Middle Grade Reader

1,000 Inventions and Discoveries

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$19.99
Dip into this illustrated account of key inventions and discoveries, listed year by year, with intriguing facts about each invention and the person (or people) who invented it.

From the prehistoric hunting tools our early ancestors used to the modern-day smartphones that connect the entire planet, this book provides a fascinating tour through the history of humankind's inventions and discoveries.

Fully revised and updated for 2020, 1,000 Inventions and Discoveries explores recent inventions and discoveries - from the Amazon Echo to the first photograph of a black hole - as well as showcasing revolutionary historical inventions such as the wheel. Whether you're a budding inventor, a history buff, or both, this amazing guide is packed with the inventions and discoveries in science, technology, transport, medicine, and mathematics that changed the course of human existence.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

$30.00
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with a deluxe oversized hardcover edition, illustrated in full color by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.

'That curious, hallucinating heroine Alice, friend of Cheshire cats and untimely rabbits, is turning 150 years old. But she doesn't look a day over a decade in a special new edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland . . . And what a perfect match, in tone and whimsy, found in Rifle Paper Co.'s Anna Bond, who has illustrated every page of the book.--Vanity Fair

It's been 150 years since Lewis Carroll introduced Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the story which has become a favorite of children and adults the world over. Now, in a deluxe hardcover edition from Puffin, Alice's story comes to life for a whole new generation of readers through the colorful, whimsical artwork of Anna Bond, best known as the creative director and artistic inspiration behind the worldwide stationery and gift brand Rifle Paper Co. Lose yourself in Alice's story as she tumbles down the rabbit hole, swims through her own pool of tears, and finds herself in a rather curious place called Wonderland. There, she'll encounter the frantic White Rabbit, have a frustrating conversation with an eccentric caterpillar, and play croquet with the hot-headed Queen of Hearts. Follow Alice on her wild adventure through the eyes of the artist in this definitive gift edition.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

$12.99

Incredible stories. Award-winning storytellers. Epic adventure, mystery, and fun? We've got it all in Ghostwriter--the extraordinary new series from the Emmy-award winning hit Apple TV+ show, created by your friends at Sesame Workshop.

Masterfully adapted by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, this playful retelling of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is sure to delight today's readers for years to come. Featuring an introduction by Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award winning poet and writer Kwame Alexander.

The book also includes bonus activities from the stars of the show:
  • Games
  • Quizzes
  • Puzzles
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension
  • and Crafts!
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    9781728221502
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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

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    $25.00
    A stunningly illustrated back-to-back edition of this one-of-a-kind classic of children's literature

    Alice's adventures in the dreamlike worlds of Wonderland and the Looking Glass Kingdom are some of the most original and best-loved children's stories ever written. These joyous, thrilling and utterly nonsensical tales are filled with vivid, unforgettable images and characters.

    This edition contains the texts of both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass in a beautiful, clothbound back-to-back edition - illustrated throughout in glorious colour, Floor Rieder's gorgeous drawings are an original and fresh imagining of Alice's topsy-turvy world.

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    9781782692843
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    Alicia Alonso Takes the Stage

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    $12.99
    "With this powerful, hope-filled story of overcoming one's obstacles, readers will close this book and feel inspired to leave a legacy of their own." -School Library Journal

    From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes the historical novel based on the life of Alicia Alonso, a world-renowned prima ballerina from Cuba.

    Alicia was born to dance. From the moment she slips on pointe shoes for the first time, she's determined to become a professional ballerina. A few years later, Alicia moves from Cuba to the United States to follow her dreams.

    Then, Alicia begins to lose her sight. How can a ballerina dance if she can't see where she's going? Stuck in bed and only able to practice with her fingertips, Alicia doesn't give up. She finds a way to get back on stage, dancing into the hearts of audiences as one of the world's most famous prima ballerinas.

    Alicia Alonso Takes the Stage is the story of a world-renowned prima ballerina who impressed people all over the world with her beautiful dancing while living with visual impairments. This is a story about perseverance in the face of adversity, and how the arts can afford women the opportunity to achieve a global impact.

    This historical fiction chapter book includes additional text on Alicia Alonso's lasting legacy, as well as movement-based activities designed to encourage creativity and confidence through dance.

