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Bridge the generation gap with these titles portraying positive relationships between the old and young -- sure to spark discussion.

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The Bamboozlers

Albert Rosegarden is a boy ready and waiting for an adventure to take him away from Mountain View, Idaho (where there are no mountains in view)--and he gets...

Michael de Guzman Michael de Guzman

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Ben and the Sudden Too-Big Family

Ben’s philosophy of life is that there are two categories of things that happen, the all-right stuff and the not-all-right stuff. Ben has always lived with...

"...a low-key approach to possibly melodramatic events.”  —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books   "Appealing." --Kirkus Reviews   "Encapsulating the noise, chaos, mess and love that are all..."

Colby Rodowsky

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The Crow-Girl

The Children of Crow Cove

A timeless novel about the kindness of strangers Near a little cove where a brook runs out to the sea live a girl and her grandmother. All alone with no...

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By Bodil Bredsdorff and Faith Ingwersen

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Double-Click for Trouble

Eddie McCall is a good kid. He does his homework, picks up around the house, and cooks dinner for his single mom when she has to work late at a Chicago hotel....

"...of the Internet." —Kirkus Reviews “Solid storytelling and well-developed characters round out this familiar..."

Chris Woodworth Chris Woodworth

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Escape to West Berlin

The advent of the Wall Heidi's thirteenth birthday is coming up, but she's disappointed -- her mother is pregnant and refuses to make the annual summer...

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Maurine F. Dahlberg Maurine F. Dahlberg

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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...

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

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...

"...a winner." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews..."

Barbara O'Connor Barbara O'Connor

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Gaffer Samson's Luck

James's difficulty in adjusting to a new school and life in the Fens is further complicated by the request of an elderly neighbor to find his lucky piece, a...

"...James's difficulty in adjusting to a new school and life in the Fens is further complicated by the request of an elderly neighbor to find his lucky piece, a.... James's difficulty in adjusting to a new school and life in the Fens is further complicated by the request of an elderly neighbor to find his lucky piece, a task which puts James in some danger.. "An unusual story of grace, thoughtfulness, and wit. James feels utterly displaced when he moves with his parents from the rugg..."

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Hummingbird

Twelve-year-old March Anne Tanner’s life is tied to the simple rhythms and cycles of the watermelon farm in Jubilee, Georgia, that she has grown up on. Thanks...

"...heroine." —Kirkus Reviews   "The novel is a call to notice nature's bounty as well as the story..."

Kimberly Greene Angle Kimberly Greene Angle

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Jason Rat-A-Tat

"Rodowsky captures the alienation of being different from one's family as well as the thrilling discovery of a special talent and passion . . . This quiet,...

By Colby Rodowsky and Beth Peck

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Junebug in Trouble

"This book will ring true to many young readers and expose others to the challenges faced by children today. An excellent choice, particularly for reluctant...

"..."This book will ring true to many young readers and expose others to the challenges faced by children today. An excellent choice, particularly for reluctant.... Junebug hasn’t seen his friend Robert since the family moved from their housing project in May. It’s Labor Day weekend, reunion time, and Mama, Tasha, Harriet, and Junebug are off to the beach. Robert is there, but so is Trevor, another..."

Alice Mead Alice Mead

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Leaving Glorytown

One Boy's Struggle Under Castro

Eduardo F. Calcines was a child of Fidel Castro’s Cuba; he was just three years old when Castro came to power in January 1959. After that, everything changed...

"...faith.” —Kirkus Reviews..."

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Me and Rupert Goody

Learning to share love Things at Jennalee's house are just plain crazy, which is why she loves her predictable days helping Uncle Beau (who isn't really her...

Barbara O'Connor Barbara O'Connor

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Moonpie and Ivy

A girl abandoned by her mother discovers the feeling of family Pearl's mother, Ruby, just up and left her with Aunt Ivy, who's a complete stranger to Pearl....

Barbara O'Connor Barbara O'Connor

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No More Nasty

A wild and funny celebration of individuality! Eleven-year-old Simon is mortified to discover that his eccentric Aunt Mattie -- with her mismatched shoes,...

By Amy MacDonald and Cat Bowman Smith

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Old People, Frogs, and Albert

A boy overcomes his fear of reading and of the elderly Nine-year-old Albert loves frogs, and he doesn't really have anything against old people -- he's just...

"...with the elderly man helps him overcome the fear of the home." - Kirkus Reviews..."

By Nancy Hope Wilson and Marcy D. Ramsey

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Running the Dogs

Talmidge Cotton’s daddy is the kind of person who believes Christmas presents are for Christmas, not two days before. So on the day before Christmas Eve, Tal...

Thomas Cochran

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The Silver Balloon

Having a pen pal is exciting One September evening, Gregory ties an index card with his name and address on it to the string of a silver helium balloon and...

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Susan Bonners

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Too Much Flapdoodle!

When his parents go on vacation, twelve-year-old Parker is palmed off on his eccentric Great-aunt Mattie and Great-uncle Philbert, along with his asthma...

"...Nasty rockets along from one hilarious and poignant moment to the next.. “Children will treasure..."

By Amy MacDonald and Cat Bowman Smith

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