Middle Grade Reader

League of Unexceptional Children: Get Smart-ish

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$6.99
A hilarious and action-packed sequel to The League of Unexceptional Children!

Jonathan Murray: Twelve years old. Wears khaki pants to tell the world he plans on driving the speed limit when he grows up. Saved the world once; it was probably a fluke.

Shelley Brown: Twelve years old. Narrates her imaginary exploits as if she is the subject of a documentary film. Saved the world once; it was probably a fluke.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has called upon Jonathan and Shelley to catch a criminal who has stolen a virus that makes people less smart. When the stakes are this high, can the kids be the utterly average spies the world needs them to be and save the day? Embrace your unexceptional side in this hysterically funny sequel!

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9780316405751
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Leaving Lymon

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$17.99
A companion novel to Finding Langston, recipient of a Coretta Scott King Writing Honor and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

Behind every bad boy is a story worth hearing and at least one chance for redemption. It's 1946 and Lymon, uprooted from his life in the Deep South and moved up North, needs that chance.

Lymon's father is, for the time being, at Parchman Farm--the Mississippi State Penitentiary--and his mother, whom he doesn't remember all that much, has moved North. Fortunately, Lymon is being raised by his loving grandparents. Together, Lymon and his grandpops share a love of music, spending late summer nights playing the guitar.

But Lymon's world as he knows it is about to dissolve. He will be sent on a journey to two Northern cities far from the country life he loves--and the version of himself he knows. In this companion novel to the Coretta Scott King Honor wining Finding Langston, readers will see a new side of the bully Lymon in this story of an angry boy whose raw talent, resilience, and devotion to music help point him in a new direction.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection!
Named a Best Multicultural Children's Book by the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year!
A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book


Praise for Finding Langston, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

There aren't any explosions in this spare story. Nor is there a happy ending. Instead, Langston discovers something more enduring: solace.--The New York Times

* this crisply paced book is full of historical details of the Great Migration and the role a historic branch library played in preserving African American literary culture.--The Horn Book, Starred Review

* This is a story that will stay with readers long after they've finished it.--School Library Journal, Starred Review

* The impact on the reader could not be more powerful. A memorable debut novel.--Booklist, Starred Review

* A fascinating work of historical fiction . . . Cline-Ransome at her best.--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

* Finding Langston is about cultural heritage and personal growth and, at its heart, about finding home wherever you land.--Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

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9780823444427
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Legacy

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Illusions shatter--and Sophie and her friends face impossible choices--in this astonishing eighth book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster wants answers. But after a lifetime of lies, sometimes the truth is the most dangerous discovery. Even the smallest secret comes with terrifying new responsibilities.

And Sophie's not the only one with blank spots in her past, or mysteries surrounding her family. She and her friends are part of something much bigger than they imagined--and their roles have already been chosen for them.

Every clue drags them deeper into the conspiracy. Every memory forces them to question everything--especially one another. And the harder they fight, the more the lines blur between friend and enemy.

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9781534427341
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Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

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From Children's Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes a feminist-forward new collection of poetry celebrating the little-known women poets of the Harlem Renaissance--paired with full-color, original art from today's most talented female African-American illustrators.

For centuries, accomplished women--of all races--have fallen out of the historical records. The same is true for gifted, prolific, women poets of the Harlem Renaissance who are little known, especially as compared to their male counterparts.

In this poetry collection, bestselling author Nikki Grimes uses The Golden Shovel poetic method to create wholly original poems based on the works of these groundbreaking women-and to introduce readers to their work.

Each poem is paired with one-of-a-kind art from today's most exciting female African-American illustrators: Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Cozbi A. Cabrera, Nina Crews, Pat Cummings, Laura Freeman, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Ebony Glenn, April Harrison, Vashti Harrison, Ekua Holmes, Cathy Ann Johnson, Keisha Morris, Daria Peoples-Riley, Andrea Pippins, Erin Robinson, Shadra Strickland, Nicole Tadgell, and Elizabeth Zunon.

Legacy also includes a foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author's note, and poet biographies, which make this a wonderful resource and a book to cherish.

