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Poems to Learn by Heart

Poems to Learn by Heart

by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth

Hardcover, 191 pages, Disney Pr, $19.99, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth

Features one hundred readily memorizable poems that convey a wide range of feelings, meanings, and wisdom, in a volume complemented by watercolor illustrations.

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House of Secrets

House of Secrets

by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus

Hardcover, 490 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $17.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus

Cordelia, Brendan and Eleanor Walker, aged fifteen to eight, must rely on a mysterious book to face the Wind Witch and her father, the Storm King, who have kidnapped Dr. and Mrs. Walker and brought them to a strange world of magic.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsburg

Paperback, 162 pages, Simon & Schuster, $6.99, published August 1 1987 | purchase
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  • E.L. Konigsburg

When Claudia decides to run away from home, she knows any old place won't do, and so settles on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and her little brother, Jamie, move into the museum, sleeping in a 16th century bed and bathing in the fountain. While there, they uncover a tremendous secret.

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The The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Hardcover, 267 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $27.99, published September 1 2000 | purchase
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  • L. Frank Baum

After being transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas. Illustrated by W. W. Denslow.

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Who Could That Be at This Hour?

Who Could That Be at This Hour?

by Lemony Snicket and Seth

Hardcover, 258 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • Lemony Snicket and Seth

Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

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Lunch Lady #1

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Paperback, 1 v. (unpaged), Random House Childrens Books, $6.99, published July 28 2009 | purchase
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  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The school lunch lady — who is a secret crime fighter — uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots.

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The Flint Heart

The Flint Heart

A Fairy Story

by John Paterson, Katherine Paterson and John Rocco

Paperback, 288 pages, Candlewick Pr, $9.99, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • A Fairy Story
  • John Paterson, Katherine Paterson, et al

A magical amulet brings power and despair to those who touch it.

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The Day My Mother Left

The Day My Mother Left

by James Prosek

Paperback, 290 pages, Simon & Schuster, $7.99, published March 10 2009 | purchase
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  • James Prosek

When his mother leaves to live with another man, nine-year-old Jeremy faces his own pain and loss, his father's depression and sister's distance, the pity of friends and strangers, and his father's remarriage two years later, finding solace in fishing and his artwork.

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Kevin Keller

Kevin Keller

Welcome to Riverdale

by Dan Parent

Paperback, 144 pages, Random House Inc, $11.99, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • Dan Parent

Recently elected as class president and struggling with the challenges of a first summer job, a first date, and an upcoming prom, gay teen Kevin Keller asks for advice from romantically challenged friends Archie and Jughead while outmaneuvering the schemes of Cheryl Blossom.

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Green

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Hardcover, 40, Roaring Brook Press, 16.99, published March 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn

by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Hardcover, 36 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $16.99, published January 17 2012 | purchase
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  • Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

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Baby Bear Sees Blue

Baby Bear Sees Blue

by Ashley Wolff

Hardcover, 40, Beach Lane Books, $16.99, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Ashley Wolff

Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies and other colorful things in nature.

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Unspoken

A Story From the Underground Railroad

by Henry Cole

Hardcover, 40, Scholastic Press , 16.99, published November 1 2012 | purchase
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  • A Story From the Underground Railroad
  • Henry Cole

A young girl's courage is tested when she discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn.

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Chloe And The Lion

by Adam Rex and Mac Barnett

Hardcover, 48, Hyperion Book CH, 16.99, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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And Then It's Spring

by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead

Hardcover, 32, Roaring Brook Press, 16.99, published February 14 2012 | purchase
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A Home For Bird

by Philip Stead

Hardcover, 32, Roaring Brook Press, 16.99, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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Oh, No!

Oh, No!

by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

Hardcover, 40, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

Author Candace Fleming and illustrator Eric Rohmann present the comical story of a group of animals who repeat a refrain of dismay as they fall, one by one, into a deep hole.

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Boot & Shoe

by Marla Frazee

Hardcover, 40 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Marla Frazee

Boot and Shoe are dogs that live in the same house, eat from the same bowl and sleep in the same bed, but spend their days on separate porches until a squirrel mixes things up.

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Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers

Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers

by Dav Pilkey

Hardcover, 214 pages, Scholastic, $9.99, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Dav Pilkey

Our heroes, George and Harold, have been turned into evil zombie nerds doomed to roam a devastated planet for all eternity, after Tippy Tinkletrousers the time-traveling trickster prevented them from ever creating Captain Underpants in the first place. The course of history has been changed — can they change it back, and save Captain Underpants?

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Slam Dunk

STAT #3: Slam Dunk

Standing Tall and Talented

by Amar'e Stoudemire

Paperback, 142 pages, Scholastic, $5.99, published January 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Standing Tall and Talented
  • Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e has been focusing so much on basketball that he is unable to help his dad at work. Meanwhile, older players are teasing him on the court. When an eye injury forces him to take time off from the sport, he discovers an opportunity to bond with his father. Illustrated by Tim Jessell.

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Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey

by Jerry Spinelli

Hardcover, 285 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $15.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Jerry Spinelli

An inventive fable of growing up and letting go, of leaving childhood and its imaginative play behind for the more dazzling adventures of adolescence, and of learning to accept not only the sunny part of day, but also the unwelcome arrival of night. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Maniac Magee.

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