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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor

The land is all-important to the Logan family. But it takes awhile for Cassie and her three brothers to understand just how lucky they are to have it.

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Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade
by Barthe DeClements
In this award-winning, national bestseller, Elsie Edwards is the new girl in the fifth grade. But she is overweight and miserable. Her new classmates dislike her because they find her disgusting. And Elsie even steals their lunch money.
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My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George Illustrated by Jean Craighead George

Fifteen-year-old Sam Gribley has decided to run away from his crowded apartment home, but unlike most kids who rarely get beyond their block, Sam goes from New York City all the way to the ruined farm of Great-grandfather Gribley in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.

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Misty of Chincoteague
by Marguerite Henry Illustrated by Wesley Dennis

Paul and Maureen live with their grandparents on the Chesapeake island of Chincoteague. On the nearby island of Assateague lives a band of wild ponies, whose ancestors came to the New World on Spanish galleons centuries before.

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MSB: Inside the Earth
by Joanna Cole Illustrated by Bruce Degen

What a mess! The kids in Ms. Frizzle’s class have been studying animals’ homes. There’s a beehive, a wasp’s nest, an ant farm — even a beaver lodge right in the classroom. It’s a relief when the Friz announces, "Today we start something new." They are going to study earth science.

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Jackie’s Nine
by Sharon Robinson

To millions of people, Jackie Robinson was a sports and civil rights hero. To Sharon Robinson, he was all that — and Dad. From the unique perspective that only a daughter could have, she serves as a personal tour guide through the nine heart-felt, hard-won values that helped Jackie achieve his goals.

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Indian in the Cupboard, The
by Lynne Reid Banks Illustrated by Brock Cole

When Omri's big brother has no birthday present for him, he gives Omri an old wooden medicine cabinet he's found. The cabinet doesn't seem like much of a present to nine-year-old Omri, until he deposits inside it another present he receives for his birthday: a miniature plastic Indian.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Series: Harry Potter, Book #2
by J. K. Rowling Illustrated by Mary GrandPré

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Great Gilly Hopkins, The
by Katherine Paterson

Gilly Hopkins has been in one foster home after another. The only thing she has learned is that you have to be tough to survive. Make life difficult for everyone else, is Gilly’s philosophy. But then she is housed with Bible-bashing Maime Trotter, and Maime is a large lady in every way.

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Gold Cadillac, The
by Mildred D. Taylor Illustrated by Michael Hays

Lois and Wilma's father has a brand-new gold Cadillac, and they are looking forward to driving all the way from Ohio to Mississippi. But in the rural South there are no admiring glances for the shiny new car, only suspicion and anger for the black man behind the wheel.

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Geronimo Stilton #33: Geronimo and the Gold Medal Mystery
Series: Geronimo Stilton, Book #33
by Geronimo Stilton

Enter the world of Geronimo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner. Each book is a fast-paced adventure with lively art and a unique format that kids will love.

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Go, Go America
by Dan Yaccarino Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

What state's official cookie is the chocolate chip cookie?



What state hosts the International Rotten Sneaker Contest?



Which state is it illegal to enter with a chicken on your head?


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Ghosthunters #4: Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom!
Series: Ghosthunters, Book #4
by Cornelia Funke Illustrated by Cornelia Funke

Intrepid ghosthunter-in-training Tom has battled Incredibly Revolting Ghosts, Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghosts, and a Totally Moldy Baroness. But, as it turns out, nothing — nothing — is more frightening than...final exams.

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Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White Illustrated by Garth Williams

American prose stylist E.B. White presents one of the best-loved stories of all time. And a heartwarming portrait of one of the best-loved pigs of all time.

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Bunnicula
Series: Bunnicula
by Deborah Howe , James Howe Illustrated by Alan Daniel

This book is written by Harold. His full time occupation is dog. He lives with Mr. and Mrs. X (here called Monroe) and their sons Toby and Pete.

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Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation
by Jim Haskins

Since the early days of American aviation, racist attitudes have forced African Americans to go to extreme lengths to earn their wings. This engrossing account shares their historic history from the first days of flight to the space program.

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39 Clues, The #2: One False Note
Series: The 39 Clues, Book #2
by Gordon Korman

Super-selling author Gordon Korman sends Amy and Dan off on a wild chase in Book 2 of the highly-anticipated 39 Clues series.

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Secrets of Droon #29: Pirates of the Purple Dawn
Series: Secrets of Droon, The, Book #29
by Tony Abbott Illustrated by Royce Fitzgerald , Tim Jessell
Everything in Droon is changing. Lord Sparr has disappeared, Ko and Gethwing have fled to the Dark Lands, and Ving, leader of the Hawk Bandits, is back. This time, he has his twin sister in tow, along with her band of wicked pirates. Can Eric and his friends put a stop to the pirates, or will they be lost at sea?
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Trumpet of the Swan, The
by E. B. White Illustrated by Edward Frascino

Louis, a romantic swan, is in love with the angelic Serena, but he can’t tell her how he feels; he has no voice. When he meets eleven-year-old Sam Beaver, a human friend, he goes to school with him to learn how to read and write. Louis’ father also helps out; he steals a brass trumpet for his son.

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Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt

Time drags by for Winnie Foster, an eleven-year-old girl who lives in a house bordering the woods owned by her family. Winnie spends her summer days under the watchful eye of her grandmother.

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