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Fiction

Fiction is story telling. More specifically, fiction is an imaginative form of narrative, one of the four basic rhetorical modes. Works of fiction need not be entirely imaginary and may include real people, places, and events. Fiction is largely perceived as a form of art and/or entertainment. The ability to create fiction and other artistic works is considered to be a fundamental aspect of human culture, one of the defining characteristics of humanity.

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The Little House Books: A Pioneer Chronicle

By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Publisher: Harper Trophy

The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years. Little House in the Big WoodsWolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870’s. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of …

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos

By: Deborah Heiligman
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it’s true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn’t learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, …

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National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (First Big Books)

By: Catherine D. Hughes
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books

This beautiful book is the latest addition to the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series. These colorful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colorful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into universe.Chapters include: • Chapter 1 focuses on the Earth, moon, and sun.  • Chapter 2 introduces kids to the other planets in our …

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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

By: Catherine D. Hughes
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books

The third title in National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, this book is for kids 4- to 8-years-old who LOVE dinos! The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations by Franco Tempesta—who illustrated National Geographic Kids The Ultimate Dinopedia. Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate …

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Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 5-8: Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

This Magic Tree House set including the following titles: Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House, No. 5) Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House, No. 6) Sunset of the Sabertooth (Magic Tree House, No. 7) Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House, No. 8)

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LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia

By: DK Publishing
Publisher: DK CHILDREN

Contains an EXCLUSIVE minifigure for you to put together! Sensei Wu’s ninjas may work together, but they are actually all very different and unique. Little ninjas everywhere can now learn everything there is to know about their favorite Masters of Spinjitzu in DK’s LEGO® Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia. Each beautifully illustrated spread features tons of fun facts on the different characters, variants of each minifigure, and the various vehicles, weapons, and locations that make up the LEGO Ninjago world. Additional pages will be included featuring special events from the new animated …

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Walk Two Moons

By: Sharon Creech
Publisher: HarperCollins

“How about a story? Spin us a yarn.” Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. “I could tell you an extensively strange story,” I warned.”Oh, good!” Gram said. “Delicious!”And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold–the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one …

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The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, Book 2)

By: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Percy is confused. When he awoke after his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain-fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him.Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very …

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The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book

By: Tom Angleberger
Publisher: Amulet Books

Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back—and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized test scores. Instead, it’s driving everyone crazy with its obnoxious videos of Professor FunTime and his insidious singing calculator! When Principal Rabbski cancels the students’ field trip—along with art, music, and LEGO classes—to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help. But some crises are too big for Origami Yoda to handle alone: Form …

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Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

By: Carol McCloud
Publisher: Ferne Press

Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.

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