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2008 Children's Choices-Young Readers (Grade 3-4)

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Worst Name In Third Grade
It's not easy being a third-grade girl . . . especially when your name is Bridgett Butt!

Look out, world -- here comes Bridgett Butt!

Bridgett Butt is in a rut! Bridgett always gets teased about her name. And now, to make things even worse, her favorite teacher in the whole world is moving away. The new teacher, Miss Snotgrass, isn't nearly as nice. Bridgett's best friend has a new best friend. And something is wrong with Bridgett's dog, Bobo.

Could things get any worse? Not if Bridgett has anything to say about it. This third grader is going to get everything back to normal, or her name isn't Bridgett Butt!
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Turtle Summer
This is a companion book to Mary Alice Monroe's adult novel, Swimming Lessons, (Mira), the sequel to The Beach House. In the novel, the readers witness a young mother, Toy, writing a journal for her daughter, Little Lovie. Turtle Summer: A Journal for my Daughter is the journal Toy is writing. Using original photographs, this scrapbook journal explains the nesting cycle of sea turtles and the natural life along the southeastern coast, including local shore birds, shells, and the sea turtle hospital. Adults and children will enjoy the images, information and journal with or without the novel.
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Summerhouse Time
Every year a rented pink cottage full of family, swapping stories, and riding waves mean Summerhouse Time for Sophie. Best of all is sharing a room with her favorite cousin and laughing and trading secrets like two happy peas in a cousin pod. Sophie can't wait! But when she asks the now-a-teenager Colleen if she's looking forward to their time together, Colleen just says "I guess so."

What? It's the best time of the year, the time they both love. In just a little bit, they will all be together in the cottage on the beach. Will this year be just as wonderful, just like always?

Accompanied by charming black-and-white illustrations, classic growingup experiences radiate throughout the pages of this sunny, anytime story.


From the Hardcover edition.
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Spike the Rebel!
Spike the rebel is a mean-spirited bully in his neighborhood and school. All the kids are afraid of him, except Mary. She warns him that one day his meanness will come back to haunt him. Spike on a family camping trip, steals a canoe, rows past a caution sign, and ends up being thrown over the waterfalls. He survives, but the incident only makes him meaner. Next, he steals a kids BB gun and shoots a protected eagle. Even worse, when the park ranger comes, he plants the evidence so the other kid gets blamed. While riding his bike one day, Spike hits one of his self-made bike traps. He breaks his leg and bleeds badly. Debbie, a girl he laughed at for falling off her bike in one of his traps, comes with her mother and rescues him. This incident transforms Spike. He finally discovers hes much happier having friends and helping others. Virtues: Tolerance / Friendship / Cooperation
release date: Jan 21, 2016
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You Cannot Be What You Cannot See: Hope For Integrity In Corporate America
Explore the underbelly of Corporate America, as originally told by the Two Tough Cookies on Tom Fox's award-winning FCPA blog. This delightful handbook recaps the 10 Tales of "ethical lapses" experienced first hand by the Tough Cookies while working in companies large and small, and plus gives meaningful and relevant leadership tips and unpacks some handy tools to use on your ethical journey. The author, writing under the pseudonym Sunny Gardner, packs a Masters' Degree in leadership and business ethics into less than 100 pages. while entertaining with her riveting writing style. Every business school should make this one a "must read" as part of the prerequisites to earning your MBA!
Sea Monsters
Handle with extreme caution—the sea monsters of National Geographic's 3-D Large Format Film jump off the pages of this stunning pop-up companion book! Open any page for a dramatic demonstration of the most ferocious animals to ever stalk the Earth. Replicated from the film's cutting-edge, computer-generated images, the book's pop-up monsters leap into life at every opportunity. These breathtaking, paper-engineered images and foldouts will thrill readers of all ages. Behold the Styxosaurus, the stealthy hunter with the 20-foot neck; then dig up the fossils of these and other fascinating prehistoric sea creatures in informative lift-the-flap dig sites. Learn cool facts about paleontology and the fossil hunters who piece together the history of sea monsters. This visually eye-popping book explains the science behind the super-sized stars of this amazing film.
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Book of World Records 2008
A LOT can change in a year, and the bestselling SCHOLASTIC BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS has been updated to include all the most recent events in pop culture, sports, science, nature, and more!

Whether kids want to know what the largest rodent is, who the highest paid actor is, or which state has the largest Ferris wheel, the SCHOLASTIC BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS 2008 has all of the answers and much, much more! Over the past seven years, kids, parents, and teachers have come to love this kid-friendly book.

