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Loony Laughs and Riddles

Loony Laughs and Riddles

By: Loony Laughs and Riddles
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Level: 8-9

This comic collection captures the loony side of everything: morning and nighttime, clothes, work, animals, vacations, the seasons. These wacky jokes and riddles cover a range of topics, from dinosaurs to cars, turning them all into pure fun. Why did the boy put a banana peel next to his bed? So he could slip out of bed in the morning. What do you say to someone who has an egg on his head? The yolk’s on you! A man opened a dresser and a dozen people fell out. Why? Because …

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The Underneath

The Underneath

By: Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 10-11

There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the …

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A Grand Old Tree

A Grand Old Tree

By: Mary Newell DePalma
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 8-9

Once there was a grand old tree, whose roots sank deep into the earth and whose arms reached high into the sky. Every spring the grand old tree flowered and bore cherries for the squirrels and birds that made their homes in her leafy branches. And every year, seeds from the tree scattered in the wind, along with many millions of leaves. Mary Newell DePalma creates an emotional tale of life and renewal, of nature’s bounty and quiet balance, illustrated with simple images made powerful with vivid colors and moving …

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A Day in the Salt Marsh

A Day in the Salt Marsh

By: Kevin Kurtz
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Pub
Level: 8-9

Enjoy A Day in the Salt Marsh, one of the most dynamic habitats on earth. Fun-to-read, rhyming verse introduces readers to hourly changes in the marsh as the tide comes and goes. Watch the animals that have adapted to this ever-changing environment as they hunt for food or play in the sun, and learn how the marsh grass survives even though it is covered by salt water twice a day. An activity on adaptations is included in the For Creative Minds section.

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How Full Is Your Bucket?

How Full Is Your Bucket?

By: Tom Rath
Publisher: Gallup Press
Level: 8-9

Through the story of a little boy named Felix, this charming book explains to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too. As he goes about his day, Felix interacts with different people — his sister Anna, his grandfather, other family and friends. Some people are happy, but others are grumpy or sad. Using the metaphor of a bucket and dipper, Felix’ grandfather explains why the happy people make Felix feel good, while the others leave him feeling bad — and how Felix himself is affecting …

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Substitute Groundhog

Substitute Groundhog

By: Pat Miller
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Level: 8-9

It’s almost Groundhog Day! Everyone knows that Groundhog has an important job to do every February 2, but this year he’s not feeling well. Dr. Owl diagnoses him with the flu and orders two days of bed rest. But how will people know the weather forecast if Groundhog is down in his hole in bed?

Then Groundhog has in idea — he can hire a substitute! Maybe Squirrel can be the substitute, or Eagle, or Bear. But at the subtitute auditions, Groundhog realizes that none of his friends is quite right …

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The Girls Book of Glamour: A Guide to Being a Goddess

The Girls Book of Glamour: A Guide to Being a Goddess

By: Sally Jeffrie
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 12-13

Transform yourself from drab to fab with this nifty guide to all things glamorous! Whether you want to have the shiniest hair or convince people you’re a celebrity, this book will show you how! Being a glamour goddess has never been so easy.

Inside this handy guide you’ll find instructions on how to host a spa party, create your own style, exit a limo gracefully, make your own body glitter, persuade your best friend to lend you her clothes, put on a fashion show, make your own jewelry box, and much, …

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Mackenzie Blue

Mackenzie Blue

By: Tina Wells
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 12-13

Meet Mackenzie Blue, aka Zee. She has it all—smarts, talent, humor, and style.. Is it enough to survive middle school? Countdown to a 7th Grade Meltdown 1. Your BFF moves away, 2. Someone steals your diary and reveals your deepest secrets—to the entire class, 3. You have one chance to become a rock star and one chance to totally blow it. Guess what!? All three happened to me! School’s a disaster already. Don’t get me wrong—I love Brookdale Academy and I have a fabulous crew of friends. (At least, I …

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The Goodbye Time

The Goodbye Time

By: Celeste Conway
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 12-13

AS LONG AS she can remember, Anna has lived in the same Upper West Side apartment with her parents and brother, Tom; she’s attended the same private school and had the same best friend, Katie. Katie has always loved hanging out with Anna’s family and escaping the tension in her own small apartment, where her single mom struggles to raise her severely mentally challenged brother.

But then something changes. Katie’s brother gets violent with her mother and now he’s going to live in a home. Suddenly Katie is angry with Anna, …

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Amy's Travels

Amy’s Travels

By: Kathryn Starke
Publisher: Creative Minds Publications
Level: 8-9

Come join Amy as she travels to all seven continents. Amy’s Travels, based on a true story, teaches the geography, culture, and diversity of the world through the eyes of a young child.

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