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The #1 New York Times bestseller inspired by the true-life story of a former little leaguer Twelve-year-old Michael Arroyo lives i...n the shadows of Yankee Stadium, home of his heroes, but a place that might as well be on a different continent since he can t afford to see the inside. He also lives in the shadows of his Bronx neighborhood, hiding from the bill collectors and the officials who would separate him from his seventeen-year-old brother if they knew the two boys were living on their own. Baseball is Michael s only salvation, along with his dream of playing in the Little League World Series until a rival accuses Michael of being older than the league limit. With no parents and a birth certificate that is stuck in his native Cuba, the shadows in Michael s life grow darker. But that is when heroes emerge, and for Michael, heroes don t come any bigger than the Yankees. *** ?The dialogue crackles, and the rich cast of supporting characters nearly steals the show. Top-notch entertainment in the Carl Hiaasen mold.? *** –Booklist, starred review ?Lupica scores another hit with this warmhearted novel.? –School Library Journal ?[C]onvincing characterization and exciting on-field action help Lupica throw out a baseball story with heart.? –Publisher s Weekly ISBN-13: 9780399243011 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Publication date: 4/11/2006 Pages: 220 Sales rank: 305,600 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 940L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.85 (d) Read More

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Kevin Keller is the first openly gay character in the history of Archie Comics and currently stars in his own best-selling series ...of comic books. In this special paper-over-board novel, we focus on Kevin s early, awkward years and the struggles and joys of his inspirational road to self-discovery. This sweet and funny coming-of-age story features a strong anti-bullying message and is a perfect gift for Archie fans, parents, and anyone who has or is struggling to find their place. Read More

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I am Miss Kanagawa. In 1927, my 57 doll-sisters and I were sent from Japan to America as Ambassadors of Friendship. Our work wasn ...t all peach blossoms and tea cakes. My story will take you from New York to Oregon, during the Great Depression. Though few in this tale are as fascinating as I, their stories won t be an unpleasant diversion. You will make the acquaintance of Bunny, bent on revenge; Lois, with her head in the clouds; Willie Mae, who not only awakened my heart, but broke it; and Lucy, a friend so dear, not even war could part us. I have put this tale to paper because from those 58 Friendship Dolls only 45 remain. I know that someone who chooses this book is capable of solving the mystery of the missing sisters. Perhaps that someone is you. Read More

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Book 3 of L. Frank Baum s immortal OZ series, in which Dorothy and Billina, a talking Yellow Hen, help Princess Ozma rescue the ro...yal family of Ev from the evil King of the Nomes. When a storm blows Dorothy to the land of Ev where lunches grow on trees, she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and Princess Ozma. Together they set out to free the Queen of Ev and her ten children. ISBN-13: 9780486247793 Publisher: Dover Publications Publication date: 1/1/1985 Series:Dover Children s Classics Series , #3 Pages: 288 Sales rank: 445,441 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 1070L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.52 (d) Read More

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Bestselling author/illustrator Audrey Wood uses simple words and stunning art to celebrate the ever-changing sky. In Audrey Wood s... bright, new concept book, a child and his family experience the fun of a sunny-sky day at the beach, then the electricity of a thunder-storm sky, and finally the magical delight of a rainbow sky. After the night sky fills up with stars, readers will be soothed by the pleasure of wishing on a star. Using only two words per page-"Blue Sky" "Cloud Sky" "Storm Sky"-Wood s enthusiastic playfulness will encourage young readers to make up their own simple descriptions of the sky above. Years ago, a teacher told Audrey how rarely her young students looked up. She asked them to begin watching the sky every day and keeping sky journals. They loved it! And soon that teacher saw great improvement in their learning, observing, and test-taking skills. Beautiful, joyful, and educational, BLUE SKY invites us all to be creative in the way we engage with the world--all the ingredients that have made Audrey Wood s books popular and timeless among readers young and old. ISBN-13: 9780545316101 Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. Publication date: 3/1/2012 Pages: 32 Sales rank: 403,663 Age range: 12 years Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 0.38 (d) Read More

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Super-selling author Gordon Korman sends Amy and Dan off on a wild chase in Book 2 of the highly-anticipated 39 Clues series. FORM...AT: 4 CDs, Unabridged NARRATOR: David Pittu THIS JUST IN! Amy and Dan Cahill were spotted on a train, hot on the trail of one of 39 Clues hidden around the world. BUT WAIT! Police report a break-in at an elite hotel, and the suspects ALSO sound suspiciously like Amy and Dan. UPDATE! Amy and Dan have been seen in a car . . . no, in a speedboat chase . . . and HOLD EVERYTHING! They re being chased by an angry mob?!? When there s a Clue on the line, anything can happen. EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL: Grace Cahill arrested in Vienna! Listen to the court transcripts! Read More

