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The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea:  The Story of Annaliese Easterling & Throckmorton, Her Simply Remarkable Sock Monkey Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sock monkey has heart in mystery with charm, little sparkle.
By Eileen Beha
(2014)
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The Terror of the Southlands: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl battles scallywags, ball gowns in fast-paced sequel.
By Caroline Carlson
(2014)
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Nightmares!: Nightmares, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Empowering, sweet story about the fears that haunt us.
By Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
(2014)
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Revenge of Superstition Mountain: Superstition Mountain Mysteries, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thoughtful, satisfying end to historical adventure series.
By Elise Broach
(2014)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Book Poster Image
age 8+
Family road trip goes hilariously awry in 9th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2014)
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Forbidden Island: Stranded, Shadow Island, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Shipwrecked siblings encounter more adventure on new island.
By Jeff Probst, Chris Tebbetts
(2014)
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Absolutely Truly:  A Pumpkin Falls Mystery Book Poster Image
age 8+
Mildly entertaining tween mystery falls short in resolution.
By Heather Vogel Frederick
(2014)
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House of Robots, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Mild story a winner for reluctant-reader robot fans.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2014)
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Welcome to Normal: The Quirks, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Light magic, real emotion in tale of quirky family.
By Erin Soderberg
(2013)
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The Quirks in Circus Quirkus: The Quirks, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thinly stretched plot takes air out of fun idea.
By Erin Soderberg
(2014)
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Moonpenny Island Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Strong messages, role models in absorbing coming-of-ager.
By Tricia Springstubb
(2015)
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Hero Book Poster Image
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age 8+
True bravery, friendship in suspenseful tale for dog lovers.
By Sarah Lean
(2015)
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Searching for Super Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thinner story, less character depth in action-packed sequel.
By Marion Jensen
(2015)
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Mark of the Thief, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting kickoff to fantasy series in ancient Rome.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2015)
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Fork-Tongue Charmers: The Luck Uglies, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Tween girl fights foes, evil in sweet, exciting sequel.
By Paul Durham
(2015)
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The Penderwicks in Spring Book Poster Image
age 8+
Charming family series spotlights Batty in 4th volume.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2015)
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The Year of the Three Sisters Book Poster Image
age 8+
Chinese girl visits U.S. in powerful friendship tale.
By Andrea Cheng
(2015)
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Friendship Over: The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun and insightful look at elementary school friend drama.
By Julie Sternberg
(2014)
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Gone Crazy in Alabama Book Poster Image
age 8+
Harrowing tale of Gaither girls' summer in the South.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2015)
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Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting, funny, fractured fairy tale of boy vs. giants.
By Liesl Shurtliff
(2015)
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