Acclaim for One Last Word
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor winner
A New York Public Library Best Kids Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, Middle Grade
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Nonfiction

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9781681199443
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Legends of the Rif: Red Hand Adventures, Book 3

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In the catacombs of Kathmandu, a young boy learns the ancient ways of Nepal and the Red Hand legend. In the cities of Morocco, an underground resistance of street boys and outcasts gives support to three young friends who must rely on their wits and courage as they are hunted across the Sahara. Their British friend, Margaret, risks everything to save her wrongly imprisoned father. With the help of her French schoolmates, Margaret defies authority in search of justice. Meanwhile, Tariq learns of the Red Hand from Melbourne Jack as he explains the importance of his journey to North Africa. And, a new enemy is discovered in the dark jungles of Ceylon as the courageous Foster Crowe is determined to balance the scales. As the winds of war sweep across Morocco, the infamous Caid prepares to declare himself as supreme dictator. Morocco's only hope is our treasured ragtag group of resistance fighters from Rebels of the Kasbah, who are scattered all across the country. A battle of good against evil will echo through eternity.
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9780985196981
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Lemon Tree (Young Readers' Edition): An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

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In 1967, a twenty-five-year-old refugee named Bashir Khairi traveled from the Palestinian hill town of Ramallah to Ramla, Israel, with a goal: to see the beloved stone house with the lemon tree in its backyard that he and his family had been forced to leave nineteen years earlier. When he arrived, he was greeted by one of its new residents: Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student whose family had fled Europe following the Holocaust. She had lived in that house since she was eleven months old.
On the stoop of this shared house, Dalia and Bashir began a surprising friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and later tested as political tensions ran high and Israelis and Palestinians each asserted their own right to live on this land. Adapted from the award-winning adult book and based on Sandy Tolan's extensive research and reporting, The Lemon Tree is a deeply personal story of two people seeking hope, transformation, and home.

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9781547603947
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Letting Go

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A MINDFUL KIDS activity book for young people to color and doodle their way to being happy, calm and confident. Readers use creativity to combat negative feelings work through difficult times with the writing, craft and doodling activities.An activity book for young people who need support through experiences of loss, change, disappointment and grief.
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9781684641246
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Liars' Room

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This spooky stand-alone from horror expert Dan Poblocki is perfect for fans of Katherine Arden and Victoria Schwab!

Simon is a liar. Stella and Alex know this about their new stepbrother, so they aren't bothered by his stories about their new house. Wildwyck, a former schoolhouse for misbehaved boys, might have plenty of creaks and shadows, but the twins know that ghosts aren't real. But Simon is getting harder and harder to ignore, as his cries for attention become increasingly dangerous and difficult to explain.

Stella and Alex have to consider . . . could Simon actually be telling the truth? As they look for answers, they learn that the history of Wildwyck is more sinister than they could have imagined. And when a shocking truth is revealed, it's not clear who can be trusted anymore.

Will the three siblings be able to put aside their differences to save their family . . . before it's too late?

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9780545830072
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Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

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Escape the Island of Despair with Robinson Crusoe!

Pirates, shipwrecks, and being stranded on an island doesn't stop Robinson Crusoe in his quest for adventure on the high seas. Originally presented as a true account, Daniel Defoe's novel made quite a stir in 1719 and became one of the most widely published books in history, spawning enough imitations that it inspired its own genre, the Robinsonade. Bound in a beautiful cloth cover with full-color illustrations inside and foil stamping on the front, this exciting volume in our Illustrated Classics series will be a welcome addition to any home library.

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Lift-the-flap Grammar & Punctuation

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$14.99
This fun, engaging book is the perfect introduction to how English works. It's packed with tips and tricks for getting to grips with verbs, pronouns, commas and more -- all brought to life by bright, quirky illustrations.
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9780794548827
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Lift-the-Flap: Adding and Subtracting

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Learn how to add and subtract with this entertaining flap book, packed with helpful tips and tricks, plus fun puzzles and board game. The book covers key school subject matter in a friendly,interactive way - from using number bonds and number lines to adding and subtracting in columns.
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9780794542337
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Lightning Girl - Book 1

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10-year-old Aurora Beam lives at home with her utterly unremarkable family, until the day she sees her little sister being picked on in the playground and suddenly beams of light shoot out of her fingers! It's time for her parents to drop a life-changing bombshell. Mum is a secret superhero, fighting crime across the globe while Dad looks after the kids at home. As Aurora's own powers come into play, will she be able to balance her new super skills training with school? Will she be able to keep it all a secret from her friends? And when her mum's evil twin pops up, will Aurora think that being a super VILLAIN might be more fun.?
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9781684640782
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Lily and the Great Quake: A San Francisco Earthquake Survival Story

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Lily is a twelve-year-old Chinese American girl living in San Francisco's Chinatown when an earthquake destroys her home and sets her neighborhood on fire. Separated from her parents, Lily must help her younger brother and neighbor escape San Francisco. As the city burns, Lily struggles to keep her group close as they face peril and racism. Will Lily be reunited with her parents and make it across the bay to the safety of Oakland? Readers can learn the real story of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake from the nonfiction backmatter in this Girls Survive story. A glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts are also provided.
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9781496592170
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Line Tender

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Funny, poignant, and deeply moving, The Line Tender is a story of nature's enduring mystery and a girl determined to find meaning and connection within it.

