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release date: Sep 07, 1999
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Lucy's Wish
Ten-year-old Lucy Griggs's mother has just died, leaving Lucy orphaned and living on the streets of 1866 New York City. Then Lucy hears about the Children's Aid Society, a group that sends orphans out West to new homes. Lucy knows she'll never replace her mum, but maybe now she'll find a family--and even a little sister--to love.



But the family that takes her in is far from ideal. Mr. Snapes seems kind, but Mrs. Snapes is a bitter, angry woman. And Emma isn't the sister Lucy has dreamed of. Emma is a girl who people call "simple." Can Lucy learn to love this less-than-perfect family?


From the Hardcover edition.
release date: Feb 01, 1999
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Saving Shiloh
Naylor concludes the trilogy begun with the Newbery Medal winner Shiloh. Here Judd Travers is on the mend from a nearly-fatal truck accident. But is he healing inside, too? Can Marty and his family and the community trust that Judd will not return to his evil ways? Marty wants to believe in Judd, but doesn't want to place himself or his beloved dog, Shiloh, in jeopardy.

An accelerated Reader® Title

release date: Jan 01, 2000
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The Janitor's Boy
approx. 2.5 hours         2 cassettes
read by B.D. Wong

Jack Rankin has always looked up to his father.  But when the middle school students are temporarily housed in the high school where his father works as a janitor, Jack is embarrassed.  He lashes out by covering the underside of a desk with gum, and his punishment is to perform janitorial duties after school for three weeks.  When Jack walks in his father's shoes for a while, he learns surprising secrets about the old building...and his old man.
release date: Jan 01, 2001
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Gleam and Glow
Inspired by real events, master storyteller Eve Bunting recounts the harrowing yet hopeful story of a family, a war--and a dazzling discovery.
release date: Jul 27, 2004
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Fannie in the Kitchen
Marcia enjoys being her mother's helper, so she's hurt when Mother hires Fannie Farmer to prepare family's meals. But sure enough Fannie's charm (and griddle cakes!) win Marcia over, and she finds herself cooking up delights she never thought possible!
by: Avi
release date: Jan 01, 2003
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The Good Dog

In the Colorado mountain town of Steamboat Springs there must be three hundred dogs.

Jack's malamute, McKinley, is the leader of them all. But Jack, being human, has no way of knowing that. For him, his family's dog is just a great pal. And protector.

Jack cannot know that Redburn, a "leash-licking" Irish setter, is McKinley's rival for the job of head dog. The boy cannot know, with the sudden hillside appearance of a she-wolf, Lupin, that not only McKinley's job -- but his life -- is in danger. Lupin's message: Dogs free yourselves from mankind. Come join us, we who need you to replenish our diminishing wolf pack in the wild.

But imagine how a good dog, loyal to his human pup, would hear Lupin's call!

McKinley's thrilling story tells itself, as first he and the boy together encounter Lupin in a canyon perfect for an old-time ambush, and later as they try to save her from both Redburn and a neighbor, a vicious man armed with a gun and a grudge. No one -- not even McKinley -- can foresee the end.

release date: Mar 01, 2006
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The Great Serum Race

Ride shotgun with the heroic mushers whose bravery inspired the Iditarod.

In the winter of 1925, Nome, Alaska, was hit by an unexpected and deadly outbreak of diphtheria. Officials immediately quarantined the town, but the only cure for the community of more than 1,400 people was antitoxin serum and the nearest supply was in Anchorage―hundreds of miles of snowbound wilderness away. The only way to get it to Nome was by dogsled.

Twenty teams braved subzero temperatures and blizzard conditions to run over 600 miles in six days in a desperate relay race that saved the people of Nome. Several of the dogs, including Togo and Balto, became national heroes. Today their efforts, and those of the courageous mushers, are commemorated every March by the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Jon Van Zyle's stunning oil paintings capture the brutal conditions, pristine wilderness, and sheer guts and determination demonstrated by the heroic mushers and dogs.

release date: Sep 01, 2004
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Runt
DEEP IN THE Minnesota forest, where only the strong survive, four regular-sized pups—Leader, Sniffer, Runner, and Thinker—are pushed into the world. Then one last, very small pup is born into the wolf pack. He is called Runt.

