Fiction

  • Baseball Fever

    by Johanna Hurwitz Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher: Ezra Feldman, almost ten, likes baseball more than anything else in the world. But his father cannot understand why his son would rather rot his brains watching men swinging big wooden sticks than read a book or play chess. Can an unwanted car trip, a grumpy old professor, and a surprising chess victory help father and son find a little common ground—and convince Ezra's dad that cheering for the national pastime isn't completely off base?

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  • Because of Winn Dixie

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

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  • Bunnicula

    by James Howe Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher: When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny they find in the movie theater after seeing Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious. After all the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian vampire.

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  • Class Clown

    by Johanna Hurwitz Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher: Lucas Cott is one of the smartest kids in Mrs. Hockaday's third grade — but he is also the most rambunctious. Lucas doesn't mean to be the class clown, so he promises to try to behave, even though it doesn't sound like much fun. With the best intentions, Lucas still manages to cause the unexpected when he accidentally lets a yardful of autumn leaves loose in his classroom, gets his head stuck in a chair during a school assembly, and even makes a daring bet with Cricket, the class brain. But when Mrs. Hockaday assigns him the part of a clown in their class circus, Lucas knows he would be better as the ringmaster. Can he convince his teacher, or will he always be just the class clown?

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  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    by Judi Barrett Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

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  • Double Fudge

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    The Barnes & Noble Review: Hang on to your money clips, and get ready to laugh -- Judy Blume's rascally Fudge Hatcher has returned in this comical new book, and this time, he has dollar signs in his eyes. When five-year-old Fudge discovers money and thinks his family doesn't have enough, he decides to create his own Fudge Bucks. Unfortunately he's gone a bit overboard, and his family decides to visit Washington, D.C., to "let him see the green stuff hot off the press." While there, Fudge and company run into their distant cousins from Honolulu, who wind up coming to New York City and camping out with the Hatchers for a while. What a group! Cousin Howie calls Dad Tubby; Flora and Fauna, the twin Natural Beauties, end each other's sentences and break out into song; and another little Farley Drexel -- nicknamed Mini after a slight disagreement over the use of the name Fudge -- has Fudge going totally berserk. Double Fudge is a zany romp that will satisfy your craving for the kid who's always cooking up silly ideas. The shenanigans are in full force, and with Mini around, it's fun to see Fudge getting frustrated with a younger mischief maker. A fast read that'll even help kids learn a bit about money and life in the Big Apple, this nutty installment is another Blume winner.

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  • Frindle

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average
    A review from Children's Literature - Judy Silverman: Fifth grader Nicholas Allen finds out that dictionaries were actually written by people. He realizes that someone, somewhere, must have decided what certain words meant and wrote them down. But what would have happened if a different word had been chosen to represent, for instance, the instrument we write with? You know, the one with the ink in it, that you push the button and the point comes out? What if it was called a frindle? Nicholas and his friends experiment with frindle until the word has a life of its own. This story is terrific, and Nicholas' teacher, Mrs. Granger, is a dead ringer for my fifth grade teacher! One really unusual aspect of the book is that we actually find out what Nicholas is like when he's a junior in college!

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  • Georgie Lee

    by Sharon Phillips Denslow Year Published: Easy Reading
    A Review From the Publisher: J.D. loves summer on Grandmother's farm. So does Georgie Lee, a bossy little bovine with a taste for sweet corn. How much mischief can one boy, one grandmother, and one cow get into? More than you might expect—especially with a haunted house, the neighborhood dogs, and a giant catfish to contend with. In fact, almost anything can happen on this farm—and much to the wonder and delight of J.D. and Grandmother (more of a dynamic duo than you might expect), it usually does.
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  • Muggie Maggie

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher What's all the fuss about? At first, Maggie is just being contrary when she tells her parents she doesn't need to learn cursive. Then her teacher, Mrs. Leeper, says Maggie's cursive is so untidy her name looks like Muggie, and Maggie decides she will never, never read or write cursive. Nobody can make her. But when Mrs. Leeper appoints Maggie class mail messenger, the notes Maggie must carry are in cursive. Maggie can't read the notes, but she suspects some of them are about her. Now she really has a problem!

