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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

Hardcover, 224 pages, Sterling Pub Co Inc, $19.95, published March 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Kenneth Grahame

The pastoral classic features companions Mole, Mr. Toad, Badger and Ratty, following their adventures in the River Thames valley.

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Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli

Paperback, 184 pages, Little Brown & Co, $8, published November 1 1999 | purchase
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  • Jerry Spinelli

Jeffrey Lionel Magee, also known as "Maniac Magee," is an orphan and a runaway. He ends up in a small Pennsylvania town torn apart by racial strife, and astounds everyone with his extraordinary athletic feats as he works to heal the painful divide between the town's black and white citizens.

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American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang

Paperback, 233 pages, Feiwel & Friends, $9.99, published December 23 2008 | purchase
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  • Gene Luen Yang

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang's funny and sensitive drawings weave together the stories of Jin Wang, a Chinese-American kid who just wants to fit in at his new school; basketball player Danny, whose life is bedeviled by his stereotypical cousin Chin-Kee; and the mythical Monkey King, whose desire to become a god gets him in rather a lot of trouble.

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The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid

by Rick Riordan

Paperback, 516 pages, Disney Press, $9.99, published August 16 2011 | purchase
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  • Rick Riordan

Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey to save him.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Paperback, 229 pages, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $12.99, published April 1 2009 | purchase
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  • Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie's humorous, semiautobiographical novel, illustrated by Ellen Forney, follows 14-year-old Junior — poor, skinny and with a freakishly big head — as he leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation for a mostly white school in a nearby town. Alexie captures the pain and awkwardness of adolescence while also meditating on the devastation that poverty, racism and alcoholism have wreaked on Native American communities.Literary Award Winner

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Wonder

Wonder

by R.J. Palacio

Paperback, 320 pages, Gardners Books, $11.80, published January 3 2013 | purchase
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  • R.J. Palacio

Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, August "Auggie" Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different in this tale about acceptance, self-esteem and the transformative power of human kindness.

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Side by Side / Lado a lado

Side by Side / Lado a lado

The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez / La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez

by Monica Brown and Joe Cepeda

Hardcover, 32 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $16.99, published August 31 2010 | purchase
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  • The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez / La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez
  • Monica Brown and Joe Cepeda

Something special happened when Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez met. Together, they fought for the rights of countless farmworkers. Side by side, inspiring hope, they changed history.

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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald No Combina

by Monica Brown and Sara Palacios

Hardcover, , Children's Book Press, , published September 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Monica Brown and Sara Palacios

Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. To Marisol, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together.

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Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. Terupt

by Rob Buyea

Paperback, 269 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.99, published October 11 2011 | purchase
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  • Rob Buyea

Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.

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Mr. Wuffles!

Mr. Wuffles!

by David Wiesner

Hardcover, 32 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens, and when Mr. Wuffles plays a little too roughly with the toy ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs. By the three-time Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator of Tuesday, The Three Pigs and Flotsam.

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The Apprentices

The Apprentices

by Maile Meloy and Ian Schoenherr

Hardcover, 407 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16.99, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Maile Meloy and Ian Schoenherr

Two years after parting from Benjamin, Janie reunites via magical communication to prevent a global catastrophe.

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Aces Wild

Aces Wild

by Erica S. Perl

Hardcover, 217 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $15.99, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Erica S. Perl

Convincing her parents to let her adopt a dog, Zelly is disappointed when her new canine friend's habits including chewing shoes, tracking mud and having accidents on the floor.

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On a Beam of Light

On a Beam of Light

A Story of Albert Einstein

by Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky

Hardcover, 56 pages, Chronicle Books, $17.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • A Story of Albert Einstein
  • Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky

Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.

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Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace

by Nan Marino

Hardcover, 250 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $16.99, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Nan Marino

When musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, completely freezes up on television, he is forced to hide out in the Pinelands of New Jersey and try to find his way back to the music once again with the help of a new friend.

