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Flee the ordinary, travel to captivating worlds, and live new adventures with one of these fantastic titles for independent readers.
 
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll

One summer day, young Alice is sitting on the riverbank with her sister when a big white rabbit runs past. "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late," the rabbit says, taking a look at his watch. Then he pops down a large rabbit hole, and Alice can't help but follow him.

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Giver, The
by Lois Lowry

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community.

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The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien Illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien

A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit was written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, and met with instant critical acclaim when first published in the 1930s.

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Princess Academy
by Shannon Hale

Fourteen-year-old Miri dreams of working at the quarry like the rest of the villagers, despite her small size. Then a royal decree arrives that changes life in quiet Mount Eskel.

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Phantom Tollbooth, The
by Norton Juster , Susan Nanus Illustrated by Jules Feiffer
This quirky fantasy story reveals how a restless and precocious ten-year-old boy learns to appreciate the ordinary things in life after he embarks on a wondrous journey.

Milo is in a deep blue funk. Nothing and no one capture his interest. Boredom is Milo's middle name.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum Illustrated by W. W. Denslow

One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations.

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Last Olympian, The
by Rick Riordan

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows.

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Bartimaeus Trilogy, The #3: Ptolemy's Gate
Series: Bartimaeus Trilogy, The, Book #3
by Jonathan Stroud

Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London.

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Wild Blood
Series: Horses of the Dawn, Book #3
by Kathryn Lasky

After adopting an orphan human boy, the First Herd is finally ready to make the treacherous journey across the mountains to find the Sweet Grass that promises survival. But when their leader, Estrella, is captured by cruel men, it delivers a blow to the very heart of the herd.

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Blue Roan Child, The
by Jamieson Findlay
Syeira is an orphaned girl who lives and works among the horses in the king's stables. She has a special connection to the grand animals — especially to Arwin, a wild, beautiful, and willful mare.
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Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The
by C. S. Lewis

Air-raids over London during WWII compel four siblings — Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy — to be sent away from the city to the house of a kindly but remote Professor "who lived in the heart of the country." There is much to discover in the country: woods, mountains, owls, eagles, maybe even hawks

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Last Unicorn, The
by Peter S. Beagle

The Last Unicorn, written by Peter S. Beagle and first published in 1968, centers on a unicorn who, believing she is the last of her kind in the world, sets off on a journey to discover what has happened to the others.

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My Father's Dragon
Series: My Father's Dragon, Book #1
by Ruth Stiles Gannett Illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and under-appreciated flying baby dragon, he packs his knapsack with supplies and stows away on a ship headed for Wild Island. Nothing will stop Elmer from rescuing the dragon!

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The Neverending Story
by Michael Ende Illustrated by Roswitha Quadfileg
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Bartimaeus Trilogy, The #1: The Amulet of Samarkand
Series: Bartimaeus Trilogy, The, Book #1
by Jonathan Stroud

Nathaniel is a young magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hotshot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of everyone he knows, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss.

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Bartimaeus Trilogy, The #02: The Golem's Eye
Series: Bartimaeus Trilogy, The, Book #2
by Jonathan Stroud

At only fourteen, Nathaniel is a rising star: a young magician who is quickly climbing the ranks of the government. There is seemingly nothing he cannot handle, until he is asked to deal with members of the growing Resistance movement who are disrupting London life with their thefts and raids.

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