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Kirstie Scott s life is consumed by love for her horses. Two of her favorites are best friends but polar opposites. Crazy Horse is... wild and unruly; Cadillac, a beautiful and poised pedigree. One night, both horses disappear and Kirstie fears the worst. Can Kirstie track them down and bring both horses home safely? Or will the search reveal Kirstie s worst nightmare - that her beloved animals have been stolen? Don t Miss the Horses of Half Moon Ranch, an incredible new horse series: Johnny Mohawk Third-Time Lucky Midnight Lady Rodeo Rocky Wild Horses About the Series: Kirstie Scott lives with her family at Half Moon Ranch where her entire life is consumed by an undying love for horses. She finds the wild and dangerous terrain enticing and spends her afternoons riding through the tall forests and deep canyons. Kirstie always finds adventure in nature and never has a dull day. Join Kirstie and her friends for four more action-packed adventures in this popular horse series. What readers are saying about the Horses of Half Moon Ranch: "...this series is going to make quite a few little horse-crazy girls very, very happy!" "This story is one that I enjoyed. I hope that the author will continue to display such talent in writing." "The detail and story line is great. I would recommend to any horse lover!" "A wonderful story. This is a good read for any horse lover. I enjoyed it a lot." "Thought that I would read this book because I have read other books by this author and I love horses. I couldn t put this book down! An exciting and gripping read." ISBN-13: 9781402217029 Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated Publication date: 2/1/2009 Series:Horses of Half Moon Ranch Series , #3 Pages: 160 Sales rank: 593,331 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 760L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d) Read More

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Strange things begin to happen the minute young Kay Harker boards the train to go home for Christmas and finds himself under obser...vation by two very shifty-looking characters. Arriving at his destination, the boy is immediately accosted by a bright-eyed old man with a mysterious message: ?The wolves are running.? Soon danger is everywhere, as a gang of criminals headed by the notorious wizard Abner Brown and his witch wife Sylvia Daisy Pouncer gets to work. What does Abner Brown want? The magic box that the old man has entrusted to Kay, which allows him to travel freely not only in space but in time, too. The gang will stop at nothing to carry out their plan, even kidnapping Kay s friend, the tough little Maria Jones, and threatening to cancel Christmas celebrations altogether. But with the help of his allies, including an intrepid mouse, a squadron of Roman soldiers, the legendary Herne the Hunter, and the inventor of the Box of Delights himself, Kay just may be able rescue his friend, foil Abner Brown s plot, and save Christmas, too. At once a thriller, a romp, and a spellbinding fantasy, The Box of Delights is a great English children s book and a perfect Christmas treat. Kay finds himself involved in a fantastic adventure when he becomes guardian of the mysterious Box of Delights. ISBN-13: 9781590172513 Publisher: New York Review Books Publication date: 10/23/2007 Series:New York Review Children s Collection Series Pages: 320 Sales rank: 384,916 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.87 (d) Read More

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For fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society now in paperback! Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny ...town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imagination! Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and mystery that involves the safety of his entire school. They soon realize that the creatures are after something in our world something that only human children possess. ISBN-13: 9781595144812 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Publication date: 8/30/2012 Series:Darwen Arkwright Series , #1 Pages: 448 Sales rank: 263,385 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.10 (d) Read More

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LITTLE LEFTY A Matt Christopher Sports Classic Bill Bailey is the smallest member of the Blackhawks baseball team, but he can thro...w harder than anyone else on the team, including the regular pitcher. After hearing stories about "Little Lefty," a pint-sized pitcher who made the big leagues, Bill is determined to earn some playing time. But just when he s about to get his big break, he is sidelined by a freak accident. Will Bill finally get his chance to prove himself on the mound--or will his friend Larry persuade him to give up the game? MATT CHRISTOPHER has written and published more than one hundred twenty novels, making him the most prolific and bestselling sportswriter for children and young adults ever. From books on football and baseball to soccer and skateboarding. His work has spanned three generations of readers, and new fans are joining the ranks every year. The smallest member of the Blackhawks, Bill can throw harder than anyone else on the team, and he s determined to earn some playing time and prove himself on the mound. ISBN-13: 9781933523385 Publisher: Bella Rosa Books Publication date: 12/10/2009 Pages: 116 Sales rank: 587,294 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d) Read More

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In 1986 Kids Can Press published an edition of Robert Service s "The Cremation of Sam McGee" illustrated by painter Ted Harrison, ...who used his signature broad brushstrokes and unconventional choice of color to bring this gritty narrative poem to life. Evoking both the spare beauty and the mournful solitude of the Yukon landscape, Harrison s paintings proved the perfect match for Service s masterpiece about a doomed prospector adrift in a harsh land. Harrison s Illustrator s Notes on each page enhanced both poem and illustrations by adding valuable historical background. Upon its original publication, many recognized the book as an innovative approach to illustrating poetry for children. For years The Cremation of Sam McGee has stood out as a publishing landmark, losing none of its appeal both as a read-aloud and as a work of art. Kids Can Press proudly publishes this deluxe hardcover twentieth anniversary edition -- complete with a spot-varnished cover, new cover art and heavy coated stock -- of a book that remains as entrancing as a night sky alive with the vibrant glow of the Northern Lights. Constantly suffering from the cold, Sam makes his companion on the Arctic trail promise to cremate him when he dies, which the companion does--to his great surprise. ISBN-13: 9781554532728 Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited Publication date: 3/1/2013 Pages: 32 Sales rank: 639,615 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.20 (d) Read More

