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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.50, published July 1 1993 | purchase
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  • Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Norton Juster's classic fantasy — with wry illustrations by Jules Feiffer — follows bored young boy Milo after he receives a mysterious gift: a tollbooth that allows him entrance to the magical "Lands Beyond." Milo and his traveling companion, Tock the watchdog, restore the princesses Rhyme and Reason to the Kingdom of Wisdom — and in the process Milo discovers the real world has its own charms.

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Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective

Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective

by Donald J. Sobol

Hardcover, 88 pages, Penguin Group USA, $13.99, published June 1 1963 | purchase
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  • Donald J. Sobol

Fifth-grader "Encyclopedia" Leroy Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kinney

Hardcover, 217 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $13.95, published April 1 2007 | purchase
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  • Jeff Kinney

Sad-sack sixth-grader Greg Heffley just wants to fit in. His preteen diaries chronicle the dramas of junior high as he and his best friend, Rowley, try to survive as undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily. When Rowley grows more popular, Greg takes drastic measures to save their friendship.

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The Cheerleaders of Doom

The Cheerleaders of Doom

by Michael Buckley and Ethen Beavers

Hardcover, 245 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $14.95, published September 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Michael Buckley and Ethen Beavers

When a former member of NERDS turns into a villainous cheerleader, Matilda "Wheezer" Choi and the rest of the NERDS must infiltrate the cheerleader squad and save the world from a machine that wreaks havoc by entering other dimensions.

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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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  • Railsea
  • 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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