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Big machines Big machines / written by Sherri Duskey Rinker ; illustrated by John Rocco
This fun book celebrates the influence of author Virginia Lee Burton who wrote some of my favorite childhood stories and that she wrote them to honor he sons, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Katy and the Big Snow, The Little House, and Maybelle the Cable Car. Just plain fun and celebratory! (Amy 10/17)

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Bridge to Terabithia Bridge to Terabithia / Katherine Paterson ; illustrated by Donna Diamond
Fifth-grader Jess befriends the new girl, Leslie, after the two face off in a running match at school. They take to the forest behind Leslie's home and play in the pretend land of Terabithia. One day, though, Leslie goes to the woods by herself and doesn't return. (Melissa N. 10/17)

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Chasing Redbird Chasing Redbird / Sharon Creech
In the wake of her aunt's death, 13 year-old Zinny Taylor discovers an unkempt and overgrown path in the woods behind her home. As she uncovers the trail, she learns the truth about her family's secrets and comes of age in this moving story. (Melissa N. 10/17)

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Chasing Vermeer Chasing Vermeer / Blue Balliett ; illustrated by Brett Helquist
It could be coincidence or fate, but it seems that the universe has designs on eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder. They are the only ones poised to solve the mystery of the stolen painting. They forge a new friendship, while responding to this international danger. Well written, and FUN - work out the clues and codes yourself before the book reveals the answer! I HIGHLY recommend this read. Bonnie (6/17)

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Crenshaw Crenshaw / Katherine Applegate
Crenshaw is a large, out-spoken, imaginary cat that appears to 10-year-old Jackson and helps him cope with life's ups and downs. He first met Crenshaw when his family was in a crisis: Jackson was in the first grade; his dad lost his job after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and his mother loses her job a bit later. Their family slowly starts selling off their possessions to make rent, but soon Jackson, his parents, and 5-year-old sister are looking at the prospect of living in their car. Crenshaw helps Jackson through advice and counsel. This book is a good choice to educate children about how disease and poverty can happen to people they know, but that family love and the goodwill of friends, neighbors, and even strangers will see them through the rough spots. (Karen 10/17)

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Criminal destiny Criminal destiny / Gordon Korman

"A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment, and they must find a way to prove it to the rest of the world"--

Jennifer (6/17)


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The Curse of the buttons The Curse of the buttons / Anne Ylvisaker
When a steamboat arrives heralding the news that Iowa has been called up to represent the Union, Ike is beside himself with excitement. For months, the promise of war has enveloped small-town Keokuk like a grand game that everyone's in on - everyone but Ike, his swaybacked pony, and his best friend and checkers partner, Albirdie. Left behind with Mother and the aunts and girl cousins while the Button men march forth toward glory, Ike makes a plan to meet up with the Iowa First. But, as Ike learns, some opportunites are meant to be missed. And some arrive when you least expect them. (Amy 11/17)

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Dazzle ships Dazzle ships / Chris Barton ; illustrated by Victo Ngai
"When the British Royal Navy grew desperate to protect their ship from German U-Boat attacks, they created Dazzle ships in order to confuse the enemy of their location and destination."--Provided by publisher. (Marian 10/17)

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The Friendship experiment The Friendship experiment / Erin Teagan

"When scientist-in-the-making Madeline Little starts sixth grade, she soon learns that middle school is nothing like a perfect lab experiment--and that she now has to find the cure for her newly messed-up life"-- (Jennifer 3/17)


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From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler / written and illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg

Claudia Kincaid is growing up and wants more from life.  She decides to run away from home to secretly live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She takes her younger brother, Jamie, along to help out with her plan.  While at the museum, they find themselves in the middle of a big mystery that adults can't even solve. Melissa N. (7/17)


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Greetings from nowhere Greetings from nowhere / Barbara O'Connor

This well written book gave me hope that all can be well if we can just come together with accepting hearts. In North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains, a troubled boy and his mother, a happy family seeking adventure, a man and his lonely daughter, and the widow who must sell the run-down motel that has been her home for decades, meet and are transformed by their shared experiences.

 

Marian (6/17)


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Home sweet motel Home sweet motel / Chris Grabenstein ; illustrated by Brooke Allen

"P.T. and his friend Gloria must solve a mystery at the world's wackiest motel: The Wonderland"

Suggested by Jennifer (6/17)


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I don't know how the story ends I don't know how the story ends / J. B. Cheaney
Twelve-year-old Isobel is unhappy about spending the summer of 1918 at her aunt's home in Hollywood with her mother and sister until her cousin, Ranger, involves the girls in creating the perfect film and, when her father returns from the war, his serious injury becomes their inspiration. (Jennifer 7/17)

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Julie of the wolves Julie of the wolves / pictures by John Schoenherr

Julie is a young Eskimo girl who runs away to the tundra to escape the current perils in her life. Out in the wilderness, she must rely on her own skills and knowledge to survive. She befriends a pack of wolves in the process and must decide who she really is and what choices to make regarding her future.

Melissa N (6/17)


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Love that dog Love that dog / Sharon Creech

Jack is a young boy who hates poetry until his teacher assigns them one poem after another.  In time, Jack finds himself writing poems about things that really matter to him, things that are good, bad, sad, and meaningful. Melissa N. (7/17)


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My house is alive! My house is alive! / Scot Ritchie

When I was a kid, how many times did I lie awake at night terrified of all the creepy sounds our house made. If only a book like this existed back then! It takes the mystery out of all those sounds by explaining to readers the basic scientific concepts involving energy, structures, and matter that explain all those things that go bump, bang, and creak in the night. (Karen 3/17)


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The Other boy The Other boy / M.G. Hennessey ; illustrated by Sfé R. Monster
“Shane’s voice rings true, and the writing is straightforward and accessible...t’s refreshing to read a story with a young trans character already living life as his true gender and never questioning his identity...The book...has wide appeal.” (School Library Journal) Kristen (6/17)

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PeeWee's tale PeeWee's tale / Johanna Hurwitz ; illustrated by Patience Brewster
Grades 3 and up. The first in the "Park Pals" series and super cute. PeeWee, the guinea pig who learns to love being a city park critter with new friends and adventures plus some danger! Great read in similar fashion of Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo and Guinea Dog series by Patrick Jennings. (Amy 7/17)

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Sergeant Reckless Sergeant Reckless / written by Patricia McCormick ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Picture book style nonfiction brings to life the inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little mare that became a marine. This is the first picture book from award-winning novelist Patricia McCormick, sumptuously illustrated by acclaimed artist Iacopo Bruno. When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled little mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they'd ever known. And one of the biggest appetites! Soon Reckless showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battle-again and again-becoming the only animal ever to officially hold military rank and receive two Purple Hearts. (Marian 10/17)

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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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Shiloh Shiloh / Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh tales the story of Marty, a young boy, who befriends a sweet beagle named Shiloh. When Marty discovers that Shiloh has run away from his abusive owner, Marty takes him in and tries to keep it a secret.

Melissa N (6/17)


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There's a hair in my dirt There's a hair in my dirt / Gary Larson

 As only the Far Side author can do, this story is a parable on the natural world and how connected we all are. As told through the eyes of a young worm...funny, educational, and a great intro for kids to the science behind nature and our environment. Erin (7/17)


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Touch the Earth Touch the Earth / Julian Lennon with Bart Davis ; illustrated by Smiljana Coh

Fun! Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it. The Flier's mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet. Fly to the top of a mountain. Send clean water to thirsty people. Dive deep into the ocean (the Flier turns into a submarine!) to pick up pollution and bring back the fish. Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place. An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon's life and work, with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children. Marian (6/17)

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