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By: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he’s Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he’s a chess club devotee known as a “Grandma’s Boy,” a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?Featuring more than 150 pieces of line art and comic-style sequences, James Patterson’s …

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By: Rebecca Emberley
Publisher: LB Kids

The vibrant colors and large text in this enchanting collection of bilingual board books make learning easy and fun. Boldly colored construction paper cutouts on stark white backgrounds introduce the basic concepts of colors, numbers, shapes, and opposites in a way that will engage little ones again and again. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

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By: Erica David
Publisher: RH/Disney

Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Olaf the snowman, and all the stars from Disney Frozen are back in an all-new magical chapter book series perfect for girls ages 6 to 9. After years apart, Anna and Elsa are finally getting to know each other as sisters. But Anna still wishes she could remember the magical times they had together when they were younger–skating and making snowmen, even in the middle of summer! An eager young troll claims he can restore the memories that Pabbie removed, but Elsa’s not so sure. Maybe …

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By: Noelle Dahlen
Publisher: Dover Publications

Colorists of all ages will adore these 30 whimsical illustrations of owls — perched on branches, surrounded by flowers, silhouetted against backdrops with crescent moons, and nestled into other fun-to-color settings.

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By: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Aladdin

A risky decision endangers both Artimé and Quill in book five of the New York Times bestselling Unwanteds series, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”Alex and his friends from Artimé are stranded on a newly discovered island after barely surviving a storm that destroys their ship. And it turns out they’re not alone… Back in Quill, Aaron’s power base grows as he aligns himself with an unlikely ally. Together, the two enact a drastic, risky plan to finally conquer Artimé—a plan that could ultimately leave everyone …

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By: Alex Malarkey
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum

In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex—and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. “I think that Alex has gone to be with Jesus,” a friend told the stricken dad. But two months later, Alex awoke from a coma with an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the angels who took him through the gates of heaven itself. Of the unearthly …

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By: Sally M Walker
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Who could care for a bear?When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear for sale at the train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was also a soldier in training for World War I. Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company’s home town, and he brought her along to the training camp in England. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot every night. Before long, she became the regiment’s much-loved mascot.But who could care for the bear when …

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By: Margaret Hall
Publisher: Capstone Press

Provides an introduction to hibernation, and explains how and why some animals prepare for and experience hibernation each year.

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By: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

It was February 1, 1960.They didn’t need menus. Their order was simple.A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement. Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words of peaceful protest and dared …

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By: DK Publishing
Publisher: DK CHILDREN

Prepare your child to understand American history, write great history reports, and have an easy, clear way to learn more about U.S. history with the Children’s Encyclopedia of American History, an essential resource for understanding American history and the events that have shaped the creation of the United States. Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, the Children’s Encyclopedia of American History has accurate historical information illustrated by more than 750 photographs and art pieces, plus extensive maps, charts, and state-specific information. Whether you’re looking to broaden your child’s understanding …

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