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Dark Lord, The Early Years

by Jamie Thomson

Reading Level: Grades 5-7

The Dark Lord, Master of the Legions of Dread, Sorcerer Supreme and Lord of the Darklands is confused.  One moment he was leading his legions against the White Wizard Hasdruban the Pure and the next he is falling out of his world into a strange land where he is trapped in the body of a puny human.  

The stunned Dark Lord can barely talk or move, he is whisked  away in a strange screaming conveyance to a steel citadel where he is questioned by humans who, mistaking his clear answer that his name is “Dark Lord," dub him Dirk Lloyd and send him to a foster home.

Christopher Purejoie is perfectly happy as an only child.  He certainly never asked for a foster brother….especially not a crazy one.  Chris does have to admit that Dirk is funny, like when Dirk marches into 7th grade English and announces to Mrs. Batelakes, “I am the Great Lord Dirk, you may call me master!”

So who is Dirk Lloyd?  A delusional child who needs intensive psychiatric treatment? A smart-mouthed trouble maker who needs to be straightened out by Principal Grousammer?  A funny kid who disrupts classes every day? Or an exiled villian desperate to return to his powers?

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Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

Reading Level: 5th Grade,6th Grade,7th Grade Subjects: Fantasy Location: JY Fiction
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The Great Race: An Indonesian Trickster Tale

by Nathan Kumar Scott

Reading Level: Grades k - 4

Kanchil the mouse deer knows he is the fastest animal in the jungle so when he challenges everyone to a race he is stunned to have his challenge taken up by Pelan the snail and even more shocked when he loses. How could that be?

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Illustrator: Jagdish Chitara Reading Level: Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade,4th Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Folktales, Humor, In Other Lands, Mythological Location: J Non-Fiction
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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

by Mo Willems

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 9

Three dinosaurs leave food on the table and the door unlocked, but they aren't doing it on purpose to try to lure a famous blonde lunch, um, girl into the house, honest.

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Reading Level: Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Adventure, Fantasy, Folktales, Humor, Read-Alouds Location: Picture Books
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Scarlett Dedd

by Cathy Brett

Reading Level: Grades 6 -8

Scarlett cannot bear the idea of going on an weekend school retreat where she'll have to get dressed in front of the other girls who will see her secondhand store gray underwear. The perfect out seems to appear in the form of some mushrooms that, according to a book she glances at, will make her sick to her stomach. Unfortunately, a slight identification error winds up killing her and her entire family leaving her, a girl who only had four friends in life, an extremely lonely ghost. Then a boy on a ghostly chat room suggests that she kill one or two of her former friends so that she can have companions forever. That's not a terrible idea, is it?

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Reading Level: 6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade Subjects: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Friends, Horror, Humor, Misfits, Supernatural Location: JY Fiction
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Chloe

by Peter McCarty

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 6

When Chloe's father brings home a new television the entire family gathers around to watch, except for Chloe and one of her little sisters who find the box, and especially the bubble wrap, much more entertaining.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Family, Humor Location: Picture Books
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This is Not My Hat

by Jon Klassen

The author of I Want My Hat Back has returned with yet another stolen hat story. This time we follow the hat thief who thinks he has committed the perfect crime.

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Reading Level: Kindergarteners,1st Grade,2nd Grade,3rd Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Talking, Crime and Punishment, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Fox and Crow are NOT Friends

by Melissa Wiley

Reading Level: Grades 1 - 2

Fox and Crow do not like each other and spend their time playing nasty tricks on each other, until Fox plays one too many tricks.

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Illustrator: Sebastien Braun Reading Level: 1st Grade,2nd Grade Subjects: Animals--Talking, Humor Location: JP Fiction
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Boot & Shoe

by Marla Frazee

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 6

Boot and Shoe are brothers who do lots of things together, except that Boot likes to spend his days on the back porch while Shoe spends his days on the front porch. But when a squirrel causes havoc they wind up on each other's porch and each believe the other is lost for good.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Adventure, Animals--Real, Family, Humor Location: Picture Books
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Bedtime for Monsters

by Ed Vere

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 6

Have you ever wondered if there are monsters out there somewhere? Have you ever wondered if one of those monsters might be heading your way thinking about what a good snack you would make? Have you? If not, you might start thinking about that after reading this book.

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Reading Level: Preschoolers,Kindergarteners,1st Grade Subjects: Fantasy, Horror, Read-Alouds Location: Picture Books
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The Princess and the Pig

by Jonathan Emmett

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

When princess Priscilla fouls her diaper her horrified mother accidentally drops her--out the window! Luckily for Priscilla she falls into a farmer's cart and in the process launches a piglet named Pigmella up into her cradle, and thus a pig is raised as a princess and a princess as a farmer's daughter. In this silly fractured fairytale.

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