ; illustrations by Brett Helquist
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. I had mixed feelings about this book. I think if I had read this as a child I would have had nightmares. Count Olaf is a perfect villain and if you have a dark sense of humor I think you will enjoy these. Kathleen (1/16)

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Bamboo Sword Bamboo Sword / Margi Preus
In Japan in 1853, at the time of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's visit to Japan, Yoshi, a young Japanese boy who dreams of becoming a samurai one day, learns about America from Majiro and has adventures with Jack, a young cabin boy aboard one of the U.S. ships. Includes historical notes and glossary. (Amy 5/16)

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A Bandit's tale A Bandit's tale / Deborah Hopkinson
Eleven-year-old Rocco is an Italian immigrant who finds himself alone in New York City after he's sold to a padrone by his poverty-stricken parents. While working as a street musician, he meets the boys of the infamous Bandits' Roost, who teach him the art of pickpocketing. Rocco embraces his new life of crime he's good at it, and pickpocketing makes more money than banging a triangle on the street corner for the padrone. But when he meets Mary, a strong-hearted girl who's determined to help the horses of New York City, things begin to change. Rocco begins to reexamine his life choices and take his future into his own hands. (Erin S. 10/16)

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Bloomability Bloomability / Sharon Creech
When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, thirteen-year-old Dinnie discovers an expanding world and her place within it. (Jennifer 6/16)

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A Boy named Queen A Boy named Queen / Sara Cassidy
Evelyn is both aghast and fascinated when a new boy comes to grade five and tells everyone his name is Queen. Queen wears shiny gym shorts and wants to organize a chess/environment club. His father plays weird loud music and has tattoos. How will the class react? How will Evelyn? This very short, beautifully written novel manages surprisingly deep characterization and a fascinating view of 2 very different school children becoming friends. It depicts a self confident boy showing possibly the best attitudes and techniques I've seen yet toward the bullying that anyone who seems "different" may attract in a school setting. Suitable for all ages. (Marian 10/16)

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A Brand-new day with Mouse and Mole A Brand-new day with Mouse and Mole / Wong Herbert Yee
Reminiscent of Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" adventures. Check out the entire "Mouse and Mole" series! Great for a read-aloud or for an advanced "easy reader". (Amanda B. 10/16)

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Capture the flag Capture the flag / Kate Messner ; [character illustrations by Yuta Ohada]
When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh-graders Anne, José, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C., airport during a snowstorm. (Jennifer 11/16)

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Charlotte's web Charlotte's web / E.B. White ; pictures by Garth Williams
This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur--and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. I loved reading this fantasy story again. (Linda H. 12/16)

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Chase against time Chase against time / Steve Reifman
"In a last-ditch effort to save Apple Valley Elementary's award-winning music program from looming budget cuts, the PTA plans to auction off a recently donated, handcrafted cello at the school's annual fund-raising dinner. Confidence is high--until the cello turns up missing the morning of the event. The school principal charges Chase Manning, a fifth grader who has dreamed of playing in the Sixth Grade Honors Orchestra his whole life, with finding the cello by three o'clock." Suggested by Jennifer (4/16)

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Clean sweep! Clean sweep! / Monica Kulling ; illustrated by Renné Benoit
A picture book portrait of the inventor of the Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine recounts how the co-owner of a 1940s skating rink saw he need for a machine that could safely and quickly shave down pits and grooves on ice. Could he turn a ninety-minute job for five men into a ten-minute task for only one? Working in the shed behind his ice rink, Frank drew designs and built models of machines he hoped would do the job. For nine years, he worked on his invention, each model an improvement on the one before. Finally, in 1949, Frank tested the Model A, which "cleaned the ice in one sweep around the rink." The rest is history. Suggested by Marian (4/16)

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Coraline Coraline / Neil Gaiman ; with illustrations by Dave McKean
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others. “The most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love.” (Diana Wynne Jones). (Melissa N., 12/16)

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Crenshaw Crenshaw / Katherine Applegate
"A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary." (Jennifer 10/16)

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El deafo El deafo / Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky
"Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for"-- (Anne S. 9/16)

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The Dinosaur disaster The Dinosaur disaster / Matthew McElligott
Dinosaurs and monsters! Robots and mad scientists! Add them together and you've got the perfect formula to entice both reluctant and voracious readers alike. Join a group of diverse (see above) students on the first day of school at Mad Scientist Academy. You can expect a clue-seeking, fact-finding, dinosaur romp of a good time! (Laurel 6/16)

