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Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

By: Jane O'Connor
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles — and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? In this merriest of stories from bestselling duo Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss …

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The Christmas Magic

The Christmas Magic

By: Lauren Thompson
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 6-7

A new Santa with one reindeer and a cat. He wears a blue suit with a golden star at the end of his pointed hat and bunny slippers .

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The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues Series #1)

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues Series #1)

By: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 12-13

Instead of 39 steps, billionaire Grace Cahill left her heirs 39 clues scattered around the world. At the end of this circuitous trail are the answers to a great family mystery, but Amy and Dan must decide whether any prize can be more important than the rescue of their missing parents. The beginning of an enthralling ten-book arc.

Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her descendants an impossible decision: “You have a choice – one million dollars or a clue.”

Grace is the last matriarch of the …

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Wet Dog!

Wet Dog!

By: Elise Broach
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 8-9

On a hot, hot day, a good old dog just has to get some relief! Around the steamy country lanes, he sniffs and searches until he finds a chauffeur washing a shiny car, a baker scrubbing some sticky pans, and a florist spraying a pink bouquet. they’re all getting ready for a country wedding, and this overheated pup just wants to plunge into the fun-and water! but will the wedding party in their fancy finery welcome this gotta-be-cool pooch? Zany characters, zingy lines, and high-spirited scenes abound in this witty …

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The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater. That Grandma Knit

The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater. That Grandma Knit

By: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Cameron loves his grandmother. She knows just what makes him tick. That’s why he can’t figure out why Grandma would send him a sweater—a truly terribly horrible sweater—for his birthday.Cameron pours mustard on his sweater. He puts it on his dog (in the rain). He even tries to send it to the thrift shop. But nothing works.Now Grandma is coming for the holidays, and Cameron has to wear her gift to him. But what’s he going to say when she asks what he thinks about the sweater she made?With a …

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If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late

If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late

By: Pseudonymous Bosch
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Level: 12-13

Pseudonymous Bosch is back with another smart and original book that is hard to put down! When last we left our heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest, they were about to join a secret society and join the fight to stop their evil archenemies. While waiting for a sign from the society, the kids stumble upon a fast-paced adventure, filled with more codes to crack and mysteries to solve. An adventure that could lead them right to the secret everyone’s been searching for. What is this secret, you ask? You’ll have to …

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The Unnameables

The Unnameables

By: Ellen Booraem
Publisher: Harcourt
Level: 10-11

Medford lives on a neat, orderly island called—simply—Island. Islanders like names that say exactly what a thing (or a person) is or does. Nothing less. Islanders like things (and people) to do what their names say they will. Nothing more. In fact, everything on Island is named for its purpose, even the people who inhabit it. But Medford Runyuin is different. A foundling, he has a meaningless last name that is just one of many reminders that he’s an outsider. And, to make matters worse, Medford’s been keeping …

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Gully’s Travels

Gully’s Travels

By: Tor Seidler
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 6-7

Gulliver, an affable but snobbish Lhasa apso, lives at a fashionable Manhattan address, enjoys opera and looks forward to yearly trips to Paris where he reconnects with Chloe, a Maltese with “eyes as black as raisins,” while “his” professor enjoys a nightly tête-à-tête with the beautiful Madeline de Crecy, who is allergic to long-haired dogs. When Madeline accepts the professor’s marriage proposal, Gulliver is dispatched to live at the doorman’s “tasteless, overcrowded,” no-frills apartment in Queens, with kids who treat “Gully” like an indestructible plaything. Gulliver, believing he’s been kidnapped, …

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Mad Dog (Starlight Animal Rescue Series #2)

Mad Dog (Starlight Animal Rescue Series #2)

By: Dandi Daley Mackall
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Level: 14+

Meet 16-year-old Dakota Brown. She used to love all things “horse” until she lost everything, including hope. The minute she sets foot on her foster parents’ farm—Starlight Animal Rescue—she plans her escape. But can an “impossible” horse named Blackfire and this quirky collection of animal lovers be the home she’s always dreamed of?

Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.

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Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

By: Tad Hills
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 0-5

Duck and Goose, where is your pumpkin? Is it in the log? Is it under the leaves? Is it in the apple tree? Preschoolers will surely enjoy going on a pumpkin hunt with Duck and Goose … especially when they find the perfect pumpkin at the end!

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