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Charles and Emma
Heiligman, Deborah
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Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates. Deborah Heiligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young readers.


Smells Like Dog
Selfors, Suzanne
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From the author of "To Catch a Mermaid" comes the story of Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who dreams of going on grand adventures like his uncle, the famous explorer.


Behind the Bit (Canterwood Crest Bk. 3)
Burkhart, Jessica
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In Chasing Blue, Sasha and her horse, Charm, have proven that they're worthy competitors for the elite Canterwood Crest equestrian team. Things are definitely looking up . . . until Sasha finds out who her riding partner for the semester is: her archnemesis, Queen Bee Heather. Not. Good. And when Heather starts spending a little too much QT with Sasha's almost-boyfriend, Jacob, the partnership is put to the ultimate test. The tension builds in Behind the Bit when Sasha and her team are accepted to a prestigious horse clinic. Can Sasha and Callie work together when it counts?


Surviving The Applewhites
Tolan, Stephanie S.
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Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he burned down his old school and got kicked out of every school in his home state. Only one place will take him now, and that's a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious family of artists. The only one who doesn't fit the Applewhite mold is E.D. - a smart, sensible girl who immediately clashes with the unruly Jake. Jake thinks surviving this one will be a breeze . . . but is he really as tough or as bad as he seems?


Thimble Summer
Enright, Elizabeth
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A few hours after nine-year-old Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble in a dried-up riverbed, the rains come and end the long drought on the farm. The rains bring safety for the crops and the livestock, and money for Garnet's father. Garnet can't help feeling that the thimble is magic because the summer proves to be interesting and exciting in so many different ways. There is the arrival of Eric - an orphan who becomes a member of the Linden family, the building of a new barn, and the county fair at which Garnet's carefully tended pig, Timmy, wins a blue ribbon. Every day brings adventure of some kind to Garnet and her best friend, Citronella. As far as Garnet is concerned, the thimble is responsible for each good thing that happens during this magic summer - her thimble summer.


Alexis Gets Frosted (Cupcake Diaries Bk. 12)
Simon, Coco
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Everyone in the Cupcake Club was thrilled when mean girl Sydney moved away, but the new girl, Olivia, is even worse than Sydney was. Every time she passes Alexis in the hallway, she says something nasty to her. And if that wasn't bad enough, she also has all the girls in the Best Friends Club making jokes about Alexis. Alexis has no idea why this is happening . . . until she remembers an offhand remark she made to a friend about Olivia. It wasn't meant to be mean, but did Olivia take it the wrong way? If Alexis is willing to shoulder some blame, will Olivia call off the teasing campaign?


The Color Of My Words
Joseph, Lynn
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When life gets difficult for Ana Rosa, a twelve-year-old would-be writer living in a small village in the Dominican Republic, she can depend on her older brother to make her feel better - until the life-changing events on her thirteenth birthday. Ages 10 and up.


The Great Unexpected
Creech, Sharon
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Celebrate the Unexpected In Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens, for she knows all the peculiar people in town. But then the strangely charming Finn boy drops out of a tree. And the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking questions. Curious surprises are revealed--three locked trunks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan. . . . As two worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all.


Aphrodite the Beauty (Goddess Girls, Bk.3)
Holub, Joan
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Aphrodite, goddessgirl of love, must deal with jealousy after giving Athena a makeover. It doesn't seem fair that the godboys pay more attention to her friend when Aphrodite is supposed to be destined for love. She also copes with a crush from an unlikely source - the nerdy Hephaestus (god of the smith) - and learns that love comes in many forms.


Jake and Lily
Spinelli, Jerry
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Jake and Lily are twins. Even though they seem pretty different, they feel exactly the same, almost like two halves of one person. When one of them gets hurt, the other can feel it. They can communicate without words. And mysteriously, every year on their birthday, they sleepwalk to a train station in the middle of the night. But the year they turn eleven, everything changes. Their parents announce it's time for separate bedrooms, and Jake starts hanging out with a pack of boys on the block. Lily is devastated - not to mention really, really mad. And as she struggles to make friends and get a life apart from her twin, Jake finds himself dealing with a neighborhood bully and has to decide what kind of person he really is.


The Year Of The Panda
Schlein, Miriam
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A Chinese boy rescues a starving baby panda, and, in the process, learns why pandas are endangered, and what the government is doing to save them. Ages 7 to 10.


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The Graduation of Jake Moon
Park, Barbara
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Fourteen-year-old Jake recalls how he spent the last four years of his life watching his grandfather descend slowly but surely into the horrors of Alzheimer's disease.


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The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
Birney, Betty G.
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Life in Sassafras Springs has always been predictable, boring even, but one afternoon that changes when Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find Seven Wonders in Sassafras that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. The reward? An adventure that Eben's been craving -- a trip to Colorado. Even doesn't think he'll have any luck -- he can't think of one single thing that could be considered wondrous in Sassafras -- but he's willing to try. Little does he know that the Wonders he'll discover among his neighbors, friends, relatives, and family will give him the adventure of a lifetime...without ever leaving his home.


The Gollywhopper Games
Feldman, Jody
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Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson, competes against thousands of children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from Golly Toy and Game Company.


