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Akiko and the Journey to Toog

by Mark Crilley

"Poog's in trouble. " Just three simple words, but they're enough to launch fifth-grade Akiko and the rest of her crew--Spuckler Boach, Mr. Beeba, and Gax--on their next mission. And it just might be their most important mission yet: To save the planet Toog, home of their good friend Poog. Someone's out to destroy Toog, and only Akiko and the gang can stop them. But first they have to escape from a Toogolian jail cell, zoom through a barrage of exploding drobe mines, and enlist the help of Spuckler's old friend Fluggly Ragstubble--who's anything but helpful. The clock is ticking and every second counts. Will they win the race against time and save Poog's home planet? From the Hardcover edition.

All-of-a-Kind Family

by Sydney Taylor

A heartwarming story of five little girls living with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century. They have simple but happy times as they share adventures, holidays and surprises. When Mama tells them her big news, it's the most wonderful surprise of all!

And Condors Danced

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The year Carly turns eleven, 1907, is filled with playing detective, watching condors, observing a fierce feud involving her family's Southern California ranch, and coping with unexpected tragedies.

Bambert's Book of Missing Stories

by Reinhardt Jung

Hauntingly beautiful watercolors enhance this extraordinary story about the power of storytelling, kindness, and hope Bambert lives alone in his attic home. He feels out of place in the world, isolated by his physical disabilities, and finds solace in the characters he creates in his stories. One day, he decides to send his 11 stories out into the world, to find their own true setting. He attaches them to paper balloons and sends them out on a windy night. The 11th story is blank. Bambert hopes it will write itself. Gradually the stories return, with postmarks from all round the world. But Bambert's life-work is not complete until the return of the 11th story, the fate of which is still unknown.

Barry, Boyhound

by Andy Spearman

This is the story of a boy named Barry. Some stuff happens, and overnight like magic he turns into a boyhound. Not a hound, but a boyhound-which means while he may still look like a boy, he is, in fact, a dog. And even in his boyhound brain, Barry knows there are lots of advantages to being a dog. You don't have to clean your room or use dental floss, for example. But things get crazy. He eats something too disgusting to mention. He's attacked by telepathic squirrels. An innocent squashed frog becomes involved. Plus, his mother's getting pretty mad. And that's all before the really bad thing happens. . . .

Beans on the Roof

by Betsy Byars

George Bean always wants to play on the roof of his apartmentbuilding. But only his older sister Anna can sit there, because she's writing a roof poem. Anna may be the first Bean to be in a book if the poem wins a contest at school. George decides to write a roof poem too. Soon all the Beans are on the roof writing the roof poems. All except George. He needs some inspiration. How will he get it?

The Beast in Ms. Rooney's

by Patricia Reilly Giff

It's September again. What does it mean for Richard "Beast" Best to be left back? It means being teased by his old friends while he's stuck facing the same old teacher in the same old classroom. He even has to take a special reading class with "babies" like Emily Arrow and Matthew Jackson. And just like last year, he can't help getting into trouble. But with the help of Mrs. Paris, the reading teacher, Beast starts to enjoy reading and just might find a way to help the second grade win the school banner for best class.

Becoming Rosemary

by Frances M. Wood

The year Rosemary makes her first true friend is also a year of great change for her and her entire community. Rumors have begun to spread through the serene farming village: tales of witchcraft and evil. To protect her family and her new friend, Rosemary takes action against the harmful gossip. In the process, she discovers a new, wondrous side of herself.

Befiddled

by Pedro De Alcantara

Becky Cohen has a rough life. She's an outsider everywhere she goes: shunned and mocked at school, at her violin lessons, and at home by her disapproving mother. Her only true friend is her brilliant little brother, newspaper-loving Benjy. She dreams of becoming a great violinist, but at the group lessons she's forced to take at the Y, Becky panics and plays badly. Then Becky meets Mr. Freeman, her building's handyman. He has a lot to teach her about becoming a musician, and being a friend. Gradually, Becky begins speaking her mind more often, and finds that people are actually listening. Then Mr. Freeman tells Becky about a local performing arts high school's scholarship contest. With the lessons learned from Mr. Freeman and Benjy, can Becky overcome her fears and play what's in her heart?