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  • Ruby Holler

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: Average
    The Barnes & Noble Review From Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech comes a heartwarming tale about second chances, unconditional love, and the true meaning of family. With wry humor, a quirky cast of characters, and a setting that is as magical as it is beautiful, Creech examines what happens when two pairs of very different people come together to form a family. Ruby Holler is the name of a wondrous place that an older couple named Tiller and Sairy call home. However, "home" for Dallas and Florida, twin orphans who are known for their troublemaking tendencies, is the nearby Boxton Creek Home, a place run by a crusty couple with a very long list of stringent rules. The twins have managed to leave the orphanage a few times when foster families have taken them in, but things never seem to work out, and they always get sent back. With each return, their lives become more restricted and their hopes for a successful adoption dim. They have no reason to think that things will be any different when Tiller and Sairy adopt them and take them to their home in the Holler. In fact, things might well be worse, since Sairy and Tiller are planning separate vacations, each of them intending to take a twin along. The only thing Florida and Dallas feel they can truly depend upon is each other, and at the thought of being separated -- even for a short while -- they panic and make plans to run away from their newfound home. But their plans get changed when they begin to realize that Sairy and Tiller aren't like all the other adults they've known.
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  • See You Around, Sam!

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher: Sam Krupnik decides to run away to Alaska when his mother won't let him wear his new plastic fangs in the house. Sam stops at neighbors' houses to say goodbye and is given so much gear and information, he wonders if he's made the right choice.
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  • Stay! Keeper's Story

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Separated early in life from his mother and siblings, Keeper tells of his adventures with various human masters and his continual search for his little sister.
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  • Staying Nine

    by Pam Conrad Year Published: Average
    A Review From the Publisher: Nine-year-old Heather thinks her life is perfect the way it is. Why should she ruin it by turning ten? So she and her mother plan an UN-birthday party, with a cake, but no candles, guests but no presents, and absolutely no singing. But when the party rolls around, things don't go exactly as planned. And with the help of her uncle's girlfriend, Heather realizes that maybe staying nine isn't such a great idea after all . .
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  • Teacher's Pet

    by Johanna Hurwitz Year Published: Average
    From Publisher's Weekly: In this companion book to her popular Class Clown, Hurwitz focuses on Cricket Kaufman. A bright and highly motivated girl, Cricket is assigned to a teacher who refuses to play favorites and is scrupulously fair and even-handed. All of the teacher-pleasing techniques Cricket has perfected over the years don't work. Even worse, the new girl, Zoe Mitchell, is as smart as Cricketmaybe even smarter. Fourth grade turns out to be the year Cricket learns some hard lessons about competition, fairness and friendship.
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  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    Peter Hatcher is completely frustrated with his little brother Farley Drexel (Fudge). Find out how crazy Fudge is when he tries to be a bird! Also find out why Mrs. Ashodian named her classroom turtle Dribble!

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  • Ramona Quimby Age 8

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Average
    Find out how funny Ramona is! You'll love the part when egg splats on her head in the middle of the cafeteria!

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  • Freckle Juice

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Easy Reading
    This is a great story about a boy who doesn't like to be wrong! He makes a very silly mistake and ends up in a real mess! If you like good humor, you'll love this easy read!

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Mystery

  • Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery

    by David A. Adler Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher From the Barnes and Noble Website: Selling candy door-to-door turns into an exciting adventure for Cam and Eric. Cam doesn't know who's hiding out in a deserted-looking house, but she's sure that whoever it is is up to no good. Can Cam's amazing photographic memory help her solve the mystery?

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  • Nancy Drew The Haunted Bridge

    by Carolyn Keene Year Published: Average
    Nancy Drew becomes involved in a double mystery concerning a haunted bridge and jewel thieves.

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  • Nancy Drew The Hidden Staircase

    by Carolyn Keene Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher Teenage detective Nancy Drew uses her courage and powers of deduction to solve the mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion.

