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  • Half upon a time

    by James Riley Year Published: 2010

    From the Publisher

    In this hilarious fractured fairy tale series from New York Times bestselling author James Riley, Jack and "punk princess" May must navigate twists and turns unlike anything you've seen before!

    Jack lives in a fantasy world. Really. He's the son of the infamous Jack who stole the magic beans from the giant, and he's working hard to restore his family's reputation. He finds the perfect opportunity when a "princess" lands in front of him, apparently from the land of Punk, as her Punk Princess sweatshirt implies. May is from our world, and she's utterly confused to find herself in the midst of the fairy tale characters she has read about. But Jack and May have more in common than they realize--and together, they embark on a hilarious and wild adventre in this highly accessible, modern middle grade fantasy novel.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.5; AR Pts.: 11.0)

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  • Who Was Napoleon?

    by Jim Gigliotti Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher
    Learn more about Napoleon Bonaparte, the decorated French military leader who conquered much of Europe in the early nineteenth century.

    Born in the Mediterranean island of Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte felt like an outsider once his family moved to France. But he found his life's calling after graduating from military school. Napoleon went on to become a brilliant military strategist and the emperor of France. In addition to greatly expanding the French empire, Napoleon also created many laws, which are still encoded in legal systems around the world.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 6.0; AR Pts.: 1.0)
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  • Greek Mythology Books for Kids: A Collection of Greek Stories and Greek Gods for Children

    by Anthony Clark Year Published: 2015

    From the Publisher

    Greek Mythology Books for Kids encourages the love and learning of Greek Mythology. Be captivated by 3 stories: Arachne and Athena, Pandora's Box, & Phaeton and Helios. Then, learn a little about 20 important figures that have influenced stories, art, and intrigued the imagination of the world!

     

    (Not In AR Program)

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  • Upside Down Magic

    by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins. Year Published: 2015
    From the Publisher

    It's never easy when your magic goes wonky.

    For Nory, this means that instead of being able to turn into a dragon or a kitten, she turns into both of them at the same time-a dritten.

    For Elliott, the simple act of conjuring fire from his fingertips turns into a fully frozen failure.

    For Andres, wonky magic means he's always floating in the air, bouncing off the walls, or sitting on the ceiling.

    For Bax, a bad moment of magic will turn him into a . . . actually, he'd rather not talk about that.

    Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are just four of the students in Dunwiddle Magic School's Upside-Down Magic class. In their classroom, lessons are unconventional, students are unpredictable, and magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments. Because it's always amazing, the trouble a little wonky.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 3.7; AR Pts.: 4.0)

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    Upside-Down Magic

    About This Series

    From New York Times bestselling authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins comes the hilarious and heartfelt story of a group of magical misfits - Nory Horace is nine-years-old. She's resourceful, she's brave, she likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she's able to transform into many different animals. Unfortunately, Nory's shape-shifting talent is a bit wonky. And when she flunks out of her own father's magic academy, Nory's forced to enter public school, where she meets a group of kids whose magic is, well, different.

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  • The Complete Cookbook For Young Chefs

    by America's Test Kitchen Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher

    The #1 New York TimesBest Seller!

    Want to bake the most-awesome-ever cupcakes? Or surprise your family with breakfast tacos on Sunday morning? Looking for a quick snack after school? Or maybe something special for a sleepover? It's all here. Learn to cook like a pro--it's easier than you think.

    For the first time ever, America's Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen!

    Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America's Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you're cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefshas delicious recipes that will wow!

    • Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 750 kids to get them just right forcooks of all skill levels--including recipes for breakfast, snacks and beverages, dinners, desserts, and more.
    • Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen
    • Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America's Test Kitchen will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks.

    By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America's Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.

    (Not In AR Program)

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  • Louisiana's Way Home

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher
    From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are -- and deciding who you want to be.

    When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana's life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town -- including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder -- she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny's heads. But that is a story for another time.)

    Called "one of DiCamillo's most singular and arresting creations" by The New York Times Book Review, the heartbreakingly irresistible Louisiana Elefante was introduced to readers in Raymie Nightingale -- and now, with humor and tenderness, Kate DiCamillo returns to tell her story.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.5; AR Pts.: 5.0)
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  • The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle

    by Leslie Connor Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher

    From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor, comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope.

    Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason's learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason's best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family's orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can't understand why Lieutenant Baird won't believe the story Mason has told about that day.

    Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He's desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny.

    But will anyone believe him?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.7; AR Pts.: 8.0)

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  • A Child's Introduction To Greek Mythology

    by Heather Alexander Year Published: 2011
    From the Publisher
    The newest book in Black Dog's best-selling, award-winning series explores the fascinating world of Greek mythology from the myth of Narcissus to Odysseus versus the Cyclopes. Includes a Gods and Goddesses Family Tree Poster and Stickers! Packed with action, adventure, tragedy, and triumph, A Child'sIntroduction to Greek Mythology acquaints kids ages 9-12 with all the fantastic and memorable classic Greek myths. The book is organized into two main parts. The first section introduces the gods and goddesses, from Apollo to Hades, as well as nymphs, satyrs, centaurs, and the mortal descendents of Zeus, such as Hercules and Midas. Part two is dedicated to the myths themselves: Pandora's Box, Prometheus' Discovery of Fire, the Trojan Horse and many more. Sidebars feature word definitions and fun facts, as well as games and projects. As with all of the other books in the Child's Introduction series, Meredith Hamilton's witty and charming illustrations add yet another dimension to the excellent and absorbing text.
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  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears

    by Meg Medina Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher
    Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal

    Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.


    Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school -- and the steadfast connection that defines family.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.6; AR Pts.: 10.0)
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  • The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart

    by Stephanie Burgess Year Published: 2017
    From the Publisher

    Aventurine is a brave young dragon ready to explore the world outside of her family's mountain cave . . . if only they'd let her leave it. Her family thinks she's too young to fly on her own, but she's determined to prove them wrong by capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human.

    But when that human tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she's transformed into a puny human without any sharp teeth, fire breath, or claws. Still, she's the fiercest creature in these mountains--and now she's found her true passion: chocolate. All she has to do is get to the human city to find herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she'll be conquering new territory in no time . . . won't she?

    A classic fantasy with terrific girl power, perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Jessica Day George.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.8; AR Pts.: 9.0)

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  • No Time To Lose : The Fifth Journey Through Time

    by Geronimo Stilton Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher

    New Mouse City is in danger! There is only one way to bring harmony back to the island. Geronimo and friends must travel back in time to retrieve King Solomon's Ring. Along the way Geronimo visits Napoleon, the Vikings, and the ancient Cretans!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.2; AR Pts.: 4.0)

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  • Keeper Of The Lost Cities

    by Shannon Messenger Year Published: 2012
    From the Publisher
    New York Times bestselling series
    USA TODAY bestselling series
    A California Young Reader Medal-winning series

    In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world--before the wrong person finds the answer first.

    Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She's skipped multiple grades and doesn't really connect with the older kids at school, but she's not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret--she's a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she's not alone. He's a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well...she isn't. Fitz opens Sophie's eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.
    But Sophie still has secrets, and they're buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death--and time is running out.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.5; AR Pts.: 14.0)
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  • Born to rock

    by James Patterson Year Published: 2019
    From the Publisher

    In the next book in James Patterson's bestselling Middle School series, Rafe Khatchadorian's hilarious little sister, Georgia, is back for another rollicking adventure! This time, she's vying to be crowned winner of the Battle of the Bands--if she doesn't die of embarrassment first!


    It's not easy being Rafe Khatchadorian's sister. He's got quite a reputation around school, and Georgia's got it hard enough as is! With a super secret crush on her classmate Sam Marks, a Rube Goldberg machine challenge to dominate, and constant confrontations with vicious Missy Trillin and her evil Princess Patrol to look forward to, Georgia can't help but throw all her energy into the one thing that makes her happy: her kick-butt, all-girl rock band, We Stink!

     

    When Georgia's favorite rock band, Lulu and the Handbags, advertise a major music competition where the winner gets to jam with Lulu herself, Georgia will pull all the stops to make sure We Stink wins--even if it means asking her annoying older brother, Rafe, for help! Will his crazy ideas work, or land her in serious trouble?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: ; AR Pts.: ) (Not Yet In AR Program)

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  • New Kid

    by Jerry Craft Year Published: 2019
    From the Publisher

    Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.

    Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

    As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: ; AR Pts.: ) (Not Yet In AR Program)

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  • Suspect Red

    by L. M. Elliott Year Published: 2017

     In 1950s Washington, D.C., teenaged Richard, a bookworm whose father works for the FBI, experiences effects of McCarthyism, beginning with book banning and ending with a threat to his half-Czech friend.

     (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and Up; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts.: 8.0)

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  • Who Is Michael Jordan

    by Kirsten Anderson Year Published: 2019
    From the Publisher
    Grab your Js and hit the court with this Who Was? biography about NBA superstar Michael Jordan.

    Meet the man who changed the game forever. Michael Jordan has always been competitive--even as a young boy, he fought for attention. His need to be the best made him a star player on his college basketball team and helped him become an NBA legend, both for his skills and his endorsements. His Nike contract for Air Jordan basketball shoes set an unmatched precedent for professional athletes. Author Kirsten Anderson takes readers through each exciting moment, detailing the iconic reverse lay-ups and jump shots of Michael Jordan's storied career.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: ; AR Pts.: ) (Not Yet In AR Program)
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  • Dog Man: Brawl Of The Wild

    by Dave Pilkey Year Published: 2019
    From the Publisher

    Howl with laughter with Dog Man, the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller!

    Dog Man and the Supa Buddies are a paw-erful force against evil, but has Petey, the World's Most Evil Cat, finally outsmarted them? Petey has created another confounding contraption and is determined to destroy Dog Man once and for all. Can Dog Man's nose for justice and Li'l Petey's heart of gold finally convince the conniving kitty to do good?

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades K-3; Book Level: 2.6; AR Pts.: 1.0)

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  • Secret in the stone

    by Kamilla Benko Year Published: 2019
    From the Publisher

    "Hand to readers who love Narnia." --School Library Journal on The Unicorn Quest

    * "Those who love Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time or . . . Neil Gaiman's Coraline, can't miss this debut." --Booklist, starred review, on The Unicorn Quest

    The second book in an enchanting fantasy series The Unicorn Quest, about a real-world girl and her sister in a land full of magic and strange creatures.

     

    Claire Martinson and her sister Sophie have decided to stay in Arden--the magical land they discovered by climbing up a chimney in their great-aunt's manor. If what they've learned is true, the sisters are the last descendants of the royal family, and only a true heir of Arden--with magic in her blood--can awaken the unicorns.

    Since Sophie has does not have magic, the land's last hope rests on Claire. The sisters journey to Stonehaven, a famed Gemmer school high in the mountains of Arden, so Claire can train in the magic of stone. As Claire struggles through classes, Sophie uncovers dangerous secrets about the people they thought they could trust. With Arden on the brink of crumbling, can Claire prove she is the prophesied heir and unlock the magic of the unicorns before it's too late?

     (Not Yet In AR Program)

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  • Crush

    by Svetlana Chmakova Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher

    Following the overwhelming success of AWKWARD and BRAVE, Svetlana Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment - CRUSH!

    Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl... But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.4; AR Pts.: 1.0)

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  • The Principal Strikes Back (Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Book 6)

    by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher

    As told through a mix of comics, doodles, and journal entries, it's Victor Starspeeder's third year at Jedi Academy! It's also his first year EVER without his sister, Christina. Plus, things at Jedi Academy are... weird. After last year's security breach, Principal Marr has been demoted and replaced with Commander ZC-04, a big, scary droid. There's a curfew, new regulations, and everyone is on edge. But when Victor and his friends dig a little deeper into the changes at the school, they find that there's a lot more to this story than the droids want to admit! It's an all-new, out-of-this-world Jedi Academy adventure as The Principal Strikes Back!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.4; AR Pts.: 2.0)

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  • Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

    by Jonathan Auxier Year Published: 2016
    From the Publisher

    Read this captivating adventure by Jonathan Auxier, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Gardener.

    It's been two years since Peter Nimble and Sir Tode rescued the kingdom of HazelPort. In that time, they have traveled far and wide in search of adventure. Now they have been summoned by Professor Cake for a new mission: To find a twelve-year-old bookmender named Sophie Quire.

    Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father's bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping the confines of her dull life. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.8; AR Pts.: 15.0)

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  • Real Friends

    by Shannon Hale Year Published: 2017
    From the Publisher
    Following little Shannon's life from kindergarten through fifth grade, Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in "The Group." Shannon's honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are--and why finding them is worth the journey.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.6; AR Pts.: 1.0)
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  • Utomia : the legend beyond

    by Caitlin Scholl; Neil Mullins Year Published: 2018

    Utomia: The Legend Beyond is the story of Laoch, a talented young lizard uninspired by the slow pace of his small farming community. Laoch spends his time building a secret fort with his brother and two best friends and daydreaming about life in the fabled city of Utomia.

    But everything changes when Laoch leads his friends through a series of scientific experiments and something goes drastically awry. A plume of magical purple smoke begins to rise from their village and the greatest powers of the world_including the Utomian Army_take note, quickly mobilizing toward the boys_ small town.

    In the first book of this incredible series, Laoch and company venture through a planet of strange beings, secret societies, and time warps enacted by the giant Water Clock that protects the magical city. The boys_ individual journeys bring them closer to the understanding of bravery, love, and the true meaning of friendship as they struggle to save not only their families, but one another.

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  • Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed The World

    by Rachel Ignotofsky Year Published: 2016
    From the Publisher
    It's a scientific fact: Women rock!

    A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

    Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 7.5; AR Pts.: 4.0)
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  • Who Is Malala Yousafzai

    by Dinah Brown Year Published: 2015
    From Follett

    Includes bibliographical references (pages 104-105). Malala Yousafzai was a girl who loved to learn but was told that girls would no longer be allowed to go to school. She wrote a blog that called attention to what was happening in her beautiful corner of Pakistan and realized that words can bring about change. She has continued to speak out for the right of all children to have an education. In 2014 she won the Nobel Peace Prize.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.9; AR Pts.: 1.0)

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  • The Thrifty Guide To The American Revolution: A Handbook For Time Travelers

    by Jonathan W. Stokes Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher
    From the publishing house that brought you the Who Was? books comes the next big series to make history approachable, engaging, and funny!

    The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution
     provides useful information for the practical time traveler, like:

    * Where can I find a decent hotel room in colonial New England? Are major credit cards accepted?
    * How do I join the Boston Tea Party without winding up in a British prison?
    * How can I score a lunch with Alexander Hamilton?

    This guide answers these fiery, burning questions with the marshmallows of information. There is handy advice on how to join Paul Revere's spy ring at the Green Dragon Tavern, how to enlist in General Washington's rebel army, and how to summon the strength to storm a British gun battery when you haven't eaten for three days.

    If you had a time travel machine and could take a vacation anywhere in history, this is the only guidebook you would need!
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 7.0; AR Pts.: 3.0)
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  • Women Who dared: 52 Stories Of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers & Rebels

    by Linda Skeers Year Published: 2017
    From the Publisher

    Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they're rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. This new compilation of brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure--many of whom you may not know, but all of whom you'll WANT to know, such as:

    • Annie Edson Taylor, the first person who dared to go over Niagara Falls in abarrel
    • Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman who dared to fly in space
    • Helen Gibson, the first woman who dared to be a professional stunt person
    • And many more!

    This is the perfect read for anyone who wants to know what it means to explore, discover, play, climb, and fight like a girl!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 6.7; AR Pts.: 4.0)

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  • Harry Potter A History Of Magic

    by New-York Historical Society Museum & Library Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher

    The official companion book to the special exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, featuring an extraordinary treasure trove of magical artifacts, original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling, and additional material exclusive to the US run of this unforgettable exhibition!

    As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US, readers everywhere are invited to explore the extraordinary subjects of the Hogwarts curriculum - Potions & Alchemy, Divination, Care of Magical Creatures, and more - and examine incredible historical artifacts, items from J.K. Rowling's personal archive, and stunning original artwork from Harry Potter series artists Mary GrandPre, Jim Kay, and Brian Selznick.