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The Dolphins of Shark Bay The Dolphins of Shark Bay / Pamela S. Turner
The Dolphins of Shark Bay, off the Western coast of Australia, had been coming to the shallow water to be fed and touched by humans for years. Traditionally, fishers shared their catch with dolphins. It was a unique opportunity for humans and dolphins to connect. So the scientists came, too, in the 1980's to get to know these beautiful, smart creatures. What they found was that some of these dolphins were using a sponge as a tool to roust fish off the sea floor. A remarkable sign of high intelligence! They nicknamed them "Spongers". The scientists also found that some dolpins being fed didn't feed their calves well, and their babies were dying. Park Rangers had to step in to limit the feedings, but they continue today on a strict schedule. This book has a lot of beautiful pictures & interesting stories about the family and social lives of bottlenose dolphins. It's also a very inspiring story of how marine scientists are learning to protect our ocean life by careful observation. (Bonnie 6/30)

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El Deafo El Deafo / Cece Bell
A touching look at the life of a young girl after she becomes deaf at age 4. Dealing with school, friends, and boys with humor and a secret superhero persona. Suggested by Erin L. (3/16)

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Esperanza rising Esperanza rising / Pam Muñoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. (Jennifer 5/16)

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Fish in a tree Fish in a tree / Lynda Mullaly Hunt
"Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read." Suggested by Jennifer (4/16)

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Fortune Falls Fortune Falls / Jenny Goebel
In Fortune Falls, where superstitions are real, and all children must pass regular "luck tests" to see if they are worthy, ill-fortuned Sadie has always been deemed as unlucky, and shunted aside for her luckier younger brother--but when she finds an unusually intelligent black cat named Jinx, her fortunes begin to change for the better. (Jennifer 7/16)

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Freedom in Congo Square Freedom in Congo Square / Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Grades 1-3. Congo Square sits within Louis Arsmstrong park in present day New Orleans. Its historical significance is the place of freedom for both free and enslaved to meet on Sundays for the open market, singing, dancing, and playing music.Beautiful story of freedom amidst chains. Amy (1/16)

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The Graveyard book The Graveyard book / Neil Gaiman ; with illustrations by Dave McKean
I don't know why I chose this book as I don't read children's books and I am afraid of ghosts! I am so glad I did. While the story sounds scary, a child pursued by a man who killed his family and is then left to grow up in a cemetery, it was also tender, witty, and exciting. It has won the Newbery, Carnegie and other awards. Sylvia (1/16)

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The Great Shelby Holmes The Great Shelby Holmes / Elizabeth Eulberg
Told from the view of 11-year-old John Holmes, this fun mystery pairs him with Shelby Holmes in search of a dog who has been dognapped. Shelby has amazing observation skills, but it takes John to help bring it all together. (Vicky 11/16)

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The Green bicycle The Green bicycle / Haifaa Al Mansour
Wadjda desperately wants a bicycle so that she can race her friend, Abdullah. However, in Saudi Arabia it's considered improper for girls to ride bikes, show their hair, or act anything but demurely. Wadjda decides to earn the money for her dream bike by selling mixtapes of banned music, homemade jewelry, and passing illicit notes between her fellow girl schoolmates and boys. Then she gets caught. (Erin S. 8/16)

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Heart of a shepherd Heart of a shepherd / Rosanne Parry
I enjoyed following the story of "Brother" as he coped with change and growing up. Ignatius "Brother" Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family's Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be. Suggested by Gail (4/16)

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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker Hiawatha and the Peacemaker / words by Robbie Robertson ; pictures by David Shannon
Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear. Includes historical notes. (Amy 9/16)

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The Inquisitor's tale The Inquisitor's tale / Adam Gidwitz ; illuminated by Hatem Aly
Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution. (Marian 11/16)

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret / Brian Selznick
There is a good reason his book won the Caldecott Award in 2008. It is an engaging story of a clock-maker's son who is hiding a secret. Told in pencil drawings and words, it is vivid and captivating read. (Bonnie 9/16)