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  • Wanted... Mud Blossom

    by Betsy Byars Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Convinced that Mud is responsible for the disappearance of the school hamster that was his responsibility for the weekend, Junior Blossom is determined that the dog should be tried for his "crime."
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Nonfiction

  • Bill Nye The Science Guy's Big Blue Ocean

    by Bill Nye Year Published: Average
    If you love Bill Nye and the ocean, then you will love this book! This book describes the ocean and its life forms and suggests related activities to help understand marine biology.
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  • Dolphin Adventure: A True Story

    by Wayne Grover Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher: Eighty feet below the ocean's surface, Wayne Grover hears a clicking sound. Soon he sees three dolphins—two adults and a baby—swimming toward him. A large fishing hook is embedded in the baby's back, and suddenly Wayne realizes that, in their own way, the dolphins are asking for his help.
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  • Exploring the Titanic

    by Robert Ballard Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Here is the first-hand account of Dr. Ballard's quest to find the Titanic. Including rare archival photos and charts, this volume recounts the Titanic's tragic last night and describes the drama of the expedition that finally found and explored her. Plus Dr. Ballard reveals the ship's location and lays to rest many of its mysteries. 48-page color insert.
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  • Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh

    by Robert Burleigh Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher: Experience all the drama of Charles Lindbergh's history-making flight on May 20, 1927 as you travel along with the first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. Follow the courage and endurance of one man who dared to make his dream come true. Full color.
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  • Koko's Kitten

    by Francine Patterson Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Koko was a famous sign-language-speaking gorilla. This is the true story of her friendship with a kitten.
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  • Lou Gehrig: the Luckiest Man Alive

    by David Adler Year Published: Average

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  • Money

    by Joe Cribb Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Examines, in text and photographs, the symbolic and material meaning of money, from shekels, shells, and beads to gold, silver, checks, and credit cards. Also discusses how coins and banknotes are made, the value of money during wartime, and how to collect coins.
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  • Mummies Made In Egypt

    by Aliki Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher: Aliki describes and illustrates the techniques and the reasons for the use of mummification in ancient Egypt.
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  • Planet Earth, Inside Out

    by Gail Gibbons Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher: What if we could open up our planet and look inside? From its red-hot core to the highest mountain peak, come see Earth as you've never seen it before in a colorful introduction to the powerful forces shaping our home.
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  • Sharks

    by Seymour Simon Year Published: Average
    Learn everything you ever wanted to know- and more- about these fascinating demons of the deep.

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  • So You Want to Be President?

    by Judith St. George Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.
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  • Sports

    by Tim Hammond Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Examines the equipment, rules, and background of many different team, target, and court sports, including soccer, rugby, Gaelic football, softball, cricket, ice hockey, table tennis, archery, and pool.
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  • Storms

    by Seymour Simon Year Published: Challenging
    Annotation: This book describes the atmospheric conditions which create thunderstorms, hailstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes and how violent weather affects the environment and people.
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  • The Heart: Our Circulatory System

    by Seymour Simon Year Published: Challenging
    From the Publisher This book describes the heart, blood, and other parts of the body's circulatory system and explains how each component functions.
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  • The Quicksand Book

    by Tomie DePaola Year Published: Easy Reading
    This book discusses quicksand and rescue procedures.
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  • The Truth About Great White Sharks

    by Mary Cerullo Year Published: Average

    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Do great white sharks hunt humans? Can a great white eat a boat? Are great white sharks cold-blooded killers? Take a trip to the ocean's depth to learn the truth about these infamous creatures. From the most current information on their swimming habits and ancient ancestors to details about their conveyor belt of teeth, armored skin and super senses, kids will be fascinated by these amazing creatures. Special sidebars offer extra information on what it's like to dive in a shark cage, how to measure a great white, and its different nicknames around the world. Over 50 full-color photographs including a gigantic shark gatefold bring the informative text alive and will thrill budding marine biologists. Includes a detailed glossary, bibliography and index.

