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Laugh with the Moon

By: Shana Burg

Laugh with the Moon is on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.  Thirteen-year-old Clare Silver is stuck. Stuck in denial about her mother’s recent death. Stuck in the African jungle for sixty-four...

The Berenstain Bears' School Days

By: Stan & Jan Berenstain
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The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright

By: Stan and Jan Berenstain
illustrated by: the authors

Given the lead role in the school play, Sister Bear is sure she'll forget her lines. Despite Brother's teasing, she follows Mama's advice and practices until she's perfect. On the night of the performance,...


Just as Long as We're Together

By: Judy Blume

Rachel is Stephanie's best friend. Since second grade, they've shared secrets, good and bad. Now in seventh grade, Alison moves into the neighborhood. Stephanie hopes all three of them can be best friends,...

The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Grownups

By: Stan and Jan Berenstain
illustrated by: the authors

Illus. in full color. Brother and Sister Bear's parents always seem to be nagging them about something, so the cubs decide to show how their parents annoy them by creating a play entitled "The Trouble...

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers

By: Stan & Jan Berenstain
illustrated by: the authors

When Papa Bear tells the cubs why they should never talk to strangers, Sister begins to view all strangers as evil until Mama brings some common sense to the problem. "The Bears' rules for safe conduct...


London Calling

By: Edward Bloor

Martin Conway comes from a family filled with heroes and disgraces. His grandfather was a statesman who worked at the US Embassy in London during WWII. His father is an alcoholic who left his family. His...


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Touched

By: Cyn Balog

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Seeing the future would be the answer to most peoples’ dreams, but high school senior Nick Cross knows it’s really a living nightmare. Since he can remember, he and his mother have been...

On My Honor

By: Marion Dane Bauer

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Joel doesn't want to ride his bike with Tony to a remote state park to climb rock cliffs. He tries every trick to convince Tony that such an adventure is a bad idea. The truth is that...

Jersey Angel

By: Beth Ann Bauman

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Angel Cassonetti  is beautiful, seventeen, and confident.   Joey, her boyfriend, longs for a more serious relationship, but Angel seems content with just casual sex.   Sexual banter...


The Prince Who Fell from the Sky

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In this post-apocalyptic version of our world, only the animals are left to tell the stories of their lives--including Casseomae, the bear.  Her life is full of fear.  The wolves rule...

Amen, L.A.

By: Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld

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Natalie makes a personal decision that she later regrets the night before her family moves from small-town Minnesota to Los Angeles, California.  Her minister mother has accepted...

The Berenstain Bears

By: Stan & Jan Berenstain
illustrated by: the authors

What fun! What excitement! What a nuisance. At least that's the way Sister Bear feels. If it isn't being fed, burped, or diapered, it's being dandled, cuddled, or kitchy-kitchy-kooed. Yes, Sister's pretty...

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Dragonfly Books

A determined boy tries to find the perfect place to curl up with his new book in this hilarious and heartwarming story, complete with audio narration. From bedroom to den, from kitchen to backyard, our...

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The Penderwicks

By: Jeanne Birdsall

With over one million copies sold, this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect...

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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

By: Jeanne Birdsall

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It’s summer once again and time for Penderwick vacations.  Yes, I said vacations, because this year the family will be separated.  Some will go to England, some will go to New Jersey,...


A Plague Year

By: Edward Bloor

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With the tenth anniversary of September 11th upon us, this YA novel is a moving depiction of the aftermath of a town struck with the tragedy of 9/11.  It’s 2001 and the town...

The Pain and the Great One

By: Judy Blume
illustrated by: James Stevenson

MEET THE PAIN:
My sister's name is Abigail. I call her The Great One because she thinks she's so great. Who cares if she's in third grade and I'm just in first?

MEET THE GREAT ONE:
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Friend or Fiend? with the Pain and the Great One

By: Judy Blume
illustrated by: James Stevenson

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Jake and Abigail Porter have names for one another.  He calls her "The Great One" because she thinks she is so great.  She calls him "The Pain" because he is.  Jake only eats "white foods,"...


Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl

By: Carolita Blythe

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For Catholic School girls, Faye and her friends Caroline and Gillian are mean. Their current scheme involves going uptown and mugging former film star, Evelyn Rider. The girls don’t anticipate...

On the Run

By: Clara Bourreau
translated from the French by: Y. Maudet

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Anthony knows exactly where his dad is.  He’s traveling around the world photographing wildlife.  At least, that’s what his mom has always told him.  When the day comes that his sister...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

By: John Boyne

Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their...

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Noah Barleywater Runs Away

By: John Boyne
illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers

Noah Barleywater is just eight years old when he decides that it’s easier to runaway than to face his problems. One early morning he takes off through the forest where he comes upon a magical tree, talking...

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket

By: John Boyne
illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers

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In the allegorical style of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne paints a lighter, yet Roald Dahlesque tale of a unique boy – much to his parent’s dismay. The Brocket’s...

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3 Willows

By: Ann Brashares

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Entering high school marks a new chapter in a young person's life, which is marked by many changes. Not only do you change schools but your body changes, your attitudes and desires can change,...

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

By: Ann Brashares

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Once upon a time, four best friends shared a pair of magical pants; pants that became the glue that held them together during their summers apart. Can they work their magic one last time...

A Thousand Never Evers

By: Shana Burg

IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brother’s...

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Laugh with the Moon

By: Shana Burg

Laugh with the Moon is on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.

  Thirteen-year-old Clare Silver is stuck. Stuck in denial about her mother’s recent death. Stuck in the African...

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Love and Other Perishable Items

By: Laura Buzo

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Amelia, at the tender age of fifteen, crushes deeply over Chris, an older guy of twenty-one.  A six-year age difference does not seem that it should matter that much, but it does.   As...