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The Football Girl

By: Thatcher Heldring

For every athlete or sports fanatic who knows she's just as good as the guys. This is for fans of The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, Grace, Gold, and Glory by Gabrielle Douglass and Breakaway:...

Jake the Fake Keeps it Real

By: Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach
illustrated by: Keith Knight

For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate comes a new side-splitting series from comedian and film star Craig Robinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author Adam Mansbach, and NAACP History Maker recipient...

MVP #4: The Basketball Blowout

By: David A. Kelly
illustrated by: Scott Brundage

From the author of the Ballpark Mysteries comes the coolest sports club around—the Most Valuable Players!   The MVP club needs to raise money for their basketball tournament. At first, they...


Denton Little's Still Not Dead

By: Lance Rubin

"Denton and his quirky friends are laugh-out-loud funny, even as their riotous adventures raise deeper questions about science, government control, life, and death." -- SLJ You only live once—unless...

Scuffy the Tugboat

By: Kristen L. Depken
illustrated by: Sue DiCicco

Scuffy the Tugboat—star of one of the bestselling Little Golden Books of all time—is in his first Step into Reading book!   Fans of Scuffy the Tugboat will now be able to read about him...

Treasure Island

By: Dennis Shealy
illustrated by: Alexander Wilson

A retelling of the beloved classic for the youngest readers, in honor of the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books!   Young Jim Hawkins was aboard a ship on a grand adventure—searching for...


Bug Battle! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

By: C. Ines Mangual
illustrated by: Patrick Spaziante

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles face off against Stockman-Fly’s new insect minions! Can Raphael overcome his fear of bugs and help his brothers? Boys and girls ages 4 to 6 will love this Step 2...

Thomas' Color Book (Thomas & Friends)

By: Random House
illustrated by: Richard Courtney

Learn all about colors with Thomas the Tank Engine as he rides the rails with his colorful friends around the colorful Island of Sodor. This full-color storybook teaches colors to train-loving boys and...

Thomas and the Buzzy Bees (Thomas & Friends)

By: Christy Webster

Thomas the Tank Engine tries to outrun some pesky bees that are following the flowers he’s hauling. This Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader is just right for train-loving boys and girls who...


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The Indian in the Cupboard Series Educators’ Guide

By: Lynne Reid Banks

Full of magic and appealing characters, this classic novel takes readers on a remarkable adventure.

It's Omri's birthday, but all he gets from his best friend, Patrick, is a little plastic Indian...

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The Here and Now Reading Group Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Ann Brashares

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the...

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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy Discussion Guide

By: Karen Foxlee

“Magic is “messy and dangerous and filled with longing,” we learn in this brave tale of grief, villainy and redemption that borrows from the story of the Snow Queen. Set in a vast, chilly...

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Son of Fortune Book Talk

By: Victoria McKernan

BOOK TALK
When Aiden kills a man, he is forced to flee the lumber camp and find passage on a ship to San Francisco.  He proves to the ship captain he works hard and saves the captain’s brother’s...

The Living Reading Group Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Matt De La Pena
Prepared by: Susan Geye, Director of Library Services, Everman ISD, Texas

Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Peña's The Living is "a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel.” [Entertainment Weekly, A-]

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The Living Book Talk

By: Matt de la Pena

BOOK TALK
Shy feels so fortunate when he lands a summer job on a cruise ship, and meets Carmen, the girl he hopes will be the love of his life. The job soon becomes a nightmare when Shy witnesses...


Winter of the Robots Book Talk

By: Kurtis Scaletta

BOOK TALK
All is fair in love and war.  And science fairs.  Jim abandons his best friend, Oliver, in order to work with a girl, Rochelle, A.K.A. Rocky, on the yearly science fair project.  Rocky...

Muckers Book Talk

By: Sandra Neil Wallace

BOOK TALK
Hatley, Arizona is a mining town and the copper has all been mined.  When the mine closes, the school will also close because people will leave Hatley.  So this is the final year of the...

The Book Thief Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Markus Zusak

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi...

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The Sixty-Eight Rooms Educator Guide

By: Marianne Malone

Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed in the Children’s Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, they are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature...

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The Great Trouble Book Talk

By: Deborah Hopkinson

BOOK TALK
The streets of London are tough for thirteen-year-old Eel, an orphan who spends his days scavenging the filthy Thames River for anything he can sell for a few coins.   He thinks his great...

Mister Max and the Book of Lost Things Book Talk

By: Cynthia Voigt
illustrated by: Iacopo Bruno

BOOK TALK
Max’s parents are actors and when they receive an offer to travel to India to perform for the Maharajah, the family immediately makes a plan for the voyage.  However, for some unknown...