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  • To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers

    To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers

    by Wendie Old Year Published: Challenging
    This book traces the work that the two Wright brothers did together to develop the first machine-powered aircraft.
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  • To Space and Back

    by Sally Ride Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher Much has been written about the vast scientific importance of space exploration, but very little about the human side of being a member of an astronaut crew. In this book, with the help of journalist Susan Okie, Sally Ride shares the personal experience of traveling into space. America's first woman astronaut answers questions most frequently asked about a journey through space.
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  • Volcanoes

    by Seymour Simon Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher: Volcanoes don't always look like mountains; they aren't always full of fire. Some are holes in the ground; some form under the sea. And despite their reputation for destruction, volcanoes produce new mountains, new islands, and new soil. Visit some of the world's most remarkable volcanoes along with one of the most outstanding science writers in children's books. It's an extraordinary—and unforgettable—trip.
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  • Wild and Woolly Mammoths

    by Aliki Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher: Did you know... that wooly mammoths were plant eaters? that they lived during the Ice Age, protected by their thick coats and layers of fat? that their bones were used to make shelters, jewelry and even musical instruments? Follow Aliki back thousands of years, to the time of the wooly mammoths—the ancestors of today's modern elephants. Learn about how they lived, what they ate and how they struggled to survival against their greatest enemy—humans. And find out what the wooly mammoth can teach us about the world we live in today. Travel back thousands of years to explore the exciting world of woolly mammoths. Learn how they lived, what they ate, and how they struggled to survive against their greatest enemy—humans.
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Historical Fiction

  • How My Parents Learned to Eat

    by Ina R. Friedman Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher: An American sailor courts a young Japanese woman and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.
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  • Little House in the Big Woods

    by Laura Ingalls Wilder Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Meet Laura Ingalls...the little girl who would grow up to write the beloved Little House books! Now, this favorite classic -- the first in the original nine-book series. Both adults and kids will love sitting together and reading about pioneer girl Laura Ingalls and her family, in this warm, affectionate look back at Colonial days.

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  • The Journey

    by Sarah Stewart Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher: Beginning in the dark hours of morning, an Amish girl, along with two adult companions, sets off for the big city for the first time. The reader receives nightly reports through young Hannah's diary, in which, with tireless awe, she relates the significant events of the day. Each experience is decidedly new to Hannah--a trip to the top of a skyscraper, a visit to the aquarium--yet in each she finds some universal element that reminds her of home. Though she loves the city, a trip to the art museum on the final day of her visit clinches Hannah's longing for family and familiarity; fortunately, the bus is ready to take her back to the place she loves most.
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  • Twenty and Ten

    by Clare Huchet Bishop Year Published: Easy Reading
    From The Critics Deborah Zink Roffino - Mailbox Magazine: Originally published in 1952, this story is set in German-occupied France during World War II. Twenty French schoolchildren and a Catholic nun put their own lives at risk by hiding ten Jewish children from the Nazis. It is a never-to-be-forgotten saga with an ending that leaves readers cheering.
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  • Pioneer Girl The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder

    by William Anderson Year Published: Average
    This is a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It is beautifully illustrated and available here at the Neil Armstrong School Library. Check it out and discover what life was like on the prairie. It also goes along with one of our stories in reading. There is also a television series that is entertaining about Laura and her family.

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  • The Whipping Boy

    by Sid Fleishman Year Published: Average
    This book is fun if you like to read about Royalty! There is a Prince who is REALLY naughty. But, it is against the law to spank a Prince. So a "Whipping Boy" is snatched from the street and brought to the castle to act as a Whipping Boy for the awful Prince. The boys find adventure when they disobey orders and leave the castle. The Prince learns a valuable lesson! Check it out! Mrs. Ashodian has copies in her room if you'd like to borrow one. After you read this, you could borrow the movie in the school library and compare the book and the movie.

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Animal Fiction

  • Ragweed

    by Avi Year Published: Challenging
    From the Publisher: A prequel to Avi's award-winning Poppy, this is the story of Ragweed, the mouse Poppy loved and lost. Long before Ragweed finds his way to Dimwood Forest and to Poppy, he leaves his family and serene country home behind and sets off by train for the big city, a place fraught with cars, buses, music, pleasure, excitement, attitude and danger—chiefly in the form of cats!

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  • Poppy

    by Avi Year Published: Challenging
    This is one of Mrs. Ashodian's favorite novels! It is more challenging, but well worth the read! Find out how a cute mouse named Poppy saves her family from the mean owl Mr. Ocax who rules Dimwood Forrest. It is full of excitement. There are good sequils and a prequel too!