    Published in conjunction with the special exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic (coming to the New-York Historical Society after a record-breaking sold-out run at the British Library), this complete catalogue of the over 150 artifacts on display gives readers an up-close look at magical treasures from all over the world. Exclusive to the New York run are amazing artifacts from American institutions -- including an original Audubon illustration, a narwhal's tusk (or is it a unicorn's horn?), an ancient Iranian astrolabe, and more -- as well as never-before-seen original artwork by Mary GrandPre and early correspondence between J.K. Rowling and her American editor, Arthur Levine.

    This special publication is an essential volume for Harry Potter fans, history buffs, and bibliophiles, and a fascinating exploration of the history of the magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.

    (Not in AR Program)

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  • Who Was Seabisquit

    by James Buckley Year Published: 2015
    From the Publisher
    In the middle of the worst depression in U.S. history, one young racehorse lifted a nation's spirits. Seabiscuit was born in 1933 on a farm in Kentucky. Though bred for racing, he was weak and undersized. He slept too long and ate too much. Against the odds, he began to win local races. He was given a new coach who trained him to race in larger circuits. Soon enough, this scrappy horse began beating the best racehorses in the country. He became a media darling and won national competitions. In 1938 he was voted U.S. Horse of the Year. Seabiscuit's undying spirit and come-from-behind story made him a celebrity and hero for millions.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.2; AR Pts.: 1.0)
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  • The Peculiar Incident On Shady Street

    by Lindsay Currie Year Published: 2017
    From the Publisher
    A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery.

    Tessa Woodward isn't exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones.

    When her little brother's doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone--or something--is trying to communicate with her. And it involves a secret that's been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years.

    With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street--and more importantly, what it has to do with her!
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.4; AR Pts.: 8.0)
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  • The Forgotten Book

    by Mechthild Glaser Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher
    Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she's convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon. As it turns out, Emma hasn't seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma's way: anything she writes in the book comes true. But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn't the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her--and they'll stop at nothing to succeed. A new boy in school--the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter--becomes Emma's unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.
     
    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and Up; Book Level: 5.9; AR Pts.: 14.0)
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  • Dragon Pearl

    by Yoon Ha Lee Year Published: 2019
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    Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee's space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min's mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She's counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.
     
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  • ART2-D2's Guide To Folding And Doodling

    by Tom Angleberger Year Published: 2013

     

    From the Publisher

    Stick figures to the dark side only lead! To doodle like a Jedi you must learn! With this companion to the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, beloved author Tom Angleberger--with the help of the kids from McQuarrie Middle School--presents young Padawans with dozens of activities from the Star Wars universe. Padawans can learn how to fold R2-D2 and C-3PO, draw Jabba, and even build a fully functioning ChapStick rocket! Other Force-mastering activities include: "Kellen's Guide to Cool Letters," "Mike's Complete Rules and Tips for Pencil Pod-Racing," "Rhondella's Tips for Photographing Origami," and much more!
    With Tom Angleberger's goofy sense of humor and accessible art style, Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling is sure to satisfy and inspire the millions of Origami Yoda and Star Wars fans. May the doodles be with you!
    Includes 16-page color insert with 10 pages of colored pull-out origami paper; instructions to make Yoda, Darth, C-3PO, Admiral Ackbar, and R2-D2; a section on photographing your origami creations, and two Star Wars backdrops to photograph them against.

    This is the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, written by Tom Angleberger, author of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side,showcasing his proven knack for authentically capturing the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school in "a satisfying tale of friendship and just resistance to authority".

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  • Every Soul A Star

    by Wendy Mass Year Published: 2010
    From the Publisher
    New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers, Wendy Mass weaves an intricate and compelling story about strangers coming together and establishing unlikely friendships.

    Three middle schoolers are brought together at Moon Shadow, an isolated campground where thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun.

    Ally's parents own Moon Shadow, where she's lived pretty much her entire life. When her parents tell her they're moving away to the city, she's suddenly frightened and desperately wants to stay at the only home she's ever known.

    Bree is popular and gorgeous, but with scientist parents and a brainiac little sister, she is the black sheep of the family. When her parents break it to her that they're moving to Moon Shadow, Bree realizes that popularity doesn't mean a thing when there's no one there to see it.