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The Midnight Folk introduces readers to Kay Harker, the orphaned boy who is also the hero of John Masefield s classic Christmas fa...ntasy, The Box of Delights. Kay lives in a vast old country house, and is looked after by an unpleasant duo: the oily and egregious Sir Theopompous and the petulant and punitive Sylvia Daisy Pouncer. In her zeal to educate Kay on the finer points of Latin grammar, Sylvia Daisy has even taken away all of Kay s toys. Life seems very dull, until out of an old family portrait steps Kay s great-grandfather, a sea captain, who, if legend is to be believed, made off with a fabulous treasure. Soon Kay is engaged in a thrilling quest that begins each night as the clock strikes twelve, taking him into the enchanted and dangerous world of the Midnight Folk: pirates, highwaymen, talking animals, and a gang of witches led by none other than Sylvia Daisy (in cahoots, as in The Box of Delights, with the arch-villain Abner Brown). In the end, it is that ragtag team of old toys that rallies to support Kay and save the day. A book to set beside C.S. Lewis s Narnia tales and Joan Aiken s Wolves of Willoughby Chase not to mention the Harry Potter series The Midnight Folk is a wonderful and enthralling contribution to the great English tradition of children s literature, beloved by adults and children alike. Talking paintings and animals help Kay in his attempt to outwit the witches and locate his great-grandfather s buried treasure. ISBN-13: 9781590172902 Publisher: New York Review Books Publication date: 10/14/2008 Series:New York Review Children s Collection Series Pages: 304 Sales rank: 362,238 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d) Read More

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The third book in the quirky and enchanting Darwen Arkwright series, perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society! THE FIGH...T FOR BOTH OUR WORLDS MUST COME TO AN END. Mr. Peregrine has been kidnapped! Now it s up to Darwen, Rich, and Alexandra to rescue him. They ll embark upon a journey that will take them deeper into Silbrica than they ve ever gone before, and there, on the other side of the mirror, they ll find the strangest sight of all: an exact replica of Hillside Academy. This is only the first of many connections that Darwen and his friends are about to discover between the human world and the world of Silbrica. And as the connections begin piling up, they ll be forced to confront the most horrifying realization of all: they ve been lied to this entire time. ISBN-13: 9781595145437 Publisher: Razorbill Publication date: 8/1/2013 Series:Darwen Arkwright Series , #3 Pages: 352 Sales rank: 367,504 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d) Read More

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In this ingenious and captivating reimagining of Rudyard Kipling s classic adventure The Jungle Book, Neil Gaiman tells the unforg...ettable story of Nobody Owens, a living, breathing boy whose home is a graveyard, raised by a guardian who belongs neither to the mortal world nor the realm of the dead. Among the mausoleums and headstones of his home, Bod experiences things most mortals can barely imagine. But real, flesh-and-blood danger waits just outside the cemetery walls: the man who murdered the infant Bod s family will not rest until he finds Nobody Owens and finishes the job he began many years ago. A #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of many international awards, including the Hugo Award for best novel and the Locus Award, The Graveyard Book is a glorious meditation on love, loss, survival, and sacrifice . . . and what it means to truly be alive. 2009 Newbery Medal Winner 2009 Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel 2010 Carnegie Medal Winner ISBN-13: 9780062081551 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 9/27/2011 Series:P. S. Series Pages: 320 Sales rank: 285,141 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.75 (d) Read More

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Grab your spyglass and compass and set sail for adventure! Like a map that leads to great treasure, The NIV Adventure Bible Book o...f Devotions takes kids on a thrilling, enriching quest. This yearlong devotional is filled with exciting fictional stories about kids finding adventure in the real world. Boys and girls will learn more about God and the Bible, and be inspired to live a life of faith the greatest adventure of all. Companion to the Adventure Bible, the #1 bestselling Bible for kids. ISBN-13: 9780310714477 Publisher: Zonderkidz Publication date: 9/1/2008 Series:Adventure Bible Pages: 416 Sales rank: 470,242 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d) Read More

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Andi is short. And she has lots of wishes. She wishes she could play on the school basketball team, she wishes for her own bedroom..., but most of all she wishes that her long-lost half-brother, Bernardo, could come and live in London where he belongs. Then Andi s biggest wish comes true and she s minutes away from becoming someone s little sister. As she waits anxiously for Bernardo to arrive from the Philippines, she hopes he ll turn out to be tall and just as crazy as she is about basketball. When he finally arrives, he s tall all right. Eight feet tall, in fact plagued by condition called Gigantism and troubled by secrets that he believes led to his phenomenal growth. In a novel packed with quirkiness and humor, Gourlay explores a touching sibling relationship and the clash of two very different cultures. ISBN-13: 9780385752336 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 2/14/2012 Pages: 304 Sales rank: 542,677 Age range: 10 years Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d) Read More

