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Big Nate - Lincoln Peirce (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062087003
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
The fourth hilarious compilation - in full colour - of New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate comic strips, which appear in over 300 newspapers nationwide and daily on www.comics.com. Harper's first three comic compilations have shipped 421k total to date, and Andrews McMeel's comic compilations have over 1 million copies in print! Here comes the fourth brand new Big Nate comic book compilations we have signed, adding to our Big Nate 8 book series, and 4 Big Nate boredom busting activity books from HarperCollins worldwide, a global publication. Big Nate is a NY Times Bestseller, debuted at #5, reached #2, and has spent a whopping 101 weeks on the list! "Big Nate is funny, big time." says Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Meet Nate Wright: 6th grader, class clown, self-described genius, and the all-time record holder for school detentions as he blazes an unforgettable trail through middle school! NATE'S BETTER THAN EVER! How'd you like to be 11 years old, 4 1/2 feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history? Meet Nate Wright, 6th grade Renaissance Man and serious mischief maker. This is the fourth BRAND NEW HarperCollins Big Nate comic book compilation! In the spirit of Andrews McMeel's first two compilations Big Nate From the Top and Big Nate Out Loud, but so much better! These compilations will include over 200 comic strips and have a look that is fun and different, but also tied to the look of the Big Nate novels. Lincoln Peirce is compiling his favorite all-time comic strips for this collection that will have kids in stitches! PLUS A SNEAK PEEK TO BIG NATE BOOK 7 and extra surprise activities in the back!

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Bluestar's Prophecy - Erin Hunter; Wayne McLoughlin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061582509
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
You are fire, and You will blaze through the forest Bluestar--leader of ThunderClan--has been prophesied to guide her Clan to power in a time of great turmoil. But closely guarded secrets from the past haunt her every paw step, and dark shadows whisper in her ears. Will she protect her Clan? Or collapse under the weight of her destiny?

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Bridge to Terabithia - Donna Diamond (Illustrator); Katherine Paterson
ISBN: 9780064401845
Publication Date: 2003-05-06
This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss. Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie's house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief. In addition to being a Newbery Medal winner, Bridge to Terabithia was also named an ALA Notable Children's Book and has become a touchstone of children's literature, as have many of Katherine Paterson's other novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Jacob Have I Loved. Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
ISBN: 9780142422861
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn't kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.   Suddenly Willow's world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.    * "Willow's story is one of renewal, and her journey of rebuilding the ties that unite people as a family will stay in readers' hearts long after the last page."--School Library Journal starred review * "A graceful, meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming, well-rounded characters who learn sweet--but never cloying--lessons about resourcefulness, community, and true resilience in the face of loss."--Booklist starred review * "What sets this novel apart from the average orphan-finds-a-home book is its lack of sentimentality, its truly multicultural cast (Willow describes herself as a "person of color"; Mai and Quang-ha are of mixed Vietnamese, African American, and Mexican ancestry), and its tone. . . . Poignant."--The Horn Book starred review "In achingly beautiful prose, Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a delightful tale of transformation that's a celebration of life in all its wondrous, hilarious and confounding glory. Counting by 7s is a triumph."--Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
ISBN: 9780810993136
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Boys don’t keep diaries--or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion. Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, "Just don’t expect me to be all 'Dear Diary’ this and 'Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things. Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.   F&P level: T

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Finding Ruby Starling - Karen Rivers
ISBN: 9780545534796
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
The Parent Trap comes to the digital age! When Ruby Starling gets a message from a Ruth Quayle proclaiming them to be long-lost twin sisters, she doesn't know what to do with it -- until another message arrives the day after, and then another one. It could be a crazy stalker . . . but she and this Ruth do share a birthday, and a very distinctive ear. Ruth is an extroverted North American girl. Ruby is a shy British one. As they investigate the truth of their birth and the circumstances of their separation, they also share lives full of friends, family, and possible romances -- and they realize they each may be the sister the other never knew she needed. Finding Ruby Starling is a funny, poignant, and thoroughly modern tale written entirely in e-mails, letters, Tumblr entries, and movie scripts.

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Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life - Rachel Renée Russell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416980063
Publication Date: 2009-06-02
Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school-and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna's antics-and the immediate clashes with mean girl Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki's rival in a schoolwide art competition. More than 13 million books in print worldwide!

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The Cabinet of Earths - Anne Nesbet
ISBN: 9780061963193
Publication Date: 2013-05-14
On their first day in Paris, Maya and her little brother, James, find themselves caught up in some very old magic. Houses with bronze salamanders for door handles, statues that look too much like Maya's own worried face, a man wearing sunglasses to hide his radiant purple eyes . . . nothing is what it seems.