    About the Rebel Girls Chapter Book Series
    Meet extraordinary real-life heroines in the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls chapter book series! Introducing stories based on the lives of extraordinary women in global history, each stunningly designed chapter book features beautiful illustrations from a female artist as well as bonus activities in the backmatter to encourage kids to explore the various fields in which each of these women thrived. The perfect gift to inspire any young reader!

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    9781733329224
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    Alien Superstar (Book #1)

    $14.99

    Don't miss the instant New York Times bestseller from Emmy Award winner Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver that Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney calls "truly out of this world!"

    No one is shocked by the six-eyed alien strolling around the Universal back lot. The tourists just think he's part of the show. It doesn't take long for Buddy to land a role on a popular TV show, playing (of course) an alien. He becomes an overnight heartthrob and is suddenly faced with legions of adoring fans, rides in glamorous limos, and appearances at "all-the-shrimp-you-can-eat" red carpet parties. But can Buddy maintain his secret identity while in the spotlight?

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    9781419733697
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    All He Knew

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    $17.99

    A novel in verse about a young deaf boy during World War II, the sister who loves him, and the conscientious objector who helps him. Inspired by true events.

    Henry has been deaf from an early age--he is intelligent and aware of langauge, but by age six, he has decided it's not safe to speak to strangers. When the time comes for him to start school, he is labeled unteachable. Because his family has very little money, his parents and older sister, Molly, feel powerless to help him. Henry is sent to Riverview, a bleak institution where he is misunderstood, underestimated, and harshly treated.

    Victor, a conscientious objector to World War II, is part of a Civilian Public Service program offered as an alternative to the draft. In 1942, he arrives at Riverview to serve as an attendant and quickly sees that Henry is far from unteachable--he is brave, clever, and sometimes mischievous. In Victor's care, Henry begins to see how things can change for the better.

    Heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful, Helen Frost's All He Knew is inspired by true events and provides sharp insight into a little-known element of history.

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    9780374312992
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    All is Revealed in Russia

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    $13.99
    Has Grandma Agee gone off the deep end with her new plan? Is there any chance Grandma and Agnes can meet with Russian's supreme leader, Nikita Khrushchev? Is CIA Officer Miller or Mr. Borge of EI4 (the Norwegian Intelligence Service) going to catch up to them and force them to go home? Book III in the Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure Series is full of even more surprises, takes you on another exciting ride (this time through the heart of Russia), and Reveals All! including some things you would never expect!
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    9781949085136
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    All the Greys on Greene Street

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    $8.99
    "A dazzling debut novel about resilience, courage, home and family."--Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me

    SoHo, 1981. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist--and in her neighborhood, that's normal. Her dad and his business partner Apollo bring antique paintings back to life, while her mother makes intricate sculptures in a corner of their loft, leaving Ollie to roam the streets of New York with her best friends Richard and Alex, drawing everything that catches her eye. Then everything falls apart. Ollie's dad disappears in the middle of the night, leaving her only a cryptic note and instructions to destroy it. Her mom has gone to bed, and she's not getting up. Apollo is hiding something, Alex is acting strange, and Richard has questions about the mysterious stranger he saw outside. And someone keeps calling, looking for a missing piece of art. . . Olympia knows her dad is the key--but first, she has to find him, and time is running out.

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    9780451479556
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    Alone in the Woods

    $7.99

    Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends . . . until they aren’t. Jocelyn’s not sure what happened, but she hopes their annual joint-family vacation in the isolated Northwoods will be the perfect spot to rekindle their friendship.


    From the author of The Disaster Days comes a thrilling survival story, and lost in the woods children's book, about two former best friends who must work together to stay alive after getting lost in a remote national forest.

    Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends...until they aren't. Jocelyn's not sure what happened, but she hopes the annual joint-family vacation in the isolated north woods will be the perfect spot to rekindle their friendship.

    But Alex still isn't herself when they get to the cabin. And Jocelyn reaches a breaking point during a rafting trip that goes horribly wrong. When the girls' tube tears it leaves them stranded and alone. And before they know it, the two are hopelessly lost.

    Wearing swimsuits and water shoes and with only the contents of their wet backpack, the girls face threats from the elements. And as they spend days and nights lost in the wilderness, they'll have to overcome their fractured friendship to make it out of the woods alive.

