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The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
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Illustrated in black-and-white. This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and... (read more)

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Rabbit Hill (Puffin Newberry Library)
Rabbit Hill (Puffin Newberry Library)
by Robert Lawson
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Written in 1944, this is one of the classics of children's literature. The animals of Rabbit Hill and the folks who live in the big house learn about coexisting, giving us all something to think about in terms of how we interact with the world around us.... (read more)

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Half Magic (Edward Eager's Tales of Magic)
Half Magic (Edward Eager's Tales of Magic)
by Edward Eager
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I love this story. Four children (one brother and three sisters) find a magic coin. They don't initially understand the coin's special properties or how to use it without causing unwanted mayhem — since only half of a wish comes true when wished in the... (read more)

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The Book of Three: The Chronicles of Prydain, Book One (Chronicles of Prydain #01)
The Book of Three: The Chronicles of Prydain, Book One (Chronicles of Prydain #01)
by Lloyd Alexander
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Fast paced and funny, the second book of the Seelie Wars trilogy is the perfect middle grade fantasy read!   In The Hostage Prince, Prince Aspen and midwifes apprentice Snail tried to prevent a war—but started one instead. Chased by... (read more)

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
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Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers. Born on All-Hallows-Eve, the girls could play music before they could walk. They were found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady of the circus, in a pail on her... (read more)

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Baseball in April and Other Stories
Baseball in April and Other Stories
by Gary Soto
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The Mexican American author Gary Soto draws on his own experience of growing up in California's Central Valley in this finely crafted collection of eleven short stories that reveal big themes in the small events of daily life. Crooked teeth, ponytailed... (read more)

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The Horse Tamer (Black Stallion #14)
The Horse Tamer (Black Stallion #14)
by Walter Farley
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Walter Farley wrote 21 books in the famous Black Stallion series. He died in 1989.... (read more)

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The Misadventures of Maude March
The Misadventures of Maude March
by Audrey Couloumbis
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Maude March is a "wanted woman," though she never meant to be. As she and her sister Sallie face one hardship after another, their troubles mount and their lives begin to look like those of the roughriders in the dime novels Sallie reads. If I ever had... (read more)

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Homer Price
Homer Price
by Robert Mccloskey
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Welcome to Centerburg! Where you can win a hundred dollars by eating all the doughnuts you want; where houses are built in a day; and where a boy named Homer Price can foil four slick bandits using nothing but his wits and pet skunk. The comic genius of... (read more)

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The Fire Thief (Fire Thief Trilogy #01)
The Fire Thief (Fire Thief Trilogy #01)
by Terry Deary
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Now available in paperback, The Fire Thief hilariously reimagines the myth of Prometheus, the Greek demigod who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the human race. To escape the gods' revenge, Prometheus travels through time to Eden City in 1858... (read more)

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 Pirate Curse (Wave Walkers #01)
Pirate Curse (Wave Walkers #01)
by Kai Meyer and Elizabeth D. Crawford
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The Pirates of the Caribbean have a name for kids who walk on water -- they call them polliwogs. As far as fourteen-year-old Jolly knows, she's the last polliwog still alive -- and this special talent makes her invaluable to the pirate captain who raised... (read more)

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Mandy (Julie Andrews Collection)
Mandy (Julie Andrews Collection)
by Julie Andrews Edwards and Johanna Westerman
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Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment. She is perhaps best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. Ms. Edwards is the author of many favorite children's... (read more)

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The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Emily Windsnap)
The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Emily Windsnap)
by Liz Kessler and Sarah Gibb
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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little
by Peggy Gifford and Valorie Fisher
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Here's the first book in the hilarious Moxy Maxwell series, which includes Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes and Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano. It wasn't as if Moxy hadn't tried to do her summer reading. She and Stuart... (read more)

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)
by Eleanor Coerr and Ronald Himler
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 “An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable.” —Booklist, starred review The star of her schools running team, Sadako is lively and athletic…until the dizzy spells start. Then she must... (read more)

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The Secret Country (Eidolon Chronicles #01)
The Secret Country (Eidolon Chronicles #01)
by Jane Johnson and Adam Stower
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"Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's Narnia Stories." -- andlt;iandgt;School Library Journalandlt;/iandgt;... (read more)

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Ralph S. Mouse (Avon Camelot Books)
Ralph S. Mouse (Avon Camelot Books)
by Beverly Cleary and Paul O. Zelinsky
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In this third and final Mouse novel from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, Ralph heads to school to see what humans do all day . . . and to discover what the S in Ralph S. Mouse stands for! With his rowdy cousins constantly wearing out his... (read more)

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The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization
The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization
by Daniel Pinkwater
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Bestselling author Daniel Pinkwater's story of how Neddie, a shaman, a ghost, three pals, and a maneuver known as the French substitution determine the fate of the world. Melvin the Shaman. Sandor Eucalyptus. Billy the Phantom Bellboy. Daniel Pinkwater's... (read more)

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The Great Brain (Great Brain #1)
The Great Brain (Great Brain #1)
by John D. Fitzgerald and Mercer Mayer
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From the critically acclaimed author of A Tangle of Knots comes a humorous story full of heart, courage and a touch of magic. Bernettas summer couldnt be going any worse.First her ex-best friend frames her for starting a cheating ring in their private... (read more)

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The Light Princess
The Light Princess
by George MacDonald and Maurice Sendak
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"For [this] elegant edition of the Victorian story that combines seriousness with levity and farce with fantasy, the artist has created pictures that...present the ludicrous element of the story; then become poetic and romantic; and finally are climaxed... (read more)

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