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8-12 Ada, Alma Flor Dancing Home [A year of discoveries culminates in a performance full of surprises, as two girls find their own way to belong.]
9-12 ALEXANDER, LLOYD
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The Chronicles of Prydain
The Prydain Companion: A Reference Guide to Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles by Michael Tunnell
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8-12 Allie, Debora The Meanest Girl [Starting a new school year, buying her first bra, parents fighting, fathers leaving, mysterious love notes, and the new girl ruining her life -- Alyssa has a lot on her mind. /humor and charm / love and friendship in the sixth grade.] @AMAZON
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Almond, David Skellig [man, bird, or angel?]
My Dad's a Birdman [lovely story that celebrates simple joys, loss and love and father and daughter]
The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon [There are some strange ideas floating around in Paul’s apartment block. There’s Mabel, who now calls herself Molly and whose brother hides under a paper bag. Then there’s Clarence, the poodle who thinks he can fly. But the strangest notion of all is Paul’s. You see, Paul believes that the moon is not the moon but a great hole in the sky. And he knows that sausages are better than war. How on earth (or not) will he find out if he is bonkers or a genius? With a few equally bonkers (or genius) helpers and a very long ladder, that’s how! Readers will imagine the impossible.]
10-13 Almond, David, et al CLICK (One Novel Ten Authors: David Almond, Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Deborah Ellis, Nick Hornby, Margo Lanagan, Gregory Maguire, Ruth Ozeki, Linda Sue Park, Tim Wynne-Jones) [Maggie receives an inheritance from her beloved grandfather, a photojournist known as Gee.The gift is a wooden box with seven seashell, one from each continent. "in many ways this book is a construction of a life. It's a life seen from many different angles and with many different people's perspectives, and that's just how anyone's life is."]
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Amato, Mary The Word Eater [If you had the power to delete words, what would you delete?]
Drooling and Dangerous: The Riot Brothers Return
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10-12 Alvarez, Julia Return to Sender [a tractor accident forces a father to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Friends despite differences? Hope and no easy answers.] @AMAZON
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Anderson, Margaret J. Children of Summer: Henri Fabre's Insects
Carl Linnaeus: Father of Classification
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9-12 Anderson, M. T. Agent Q, or The Smell of Danger! (Pals in Peril series)(Bk.4) [It's time for Lily, Katie, and Jasper to head home from their exciting Delaware adventure, but the Awful Autarch's spies and goons are everywhere, and it's clear that *they* have other plans for our three intrepid heroes. Chock full of ups, downs, twists, turns, and even a band of sentient lobsters fighting on the side of Good.]
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Avi The Book Without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic
Never Mind!: A Twin Novel by Avi and Rachel Vail
Crispin: The Cross of Lead [Newbery Medal]
Crispin: At the Edge of the World (Book 2)
Tales from the Dimwood Forest: Rayweed, Poppy, Poppy and Rye, Ereth's Birthday
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The Secret School
The Mayor of Central Park
The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant)
A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing (2008)
The Seer of Shadows [a ghost must be kept from carrying out a horrifying revenge.]
The Traitors' Gate [fast-paced Victorian London adventure inspired by the life of Charles Dickens whose father was put into debtor's prison while Charles was forced to make his own way in the world.] May 2007
Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West (2008) Ages 10-14 - Historical fiction.
City of Orphans (2011) [Confronting a world teeming with wealth and crime and struggling against powerful forces that threaten new immigrants and the fabric of family love.]
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9-12 Ardagh, Philip A House Called Awful End: Book One of the Eddie Dickens Trilogy
The Fall of Fergal: First Unlikely Exploit
Heir of Mystery: The Second Unlikely Exploit
Dreadful Acts: Book Two in the Eddie Dickens Trilogy
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Babbitt, Natalie Tuck Everlasting [Teacher's Guide]
Herbert Rowbarge
The Search for Delicious
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8-10 Baker, E. D. The Wide-Awake Princess [happily-ever-after is not always better than reality] @AMAZON
9-12 Balliett, Blue The Danger Box [A boy in a small town who has a different way of seeing. A mischievous girl who won't stay in one place. A mysterious notebook. A fire. A stranger. A death. These are some of the things you'll find within The Danger Box.