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What happens when a star player ends up on the worst team? He either learns to lose or he stops playing the game he loves. These a...re the choices facing Jake, who has gone from champion to last place, testing his sportsmanship every time his soccer team gets waxed. It is his teammate Kevin who shows Jake that being a good captain means scoring and assisting off the field as much as being the star player on it. The latest in #1 bestseller Mike Lupica?s Comeback Kids novels is a cheer-worthy ode to the one sport played by more kids across the country than any other?in the summer of the next World Cup. ISBN-13: 9780399247187 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Publication date: 5/13/2010 Series:Comeback Kids Series , #5 Pages: 208 Sales rank: 589,199 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 920L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.71 (d) Read More

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Eric Carle is one of the world s most beloved artists of children s books. Creator of the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, he ...has captured the imagination of millions of children and adults with his bold, colorful collage illustrations. Eric Carle s life and work are explored in this comprehensive portrait that includes more than sixty full-color illustrations from his books; artwork from his student days; a moving autobiographical account of his life, with photographs; anecdotal reflections by Ann Beneduce, his longtime friend and editor of The Very Hungry Caterpillar; essays on the power of his art by his German publisher, Viktor Christen, and Takeshi Matsumoto, curator at the Chihiro Iwasaki Museum in Tokyo; an insightful speech by Eric Carle originally given at the Children s Literature Center in the Library of Congress; a photographic essay on how he creates his collages; and a full-color illustrated bibliography of all of his books. The noted author-illustrator discusses his life and art. ISBN-13: 9780399240027 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Publication date: 10/28/2002 Pages: 128 Sales rank: 382,874 Age range: 10 years Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d) Read More

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"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" Midwest Children s Book Review The bad news: Sammy... s made a deadly mistake. The good news: No one knows she did it. The delicious dilemma: Everyone thinks her archenemy Heather is to blame. Now Heather is in a major jam, and in some ways it s only fair Heather has pinned more than a few crimes on Sammy. Besides, there are distractions galore to keep Sammy from confessing. Like the end of the school year. And the Farewell Dance. Especially the dance, since she s going with Heather s (dreamy) brother Casey. But Sammy knows the truth has an uncanny way of resurfacing, and when it does, the stench can be more vile than the junior high cafeteria. The Sammy Keyes mysteries are fast-paced, funny, thoroughly modern, and true whodunits. Each mystery is exciting and dramatic, but it s the drama in Sammy s personal life that keeps readers coming back to see what happens next with her love interest Casey, her soap-star mother, and her mysterious father. From the Hardcover edition. ISBN-13: 9780440419112 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 5/8/2007 Series:Sammy Keyes Series Edition description: Reprint Pages: 304 Sales rank: 328,673 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.74 (d) Read More

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Doctor Dolittle heads for the high seas in perhaps the most amazing adventure ever experienced by man or animal. When his colleagu...e Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island. ISBN-13: 9780440400028 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 5/28/1988 Series:Doctor Dolittle Series Edition description: Revised Edition Edition number: 1 Pages: 336 Sales rank: 340,336 Age range: 9 - 11 Years Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.83 (d) Read More

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When a dog arrives at Spence Mansion, Seymour is overjoyed. His adoptive parents, Ignatius B. Grumply and Olive C. Spence, are les...s enthusiastic especially when Secret, the dog, begins barking all night long. Is it possible Secret just misses his old companion, the late Noah Breth, whose children are fighting like cats and dogs over their father s money? Or does Secret have a secret that, in the end, will make the entire town of Ghastly howl with delight? This third book in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, a runaway mystery told in letters, limericks, a last will, and loose change, is guaranteed to please anyone who s ever tried to keep a secret. ISBN-13: 9780547400365 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: 5/2/2011 Series:43 Old Cemetery Road Series , #3 Pages: 144 Sales rank: 849,525 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 710L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d) Read More

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Can a white girl feel at home on an Indian reservation? Based on the author s childhood experience in the early 1960s, this debut ...novel centers on Kitty, whose father is a government forester at Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon. Kitty is one of only two white kids in her class, and the Indian kids are keeping their distance. With time, Kitty becomes increasingly aware of the tensions and prejudices between Indians and whites, and of the past injustice and pain still very much alive on the reservation. Time also brings friendships and opportunities to make a difference. Map, author s note, glossary, and pronunciation guide. Read More

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Taking things in stride is not easy for Kizzy Ann, but with her border collie, Shag, stalwart at her side, she sets out to live a ...life as sweet as syrup on cornbread. In 1963, as Kizzy Ann prepares for her first year at an integrated school, she worries about the color of her skin, the scar running from the corner of her right eye to the tip of her smile, and whether anyone at the white school will like her. She writes letters to her new teacher in a clear, insistent voice, stating her troubles and asking questions with startling honesty. The new teacher is supportive, but not everyone feels the same, so there is a lot to write about. Her brother, James, is having a far less positive school experience than she is, and the annoying white neighbor boy won t leave her alone. But Shag, her border collie, is her refuge. Even so, opportunity clashes with obstacle. Kizzy Ann knows she and Shag could compete well in the dog trials, but will she be able to enter? From Jeri Watts comes an inspiring middle-grade novel about opening your mind to the troubles and scars we all must bear and facing life with hope and trust. ISBN-13: 9780763658953 Publisher: Candlewick Press Publication date: 8/14/2012 Pages: 192 Sales rank: 685,981 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 920L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.74 (d) Read More

