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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 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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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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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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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 Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle Book Poster Image
age 8+
Wacky, gripping sequel has slapstick, swordplay, sweetness.
By Christopher Healy
(2013)
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A Snicker of Magic Book Poster Image
age 8+
Kids try to find town's lost magic in beguiling tale.
By Natalie Lloyd
(2014)
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The Castle Behind Thorns Book Poster Image
age 8+
Delightful, gentle fantasy stresses power of forgiveness.
By Merrie Haskell
(2014)
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Operation Fireball: Fish Finelli, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Clever underdog sparkles in winning adventure.
By E.S. Farber
(2014)
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Minion Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Terrific page-turner has it all: action, humor, and heart.
By John David Anderson
(2014)
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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor: Frank Einstein, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Scientific smarts and goofy humor are a winning experiment.
By Jon Scieszka
(2014)
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Lowriders in Space, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Pedal-to-the-metal graphic novel celebrates Latino culture.
By Cathy Camper
(2014)
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Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles: Fish Finelli, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Bright, likable boy anchors fun seaside mystery adventure.
By E.S. Farber
(2014)
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The Founding Fathers!: Those Horse-Ridin', Fiddle-Playin', Book-Readin', Gun-Totin' Gentlemen Who Started America Book Poster Image
age 8+
History this lively should be required reading in school.
By Jonah Winter
(2015)
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Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome Book Poster Image
age 8+
More pep talks, positivity, substance from fun YouTube star.
By Robby Novak, Brad Montague
(2015)
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Crenshaw Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.
By Katherine Applegate
(2015)
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Frank Einstein and the BrainTurbo: Frank Einstein, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun sequel serves up science with a splash of philosophy.
By Jon Scieszka
(2015)
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Lowriders to the Center of the Earth: Lowriders in Space, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Friends wrestle Aztec god in vibrant, zany graphic novel.
By Cathy Camper
(2016)
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Ms. Bixby's Last Day Book Poster Image
age 8+
Remarkable story of three boys honoring spirited teacher.
By John David Anderson
(2016)
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Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White Book Poster Image
age 8+
Enchanting illustrated bio of "Charlotte's Web" author.
By Melissa Sweet
(2016)
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