Hold Fast [a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family. Homeless. Shelter.]
9-12 Banks, Kate Lenny's Space [recognizing the possibilities life affords us and the challenge of coming to grips with its sometimes difficult realities, but also about the triumphant, undying power of true friendship.] @AMAZON
9-12 Banks, Lynn Reid Indian in the Cupboard [Lesson Plan]
Alice-by-Accident [single parent households][understanding our place in the world]
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9-12 Bathroom Readers Did You Know...? [filled with bite-sized tidbits divided into fun categories covering a wide range of subjects. For example, there’s Green Stuff (“Grasshoppers hear with the fronts of their knees”) and Microscopic Miracles (“There are more creatures in your mouth than there are humans on Earth”), and such comical categories as Facts About Feet and Eww, Gross! @AMAZON
9-11 Barber, Tiki & Ronde KICKOFF! [Persistence, patience and teamwork are the themes of this novel]
Red Zone [everyone is playing at the top of their game. But what are these red spots that seem to be going around? Chicken pox?]
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9-12 Barry, Dave Peter and the Starcatchers [Prequel to Peter Pan]
Peter and the Shadow Thieves [Second prequel to Peter Pan]
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon [conclusion]
Science Fair[Grdankl the Strong, president of Kprshtskan, is plotting to take over the American government. His plan is to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School, located in a Maryland suburb just outside Washington. The rich kids at Hubble cheat by buying their projects every year, and Grdankl's cronies should have no problem selling them his government-corrupting software. But this year, Toby Harbinger, a regular kid with Discount Warehouse shoes, is determined to win the $5,000 prize-even if he has to go up against terrorists to do it. Good laughs/reluctant reader]
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9-12 Bartoletti, Susan Campbell Growing Up in Coal Country
[Coalcrackers of PA] [Coal Region of PA]
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10-12 Baskin, Nora Raleigh What Every Girl (except me) Knows [coming of age and dealing with loss]
Anything but Typical [an autistic boy's struggles, and a story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.]
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9-12 Batt, Tanya Robyn The Fabrics of Fairytale: Stories Spun from Far and Wide @AMAZON
9-12 Baum, Frank L. [100 Years]
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The Magic of Oz (1999)
The Lost Princess of Oz (1998)
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9-12 Beck, W. H. Malcolm at Midnight [When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys. Illustrated by Brian Lies of Bats at the Beach, this engaging middle-grade novel will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him.]
9-11 Birdsall, Jeanne
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8-12 Bildner, Phil and Loren Long BARNSTORMERS: Tales of the Travelin' Nine Series
Game 1 Three Kids, a Mystery, and a Magic Ball
Game 2
Game 3 - Three Kids, a Villain, and Great Balls of Fire!
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8 Up Bing, Christopher Casey at the Bat @AMAZON
8-12 Birney, Betty G. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs [journey of transformation and discovery] @AMAZON
10+ Blackshaw/McKee No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa @AMAZON
10-12 Blegvad, Lenore Kitty and Mr. Kipling: Neighbors in Vermont [Rudyard Kipling] @AMAZON
9-12 Blos, Joan A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 @AMAZON
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Blume, Judy
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Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret
Superfudge
Just As Long As We're Together
Blubber
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10-12 Boelts, Maribeth The PS Brothers [Russell and Shawn call themselves the PS Brothers: P is for poop, S is for scoop, and Brothers is because they’re best friends. Scooping poop is the fastest way to earn money to buy a puppy. These two are crazy about dogs. And they’re sure that once their puppy grows into a tough dog, no one will ever pick on them for being weak or poor again. Unfortunately, getting a puppy is not that easy. Russell and Shawn don’t count on uncovering a dog-fighting ring—and that can bust apart a dream faster than a dog can sniff out a bone.] Reluctant Readers. Bullying. Dysfunctional Families.
10-14 Bode, N.E. The Anybodies [switched at birth] @AMAZON
9-12 Bolden, Tonya And Not Afraid to Dare: The Stories of Ten African-American Women
Just Family [Participating in a special anniversary celebration for her parents in 1965 Harlem, ten-year-old Beryl is shocked and hurt when she learns that her older sister, Randy, is really her half-sister.]