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The Boy on the Porch

The Boy on the Porch

by Sharon Creech

Hardcover, 151 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $16.99, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Sharon Creech

Discovering a speech-disabled boy asleep on their porch, young couple John and Marta forge a loving bond with the child and come to think of him as their own while wondering about his mysterious past and enjoying the world through his eyes. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons.

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One Came Home

One Came Home

by Amy Timberlake

Hardcover, 257 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $16.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Amy Timberlake

In 1871 Wisconsin, 13-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.

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Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Hardcover, 380 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16.99, published August 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Holly Goldberg Sloan

Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

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Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

The Illuminated Adventures

by Kate DiCamillo and K. G. Campbell

School And Library, 231 pages, Candlewick Pr, $17.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • The Illuminated Adventures
  • Kate DiCamillo and K. G. Campbell

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Tale of Despereaux.

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Journey

Journey

by Aaron Becker

Hardcover, 40 pages, Candlewick, $15.99, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Aaron Becker

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

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Mo's Mustache

Mo's Mustache

by Ben Clanton

Hardcover, 32 Pages, Tundra Books, $17.95, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Ben Clanton

Monster Mo's big, beautiful mustache inspires all of his friends to copy his style by growing fabulous mustaches of their own, leaving Mo to wonder how he will continue to distinguish himself.

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Count the Monkeys

Count the Monkeys

by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell

School And Library, 32 pages, Disney-Hyperion, $16.99, published June 25 2013 | purchase
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  • Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell

The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.

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Take Me Out to the Yakyu

Take Me Out to the Yakyu

by Aaron Meshon

Hardcover, 40 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Aaron Meshon

A little boy's grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, teach him about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions.

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Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?

by Eve Bunting and Sergio Ruzzier

School And Library, 32 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Eve Bunting and Sergio Ruzzier

The reader is invited to help Duck and his animal friends find a missing item.

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This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy

by Tim Harrington

Hardcover, 28 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $15.99, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Tim Harrington

Expands on the traditional counting rhyme, revealing exciting things the second set of toes does which inspire the first set to try more "fun stuff" too.

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Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo

by Molly Idle

Hardcover, 44 pages, Chronicle Books, $16.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Molly Idle

In this wordless book, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.

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Tap the Magic Tree

Tap the Magic Tree

by Christie Matheson

Hardcover, 40 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $15.99, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • Christie Matheson

Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit and lose its leaves.

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Battle Bunny

Battle Bunny

by Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett and Matthew Myers

Hardcover, 32 pages, Simon & Schuster, $14.99, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, et al

Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a sweet-silly picture book about the Birthday Bunny that his grandma gave him on his special day and turns it into a battle between a supervillain and his enemies in the forest — who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party.

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How Big Were Dinosaurs?

How Big Were Dinosaurs?

by Lita Judge

School And Library, 1 volume (unpaged), Henry Holt & Co, $17.99, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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  • Lita Judge

A fact-filled guide to dinosaurs uses kid-friendly text and whimsical illustrations to compare the sizes of dinosaurs to those of modern animals and features an oversized fold-out chart that juxtaposes popular dinosaur species, from the tiny Microraptor to the giant Argentinosaurus.

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The Animal Book

The Animal Book

A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—animals on Earth

by Steve Jenkins

Hardcover, 208 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $21.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--and Most Surprising--animals on Earth
  • Steve Jenkins

The Caldecott Honor-winning author/illustrator of What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? offers a visual feast in this rich treasury that explores the world around us and the extraordinary creatures that we share it with.

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The World Is Waiting for You

The World Is Waiting for You

by Barbara Kerley

Hardcover, 48 Pages, National Geographic Children's Books, $17.95, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Barbara Kerley

Kerley presents the natural world to children in this beautifully orchestrated book, which marries really good advice with vividly realized photography.

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The Year of Billy Miller

The Year of Billy Miller

by Kevin Henkes

Hardcover, 229 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $16.99, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Kevin Henkes

The Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse follows the second-grade year of young Billy Miller, who struggles to navigate the pitfalls of elementary school, appreciate a pesky younger sibling and help his busy parents.

