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Think Again! False Facts Attacked, Errors Exploded, Myths Busted

by Clive Gifford

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

Everyone knows that goldfish have a 3 second memory, Vikings wore horned helmets, and sugar makes kids hyperactive. Well, everyone is wrong. You will find out the truth about these myths and many, many more in this amusing collection of "facts" which have been busted by scientific studies.

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Humor, Non-Fiction Location: J Non-Fiction
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Moo!

by David LaRochelle

Moomoo Moomoo: Moo Moo - Moo

Moo moo moo moo moomoo moo moo moo moo moomoomoomoo moo moo moomoo moomoo moo moo moo.

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Reading Level: Ages 2 - 6

When cow sees the farmer has left his car unattended he can't resist taking a joy ride.

Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog

by Tom Watson

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

Stick Dog is at it again!   This time Stick Dog and friends are determined to help themselves to the hot dogs in the frankfurther cart, but they have competition from a  gang of hungry racoons.  The friends devise various ridiculous schemes to steal the hot dogs that test practical Stick dog's patience.  Then there's an added problem when Karen, the dachshund, gets trapped in a human's house.  Once again, readers will love the the many funny "bad" drawings of Tom Watson.

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Humor Location: J Fiction
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Hank Finds an Egg

by Rebecca Dudley

Reading Level: Prek -  PreK - Grade 2

In this stunning, wordless picture book, Hank, a cute stuffed animal (perhaps a bear or a monkey) finds an egg that has fallen from its nest.  After several unsuccessful attempts to reach the nest, Hank cares for the egg at his campsite.  With the help of mother hummingbird, there's a happy ending for all.  Dudley built wonderfully detailed dioramas from paper, clay, fabric etc. and then photographed them.  She created a world readers will want to visit again and again.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Books for Boys, Books for Girls Location: Picture Books
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Bedtime Monsters

by Josh Schneider

Reading Level: PreK - Grade 3

Josh Schneider hits the mark again as he reinvents the classic monster under the bed tale.  Arnold is your average boy.  He trashes an imaginery Fifth Avenue and bites off the heads of animal crackers.  But Arnold doesn't want to go to bed for fear of bedtime monsters.  Sure enough, they appear one by one.  Some very silly monsters jump into bed with Arnold since it turns out that they are afraid other monsters.   Readers will laugh aloud at the imaginative illustrations and love the surprise ending!

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Rump: The Story of Rumpelstiltskin

by Liesl Shurtliff

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

This is Rumpelstilton as never before.  Instead of the nasty, baby stealing gnome, Rump is a young boy, small for his age, malnourished, and picked on by village bullies. His mother died when he was born and the last thing she uttered was his name.  In a kingdom where your name is your fate, how much worse could it get than to be named Rump?  But is it his full name?

The orginal story is here.  There's the greedy miller, his beautiful daughter, a gold loving king, and a boy who can spin straw into gold.  Add in messanger gnomes, gold crazed biting pixies, witchesin woods, and smelly trolls and readers will agree that Shurtliff can spin some tale.

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Fantasy, Self Image Location: J Fiction
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Inhuman

by Kat Falls

Reading Level: Grades 7 & up

Set in a dystopian American, years ago before the story begins a new virus killed millions of people and turned others into half-human, half-animal mutants.  The rest of humanity fled and built a wall along the Mississippi River to separate themselves from the "Feral Zone."

When 16-year-old Lane McEvoy learns her father has gone missing, she must enter the forbidden "Feral Zone" to complete a mission that could save his life.  Everson, a handsome border guard, and bad boy Rafe accompany Lane her astonishing journey.  The characters are multi-faceted and, like all good science fiction, Inhuman raises important questions, namely, what it is to be human or humane.  Readers will eagerly await the next two books in the trilogy.

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Dystopias, Science Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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33 Minutes

by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8

...until Morgan Sturtz kicks my butt

Sam Lewis and Morgan Sturtz were best friends all through elementary school, but by seventh grade Sam is the brainy, nerdy, small kid while Morgan is is the popular football player who struggles in school.  Readers know something has happened to warrant the promised "butt kicking," but don't find out until later in the book. Hask-Lowy takes readers through a boring social studies class, a classic food fight, a fire drill and the cover "butt kicking." Sam is a smart, likeable narrator. "If you know someone was going to kick you someplace, would you not hope for that place to be your butt?"

There are so many books about the changing friendships among girls.  Here's one about boys that girls will enjoy, too.

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Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Friends, Humor, Realistic Fiction, Relationships, School, Self Image Location: JY Fiction
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Asylum

by Madeleine Roux

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Sixteen-year-old Dan is thrilled to be spending the summer on a real college campus taking college courses with a bunch of kids who actually CARE about school. When he arrives he learns that the summer students are all going to be housed in an old asylum which is being converted to dorms. Camp start off normal enough, but after Dan and his new friends explore an off limit area, things start getting strange. Dan begins to have strange dreams involving doctors experimenting on mental patients, and then the blackouts start.

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Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mysteries, Social Issues, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Battle Bunny

by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

It was a sweet story when Gran Gran bought it.  She wrote a loving inscription circled by a heart, "Happy Birthday, Alexander!  To my little birthday bunny on his special day.  Love, Gran Gran."

The saccharine book was more than Alexander could take.  With pencil in hand he changes the gentle story of a little birthday bunny into the wild, raucous adventures of the villainous Battle Bunny!!! 

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Other subversive stories include:

Chester by Melanie Watt

Killer Koalas From Outer Space by Andy Griffiths and

Tales for the Perfect Child by Florence Parry Heide

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Humor Location: J Graphic Novels
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