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The Inventor's secret The Inventor's secret / Suzanne Slade ; illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
Both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford started off as insatiably curious tinkerers. That curiosity led them to become inventors—with very different results. As Edison invented hit after commercial hit, gaining fame and fortune, Henry struggled to make a single invention (an affordable car) work. Witnessing Thomas's glorious career from afar, a frustrated Henry wondered about the secret to his success. This little-known story is a fresh, kid-friendly way to show how Thomas Edison and Henry Ford grew up to be the most famous inventors in the world—and best friends, too. Suggested by Marian (4/16)

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Jane, the fox & me Jane, the fox & me / [written by] Fanny Britt ; [illustrated by] Isabelle Arsenault ; translated by Christine Morelli an
A very intriguing graphic novel about a girl who is being bullied - how she copes by finding solace in fictional while reading Jane Eyre, connecting with a fox on a camping trip, and ultimately making a new real-life friend who helps her to realize that she is fine just the way she is. The illustrator does a fantastic job if using colors to set the mood – black and white when Helene is struggling and unhappy, and vibrant colors when there is something uplifting, like Jane Eyre, the fox, and her life in general when she has a real friend and starts to accept herself. (Drew 9/16)

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Kira-Kira Kira-Kira / Cynthia Kadohata
Katie's older sister orients her to the world. She is especially entranced with finding the "kira kira"-the sparkling, shining things - in life. When their Japanese-American family living in America in the 1950s has to move to a town in the deep south, Katie is the one who explains to her sister why people don't speak to them. But when Lynn gets gradually sicker, Katie has to look for shining things for her whole family. Deeply emotive, this book would be appropriate for later elementary/middle school years, and for third culture kids struggling to find a place in the landscape of their ever-changing lives. This book portrays the fun and simple joys of a being sister, and now I'm missing mine! Suggested by Bonnie (1/16)

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Lawn boy Lawn boy / Gary Paulsen
What happens when you inherit an old riding lawn mower and have the whole summer ahead of you? Start mowing your parent's lawn of course! Except it doesn't stop there, your next door neighbor will pay you to mow his lawn, and his neighbor, and the lady across the street. Before long, a thriving business is established and piles of cash are made! Paulsen's story of this 12-year old entrepreneur is both imaginative and engaging. This book is certainly a hilarious read for any child who aspires to start their own summer business or any parent who has. (Benjamin 6/16)

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Legendary Pokémon Legendary Pokémon / Katherine Fang
Explains some of the characters from Pokémon. Nice guide for kids. (Vicky 7/16)

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The Lightning queen The Lightning queen / Laura Resau
On the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico, an eleven-year-old Mixtec boy called Teo lives with his family and the animals that he has healed, but one day a Romany caravan rolls into town with a young girl who calls herself Esma, the Gypsy Queen of Lightning--it is the beginning of a life-long friendship that will change both their lives. Anne S. (1/16)

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The Mad scientists' club The Mad scientists' club / Bertrand R. Brinley ; illustrated by Charles Geer
While originally published in '60s, The Mad Scientists' Club captures the timeless themes of adventure, exploration, and human invention. Following the mishaps of seven scientifically-minded (and perhaps just slightly mischievous) boys in their hometown of Mammoth Falls, the book relates the excitement and intrigue enjoyed while experiencing what can be accomplished with a little creativity, know-how, and elbow grease. (Benjamin 6/16)

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The Man who kept his heart in a bucket The Man who kept his heart in a bucket / Sonia Levitin ; pictures by Jerry Pinkney
Having once had his heart broken, Jack keeps it in a bucket safe from harm until one day a young maiden asks him to solve a riddle which teaches him the true meaning of love. A parable on trust and connection. (Erin L. 7/16)

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May B. May B. / Caroline Starr Rose

This is a sparse but beautiful tale told in verse. 12 year old May B. has to give up school to help support her family, but what starts like a typical girl-overcoming-odds tale, soon becomes a page-turning survival book. (Erin K. 5/16)


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The Most important thing The Most important thing / Avi
My favorite book this year! Fiction, grades 4-9. Great short stories told from a the perspective of boys- one experiencing a death of a father, one sets out to "interview" the boyfriend of his mother to see if he would be a suitable dad, and a great one where the boy is the bridge between his father and grandfather who have had trouble loving each other because of war related PTSD. (Amy 8/16)

