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Whether children are statring school for the first time or readjusting to a new school year these books will help them acclimate.

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7 x 9 = Trouble!

Wilson Williams worries about passing his times-table tests Wilson has a hard time with math, especially with Mrs. Porter’s timed multiplication tests. If...

By Claudia Mills and G. Brian Karas

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Action Jackson

One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number 1, 1950 (Lavender...

"...One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number 1, 1950 (Lavender.... One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist). Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan use this moment as the departure point for a unique picture book about a great painter and the way in which he worke..."

By Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan and Robert Andrew Parker

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First Second

Adventures in Cartooning

How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics

In this action-packed cartooning adventure, kids will have as much fun making comics as reading them!    Once upon a time . . . a princess tried to make a...

By James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost

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Roaring Brook Press

All Stations! Distress!

April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank

THE "UNSINKABLE" MEETS THE UNTHINKABLE -- A gripping acount of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic.  It took 4,000 men to build it, 23 tons of animal...

"...it such a vivid shape that you'd swear you've never heard the story before.. STARRED REVIEW, School Library..."

Don Brown Don Brown

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Henry Holt and Co.

Also Known As Harper

Harper Lee Morgan is an aspiring poet, which isn’t surprising, seeing as how she’s named after her mama’s favorite writer, Harper Lee. And life is giving her a...

"...will keep readers...enthralled. A poignant debut.”—Kirkus Reviews “From Harper to Winnie Rae Early..."

Ann Haywood Leal Ann Haywood Leal

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On a summer in 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding from the Nazis. Until the day they arrested her, more than two years later, she kept a diary....

By Menno Metselaar, Ruud van der Rol and Arnold J. Pomerans

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Annie Glover is NOT a Tree Lover

Annie Glover’s grandma is always protesting something, but she goes too far when she chains herself to a century-old tree and names it Elmer. Elmer is...

By Darleen Bailey Beard and Heather Maione

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Bettina Valentino and the Picasso Club

Fifth-grader Bettina Valentino couldn’t be a bigger fan of the funky new art teacher at Bayside Prep, who walks around barefoot to soak up the energy of the...

"...episodes, this may have appeal for some reluctant readers as well.” —Kirkus Reviews..."

Niki Daly Niki Daly

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Cat Burglar Black

K. Westree: Teen Cat Burglar When K. Westree arrivse at Bellsong Academy, she thinks she's left her cat-burgling past behind her. But K. soon discovers...

Richard Sala Richard Sala

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Through the Gates and Beyond

CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE UNWRAPPED In 1981 two artists -- Christo and Jeanne-Claude -- proposed an installation in New York’s Central Park that would span...

"..., and of the creation of the spectacular Gates and other renowned artworks.. Booklist, Starred review..."

By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

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Clean Air

Learn how to live green in this series from noted astronaut and environmentalist, Sally Ride that is dedicated to 3 of the Earth's main resources--air, energy,...

Andrew Bridges

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Clean Water

Learn how to live green in this series from noted astronaut and environmentalist, Sally Ride that is dedicated to 3 of the Earth's main resources--air, energy,...

Beth Geiger

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Feiwel & Friends

Dodger and Me

A boy’s imaginary friend is driving him crazy in this first installment of a hilarious new series by acclaimed author Jordan Sonnenblick.

Jordan Sonnenblick Jordan Sonnenblick

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Dodger and Me

Crazy Blue Chimp + Wimpy Nerd + Unlimited French Fries = The Hilarious First Adventure of Dodger and Willie

Jordan Sonnenblick Jordan Sonnenblick

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Dodger for President

More hilarity, more friendship, and more French fries make this second book in the Dodger and Me series a winner!

"...More hilarity, more friendship, and more French fries make this second book in the Dodger and Me series a winner!. What would you do if your best friend was: 1. Still imaginary (and still an oversize blue chimp with major junk-food issues)? 2. Nominating you to run for class president – against..."

Jordan Sonnenblick Jordan Sonnenblick

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Feiwel & Friends

Everything for a Dog

In this companion to her acclaimed 2005 novel, A Dog’s Life, Ann M. Martin tells the parallel stories of a stray dog (the brother of the dog featured in A...

Ann M. Martin Ann M. Martin

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Fair Has Nothing to Do With It

Every year, twelve-year-old Michael looks forward to his summer visit to his grandparents’ farm, to the sights and sounds of the country that always make him...

"....” –Kirkus Reviews   “Touching and accurate in its portrayal of the grieving process.”—School Library..."

Cynthia Cotten Cynthia Cotten

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Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

Will a spelling bee be the answer to all of Bird’s problems? All her life, all Bird has ever wanted is to be noticed in her small town and to get to Disney...

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Barbara O'Connor Barbara O'Connor

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A Family Secret

While searching his grandmother’s attic for likely items to sell at a yard sale, Jeroen finds a photo album that brings back hard memories for his grandmother,...

By Eric Heuvel and Lorraine T. Miller

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A Family Secret

While searching his grandmother’s attic for likely items to sell at a yard sale, Jeroen finds a photo album that brings back hard memories for his grandmother,...

By Eric Heuvel and Lorraine T. Miller

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Georgie's Moon

Georgie Collins knows exactly how to make it through life in a new town. Before her father left for Vietnam, he gave her standing orders never to let anyone...

"...in books for children." --Kirkus Reviews   "Readers will appreciate the feistiness of Georgie's character..."

Chris Woodworth Chris Woodworth

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Heads or Tails

Stories from the Sixth Grade

From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, eight more hysterical semi-autobiographical Jack Henry stories about a sixth grader’s trials and...

"...can go any which way at any given moment. He might as well flip a coin: heads he wins, tails he..."

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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How Loud Can You Burp?

More Extremely Important Questions (and Answers)

How loud can your average middle-grader burp? Parents, librarians, and innocent bystanders are about to find out. This follow-up to the equally alluring WHY IS...

Glenn Murphy

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I Am Not Joey Pigza

Just when Joey Pigza’s wired world finally seems to be under control, his good-for-nothing dad pops back into his life. This time, though, Carter Pigza is a...

"...Just when Joey Pigza’s wired world finally seems to be under control, his good-for-nothing dad pops back into his life. This time, though, Carter Pigza is a.... Just when Joey Pigza’s wired world finally seems to be under control, his good-for-nothing dad pops back into his life. This time, though, Carter Pigza is a new man – literally. After a lucky lotto win, Carter Pigza has a crazy new..."

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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