Finding Family [Delana has never known her parents. Raised by her Aunt Tilley and a reclusive grandfather, Delana has led a sheltered existence, nurtured on her aunt's wild family histories. But when Aunt Tilley dies, Delana confronts her pent-up curiosities and embarks on a quest to unravel her aunt's fictions and draw out her mysterious grandfather. In searching for her true history, Delana finds herself, and a home in the one place she never thought to look.]
8-10 Bonners, Susna Making Music [Adjusting to a new neighborhood] @AMAZON
9-12 Bosch, Pseudonymous The Name of this Book Is Secret [As much as Bosch would love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret.A Big Secret.]
This Book is Not Good For You [Between the pages of this book lies the secret to the best-tasting chocolate in all the world. I promise, your taste buds will tingle. In this tooth-rotting adventure, Cass's mom has been kidnapped by the evil dessert chef and chocolatier, Señor Hugo! The ransom...the legendary tuning fork. Can Cass and Max-Ernest find the magical instrument before it's too late? Will they discover the evil secret ingredient to Señor Hugo's chocolate success?]
9-12 Boston, Lucy Maria (1892-1990) THE GREEN KNOWE CHRONICLES: [Books based on this house]
Treasure of Green Knowe
The River at Green Knowe
The Children of Green Knowe
An Enemy at Green Knowe
A Stranger at Green Knowe
The Stones of Green Knowe

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8-12 Bracegirdle, P. J. The Joy of Spooking: Fiendish Deeds (Book One) @AMAZON
8-11 Bragg, Georgia Matisse on the Loose [A kid. A famous painting. A cool moment. A prison sentence? Have you ever done something you shouldn’t have? But you’re a good person and you don’t think that it’s going to cause any real harm? But then something bad happens and it turns out that you were wrong? Welcome to Matisse’s world.]
9-12 Brand, Christianna Nanny McPhee: The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda @AMAZON
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Brink, Carol Ryrie Caddie Woodlawn @AMAZON
10-13 Brooke, William J. A Is for Aarrgh! @AMAZON
10-13 Brooks, Bruce [young adult books] J. Dolores: Seven Stories About Her [nonconformist/defying labels] @AMAZON
10-13 Bryant, Annie Beacon Street Girls - multicultural group of junior high girls and their stories of family, friendship, loyalty and honesty.
Bk. 1 - Worst Enemies/Best Friends, Bk. 2 - Bad News/Good News, Bk. 3 - Letters from the Heart
Bk. 4 - Out of Bounds, Bk. 5 - Promises, Promises, Bk. 6 - Lake Rescue, Bk. 7 - Freaked Out
Bk. 8 - Lucky Charm. Bk. 9 - Fashion Frenzy, Bk. 10 - Just Kidding
Bk. 11 - Ghost Town, Bk. 12 - Time's Up
9-12 Buchanan, Jane Hank's Story [Orphan train] @AMAZON
9-12 Bulion, Leslie The Universe of Fair [For a young science whiz, an eagerly awaited day at the Fair turns into a wacky adventure with more twists and loops than the Gravity Whirl ride]
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Bunting, Eve Fly Away Home [homeless]
The Summer of Riley
I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert
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10-14 Butler, Dori Hillesta Yes, I Know the Monkey Man [family ties/effect of parents' behavior] @AMAZON
9-12 Butler, Susan The Hermit Thrush Sings @AMAZON
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Byars, Betsy Me Tarzan
Summer of the Swans [Lesson Plans and Activities]
The Moon and I
The Not-Just-Anybody Family (Reader's guide included) [timeless story/extraordinary family]
The Blossoms Meet The Vulture Lady (Book 2)
The Blossoms and the Green Phantom (Book 3)
A Blossom Promise (Book 4)
Wanted . . . Mud Blossom (Book 5)
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Byars, Betsy, Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers The SOS File [throughout the year, a class writes about their biggest emergencies for extra credit. Last SOS doesn't get extra credit. It's the teacher (who was dyslexic and held back) Excellent message in this book! @AMAZON
9 Up Byng, Georgia Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism [Read the book before it becomes a movie!]
Molly Moon Stops the World
Molly Moon & the Morphing Mystery (2010) [Molly has a new power: morphing!]