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The Girl Who Could Fly - Victoria Forester
ISBN: 9780312602383
Publication Date: 2010-02-02
You just can't keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods. Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie. Sure, she hasn't mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she's real good at loop-the-loops. Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma's at her wit's end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents' farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities. School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences. Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore. At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester's debut novel has been praised by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, as "the oddest/sweetest mix ofLittle House on the Prairie andX-Men...Prepare to have your heart warmed."The Girl Who Could Fly is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly. Praise for Victoria Forester andThe Girl Who Could Fly: "It's the oddest/sweetest mix ofLittle House on the Prairie andX-Men. I was smiling the whole time (except for the part where I cried). I gave it to my mom, and I'm reading it to my kids--it's absolutely multigenerational. Prepare to have your heart warmed." Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga "In this terrific debut novel, readers meet Piper McCloud, the late-in-life daughter of farmers...The story soars, just like Piper, with enough loop-de-loops to keep kids uncertain about what will come next....Best of all are the book's strong, lightly wrapped messages about friendship and authenticity and the difference between doing well and doing good."--Booklist,Starred Review "Forester's disparate settings (down-home farm and futuristic ice-bunker institute) are unified by the rock-solid point of view and unpretentious diction... any child who has felt different will take strength from Piper's fight to be herself against the tide of family, church, and society."--The Horn Book Review The Girl Who Could Fly is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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The Giver - Lois Lowry
ISBN: 9780544336261
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

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The Truth about Stacey - Ann M. Martin; Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545813891
Publication Date: 2015-07-28
The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels -- adapted by #1 New York Times bestseller Raina Telgemeier, are now available in full colour! Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends -- Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they're the BSC -- and they will deal with whatever's thrown their way . . . even if it's a rival baby-sitting club!

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The Lemonade War - Jacqueline Davies
ISBN: 9780547237657
Publication Date: 2009-05-04
For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King. Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips for making money at any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent. Awards: 2009 Rhode Island Children's Book Award, 2007 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, North Carolina Children’s Book Award 2011, 2011 Nutmeg Award (Connecticut) Check out www.lemonadewar.com for more information on The Lemonade War Series, including sequels The Lemonade Crime, The Bell Bandit, and The Candy Smash.

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Honey - Sarah Weeks
ISBN: 9780545465571
Publication Date: 2015-01-27
From award-winning author Sarah Weeks comes the sweet story of a girl learning to cope with the loss of her mother. Caroline never knew her mother. She died just after Caroline was born, and it's been just her and her father for nearly eleven years now. Compared to the stories she's heard of her mother's piano skills and remarkable personality, Caroline feels completely unremarkable. And then her father starts acting mysterious. Determined to figure out what's wrong, Caroline follows some leads to a nail salon, where she makes new friends, and even finds an old one from her mother's past. But friends aren't enough when Caroline discovers that she's going to get a new stepmother, one she detests. What Caroline wishes for more than anything . . . is to have her mother to talk to. So much for an eleventh birthday surprise, right? Told with a generous helping of heart and humour as only Sarah Weeks can, Honey tells the sweet story of a girl whose eleventh birthday brings the most important gift of all.

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Wonderstruck - Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545027892
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
From Brian Selznick, the creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the Caldecott Medal winner, comes another breathtaking tour de force. Set fifty years apart, two independent stories -- Ben's told in words and Rose's in pictures -- weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder. Ever since his mom died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. He is searching for someone, but he is not sure who. She is searching for something, but she is not sure what. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mom's room, When a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose, Both children risk everything to find what's missing. With over 460 pages of original drawings and playing with the form he invented in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful, Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.

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Dying to Meet You - Kate Klise; M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547398488
Publication Date: 2010-09-06
Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer's block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It's hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man--and the abandoned kid? Well, let's just say his last name's Hope. Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise, the creators of the award-winning Regarding the . . . series, offer up this debut volume in a clever epistolary series told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, a work-in-progress manuscript, and even an occasional tombstone engraving.

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Mission Unstoppable - Dan Gutman
ISBN: 9780061827662
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
The most exciting road trip in history begins! In this action-packed, New York Times bestselling adventure, twelve-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald embark on a family vacation you'll have to read to believe. With the real-kid humor that has earned Dan Gutman millions of fans around the world, and featuring weird-but-true American tourist destinations, The Genius Files is a one-of-a-kind mix of geography and fun. As Coke and Pepsi dodge nefarious villains from the Pez museum in California all the way to the Infinity Room in Wisconsin, black-and-white photographs and maps put young readers right into the action. And don't miss the next leg of the journey in The Genius Files: Never Say Genius! Supports the Common Core State Standards

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The Young Man and the Sea - Rodman Philbrick
ISBN: 9780545600309
Publication Date: 2013-03-01
A story of determination and survival from the acclaimed author of FREAK THE MIGHTY. "This thrilling and elegant book ... will hold the interest of even the most stalwart landlubber." -- PWTwelve-year-old Skiff Beaman's mom just died, and his fisherman dad is too depressed to drag himself off the couch and go to work. So these days Skiff has to take care of everything himself. But when his dad's boat sinks, Skiff discovers it will cost thousands to buy a new engine. Skiff's lobster traps won't earn him enough, but there are bigger fish in the sea -- bluefin tuna. If he can catch one of those monster fish, Skiff just might save the boat -- and his family.