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The Mother-Daughter Book Club The Mother-Daughter Book Club / Heather Vogel Frederick
When the mothers of four sixth-grade girls with very different personalities pressure them into forming a book club, they find, as they read and discuss "Little Women," that they have much more in common than they could have imagined. Suggested by Jennifer (1/16)

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Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics / Chris Grabenstein

"Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS...but someone is trying to censor what the kids are reading." Fun read-aloud, suspenseful and fast-paced. Jennifer (2/16)


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The Nest The Nest / Kenneth Oppel ; illustrated by Jon Klassen
Perfect for a spooky read! Oldest brother Steve is troubled by the recent appearance of silver wasps in their home while his parents struggle to care for a new baby. The wasps foretell of many troubling events to come. Psychological suspense leaves the reader guessing until the end... (Erin 10/16)

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The Nest The Nest / Kenneth Oppel ; illustrated by Jon Klassen
At first Steven thinks he's having a wonderful dream about angels. All he can see are the angel's dark eyes although he's aware that she also has wings. He's worried about his baby brother Theo, a very sick infant who needs serious surgery. The angel soothes his concerns but there are other things bothering Steven. He hates wasps and they seem to have invaded his small town; there's a large nest just outside his baby brother's room. And then there are the telephone calls. The phone rings but nobody speaks so the family names the caller Mr. Nobody. Steven gets a bad wasp sting from a peculiar looking gray and white wasp. His visions of the angel become much clearer until he sees that his angel is the queen wasp of the nest outside his brother's room. "All you have to do is open the window," she tells him, "and we'll take care of that crappy baby." Steven finds it even more disturbing to see his younger sister having earnest conversations with Mr. Nobody on her toy telephone. One day she comes to find Steven to tell him that the phone is for him and it's Mr. Nobody on the line. Sue-Ellen (2/16)

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The Night Gardener The Night Gardener / Terry Fan and Eric Fan
Neighborhood trees change shape overnight drawing a community together and a young boy to a new friend. Beautiful illustrations. Suggested by Amanda (4/16)

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Nothing but trouble Nothing but trouble / Jacqueline Davies
"Two smart girls in one small town use their combined genius to liven up their world--one prank at a time". (Marian 11/16)

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The Old fashioned mystery of the haunted dollhouse The Old fashioned mystery of the haunted dollhouse / Stefan Petrucha, Sho Murase, artist ; with 3D CG elements by Rachel Ito ; based on the series by Ca
River Heights is celebrating 'Nostalgia Week' and everyone in town is dressing up and acting. When the dolls in Emma Blavatsky's antique dollhouse start depicting crimes that come true, Nancy is on the case and becomes even more worried when the dolls depict her murder. (Jennifer 9/16)

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The One and only Ivan The One and only Ivan / Katherine Applegate ; illustrations by Patricia Castelao
This is a great book that explores the good and bad sides of animals in different types of captivity and animals' relationships with humans. This may have been purposeful, but I felt there was a disconnect in the book where communication was concerned between animals and humans. The story was well written, and I believe children will quickly get wrapped up in this fast paced book. Suggested by Jessie (1/16)

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The Original cowgirl The Original cowgirl / Heather Lang ; illustrated by Suzanne Beaky
Who says girls can't be cowboys? Lucille Mulhall wasn't like most girls in the 1890s. She didn't give a lick about sewing or cooking or becoming a lady. Lucille had her heart set on roping and riding. At a time when most women couldn't vote or own property, Lucille never let society's expectations or the dangers of roping and riding stop her from pursuing her passion. Traveling around the country, she broke records and thrilled crowds with her daring acts. Soon cowboys, ranch hands, and folks all over the world cheered for the feisty and fearless girl cowboy. This inspiring picture book biography of "the original cowgirl" is sure to please. Suggested by Marian (4/16)

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Pax Pax / Sara Pennypacker ; [illustrated by Jon Klassen]
When his father joins the military and forces Peter to return his beloved pet fox, Pax, to the wild, Peter is heartbroken at what he's done. Though he's been sent to live with his grandfather hundreds of miles away, Peter runs away and sets off on a journey to fix things. But how can he find his fox again in the middle of a wilderness he doesn't understand? Will his fox be able to survive after being raised by humans? Peter knows his journey is almost impossible, but he tries and tries again anyway, to hopefully somehow be reunited with his dear Pax. (Diane 7/16)

