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The Humming Room

by Ellen Potter

Reading Level: Grade 4-6

An unwanted orphan girl...an unhappy man...a forbidding estate...a secret...a neglected garden. Is this a description of Burnett's Sercet Garden? No, but it is a literary reflection of that beloved classic.

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Other tales of orphan girls include:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Maggie & Oliver, or, A Bone of One's Own by Valerie Hobbs

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver and

Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Family, Misfits, Mysteries, Realistic Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Bigger Than a Bread Box

by Laurel Snyder

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

Rebecca's life is turned upside down when her mother, without warning, takes Rebecca and her little brother away from their father and home and moves them in with their grandmother. Upset when she learns that this is not a short trip, but a permanent relocation Rebecca goes to the attic to sulk and finds a magic bread box. If she wishes for something that is real AND which will fit inside the bread box, the box will give it to her. But magic, no matter how harmless it seems at the time, always comes with a price.

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Girls, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Self Image Location: J Fiction
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Zombie Mommy: A Pals in Peril Tale

by M.T. Anderson

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 6

When Lily's mother realizes that the mothers in novels for children her daughter's age all die horrible deaths she becomes obsessed with avoiding that fate, especially since Lily has now been a main character in four Pals in Peril novels.  Unfortunately in her desperate attempt to avoid anything that might endager her life, she throws herself quite literally right into the arms of zombies, ghosts and vampires.  Can the Pals rescue her before it is too late and she becomes just another fictional mother statistic?

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Horror, Humor, Mysteries, Supernatural, Vampires Location: J Fiction
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Z is for Moose

by Kelly Bingham

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 6

Moose literally cannot wait for M to come up in this alphabet book so that he can have his turn to shine.  Moose should meet Mo Willems' Pigeon.

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Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky Reading Level: Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Oh No, George!

by Chris Haughton

Reading Level: Ages 2 - 8

George really wants to be a good dog when he is left home alone, but some things, like a cake and a cat are just too tempting.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor Location: Picture Books
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A Confusion of Princes

by Nix, Garth

19-year-old Khemri is one of millions of princes. All were chosen as babies from across the vast empire. Khemri has been enhanced and trained all his life. He dreams of being the special one...THE prince who will become the one to control the mind of the vast empire.

On the day of his investiture Khemri learns it is much more likely that he will die. For on that day, the assassination attempts begin.

Reading Level: Grades 8+

 

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Other fast paced space fiction include::

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The Xenocide Mission by Ben Jeapes and

Dragon and Thief:A Dragonback Adventure by Timothy Zahn

Reading Level: 8th Grade Subjects: Science Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Also Known as Rowan Pohi

by Fletcher, Ralph

Reading Level: Grades 7+

Life is hard for 15-year-old Bobby Steele. Especially since he has the same name as his father...the man who made the newspapers when he attacked his wife with a hot iron. Bobby hates sharing his name. Bobby doesn't blame his mother when she walks out on them. He'd walk too if it wasn't for his little brother.

Bobby's name change started as a joke. When he and his friends find an application for a prestigious prep school at an IHop, they make up a kid and submit an application. When that pretend guy, Rowan Pohi, is accepted, the temptation is too great. Bobby decides he needs a new life, anything is better than the one he has.

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Other tales double identities include:

The Mark of Conte by Sonia Levitin

Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita and

Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick

Reading Level: 7th Grade Subjects: Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Eye-Popping 3-D Bugs: Phantogram Bugs You Can Practically Touch!

by Barry and Betsy Rothstein

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 10

This 3-D insect book will either make you want to reach out and touch the bugs or run away screaming!

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Animals--Real, Non-Fiction Location: JP Non-Fiction
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Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All

by Peter Catalanotto

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

Young superhero, Question Boy, asks non-stop questions to poor unsuspecting everyday superheroes like Garbage Man until he meets Little Miss Know-It-All in the park. Has he finally met his match?

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Adventure, Friends, Humor, Read-Alouds Location: Picture Books
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The Contender

by Robert Lipsyte

Reading Level: Grades 7+

"Boxing is a dying sport. People aren't much interested anymore. They want easy things, like television, bowling, car rides."

Alfred Brooks wants to be somebody special - a champion. Donatelli assures him that's impossible - first Alfred has to train - train so hard he'll start to feel like it's not worth it, that he should just quit - that he'll never be a fighter at all, let alone a contender. But Alfred is determined, and begins to train, hard. When he's boxing, Alfred doesn't have to think about all the bad stuff going on in his life, it's just him and the ring, nothing going on outside it matters at all. Inside the ring, Alfred can contend with his life.

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Books for Boys, Sports Location: JY Fiction
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