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Give your young readers something to look forward to this summer. Check out these titles to keep kids reading . . . all summer long!

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Alabama Moon

I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody...

"...his home there.   In this compelling, action-packed book, Watt Key gives us the thrilling coming..."

Watt Key Watt Key

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Buttermilk Hill

Finding a way to cope through poetry The days seem carefree for Piper Berry in her hometown of Buttermilk Hill, North Carolina -- days filled with fishing...

"...about fitting in with her dad's new family...and about her mother's dating ring true as she tries to build her own sense of family amid the rancor and change. Her poetry...gives her both recognition..."

Ruth White Ruth White

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The Cottonmouth Club

Summertime and the livin' ain't easy School's finally out, and eleven-year-old Mitch Valentine is ready to get started on his extensive list of things to do...

"...Summertime and the livin' ain't easy School's finally out, and eleven-year-old Mitch Valentine is ready to get started on his extensive list of things to do.... Summertime and the livin' ain't easy School's finally out, and eleven-year-old Mitch Valentine is ready to get started on his extensive list of things to do with his best friend - until his mom ruins everything with a surprise announcement. The family is going to take a long trip halfway across the country, to stay with her fa..."

Lance Marcum Lance Marcum

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Danger in the Dark

A Houdini & Nate Mystery

Harry Houdini – the world’s greatest escape artist – is in need of a new hat. That is what brings him to Bennett & Son, Gentlemen’s Hatters of Fifth Avenue,...

"...wealthy great-aunt, with whom the boy and his widowed mother live. Now their house is filled with spooky..."

Tom Lalicki Tom Lalicki

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Dillon Dillon

What kind of parents would name their child Dillon Dillon? For his tenth birthday, Dillon's parents give him a red rowboat with his name painted on the...

"...himself and his family. But with the rowboat Dillon finds a new freedom as he embarks on a journey..."

Kate Banks Kate Banks

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The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs

"In this genuinely exciting and suspenseful sequel to The Ghost of Fossil Glen (1998), DeFelice revisits her plucky herione sixth-grader Allie Nichols, picking...

"...the thrills young readers love, it will have them eagerly awaiting more ghostly encounters..."

Cynthia DeFelice Cynthia DeFelice

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The Ghost of Cutler Creek

The third book about Allie Nichols, "ghost magnet" Allie Nichols has hardly laid the last spirit to rest when she's sure that another one is trying to reach...

"...The third book about Allie Nichols, "ghost magnet" Allie Nichols has hardly laid the last spirit..."

Cynthia DeFelice Cynthia DeFelice

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The Ghost of Fossil Glen

Allie Nichols knows she’s being pursued by a ghost. But her friend Karen calls her a liar and doesn’t want to hear “stuff like that.” It is Allie’s old pal Dub...

"...safely down a steep cliff side, the face in her mind’s eye of a girl who begs “Help me,” and a terrible nightmare in which that girl falls to her death. Who is the girl? Is she the ghost? And what does the ghost want from Allie? As Allie discovers that her role is to avenge a murder, she also learns..."

Cynthia DeFelice Cynthia DeFelice

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Grace Above All

What’s that pink thing out on the lake? Grace realizes with horror that the distant pink smudge on the water is her youngest sister, Beth, drifting farther and...

"...terrified sister. At that moment, boys are the last thing on Grace’s mind. But a boy turns up to assist..."

Jane St. Anthony Jane St. Anthony

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The Green Dog

A Mostly True Story

By the author of Shabanu, a Newbery Honor Book The summer after fourth grade, a lonely girl wants just one thing: a dog. It's all she can think of. She...

"...By the author of Shabanu, a Newbery Honor Book The summer after fourth grade, a lonely girl wants just one thing: a dog. It's all she can think of. She.... By the author of Shabanu, a Newbery Honor Book The summer after fourth grade, a lonely girl wants just one thing: a dog. It's all she can think of. She tries everything to convince her parents to let her have one, but nothing works. She is sure that she will spend another whole summer alone – dogless and friendless – with no on..."

Suzanne Fisher Staples Suzanne Fisher Staples

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Joey Pigza Loses Control

The sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist. When Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up...

"...but that it runs in the family.. "Like its predecessor, this high-voltage, honest novel mixes humor, pain, fear..."

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it -- I'm wired." Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud...

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What Would Joey Do?

"Hard to believe that Joey is the almost-normal one in this third and last installment in the chronicles of Joey Pigza . . . It's not just a funny story with...

"...needs Joey to hurry up and show that he can break the Pigza family mold by making a friend..."

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Magic by the Book

Neither Anne nor Emily remembered choosing the book at the library, but when as they read it, the boundary between their world and the one described in the...

By Nina Bernstein and Boris Kulikov

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The Return of the Killer Cat

When Ellie tells Tuffy the family is leaving for the week, Tuffy couldn’t be more thrilled. A whole blissful week of rolling around in the flower bed and...

"...When Ellie tells Tuffy the family is leaving for the week, Tuffy couldn’t be more thrilled. A whole blissful week of rolling around in the flower bed and.... When Ellie tells Tuffy the family is leaving for the week, Tuffy couldn’t be more thrilled. A whole blissful week of rolling around in the flower bed and lounging on top of the TV? Tuffy can’t wait! But the cat sitter the family procures doesn’t understand Tuffy’s refined feline palate, and Little Miss So..."

By Anne Fine and Steve Cox

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Rex Zero and the End of the World

Why does everyone seem so scared? That’s what the new boy in town, Rex Norton-Norton, aka Rex Zero, wonders as he rides his bike through Ottawa’s streets. Is...

"...Why does everyone seem so scared? That’s what the new boy in town, Rex Norton-Norton, aka Rex Zero..."

Tim Wynne-Jones Tim Wynne-Jones

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The Runaway Princess

“A dragon darkens our dells. A witch haunts our woods. Bandits roam our moors” . . . King Stromgard swept on. “In the tradition of so many monarchs, I offer my...

Kate Coombs Kate Coombs

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Strange Birds

On Monday, eleven-year-old Anna is a perfectly happy child. In a few days, her parents will return from their sailing trip and give her a horse of her own!...

Judith Heide Gilliland Judith Heide Gilliland

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That Fernhill Summer

Kiara Jones-Birkell knows a lot about the Birkell side of her family, and nothing about the Joneses. The one time she tried to ask about her mother’s...

Colby Rodowsky

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Way Down Deep

Although Ruby seemed to just appear out of thin air on the steps of the courthouse on the first day of summer in 1944, no one in Way Down Deep, West Virginia,...

"...family moves to Way Down Deep, and they inadvertently provide enough clues about Ruby’s past..."

Ruth White Ruth White

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Wings

At first it looks like a small gray ball of fluff, its head a cloud of frizzy feathers, fine as dandelion seeds. The baby bird isn’t even strong enough to...

"...– forced to make some hard choices about friends and family. And for the first time he dares to ask..."

By William Loizeaux and Leslie Bowman

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