    Praise for The Disaster Days:
    "A realistic, engrossing survival story that's perfect for aspiring babysitters and fans of John Macfarlane's Stormstruck!, Sherry Shahan's Ice Island, or Wesley King's A World Below."--School Library Journal
    "The strength of this steadily paced novel that stretches over four days of a scary disaster scenario is that Hannah doesn't figure everything out; she stumbles, doubts, and struggles throughout it all."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
    "Fans of survival thrillers in the vein of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet will enjoy this tense, honest tale of bravery...an excellent (and refreshingly not didactic) teaching tool on natural-disaster preparedness."--Booklist
    "The relentless progression of a variety of disaster scenarios will keep readers turning pages...equally suspenseful and informative."--School Library Connection
    "Behrens uses immersive details and situations effectively viewed from Hannah's perspective to create a suspenseful, vivid story filled with lessons about responsibility and overcoming adversity."--Publishers Weekly

    Alone in the Woods is a perfect...
  • gift for preteen survival story fans
  • summer reading tween book for girls 11-14
  • book for middle school girls
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    Amal Unbound

    $8.99
    A New York Times Bestseller!

    Amal has big dreams, until a nightmarish encounter . . .

    Twelve-year-old Amal's dream of becoming a teacher one day is dashed in an instant when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village's ruling family. As punishment for her behavior, she is forced to leave her heartbroken family behind and go work at their estate.

    Amal is distraught but has faced setbacks before. So she summons her courage and begins navigating the complex rules of life as a servant, with all its attendant jealousies and pecking-order woes. Most troubling, though, is Amal's increasing awareness of the deadly measures the Khan family will go to in order to stay in control. It's clear that their hold over her village will never loosen as long as everyone is too afraid to challenge them--so if Amal is to have any chance of ensuring her loved ones' safety and winning back her freedom, she must find a way to work with the other servants to make it happen.

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    9780399544699
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    Amazing Ancients!: Egypt

    $9.99
    The first title in an all-new activity book series focuses on life in ancient Egypt.

    Fourteen fabulous spreads of lively nonfiction topics like geography, games, daily life, customs and rituals, inventions and architecture, and more are matched with mazes, word searches, craft ideas, and puzzles.

    Read about the importance of papyrus to the Egyptian culture then learn to make your own papyrus placemat at home! Learn to decode hieroglyphs, try making a dessert fit for a queen, and make your own senet board and learn how to play the most popular Egyptian game.

    In addition to a page of full-color stickers, readers can pop out their own royal mask and build their own pyramid.

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    9781524790622
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    Amelia Earhart (The First Names Series)

    $6.99
    See how Amelia Earhart went from a little Kansas tomboy to a high-flying feminist icon

    Before Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) became a world-famous pilot, she was a little tomboy from Kansas with a taste for adventure. When she visited an airfield and took a short plane ride, she knew she had to be a pilot. She signed up for flying lessons and cropped her hair short so that the other pilots would take her seriously. She became the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. With each flight she took and each record she broke, Amelia became more and more of a celebrity. Her final flight was intended to be a trip around the whole world, but her plane disappeared after takeoff--and her disappearance is still a mystery today. Inspirational, highly illustrated, and full of adventure, Amelia Earhart tells the story of the feminist icon who changed the world of aviation. It includes a timeline, glossary, and index.

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    9781419740893
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    American as Paneer Pie

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    $17.99
    An Indian American girl navigates prejudice in her small town and learns the power of her own voice in this brilliant gem of a middle grade novel full of humor and heart, perfect for fans of Front Desk and Amina's Voice.

    As the only Indian American kid in her small town, Lekha Divekar feels like she has two versions of herself: Home Lekha, who loves watching Bollywood movies and eating Indian food, and School Lekha, who pins her hair over her bindi birthmark and avoids confrontation at all costs, especially when someone teases her for being Indian.

    When a girl Lekha's age moves in across the street, Lekha is excited to hear that her name is Avantika and she's Desi, too! Finally, there will be someone else around who gets it. But as soon as Avantika speaks, Lekha realizes she has an accent. She's new to this country, and not at all like Lekha.