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A shadowy witch, a cursed hunter it s tricky business for Sol and Connie as they face off against this awful pair. The kids narrow...ly averted being eaten by the last witch after them, and this time it doesn t look any better. It s a long way through the accursed valley, they re running out of food and water, and that lodge on the mountain side with the collection of animals inside isn t exactly comforting. Who can save them? The All Creatures Manager? A heroic woodthrush? The Camper Lady? The Know-It-All Cube? Or will they have to save themselves? And here s the worst of it: little do Sol and Connie know that the ancient child hunter is about to wake up thanks to the witch s curse in this delightful book from author Keith McGowan and illustrator Yoko Tanaka. Read More

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There is no greater trust than the one between Kirstie and her horses. Kirstie Scott adores all of her horses, but Lucky is her fa...vorite. She is devastated when Lucky suddenly falls ill and no one can figure out what s wrong with him. Desperate for answers, Kirstie takes Lucky deep into the Rockies to find a reclusive but legendary horse doctor before she loses her beloved friend. Will this mysterious doctor be able to save Lucky? Or will Kirstie have to say good-bye to the horse she loves the most? Don t miss The Horses of Half Moon Ranch! Crazy Horse ? Johnny Mohawk ? Midnight Lady ? Wild Horses ? Rodeo Rocky About the Series: Kirstie Scott lives with her family at Half Moon Ranch where her entire life is consumed by an undying love for horses. She finds the wild and dangerous terrain enticing and spends her afternoons riding through the tall forests and deep canyons. Kirstie always finds adventure in nature and never has a dull day. Join Kirstie and her friends for four more action-packed adventures in this popular horse series. What readers are saying about the Horses of Half Moon Ranch: "...this series is going to make quite a few little horse-crazy girls very, very happy!" "This story is one that I enjoyed. I hope that the author will continue to display such talent in writing." "The detail and story line is great. I would recommend to any horse lover!" "A wonderful story. This is a good read for any horse lover. I enjoyed it a lot." "Thought that I would read this book because I have read other books by this author and I love horses. I couldn t put this book down! An exciting and gripping read." Read More

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Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. Medium parents who barely not...ice him. With a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life. And then, one day, something incredibly strange happens to Mack. A three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears in the boys bathroom to deliver some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent Twelve, called the Magnifica in ancient times, whatever that means. An evil force is on its way, and it s up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-olds in order to stop it. He must travel across the world to battle the wicked Pale Queen s dangerous daughter, Ereskigal also known as Risky. But Risky sounds a little scary, and Mack doesn t want to be a hero. Will he answer the call? A laugh-out-loud story filled with excitement and magic, The Magnificent Twelve: The Call is the first book in bestselling author Michael Grant s hilarious new fantasy adventure series. ISBN-13: 9780061833663 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 8/24/2010 Series:Magnificent 12 Series , #1 Pages: 243 Sales rank: 653,818 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 710L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d) Read More

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Includes character guide, book quiz, author info, how Dickens invented Christmas, Victorian games, and a glossary Mr. Scrooge is a... squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, miserable old man. Nobody stops him in the street to say a cheery hello; nobody would dare ask him for a favor. And no one had better be so foolish as to wish him a "Merry Christmas!" Scrooge doesn t believe in Christmas, charity, kindness or ghosts. But one cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unusual visitors who show him just how very mistaken he s been. A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future. ISBN-13: 9780099573753 Publisher: Random House UK Publication date: 9/1/2013 Series:Vintage Children s Classics Edition description: Reprint Pages: 152 Sales rank: 652,688 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d) Read More

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A young girl makes her fractured family whole again with the help of a very special book When eleven-year-old Ella s mother has to... be hospitalized to undergo a dangerous cancer treatment, Ella spends the summer at "Broken Family Camp" with her eccentric grandmother, whom she s never met. The situation is hardly ideal for either of them. Ella is scared her mother may die, but her grandmother seems to care more about her library full of books than she does about her very own granddaughter. But when a rare and beloved book, Kepler s Dream of the Moon, is stolen from her grandmother s amazing library, Ella and her new friend Rosie make up their minds to find it. Finding the beautiful book her grandmother loves so much could even be the key to healing Ella s broken family. An affecting and beautifully written story of family, forgiveness and the wonder of the stars, Kepler s Dream is a sparkling and memorable debut. ISBN-13: 9780142426487 Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group Publication date: 5/2/2013 Edition description: Reprint Pages: 256 Sales rank: 339,113 Age range: 10 years Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.67 (d) Read More

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How many times have you heard grown-ups say, Just be yourself ? But how can you be yourself when that self always seems to be dif...ferent depending on where you are, who you re with, or what you re doing? Your parents see you as their little girl and your friends think you re a cool chick ... while you feel like a big geek who can t do anything right. And that cute boy in math? Who knows what he s thinking! If you think it s easy to say just be yourself but it s not so easy to do it, then this book is so for you! It will help you figure out who you really are deep down inside. You ll learn to be that person no matter who you re with through surveys, helpful tips, and places to write down your thoughts. You ll learn to be the young women God created you to be! ISBN-13: 9780310712954 Publisher: Zonderkidz Publication date: 4/1/2007 Series:Faithgirlz! Series Pages: 128 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d) Read More

