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How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over, book jacket How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over
by Julia Alvarez
ISBN: 9780375869143
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Welcome to Tia Lola's bed and breakfast! With the help of her niece and nephew and the three Sword Sisters, Tia Lola is opening the doors of Colonel Charlebois' grand old Vermont house to visitors from all over. But Tia Lola and the children soon realize that running a B & B isn't as easy they had initially thought--especially when it appears that someone is out to sabotage them! Will Tia Lola and the kids discover who's behind the plot to make their B & B fail? And will Tia Lola's family and friends be able to plan her a surprise birthday party in her own B & B without her finding out?

 

 

City of Orphans, book jacket City of Orphans
by Avi
ISBN: 9781416971023
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In 1893 New York, 13-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole a watch from the brand-new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes. Illustrations.

 

 

You Have to Stop This, book jacket You Have to Stop This
by Pseudonymous Bosch
ISBN: 9780316076265
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Bosch delivers the fifth and final book in his Secret series. When a mummy disappears from the local history museum while Cass and her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji are there, they try to solve the case in order to clear their names and, they hope, discover the Secret they have been seeking. Illustrations.

 

 

No Ordinary Day, book jacket No Ordinary Day
by Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 9781554981342
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Valli, an orphan living in Jharia, India, spends her days picking up coal, fighting with cousins, and avoiding the "monsters" (lepers, actually) who live on the other side of the tracks. When she learns her family are not true blood relatives, she runs away to Kolkata, where she survives by "borrowing" what she needs, using it for a while, and then passing it on to someone else. Finally, she meets Dr. Indra, who recognizes that Valli, too, suffers from leprosy and helps the child to secure treatment and hope for a better future. What keeps this story from becoming maudlin is Valli's positive outlook. Quick, intelligent, and fearless, she isn't above begging to ensure her survival, but rarely does she play the victim card. Details about leprosy (causes, symptoms, treatment, prognosis) are carefully woven into the story and never feel forced or didactic. While Valli's situation will seem alien to most young North Americans, this compelling and accessible novel will enlighten, spark discussion, and prompt readers to try other Ellis titles, in particular, the Breadwinner trilogy. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

 

 

Dead End in Norvelt , book jacket Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
ISBN: 9780374379933
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In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

 

 

The Meaning of Life... and Other Stuff, book jacket The Meaning of Life... and Other Stuff
by Jimmy Gownley
ISBN: 9781416986133
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Everything is falling apart for Amelia. Aunt Tanner is away on tour, Amelia's spending more time in the principal's office, Joan's dad is injured on his tour of duty, and Amelia's friends all seem to be moving in different directions. But in the process of repairing the G.A.S.P. clubhouse, Amelia realizes things can often be restored with love.

 

 

Brave New Pond, book jacket Brave New Pond
by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
ISBN: 9780375937842
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It's a brand-new school year for everyone's favorite amoeba. Will Squish finally get to sit with the cool kids at lunch? The second in a new graphic novel series by the creators of Babymouse.

 

 

Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic , book jacket Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic
by Emily Jenkins
ISBN: 9780375862007
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Fans of acclaimed author Jenkins and Caldecott Award-winner Zelinsky's "Toys Go Out" will happily discover how Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic came to live with the Girl in six linked adventures. Illustrations.

 

 

The Phantom Tollbooth, book jacket The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
ISBN: 9780375869037
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It has been fifty years--and millions of readers--since the world was first introduced to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond with Tock, the Humbug, and the captive princesses Rhyme and Reason. Now we have a remarkable 50th anniversary edition to honor this universally adored and deeply influential novel.

 

 

The Last Council , book jacket The Last Council
by Kazu Kibuishi
ISBN: 9780545208871
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Emily, Navin, and the crew arrive in the lost city of Cielis, but they soon realize it's not the utopia they expected to find. While Trellis and Luger are taken prisoner, Emily is forced to fight for her life in a series of tests that will determine who among the new generation of young Stonekeepers will join the Guardian Council.

 

 

Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco, book jacket Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
ISBN: 9780375867309
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Lunch Lady, a secret crime fighter, accompanies the Breakfast Bunch on a class trip to an art museum, but when Dee, Hector, and Terrence begin to think there is something strange afoot, Lunch Lady is too awed to catch on.