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Battling Boy

Battling Boy

by Paul Pope and Hilary Sycamore

Paperback, 199 pages, First Second, $15.99, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Paul Pope and Hilary Sycamore

Sent by his warrior-god father to save a world infested by bloodthirsty monsters, young god Battling Boy embarks on a high-stakes adventure armed with only a magic credit card and a trunk of enchanted t-shirts. By the three-time Eisner Award-winning creator of Batman: Year 100.

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Molly's Pilgrim

Molly's Pilgrim

by Barbara Cohen and Daniel Mark Duffy

Paperback, 32 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $3.99, published September 1 1998 | purchase
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  • Barbara Cohen and Daniel Mark Duffy

Told to make a Pilgrim doll for the Thanksgiving display at school, Molly is embarrassed when her mother tries to help her out by creating a doll dressed as she herself was dressed before leaving Russia to seek religious freedom.

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The Butter Battle Book

The Butter Battle Book

by Dr. Seuss

Hardcover, [48] p., Random House Childrens Books, $14.95, published March 1 1984 | purchase
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  • Dr. Seuss

Engaged in a long-running battle, the Yooks and the Zooks develop more and more sophisticated weaponry as they attempt to outdo each other.

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

by Kathi Appelt

Hardcover, 326 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.99, published July 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Kathi Appelt

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.

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The Thing About Luck

The Thing About Luck

by Cynthia Kadohata

Hardcover, 269 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.99, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Cynthia Kadohata

Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers. Illustrated by Julia Kuo.

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

by Roald Dahl

Paperback, 232 pages, Penguin Group USA, $6.99, published September 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Roald Dahl

Matilda is the story of an exceptionally gifted girl who outsmarts her cruel parents and the brutish school headmistress Miss Trunchbull with the help of her magical abilities and her kind teacher Miss Honey. Illustrated with vivacious drawings by Quentin Blake.

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God Got a Dog

God Got a Dog

by Cynthia Rylant and Marla Frazee

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), Simon & Schuster, $17.99, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Cynthia Rylant and Marla Frazee

A novel in poems reveals God's discovery of the wonders and pains in the world He has created.

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The Carpet People

The Carpet People

by Terry Pratchett

Hardcover, 289 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Terry Pratchett

When the myriad tribes in the miniscule world of Carpet are threatened by the destructive forces of Fray, two brothers embark on a perilous adventure to combat power-hungry mouls and save their people. This is a revised edition of the Terry Pratchett's original work, which was published in 1971, including updated text, original color and black-and-white illustrations and an exclusive story.

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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

Paperback, 133 pages, Puffin, $4.99, published March 27 2008 | purchase
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  • Jack London

Jack London's classic novel presents the adventures of an unusual dog, part Saint Bernard and part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields, where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

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Madeline

Madeline

by Ludwig Bemelmans

Paperback, 48 pages, Penguin Group USA, $7.99, published May 1 2000 | purchase
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  • Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.

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Madeline and the Cats of Rome

Madeline and the Cats of Rome

by John Bemelmans Marciano

Paperback, 48 pages, Scholastic, $13.50, published May 4 2009 | purchase
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  • John Bemelmans Marciano

Miss Clavel and her 12 little girls go on a trip to Rome, where Madeline discovers one big adventure involving many, many cats.

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Madeline and the Old House in Paris

Madeline and the Old House in Paris

by John Bemelmans Marciano

School And Library, 1 volume (unpaged), Penguin Group USA, $17.99, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • John Bemelmans Marciano

When Lord Cucuface, head of Madeline's school, takes a telescope from the attic during a surprise inspection, its ghostly owner convinces Madeline to help get it back, with help from neighbor Pepito and her fellow orphans.

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Plunked

Plunked

by Michael Northrop

Hardcover, 247 pages, Scholastic, $16.99, published March 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Michael Northrop

Sixth-grader Jack Mogens loses his nerve after getting hit by a pitch, and has to dig deep within himself to avoid giving up the sport he loves.

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