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Daylight Saving

by Edward Hogan

Reading Level: Grades 7 - 10

Daniel, who hates all things sports, is taken to the Leisure World Holiday Complex, a family sports camp, by his father for autumn break. While trying to avoid another of his father's drunken episodes, Daniel bikes to a lake where he meets a girl named Lexi, who has a slight black eye and seems to be at the camp alone. Each time they meet she has more and worsening injuries, and, as he spends more time with her, Daniel begins to develop weird wounds of his own. What is happening and how can he help both of them before he has to leave at the end of the week?

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Subjects: Adventure, Crime and Punishment, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Horror, Misfits, Mysteries, Relationships, Self Image, Supernatural, Time Travel Location: JY Fiction
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Break My Heart 1,000 Times

by Daniel Waters

Reading Level: Grades 7 - 10

The biggest consequence of The Event (other than billions of people being killed at once) is that ghosts have become an everyday part of life. Veronica is used to her father's ghost showing up each morning at the kitchen table silently reading the same paper, drinking the same cup of coffee and smiling at the area by the sink right before he vanishes. Walking to school each morning means seeing a murdered girl show up on the creepy teacher's doorstep, and the ghost of an old woman hobbling down to get her mail. Then one February morning the ghost of a teenaged boy shows up in Veronica's bathroom, more ghosts start popping up all over town, and the creepy teacher starts paying a lot of attention to Veronica.

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Crime and Punishment, Fantasy, Horror, Mysteries, Relationships, School, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Goldilocks and Just One Bear

by Leigh Hodgkinson

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8

A bear wanders into the city and becomes lost, so he enters an apartment and makes himself comfortable in this silly fractured fairytale with a surprise ending.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Folktales, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Toads on Toast

by Linda Bailey

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 9

Fox was bored with his same old boiled toad meals day in and day out so he buys himself a cookbook and discovers most toad recipes call for YOUNG toads not old ones. After catching a bag full of young toads he gets ready to try a new recipe when the toads' mother suggests she teach him a secret toad family recipe instead.

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Illustrator: Colin Jack Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Talking, Fantasy, Humor Location: Picture Books
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The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery

by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

Reading Level:  Grades 2-4

This is the remarkable true story of  John Price, former slave, and the citizens of Oberlin, Ohio.  In 1856, Price and two others managed a daring escape from slavery, and settled in Oberlin, then home to many abolitionists and former slaves.  Two years later, Price was snatched from the road by slave hunters.  His cry for help was heard by an Oberlin college student.  This is the inspiring story of the response to that cry.

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Other books illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Illustrator: Eric Velasquez Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Non-Fiction Location: J Non-Fiction
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My First Day

by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 9

A bunch of baby animals tell what they do on their first day of life, such as fighting their way out of shells or being pushed up to the ocean's surface for his first breath in this cute science book.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Animals--Real, Non-Fiction Location: JP Non-Fiction
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This Moose Belongs to Me

by Oliver Jeffers

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

When Wilfred finds a moose, he decides it is meant to be his pet and names it Marcel, but Marcel has a secret.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Real, Fantasy, Read-Alouds Location: Picture Books
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Joshua Dread

by Lee Bacon

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Starting a new school is never easy.  It is even harder when you have to remember your new alias and make sure you never even hint at the fact that your parents are supervillians intent on destroying the world.

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Other villianous tales include:

Artemis Fowl by Eon Colfer

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks anThe Cloak Society by Jeramy Kraatz

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Fantasy Location: J Fiction
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Fairest of All

by Sarah Mlynowski

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

"Once upon a time my life was normal.  Then the mirror in our basement ate us."

When a magic mirror transports 10-year-old Abby and her little brother Jonah to the forest next to the cottage of the seven dwarves, they stop Snow White from eating the poisoned apple.  Now Snow White has two problems: 1) The evil queen keeps trying to kill her and 2) Since she didn't eat the apple, the prince didn't kiss her so she has lost her chance to live happily ever after.

It is up to Abby and Jonah to help the clueless Snow White stay alive AND get her happliy ever after.  Then they can try to get back home.

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For more fractured fairytales  try:

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker

Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner and

Little Wolf's Book of Badness by Ian Whybrow

Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Fantasy Location: J Fiction
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Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

Reading Levels: Grades 6+

In a complicated post-WWIV world ravaged by a fatal, incurable disease, Earth is separated into independently ruled Commonwealths, completely separated from the Lunars, a somewhat new species spawned from previous moon colonization. 

Cinder is a second-class citizen at best. She's indentured to her step-mother, and a gifted mechanic, but a cyborg.  Over 36% robotic, Cinder relies on a robotic hand, foot, nervous system, and more - to stay alive. Despite this supposed (and mostly unknown) handicap, however, Cinder is the best mechanic in New Bejing, a reputation that brings the Royal Prince himself to her door with a broken android in need of quick - and quiet - repair.

When Cinder's younger step-sister Peony catches letumosis, the fatal disease that killed Cinder's father and ravaged Earth, everything changes. Furious, Cinder's step-mother sells her cyborg ward into voluntary testing for a letumosis cure - a grim fate, until Cinder's body rejects letumosis and it is discovered that she has a natural immunity. Dr. Erland, letumosis researcher in the royal palace, begins working with Cinder to develop a cure, but their testing reveals dangerous secrets about Cinder's past. In the meantime, Cinder's repairs on the Prince's android cause it to divulge another secret - relating to the relations between the Earth and the Lunars.

When the Emperor himself succumbs to letumosis, the Lunar Queen declares that she will visit the Earth herself to comfort the Prince during his time of mourning - but with recent information Cinder has learned from the Prince's android...  it is clear the Queen's motives are anything but comforting.

In a creative, complex sci-fi retelling of the classic Cinderella story with a hint of Anastasia, Meyer creates memorable characters while simultaneously posing difficult questions - what does it mean to be human? What is the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good? When is the sequel coming out?

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Three more books are planned in the series.

Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Crime and Punishment, Don't Miss These, Dystopias, Family, Friends, Read-Alikes, Relationships, Science Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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