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Pegasus Pegasus / Kate O'Hearn
What if Pegasus crashed into your New York apartment building and you were on the roof to witness his fall, and be immediately engaged in hiding him while he healed? In this book two worlds collide, and 13 yo Emily is called upon to make life changing decisions with courage and determination. Engaging from the first chapter, a wonderful read. (Bonnie 12/16)

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Pip Bartlett's guide to magical creatures Pip Bartlett's guide to magical creatures / Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

A wonderful story about a young girl that can talk to magical creatures, although nobody believes her. She makes new friends, forms tighter bonds with family, and heads on an adventure that helps the town with a magical "pest" problem. The audiobook was captivating, leaving my very talkative children silent and eagerly waiting to hear what would happen next! Misty (1/16)


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Raymie nightingale Raymie nightingale / Kate DiCamillo
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds while outmaneuvering a drama queen and a saboteur who become her unlikely friends and allies during a painful challenge. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of "The Tale of Despereaux". (Marian 5/16)

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The Riddle of the robin The Riddle of the robin / Valerie Tripp ; illustrated by Thu Thai
The WelliWishers, four girls who have backyard adventures after stepping into their colorful garden boots (wellies), make friends with a robin. Bright illustrations and brief large-type text add appeal for young readers.Includes related activities. This is the beginning of a new series from the "American Girl" publishers. (Marian 10/16)

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Rocket racers Rocket racers / Victor Appleton
"Tom Swift isn't your average teenager--he's a science prodigy! And, his inventions always involve cutting edge technology. With the help of his best friends Bud and Yo, Tom tests his gadgets and runs into all sorts of adventures." (Linda H. 6/16)

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The Séance The Séance / Iain Lawrence
Scooter King works for his mother who is a medium, someone who communicates with the spirit world. He "helps" out the spirits through a wardrobe's secret compartment and various spooky costumes. When Scooter has an opportunity to meet Harry Houdini, he is so excited that he sneaks backstage before Houdini's show starts to perhaps meet the legend, but he stumbles upon a murder instead. (Erin S. 8/16)

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Salt Salt / Helen Frost
This story of two friends, both 12 years old, is written in verse. One side of the page is devoted to Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and the other side to James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne. Their families have been friends for years, but tension is building between the Natives and the Americans at the Trading Post. The friendship is threatened by prejudice, fear, lack of food, and the salt that depends that life depends upon as tensions between their cultures bring on the War of 1812. This read is engrossing, and the format is unique. Definitely a new favorite book. (Bonnie 5/16)

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Secret coders Secret coders / Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes
A fun and imaginative story about a middle-schooler who solves a school mystery and learns computer coding along the way. Cleverly written and designed for students to learn code as the story unfolds. (Erin L. 5/16)

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The Seventh wish The Seventh wish / Kate Messner
"Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing...in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom"--

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Sisters Sisters / Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Braden Lamb
Three weeks. Two sisters. One car. The story of two sisters and their relationship, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado. This graphic novel tells the story of two sisters (and a younger brother). Good formatting keeps the reader moving along with shaded pages for things that happened in the past. Good, quick read. (Vicky 9/16)

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Spooky & spookier Spooky & spookier / Lori Haskins Houran ; illustrated by Viviana Diaz
Four short spooky true (or not) stories for kids reading on their own. One of the stories is from Colorado. (Vicky 10/16)

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Stella by starlight Stella by starlight / Sharon M. Draper
Stella lives in the segregated South's in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can't. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn'€™t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something theyâ€'re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella'€™s community and her world is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don'€™t necessarily signify an end. (Erin S. 11/16)

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Sweet home Alaska Sweet home Alaska / Carole Estby Dagg

In 1934, eleven-year-old Terpsichore's father signs up for President Roosevelt's Palmer Colony project, uprooting the family from Wisconsin to become pioneers in Alaska, where Terpsichore refuses to let rough conditions and first impressions get in the way of her grand adventure. Suggested by Marian (3/16)


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The Thing about Luck The Thing about Luck / Cynthia Kadohata
Written in first person format, this book clearly demonstrates the contrary nature of adolescent development- innocence and naïveté one moment, profound maturity the next. It was a delight to "listen" to the musings of the 12-year-old protagonist. And the explanation of wheat harvesting from her point of view was quite charming. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would read more by the author. Suggested by Terri (1/16)