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Sophie La Croix is a creative soul with a desire to become a great film director someday, and she definitely has a flair for drama...! Her overactive imagination frequently lands her in trouble, but her faith and friends always save the day. This bindup includes two-books-in-one, Sophie Under Pressure and Sophie Steps Up. ISBN-13: 9780310738510 Publisher: Zonderkidz Publication date: 4/23/2013 Series:Faithgirlz! Series Edition description: Reprint Pages: 240 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d) Read More

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A high school football player believes the harassment he is experiencing on and off the field is due to his father s prison record.... A high school football player believes the harassment he is experiencing on and off the field is due to his father s prison record. ISBN-13: 9780316140546 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication date: 9/29/1982 Series:Matt Christopher Sports Classics Series Edition description: Reprint Edition number: 1 Pages: 162 Sales rank: 476,131 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 690L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 0.37 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d) Read More

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Road bike racing rules in this action-packed adventure perfect for cycling fans, readers of the popular Five Ancestors series, and... anyone who loves a fast-paced page-turner. Ryan Vanderhausen is psyched. After his mountain biking disaster, he discovers that his size and strength make him a natural for road bike racing. So he and his friends Phoenix, Jake, and Hú Dié head to California to train with Ryan s cousin Peter. But right away, things get weird. Experienced cyclists are dropping dead, and someone from the kids past pays them a very unwelcome visit. Then Peter is kidnapped in the middle of San Francisco s Chinatown. Can the kids save Peter, evade the bad guys, and still manage to compete in their biggest race yet? From the Hardcover edition. ISBN-13: 9780375870194 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 9/24/2013 Series:Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes Series , #2 Pages: 240 Sales rank: 104,081 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.86 (d) Read More

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It is 350 years after the events of The Five Ancestors. Phoenix Collns lives in Indiana with his grandfather who is teaching him k...ung fu. But Phoenix s real love is mountain bike racing. When unsettling events reveal that his grandfather is not only one of the legendary five Cangzhen monks, but also almost 400 years old, Phoenix must race the clock if he is going to keep his beloved ancestor alive. Traveling to China, he meets an intriguing young woman who is a talented biker and a terrific mechanic. She offers to help him, but can she be trusted? ISBN-13: 9780375870972 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 9/10/2013 Series:Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes Series , #1 Edition description: Reprint Pages: 304 Sales rank: 176,890 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.76 (d) Read More

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The second book in the series! From the moment Joshua Dread receives an invitation to Gyfted and Talented, the mysterious program ...for kids with superpowers, his plans for a normal summer turn upside down. Evil maniac Phineas Vex is still alive and he wants Joshua dead. So if GandT can help prepare Joshua for battle, he s all in. And so are Sophie and Milton. Except they get more than they bargained for. The truth is that Joshua and his friends have been chosen to form the greatest superhero team of all time. That is, if they make it through GandT s rigorous training. Suddenly Joshua is thrust into the media spotlight, and it s not as glamorous as people think. And what will happen if his supervillain parents find out that the new celebrity superhero is . . . Joshua? No one ever said fighting evil would be easy. From the Hardcover edition. ISBN-13: 9780385741866 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 9/24/2013 Series:Joshua Dread Series Pages: 304 Sales rank: 168,714 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.14 (d) Read More

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Eleven-year-old Zoé Badger, imaginative, carefree and adventurous, lives a transient life, moving with her mother from one town to... the next except for summers, when she stays with her granddad in Tenby, Wales. But when she and her cousin Ian discover a glass puzzle that s been hidden away for decades, ancient forces are unleashed that threaten to change their safe-haven summer town in sinister ways. ISBN-13: 9780385742979 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 7/9/2013 Pages: 336 Sales rank: 508,032 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d) Read More

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It s May 5, 1945. Carrying nothing but a suitcase and a bag of his aunt s good fried chicken, 13-year-old Levi Battle heads south ...to a U.S. Army post in search of his father a lieutenant in an elite unit of all black paratroopers. The fact that his father doesn t even know he s coming turns out to be the least of his problems. As Levi makes his way across the United States, he learns hard lessons about the way a black boy is treated in the Jim Crow South. And when he arrives at his destination, his struggles are far from over. The war may be ending, but his father s secret mission is just beginning and it s more dangerous than anybody imagined. . . . Shelley Pearsall has created an unforgettable character in Levi and gives readers a remarkable tour of 1945 America through his eyes. Jump into the Sky is a tour de force of historical fiction from a writer at the very top of her game. ISBN-13: 9780440421405 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 8/6/2013 Edition description: Reprint Pages: 352 Sales rank: 255,962 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.84 (d) Read More