From the very start, Runt struggles in the harsh wild world of the wolves. He tries learning along with his brothers and sisters, but makes serious mistakes. It's hard pleasing his father, King, and the other wolves. If only Runt could prove himself to his powerful father and family. . . .

“With an economy of words, Bauer precisely and vividly conveys the wolves' wild world. . . . There's a ready-made audience for this.”—Booklist, Starred

“Beautifully written and faithful to wolves' behavior (explained in an afterword). . . . Bauer portrays the wolves' place in the natural world with compassion, respect, and warmth, but this is also the story of any unique individual's struggle to find his or her niche.”—School Library Journal
release date: Jul 01, 2010
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The World According to Humphrey
The first book in the series about everyone's favorite classroom pet!

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That's what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having FUN-FUN-FUN in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up-Sayeh. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course). With lots of friends to help, adventures to enjoy, and a cage with a lock-that-doesn't- lock, Humphrey's life is almost perfect. If only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn't out to get him!

Boys and girls can't help falling in love with Humphrey!
release date: Jul 20, 2010
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Friendship According to Humphrey
Room 26 has a new class pet, Og the frog. Humphrey can't wait to be friends with Og, but Og doesn't seem interested. To make matters worse, the students are so fascinated by Og, they almost stop paying attention to Humphrey altogether! Humphrey knows that friendship can be a tricky business, but if any hamster can become buddies with a frog, Humphrey can! “[Humphrey's] lively, first-person narrative, filled with witty commentary on human and hamster behavior, makes for an engaging, entertaining read.” – Booklist “ Wise observations (a la Beverly Cleary) of friendship in the story of two newcomers, a frog and a shy little girl.” – Chicago Tribune
release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Masterpiece

Marvin lives with his family under the kitchen sink in the Pompadays' apartment. He is very much a beetle. James Pompaday lives with his family in New York City. He is very much an eleven-year-old boy.After James gets a pen-and-ink set for his birthday, Marvin surprises him by creating an elaborate miniature drawing. James gets all the credit for the picture and before these unlikely friends know it they are caught up in a staged art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that could help recover a famous drawing by Albrecht Dürer. But James can't go through with the plan without Marvin's help. And that's where things get really complicated (and interesting!). This fast-paced mystery will have young readers on the edge of their seats as they root for boy and beetle.

In Shakespeare's Secret Elise Broach showed her keen ability to weave storytelling with history and suspense, and Masterpiece is yet another example of her talent. This time around it's an irresistible miniature world, fascinating art history, all wrapped up in a special friendship― something for everyone to enjoy.

Masterpiece is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

release date: Oct 01, 2010
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Stranger in the Woods
A special 10th anniversary edition of this wonderful winter tale!

Booksellers, librarians, parents and educators have treasured this award-winning, bestselling book since its first publication ten years ago. This wonderfully heartwarming winter story about forest animals' curiosity and confusion over a snowman that has magically appeared in their woods, has become a festive favourite year after year.

When Stranger in the Woods appeared ten years ago it became a #1 New York Times bestseller and won several awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the International Reading Association Award, and has since been published in seven languages. This beautiful 10th anniversary edition contains the original story in its entirety, and boasts a new lenticular cover — creating a lovely, visual delight!

release date: Jan 01, 2002
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Olivia
Olivia is an absolute delight! A gorgeous little pig who likes to dress-up, sing songs, dance, think, snooze (sometimes) and is even quite good at building sandcastles. Her days are filled with the wonderful minutia that makes up a small child's life and, at the end of them, when she snuggles up in bed and her mother reads her a story (or three) Olivia the little pig, feels very full of love. Olivia is an absolute gem of a book - a modern classic.
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