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Wonder Educator Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: RJ Palacio
Guide Prepared by: Susan Geye, Director of Library Services, Everman ISD, Texas

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers now also includes the bestselling short story The Julian Chapter.

I won't describe what...

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The Invisible Boy

By: Trudy Ludwig
Illustrated by: Patrice Barton

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the...

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Bullying Book Discussion Guide

By: Random House

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Navigating Early

By: Clare Vanderpool

“Just the sort of book that saves lives by igniting a passion for reading.” —James Patterson
 
“Reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn.” —The Wall Street Journal
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The Tragedy Paper

By: Elizabeth LaBan

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Seniors must write about a tragedy for their required English paper at Irving High School. The first day on campus, Duncan arrives to find a stack of CD’s and a note left to him...

The Opposite of Hallelujah

By: Anna Jarzab

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Eleven years separate Caro Mitchell and her older sister, but really, Hannah might as well be dead. Caro even claimed she was back in grade school. It was too embarrassing to tell people...


All You Never Wanted

By: Adele Griffin

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Alex seems to have everything financially, but she and her younger sister Thea struggle to find their place in the world.  Alex hides an embarrassingly awful secret and tries to maintain...

Discovering Wes Moore

By: Wes Moore

WES MOORE, a U.S. Army combat veteran, has created and is the host of Coming Back with Wes Moore, which will air on PBS starting in May. In three moving episodes, Moore follows the lives of soldiers as...

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Secrets from the Sleeping Bag: A Blogtastic! Novel

By: Rose Cooper

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Sofia Becker‘s parents  force ask her  to go to summer camp with her best friend, Nona.  She has plenty of reasons for not wanting to go:

 No technology.  If she’s going...


Summer at Forsaken Lake

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Have you ever dreaded going somewhere and then when you get there have a great time?  Nicholas feels like that when he and his sisters are told they will be spending their summer in Ohio...

Racing the Moon

By: Alan Armstrong
illustrated by: Tim Jessell

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Alexis Hart is about to turn twelve and rejects her mother’s idea that she should act more “ladylike.” Outer space is much more interesting, and she likes building the moon station...

Happy Families

By: Tanita S. Davis

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Two smart kids. Twins – a boy and a girl even. Home in the suburbs. Good schools and jobs. The Nicholas family was living the American Dream. At least that’s what sophomore twins...