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mockingbird

A deeply moving, unique story of a ten-year-old with Aspergers who is trying to cope with the death of her
older beloved brother.
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mockingbird Mockingbird
Author: Katherine Erskine
Summary: A unique, moving story of a ten-year-old with Aspergers who is trying to come to grips with the death of her beloved older brother who was killed in a middle-school shooting.
   
book cover Roland Wright: Future Knight
Author: Tony Davis; illustrator: Gregory Rogers
Summary: Ten-year-old Roland's dream is to become a knight. When the opportunity to train as one presents itself, will Roland behave in a knightly fashion?
   
book cover Born to Fly
Author: Michael Ferrari
Summary: Eleven-year-old girl stumbles onto a spying operation in World War II Rhode Island. A fast-paced, action-adventure with a spunky heroine.
   
book cover Matisse on the Loose
Author: Georgia Bragg
Summary: An aspiring artist's daily routine of being embarrassed by his eccentric family is interrupted when he finds himself in the middle of an art museum fiasco involving Henri Matisse's 1909 portrait of his son, Pierre.
   
book cover Leo and the Lesser Lion
Author: Sandra Forrester
Summary: In Depression-era Alabama, twelve-year-old Mary Bayliss Pettigrew struggles to understand why her beloved older brother, Leo, died and whether she, miraculously, lived for some special purpose.
   
Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Fairytale Adventures
Studio: Paramount Home Video
Summary: Join the Super Readers on four fairytale reading adventures. Engaging stories for your emerging readers.
   
The Writing on the Wall
Author: Wendy Lichtman
Summary: Math-loving eighth-grader Tess learns that sometimes life has no solutions and that she must take risks and find her own answers.
   
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
Author: Katie Smith Milway; illustrator: Eugenie Fernandes
Summary: From a single hen purchased with the aid of a tiny loan, young Kojo eventually builds up the largest poultry operation in his country.
   
Rabbit's Gift
Author: George Shannon; illustrator: Laura Dronzek
Summary: Woodland animals, each thinking of his neighbor, share a turnip left on their doorstep.
   
Leepike Ridge
Author: N.D. Wilson
Summary: While his widowed mother continues to search for him, eleven-year-old Tom, presumed dead after slipping underground while drifting down a river, finds himself trapped in a series of underground caves with another survivor and a dog, and pursued by murderous treasure hunters.
   
The Rising Star of Rusty Nail
Author: Lesley M. M. Blume
Summary: In the small town of Rusty Nail, Minnesota, in the early 1950s, musically talented, ten-year-old Franny wants to take advanced piano lessons from newcomer Olga Malenkov, a famous Russian musician suspected of being a communist spy by gossipy members of the community.
   

Iron Thunder: The Battle Between the Monitor and the  Merrimac
Author: Avi; illustrator: C.B. Mordon
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll takes a job aboard the ironclad Monitor during the Civil War.

   
Goodnight, Sweet Pig
Author: Linda Bailey; illustrator: Josée Masse
Summary: An appealing, rhyming counting book.
   
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Author: Mélanie Watt
Summary: Scaredy Squirrel realizes that in order to make a friend, he must take a risk.
   
I Heard a Little Baa (Board Book)
Author: Elizabeth MacLeod; illustrator: Louise Phillips
Summary: A rhyming game and animal fun all rolled into one.
   
Being Teddy Roosevelt
Author: Claudia Mills; illustrator: R.W. Alley
Summary: Nine-year-old Riley O'Rourke is assigned a biography report on Teddy Roosevelt. Chapter book.
   
Whales on Stilts
Author: M.T. Anderson; illustrator: Kurt Cyrus
Summary: Twelve-year-old Lily Gefelty is an ordinary girl who gets caught up in a mad scientist's evil plot to take over the world using . . . whales on stilts.
   
Sheep
Author: Valerie Hobbs
Summary: After a fire destroys the farm where he was born, a young border collie acquires a series of owners. He learns about life as he seeks a home, and longs to fulfill his life's purpose of shepherding sheep.
   
The Peace Book
Author: Todd Parr
Summary: A bright, bold, joyful celebration of peace.
   
book cover The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth
Author: Kathleen Krull
Summary: A fascinating biography of the relatively unknown inventor of television.
   
Marco Polo: The Boy Who Traveled The Medieval World
Author: Nick McCarty
Summary: An exciting biography of the traveler and adventurer.
   
Anne Frank: The Young Writer Who Told the World Her Story
Author: Ann Kramer
Summary: A biography of a young Jewish girl whose family went into hiding as Hitler invaded the Netherlands.
   
Ancient Iraq: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Iraq's Past
Author: Beth Gruber
Summary: An investigation of the archaeological sites and finds in Iraq.
   
A Little Peace
Author: Barbara Kerley
Summary: A visually stunning photo essay on world peace.
   
Sea Monsters, A Canadian Museum of Nature Book
Author: Stephen Cumbaa; illustrator: Margot Thompson
Summary: An exploration of sea monsters, past and present.
   
The Jumbo Book of Space
Authors: Cynthia Pratt Nicolson and
Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrator: Bill Slavin
Summary: Divided into 18 chapters that cover everything from asteroids to white dwarf stars.
   
George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life
Author: Elizabeth MacLeod
Summary: An appealing biography of the life, beliefs, and thoughts of George Washington Carver in the context of his times.
   
Factory Girl
Author: Barbara Greenwood
Summary: A mixture of fiction and non-fiction chronicling the plight of working children in North American cities in the early 1900s.
   
Blackbeard The Pirate King
Author: J. Patrick Lewis
Summary: The history of Blackbeard, told in verse.
 
 
 

 

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