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All That's Missing

Author: 
Sarah Sullivan

Reading Level Grades 4-6

11-year-old Arlo has lived with his only relative, his grandfather Poppo, since Arlo was two.   But in the last couple of years Poppo's mind has started slipping.  Arlo now takes care of his grandfather  making sure no one knows how bad Poppo is getting. 

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The Chaos of Stars

Author: 
Kiersten White

Reading Level: Grades 7 - 10

When Isadora was little she loved to hang out with her father.   He was calm and gentle and very proud of her artistic talent.  Both her parents were.  Her mother Isis gave Isadora a beautiful set of paints and her father Osiris gave her an entire room all her own to decorate any way she liked.  Isadora loved to show her parents her progress on her room.  Until the day she discovered she was not going to be imortal like her parents...she was going to stay mortal...and the room would be her tomb.

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Battle Bunny

Author: 
Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

It was a sweet story when Gran Gran bought it.  She wrote a loving inscription circled by a heart, "Happy Birthday, Alexander!  To my little birthday bunny on his special day.  Love, Gran Gran."

The saccharine book was more than Alexander could take.  With pencil in hand he changes the gentle story of a little birthday bunny into the wild, raucous adventures of the villainous Battle Bunny!!! 

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Proxy

Author: 
Alex London

  16-year-old Sydney Carton is an orphan.  As a baby he was rescued from the eastern wastelands by the Benevolent Society...for a price.  Syd must repay the cost of his rescue and education.  To recoop their costs the Society sold baby Syd's services to Mr. Brindle, an ultra-wealthy member of the ruling class, as his son's proxy. 

16-year-old Knox Brindle only thinks of Syd when he is forced to watch the screen that broadcasts Syd receiving Knox's punishments which range from violent electical shocks to weeks of hard labor. 

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Fairest of All

Author: 
Sarah Mlynowski

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

"Once upon a time my life was normal.  Then the mirror in our basement ate us."

When a magic mirror transports 10-year-old Abby and her little brother Jonah to the forest next to the cottage of the seven dwarves, they stop Snow White from eating the poisoned apple.  Now Snow White has two problems: 1) The evil queen keeps trying to kill her and 2) Since she didn't eat the apple, the prince didn't kiss her so she has lost her chance to live happily ever after.

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Magritte's Marvelous Hat

Author: 
D.B. Johnson

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 11

Magritte sees a hat in a shop window and, even though it refuses to stay on his head, he can't resist buying it. Then the adventures begin in this surreal picture book introduction to the surrealist painter's art.

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Cat Girl's Day Off

Author: 
Kimberly Pauley

Reading Level: Grades 7-9

The Ng family has a lot of status.  Everyone in the family has at least one A or B level Talent (as rated by BERM - the Bureau of Extra-Sensory Regulation and Management.)  Everyone except Natalie, the family disappointment.  She has one D level Talent...she speaks and understands cat.  Natalie does her best to keep classmates from learning of her embarrassing talent, only using it to talk to the family cat in the privacy of her bedroom.

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Caddy's World

Author: 
Hilary McKay

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Hilary McKay scores again in this prequel to the Casson Family series.  Before her struggles with A level exams and her adventures with "Michael Darling" the beleaguered driving instructor, Caddy Casson was a 12-year-old girl facing the loss and challenges of changing friendships.

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