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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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Mrs. Claus Takes a Vacation

Mrs. Claus Takes a Vacation

By: Linas Alsenas
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 6-7

It’s Christmastime…and Mrs. Claus wants some sun and surf! Mrs. Claus has never had a vacation. The endles snow at the North Pole is getting her down, and she doesn’t see why her husband should have all the fun. So she hitches up the reindeer and takes a world tour. While Santa tries his hand at baking gingerbread cookes and decorates the tree alone, Mrs. Claus hits the beach, eats sushi for the first time, and visits the Taj Mahal. Will she make it home in time for Christmas?

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

By: Stephen Feinstein
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Level: 8-9

Barack Obama had a childhood full of adventure. He grew up to be a senator and run for U.S. president. This inspiring biography tells the exciting life story of this African-American hero.

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If I Were President

If I Were President

By: Catherine Stier
Publisher: Albert Whitman, 1999
Level: 6-7

Six fictional children talk about what they would do if they were president of the United States. “If I were president,” says one child, “the people would be my boss.” With simple text in a picture book format, Stier touches on the duties, responsibilities, and traditions of the office of the president.

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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes

By: Peggy Gifford
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Level: 10-11

IT ISN’T AS though Moxy isn’t grateful for her Christmas presents. She is. She’s just not thrilled that she has to write a thank-you note for each one by tomorrow . . . or she will not be allowed to fly to Hollywood to attend a starstudded Hollywood bash with the father she hasn’t seen in three years. And writing thank-you notes is not something that a world-class Creative Type relishes doing. But it is more than writing thank-you notes that finally prevents Moxy from taking her trip. When her …

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Mostly Monty

Mostly Monty

By: Johanna Hurwitz
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Level: 8-9

A shy boy with asthma starts first grade — and comes into his own — in this appealing story for early chapter book readers. Six-year-old Monty doesn’t have a brother, a sister, or a pet. What he does have is asthma, which sometimes makes it hard to breathe and often makes him feel like he’d rather be somebody else. And now that he’s starting first grade, he’s very nervous about being with all those kids he won’t know. Luckily, he loves to read — even really hard books — and …

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Barack

Barack

By: Jonah Winter
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

This is a journey that began in many places. It began in Kansas, home of Barack’s mother. It began in Africa, home of Barack’s father. It began in Hawaii one moonlit night, the night that Barack was born. Sometimes it was a lonely journey. Sometimes it was an enchanted journey. But throughout this most unusual ride, this boy often wondered: Who am I? Where do I belong?

Jonah Winter and AG Ford re-create the extraordinary story behind the rise of the inspirational icon Barack Obama in this stunning picture book. …

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Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama

Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama

By: Garen Thomas
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Level: 12-13

In third grade, Barack Obama wrote an essay titled, “I Want to Become President”—and he is, to this day, determined to show the world that, yes, he can. Born in the U.S.A., the son of an African father and an American mother, a boy who spent his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii, Barack Obama is truly a citizen of the world. His campaign for the presidency is powered by a fierce optimism, an exuberant sense of purpose and determination, and, above all, a belief that change can happen.

Garen Thomas takes …

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