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The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition)

By: Markus Zusak

The 10th-anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller and modern classic beloved by millions of readers.   One of the most enduring stories of our time, The Book Thief is just a small story...

Anna and the Swallow Man

By: Gavriel Savit

New York Times Bestseller "Exquisite." —The Wall Street Journal"This is masterly storytelling." —The New York Times Book ReviewA stunning, beautiful, and ambitious debut novel set in Poland...

Anna and the Swallow Man

By: Gavriel Savit

New York Times Bestseller "Exquisite." —The Wall Street Journal"This is masterly storytelling." —The New York Times Book ReviewA stunning, beautiful, and ambitious debut novel set in Poland...


The Tin Snail

By: Cameron McAllister

"Half-silly, half-serious and full of human interest."--The Wall Street JournalGet ready for a wild ride with this classic and fun World War II adventure about a boy who helps invent a car the Nazis would...

Dog Diaries #8: Fala

By: Kate Klimo
illustrated by: Tim Jessell

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Scottie dog Fala helps run a nation!   As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s nearly constant companion, Fala the Scottish terrier was in the unique...

Listening for Lucca

By: Suzanne LaFleur

"I'm obsessed with abandoned things." Siena's obsession began a year and a half ago, around the time her two-year-old brother Lucca stopped talking. Now Mom and Dad are moving the family from Brooklyn...


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  ...

A Time to Be Brave

By: Joan Betty Stuchner
illustrated by: Cynthia Nugent

Previously published as Honey Cake. An approachable introduction to World War II for ages 7–10. David Nathan’s home in Copenhagen has always been filled with laughter, family, and his...

The Secret of the Key: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure

By: Marianne Malone
illustrated by: Greg Call

Filled with magic, mystery, miniatures, and adventure, the Sixty-Eight Rooms is the perfect series for fans of Chasing Vermeer, The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and The Dollpeople!  ...


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Under the Blood Red Sun Educator Guide

By: Graham Salisbury
Guide Prepared by: Pat Scales, Children's Literature Consultant

Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan, and came to America to escape poverty.

World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends, who are too busy playing...

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The Winter Horses Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Philip Kerr

From Philip Kerr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, comes a breathtaking journey of survival in the dark days of WWII in Ukraine, a country that remains tumultuous...

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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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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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Gingersnap

By: Patricia Reilly Giff

It's 1944, W.W. II is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But...

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Gingersnap

By: Patricia Reilly Giff

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After their parents are killed in an accident, Jayna and her brother, Rob, make a life for themselves as best they can.  Then, Rob is called to the Pacific to fight in World War II, and...


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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Gingersnap

By: Patricia Reilly Giff

It's 1944, W.W. II is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But...

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Jump into the Sky

By: Shelley Pearsall

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It is 1945 and World War II is coming to an end.  Levi Battle leaves the comforts of his Chicago home for the prejudice and racism of the South, in an effort to find his father who he believes...


Picture Book Biography Brochure

In 1934, Ruth Harkness had never seen a panda bear.  Not many people in the world had.

But soon the young Mrs. Harkness would inherit an expedition from her explorer husband: the hunt for...

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The Friendship Doll

By: Kirby Larson

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Meet Miss Kanagawa, a hand-crafted doll sent from Japan as an ambassador of friendship with fifty-seven other Japanese dolls in 1927, traveling across the United States to visit museums...

A Faraway Island

By: Annika Thor
translated from the Swedish by: Linda Schenck

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The streets of Vienna are swarming with Nazi soldiers and Jewish families aren't safe. Stephie and Nellie Steiner are sent to Sweden to await their parents' escape to Amsterdam, where they...