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Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys

Paperback, 352 pages, Penguin Group USA, $8.99, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Ruta Sepetys

In 1941, Lina and her family are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers.

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Railsea

Railsea

by China Mieville

Hardcover, 424 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published May 15 2012 | purchase
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  • China Mieville

Sham Yes ap Soorap travels the endless rails of the railsea, hunting giant moles with a captain who can think only of the ivory-coloured mole she's been chasing since it took her arm many years ago. When they come across a derelict train, Sham finds some mysterious pictures that soon have him hunted on all sides by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers.

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Outside over There

Outside over There

by Maurice Sendak

Paperback, 40 p., Harpercollins Childrens Books, $9.95, published March 1 1989 | purchase
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  • Maurice Sendak

With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's brideLiterary Award Winner

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Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

Paperback, 32 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $8.95, published September 1 1988 | purchase
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  • Maurice Sendak

When Max dons his wolf suit, his imagination carries him to a land filled with lovable monsters.

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Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo

A Lift-the-flap Book

by Rod Campbell

Hardcover, 18 pages, Simon & Schuster Merchandise &, $6.99, published May 8 2007 | purchase
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  • A Lift-the-flap Book
  • Rod Campbell

Each animal arriving from the zoo as a possible pet fails to suit its prospective owner, until just the right one is found. Movable flaps reveal the contents of each package.

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Seedfolks

Seedfolks

by Paul Fleischman

Paperback, 69 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $5.99, published April 1 1999 | purchase
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  • Paul Fleischman

One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed. Illustrated by Judy Pedersen.

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The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

by Mo Willems

Hardcover, 40, Hyperion Book CH, , published April 3 2012 | purchase
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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis

Paperback, 485 pages, Little Brown & Co, $6.99, published April 1 2008 | purchase
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  • Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis

As the only four children to pass the series of tests provided, Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance are asked to go on a secret mission as undercover agents at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and quickly realize they will have to use their collective wit to get their important task complete.

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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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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

by Frank Cottrell Boyce

School And Library, 213 pages, Candlewick Pr, $15.99, published March 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Frank Cottrell Boyce

Down on their luck, the Tooting family buys an old camper van and begins repairing it, but after installing an engine that once belonged to an extraordinary car, they are off to find other original parts, pursued by a sinister man who wants Chitty for himself. Illustrated by Joe Berger.

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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

by Trenton Lee Stewart and Diana Sudyka

Hardcover, 480 pages, Little Brown & Co, $17.99, published April 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Trenton Lee Stewart and Diana Sudyka

Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict, an orphan afflicted with an unfortunate nose and with narcolepsy, is sent to a new orphanage where he encounters vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances, and a mystery that could change his life forever.

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Shooting Kabul

Shooting Kabul

by N. H. Senzai

Paperback, 273 pages, Simon & Schuster, $6.99, published July 12 2011 | purchase
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  • N. H. Senzai

Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

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The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor Estes

Paperback, 80 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $7, published September 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Eleanor Estes

A poignant tale of bullies and bystanders, The Hundred Dresses tells the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish schoolgirl whose classmates tease her for wearing tattered clothes. The story, which is illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, was inspired by a little girl author Eleanor Estes remembered from her own childhood who was picked on by other kids.

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