    Overweight and awkward, Jack is confused when his science teacher asks him to go on a trip to view the eclipse at Moon Shadow, especially since he failed science class. Although this is a chance for Jack to bypass summer school, it also gives him the courage to come out of his shell and find true friends for the first time.


    With breathtaking descriptions of nature and its ultimate phenomenon, the eclipse, Every Soul a Star is a powerful and humorous story about dealing with change and discovering one's place in the universe.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.7; AR Pts.: 11.0)
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  • Fairest

    by Chanda Hahn Year Published: 2012
    From the Publisher
    Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,Who is the Fairest of them all?In the sequel to UnEnchanted, Mina Grime discovers that all is not fair when it comes to the Fae and their tales, especially when they don't all play by the rules. Barely surviving the Story's first fairy tale quest, Mina still has hundreds to go before she can end the curse on her family. But a new player arises to challenge Mina while new rules revamp the game she has just barely begun to understand.All the while, people are mysteriously disappearing, including Jared, whom Mina must finally determine to be friend or foe. And with the loss of her greatest weapon, Mina must try to outwit a lethal hunter. Can Mina survive the most difficult quest yet while protecting those she loves from falling victim to one of the deadliest tales of all? Or will she become a pawn when she strikes a bargain with the Queen of Fae?
     
    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and Up; Book Level: 5.6; AR Pts.: 10.0)
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  • It Started With Goodbye

    by Christina June Year Published: 2017
    From the Publisher

    "You won't be able to put this book down." Miranda Kenneally, bestselling author

    Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she's stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest, and her BFF's gone ghost. With a criminal fine to pay off and no way to get a job, Tatum starts a covert freelance design business online, and is soon trading emails with a cute cello-playing client. If Tatum is reading his messages right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talented--and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he's spending his summer across the ocean ...

    But sometimes, going after what you want means breaking a few rules. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: ; AR Pts.: (Not yet in AR Program)

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  • The Hive Queen

    by Tui T. Sutherland Year Published: 2019
    From the Publisher

    The #1 New York Times bestselling series continues with a thrilling revelation -- three brand-new tribes of dragons!

    Growing up in the hives, Cricket has always had a million questions. Why are trees forbidden, even in art? Why do her parents seem to hate her? And the biggest, most dangerous and secret question of all: why is Cricket immune to Queen Wasp's powers? Whenever the queen takes control of all the HiveWings, speaking through their mouths and seeing through their eyes, Cricket has to hide, terrified of being discovered.

    Now she's hiding again, wanted for stealing the Book of Clearsight along with her new SilkWing friends, Blue and Swordtail, and the fierce LeafWing, Sundew. The fugitives need answers, and fast, in order to prevent a LeafWing attack. But Cricket has more questions than ever. How can she stay hidden and discover the queen's deadliest secret? And if she does succeed -- can a powerless dragonet really do anything to topple a regime and stop a war?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: ; AR Pts.: (Not yet in AR Program)

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  • Courage For Beginners

    by Karen Harrington Year Published: 2014
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    Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fictional, she'd magically know how to deal with the fact that her best friend, Anibal Gomez, has abandoned her in favor of being a "hipster." She'd be able to take care of everyone when her dad has to spend time in the hospital. And she'd certainly be able to change her family's secret.

    Seventh grade is not turning out the way Mysti had planned. With the help of a hot-hair balloon, her new friend Rama Khan--and maybe even the heroes of the Texas Revolution--can she find the courage to change?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.4; AR Pts.: 7.0)

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  • The Color Of Lies

    by CJ Lyons Year Published: 2018
    From the Publisher

    A gripping young adult suspense novel drenched in color, mystery, and lies; set in the sense-blending world of Synesthesia. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons grabs you and won't let go, keeping you guessing until the very last page of The Color of Lies.

    When you can see emotions in color, motives become black and white. Even murder.

    High school senior Ella Cleary has always been able to read people. And for good reason: she has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses, allowing Ella to see colors that reveal people's true emotions. Everyone but Alec's.

    Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life ... until he reveals the real reason he sought her out. He wants to learn the truth behind her parents' deaths. And Ella's world turns upside down when Alec tells her their deaths were not an accident.

