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By: Ann McGovern
Publisher: Scholastic+Paperbacks

What kind of ship was the Mayflower? How did the Pilgrims feel when they saw land? What was the first building in Plymouth? In lively question-and-answer style, this fact-filled book answers all sorts of questions about the Pilgrims’ journey on the Mayflower and their first year in America. Boys and girls will find out why the Pilgrims left England to live in America, what they took with them on board the Mayflower, and the hardships they endured. They’ll learn what the Mayflower Compact was, how the Pilgrims made …

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By: Richard Paul Evans
Publisher: Simon+Pulse%2FMercury+Ink

The start of an action-packed teen series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans.My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story. To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers. Michael thinks he’s unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named …

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By: Thea Stilton
Publisher: Scholastic+Paperbacks

A magical world is in danger! The Thea Sisters are on their way. . . .Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters are on an expedition to the fantastical Land of Erin. While they are searching for a missing friend, they learn that the land itself is in peril! The mouselets are ready to help.On their journey, they encounter fairies, pixies, and other magical creatures — some helpful, but some out to trick them! Can the Thea Sisters save the Land of Erin before it’s too late? It’s an adventure full …

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By: Abby Hanlon
Publisher: Two+Lions

Nothing ever happens to Ralph. So every day when it’s time to write stories, Ralph thinks really hard. He stares at his paper. He stares at the ceiling. But he has no stories! With the help of his classmates, Ralph realizes that a great story can be about something very little . . . and that maybe he really does have some stories to tell. Debut author/illustrator Abby Hanlon’s endearing text and charming watercolor and colored pencil illustrations prove that writing can be fun! This story works nicely with Lucy …

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By: Alvin Schwartz
Publisher: HarperCollins

Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death—they’re all here in this chilling collection of ghost stories.

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By: Margaret Wise Brown
Publisher: Sterling+Children%27s+Books

“Baby sail the seven seasSafely in my armsWhen the waves go up and downYou are safe from harm.”From Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved Goodnight Moon, comes a previously unpublished collection of charming lullabies, gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. The roster of celebrated names includes Carin Berger, whose The Little Yellow Leaf was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Eric Puybaret, who brought the bestselling Puff, the Magic Dragon to life on the page; Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Sean Qualls; and Caldecott Honor medalist …

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By: Mike Doyle
Publisher: No+Starch+Press

“Far from child’s play. An astonishing collection.” —Publishers WeeklyMix hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks with dozens of artists, and what do you get? Beautiful LEGO, a compendium of LEGO artwork that showcases a stunning array of pieces ranging from incredibly lifelike replicas of everyday objects and famous monuments to imaginative renderings of spaceships, mansions, and mythical creatures.You’ll also meet the minds behind the art. Interviews with the artists take you inside the creative process that turns simple, plastic bricks into remarkable LEGO masterpieces.As …

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By: Barbara Soloff Levy
Publisher: Dover+Publications

Easy-to-follow guide, with step-by-step diagrams, shows youngsters how simple it is to create delightful likenesses of a bushy-tailed squirrel, a smiling chimpanzee, a prickly porcupine, and 27 other familiar creatures. Fun-filled book also teaches basics of developing shapes and proportions.

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By: April Chorba
Publisher: Klutz

Turn plain yarn into perfectly precious pups. Use our amazing custom tool to wrap, snap, and snip your way to a perfect pom-pom, then follow the simple step-by-step instructions to create your very own cuddly canine fuzzball. This canine craft kit even includes a comb to make sure your adorable dogs have personality to spare. We show you how to make the most popular breeds, and the inspiration you’ll need to make any breed. As a bonus, we include all the extras that every well-equipped dog requires, from dog tags …

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By: Marla Frazee
Publisher: Beach+Lane+Books

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee.A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer’s vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the two of them make some surprising discoveries about themselves—and about life! Sweet, funny, and moving, this wordless picture book from a …

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