    To Lekha's surprise, Avantika does not feel the same way as Lekha about having two separate lives or about the bullying at school. Avantika doesn't take the bullying quietly. And she proudly displays her culture no matter where she is: at home or at school.

    When a racist incident rocks Lekha's community, Lekha realizes she must make a choice: continue to remain silent or find her voice before it's too late.

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    9781534439382
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    American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories

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    Award-winning author Kathleen Krull takes an in-depth historical look at immigration in America--with remarkable stories of some of the immigrants who helped build this country.

    With its rich historical text, fascinating sidebars about many immigrants throughout time, an extensive source list and timeline, as well as captivating photos, American Immigration will become a go-to resource for every child, teacher, and librarian discussing the complex history of immigration.

    America is a nation of immigrants. People have come to the United States from around the world seeking a better life and more opportunities, and our country would not be what it is today without their contributions.

    From writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to scientists like Albert Einstein, to innovators like Elon Musk, this book honors the immigrants who have changed the way we think, eat, and live. Their stories serve as powerful reminders of the progress we've made, and the work that is still left to be done.

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    9780062381132
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    Anastasia at This Address

    $6.99
    Unfazed by her friends' decision to give up boys, Anastasia Krupnik answers a personal ad she finds in a magazine. When the special "he" decides he wants to meet her, Anastasia finds herself in quite a predicament--especially since her letters might have stretched the truth just a tiny bit...
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    9780544668584
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    Animal Atlas: A Pictorial Guide to the World's Wildlife

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    $20.00
    Explore the animal kingdom with this pictorial atlas of the world's wildlife.

    Where do animals build their homes? How do they survive in very hot and cold climates? Why are so many species endangered?

    Discover the answers to all these questions and many more in The Animal Atlas. Learn where in the world different animal species are found; what kind of habitats they live in; what they eat; and how they find their mates.

    The Animal Atlas is packed with beautiful, life-like depictions of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Each species is carefully hand-drawn to show details of fur, feathers, or scales while accompanying captions reveal fascinating facts about the animal's behavior.

    This lavishly illustrated nature book explores the different continents and countries of the world, with helpful information on geography, climate, and vegetation. It travels through different biomes, such as forests, deserts, and lakes; and through specific regions, from the Everglades to the Galapagos, the Himalayas, and Great Barrier Reef.

    First published in 1992, this atlas has been updated for the 2020 edition and is a beautiful gift for a new generation of zoologists.

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    9781465490971
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    Anne of Green Gables

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    $16.00
    The cherished favorite featuring everyone's favorite red-headed orphan, now in a deluxe hardcover edition with beautiful cover illustrations by Anna Bond, the artist behind world-renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.

    The classic Anne of Green Gables; inspiration for the Netflix original series Anne With an E

    Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

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    9780147514004
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    Anne of Green Gables

    $15.95

    As it gets harder for the older siblings Miss Marilla Cuthbert and Mr. Matthew Cuthbert to take care of their farm on Prince Edward Island, they decide to adopt a young boy to help them out. Meanwhile a misunderstanding occurs and instead of sending a boy, the orphanage sends them the 11-year-old spunky Anne Shirley instead. Initially Marilla and Matthew plan to send Anne back to the orphanage, but they soon realize that they need her as much as she needs them.

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    9781787198364
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    Another Dreadful Fairy Book

    $16.99
    The sharp-tongued Shade, gregarious Ginch, and pilfering Professor return for more mad-cap misadventures! Will the three stop a bullying bugbear from closing the Grand Library of Elfame? Maybe. Will they track down members of a secret society of book guardians and retrieve a treasure trove of lost books? Possibly. Will Quentin Q. Quacksworth actually approve of this tale? I wouldn't bet on it, but the only way to find out is to read (against the advice of Quacksworth, of course) Another Dreadful Fairy Book!

