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$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062252074
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 2/2015

This book is a lot deeper than you would guess at first glance. Its beautiful story deals with misjudging, stereotyping and getting past misconceptions. Think Ugly Duckling – the crayon version. It’s a familiar tale with a colorful twist, sure to delight kids and adults alike. Ultimately, this story is about being who are you, even if others tell you to do differently.

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Wolfie the Bunny (Hardcover)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316226141
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2/2015

In one afternoon, Dot goes from being a content only child, to being a big sister to a wolf pup. A WOLF PUP, can you imagine? I mean they are BUNNIES for Pete’s sake. As little Wolfie joins their family, Dot tries tirelessly to get her parents to realize their mistake. Will Wolfie grow to be a good little brother or will they all become his next meal?

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Atlantia (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780525426448
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers, 10/2014

Sisters Rio & Bay have always lived in the Below, an under-water society created when the Earth began to crumble. Those who live in the Above (on what remains of the land) toil endlessly to support the underwater colony. But when the sisters have to choose whether to remain in the Below or journey to the Above for the first time, one’s decision will shock her sister and leave questions…about everything she knew.

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Snoozefest (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780803740464
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Published: Dial Books, 1/2015

Snuggleford Cuddlebun is the sleepiest sloth in all of Snoozerville. When the opportunity arrives to attend Snoozefest, she does not hesitate to go. Surrounded by all the best sleepers in the Nuzzle dome, Snuggleford is sure to have sweet dreams. This story is guaranteed to give little ones a new appreciation for one of my favorite activities – sleep.

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The Selection (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780062059949
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Published: Harper Teen, 3/2013

In a world where people are separated into casts based on their worth, America Singer resides in the 5th. The casts are ruled by a King and Queen who when their son is of age for a wife, begin The Selection. 35 girls are selected from the different casts to compete for the Prince’s love. America is one of those girls. However, it is not the life she envisioned, not the life she wants. With a broken heart she befriends the Prince, and strikes a deal with him he cannot refuse-if he lets her stay in the competition, she will help him find the perfect princess and wife. I absolutely adored this book!

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$10.99
ISBN-13: 9781595141880
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Published: Razorbill, 10/2009

This book works through some tough issues about how an individual’s actions, decisions and inactions can affect another person. When a set of tapes shows up on Clay’s porch, sent to him by the recently deceased Hannah, the story they contain changes his outlook on life, and how he chooses to interact with the people around him, whether they be close friends or strangers.

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$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062104892
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers, 5/2013

This book contains two worlds-one a fairytales and one belonging to their readers. Once a year, the schoolmaster for The School for Good and Evil picks two children from the normal world to cross over into the fairytale world. Sophie, wanting to be chosen for The School for Good and become a future princess, befriends Agatha, a lonely introvert. Things don’t go quite as she hopes… This intriguing new series delves into what makes someone good or evil and breathes a breath of fresh air into the fantasy genre. Think Wicked meets Harry Potter but with an added twist!

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My Life Next Door (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780142426043
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Published: Speak, 6/2013

This was a beautiful story that made me laugh, cry, and smile. Samantha knows a lot of things about being the daughter of a politician. What she doesn’t know is how to live a life without plans—a life where she can do what she wants, as she pleases. After years of watching the large, chaotic, free-spirited Garrett Family next door, Sam is shocked when Jace Garrett climbs up her balcony and gives her the opportunity to experience a normal life. This story is similar to Romeo and Juliet in their forbidden romance and with Sam having to determine where her loyalties lie.

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My Explosive Diary (Paperback)

$5.99
ISBN-13: 9781481406482
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks, 7/2014

Eliza Boom isn’t just an average kid. She is also an inventor’s assistant and a SPY. Well, at least she hopes to be. With her inventions usually on the fritz, she is eager to make one that finally works. When her dad loses a VERY important, VERY secret object, Eliza steps up to retrieve it… especially since she may have been the person to put it in an evil-doer’s hands.

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$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442453364
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Published: Beach Lane Books, 9/2014

This is a book that has it all-one filled with how to share, rhyme and count! While reading, you’re sure to have a ball-no other book could amount! I loved this story, oh so dearly and can imagine kids pronouncing words, oh so clearly!

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$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780385370035
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 7/2014

Comics Squad: Recess, combines all of your favorite graphic novel authors and gives you one book with a ton of awesome short stories. Each unique to its author, they include just the right amount of humor paired with the right amount of empathy for its characters. This was a quick and fast read that I think kids will devour.

