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Game Over, Pete Watson by Joe Schreiber

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7

You don't have to be a gamer to love this book.  It's an action-packed, hilarious adventure of video games and spies.   Pete Wilson is short $20 to buy the newest, most awesome video game, Brawl-A-Thon 3000XL.  Since he need money he decides, without permission, to hold a garage sale and sell his father's ancient 8-bit game console CommandRoid 85 to The Bug Man.  Mistake!!!   His father is kidnapped and the President of the U.S. starts talking nonsense.  It's up to Pete and friends to save the day.  (game on)  Cartoons and heavily pixilated images by Andy Rash make a winning combination.

Meet illustrator Andy Rash at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 2

With typical humor and understanding, Schneider creates another gem of a picture book.  Amelia and her doll, Princess Sparkle -Heart, do everything together.  There's tea parties, weddings, and secrets.  But on every page there's the GRRRRRR of the jealous family dog until the pup tears up Princess Sparkle-Heart.  Mom comes in with her sewing box to save the day for the heartbroken Amelia. Working together, they show that love and creativity can create wonders.

Meet author Josh Schneider at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 5

Nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia are happy to be at the their annual family vacation in Saugatuck, Michigan.  They're happy that Aunt Rosie's wedding will be in just a few days. What they're not happy about is the pink,poufy, babyish flower girl dresses they are expected to wear at her wedding.  They decide to show Aunt Rosie how much better it would be if they were the wedding caterers instead.  But there's a new grown- up cook in the kitchen and some of their recipes don't turn out exactly as planned.  Add in some impossible older sisters and some real-life problems and mix well for a sweet read  The book includes some of delicious recipes that would be fun to make!

Meet author Kate Hannigan at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8

Can a 13-year-old girl really make a difference in the world?  While she's never been the "kind of person who goes out of her way to help people" Nina decides to do one nice thing for a neighbor for each day of the summer.  All the while she's dealing with the loss of her beloved grandmother, her type-A parents, and her brother who may be headed for trouble.   Nina also deals with her changing friendship with  her best friend, Jorie.  It's even harder when she realizes they both  has a crush on the same neighbor boy,  This is a feel-good read with a bright, charming heroine you'll be rooting for.

Meet author Michele Weber Hurwitz at the iRead Kick-off on January 10th.

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Wanderville by Wendy McClure

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

In 1904, 11-year-old Frances and her younger brother Harold are sent on an orphan train heading to Kansas from New York.  On the train they meet Jack, whose family could not afford to keep him.  When they hear rumors about horrible conditions that await them in Kansas, the three children jump the train.  They meet up with Alexander, a boy who has escaped from a work farm and set up his own "kids-only" town called Wanderville.  There they find happiness until the unthinkable happens. 

This is the first in a series of historical fiction.

Meet author Wendy McClure at the iRead kick-off on January 10.

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