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MacDonald, Bailey
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Indentured servant Patience Martin lives a hard life in 1721 Boston, but things get even harder when her demanding employer is found dead - in a bedroom locked from the inside. Powerful townsmen accuse Patience's friend, Moll Bacon, of being a witch and the murderer, but with her own future in jeopardy, Patience doesn't know how she can help prove Moll's innocence - until she finds a new friend. Ben Franklin is a clever young printer's apprentice with a fondness for wise aphorisms. Ben risks his own skin to protect Patience, and his cunning and ingenuity are a perfect match for her courage and determination. But will their friendship and teamwork be enough to solve the mystery, clear Moll, and free Patience from a harsh life of servitude?


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The Power of Poppy Pendle
Lowe, Natasha
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Ten-year-old Poppy, born to ordinary parents, has inherited coveted witch power. In Poppy's world, witches work for good and are much valued, but Poppy does not want to be a witch - she wants to be a baker, and she is extremely good at baking. Her parents insist Poppy follow in the footsteps of her great aunt, a famous witch, but Poppy has plans of her own. Part magic, part adventure, and wholly delicious, this spirited story includes more than a dozen recipes you can try at home.


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The Search For Delicious
Babbitt, Natalie
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Twelve-year-old Gaylen, the King's messenger, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first, it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. Then Gaylen's quest leads him to unusual characters, including a minstrel who sings about a mermaid child, and Ardis, who might save the kingdom from havoc. And soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.


Pinch Hit
Green, Tim
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Trevor and Sam look alike. But their lives couldn't be more different. Trevor is a movie star, living the Hollywood life. He has everything he could ever want. Everything, that is, except the one thing he wants most: to play baseball for real. Sam is a regular kid who could have what it takes to make it to baseball's Major Leagues. He's determined to get scouts at the big USC tournament to recognize his talent. And he really wants to see his dad, a struggling screenwriter, realize his own dream. When Sam signs up at Casting Central to make some extra money, he and Trevor come together on a movie set and see the chance to trade places - to pinch hit for each other and make everyone's dreams come true. At first, it's all good. . . . But what happens when the boys take their game too far?


Lost in London
Callaghan, Cindy
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Twelve-year-old Jordan isn't unhappy, but she's definitely bored. So when she gets the chance to take part in a London exchange program, she's thrilled to ditch her small town in Delaware and see the world across the pond. Unfortunately, Jordan's host sister in London, Caroline, isn't exactly enthusiastic about entertaining an American girl. Despite the chilly welcome, Jordan finds herself loving the city and Caroline's group of friends, who are much nicer than Caroline herself. And then a major misstep leaves Jordan and Caroline trapped together overnight - inside Daphne's, the world's largest department store. Given they have complete access to all the fancy shoes, designer dresses, and coolest makeup around, there are worse places to be stuck. But when the girls' fun has not-so-fun consequences, Jordan's wish for excitement abroad turns into a lot more than she ever bargained for . . .


Bigger Than a Bread Box
Snyder, Laurel
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A magical breadbox that delivers whatever you wish for - as long as it fits inside? It's too good to be true! Twelve-year-old Rebecca is struggling with her parents' separation, as well as a sudden move to her gran's house in another state. For a while, the magic bread box, discovered in the attic, makes life away from home a little easier. Then suddenly it starts to make things much, much more difficult, and Rebecca is forced to decide not just where, but who she really wants to be.


Cabin On Trouble Creek
Leeuwen, Jean Van
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After clearing enough forest to build a log cabin for their new home, Pa returns east to fetch the rest of the family, while young brothers Daniel and Will stay behind to watch the land. Pa had planned to return within six weeks . . . but something must have gone wrong. Now the boys must survive the winter with only a few supplies and their ability to invent and improvise. But are they alone in the woods? Jean Van Leeuwen?s engrossing novel of pioneer survival is based on a true incident.


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Ereth's Birthday
Avi
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Feeling neglected on his birthday, Ereth, the cantankerous old porcupine, sets out looking for his favorite treat and instead finds himself acting as "mother" to three young fox kits. Ages 8 to 12.


The Ghost's Grave
Kehret, Peg
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What Josh thought would be the dullest summer of his life, spent with his eccentric great-aunt, turns chilling when he meets the ghost of a coal miner killed in a mine explosion. Willie has been waiting years for some kind soul to dig up his leg and rebury it with the rest of him - only then will he be at peace. Josh agrees to do the grisly deed, but when he digs in the old cemetery, he finds more than Willie’s leg bones! Who buried the box of cash in the grave, and why? How far will that person go to get the money back? The Ghost’s Grave is a deliciously spooky adventure from a master of suspense.


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The Pinballs
Byars, Betsy
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Carlie gets bounced around like a pinball - no say in what happens to her, nobody to depend on. If she was in charge, she wouldn't be stuck in this foster home with two other kids, Harvey and Thomas J. But to her surprise, Carlie and the boys become friends. And as the three learn to depend on each other, they also start to realize that they don't have to be like pinballs. Together, they can stop bouncing around and take control of their own lives. Ages 10 and up.


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