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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 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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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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The True Meaning of Smekday

The True Meaning of Smekday

by Adam Rex

Paperback, 423 pages, Disney Pr, $6.99, published May 5 2009 | purchase
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  • Adam Rex

Twelve-year-old Gratuity Tucci has a hard time writing an essay on "The True Meaning of Smekday" due to her complex life after Earth was overtaken by aliens and her mother was kidnapped and taken to Happy Mouse Kingdom in Florida. Reprint.

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George Washington's Birthday

George Washington's Birthday

A Mostly True Tale

by Margaret McNamara and Barry Blitt

Hardcover, 40 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published January 10 2012 | purchase
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  • A Mostly True Tale
  • Margaret McNamara and Barry Blitt

On George Washington's seventh birthday, he does chores, misbehaves, and dreams of a day when his birthday will be celebrated by all.

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Wolf Brother

Wolf Brother

by Michelle Paver

Hardcover, 295 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $16.99, published February 1 2005 | purchase
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  • Michelle Paver

When evil strikes the land six thousand years ago, twelve-year-old Tourak and his faithful wolf-cub are forced into a perilous journey to take on the destructive force and, with the help and guidance of strange characters along the way, find a way to change the horrific outcome the world seemed destined to endure.

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And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

by Dr. Seuss

Hardcover, 40 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $14.95, published December 1 1988 | purchase
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Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss' first book release for children, a foil-covered, commemorative edition of the classic story follows the story of Marco, who imaginatively recounts to his father what he sees on his way to school.

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A Ball for Daisy

A Ball for Daisy

by Christopher Raschka

Hardcover, 32 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $16.99, published May 10 2011 | purchase
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  • Christopher Raschka

This poignant, wordless tale features an endearing young dog that is heartbroken when a bigger dog destroys a favorite toy. Told through impressionistic illustrations by the Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Hello, Goodbye Window.Literary Award Winner

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Glory Be

Glory Be

by Augusta Scattergood

Hardcover, 202 pages, Scholastic, $16.99, published January 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Augusta Scattergood

Longing to return to the days when her sister had more time and her best friendship with Frankie was less complicated, Glory, of 1964 Mississippi, meets a new girl from the North who riles up a community debate about whether or not to keep the segregated public pool open.

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Bumble-ardy

Bumble-ardy

by Maurice Sendak

Hardcover, 40 pages, HarperCollins Childrens Books, $17.95, published September 6 2011 | purchase
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  • Maurice Sendak

Bumble-Ardy the pig had not celebrated his past eight birthdays with his family, but when his Aunt Adeline adopts him at age nine, he decides to throw himself a spectacular party.

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Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs

by Anne Ursu

Hardcover, 312 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $16.99, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Anne Ursu

Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life. Illustrated by Erin Mcguire.

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Delirium

Delirium

by Lauren Oliver

Paperback, 480 pages, HarperCollins, $8.99, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Lauren Oliver

In a dystopian near future America, the government has classified love as a disease. All citizens, once they turn 18, receive a government operation to cure the unwanted emotion. Lena looks forward to her operation and a safe, predictable and happy life — until, just a few months before her 18th birthday, she meets the mysterious Alex and falls in love.

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The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds

by Lisa McMann

Hardcover, 390 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.99, published August 30 2011 | purchase
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  • Lisa McMann

In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

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Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

The Story of America and African Americans

by Kadir Nelson

Hardcover, 108 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $19.99, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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  • The Story of America and African Americans
  • Kadir Nelson

Heart and Soul explores the history of African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement.

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Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

by Brenda Woods

Hardcover, 137 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16.99, published September 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Brenda Woods

Earning money by playing the clarinet for New Orleans tourists, budding musician Saint remains behind to protect a stray dog when Hurricane Katrina hits and forces the pair to take shelter in an elderly neighbor's home. By the author of The Red Rose Box.

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