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The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
ISBN: 9780786856862
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
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Long Shot - Mike Lupica
ISBN: 9780142415207
Publication Date: 2010-03-04
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of HEAT, TRAVEL TEAM, and MILLION-DOLLAR THROW! Pedro Morales loves playing basketball, but he's more of a team guy than a star - that would be Ned Hancock, the best player in their entire town. The two boys get along well, but their friendship is threatened when Pedro decides to run against Ned for class president. The election starts to affect their team, and Pedro learns who his real friends are and the best way to work together on and off the court.

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My Life As a Book - Janet Tashjian; Jake Tashjian (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805089035
Publication Date: 2010-07-06
Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek's dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he's been labeled a "reluctant reader," his mom has pushed him to read "real" books-something other than his beloved Calvin & Hobbes. As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls.My Life as a Book is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Shipwreck - Gordon Korman
ISBN: 9780613360685
Publication Date: 2001-05-01
They didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They were sent there as a character-building experience. But now that the adults are gone, the quest for survival has begun.

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The Colossus Rises - Peter Lerangis; Mike Reagan (Illustrator); Torstein Norstrand (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062070401
Publication Date: 2013-02-05
Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones in the New York Times bestselling epic adventure Seven Wonders! The Colossus Rises is the first book in a seven-book series. This first installment chronicles the story of Jack McKinley, an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die—unless he finds seven magic Loculi that have been hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Rick Riordan calls Seven Wonders “a high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. The Colossus Rises is Lerangis’s most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Seven Wonders series!”

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The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate; Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062425249
Publication Date: 2015-10-27
The One and Only Ivan is a Newbery Medal winner and a #1 New York Times bestseller! This large-format collector's edition includes full-color interior artwork from illustrator Patricia Castelao, a special letter from Katherine Applegate, her Newbery Medal acceptance speech, a letter from Ivan's caretaker at Zoo Atlanta, Ivan's signature, and sketches and illustrations that were not part of the original book. Inspired by the true story of a captive silverback gorilla known as Ivan, this stirring and unforgettable novel celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes. Hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, Katherine Applegate's novel blends humor and poignancy to create this incredible tale of friendship, art, and hope told from Ivan's own point of view, in the tradition of timeless classics such as Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little. Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading - Tommy Greenwald; J. P. Coovert (Illustrator)
ISBN: SBN: 9781250003379
Publication Date: 2012-05-08
Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he's tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he'll go to get out of reading a book.

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The Highest and the Lowest - Katie Marsico
ISBN: 9780531217887
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Go on a tour of some of the most extreme locations on Earth! Readers will learn about the unique conditions that make these places so different from anywhere else in the world. They will also find out how scientists study these extreme settings and what life is like for the plants and animals that live there. Colorful photos show off remote locations and exotic life forms Sidebars provide in-depth info about the most unique aspects of these extreme places Glossaries explain difficult terms in a way that makes them easy to understand www.factsfornow.scholastic.com See page 1 for more information.

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When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316125925
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
A New York Times Bestseller A National Book Award Finalist An IndieBound Bestseller This breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore, and is a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller. Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei's grandmother--before it's too late. A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.

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Moo - Sharon Creech
ISBN: 9780062415240
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow. When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora. This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

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Beware the Ninja Weenies - David Lubar
ISBN: 9780765368799
Publication Date: 2013-06-04
Welcome to the Weenie Zone! Acclaimed author David Lubar is back withBeware the Ninja Weenies, his sixth collection of Warped and Creepy Tales—a series of spooky stories for young readers Stranded aliens seek out Earth's most intelligent species. (Hint: It's not us.) A bully discovers the meaning of "spatial displacement." Two girls find out why you should never annoy a witch. When a swarm of sneaking, slashing, scurrying ninja weenies invades their neighborhood, a boy and his best friend find a way to fight back. Here are thirty-three hilarious and harrowing stories that will scare you, make you laugh, or see the world in a whole new way. Find out where David got the idea for each story at the end of the book. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare!

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Glory Be - Augusta Scattergood
ISBN: 9780545331814
Publication Date: 2014-12-30
A Mississippi town in 1964 gets riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool. As much as Gloriana June Hemphill, or Glory as everyone knows her, wants to turn twelve, there are times when Glory wishes she could turn back the clock a year. Jesslyn, her sister and former confidante, no longer has the time of day for her now that she'll be entering high school. Then there's her best friend, Frankie. Things have always been so easy with Frankie, and now suddenly they aren't. Maybe it's the new girl from the North that's got everyone out of sorts. Or maybe it's the debate about whether or not the town should keep the segregated public pool open. Augusta Scattergood has drawn on real-life events to create a memorable novel about family, friendship, and choices that aren't always easy.

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