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Chebron, the young son of an Egyptian high priest, and Amuba, a young slave in the boy s household, are close friends; but their l...ives are greatly altered when Chebron accidentally kills a cat, an animal held sacred by the ancient Egyptians. Forced to flee for their safety, the boys and their companions begin a long and dangerous journey. A thrilling adventure story, this is also a tale packed with historical facts. Among other fascinating details, young readers learn about the Egyptian religion and geography, how the Nile was used for irrigation, and how the Egyptians made war and were prepared for burial. A captivating book that accurately describes life in a once magnificent civilization, this volume will especially appeal to youngsters fascinated by the life and customs of ancient Egypt. In 1250 B.C. the teenaged son of the Egyptian high priest sets off a series of harrowing events when he accidentally kills the sacred cat of Bubastes and, accompanied by his sister and two foreign slaves, embarks on a dangerous journey to find safe haven beyond the borders of Egypt. ISBN-13: 9780486423630 Publisher: Dover Publications Publication date: 10/22/2002 Series:Dover Children s Classics Series Pages: 320 Sales rank: 288,048 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.65 (d) Read More

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The third novel about indomitable, quirky, passionate Sophie. For her double-digit (tenth) birthday, Sophie wants a baby gorilla a...nd convinces herself and most of her friends that she s getting one. This birthday has many surprises in store for Sophie and not just the kind you unwrap. ISBN-13: 9780547550251 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: 8/1/2011 Pages: 132 Sales rank: 655,576 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d) Read More

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A sequel to critically acclaimed THE NEDDIAD told from the point of view of Ned s friend, Iggy La Brea Woman is missing. Valentino..., too. The ghosts of Los Angeles are disappearing right and left! Iggy Birnbaum is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, no matter what Neddie Wentworthstein and Seamus Finn say. There s just the little matter of traveling to another plane of existence, first…and then, of course, not pissing off a witch once she gets there. From L.A. to Old New Hackensack, fans of The Neddiad will be delighted to join up with Iggy, Neddie, Seamus, and the usual apparitional entourage for another weird and wonderful adventure by Daniel Pinkwater. As Neil Gaiman said about the first book: "it s funny and tender and strange and impossible to describe. What Pinkwater does is magic and I m grateful for it." THE IGGYSSEY is vintage Pinkwater: laugh out loud funny, incredible characters, dialogue, humor. And like THE NEDDIAD, this book will be similarly illustrated throughout by Calef Brown. ISBN-13: 9780618594450 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: 2/16/2009 Pages: 245 Sales rank: 1,146,591 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 810L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d) Read More

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Taking things in stride is not easy for Kizzy Ann, but with her border collie, Shag, stalwart at her side, she sets out to live a ...life as sweet as syrup on cornbread. In 1963, as Kizzy Ann prepares for her first year at an integrated school, she worries about the color of her skin, the scar running from the corner of her right eye to the tip of her smile, and whether anyone at the white school will like her. She writes letters to her new teacher in a clear, insistent voice, stating her troubles and asking questions with startling honesty. The new teacher is supportive, but not everyone feels the same, so there is a lot to write about. Her brother, James, is having a far less positive school experience than she is, and the annoying white neighbor boy won t leave her alone. But Shag, her border collie, is her refuge. Even so, opportunity clashes with obstacle. Kizzy Ann knows she and Shag could compete well in the dog trials, but will she be able to enter? From Jeri Watts comes an inspiring middle-grade novel about opening your mind to the troubles and scars we all must bear and facing life with hope and trust. ISBN-13: 9780763669768 Publisher: Candlewick Press Publication date: 8/6/2013 Pages: 192 Sales rank: 150,638 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d) Read More

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?Oh, fishsticks, tartar, and a side of fries!? Runaway ferrets, former BFF drama-trauma, and one GIGANTIC (and very, very public) ...belly flop. No doubt about it, Callie Boone s summer is CRUMMY. The only things keeping her afloat are dive practice with her dad and a top-secret Olympic dream. Then a boy named Hoot who is NOT her boyfriend! moves in next door and turns her world upside down and right-side up. Just when things start looking up, real disaster strikes and Callie feels like she s stuck at the top of the high diving board with no way down. What if she can t fix all the things that need fixing? She ll just have to try! With a little luck, a solid plan, and a whole lot of teamwork, she just might make it through. After all, she s Callie Boone! After All, You re Callie Boone is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children s Book of the Year. Read More

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While Devin and Nadia spend summer vacation at a university camp for little kids Nadia as a counselor and Devin as an unwilling pa...rticipant--their mother s research project is vandalized and her motives are questioned. Devin, Nadia and Simon stumble upon shady characters, corporate conspiracy and a plot to take over the nation s food supply with genetically modified fertilizer. ISBN-13: 9781554690671 Publisher: Orca Book Publishers Publication date: 4/1/2010 Series:Graphic Guides Series Pages: 64 Sales rank: 545,481 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d) Read More

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A stowaway, a stolen book, a murderous villain: an adventure on the most famous shipwreck in history. The great ocean liner Titani...c is preparing to cross the Atlantic. On board is a sinister thief bent on stealing a rare book that may be the key to unlocking infinite treasure, a wealthy academic traveling home to America with his rare book collection, and Patrick Waters, a twelve-year-old Irish boy who is certain that his job as a steward on the unsinkable ship will be the adventure of a lifetime. In Dangerous Waters, disguises, capers, and danger abound as the ship makes its way toward that fateful iceberg where Patrick will have to summon all his wits in order to survive. Read More