Bhangra Babes

by Narinder Dhami

It's Amber, Jazz, and Geena Dhillon's dream come true: Their interfering Auntie is finally getting married and moving out. The girls can't wait to get the house and their dad back to themselves, and they certainly won't miss their nosy Auntie at all-right? Meanwhile, Amber tangles with a new girl with a bad attitude, and falls head over heels for a would-be rapper whose attitude might be even worse. The girls' friend Kim just might be the only one in their group with any sense, and-could it be? Has dorky George Botley blossomed into a Man of Style? Will Amber get her love life straightened out before it ruins Auntie's wedding? And will the girls learn to survive without Auntie around to keep them in line?

Billy Clikk: Creatch Battler

by Mark Crilley

Billy Clikk's parents are never home at night. He wonders why so much of their work is done after dark. Are they really exterminating insects? Or is their business a cover for something more sinister? When Billy catches his parents in the act--saving a small island from an invasion of something other than bugs--the truth is out. Jim and Linda Clikk are members of a secret organization whose mission is to protect humans from monsters, or creatches. But before Billy can join the real family business, he'll have to prove himself. And when his parents are suddenly called to India to find out what's lurking in the caves beneath the Taj Mahal, it looks like he's going to get his chance sooner than he thought.

Billy Hooten: Owlboy

by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Billy Hooten is a weird kid. He gets beat up a lot, and spends the rest of his time doggedly trying to build a robot. One day, Billy Hooten hears a cry for help coming from the cemetery that borders his backyard. Against his better judgment, he runs toward it. And after that,everythingchanges for Billy Hooten. Because Billy Hooten, you see, is Owlboy. A quickthinking, goggle-and-feather-wearing superhero who protects the bizarre and monstrous citizens of Monstros City, a city that exists under Billy's hometown of Bradbury, Massachusetts. But is Billy truly worthy of the moniker Owlboy?

Bindi Babes

by Narinder Dhami

Meet Amber, Jazz, and Geena Dhillon--a. k. a. the Bindi Babes. They're three fabulous sisters with a reputation for being the coolest, best-dressed girls at their school. But their classmates don't know that the Dhillon sisters work extra hard to look perfect and together to all of their friends . . . while privately trying not to think how much they miss their mom, who died a year ago. What these struggling sisters certainly don't need is an interfering auntie from India inviting herself into their household to cramp their style. Unfortunately, that's exactly what their dad allows to happen. Soon the sisters' pushover dad is saying no to designer clothes and expensive sneakers, and Auntie is butting into every area of their lives. What are the Bindi babes to do? There's only one way to be rid of Auntie: marry her off to some unsuspecting guy. Will Amber, Jazz, and Geena find a man who can put up with Auntie before she completely ruins their lives? Or are Auntie's new rules doomed to make the fabulous Dhillon sisters just . . . average? From the Hardcover edition.

Blackberries in the Dark

by Mavis Jukes

"Austin's visit to his grandmother's is the first since Grandpa died. Austin notices Grandpa's things but feels the emptiness of his absence. This spare story vividly captures the emotions of painful times and shows how they ease with sharing and remembering. Boy and grandfather were close, but boy and grandmother seem destined to be just as close, with Grandpa's memory to bind them. Poignant and perceptive, this has impressive resonance, and readers won't easily shed its warm afterglow. "--(starred)Booklist.

Bollywood Babes

by Narinder Dhami

Those fiesty Bindi Babes are back - and someone tougher than their auntie has moved in too! Geena, Amber and Jazz throw a Bollywood party to raise funds for their school. They plan to deliver a real Bollywood actress for a live performance but their star turns out to more of a handful than they ever expected!

Boston Jane: An Adventure

by Jennifer L. Holm

1855. The unknown wilds of the Pacific Northwest--a land not yet tamed, and certainly not fitting for a proper young lady! Yet that's just where Miss Jane Peck finds herself. After a tumultuous childhood on the wrong side of Philadelphia high society, Jane is trying to put aside her reckless ways and be accepted as a proper young lady. And so when handsome William Baldt proposes, she joyfully accepts and prepares to join him in a world away from her home in Washington Territory. But Miss Hepplewhite's straitlaced finishing school was hardly preparation for the treacherous months at sea it takes to get there, the haunting loss she'll face on the way, or the colorful characters and crude life that await her on the frontier.