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9-11 Calvert, Patricia BIGGER [post Civil War Historical Fiction] [friendship between boy and dog] @AMAZON
8-10 Cameron, Ann Gloria Rising ["big things are often not as big as they seem"] @AMAZON
9-12 Cameron, Eleanor The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet @AMAZON
9-12 Carlson, Christopher and Mark Jean Puddlejumpers [baseball, kidnappings, rescues, daredevil escapes, misbehaving orphan on the verge of juvenile detenion, thriller] @AMAZON
9-12 Carman, Patrick ATHERTON:Three Worlds Collide/Power Shifing/Nothing will ever be the same
Atherton #1: The House of Power
Atherton #2: Rivers of Fire

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9-11 Carmichael, Clay Wild Things [With her father long gone, spunky eleven-year-old Zoë is shuffled from relative to relative after her irresponsible mother dies. She's independent, fiery, a survivor.]
9-12 Carroll, Lewis The Complete Alice: Slipcased Gift Set [ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS] illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (beautiful editions)
Carroll, Lewis Extensive ON LINE TEXTS
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9-12 Casey, Suan Women Invent : Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World @AMAZON
9-12 Catling, Patrick Skene Chocolate Touch [Lesson Plan Activities] @AMAZON
9-11 Chambers, Stephen Jane and the Raven King [Outside the window, a squirrel in a tree popped out with a little black suitcase. At first, Jane was sure she must be mistaken, but as she watched, the squirrel opened the tiny suitcase and began arranging nuts and acorns inside... The animals clearly knew something was wrong. He is coming.
9-12 Cheng, Andrea Honeysuckle House [This an immigrant story with a twist. Told in alternating stories and in the innocent voices of two ten year old girls, "Honeysuckle House" addresses alienation, longing, prejudice, and cultural differences without ever losing touch with the true pre-occupations of childhood.]
The Year of the Book (Ages 7-10) [this novel subtly explores what it takes to make friends and what it means to be one, as well as the joy of reading.]
8-12 Cheshire, Simon The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files (Saxby Smart, Private Detective: Book 1) [Saxby Smart is no ordinary ten-year-old. He's the best detective in the world, or at least the best one who also happens to be in elementary school. Three cases in each book--the reader solves the mystery alongside Saxby, getting peeks at pages of his casebook as the crimes unfold, and searching for clues rather than letting the main character do all the work and have all the fun.]
10+ Christopher, Lucy Flyaway [As Isla struggles with her father's frailty and the new feelings she has for Harry, she's determined to help the only way she knows how. Outside the hospital windows, Isla watches a lone whooper swan struggling to fly. If only she could save the lost bird, would that somehow heal her dad, and cure Harry, and make everything good again?]
10-13 Clayton, Emma The Roar [futuristic dystopian thriller] @AMAZON
YR Cleary, Beverly
Lesson Plans/Bio
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The Ramona Collection

Ramona's World
Mitch and Amy
Socks
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Sister of the Bride
Henry and Risby
Strider
Dear Mr. Henshaw
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
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8-11 Clements, Andrew Frindle [Student/Teacher conflict]
The School Story [aspiring 12 year old author]
A Week in the Woods
Lost and Found [identical twins plan an eight day deception]
Extra Credit [Pen Pal with Afghan student/bridging cultural divide/lifestyles and traditions]
Troublemaker [fine line between mischief and dangerous behavior/how everyday choices can close or open doors]
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6-12 Clifton, Lutricia Freaky Fast Frankie Joe [When twelve-year-old Frankie Joe's mother is sent to jail, he is uprooted from his home in Texas to live with the father he has never met, his father's wife, and his father's four "legitimate" sons in Illinois. He's miserable. Frankie Joe hatches a plot to escape on his bike back home to Texas. For that he needs money, and so Frankie Joe's Freaky Fast Delivery Service is born. His deliveries win new friends, a place in the rural Illinois community, and a sense of achievement. But his planned escape is destroyed by a heartbreaking betrayal, and Frankie Joe needs all of his incredible resilience and the loving support of his new family to survive the devastating loss.] First time author.