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In the jungles of the Maya, the Death Lords are on the warpath. Can video-gaming, pizza-loving Max Murphy and Lola, his modern May...a sidekick, save the world one more time? Not if they can t get past the zombie army, the mutant cave spiders, and some very dark family secrets. Also available in electronic book format (ISBN 978-1-60684-270-6) ISBN-13: 9781606844564 Publisher: EgmontUSA Publication date: 9/24/2013 Series:Jaguar Stones Trilogy Series Edition description: Reprint Pages: 352 Sales rank: 117,996 Age range: 10 years Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.98 (d) Read More

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Canadian Children s Book Centre Our Choice, 2007 Beauty s back-with a bound! Liz and her best friend Alicia are determined: this y...ear, no boys! It doesn t take long, though, before Liz falls off the wagon. She s irresistibly drawn to Kyle, and Kyle is drawn to Liz-dragged to her, actually, by Beauty Two, who is so glad to see her old friend that she starts to forget the finer points of her dog guide training. Kyle doesn t care. Every time he hears Liz s voice, he feels like he s flying. But the reasons for Kyle and Liz to stay away from each other just keep piling up. Kyle s got a teacher with a grudge who s loading him down with work. Liz s parents think she s too young, and sneaking around behind their backs certainly doesn t make her feel mature. As for Beauty, she needs correction, or she ll be taken away; and that, Kyle just can t stand to think about. Whatever happens, he knows his future depends on having Beauty by his side. The final book in the trilogy of Elizabeth and Beauty, her seeing eye dog, will have you in tears-of laughter and of pain. Conclusion to the Beauty trilogy Other two books in the series have received rave reviews and awards Read More

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Dodie Smith s The Hundred and One Dalmatians, later adapted by Disney, was declared a classic when first published in 1956. The St...arlight Barking, Dodie s own long-forgotten sequel, is a thrilling new adventure for Pongo and his family, lavishly illustrated by the same artist team as the first book. As the story opens, every living creature except dogs is gripped by an enchanted sleep. One of the original Dalmatian puppies, all grown up since the first novel, is now the Prime Minister s mascot. Relying on her spotted parents for guidance, she assumes emergency leadership for the canine population of England. Awaiting advice from Sirius, the Dog Star, dogs of every breed crowd Trafalgar Square to watch the evening skies. The message they receive is a disturbing proposition, one that might forever destroy their status as "man s best friend." When they awake to find that every living creature in England, except the dogs, is asleep, Dalmatians Pongo and Missis discover unusual abilities that lead them to London where their daughter is assembling all breeds of dogs to await contact from Sirius, the Dog Star. ISBN-13: 9780312156640 Publisher: St. Martin s Press Publication date: 8/28/1997 Series:Wyatt Book Series Pages: 160 Sales rank: 431,395 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d) Read More

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11 year old Chris is small for his age, so he can t believe it when he learns he s been selected for the all-star hockey team. It ...s not fun and games playing for the Arctic Wolves, however, as Chris and his teammate, Derek, find out. Two friends try to prove that size and race do not matter when playing hockey or any other sport. ISBN-13: 9780316135207 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication date: 7/7/2009 Pages: 160 Sales rank: 306,768 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 620L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.34 (d) Read More

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Bestselling author Bob Phillips (combined sales of more than 9 million copies!) shares more flat-out funny knock-knock jokes in th...is all new crazy collection of goofy guffaws and quirky quips. Kids will have a ball using these jokes to entertain friends and family. Parents can turn off the video on car trips as kids contribute to family conversation with a good clean helping of awesome knock-knock jokes. Whether they re on the playground, sitting on a long plane ride, or just bored on a rainy afternoon, kids can use these wacky wisecracks for all sorts of fun and laughter. Always good for a laugh, Bob Phillips Flat-Out Awesome Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids is a fun book for the whole family. ISBN-13: 9780736924047 Publisher: Harvest House Publishers Publication date: 7/1/2008 Pages: 112 Sales rank: 428,589 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.40 (d) Read More

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Twelve-year-old Anastasia is horrified at her family s decision to move from their city apartment to a house in the suburbs. "Anas...tasia Krupnik is one of the most intriguing female protagonists to appear in children s books since the advent of Harriet the Spy . . . Genuinely funny, the story is a marvelously human portrait of an articulate adolescent." -- Horn Book Twelve-year-old Anastasia is horrified at her family s decision to move from their city apartment to a house in the suburbs. Read More

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The series that has sold over 10 million copies in mass paperback editions is now available in a value-priced hardcover for collec...tors and for readers who want a longer read. Best for ages 12 and up. Book #5, Stung, contains original titles based on Apollyon and #6, Frantic, from those kids titles based on Assassins. Tyndale House Publishers Four teens battle the forces of evil when they are left behind after the Rapture. ISBN-13: 9780842383561 Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Publication date: 6/28/2004 Series:Left Behind: The Young Trib Force , #6 Edition description: Books 20-22 in One Volume Pages: 368 Sales rank: 355,281 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d) Read More

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