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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.

Summer

Summer

By: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Level: 14+

Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart are married and living in Bloomington, Ind., where Dayne has found a solution to his on-camera love scenes-he wants Katy to star in his next film. Katy wins the part and is cast opposite her super-star husband. The story of a small town girl’s dream come true is too much for the press to resist, and in an effort to appease them, the couple agrees to a 12. It seems like the perfect compromise but by the time they finish filming the movie, …

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Oliver Button Is a Sissy

Oliver Button Is a Sissy

By: Tomie dePaola
Publisher: Sandpiper
Level: 6-7

Oliver Button would rather read, dance, and draw pictures than play football like the other boys.

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Who Can Help?

Who Can Help?

By: Unknown, Grosset & Dunlap
Level: 6-7

A collection of reissued stories with simple vocabulary featuring Dick, Jane, and other familiar characters.

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Away We Go

Away We Go

By: Grosset & Dunlap
Level: 6-7

A collection of reissued stories with simple vocabulary featuring Dick, Jane, and other familiar characters.

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All the Water in the World

All the Water in the World

By: George Ella Lyon, Katherine Tillotson
Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Level: 6-7

Introduces young children to the water cycle with simple text and illustrations.

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The Sweet Running Filly

The Sweet Running Filly

By: Barbara Van Tuyl
Publisher: Poppet Press
Level: 14+

Follow the adventures of Julie Jefferson and her horse Bonnie. Bruised and battered, standing in muddy water with a chain around her neck, the young horse needed a true friend. Seventeen year-old Julie had befriended many creatures. But, Julie had no idea lie ahead for her and her Bonnie.

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Party Animals

Party Animals

By: Kathie Lee Gifford
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Level: 6-7

Lucy Goosy is carefully reviewing her list of animals to invite for her birthday party. She has to make sure to invite the right guests so that her party will be perfect. But when she focuses on everyone’s bad qualities, instead of good, she discovers that there is no one to attend! With a little help from the Wise Owl, Lucy Goosy discovers it is our special characteristics that make us unique. Written in adorable sing-song rhyme, Kathie Lee Gifford’s new picture book for children teaches us that we are …

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Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day

Fancy Nancy: Every Day Is Earth Day

By: Jane O'Connor
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 8-9

Being green is important to Nancy—so important that she wants her family to take care of the Earth morning, noon, and night!

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The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses

By: Eleanor Estes
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Level: 10-11

Never out of print since its 1944 publication, this tender story offers readers of all ages a timeless message of compassion and understanding. At its heart is Wanda Petronski, an immigrant girl in an American school, who is ridiculed for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. When she tells her classmates that she has one hundred dresses at home, she unwittingly triggers a game of teasing that eventually ends in a lesson for all.

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Every Year on Your Birthday

Every Year on Your Birthday

By: Rose A. Lewis
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Level: 6-7

In I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, Rose Lewis and Jane Dyer told the heartfelt story of one woman’s adoption a baby girl from China. These sentiments are brought to life again in this touching portrait of birthday celebrations and unforgettable moments between a mother and her little girl: from joyous hugs for a new puppy, to quiet nights gazing at the stars remembering a faraway family. Capturing the richness of both Chinese and American cultures, Every Year on Your Birthday is a poignant tribute to the growing bond of …

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