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Merry Mutants! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

By: Golden Books
illustrated by: Patrick Spaziante

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles save the world (again) in an all-new television event based on the Half-Shell Heroes toy line. This full-color, hardcover storybook is sure to thrill children ages 3 to...

Albert: The Little Tree with Big Dreams (Nickelodeon)

By: Will Eisenberg and Aaron Eisenberg
illustrated by: Heather Martinez

Coming to Nickelodeon for the 2016 holidays, Albert is the hilarious and exciting story of a tiny Douglas Fir tree who dreams of being THE big Christmas tree in Empire City. Boys and girls ages...

Thomas' Railway Friends (Thomas & Friends)

By: Random House

Train-obsessed boys and girls ages 2 to 5 will love this Thomas & Friends sturdy tabbed board book that’s a who’s-who of the engines on the Island of Sodor. Each tab features a different...


Mean Team (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows)

By: Random House
illustrated by: Patrick Spaziante

New York City. An old menace returns. New mutations arise. The ultimate showdown approaches. Our heroes must rise up again to save the city they love, even if it means exposing themselves for who they...

MVP #3: The Football Fumble

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 kids can’t wait to play in the big football game. That is, until they...

The DH (The Triple Threat, 3)

By: John Feinstein

Perfect for sports-loving kids and fans of books by Mike Lupica, book three in the Triple Threat series by New York Times bestselling sports writer John Feinstein explores what happens when athletes break...


Squish #8: Pod vs. Pod

By: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

From the New York Times bestselling, Eisner-winning creators of Babymouse, it’s green . . . it’s blobby . . .  it’s gross . . . it’s SQUISH(!), a comic-book-loving amoeba whose...

Speed Lights! (Blaze and the Monster Machines)

By: C. Ines Mangual
illustrated by: Dynamo Limited

Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines are ready to race! Boys and girls ages 4 to 6 will love this action-packed Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader. It features a shiny cover and over...

Thomas & Friends 5-Minute Stories: The Sleepytime Collection (Thomas & Friends)

By: The Rev W Awdry

Train-obsessed boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love the Thomas & Friends stories featured in this illustrated hardcover collection—all of which can be read in five minutes or less. It’s...


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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...