9-12 Clinton, Susan First Ladies (Cornerstones of Freedom) @AMAZON
6-12 Coerr, Eleanor Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes @AMAZON
9-12 Colfer, Eoin ARTEMIS FOWL SERIES
The Artemis Fowl Files: The Ultimate Guide to the Best-selling Series
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10-14 Collard III, Sneed B. Double Eagle [1862. The Skink, a Confederate ship, is attacked by Union forces and sinks off the Alabama coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the ship was rumored to be carrying newly minted gold coins, no trace of the wreck and not even a single piece of Confederate gold is ever found. Two boys investigate. Good for reluctant readers. Learn some history too.]
9-12 Conly, Jane Leslie What Happened on Planet Kid @AMAZON
10-13 Connor, Leslie Waiting for Normal [All or nothing never adds up to normal. All or nothing can't bring you "all to home," which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day./Divorced parents/Loving stepfather/Split custody/Addiction/Excellent Read] @AMAZON
9-12 Cooney, Caroline B. The Ransom of Mercy Carter [1704 French and Indian War] @AMAZON
9-12 Cooper, Mark A. Fledgling: Jason Steed [Jason Steed is looking for a place to call home. He finds what he's looking for in the Sea Cadets-an elite group of British youngsters being groomed for lifelong service in the military. But when a routine training exercise goes awry, Jason finds himself in the middle of a secret mission. The future of the world hangs in the balance...and Jason might be the only one who can save it.]
9-12 Cooper, Susan Victory [Two Children, Two Struggles, One Battle...HMS Victory, the ship in which Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805] @AMAZON
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Cormier, Robert
[1983 Biography]
Interview
Loving Goodbye
The Chocolate War
Heroes [Teacher's Guide]
Fade
Take Me Where the Good Times Are
I am the Cheese
In the Middle of the Night
We All Fall Down
Tenderness
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10-12 Correa, Shan GAFF [Paul's disabled father, who makes a living by raising and caring for roosters, has sheltered Paul from the harsh reality of the ties between the family business and the underworld of cockfighting. The family business sickens Paul, but it's the only way his family can continue to live in the place he loves. Eventually, he must realize that being a "man" goes beyond wielding the power to hurt people and animals, and meet the tests of making decisions in a real world, which is far from a paradise.]
11-14 Couvillon, Jacques The Chicken Dance [Eleven-year-old Don got a piano-playing chicken for a pet, an imaginary twin brother, and parents who barely know he exists. He's an expert on chickens, and becomes the youngest person ever to win the Horse Island chicken-judging contest and the town hero overnight.The contest is the beginning of a big, big adventure. It involves trips, fair weather friends, a missing sister, and one big secret. Readers will cheer for Don, who goes out of his way to see the good in everything.] @AMAZON
10-14 Cox, Clinton Houdini [About Houdini] @AMAZON
Crane, Stephen Red Badge of Courage
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Creech, Sharon
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Bloomability (See also Newbery)
The Wanderer - Newbery Honor Book
Ruby Holler [Foster Children...it's never too late to be loved]
Love That Dog [taking the spirit of poetry to a high level]
Fishing in the Air (First Picturebook)
Absolutely Normal Chaos, Walk Two Moons, Chasing Redbird
Heartbeat [What does it mean to be you?]
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10-14 Crossley-Holland, Kevin The Seeing Stone (Arthur Trilogy, Book One) @AMAZON
9-12 Cruise, Robin Fiona's Private Pages (sequal/stand alone) [what is at the heart of a true friendship]
The Top-Secret Journal of Fiona Claire Jardin [dealing with parents' divorce]
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9-12 Curtis, Christopher Paul
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham --1963
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Bud, Not Buddy [See Newbery]
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9-12 Cushman, Karen The Midwife's Apprentice
Catherine, Called Birdy
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Will Sparrow's Road (2012) [In his thirteenth year, Will Sparrow, liar and thief, becomes a runaway. On the road, he encounters a series of con artists—a pickpocket, a tooth puller, a pig trainer, a conjurer—and learns that others are more adept than he at lying and thieving. Then he reluctantly joins a traveling troupe of "oddities," including a dwarf and a cat-faced girl, holding himself apart from the "monsters" and resolving to be on guard against further deceptions. At last Will is forced to understand that appearances are misleading and that he has been his own worst deceiver.] (Comedy)
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7-10 Cutler, Jane Leap, Frog
'Gator Aid
No Dogs Allowed
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7-12 Dalgliesh, Alice Bears on Hemlock Mountain
The Courage of Sarah Noble [Learn more about Sarah Noble]
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9-12 Dahl,Roald
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Matilda
The Best of Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [Unit on Chocolate]
Danny the Champion of the World
The BFG
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9-12 Danzinger, Paula
[Interview: Danziger/ Martin]
P.S. Longer Letter Later: A Novel in Letters [changing relationships]
Snail Mail No More
Amber Brown Goes Forth [Interview]
Amber Brown Is Green With Envy [shared custody/parent remarrying/choices/change/what is a normal family?]
