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Chig and the Second Spread Book Poster Image
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Keeps harshness of Depression mostly at bay.
By Gwenyth Swain
(2003)
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Love That Dog Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Boy pours his grief into poetry in moving free-verse gem.
By Sharon Creech
(2004)
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The Report Card Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Nora uses her genius to protest testing, grades.
By Andrew Clements
(2004)
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
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The Shadows of Ghadames Book Poster Image
age 8+
A girl's life in turn-of-the-century Muslim Libya.
By Joelle Stolz
(2005)
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Lunch Money Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Delightful page-turner with rock-solid values.
By Andrew Clements
(2005)
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The Cabin Faced West Book Poster Image
age 8+
Story takes kids back to the frontier days.
By Jean Fritz
(2001)
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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths Book Poster Image
age 8+
Action-packed, fascinating intro to Greek myths.
By Ingri d'Aulaire
(1962)
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Whittington Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Clever retelling of a legend, from the cat's POV.
By Alan Armstrong
(2006)
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No Talking Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Ear-to-ear-grinningly delightful school story.
By Andrew Clements
(2007)
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Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Kit meets economic adversity with courage, spunk.
By Valerie Tripp
(2000)
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Meet Julie: An American Girl Book Poster Image
age 8+
Plucky '70s American Girl fights for her rights.
By Megan McDonald
(2007)
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Room One: A Mystery or Two Book Poster Image
age 8+
Page-turner full of kind, thoughtful characters.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
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Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now Book Poster Image
age 8+
Third in fun, lighthearted series for reluctant readers.
By Lauren Child
(2008)
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May B. Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
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Big Nate Goes for Broke: Big Nate, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Creative underdogs win big in fun comic novel.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2012)
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About Average Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Inspiring story of sixth grader solving her bully problem.
By Andrew Clements
(2012)
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Runt Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Insightful look at school bullying sometimes hard to follow.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2013)
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The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl suspects a Communist in her midst in McCarthy-era tale.
By Megan Frazer Blakemore
(2014)
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The Zero Degree Zombie Zone Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fast-paced adventure with friends, zombies, and magic.
By Patrik Henry Bass
(2014)
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