Good for you! Because I was required to utilize the basal in my last school, I found the REAL book and ordered each of the stories (if I didn't have it already). Stories such as The Raft, Snowflake Bentley, and Because of Winn-Dixie are great stories, BUT they were abridged or excerpts.
And I LOVE Book Wizard. I relied on Scholastic 100% for finding levels of books. FYI- I don't want to insult you, but several teachers were surprised to learn that you can find a tiny print of RL 5.0 (eg) posted on the back of the book or on the credits page. That works for novels and is pretty reliable as well.
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