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  • Poppy and Rye

    by Avi Year Published: Challenging
    From the Publisher: Poppy, the bold, charming deer mouse introduced in Avi's popular and highly acclaimed book by the same name, won the hearts of young readers, parents, and educators alike. Now the beloved mouse returns in a daring new adventure. Poppy and Rye Heartbroken over the loss of her beloved fiance, Ragweed, Poppy is making the long journey west to bring the sad news to his family, whom she's never met. There is no way Poppy can know that Ragweed's brother Rye is traveling east on his own quest for answers.... Coming across a beautiful green meadow in the forest, Poppy closes her eyes and begins to dance. Suddenly, she opens her eyes and, for one indescribable moment, thinks she sees Ragweed standing before her. Without a word, the strange new mouse takes her paws and the two dance in a graceful, magical duet. And then he is gone. Has it all been a dream? Or has something truly extraordinary occurred? Poppy isn't sure. But when she finally reaches Ragweed's family, she discovers great trouble. Beavers are constructing a giant dam and flooding the home of the mouse family. The mice have turned for help to Rye, who has always lived in the shadow of his older brother. Now, Rye longs to prove himself to his family...and to the beautiful deer mouse who captured his heart in the meadow. Before the battle is over, Poppy and Rye are drawn together in a dangerous showdown with the cruel and relentless dam builders. Braving kidnap, imprisonment, and a daring rescue, they carry out a brilliant plan, and with Poppy by his side, Rye dares rise to meet the expectations of his family and the mouse he loves.

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  • Ereth's Birthday

    by Avi Year Published: Challenging
    From the Publisher: Erethizon Dorsatum - better known as Ereth, the self-centered, foul-tempered old porcupine - is having a birthday. And he fully expects his best friend Poppy, a deer mouse, to help him celebrate in a grand manner. But Poppy has gone off somewhere with her husband, Rye, and it appears she has forgotten all about it. "Belching Beavers," says Ereth, "I am not angry!" (Though, perhaps he is - and more than just a little.) Ereth knows his special occasion deserves a special treat - even if he has to get it for himself. And what treat could be more special than tasty salt? But the nearest salt is located deep in the forest, in a cabin occupied by fur hunters, who have set out traps to capture the Dimwood Forest animals. In one of the traps, Ereth finds Leaper the Fox - who, with her dying breath, begs the prickly porcupine to take care of her three boisterous young kits, Tumble, Nimble, and Flip. "Jellied walrus warts!" Ereth exclaims, but reluctantly agrees. Certainly this day is not going as he planned - and it's only just the beginning! Not only does Ereth suddenly have a rambunctious new family to take care of, but he's being stalked by Marty the Fisher, the one creature in Dimwood Forest who can do him harm. And Bounder, the father of the three little foxes, remembers all too well the nose full of quills he got a while back from the grumpy old animal who now fancies himself the leader of the den. He too sets out to show Ereth who's boss. Throw in an unexpected snowstorm, and all in all, it adds up to one brithday Ereth the porcupine is never going to forget, not even if he lives to be a hundred and twenty-two!

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  • Stellaluna

    by Janell Cannon Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Stellaluna, a little brown bat, is accidentally dropped by her mother. The helpless baby falls smack into a nest of bird fledglings, and is immediately accepted as one of the family. Stellaluna tries to fit in, but keeps acting unbirdlike; hanging upside down and wanting to fly at night. By chance Stellaluna is reunited with her mother and finally learns to be proper bat. Cannon's breathtaking illustrations make this a gift-giving favorite.

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Fantasy

  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

    by C. S. Lewis Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist its ruler, the golden lion Aslan, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

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  • The Monster's Ring

    by Bruce Coville Year Published:
    A Review from Children's Literature - Sarah Sutphin: In this novel, Bruce Coville introduces his readers to Russell Crannaker, a fifth-grade student who faces daily ridicule and bullying by a fellow classmate named Eddie. One day after Eddie chases Russell down an alley, Russell stumbles into Mr. Elive's Magic Shop. Here Russell hands over a dollar to Mr. Elive who, in return, gives him a strange-looking green ring. Once Russell gets home, he studies the ring and soon learns of its promise of "monstrous magic," which will protect him for the rest of his life. Soon Russell discovers the ring's ability to transform him into a horrible, monstrous being and the fear he can strike in many people—including his tormentor, Eddie.
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  • Viking It & Liking It

    by Jon Scieszca Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher: Did you know that our word Thursday comes from the Viking god Thor. . . as in Thor's Day? Neither did the Time Warp Trio. Did you know that if you say "Thursday" over and over again too close to a certain magic Book, you will get sucked back two thousand years to the time of the Vikings? Neither did the Time Warp Trio. Can our trusty heroes, Joe, Sam, and Fred, survive a wild ride with Leif Eriksson, match wits with his evil cousin, and get back home in one piece?
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Adventure