Wherever the sharks led, Lucy Everhart's marine-biologist mother was sure to follow. In fact, she was on a boat far off the coast of Massachusetts, collecting shark data when she died suddenly. Lucy was seven. Since then Lucy and her father have kept their heads above water--thanks in large part to a few close friends and neighbors. But June of her twelfth summer brings more than the end of school and a heat wave to sleepy Rockport. On one steamy day, the tide brings a great white--and then another tragedy, cutting short a friendship everyone insists was meaningful but no one can tell Lucy what it all meant. To survive the fresh wave of grief, Lucy must grab the line that connects her depressed father, a stubborn fisherman, and a curious old widower to her mother's unfinished research on the Great White's return to Cape Cod. If Lucy can find a way to help this unlikely quartet follow the sharks her mother loved, she'll finally be able to look beyond what she's lost and toward what's left to be discovered.

★Confidently voiced.--Kirkus Reviews, starred
★Richly layered.--Publishers Weekly, starred
★A hopeful path forward.--Booklist, starred
★Life-affirming.--BCCB, starred
★Big-hearted. --Bookpage, starred
★"Will appeal to just about everyone." - SLC, starred
★Exquisitely, beautifully real.--Shelf Awareness, starred

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9780735231610
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Little Bookroom

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"In the home of my childhood there was a room we called 'The Little Bookroom.' . . . That dusty bookroom, whose windows were never opened . . . opened magic casements for me through which I looked out on other worlds . . . worlds filled with poetry and prose and fact and fantasy. . ." --Eleanor Farjeon

In The Little Bookroom, Eleanor Farjeon mischievously tilts our workaday world to reveal its wonders and follies. Her selection of her favorite stories describes powerful--and sometimes exceedingly silly--monarchs, and commoners who are every bit their match; musicians and dancers who live for aft rather than earthly reward; and a goldfish who wishes to marry the Moon, surpass the Sun, and possess the World.

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9781681375045
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Little Grey Men

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"This is a story about the last gnomes in Britain. They are honest-to-goodness gnomes, none of your baby, fairy-book tinsel stuff, and they live by hunting and fishing, like the animals and birds, which is only proper and right." --From the author's introduction

On the banks of the Folly Brook, inside an old oak tree, live the last three gnomes in Britain: Sneezewort, Baldmoney, and Dodder. Before their fourth brother, Cloudberry, disappeared upstream seeking adventure, they lived happily and peacefully among their woodland friends. But now spring has come and the brothers start thinking about spending the summer traveling upstream to find Cloudberry. Before long they've built a boat and set off for unknown lands, where they find themselves involved in all kinds of adventures with new friends (wood mice, water voles, badgers) as well as with enemies (two-legged giants). A classic of British literature, BB's The Little Grey Men has much in common with Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, though as BB acknowledges in his introduction, the talking gnomes are only part of the story. The true plot, which BB, an unparalleled naturalist, brings thrillingly to life is the magic of the woods and streams, the beauty of unspoiled nature and of the great diversity of living things.

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9781681373751
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Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Astronomy

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Companion book to the Little Leonardo Fascinating World of series featuring basic concepts about what astronomers do and all things space.

Join author Sarafina Nance, a real-life astrophysicist and one of Forbes magazine 30 inspirational women, as she guides you through 22 fascinating pages of fun facts all about the universe. Get lost in captivating illustrations and text about that big wide-open space above us. Did you know that everything you can see, touch, taste, and smell is actually just a teeny tiny part of the Universe? Or that even though Earth has only 1 moon, Jupiter has 79 and Saturn has 82? Or did you know that there is a planet that's made of diamond? Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Astronomy joins the Little Leonardo Fascinating World of series, illustrated by Greg Paprocki.

Companion book to the Little Leonardo Fascinating World of series featuring basic concepts about what astronomers do and all things space.

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9781423658313
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Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Math

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An introductory primer for kids learning about the "M" in "STEAM" Mathematics.

Math is the basic foundation upon which most of the other areas of STEAM rely. If a child aspires to be a scientist or an engineer or an architect, they need to first understand math. Little Leonardo's Fascinating World of Math introduces many mathematical concepts in a context showing their interconnectedness with so many of the things in our everyday lives.

This new series of books featuring illustrations by popular artist Greg Paprocki is the perfect way to encourage your brilliant child's interest in all facets of the educational STEAM curriculum: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. Your child will be enticed by the fun and surprising details revealed in Paprocki's cool and colorful artwork on every page.

Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. He has illustrated several Curious George books, as well as The Big Book of Superheroes for Gibbs Smith. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bob Cooper has been an editor for more than 20 years, working with everything from comic books to legal briefs. He lives near Salt Lake City.