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Flight School (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442481770
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

This book is about a little penguin, who has wanted all his life to fly. So, with a little help of his friends, he accomplishes the impossible. After all, who can deny a penguin with the “soul of an eagle”?

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Heads Up Psychology (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781465419934
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Published: DK Children, 4/2014

DK weaves together a spectacular reference book about the complexities of psychology. Written with a younger audience in mind, Heads Up Psychology glimpses into Freud, Pavlov as well as others’ work and introduces many theories and ideas about this extraordinary science.

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$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780307977960
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Published: Yearling, 4/2014

Ever heard of Rumpelstiltskin? Well in this story, his name is Rump and he is fresh out of luck. Born with only half a name he must discover his destiny, before bad luck becomes the least of his problems. This is the true story of Rumpelstiltskin. Every question you've ever had will finally be answered. Shurtliff weaves a tale so exciting and rich that not even gold would surpass it.

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The Giver (Mass Market Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780440237686
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Published: Laurel Leaf, 9/2002

You know that saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” I judged; I thought that The Giver would be boring without actually reading what it was about. When I finally did pick up a copy, I realized how wrong I had been. The characters live in a world of sameness where there is no sun, no colors, and everything is controlled right up to who you will be and who you will marry. Love is non-existent and pills are taken to calm “stirrings.” The main character Jonas is given the job as the new receiver of memory. It is this role that changes everything he ever knew and provides him with new secrets that he is bound to keep. This book was mind blowing!

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$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780688143886
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 9/1995

I got this when my little brother was born and it is my favorite children's book to this day. I love Kevin henkes and think this book is perfect for a girl who is going to have a new little brother. Henkes captures every feeling a new big sister might have perfectly and his illustrations are fantastic! A great laugh as well!

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El Deafo (Hardcover)

$10.95
ISBN-13: 9781419712173
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 9/2014

I never thought I would feel the same joy, chills, or utter amazement as I did when I read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book made me re-live all those feelings with brand new eyes and with a brand new subject. When Cece suffers an illness as a child she begins to lose her hearing as well. Now deaf, she struggles to make her world feel as normal as possible, including trying to make friends that don't see her as her disability. However, with the help of the Phonic Ear, she creates an Super alter-ego for herself, "El Deafo"! With superpowers on the rise, she realizes how awesome is it to be yourself. This book was hilarious and honest and I know it will be adored by many.

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Crash (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781442405912
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Published: Simon Pulse, 8/2013

Wow. This might just be my favorite of Lisa McMann's books. Jules, the main character of the novel lives a completely normal life. That is unless you count having to drive a pizza truck to school to advertize your family’s business, or that fact that her dad suffers from depression and uses hoarding as an escape. Oh, and did I mention that she has been seeing the same terrible vision repeatedly that just happens to end with the love of her life in a body bag? McMann offers a wonderful mash up of thriller, mystery, science fiction, and modern day Romeo and Juliet romance with this book. I recommend it with the highest of praises.

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$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780688128975
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 8/1996

Lilly absolutely adores her teacher, Mr. Slinger, but when he takes away her jingly quarters, movie-star glasses, and purple plastic purse because she is being disruptive, she changes her tune. She begins to make nasty pictures of her once beloved teacher, and sneaks them into his bookbag. But what happens when Mr. Slinger gives her her stuff back with a note and some snacks? A lovely story about forgiveness.

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Chrysanthemum (Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780688147327
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 9/1996

Chrysanthemum is a beautiful story about overcoming being different, and learning to love who you are. Kevin Henkes is a genius in my opinion, and I loved this book! When Chrysanthemum was little she absolutely loved her name. However, when she gets to school she begins to dislike it because she gets made fun of by other kids... that is until she meets one special teacher.

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Tea Party Rules (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780670785018
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers, 10/2013

All Cub wants is some chocolate chip cookies. However, he soon realizes that he is going to have to follow A LOT of rules in order to get some… This book is hilariously funny, and illustrates the true meaning of patience.

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$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781250007209
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Published: Square Fish, 1/2013

This is a Cinderella retelling set in China. Our heroine and local mechanic Cinder lives in a world where a plague has taken over. With the Emperor dying, Prince Kai has been given an ultimatum, find a cure that doesn’t exist on this world, or receive it from an evil Lunar Queen from the moon, who requests marriage in return. When Prince Kai and Cinder meet, she turns out to be a confidant that he desperately needs. Can Cinder help save Kai from a doomed marriage and the world in the process? Oh! I almost forgot to mention...Cinder is also part cyborg. Enjoy!

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