    After learning her entire life is based on a lie, Ella doesn't know who she can trust or even who she truly is. With family secrets slowly revealed and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and up; Book Level: .0; AR Pts.: .0)

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  • The Thickety: A Path Begins

    by J. A. White Year Published: 2014
    From the Publisher

    The Thickety: A Path Begins is a spellbinding tale about a girl, the Thickety, and the power of magic. Fans of Neil Gaiman will love this thrilling new world.

    When Kara Westfall was five years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic...except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.

    The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.

    And that is just the beginning of the story.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts.: 11.0)

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  • The Thickety: The Whispering Trees

    by J. A. White Year Published: 2015
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    Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, book two in the acclaimed Thickety series is the story of a good witch, a bad witch, and a forest demon, trapped together in a world that is both enchanting and dangerous.

    After Kara Westfall's village turns on her for practicing witchcraft, she and her brother, Taff, flee to the one place they know they won't be followed: the Thickety. Only this time Kara is magicless without her grimoire and Sordyr, the forest demon, is intent on keeping them there. Kara and Taff will meet other inhabitants of the Thickety in their search for a safe way out, including the infamous witch, Mary Kettle. But can they trust anyone--plant, creature, witch, book, or magic--to help them escape, to undo Grace's final terrible spell, and to stop Sordyr's horrible reach from spreading across the rest of the world?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts.: 12.0)

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  • The Thickety: Well Of Witches

    by J. A. White Year Published: 2016
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    J. A. White's The Thickety: Well of Witches is an epic quest into an enchanted kingdom with new kinds of magic, an old enemy, and only one way out. Fans of Neil Gaiman will love this third novel in the spectacular and twisty fantasy series that has readers and reviewers raving.

    Kara and Taff know that only Grace Stone has the power to reverse her Last Spell on their father, and that in order to save him, they have to rescue their foe from the Well of Witches first. Forgiving Grace should be the hardest part of their journey . . . but soon the children are confronted by creatures called the Faceless, mysteries as old as magic, and an ancient secret that threatens their very lives. Back in the World, a war against magic is brewing that endangers everyone they care about. Can Kara and Taff find Grace and make it back to their father in time?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.2; AR Pts.: 12.0)

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  • Unstoppable : true stories of amazing bionic animals

    by Nancy Furstinger Year Published: 2017

    From the Publisher

    Chris P. Bacon was born with malformed legs, but with the help of a
    wheelchair made of construction toys, he's become a hero to people with similar challenges.

    Nancy Furstinger profiles Chris P. Bacon and many other animals
    inUnstoppable--all of whom are making their way around with the help of
    prosthetics, braces, orthotics and wheelchairs! Readers will meet the
    caretakers, prosthetists, vets, and loving families that help to make recovery possible. Furstinger offers a glimpse into the cutting-edge technologies, such as 3D printing and brain-controlled prosthetics, that are helping to improve the lives of animals and humans alike.
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 7.7; AR Pts.: 2.0

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  • Knights of the Lunch Table - The Dodgeball Chronicles

    by Frank Cammuso Year Published:

    From Follett

    Artie King's hopes for easing into life at Camelot Middle School are dashed when he opens mysterious locker filled with useful, wonderful items and is pulled into a do-or-die dodgeball game that pits Artie and his friends against the school's toughest kids.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.2; AR Pts.: 1.0

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  • Projekt 1065

    by Alan Gratz Year Published:

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    Award-winning, critically acclaimed author Alan Gratz returns with another gripping World War II story, this time about a spy in the Hitler Youth.

    It's the height of World War II. Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany, lives with his family in Berlin. But Michael, like his parents, is a spy. He joins the Hitler Youth, taking part in their horrific games and book-burning, despising everything they stand for but using his insider knowledge to bring important information back to his parents and the British Secret Service. When Michael is tasked to find out more about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs -even if it means risking the lives of his family... and himself.

    Acclaimed author Alan Gratz delivers a heart-pounding, action-packed tale of political intrigue, betrayal, and survival.

    (Interest Level: MG+ - Upper Middle Grades (6 and up); Book Level: 5.3; AR Pts.: 10.0

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