 

 

Ten Rules for Living with My Sister, book jacket Ten Rules for Living with My Sister
by Ann M. Martin
ISBN: 9780312367664
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Pearl's older sister Lexie is in eighth grade and has a boyfriend. Pearl's only boyfriend is the family's crabby cat, Bitey. Lexie is popular. Pearl is not, mostly because of the embarrassing Three Bad Things that happened in school and which no one has forgotten. Everything Pearl does seems to drive Lexie crazy. On top of that, their grandfather is moving into their family's apartment and taking over Pearl's room. How will these sisters share without driving one another crazy?
Pearl is good at making lists of rules, but sometimes, life doesn't play by the rules!

 

 

Never Forgotten, book jacket Never Forgotten
by Patricia C. McKissack
ISBN: 9780375843846
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This gorgeous picture book by Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack and two-time Caldecott Medal-winning husband-and-wife team Leo and Diane Dillon is sure to become a treasured keepsake for African American families. Set in West Africa, here is a lyrical story-in-verse about a young black boy who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, which will remind children that their slave ancestors should never be forgotten, and that family is more important than anything else.

 

 

The Apothecary, book jacket The Apothecary
by Maile Meloy
ISBN: 9780399256271
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This first novel for young readers by the acclaimed author of "A Family Daughter" follows a 14-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war. Illustrations.

 

 

Liesl & Po, book jacket Liesl & Po
by Lauren Oliver
ISBN: 9780062014511
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From "New York Times" bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.

 

 

The Flint Heart: A Fairy Story, book jacket The Flint Heart: A Fairy Story
by John and Katherine Paterson
ISBN: 9780763647124
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A robust and wildly entertaining fairy tale, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts's 1910 fantasy retold by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson ("Bridge to Terabithia") and her husband, John. Illustrations.

 

 

Secrets at Sea, book jacket Secrets at Sea
by Richard Peck
ISBN: 9780803734555
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In 1887, the nouveau riche Cranstons voyage from New York to London, where they hope to find a husband for their awkward older daughter, secretly accompanied by Helena and her mouse siblings, for whom the journey is both terrifying and wondrous, in this new story by a Newbery Medal-winning author. Illustrations.

 

 

Around the World, book jacket Around the World
by Matt Phelan
ISBN: 9780763636197
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A Scott O'Dell Award-winning graphic novelist follows three dauntless adventurers on a Jules Verne-inspired challenge: circling the world, solo. With cinematic pacing and deft, expressive art, Phelan weaves a trio of epic journeys into a single bold tale of three visionaries who set their sights on nothing short of the world.

 

 

Seriously, Norman!, book jacket Seriously, Norman!
by Chris Raschka
ISBN: 9780545298773
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Caldecott Medalist Raschka ("The Hello, Goodbye Window") makes his dazzling debut as a fiction writer with this engaging story of young Leonard and his friend, Norman, who along with their other friends wonder why grow-ups are so insane.

 

 

Thriller, book jacket Thriller
by Jon Scieszka
ISBN: 9780061963759
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Hot on the heels of "Guys Read: Funny Business" comes the next installment inScieszka's definitive library for boys.

 

 

Binky Under Pressure, book jacket Binky Under Pressure
by Ashley Spires
ISBN: 9781554537679
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Binky has settled into a routine and perhaps he has settled a bit too much. Everything changes when a new cat moves into the space station, er, house. Now Binky must show that his alien-fighting skills are still at full power or risk losing his Space Cat certification. Binky fans will be thrilled with Spires' third outing. The adorable, if gassy, Binky is at maximum cuteness and silliness, while the dual plots focusing on friendship and hard work carry a sweet message without being overbearing. Binky is a must-read that both kids and parents will love. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

 

 

Hound Dog True, book jacket Hound Dog True
by Linda Urban
ISBN: 9780547558691
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A story about small acts of courage from the author of "A Crooked Kind of Perfect.""Do not let a mop sit overnight in water. Fix things before they get too big for fixing." Custodial wisdom: Mattie Breen writes it all down. She has just one week to convince Uncle Potluck to take her on as his custodial apprentice at Mitchell P. Anderson Elementary School. One week until school starts and she has to be the new girl again. But if she can be Uncle Potluck's apprentice, she'll have important work to do during lunch and recess. Work that will keep her safely away from the other fifth graders. But when her custodial wisdom goes all wrong, Mattie's plan comes crashing down. And only then does she begin to see how one small, brave act can lead to a friend who is hound dog true.

 

 

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales , book jacket The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales
by Chris Van Allsburg
ISBN: 9780547548104
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An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of bestselling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Van Allsburg's "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick." Contributors include Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, and Stephen King. Illustrations.

 

 

Pie, book jacket Pie
by Sarah Weeks
ISBN: 9780545270113
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When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice. Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner.