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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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School of the Dead

Author: 
Avi

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

When Tony's parents take in his ancient Great Uncle Charlie, who is obsessed with communicating with the dead, Tony slowly starts pulling away from all his friends and spending more time with Uncle Charlie. Charlie then convinces his parents to move to California so that Tony can attend Charlie's old school, but from day one Tony suspects that something is very wrong at the Penda School.

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A Hungry Lion, Or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

Author: 
Lucy Ruth Cummins

Reading Level: Ages 6 - Adult

Let's just say the title says it all. If you like Jon Klassen's books, you will also enjoy this surreal picture book for older less sensitive readers.

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President Squid

Author: 
Aaron Reynolds
Illustrator: 
Sara Varon

Reading Level: Ages 6 - Adult

Squid wants to be president because he believes he is MADE to be president, after all, presidents get to wear ties, live in a great big house and be big and bossy.

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Rules of the House

Author: 
Mac Barnett
Illustrator: 
Matt Myers

Reading Level: Ages 5 - 9

Ian follows all the rules, his sister Jenny breaks them. When their family goes to stay at a house in the woods there are four posted rules. 1. Remove your muddy shoes, 2. Don't leave a ring around the tub, 3. Replace the firewood and 4. NEVER open the red door. And Jenny, just cannot resist breaking all the rules...

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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

Author: 
Lynne Rae Perkins

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 9

Frank adopts Lucky from the animal shelter when they are both having very bad days. It turns out they have a lot in common, especially their love of science and math.

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Somewhere There is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust

Author: 
Michael Gruenbaum
Todd Hasak-Lowy

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

This book was 70 years in the making.  It is the story of Michael Gruenbaum and his family, Jews who lived in Prague in 1939 when the Nazis marched in.  Written by gifted writer, Todd Hasak-Lowry, it chronicles life for 10- year-old Michael under the Nazis and the family's relocation to Terezin.  Told in the first person by a young Michael, it speaks volumes about courage, determination, and humanity.

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