Boston Jane: Wilderness Days

by Jennifer L. Holm

Girls looking for adventure, romance, and a strong heroine will love the second book in this action-packed historical trilogy by two-time Newbery Honor winner andNew York Timesbestselling author Jennifer L. Holm. 1854. The Pacific Northwest. Sixteen-year-old Jane Peck has traveled halfway around the world in the name of true love, only to find herself alone on the frontier, abandoned by her no-good fianceacute;! With nothing of her old life in Philadelphia left to return to, Jane has little choice but to dry her tears, roll up her sleeves, and make the best of things in Washington Territory. But can a proper young lady survive as the only girl in a primitive pioneer settlement? And can she keep her wits about her as she braves a flea-ridden cabin, a perilous manhunt . . . and a blossoming romance with an entirelyunsuitable suitor? What would Jane's finishing-school teacher say?! With Boston Jane, Jennifer L. Holm has created a spirited, memorable, and one-of-a-kind heroine who continues to delight and inspire in this acclaimed sequel to the award-winningBoston Jane: An Adventure.

Boys Against Girls

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

A Young Reader's Choice Award-winnerA Newberry Award-winning AuthorPart of The Boys-Girls Battle SeriesCaroline Malloy shivers happily when her on-again, off-again enemy Wally Hatford tells her that a strange animal known as the abaguchie has been spotted in their area.

The Broken Blade

by William Durbin

In the summer of 1800, 13-year-old Pierre La Page never thought he'd be leaving Montreal to paddle 2,400 miles. It was something older men, like his father, did. But when Pierre's father has an accident, Pierre quits school and enlists to become a voyageur for the Northwest Fur Company. Without his wages, how would his family survive the winter?As the youngest member of the brigade, it's not easy for Pierre. Treacherous waters, aching and bloodied hands, and the relentless teasing from the seasoned voyageurs make him miserable. But Pierre knows there's no turning back. He has no choice but to endure the trip to Grand Portage and back.

Camp Ghost-Away

by Judy Delton

Donuts, donuts, a mountain of donuts. Molly Duff rubs her stomach. She'd like to eat them, but the Pee Wee Scouts are going to sell them. Door to door. To earn badges and help pay for a weekend at camp. Mrs. Peters, their troop leader, plus one mother will go to camp too. Molly can't wait to swim and hike and sing around the campfire! But when the Pee Wee Scouts are tucked away in their tents for the night, a strange and scary voice calls out, "OOOO ooo eee!" Molly shivers. Is it a tiger? Or could it be a spooky ghost? Find out why the Pee Wee Scouts call their camp Camp Ghost-Away!

The Caped 6th Grader: Two Totally Toxic

by Zoe Quinn

When Zoe Richards, 6th-grade superhero, gets the news that a local company is dumping toxic waste into the river, it's time to direct those new superpowers into some toxic avenging. Can she stop the company from polluting her town, keep her superpowers secret, and still make it home in time for dinner? Stay tuned. . . .

The Case of the Dirty Bird

by Gary Paulsen

Ten-year-old Dunc and klutzy Amos are on the trail of buried treasure. Also use: Culpepper's Cannon; Dunc's Doll (both 1992).

The Catlady

by Dick King-Smith

Muriel is known as the Catlady, because she lives alone with just her many cats for company. When a new kitten is born, it soon becomes clear that it's no ordinary cat. Vicky is a kitten with a very regal character, and strangely enough, she was born on the very day that Queen Victoria died!

Celandine

by Steve Augarde

Set seventy years beforeThe Various,the second book in the trilogy follows the adventures of young Celandine at the onset of the First World War. Having run away from her detested boarding school, Celandine is too afraid to go home in case she is sent back. As she seeks shelter in the Wild Wood near her home, little does she think she will encounter a world where loyalty and independence is fiercely guarded, and where danger lurks in the most unlikely of places. Celandine's troubled character finds both refuge and purpose among the secret tribes of little people that she alone believes in. The novels of the Various trilogy are full of mystery, beauty and adventure; this second novel is both page-turning and life-affirming. From the Hardcover edition.

The Chain Letter

by Julie Schumacher

Livvie isn't superstitious like her best friend, Joyce, who thinks everything is bad luck. So Livvie isn't worried about tearing up the chain letter and throwing it away-until she's humiliated in gym class, falls down her back stairs, and gets invited to Thanksgiving dinner at Peter Finch's house. Peter's dad has crooked teeth, a plastic wonderland in his front yard, and some kind of secret up in his study. There is no way Livvie wants Phil Finch to date her mom. But it's hard work keeping their families apart-especially when Livvie is assigned to work on the sixth-grade snow maze project with Peter. Clearly, Joyce was right: breaking the chain was a huge mistake. And the only way to set things straight is to find out who sent the letter in the first place. . . . Rich in humor and suspense, Julie Schumacher's absorbing novel is about friendship, choices, and the kind of luck that really matters. From the Hardcover edition.

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