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Book Guide: A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle Illustrated by Hope Larson

Everything is wrong in Meg Murray's life. In school, she's been dropped down to the lowest section of her grade. She's teased about her five-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, who everyone mistakenly thinks is dumb. Not to mention that Meg wears braces and glasses and has mouse-brown hair.

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Treasure Island
Series: Apple Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by Lucy Corvino
Pirates. Danger. Treasure. It's all here in Stevenson's classic, with a rousing introduction from best-selling author Mary Pope Osbourne. When Jim Hawkins finds Billy Bones' old pirate map showing a small island marked with a red cross, he knows that a fortune in gold lies waiting for him.
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The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett Illustrated by Jason Cockcroft

After the sudden death of her parents in India, Mary Lennox is sent 'home' to England, and the Yorkshire estate of a distant relative. Sad and lonely, her only interest lies in a secret garden, abandoned after a tragic accident.

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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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Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren Illustrated by Louis S. Glanzman

Tommy and Annika have always wished someone would come to live in the ramshackle house next door, and one day, someone does: Pippi Longstocking, an irrepressible nine-year-old girl with a unique way of doing things. Soon the three are inseparable friends.

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The Phantom Tollbooth
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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Peter Pan
Series: Apple Classics
by J. M. Barrie Illustrated by Alan Daniel
Second to the right and straight on 'til morning — that's the way to Neverland, an island filled with adventure and hidden danger. It's home to beautiful mermaids and fairies, as well as dastardly pirates ruled by the evil Captain Hook.
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The E-mail Mystery
Series: Nancy Drew Mysteries, Book #144
by Carolyn Keene
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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.
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Mary Poppins
by P. L. Travers Illustrated by Mary Shepard

A blast of wind, a house-rattling bang, and the beloved magical nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives in the Banks home. Quicker than she can close her umbrella, she takes charge of the Banks children — Jane, Michael, and twins John and Barbara — and changes their lives forever.

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The Littles
Series: Littles, The
by John Peterson Illustrated by Roberta Carter Clark

Meet the Littles, a family like any other but with a few tiny differences! They live in the walls of the Bigg family house where they get everything they need. In return they make sure the Bigg house is always in good repair.

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Little Women
Series: Apple Classics
by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is an American classic, adored for Louisa May Alcott's lively and vivid portraits of the endearing March sisters: talented tomboy Jo, pretty Meg, shy Beth, temperamental Amy.

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Little House on the Prairie
Series: Little House, Book #3
by Laura Ingalls Wilder Illustrated by Garth Williams
Laura Ingalls likes her little house in the big woods, which she shares with Ma and Pa, and her two, sisters Mary and Carrie. Winter is coming, and their log house is snug and warm. But the big woods are becoming crowded. Everyday, they hear the thud of an axe on a tree, and Pa wants to leave.
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The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper was the most popular American writer of his day, but today he is best known for The Last of the Mohicans.

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James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl Illustrated by Lane Smith

First published in 1961, James and the Giant Peach remains a favorite for young readers decades later. In it, young James Henry Trotter loses his parents and is forced to live with his evil aunts. Luckily, he is given magic crystals, which he accidentally spills on his aunts' decrepit peach tree.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell

Karana, an Indian girl, lives happily with her people on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. It is an island in the Pacific that gets its name from its beautiful shape from above it looks like a dolphin lying on its side, "with its tail pointing toward sunrise," sunning itself in the sea.

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The Indian in the Cupboard
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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by Johanna Spyri Illustrated by Lydia Halverson
A beautiful retelling of this timeless classic. Heidi is the perfect introduction to classic stories for younger readers.
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Harriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg Illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg

Bored with her life, twelve-year-old Claudia Kincaid is ready for a big change. In fact, she wants to run away from home. But she doesn't like discomfort. She doesn't even like picnics. So an old-fashioned, knapsack kind of running away is out of the question.

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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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The Boxcar Children
by Gertrude Chandler Warner Illustrated by L. Kate Deal
Four resourceful, independent orphans find inventive ways to stick together through all kinds of exciting mysteries and adventures, including living in a boxcar!
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The Borrowers
Series: Borrowers, Book #1
by Mary Norton Illustrated by Joe Krush , Beth Krush

The Borrowers--the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise--are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor.

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The Black Stallion
Series: Black Stallion, Book #1
by Walter Farley

First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse.

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Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty's story, as told by himself, is the fascinating tale of the life of a horse a hundred years ago, when horses were a part of daily life.

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Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maude Montgomery Illustrated by Glin Dibley
One of the most loved books of all time, with an introduction by Anne Mazer

In one of the most beloved classics of all time, Anne brings mischief, adventure, and love to the countryside of Green Gables.
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