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Beezus and Ramona

Beverly Cleary · HarperCollins
Pages: 208
Format: Print book

Ramona Quimby is the youngest of all the famous characters in Mrs. Cleary's wonderful Henry Huggins stories. She is also far and away the most deadly. Readers of the earlier books will remember that Ramona has always been a menace to Beezus, her older sister, to Henry, and to his dog Ribsy....
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The New Kid at School (Dragon Slayers' Academy, No. 1)

Kate McMullan · Grosset & Dunlap; First Scholastic edition
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback

When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can't even stand the sight of blood?
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Roller Girl

Victoria Jamieson · Dial Books
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby - perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile! For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything...
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Heidi Heckelbeck Is Ready to Dance!

Wanda Coven · Little Simon

Heidi bravely enters her school’s talent show, but finds she is in need of some enchanted assistance!It’s time for the Brewster Elementary Talent Show, but Heidi Heckelbeck doesn’t want to perform because she thinks she has no talent. Then Heidi finds a special pair of shoes...
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Please Write in This Book

Mary Amato · Holiday House
Pages: 112
Format: Hardcover

When a teacher leaves a blank book in the Writer's Corner for her students to find, with the instructions "Please Write in this Book," she hopes it will encourage her students to talk to one another in its pages. They do, and the result is an epic classroom battle.
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The Race Is On

Franklin W Dixon · Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 2015.
Pages: 88
Format: Print book

Frank and Joe vote to solve the mystery of who sabotaged their friend's election speech in this Hardy Boys Secret Files adventure.The Bayport Elementary elections are coming up, and Chet Morton is running for class president against Cissy Cimero. Frank and Joe have done everything they...
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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes

Lenore Look · Schwartz & Wade Books
Pages: 186
Format: Hardcover

Here's the third book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers. Alvin Ho, an Asian American second grader, is afraid of everything. For example, what could possibly...
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Classic Goosebumps #13: Welcome to Dead House

R.L. Stine · Scholastic Paperbacks
Format: Paperback

Enter at your own Risk: The first ever Goosebumps.Now with creepy bonus features!11-year-old Josh and 12-year-old Amanda just moved into the oldest and weirdest house on the block--the two siblings think it might even be haunted! But of course, their parents don't believe them. You'll...
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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Tom Angleberger · Amulet Books
Pages: 141
Format: Hardcover

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren't strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient....
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 161
Format: Hardcover

Fifty years ago, Roald Dahl created a world that captured the imagination of millions of readers, and a boy who captured their hearts. Now featuring an introduction by award-winning author Jon Scieszka, this special edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is perfect for longtime Roald...
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Gregor The Overlander

Suzanne Collins · Scholastic Press
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

This irresistible first novel tells the story of a quiet boy who embarks on a dangerous quest in order to fulfill his destiny -- and find his father -- in a strange world beneath New York City.When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into...
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Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

Rachel Renée Russell · Aladdin
Pages: 282
Format: Hardcover

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school - and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in this SUPER SQUEE updated edition of Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic...
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Flush

Carl Hiaasen
Format: Book

Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen is back with another hysterical mystery adventure for young readers, set in the Florida Keys. You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup. Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral...
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1

Jeff Kinney · Amulet Books
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Boys don't keep diaries -- or do they?The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate toIt's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways...
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Bookmarks Are People Too! #1

Henry Winkler · Penguin Group
Pages: 122
Format: Hardcover

Hank stars the same Hank as in the bestselling Hank Zipzer series, only this time he's in 2nd grade! Hank is a kid who doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. He's pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (But...
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Stick Dog Craves Candy

Tom Watson · HarperCollins
Pages: 238
Format: Hardcover

Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books, Tom Watson's hilarious series continues with Stick Dog Craves Candy - a fun Halloween adventure!Stick Dog and the gang are on their usual hunt for food, but there is something unusual going on. Little...
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The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Color Edition

Dav Pilkey · Scholastic Inc.; Reprint edition
Format: Hardcover

The first Captain Underpants adventure like you've never seen it before -- in FULL COLOR!Fourth-grade class clowns George Beard and Harold Hutchins have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school -- and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain...
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Pirates Past Noon

Mary Pope Osborne · Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: Paperback

Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! Its a treasure trove of trouble!Jack and Annie are in for a high-seas adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps—and...
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Squish #7: Deadly Disease of Doom

Jennifer L. Holm · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback

Ahhh-CHOO! From the New York Times bestselling, Eisner-winning creators of Babymouse, it's Squish's most contagiously fun adventure yet! Uh-oh! A deadly disease is spreading through Small Pond! People are dropping like flies! And YIKES - it looks like Squish is patient #1. Will...
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Stick Cat: Two Catch a Thief

TOM WATSON · HarperCollins
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Join Stick Cat in this scrumptious story featuring Tom Watson's trademark laughs, adventure, and hilarious stick-figure drawings - perfect for fans of the Stick Dog, Big Nate, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.Much to Edith's delight, she and Stick Cat are enjoying a lazy day at his apartment....
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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor: Book One

Jon Scieszka · Amulet Books
Pages: 208
Format: Print book

"I never thought science could be funny . . . until I read Frank Einstein. It will have kids laughing." - Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid "Huge laughs and great science - the kind of smart, funny stuff that makes Jon Scieszka a legend." - Mac Barnett, author of Battle...
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House of Robots

James Patterson · jimmy patterson
Pages: 316
Format: Hardcover

In this new highly-illustrated series from James Patterson, an extraordinary robot signs up for an ordinary fifth grade class... and elementary school will never be the same! It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he's dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring...
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How to Train Your Dragon

Cressida Cowell · Little Brown and Company
Pages: 214
Format: Audiobook

Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
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The Extra Yard

Mike Lupica · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 292
Format: Print book

Teddy, a young football player, learns that sometimes bridging the distance in your family can be harder than stretching for an extra yard on the field in the second book of the Home Team series from New York Times bestselling author and sportswriting legend Mike Lupica.Last spring Teddy's...
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Big Nate Out Loud

Lincoln Peirce · Andrews McMeel Publishing
Format: Book

Follow up to New York Times best-seller Big Nate From the Top. Eleven-year-old Nate Wright is living OUT LOUD and he wouldnt have it any other way! Even though his friends wont let him be the lead singer in their band, Nate continues to rock. Hes a superstar of the comics pages and of the best-selling...
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The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero

Rachel Renée Russell · Aladdin
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell! Introducing Max Crumbly!Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he's ever been: South Ridge Middle School. There's a lot that's great about his new school, but there's also one big problem...
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Socks

Beverly Cleary · HarperCollins
Format: Paperback

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary charms readers with yet another lovable character—Socks, a jealous cat who must learn to share his owners with their new baby. Socks is one happy cat. He lives the good life with his affectionate owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bricker. Ever since the day they...
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The Unwanteds

Lisa McMann · Aladdin
Pages: 390
Format: Hardcover

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind...
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The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket · HarperTrophy
Pages: 162
Format: Book

It's a good thing that Violet Baudelaire has a real knack for inventing things. When misery comes to call, the right invention at the right time can mean everything. It's also fortunate that her brother, Klaus, has read lots of books and knows many important things, like how to tell...
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Beverly Cleary · Avon Books
Pages: 158
Format: Paperback

In this imaginative adventure from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, a young mouse named Ralph is thrown into a world of excitement when a boy and his shiny toy motorcycle check in to the Mountain View Inn. This timeless classic now features a foreword written by New York Times...
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