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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(1950)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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BC Mambo: Stone Rabbit, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lots of action, thin plot in wacky graphic novel.
By Erik Craddock
(2009)
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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny -- Detectives Extraordinaire! Book Poster Image
age 8+
Wacky, charming tale of girl and bunnies to the rescue.
By Polly Horvath
(2012)
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Storybound Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Hugely inventive story of kids in peril in fairy-tale world.
By Marissa Burt
(2012)
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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Book Poster Image
age 8+
Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
By Christopher Healy
(2012)
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Tua and the Elephant Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun, exciting tale of Thai girl who rescues an elephant.
By R.P. Harris
(2012)
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Earthling! Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Wacky space adventure for sci-fi comics fans.
By Mark Fearing
(2012)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook Book Poster Image
age 8+
Realistic story of girl coping with sick cat, dad's death.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2012)
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Penelope Crumb Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Clever novel connects family history with self-acceptance.
By Shawn K. Stout
(2012)
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Always October Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Scary, fast-paced monster tale lacks character development.
By Bruce Coville
(2012)
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Gustav Gloom and the People Taker Book Poster Image
age 8+
Humorously spooky tale of making new, weird friends.
By Adam-Troy Castro
(2012)
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Survivors: The Empty City Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting start to dog fantasy series.
By Erin Hunter
(2012)
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The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 8+
Adaptation of sci-fi favorite a little murky visually.
By Jeanne DuPrau, Dallas Middaugh
(2012)
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Goblin Secrets Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.
By William Alexander
(2012)
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The Familiars Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Magical animal adventures for kids not ready for Potter.
By Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
(2010)
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Escape From Hat Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Clever epic of heroic rabbits vs. evil black cats.
By Adam Kline
(2012)
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket Book Poster Image
age 8+
Well-intentioned tale of floating boy celebrates diversity.
By John Boyne
(2013)
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Unlucky Charms: The Cold Cereal Saga, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
More magic and mayhem as comic Cold Cereal epic continues.
By Adam Rex
(2013)
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