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Title: The Marvels

The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage.
Author(s): Brian Selznick
ISBN 13: 9780545448680
Pages: 672
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Title: Gone Crazy in Alabama

Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother Big Ma and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charless half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters havent spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth thats been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.
Author(s): Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN 13: 9780062215871
Pages: 304
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Title: Echo

Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.
Author(s): Pam Muñoz Ryan
ISBN 13: 9780439874021
Pages: 585
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Title: Goodbye Stranger

This brilliant novel by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship. Bridge is an accident survivor whos wondering why shes still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybodys gamesor so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade?
Author(s): Rebecca Stead
ISBN 13: 9780385743174
Pages: 304
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Title: Return to Augie Hobble

Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale―or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he's failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won't acknowledge him, and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won't leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he's turning into a werewolf.
Author(s): Lane Smith
ISBN 13: 9781250090539
Pages: 288
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Title: Most Dangerous

On June 13, 1971, the front page of the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these files had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over twenty years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicians claiming to represent their interests.
Author(s): Steve Sheinkin
ISBN 13: 9781596439528
Pages: 384
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Title: Funny Bones

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaverasskeletons performing various everyday or festive activitiescame to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist Jos Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (18521913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians.
Author(s): Duncan Tonatiuh
ISBN 13: 9781419716478
Pages: 40
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Title: Funny Bones

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaverasskeletons performing various everyday or festive activitiescame to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist Jos Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (18521913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians.
Author(s): Duncan Tonatiuh
ISBN 13: 9781419716478
Pages: 40
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Title: Terrible Typhoid Mary

With archival photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon by the Sibert medalist and Newbery Honor winner Susan Bartoletti looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary's controversial life. How she was treated by medical and legal officials reveals a lesser-known story of human and constitutional rights, entangled with the science of pathology and enduring questions about who Mary Mallon really was.
Author(s): Susan Campbell Bartoletti
ISBN 13: 9780544313675
Pages: 240
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Title: The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested...
Author(s): Phillip Hoose
ISBN 13: 9780374300227
Pages: 208
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Title: Enormous Smallness

normous Smallness is a nonfiction picture book about the poet E.E. cummings. Here E.E.'s life is presented in a way that will make children curious about him and will lead them to play with words and ask plenty of questions as well. Lively and informative, the book also presents some of Cummings's most wonderful poems, integrating them seamlessly into the story to give the reader the music of his voice and a spirited, sensitive introduction to his poetry.
Author(s): Matthew Burgess
ISBN 13: 9781592701711
Pages: 64
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Title: Special Delivery

Sadie is on her way to deliver an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who lives completely alone and can really use the company. She tries everything from mailing the elephant to boarding a plane, a train, and an alligator to get to her aunt's home. Along the way she meets an array of interesting characters, including an odd postal worker and a gang of bandit monkeys, who all help her get where she is going.
Author(s): Philip C. Stead
ISBN 13: 9781596439313
Pages: 40
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Title: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

So begins Julia Sarcone-Roachs delicious tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bears journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, its not until the very end that we begin to suspect this is a TALL tale.
Author(s): Julia Sarcone-Roach
ISBN 13: 9780375858604
Pages: 40
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Title: Mousetropolis

City Mouse leaves his noisy apartment for a vacation in the country only to find drab meals, unseen predators, unbearable heat and too much quiet! So City Mouse takes his country cousin to Mousetropolis, where a rodent can indulge in rich food and rub elbows with the elite.
Author(s): R. Gregory Christie
ISBN 13: 9780823436927
Pages: 32
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Title: Its Only Stanley

Mysterious noises keep waking up the Wimbledon family. "That's very odd," says Mr. Wimbledon each time, but when he returns from checking on the sounds, he's always reassuring: "It's only Stanley; he's fixing the oil tank." "It's only Stanley; he's clearing the bathtub drain."
Author(s): Jon Agee
ISBN 13: 9780803739079
Pages: 32
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Title: Two Mice

One house, two mice, three cookies . . . and the adventure begins. In gorgeously illustrated spreads and two-word phrases, this picture book takes two mice through their exciting and eventful day. Funny, lively, and easy to follow, the book offers the youngest readers the chance to count from one to three and back again
Author(s): Sergio Ruzzier
ISBN 13: 9780544302099
Pages: 32
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