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How To Steal A Dog
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
Sarah, Plain and Tall
This Newbery Medal-winning book and children's literature classic is perfect for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books, historical fiction, and timeless stories using rich and beautiful language. Sarah, Plain and Tall gently explores themes of abandonment, loss, and love. The 30th Anniversary edition includes author Patricia MacLachlan's Newbery speech, a discussion guide, and a reading list. Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna's point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa's advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother, Caleb, wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay? Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts
Love That Dog
A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem. Ages 8-12
When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man. Charlie is a charismatic prankster - and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of Pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that's not all. There is a secret about Charlie that his own family is desperate to hide. When Marcus begins school, he meets the starting quarterback on the team: Troy Popovich. Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree - about football, about Troy's ex-girlfriend, Alyssa, but most of all, about what's good for Charlie. Marcus is betting that he knows what's best for the King of Pop. And he is willing to risk everything to help his friend.
Misty of Chincoteague
Paul and his sister Maureen's determination to own a pony from the herd on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among the ponies rounded up for the yearly auction.
Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon has died, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn't know how to do that. Then she comes across the word "closure" - and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be black and white after all.
To a third-grade girl who wondered why no one ever wrote a book to help third graders read cursive writing-this is the book.
Night Of The Twisters
A fictional account of the night freakish and devastating tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska, as experienced by a 12-year-old, his family, and friends.
Every Soul A Star
At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare sight - a total eclipse of the sun. Three lives are about to be changed forever in this enchanting tale told from three unique perspectives: Ally: A nature girl, Ally enjoys the simple things in life, like stargazing and comet hunting at her home at Moon shadow, and she refuses to imagine life any other way. Bree: Popular, gorgeous, and a future homecoming queen for sure, Bree wears her beauty like a suit of armor. Jack: Overweight and awkward, Jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined.
So B. It
Heidi is on a quest. She doesn't know when her birthday is or who her father is. In fact, everything about Heidi and her mentally disabled mother’s past is a mystery. When a strange word in her mother's vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi sets out on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past. Far away from home, pieces of her puzzling history come together. But it isn't until she learns to accept not knowing that Heidi truly arrives. Ages 10 and up.
The First Four Years (Little House)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls
Meet Laura Ingalls, who would grow up to write the Little House books. Laura and Almanzo have just been married! Their life on a small prairie homestead begins with high hopes. But each year seems to bring unexpected disasters - storms, sickness, fire, and unpaid debts. These first four years call for courage, strength, and a great deal of determination. Always, though, there is love, especially for the newest member of the family - baby Rose.
Anything but Typical
Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does. Jason can be himself when he writes and he thinks that PhoenixBird - her name is Rebecca - could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to met her, he's terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca will only see his autism and not who Jason really is.
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Leigh Botts has been author Boyd Henshaw's number-one fan ever since he was in second grade. Now in sixth grade, Leigh lives with his mother and is the new kid at school. He's lonely, troubled by the absence of his father, a cross-country trucker, and angry because a mysterious thief steals from his lunchbag. Then Leigh's teacher assigns a letter-writing project. Naturally Leigh chooses to write to Mr. Henshaw, whose surprising answer changes Leigh's life. Ages 8 to 12.
Our Only May Amelia
Holm, Jennifer L.
It isn't easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899, but it's particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement. With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can't seem to abide her family's insistence that she behave like a Proper Young Lady. Not when there's fishing to be done, sheep to be herded, and real live murderers to be captured! May is sure she could manage better if only there were at least one other girl living along the banks of the Nasel River. And now that Mama's going to have a baby, maybe there's hope.... Ages 9 and up.
Mia a Matter of Taste (Cupcake Diaries, #14)
Fashionista Mia gets some unflattering news from Katie's mom, Dr. Brown: She needs braces. And just when Mia thinks things can't get any worse . . . they do. Her teacher is concerned that Mia is squinting in class. A trip to the opthamologist confirms it: Mia needs glasses, too. Mia is miserable until her stylish mom comes to the rescue with a plan and a very chic middle school look. And her wonderful Cupcake Club friends reassure her that glasses and braces don't get in the way of all they "really" see: the same old Mia.
Walk Two Moons
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.
The Good Dog
McKinley, a malamute, is torn between the domestic world of his human family and the wild world of Lupin, a wolf that is trying to recruit dogs to replenish the dwindling wolf pack.
Winnie Perry's thirteenth year brings many joys and challenges as she negotiates her relationship with her first boyfriend and realizes that change is inevitable in her friends, family, and even herself.
Persephone the Phony (Goddess Girls, Bk.2)
In Persephone the Phony, Persephone develops a crush on bad-boy Hades. Her mom (Ceres) and friends don't approve, and Persephone finds herself sneaking around to see him. Hades convinces her to tell the truth, and it's revealed that he isn't all that bad, just misunderstood!
Bulla, Clyde Robert
Determined to earn some money, ten-year-old Sarah Ida gets a job at a shoeshine stand and learns a great many things besides shining shoes. Ages 7 to 10.
Fourth-grader Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until circumstances force her parents to sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.
Everything On A Waffle
Eleven-year-old Primrose, living in a small fishing village in British Columbia, recounts her experience and all that she learns about human nature and unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.
Little Town On The Prairie (Little House)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls
The long hard winter was finally over. The people of De Smet came outdoors and began to live again. They held church socials, dances, and "literaries." In the summer, Laura worked long hours at a grueling job - making shirts. She wanted the money to help send Mary to a college for the blind. Suddenly, Laura was a young lady. And who but the dashing Almanzo Wilder escorted her home in the evenings.
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Molly Moon is no ordinary orphan. When she finds a mysterious old book on hypnotism, she discovers she can make people do whatever she wants. But a sinister stranger is watching her every move and he'll do anything to steal her hypnotic secret...
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