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The Wizard's Dog

Author: 
Eric Kahn Gale

Reading Level Grades 3 through 5

Nosewise the dog thinks doors are a nuisance.  Doors always keep him away from interesting things.  Especially the door to the room of magic.  One day, the door opens and Nosewise is allowed to enter a world of enchantment.  When Merlin's apprentice Morgana playfully drapes her magic stone around his neck, Nosewise begins to talk.  Morgana and Nosewise are delighted...Merlin is not.  He decrees that Nosewise will never get  to use the stone again.  Or will he? 

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Some other great stories narrated by dogs include:

I, Jack by Patricia Finney

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by James Howe and

Woof: A Bowser and Birdie Mystery by Spencer Quinn

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The Wolf Keepers

Author: 
Elsie Broach

12-year-old Lizzie's dad is the head zookeeper at the John Muir wildlife park.  Lizzie and her dad have a home right in the zoo!  That gives Lizzie lots of chances to observe the animals. The newest exhibit is a wolf pack that lives in a wooded habitat on the zoo grounds.  Lizzie spends hours observing the wolves. But all is not well in the pack.  Wolves have begun falling ill.  Once they get sick, they disappear.  Lizzie is determined to save her wolves but what can the problem be?  Is it a virus?  Or something more sinister?

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If you enjoy this zoo mystery try:

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

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The Bad Guys

Author: 
Aaron Blabey

Mr. Wolf has a bad reputation.  None of it is his fault.  No matter what the three pigs and Little Red Riding Hood (not to mention Grandma) say, Wolf is a good guy. He just has to show the world his good guy nature.  So he forms the "Good Guys Club" and recruits Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake and Mr. Piranha as the other founding members.  Despite their unfortunate instincts to attack and eat anything that comes their way, Mr. Wolf is sure all four of them can prove their goodness to the world...they just need the right mission.

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Sea Otter Rescue

Author: 
Suzi Eszterhas

Learn about the amazing and difficult job of rescuing sea otters and see some adorable pictures of baby sea otters at the same time. Get a peek inside the secret wildlife hospital at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Baby sea otters look small, but an adult sea otter is the same size as a German Shepard and about 10 times more work to take care of! While this book would definitely help with a report on a marine mammal it is also interesting to read for fun - did I mention adorable sea otter babies? 

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Sniffer & Tinni: A True Tale of Amazing Animal Friendship

Author: 
Berit Helberg
Illustrator: 
Torgeir Berge

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

Sniffer the fox and Tinni the German shepherd meet in a meadow one day and a life-long friendship ensues.  Illustrated by photos of the two animals at play, this book will entrance all animal lovers.

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This is Not a Werewolf Story

Author: 
Sandra Evans

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

Raul has attended the One of Our Kind boarding school for years, ever since his mother ran off leaving his father to care for him. His father stopped picking him up for the weekend a long time ago, but he has kept secret from the dean by pretending that his father insists on picking him up at the main road, not the school. Each weekend he packs his bags, heads towards the road, and sneaks into White Deer Woods where he goes to an abandoned lighthouse to meet a beautiful white wolf and enjoy his second, secret, weekend life.

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Ugly: a memoir

Author: 
Robert Hoge

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

This memoir traces the life of Robert Hoge from the time he was born in 1972 until he turned 14.  Robert was born with enormous tumor in the middle of his face.  His eyes were on either side of his face and he had only holes for a nose.  Besides the mass on his face, his legs were twisted and stunted.  Mary, Robert’s mother was horrified.  She thought the baby looked like a monster.  She didn’t want to take him home.  Her doctor told her to put the baby away in an institution.  Her husband, Vince, told her that it was up to her.  For over a month the baby stayed at the hospital.  Then Mary decided to ask their other kids.Vince and Mary told them about their baby brother; how he looked, his legs and the fact that he might also be mentally challenged.  Then Mary pointed to each of her children and asked, “Should we bring Robert home?”  All four voted yes.  Robert had many operations.  The tumor was removed.  The unusable parts of his legs were amputated.  He got prosthetics and learned to walk.] He went to school and made some friends.  Not everyone was nice.  He learned to do things his way and to be his own person in a world that thinks he is very, very ugly.

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Another interesting biographies and memiors about living with a disability are:

Small Steps: the year I got polio by Peg Kehret

Med Head : my knock-down, drag-out, drugged-up battle with my brain by James Patterson and

Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world by Sy Montgomery

Engrossing stories about kids living with a disability are:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan and

The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff

 

 

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Fuzzy

Author: 
Tom Angleberger
Paul Dellinger

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Every school has a principal.  Sometimes principals are men.  Sometimes they are women.  Mr. Dorgas, the principal at Vanguard One Middle School is a man. Vice Principal Barbara is a woman…well, not exactly.  She is actually a computer.   Her job is to enforce rules.  Her sensors are everywhere: in the hallway, in the classroom, in the lunchroom... She issues disciplines tags EVERYWHERE. Maxine is a good kid, but no matter how much she tries to obey the rules, she can never get through a day without getting discipline tags from Vice Principal Barbara.  Every discipline tag and citizenship demerit Vice Principal Barbara gives to Max is IMMEDIATELY sent to her mom’s cell phone. One day, a new student comes. His name is Fuzzy. He’s a robot.  Max LOVES robots!  Maybe school is about to get a whole lot better.

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Other books by Tom Angleberger

If you like reading stories about robots try:

House of Robots by James Patterson

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown an

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

 

 

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Quit Calling Me a Monster!

Author: 
Jory John
Illustrator: 
Bob Shea

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 6

Just because he has horns, wild eyes, fangs, crazy hair, long toenails and a glow in the dark smile is NO REASON to call this poor maligned creature a monster. After all, he doesn't call you Meat Snack does he?

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