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By: School Zone Publishing Company Staff
Publisher: School+Zone+Pub

This Big Second Grade Workbook combines popular 32-page School Zone workbooks into one convenient 320-page volume. Child-friendly exercises and full-color illustrations make learning fun. Use Big Workbooks to reinforce or review grade-level skills or prepare for the upcoming school year. Contents include: Spelling Puzzles, Reading Skills, Reading Comprehension, Addition & Subtraction, Math, Phonics Review, English, Insects & Spiders, Seeds & Plants, and Weather. (Ages 6-7)

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By: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon+%26+Schuster+Books+for+Young+Readers

Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to …

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By: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher: Simon+%26+Schuster+Books+for+Young+Readers

After a mysterious cameo from Charles Lindbergh, it’s up to Jonah to save his town in the seventh book of the New York Times bestselling The Missing series, which Kirkus Reviews calls “plenty of fun and great for history teachers as well.It’s morning as usual at the Skidmore household—until Charles Lindbergh, the famous historical pilot, appears in their living room. Jonah can hardly believe his eyes—and then Lindbergh grabs Katherine and vanishes again. And that’s not all. Chip, Andrea, and all the other children from the plane have disappeared too. …

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By: Liesl Shurtliff
Publisher: Yearling

This funny fractured fairy tale goes behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. “A most magical feat,” writes Newbery Honor-winner Kirby Larson, “Liesl Shurtliff spins words into gold.”In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into …

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By: John A. Flanagan
Publisher: Philomel

From John Flanagan, author of the worldwide bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice — an all-new adventure featuring the Brotherband crew and one of our favorite Rangers!   Hal, his Brotherband crew, and the Ranger Gilan have freed the twelve Araluens sold into slavery. Returning to Araluen, Gilan is given a new mission by King Duncan: protect his daughter’s life. Princess Cassandra has survived one attempt on her life already, and now whispers of a second attempt have reached the kingdom. A deadly sect known as the …

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By: Golden Books
Publisher: Golden+Books

Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Series: Little Golden Book
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Golden Books

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

The hair-raising action continues for Michael Vey in this charged third installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series.Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan have destroyed the largest of the Elgen Starxource plants, but now they’re scattered across the Amazon jungle. The Elgen have joined forces with the Peruvian army to capture the Electroclan, and only Michael has managed to remain free. With his friends due to stand trial for terrorism—a charge that may carry the death penalty—Michael will need all his wits and his abilities …

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By: Taste Of Home
Publisher: Readers+Digest

For the first time, over 300 beloved kid-friendly recipes from the real home cooks at Taste of Home are gathered into one beautifully photographed volume. More than a cookbook for kids, and not just a collection of recipes that kids will love, Taste of Home Kid Approved Cookbook offers fun, achievable ways to bring families together and celebrate childhood fun!     Recipes include: French Toast Sticks Berry Ba-nanza Smoothies Chicken Alphabet Soup Our Favorite Mac & Cheese Scooter Snacks Veggie Cheese People Pigs in a Blanket Cheeseburger Cups Chocolate Malt Crispy …

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By: Grosset & Dunlap
Publisher: Grosset+%26+Dunlap

Meet fifty of the incredible creatures the Octonauts have helped on their adventures in this 96-page, full-color sticker activity book! From anglerfish to orcas, use the stickers in this book to add each animal’s ocean zone, diet, and picture (taken by Dashi, of course). Complete with “Strange But True” facts and more than one hundred stickers to help you learn all about the amazing creatures that live in our oceans!

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By: Jon J Muth
Publisher: Scholastic+Press

Jon J Muth, author of the best-selling book, THE THREE QUESTIONS, has crafted another profound and winning picture book.”Michael,” said Karl. “There’s a really big bear in the backyard.” This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art …

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