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The Watermelon Seed

by Greg Pizzoli

Ages 4+

There is almost nothing better during a hot summer than eating a slice of watermelon. Yum, yum, yum. Watermelon is Crocodile's favorite thing to eat. It's so juicy, and sweet, and -

 

Uh oh. 

 

He swallowed a seed. 

 

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Reading Level: 1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor, Read-Alouds, Self Image Location: Picture Books
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Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever - Or Snack Time?

by Tammi Sauer

Ages 4+

Nugget, a minnow, does everything with his best friend Fang. Everything except go to Minnow School. Sharks aren't allowed at Minnow School, and Fang is a shark.

At Minnow School, Nugget learns all about how terrible and horrible and awful and just plain bad sharks are.  Nugget thought that his friend Fang, a shark, wasn't any of those things - he is a great friend... but his teachers and his homework wouldn't be wrong, would it? 

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Illustrator: Michael Slack Reading Level: 1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Friends, School, Social Issues Location: Picture Books
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I Funny: A Middle School Story

by James Patterson

Grades 3+

Jamie Grimm, soon to be the world's greatest stand-up (actually sit-down-in-wheelchair) comedian, lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin - an extremely boring version of the Durlseys. He has an uncanny ability to make anyone (other than the aforementioned boring Durlsey-esque relatives) laugh. Jamie Grimm just funny

When Uncle Frankie (not the boring one) suggests to Jamie that he compete in The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic contest, he knows he's got to try. His only problem is stage fright! 

I Funny is a fabulously funny story about being brave enough to stand up for your own talents, even if you can't actually stand up.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans are sure to love Jamie Grimm. 

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Reading Level: 3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Books for Boys, Family, Friends, Humor, Misfits, Read-Alikes, Realistic Fiction, School, Self Image, Social Issues Location: J Fiction
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The Wrap-Up List

by Steven Arntson

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Gabriella is having a perfectly normal day, until she receives a letter from her Death, Hercule, informing her that she has been chosen for Departure.  Now she has one week to wrap things up with her friends and family and to try to figure out what will force Hercule to give her a Pardon before he comes and makes her disappear.

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Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Friends, LGBT, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Ball

by Mary Sullivan

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

This one word book cleverly tells the story of a ball obsessed dog who has nobody to play with him.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Real, Family, Friends, Humor Location: Picture Books
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When We Wuz Famous

by Greg Takoudes

Reading Level:  Grades 9 and up

Franciso is a celebrity in his Spanish Harlem neighborhood.  He is a top student, popular, and a gifted basketball player.  He has a wonderful girlfriend and loving supportive parents.  For his senior year he is offered a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school in upstate New York.  Franciso  knows this is his ticket out of the 'hood and into a better life for him and those he loves.  But his best friend fears that Francisco will leave him behind.  A visit home sets in motion events that lead to bad decisions, betrayals, and tested loyalties.  This is a riveting book that readers will not want to put down.

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Another book about a minority scholarship student is  Tequila Worm by Viola Canales.

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Reading Level: High Schoolers,Adults Subjects: Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Friends, Realistic Fiction, Relationships, Self Image Location: JY Fiction
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Graveyard Shift

by Chris Westwood

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

Ben Harvester meets a strange old man in a graveyard one day, and again at his aunt's funeral in another town, and again on the street by his house, where the man performs a very strange quick change act. Then, on his first day in his new school he sees two burned children holding the hand of a burned man at the back of the classroom and he hears scratching from an empty classroom and finds the words, "Welcome to Pandemonium, Ben." written on the blackboard. And things only get odder from there as he is drawn into the world of ghosts, demons and lost souls.

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Reading Level: 4th Grade,5th Grade,6th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Misfits, Mysteries, Supernatural Location: J Fiction
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The Warrior's Heart

by Eric Greitens

Reading Level: Grades 6 and up

What sort of person becomes a Rhodes Scholar (one of the most prestigious academic honors in the world) and then signs on to become a Navy SEAL?  Eric Greitens will take you on his journey that led him from refugee camps in Rwanda and Bosnia, the slums of Bolivia, the rigors of Navy SEAL training to the battlefields of Iraq and then home.  In this adaptation for teens of his best-selling novel you will meet an extraordinary person you will not soon forget.

 

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Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,High Schoolers Subjects: Adventure, Biographies, Books for Boys Location: JY Non-Fiction
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A Dog's Life

by Caroline Sherman

Reading Level: Ages 2 - 6

A dog talks about all the things he has to do each day, like make sure people don't oversleep and clean the dishes in this funny book for dog lovers.

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Illustrator: Donald Wu Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Animals--Real, Humor, Read-Alouds Location: Picture Books
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Fang Girl

by Helen Keeble

Reading Level: Grades 6 and up

Xanthe Jane (don't call her Xanthe) has always loved vampires, as stories, but she knows they aren't real. Then one night she is woken up by a cellphone playing the theme from Dracula and discovers that she is in a coffin, in her grave, and her vampire sire is exhuming her. When her sire is chased off before she can finish digging Jane up, Jane is left to figure out how she could be a vampire when she's never been bitten and what is she supposed to do now, in this tongue-in-cheek vampire novel.

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Subjects: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Folktales, Friends, Horror, Humor, Supernatural, Vampires Location: JY Fiction
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