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9781423649366
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Lock-Eater

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Will have readers tumbling through the pages . . . Deeply immersive, full of both heft and humor. --Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil series

* One of those special books that only comes around every so often . . . An absolute revelation. --SLJ (starred review)

For fans of Nevermoor and Howl's Moving Castle comes an epic fantasy about a girl with the ability to unlock anything--including the empire's darkest secrets.

Melanie Gate is a foundling with a peculiar talent for opening the unopenable--any lock releases at the touch of her hand. One night, her orphanage is visited by Traveler, a gearling automaton there on behalf of his magical mistress, who needs an apprentice pronto. When Melanie is selected because of her gift, her life changes in a flash, and in more ways than she knows--because Traveler is not at all what he seems. But then, neither is Melanie Gate.

So begins an epic adventure sparkling with magic, wit, secret identities, stinky cats, fierce orphan girls, impostor boys, and a foundling and gearling hotly pursued by the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the land.

Action-packed yet layered, The Lock-Eater is a mix of lush world-building, high stakes, humor, and emotional heft--a page-turner and so much more.

A new classic . . . Perfect for fans of Ursula LeGuin and Diana Wynne Jones. --Eliot Schrefer, author of The Lost Rainforest series
* Startlingly deep [while] maintaining its swift pace. --BCCB (starred review)
"Expansive adventure, intricate worldbuilding, and a memorable cast [will] immerse readers." --PW

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9781984816887
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Lockwood & Co. the Screaming Staircase

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A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

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9781423186922
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Lodestar

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A New York Times bestselling series
A USA TODAY bestselling series
A California Young Reader Medal-winning series

Dark schemes unfold and Sophie's loyalty is pushed to the limit in this thrilling fifth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities--but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she's warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key--if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world's underbelly and the Black Swan aren't the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn't stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

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9781481474962
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Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter

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Indiana Jones meets The Lost Property Office in this action-packed mystery about a young girl searching for her father from the author of Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls--the first in a new series!

Having a world-traversing archaeologist dad means twelve-year-old Lola Benko is used to moving around and not putting down roots anywhere. But every day and every hunt for something hidden is an adventure, and no matter what, she and her dad are an unbeatable team.

Then her father disappears. The official story is that he was caught in a flash flood, but Lola's research shows the day in question was perfectly pleasant. And it will take more than empty reassurances from suspect strangers for Lola to give up on her dad. She has a feeling his disappearance has to do with a mythical stone he was studying--a stone so powerful, it could control the world. But in the wrong hands, it could end it, too...

With the help of some new friends at her school, it's up to Lola to go on the most important hunt of her life.

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9781534456709
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Long Ride

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In the tumult of 1970s New York City, kids are expected to figure out issues of race that adults haven't when seventh graders are bused from their neighborhood in Queens to integrate a new school in South Jamaica.

Jamila, Josie, and Francesca are three mixed-race girls who have always felt like outsiders in their mostly white neighborhood in Queens, but at least they have each other. Now it's seventh grade, and they're part of an experiment where kids will go on a long bus ride to integrate a new school in a black neighborhood. Maybe there the three girls can finally fit in.

But Francesca's parents put her in private school. And Jamila and Josie discover that they're not even in the same classes.

How do they find their place in a school divided between black and white? And what about the boys wanting to be friends--and maybe more? Can kids come together when grown-ups stay apart?

In this tender story of friendship and family love, award-winning author Marina Budhos captures what it's like to tip from twelve to thirteen and to try to carry the dreams of adults.

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9780553534252
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Look Inside Germs

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"Explore the amazing microscopic world of germs - bacteria, viruses, and other microbes. Discover how they can make you ill and how your body fights them off, as well as some of the useful things they do for us."--Back cover
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9780794548834
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Lost Language

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The quest to save the words of a dying language - and to find the words to save what may be a dying friendship - lies at the heart of this exquisite verse novel.

Sixth grader Betsy is the one who informs her best friend, Lizard, that thousands of the world's languages are currently threatened by extinction; Betsy's mother is a linguistics professor working frantically to study dying languages before they are lost forever. But it is Lizard who, gripped by the magnitude of this loss, challenges Betsy, What if, instead of WRITING about dying languages, like your mom, you and I SAVED one instead?

As the girls embark on their quest to learn as much as possible of the near-extinct language of Guernésiais (spoken on the Isle of Guernsey, off the coast of France), their friendship faces unexpected strains. With Lizard increasingly obsessed with the language project, Betsy begins to seek greater independence from her controlling and charismatic friend, as well as from her controlling and charismatic mother. Then tragedy threatens Betsy's life beyond what any words can express, and Lizard does something unthinkable.

Maybe lost friendships, like lost languages, can never be completely saved.


A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book!
A Charlotte Huck Recommended Book
An NCTE Notable Verse Novel
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

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