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Doodleday

by Ross Collins

Reading Level: Ages 3-8

Harvey’s mom tries to tell him about Doodleday, but he doesn’t listen. Soon, his drawings are coming to life, and mom’s nowhere to be found! Harvey draws more and more, trying to get rid of everything… but as you can imagine, things get out of hand pretty quickly.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners Subjects: Family, Fantasy, Read-Alouds Location: Picture Books
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Borderline

by Allan Stratton

Reading Level: Grades 7-9

Mohammed Sami Sabiri stopped using his first name the day his father reacted angrily when Andy and Marty nicknamed Mohammed "Prophet." Sami, Andy and Marty have been best friends ever since. Sami's father is not so happy with the friendship. He even sent Samis to a private high school to get him away from their influence. As the only Muslim at the school, Sami is harrassed almost every day. Sami didn't realize how good his life was.

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For another story of 21st century prejudice include:

Saving Sky by Diane Stanley

Location: JY Fiction
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The Brain Finds a Leg

by Martin Chatteton

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

No one had ever linked the bizzare incidents before Theophilus Nero Hercuke Sherlock Wimsey Father Brown Marlowe Spade Christie Edgar Allen Brain showed up in Sheldon's 6th grade classroom.

Sheldon McGlone has pretty much been on autopilot ever since his father was killed in the whale attack. But the Brain was sure that the whale attack, the bird poop incident and the possum car theft ring were all connected. The Brain is also certain that he is a greater slueth that all the detectives he was named for.  Since all great detectives he needs a sidekick. He picks Sheldon.

When Sheldon encounters a serverd human leg and an enormous salt water crocodile barking like a dog in the Brain's bedroom, he should have run. Instead he finds himself drawn into a mad cap adventure to thwart an international villian.

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If you enjoy this zany adventure try:

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson and

We Are Not Eaten By Yaks by C. Alexander London

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Humor, In Other Lands, Mysteries, Science Fiction Location: J Fiction
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The Chaos

by Rachel Ward

Reading Level: Grades 7 - 9

In this sequel to Numbers Adam has inherited his mother's ability to see people's death dates when he looks in their eyes. To make matters worse, when he and his grandmother move to London he discovers that most people he meets have the same date, 01/01/2027, and the girl he likes has been having nightmares about him, her baby and fire for months.

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Reading Level: 7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, Misfits, Mysteries, Relationships Location: JY Fiction
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Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire: Because the Undead Have Feelings Too!

by Tim Collins

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Nigel is about to turn 100 and he has yet to have a girlfriend. His problem is that, although he is a vampire, he does not have super strength, preternatural speed, or hypnotizing beauty. In fact he is weaker and slower than most of his classmates, and sunlight gives him a bad case of acne. In short, he is forever trapped in the body of a geeky 15 year old boy. How will he ever be able to impress the beautiful new girl and maybe, someday, get to bite someone?

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Illustrator: Andrew Pinder Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Fantasy, Humor, Misfits, Relationships, School, Self Image, Supernatural, Vampires Location: JY Fiction
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The Summer Before Boys

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Julia and Eliza are best friends. They are also family. Even though they are the same age, Julia is Eliza's aunt. Of course, Eliza doesn't call her best friend "Aunt Julia" but still...they are more tied together in ways most friends are. That was never a problem...until the summer they turned twelve

Eliza still likes to pretend, just the way she and Julia have done all their lives. But Julia finds it harder and harder to enter that make-believe world. There are too many distractions in the real world. Some are terrible, like worrying about whether or not her mother will survive her tour of duty in Iraq. Others are much more pleasant, like a certain very cute boy named Michael.

Where do your loyalties lie when you find yourself changing, pulling away from a best friend who is so much more than just a friend?

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For other tales of changing friendships try:

The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Eleven by Lauren Myracle and

Gossip Times Three by Amy Koss

Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Family, Friends, Realistic Fiction, Relationships Location: J Fiction
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Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales

by Tamora Pierce

Reading Level: Grade 6+

Attention all Tortall lovers! This collection of short stories is an offering of  further adventures in Pierce's world of Tortall

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Other engrossing series set in fantasy worlds include:

The Damar series by Robin McKinley

The Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flanghan and

The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

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Lark

by Tracey Porter

Reading Level: Grade 8+

He was the father of one of the younger kids on her gymnastics team. How was 16-year-old Lark supposed to know that he was a predator? Lark died of exposure after he assaulted her and left her tied to a tree in the winter woods.

Lark's ghost begins visiting Nyetta soon after. Lark needs Nyetta to do something for her, something Nyetta is afraid to do. If Nyetta does not do it, Lark will be condemned to a horrible fate for eternity.

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Other ghostly tales include

The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher

Elsewhere by Gabrielle by Zevin and

The Everafter by Amy Huntley

Reading Level: 8th Grade Subjects: Books for Girls, Fantasy, Horror, Relationships, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Press Here

by Herve Tullet

Reading Level: Ages 2 - 6

An analog version of a tablet computer, this clever book is perfect for anyone's digital era child.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Read-Alikes Location: Picture Books
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The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle

by Hugh Lofting

Reading Level: K-5

The second book in the wonderfully adventrous Dolittle series starts off by introducing us to Tommy Stubbins, future naturalist. To sate his curiosity about animals and their nature, Tommy asks Dr. Dolittle to apprentice him and teach him all he knows about animals and their languages - and so Dolittle, Stubbins and a few old friends set sail, hoping to learn the language of the Shellfish.

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Reading Level: Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Talking, Fantasy, Friends, In Other Lands, Read-Alouds Location: J Fiction
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