Each of the 300 records in the book has its own page, which includes a full-color photograph and a detailed description of the record.
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Another Sommer-Time Story: The Richest Poor Kid
Even though Randy is much loved at home, he has a serious problemeverything he has is old! His rich neighbor Mike, who often teases Randy, has a new bike, new toys, and never does chores. Randy, however, rides an old bike, has old toys, and has to do all kinds of work around the house. Though Randy is often reminded that things dont bring happiness, he desperately wishes he could be rich so he could buy everything new. To Randys great delight, his wish comes true. Everything he touches turns into gold, even his beloved dog. As he holds his lifeless gold dog, he realizes hes the most miserable kid in the world. Remembering he has one more wish, he uses it to return things as they were before. His wish comes true, and he becomes the richest poor kid. Virtues: Appreciation / Cheerfulness / Trust
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Real-life Sea Monsters
Long ago, sailors told tales about terrible monsters, many based on amazing - but real - sea creatures, such as giant squid, manatees, and oarfish. Find out more about these real-life sea monsters and the scary stories sailors told about them!
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release date: Aug 01, 2007
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The Painted Circus
The weird and wonderful artistry of award-winner Wallace Edwards brings you The Painted Circus, a showstopper of a book where the eye is tricked, bamboozled, hoodwinked and flimflammed ... but finally rewarded when all mysteries are revealed after the grand finale! P.T. Vermin, ringmouse extraordinaire, ushers patrons into the Big Top to behold 22 astonishing stunts, including Norwegian Marching Ducks, the Spectral Sphere and the Flying Fishtastics, each featuring an eye-opening optical illusion. It's all here --- fabulous phenomena, impossible objects, moving patterns, visual distortions and topsy-turvy geometric illusions!

Each page encourages kids to get into the act by solving the visual puzzles in every image --- and they will delight in spinning, flipping, tilting and making funny faces at the book as they do so. Entertainment for the whole family, Wallace Edwards's tour de force is a work of art that will leave readers spellbound by the power of perception and the magic of imagination.
release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Old Penn Station
A beautiful tribute to the glory of the original Pennsylvania Railroad Station
 
During the first half of the 20th century, the original Pennsylvania Station was one of New York City's grandest landmarks, a palace in the middle of Manhattan. William Low's glorious illustrations pay close attention to detail while still encompassing the large-scale grandeur of Penn Station. 
 
Old Penn Station follows a very specific piece of New York City history, but it's not just a New York book.  The author's research carefully addresses the whole history of the building, from construction to destruction, ending with an acknowledgment of its lasting legacy in terms of historical preservation. Spaces can be powerful, and Old Penn Station honors one particular powerful space which is sure to engender discussion about other historical buildings and monuments all across the nation.

This is a classic, beautiful book for history lovers, train lovers, and art lovers alike.
 
Old Penn Station is a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
release date: Apr 26, 2004
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Night Sky Atlas
Featuring up-to-the-minute discoveries and state-of-the-art space photography, this atlas illustrates all that science has revealed about constellations, the evolution of stars and galaxies, and the planets in the solar system. Acetate overlays highlight special points of interest to show even more about what we see in the night sky.
release date: May 15, 2007
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Nancy Drew #9: Ghost in the Machinery

Has Nancy Drew solved the world's energy crisis? On a mission, sponsored by young, rich, and handsome Ralph Credo, Nancy teams up with eccentric scientist Roy Hinkley, to find an amazing high efficiency engine able to operate at an amazing 200 miles per gallon! The experimental engine, mounted on a tank, was part of an experiment during the final days of World War II. There's just one problem, the engine and the tank are haunted. "Ghost In The Machinery" is the first in a series of three Nancy Drew adventures entitled "The High Miles Mystery."

release date: Aug 28, 2007
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Mythology
Presenting the newest discovery in the series with the Midas touch — a mythical exploration fit for the gods

In the early nineteenth century, an English nobleman embarked on a tour of the sites of ancient Greece. He brought as his guide a primer on Greek myths written by his friend Lady Hestia Evans, a devotee of Lord Byron who had recently taken the same voyage. In the true Romantic spirit, Lady Hestia's book was not only lavishly illustrated but also boasted many paper crafts and novelties, including a card game featuring the twelve Olympians, an oak-leaf oracle of Zeus, a pop-up Pandora's box (with hope still inside), a booklet retelling the tale of Odysseus, a piece of the Golden Fleece, a gold OBOLOS coin to pay the ferryman on the River Styx, and many more flaps, foldouts, and other surprises. The nobleman added his own witty comments and drawings along the way, but seems to have wished for something odd at the Delphic oracle: as the book nears its end, it slowly begins to turn . . .to gold. Now, for lovers of Greek myths and those just discovering their timeless power, this fascinating volume is faithfully reproduced with all its Romantic ambience, clever wit and novelty features intact.
release date: Jan 01, 2009
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Monday with a Mad Genius
In Monday with a Mad Genius, travel with Jack and Annie to Italy in the Renaissance, a time when every new morning brought with it the promise of artistic and scientific wonder. There, they meet none other than Leonardo da Vinci! Now available in paperback with all-new backmatter full of activities.
release date: Aug 01, 2006
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Military Dogs
From classic heroines like Lassie to contemporary heroes like Beethoven, children will thrill to sto....
release date: Aug 01, 2006
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release date: Sep 01, 2007
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How Big Is It?
A big book all about bigness!