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8-12 David, Peter Mascot to the Rescue!   [Josh Miller has a secret. Everything that happens to Mascot, the superhero sidekick in the Captain Major comic books, also happens to Josh. So when Josh finds out that Mascot is slated to die in the next Captain Major adventure, he knows he has to do something—and fast!] @AMAZON
9-12 Davies, Jacqueline The Lemonade War [As the final days of summer heat up, so does a sibling showdown over a high-stakes lemonade stand business. Jessie and Evan Treski compete to see who will make $100 first off of their respective lemonade stands. Full of surprisingly accessible and savvy marketing tips for running a stand (or making money at any business) and with clever mathematical visuals woven in, this sensitively characterized novel subtly explores how war can escalate beyond anyone's intent.]
The Lemonade Crime (Sequel) [Following the laws of our legal system, Evan and Jessie’s fourth grade class concocts a courtroom on the playground, putting Scott Spencer, alleged thief, on trial. They create a legitimate courtroom—with a judge, witnesses, a jury of their peers—and surprising consequences.]
The Bell Bandit (Book 3, Lemonade War Series) [Who on earth would steal the New Year’s Bell?]
9-12 de Angeli, Marguerite The Door in the Wall [Teacher's Guide] @AMAZON
9-12 DiCamillo, Kate
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The Tiger Rising (Signature Edition 2011) [Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger — a real-life, very large tiger — pacing back and forth in a cage. What’s more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other, and ultimately, to be friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things — like memories, and heartache, and tigers — can’t be locked up forever.]
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane [even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again]
The Tale of Despereaux [This is the story of Desperaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.]
The Magician's Elephant [When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true.]
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures [Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero.]
9-14 Deary, Terry Classified Series [Reluctant Readers]
The Nuclear Winter Man
Vanished!
Breakout!
Alien Landing

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8-12 Deedy, Carmen Agra, and Randall Wright The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale [Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his hard life dodging fishwives brooms and carriage wheels and trade his damp alley for the warmth of the Cheshire Cheese Inn. When he learns that the innkeeper is looking for a new mouser, Skilley comes up with an audacious scheme to install himself in the famous tavern. Once established in the inn, Skilley strikes a bargain with Pip, the intelligent mouse-resident, and his fellow mice. Skilley protects the mice and the mice in turn give to Skilley the delectable Cheshire cheese of the inn. Thus begins a most unlikely alliance and friendship. The cat and mouse design a plan to restore Maldwyn wounded raven and faithful guard in the service of Queen Victoria to his rightful place in The Tower, but first they must contend with a tyrannical cook, a mouse-despising barmaid, and an evil tomcat named Pinch.]
9 Up de Guzman, Michael
Melonhead [dysfunctional family/boy searching for a place to feel loved and wanted/journey of self-discovery]
Beekman's Big Deal [father/son relationship-finding "home"]
The Bamboozlers [grandfather/grandson love and the passing of wisdom...and a bit of fortune hustling to spice it up]
Finding Stinko [This is a fast-paced adventure about a runaway kid figuring out not just what he’s searching for but also what he has to say.]
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10 up Del Negro, Janice M. Passion and Poison: Tales of Shape-Shifters, Ghosts, and Spirited Women @AMAZON
9-12 Derby, Ken The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of 5th Grade [How do you get invited to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman?] @AMAZON
10-13 Derby, Sally Kyle's Island [Sally Derby takes readers to a small lake in 1970s Michigan, where thirteen-year-old Kyle comes to understand that loss isn't forever, and that people are more complicated than they seem.]
Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886) See The Mouse of Amherst for young readers.
[Emily Dickinson's Letters]
[The Emily Dickinson Journal]
[Columbia University's Project Bartleby - The Complete Poems]
9-12 DiTerlizzi, Tony The Search for WondLa (2010) (Book One) [When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, “WondLa.” Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children’s literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child’s wish for a place to belong.]
7-10 DiTerlizzi, Tony and Holly Black NEW SERIES!!
Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Nixie's Song

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7-10 DiTerlizzi, Tony and Holly Black
[Interview]
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide (Book 1)
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone (Book 2)
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Lucinda's Secret (Book 3)
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Ironwood Tree (Book 4)
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Wrath of Mulgarath (Book 5)
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Notebook for Fantastical Observations (2005) [interactive storybook features seventeen mini-adventures collected from faerie watchers around the globe as well as plenty of pages for readers to add their own stories, maps, charts, notes, lists, diagrams, and drawings.]
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9-12 DiTerlizzi, Tony and Holly Black Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You
The superdeluxe, lavishly illustrated "field guide" features 142 information-packed pages, 41 full-color plates, 6 spectacular gatefolds, 6 watercolor landscapes, scores of black-and-white and color sketches, and enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn all about the 14 fantastical creatures featured in the series, but they'll be delighted and astonished by an additional 15 creatures featured in this elaborate volume--including mermaids, gargoyles, and more. Also included are dozens of snippets from Arthur Spiderwick's personal journal--information that links the Guide specifically to the Spiderwick Chronicles--as well as cameos from a few of the series' favorite characters.
10-13 Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee The Brotherhood of the Conch
The Conch Bearer (Book I)
The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming (Book II)
ShadowLand (Book III and final)

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9-12
10 Up
Dowell, Frances O'Roark Chicken Boy [dysfunctional family/meaning of life/finding forgiveness]
Shooting the Moon [Vietnam War/about the sacrifices we make for what we believe and the people we love./Should be required reading.] Read the reviews.
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10 Up Duane, Diane So You Want to Be a Wizard (20th Anniversary Edition) @AMAZON
9-11 Dudley, David L. The Bicycle Man [set in Georgia, 1927/poverty, racism for African-Americans] @AMAZON
9-12 Eager, Edward (1911-1964) Half Magic: Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition @AMAZON
8-12 Eames, Brian The Dagger Quick [A stirring tale of rousing old-fashioned adventure, this is the story of twelve-year-old Christopher, a boy with a clubfoot seemingly doomed to follow in the boring footsteps of his father as a cooper in 17th century England. That is, until he meets his uncle- William Quick, infamous pirate, and the only man ever crazy enough to steal from the infamous Governor of Jamaica. With his mother kidnapped, his father murdered, and Christopher unjustly blamed for the crime, he has no choice but to set off on a dangerous seafaring adventure with bounty hunters on his trail and his only ally an uncle he hardly knows.] Debut novel.
9-12 Easton, Richard A Real American [Pennsylvania/Italian immigrants/coal mines @AMAZON
9-12 Edwards, Julie Andrews The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
The Great American Mousical
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7-11 Elliott, David Evangeline Mudd and the Golden-Haired Apes of the Ikkinasti Jungle [Evangeline’s parents are called away on a research trip to the Ikkinasti Jungle, then mysteriously fail to return.... Comical, offbeat tale introduces a winning heroine ] @AMAZON
8-12 Elliott, Zetta [Interview] BIRD [how a young boy copes with real-life troubles/family/loss of loved one/drug addiction] @AMAZON
9-12 Emerson, Scott The Adventures of Samuel Blackthorne
The Case of the Cat with the Missing Ear: From the notebooks of Edward R. Smithfield, D.V.M. (Book One) 2003
10-12 Erdrich, Louise The Birchbark House
The Game of Silence (Sequel) [core of the story, which is set in 1850, is white settlers' threats to the traditional Ojibwe way of life.]
8-11 Evans, Douglas Mouth Moths [wordplay, comical drawings, humor and warmth. Each story in this collection contains a lesson about behavior.]