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Calli Be Gold

By: Michele Weber Hurwitz

Eleven-year-old Calli Gold is the quiet third child in a family of loud overachievers. In fact, the family motto is Be Gold. Calli's sister is on an ice-skating team, and her brother's a basketball star....

Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven

By: Graham Salisbury

What do you want so badly that you can taste it—and can you persuade someone to give it to you? That's the subject of a fourth-grade writing assignment. Calvin wants a dog! He reads what he's written...

Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix

By: Graham Salisbury

Calvin Coconut needs to fix things with Stella—and fast!Stella from Texas is now officially a member of the Coconut household. As if getting a bossy babysitter isn’t bad enough for Calvin,...


Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet

By: Graham Salisbury

A humorous chapter book about a fourth-grade boy, full of the fun of growing up in Hawaii.  Calvin Coconut lives near the beach in Kailua, Hawaii, with his mom and his little sister. All his friends...

Calvin Coconut: Zoo Breath

By: Graham Salisbury
illustrated by: Jacqueline Rogers

Calvin's mom says his new dog Streak smells bad.  Especially her breath. Calvin's convinced that Streak's stink is a good one, but he's worried. If he doesn't solve Streak's problem soon, mom might...

Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus

By: Kristen Tracy

Imagine being Camille McPhee. She has low blood sugar, so she carries extra food in a cooler. Would you want to do that?Didn't think so.And you wouldn’t want to fall under the school bus. That happened...


Canyons

By: Gary Paulsen

Two boys, separated by the canyons of time and two vastly different cultures, face the challenges by which they will become men.Coyote Runs, an Apache boy, takes part in his first raid. But he is to be...

Carl Hiaasen Collection: Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp

By: Carl Hiaasen

Discover the funny side of Florida with #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen in this collection of four books: Hoot, Flush, Scat and Chomp."It's classic Hiaasen—laugh-out-loud Satire...


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Calli Be Gold

By: Michele Weber Hurwitz

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Have you ever felt like your best just wasn’t good enough?  Calli sure has.  The youngest in a family of three kids whose motto is “Be Gold,” Calli just doesn’t fit in.  Her...

Candace Fleming Author Study

Take a bite out of this deliciously funny original fairy tale, which received four starred reviews and was named a Best Book of the Year by Booklist, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and the Bank...

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The Castle in the Attic

By: Elizabeth Winthrop

NOTE TO TEACHERS
The Castle in the Attic
Elizabeth Winthrop
Grades 5 - 8
The Castle in the Attic and The Battle for the Castle are stories of courage and trust, growing up and family....


Caught in the Act

By: Joan Lowery Nixon

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In 1856, Mrs. Kelly, a young widow who is unable to provide for her children, makes the ultimate sacrifice: She sends Frances Mary, Mike, Megan, Danny, Peg, and Petey to the West on...

Cause Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Tonya Bolden

After the destruction of the Civil War, the United States faced the immense challenge of rebuilding a ravaged South and incorporating millions of freed slaves into the life of the nation. On April 11,...

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The Cay

By: Theodore Taylor

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When a freighter to the United States is torpedoed during World War II, an 11-year-old boy is blinded and stranded with an elderly black man who teaches him survival...

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Century #3: City of Wind

By: Pierdomenico Baccalario
translated by: Leah D. Janeczko

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In the third installment of the Century Quartet, Mistral, Elettra, Harvey, and Sheng meet again in Paris to discuss new information about the Star of Stone.  When an archaeologist...

Cheesie Mack Is Cool in a Duel

By: Steve Cotler
illustrated by: Adam McCauley

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Cheesie Mack is back and some things certainly haven’t changed. The point battle between him and Goon is still going on, with Goon barely in the lead. He is still best friends with Georgie...

Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything

By: Steve Cotler
illustrated by: Adam McCauley

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Here are the top five things everyone should know about Cheesie Mack:
 
His name is really Ronald Mack, but people call him Cheesie because, yes, he loves macaroni and cheese.
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Cheesie Mack is Running Like Crazy

By: Steve Cotler
illustrated by: Douglas Holgate

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These are the top 10 reasons Cheesie is running:
 

 He is running from the “F” Mrs. Wikowitz just gave him for not completing her assignment exactly like she said....

Cheesie Mack Series

By: Steve Cotler

"Cheesie Mack is a true original." —Gordon Korman, bestselling author of Swindle and Schooled

Ronald "Cheesie" Mack is not a genius or anything, but he remembers everything that happened...

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Child of the Mountains

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Lydia goes to live with Uncle William and Aunt Ethel Mae when her little brother, BJ, and Gran die and Mama is hauled off to jail.  She feels sad, lonely and guilty for a host of reasons,...


Child of the Mountains

By: Marilyn Sue Shank

It's about keeping the faith.

Growing up poor in 1953 in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia doesn't bother Lydia Hawkins. She treasures her tight-knit family. There's her loving mama,...

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China: Land of Dragons and Emperors

By: Adeline Yen Mah

A fascinating book about the history and culture of China.

The history of China spans thousands of years. Journey through China in this fascinating and absorbing book: discover the land of dragons...

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Chinese Cinderella

By: Adeline Yen Mah

A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.

A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline...

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Chinese Cinderella

By: Adeline Yen Mah

A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.

A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline...

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The Chocolate War

By: Robert Cormier

ABOUT THIS GUIDE
In Robert Cormier's unforgettable novels, an individual often stands alone, fighting for what is right--or just to survive--against powerful, sinister, and sometimes evil people....

Chomp

By: Carl Hiaasen

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Wahoo Cray’s father, an animal wrangler, hasn’t worked since a dead iguana fell from a tree and hit him in the head, causing a concussion. Now, Expedition Survival, the famous reality-TV...


Chomp

By: Carl Hiaasen

Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. ...

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Christopher Paul Curtis Author Study

By: Christopher Paul Curtis


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The City of Ember

By: Jeanne DuPrau

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Imagine living in a city that is running out of everything -- food, medicine, even electricity. Ember has no natural lighting -- only streetlamps that continually go out, thrusting the entire...


Counting on Grace

By: Elizabeth Winthrop

1910. Pownal, Vermont. At 12, Grace and her best friend Arthur must leave school and go to work as a “doffers” on their mothers’ looms in the mill. Grace’s mother is the best worker,...

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Crow

By: Barbara Wright

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Crow

By: Barbara Wright

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Perhaps you have heard your grandparents talk fondly about “the good old days,” but not everything that happened “in the good old days” was a good thing, especially for African Americans. ...


Crush

By: Gary Paulsen

BOOK TALK

Kevin is at it again; always trying to figure out how to get what he wants in the easiest way possible. What he wants now is Tina--the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen with a laugh...