This BIG title removes the confusion of the abstract by teaching size through eye-catching juxtaposition in "oh wow!" images. For instance, any idea about the size of the mysterious Giant Squid of the deep? Sure, you could read that it's 59.5 ft. long. While that sounds impressive enough, it's a little abstract. However, when you see a full-color illustration of a Giant Squid placed in front of the entire length of a farmhouse, you get a real idea of what 59.5 feet means!
release date: Jul 01, 2007
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Scary Summer
Wish that summer would never end?
Not THIS Scary Summer!
The third GB Graphix collection features acclaimed artists Dean Haspiel, Kyle Baker, and Ted Naifeh.

Three hot, talented comic artists adapt these bestselling Goosebumps books into a cool new graphic format.
Someone's creeping through the garden, doing nasty things! Dean Haspiel, a veteran of Batman and Justice League comics, knows just how to portray "The Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes."
In his comic series like The Bakers and Plastic Man, Kyle Baker proves he's one funny artist, the perfect guy to draw a story about fun and games at camp--until "The Horror at Camp Jellyjam" is uncovered.
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Extreme Pets
If you've just gotta have a pet that's anything but ordinary, this book is for you! Inside you'll find tons of info about all kinds of cool animals, from snakes to ferrets to frogs. You'll even get tips on how to persuade your parents to let you have that creepy, crawly, make-your-little-sister-jump-out-of-her-skin pet. And what could be more fun than that!
release date: Oct 23, 2007
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Extreme Dinosaurs
"Extreme Dinosaurs" presents the hugely popular subject of dinosaurs in an entirely new and dynamic format. Using newly commissioned illustrations, only the very extreme dinosaurs feature here. The imaginative text offers a vivid description and detailed information, including amazing facts and statistics. This book covers all the information that any self-respecting dinosaur fanatic would expect to see.
release date: Sep 25, 2007
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Explorer
Dare to venture into the unknown! A novelty-rich guide reveals the secrets to exploring all corners of the world, from jungles to oceans, from mountains to deserts to frozen tundra.

The year is 1930, and the president of the Society of Intrepid Explorers — inspired by great explorers throughout history — has laid out essential tips for all young adventurers determined to go where no modern human has gone before. Whether the goal is uncovering a lost civilization, finding a strange new species, or making a chance discovery along the way, here are the crucial (and interactive) tools intrepid readers will need to prepare for, navigate, and survive all manner of expeditions, as well as to imagine the world of possibilities just waiting to be explored.
release date: Sep 01, 2007
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Every Minute On Earth
Discover all of the amazing things that can happen around the world in just one minute!

In the minute it could take you to read this page, the Earth will be hit by 6,000 lightning strikes; 2,137 pounds of popcorn will be eaten; 10,000 pieces of skin will be lost from your body; 21,000 pizzas will be baked; 954 camera phones will be sold worldwide; the International Space Station will travel 289 miles in its orbit around the Earth; and 750,000 gallons of water will tumble over Niagara Falls.

The Earth and its inhabitants are active every minute of the day. Isn't it amazing what can happen in such a short amount of time?
release date: Sep 04, 2008
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Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case
Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville's ten-year-old star detective. With an uncanny knack for trivia, he solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids. But his dad also happens to be the chief of the police department, and every night Encyclopedia helps him get to the bottom of his most baffling crimes. Join Encyclopedia Brown as he solves ten of his newest and most confounding mysteries, including a case of a missing butterfly brooch, some stolen Confederate stamps, a forgetful jewel thief, and more. With the clues given in each case, readers will have a chance to solve the mystery themselves! Interactive and chock-full of interesting bits of information—it's classic Encyclopedia Brown!


 
“I loved Encyclopedia Brown as a kid.”—Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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Dog Diaries

It is the first annual meeting of the WOOF Society. Dogs of all different backgrounds and breeds have gathered together to listen to the diaries of twelve dogs from around the world and throughout history. Abu is the ruler of ancient Egypt, but Miu, the Royal Cat, continues to challenge him, except at night. Tidbit, born the runt of the litter, becomes a star singer at the Grand Ole Opry. Jip leads his blinded master back home from the Civil War. Mimi, a dog living in Paris, shares her tips on bathroom protocol and dinnertime etiquette. And eight more!

Betsy Byars and her daughters, Laurie Myers and Betsy Duffey, the trio who brought you MY DOG, MY HERO and THE SOS FILE, have pooled their talents once again to write on a subject they love. DOG DIARIES is a collection of humorous and touching stories, complemented by Erik Brooks' black-and-white illustrations, that will appeal to dog lovers of all ages.

release date: May 17, 2010
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Do Not Open
From weird mysteries, freaky facts, and cool coincidences, Do Not Open explores what lies between the known and the unknown. Discover lost worlds, unravel secret codes, marvel at mysterious places and meet spooks, spies, secret keepers, and scandal-makers.
release date: Oct 01, 2007
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Dinosaurs Across America
The 50 States of America presented one by one in comics by Phil Yeh's famous Patrick Rabbit and his Dinosaur friends in full color. One of the most popular comic books (190,000 sold) from Cartoonists Across America, a literacy group using comics for decades to teach literacy to kids all over the US, is now a beautiful exciting educational graphic novel, a fun way to learn about America's 50 States! Phil Yeh is the champion behind the group and well noted for his tireless tours and appearances at schools and libraries across the land, bringing literacy through comics.
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