  • Black Beauty

    by Anna Sewell Year Published: Average
    From the Publisher A handsome horse with a glossy black coat and a pretty white star on his forehead, Black Beauty seems to lead a charmed life. Although his mother warns him that there are 'bad, cruel men' in the world, he begins his life in a happy home, with a friendly groom to look after him and plenty to eat. However, when a change of circumstances means that he is sold, he soon discovers the truth of his mother's words. Anna Sewell's moving story is one of the best-loved animal adventures ever written.

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  • Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone

    by J.K. Rowlings Year Published: Challenging
    The Barnes & Noble Review With the release of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first in a series of tales about a young wizard in training, an international craze was born. Not since C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia has a children's tale of magic and mystery so enthralled the reading public. And it's easy to see why. Eleven-year-old Harry Potter, the plucky yet nerdy hero of this series, is the embodiment of every uncool kid's fantasy. Unpopular in school, picked on by bullies, and persecuted by his adoptive family, the disheveled and bespectacled Harry manages to not only survive but thrive by discovering friends, magical powers, and a great destiny he never knew he had.
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  • James and the Giant Peach

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average
    When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Then James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends — Old Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more. After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins!

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  • King of the Wind

    King of the Wind

    by Marguerite Henry Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Sham and the stable boy Agba travel from Morocco to France to England where, at last, Sham's majesty is recognized and he becomes the "Godolphin Arabian," ancestor of the most superior Thoroughbred horses.
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  • Sign of the Beaver

    by Elizabeth George Speare Year Published: Average
    Dee Benson - Mailbox Bookbag Magazine Left alone in the Maine wilderness, while his father returns south to get the rest of the family, 12-year old Matt is charged with protecting his family's new property and log cabin. While awaiting his family's return, Matt faces many challenges. Thanks to a Native American chief and his grandson, Matt learns survival skills. More importantly, he discovers friendship and develops an appreciation for another culture.

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  • The BFG

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Challenging

    Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

     

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Poetry

  • A Pizza the Size of the Sun

    by Jack Prelutsky and Shanon Corey (editors) Year Published: Easy Reading
    A collection of humorous poetry on a variety of topics.

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  • A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poetry

    by Paul Janeczko and Raschka, Christopher Raschka Year Published: Average
    From Book Magazine: Who can resist a concrete poem, a poem that visually reflects its subject? This elegant collection brings together thirty clever examples of them. Some form images, like a giraffe or a popsicle, while others vary the size of typeface to make a point. The table of contents, for instance, is shaped like a table. Brightly colored collage illustrations, which enhance some of the poems but almost overwhelm others, have the same playful spirit as the poetry itself. —Kristin Kloberdanz
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  • Advice For a Frog

    by Alice Schertle Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: Presents a collection of poems about the toucan, fruit bat, pangolin, and other animals.
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  • Riddle-icious

    by Patrick J. Lewis Year Published: Easy Reading
    From the Publisher: Illustrated in full color. From poet extraordinaire J. Patrick Lewis, here is a splendiferous treat for kids who love riddles and rhymes—and who doesn't? Each colorful page contains a riddle that is also a poem. And every riddle-icious poem describes something for kids to guess. Clues to the answers are everywhere in Debbie Tilley's witty, lighthearted art. A clever introduction to poetry that will tickle the funny bones of all little riddlers.
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  • The Random House Book of Poetry

    by Jack Prelutsky Year Published: Easy Reading
    The Random House Book of Poetry for Children : A Treasury of 572 Poems for Today's Child

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

    by Shel Silverstein Year Published: Average
    From the Barnes and Noble Website: From the outrageously funny to the quietly affecting — and touching on everything in between — here are poems and drawings that illuminate the remarkable world of the well-known folksinger, humorist and creator of The Giving Tree.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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