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The Tilting house The Tilting house / Tom Llewellyn ; illustrations by Sarah Watts
"The Tilting House" is a magical, short read; a mystery that whisks two brothers up into a world of adventure, problem solving, and peril. Through it all, the brothers remain true to each other and true to their family, even when their parents make the questionable decision buy a house with tilting floors! Suggested by Laruel (4/16)

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To the rescue! To the rescue! / Monica Kulling ; illustrated by David Parkins
Shares the inspirational story of African-American inventor Garrett Morgan, whose incredible safety hood became a forerunner to the gas masks that saved thousands of soldiers during World War I. Suggested by Marian (4/16)

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Towers falling Towers falling / Jewell Parker Rhodes
When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can't help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers? Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren't alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day. (Marian 10/16)

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Tuesday tucks me in Tuesday tucks me in / Fmr. Captain Luis Carlos Montalván, USA with Bret Witter ; photographs by Dan Dion
Written from a service dog's perspective, with touching photographs, "Tuesday" tells how he helps his solider with daily life and of the love he receives in return. Suggested by Amanda (4/16)

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Under their skin Under their skin / Margaret Peterson Haddix
Once again Margaret Peterson Haddix has written a book I just can't put down! Twelve-year-old twins Nick and Eryn investigate why their mother and new stepfather are keeping secrets, why they are forbidden to meet their stepsiblings, and most important, why their lives are in danger. Unexpected twists and turns make this a page-turner! (Jennifer 10/16)

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Up in the garden and down in the dirt Up in the garden and down in the dirt / Kate Messner ; with art by Christopher Silas Neal
Up in the garden, the world is full of green--leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant picture book, discover the wonder and activity that lie hidden between the stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt. You'll join a young girl and her grandmother as they work and play in the garden, enjoying all these beautifully illustrated wonders together though the seasons. Suggested by Marian (4/16)

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Waylon! Waylon! / Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Marla Frazee
Fourth grader Waylon has lots of ideas for making life more awesome through science, like teleportation, human gills, and attracting cupcakes by controlling gravity. But it's impossible for him to concentrate on his inventions when he's experiencing his own personal Big Bang. Arlo Brody is dividing the fourth grade boys into two groups. Waylon would rather be friends with everyone. Well, everyone except the scary new kid, Baxter Boylen. Waylon's older sister, Neon, is shooting away from the family. He wishes everything would go back to the way it was before she started wearing all black and saying "What's the point?" all the time. Just when it looks as though Waylon's universe is exploding, something happens to bring it all together again, and it is, without a doubt, One Awesome Thing. In a delightful touch, Waylon is in the same class with Clementine, star of another beloved series of books by Sara Pennypacker. Both series are very well-written and charming, humorous and memorable. We'll be seeing more of Waylon. Suggested by Marian (4/16)

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We came to America We came to America / Faith Ringgold

Complemented by vibrantly colorful illustrations, a picture book celebration of America's diversity explores the nation's unique blend of culture, history, ideas and determination. By the Caldecott Honor- and Coretta Scott King Award-winning creator of "Tar Beach". (Marian 5/16)


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When Santa fell to Earth When Santa fell to Earth / Cornelia Funke ; translated by Oliver G. Latsch ; illustrated by Paul Howard
When he and his caravan come crashing down to earth during a thunderstorm two weeks before Christmas, Santa is befriended by two children, Charlotte and Ben, who try to help him save the holiday from the tricks and moneymaking schemes of Gerold Geronimus Goblynch and to take off in time for his annual rounds. (Jennifer 12/16)

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Will you please feed our cat? Will you please feed our cat? / James Stevenson
James Stevenson is one of my family's favorite authors, and this is one of our favorite books; I love reading it to my Grands. My grown sons still quote Grandpa and Uncle Wainey. (Linda H. 10/16)

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Will's words Will's words / Jane Sutcliffe ; illustrated by John Shelley
Have fun finding out what common terms have been used all the way back to 15th Century because of William Shakespeare!! "What's done is done" and "for goodness' sake" and "laugh ourselves into stitches" and "too much of a good thing" are all in our daily conversations. He's a funny guy and the author and illustrator give us a great book about the "long and the short of it"! (Amy 9/16)
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