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Nora and the Texas Terror

by udy Cox

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

Nora's life is turned upside down when her uncles family move in with her family and Nora has to share her bedroom and school with a cousin she has never liked.

For another tale of an obnoxious relative try:
The Diary of Melanie Martin, or, How I survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza by Carol Weston

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Other books by Judy Cox

Reading Level: 2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Realistic Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Most Wanted

by Kate Thompson

Reading Level:  Grades 3 - 5

Marcus, a baker's son in Ancient Rome, is thrust into danger when he inadvertently takes possession of Incitatus, the beloved horse of the blood-thirsty Emperor Caligula.

Other ancient world adventures include:
The Wadjet Eye by Jill Rubalcaba
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld and
Atticus of Rome by Barry Denenberg

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Other books by Kate Thompson

Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Real, Books for Boys, Historical Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! Wherein is Contained an Accounting of the Preparation, Suspension, and Eventual Reawakening of the Subject in Modern Day, and His Quest to Discover the Great Emergency

by Matthew McElligott

Reading Level:  Grades 3 - 6

You've heard of Benjamin Franklin. You know, the guy from like, the 1700s, you know, famous for being in the thunderstorm with the kite and the key, discovering electricity? Yeah, him. That guy. He's been dead for what, like three hundred years? Think again.

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Victor Godwin is smarter than most people he knows. Definitely smarter than the weatherman, who's predicted sunny days when Victor knows mathematically that there's a 92% chance of rain. A million times smarter than his best friend Scott Weaver, who made a super-charged potato battery by putting batteries inside of a raw potato and painting it exciting colors. (In case you are wondering, the potato explodes in the middle of class.) Then a thunderstorm that seems only to affect Victor's house changes everything. Soon a strange man who looks and dresses like Benjamin Franklin moves into Victor's house as a tenant. He says he's an actor, but he paid his entire first year's rent in heavy gold coins, marked 1783. What kind of actor never takes off his costume, and pays for things in eighteenth-century doubloons? Frank Benjamin, downstairs tenant at the Godwin's house, that's who. Then Victor discovers what's really going on...

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Other books like this one:
No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay) by Trudi Trueit
The Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer
Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson
Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger

Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural Location: J Fiction
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The Memory Bank

by Carolyn Coman

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

"Forget Her!"

When little Honey Scroggins laughs after her parents tell her not to, they dump her by the side of the road and drive away. Despite all Hopes pleadings, her parents never go back for Honey. As she grows sadder and sadder, Hope spends all her time sleeping, dreaming of her lost little sister. When Hope's constant dreaming causes an imbalance due to insufficient memory deposits, she is summoned to the Memory Bank where she becomes embroiled in a war between those who want to remember and those who want to forget.

If you enjoyed this illustrated novel you will also enjoy:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick

For an tongue-in-cheek take on an abandoned child read:
By the Side of the Road by Jules Feiffer

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Other books by Carolyn Coman

Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Fantasy Location: J Fiction
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See What I See

by Gloria Whelan

Reading Level: Grades 8+

When Kate Tapert earns a four-year scholarship to a Detroit art school, she realizes the only way she can afford to attend is if she lives with her estranged father, the famous reclusive artist Dalton Quinn. When Dalton's daughter shows up on his doorstep he orders her to leave until she threatens to reveal his secret.

Other stories of teens reconnecting with absent fathers try:
Choppy Socky Blues by Ed Briant
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee and
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

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Reading Level: 8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Realistic Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

by Jean Lee Latham

Reading Level:  Grades 4 and up

Our story begins in 1775. Nat Bowditch, a small boy for his age, loves arithmetic more than anything because the answers always come out the same. His eldest brother has just signed on with a ship leaving for the open ocean and Nat’s father, deciding that his son needs to begin a trade, has pulled Nat out of school.

Nat is apprenticed to a ship chandlery as their bookkeeper for nine years, squashing all dreams he had of studying at Harvard University. But, Nat remembers his brother’s parting words to him – boys don’t blubber - and keeps his head held high. Nat grows up quickly; his raw determination to learn coupled with the difficulties of Revolutionary life made him seem mature far beyond his young years.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is an ultimate nautical adventure story, sharing the tale of a young boy, who never thought his dreams could ever be reached, becoming a widely educated man – despite never continuing school past the age of ten. Written in 1956 by Jean Lee Latham, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is a must-read for all adventurous young boys.

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Adventure, Award Winners, Books for Boys, Don't Miss These, Non-Fiction Location: J Fiction
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Matched

by Ally Condie

Reading Level:  Grades 8 and up

The Society always makes the right choices for its citizens. Cassia has never doubted the choices made for her, never saw any reason to question the Society in any way. The night of her matching ceremony, where the Society will tell her who she will spend the rest of her life with, the man she is best suited to love, is no different.

And her Match is perfect. Against all the odds, Cassia is Matched with her best friend, Xander. The two of them are happy to be Matched together, and excitedly begin the next steps.

But alone, in her room, Cassia looks at her Match result again. She sees Xander's smiling face, and grins at it. Then Xander's face disappears, and another face appears. The face again is one she recognizes. How can Cassia have been matched TWICE, let alone with two people from her same colony? What is she supposed to do?

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If you liked Matched, you might also like:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Older readers might also like:
The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Reading Level: 8th Grade,High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Girls, Don't Miss These, Fantasy, Read-Alikes, Relationships, Science Fiction Location: JY Fiction
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Ninth Ward

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

Lanesha lives in New Orleans, in a neighborhood called the Ninth Ward. Her mother died just after she was born, but the midwife, a woman named Mama Ya-Ya, takes her in. Lanesha loves living in the Ninth Ward, even though it means that she doesn't have very many friends. One day, Mama Ya-Ya has a vision - a terrible hurricane is coming. Soon she and Lanesha hear about Katrina on the news, and begin to prepare. Many others in the Ninth Ward are evacuating, but Lanesha and Mama Ya-Ya have nowhere to go. Katrina is coming, and quickly. Will Lanesha & Mama Ya-Ya make it through the hurricane?

If you liked Ninth Ward, you might also like:
Keeper by Kathi Appelt

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Award Winners, Books for Girls, Don't Miss These, Read-Alouds, Supernatural Location: J Fiction
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Thresholds

by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

After Maya's best friend dies her family moves to a new town in a new state so everyone can get a fresh start. Maya's new bedroom faces the Janus House Apartments which is filled with a fascinating mix of odd people whom she loves to secretly watch. Then one night, a fairy flies into her room through the open window...

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy Location: J Fiction
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Stanley's Little Sister

by Linda Bailey

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 6

Stanley KNOWS he shouldn't chase the new cat, but the cat, who rejects all of Stanley's attempts at friendship, makes it very hard not to.

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Other books by Bill Slavin

Illustrator: Bill Slavin Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor Location: Picture Books
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