    Bullying bugbears, inept inventors, bickering gangsters, hay fever-plagued monsters--a whole new batch of dreadful fairies join Shade, Ginch, and the Professor in this sequel to A Dreadful Fairy Book. Shade's pleasant life in the magical Grand Library of Elfame is threatened when the Grand Scrutinizer of the Ministry of Ordinariness, Averageness, and Normalcy (M.O.A.N.) decides that the library poses a danger to the "moral climate" of the fairy lands. Shade, unfortunately, has little time to deal with that when she discovers that her late father belonged to a secret society of book guardians. Taking up her father's mission, Shade ventures forth to find and unite the other members and retrieve a treasure trove of rare books. Will she succeed? Will the library remain open? Will narrator Quentin Q. Quacksworth find this book to be as "improper" as the last one? Read Another Dreadful Fairy Book and find out!
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    9781948705622
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    Anthology of Intriguing Animals

    $19.99
    This animal encyclopedia with a twist showcases more than 100 animals in close-up detail. Arranged from biggest to smallest, the wildlife of the world is revealed with stunning photography and gorgeous illustrations. The storybook descriptions will delight children and let them discover amazing animal facts, such as why the slow-motion sloth is so sluggish and how the plodding pangolin protects itself from predators, as well as some of the stories and myths surrounding their favorite beasts.

    This beautiful modern collection lets you find the animals that interest you and uncover new favorites along the way. From lions and butterflies to sharks and spiders there's an animal for everyone in this celebration of the animal kingdom. Every animal is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love poring over the detailed images. The index is packed with reference information, including the size and location of each species, and a tree of life shows how the animal groups are connected.

    With foil on the cover, gilded edges, and a ribbon for keeping your place, An Anthology of Intriguing Animals makes an attractive gift for any child who can't get enough of wildlife and nature. With engaging information and absorbing images, this book is perfect for children to explore by themselves or for bedtime stories.

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    9781465477026
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    Anya and the Nightingale

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    The adventure continues in this exciting sequel to Anya and the Dragon; a dangerous monster lurks beneath the city and only Anya can keep him from taking her friends' magic--and their lives. Perfect for fans of The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

    It's been a year since a violent Viking terrorized the small village of Zmeyreka and Anya and her foolish friend Ivan saved a friendly dragon from being sacrificed for his magic.

    But things still aren't safe in the kingdom of Kievan Rus'.

    After embarking on a journey to bring her papa home from war, Anya discovers a powerful forest creature terrorizing travelers. But she soon learns that he's not the monster the kingdom should fear. There's an even greater evil that lurks under the city.

    Can Anya stop the monster, save her papa, and find her way home? Or will the secrets of Kiev leave Anya and her friends trapped beneath the city forever?

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    9780358006022
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    Anyone But Ivy Pocket

    $7.99

    Are you ready for Ivy Pocket? A darkly whimsical and wickedly funny tale of a twelve-year-old maid of no importance who finds herself at the very heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, ghosts, and murder. School Library Journal says, "Fans of . . . Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events will love Ivy Pocket's zany adventures." Featuring extensive black-and-white interior art by Barbara Cantini.

    Ivy Pocket is a walking disaster, at every turn enraging and appalling the aristocrats she works for. But our protagonist doesn't see herself that way at all. In fact, she's convinced that she's rather wonderful, perfectly charming, and extremely talented. When Ivy finds herself abandoned and penniless in Paris, she has no idea how she will get back to England. Fate intervenes when Ivy is called to the sickbed of a dying duchess and is charged with delivering a spectacular (and possibly cursed) diamond necklace to Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday. From that moment on, Ivy Pocket is propelled towards her remarkable destiny in a surprising adventure full of intrigue, villains, mayhem, and misunderstandings. ALA Booklist calls Anyone but Ivy Pocket "A droll chapter book with a Victorian setting and a one-of-a-kind protagonist."

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    9780062364357
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    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.: Special Edition

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    $10.99
    Celebrate the legacy of the bestselling and iconic Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret with this special edition, featuring a deluxe faux-leather embossed cover that looks and feels as vibrant as the story within.

    Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She's just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends--Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.

    But none of them can believe Margaret doesn't have religion, and that she isn't going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don't know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything--family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush.

    Margaret is funny and real. As you read her story, you'll know why this book has been the favorite of millions of readers. It's as if Margaret is talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.

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    9781534482425
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    Around the World in Eighty Days, illustrated

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    $14.99
    "The eccentric Phileas Fogg is risking his fortune in a race against time. With his servant Passepartout, he sets out to circle the globe-without a moment to spare for the sight-seeing, storms or delays, for ambushes, rescues or adventure..." --Page 4 of cover.
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    9780794549008
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