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  • Book Cover of Wonder by R.J. Palacio

    Wonder

    by R.J. Palacio Year Published:

    Difficulty: Challenging

    August Pullman (Auggie to his friends) is not an ordinary ten-year-old boy. He feels like one, and has the interests of one, but he has a condition that makes him different. And in an obvious way: it’s his face that isn’t ordinary. It’s the type of face that scares kids, that makes people stare. August is pretty good natured about it all: This is the way he is, after all, and while he doesn’t like it that people stare, there’s not much he can do about it. Because his face has required many reconstructive surgeries, Auggie has been home schooled. But the surgeries are done for a while, and now August’s parents think it’s time that he goes to school, beginning with fifth grade in the fall. The idea of this terrifies Auggie; he knows how people react to seeing him, and he wonders if he will be able to fit in at school at all.

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  • Book Cover of Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

    Charlotte's Web

    by E. B. White Year Published:

    E. B. White tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbors. As the runt of the litter, Wilbur struggles to survive from the very beginning. Fern begs her father to raise Wilbur and nurse him to health. Fern succeeds and Wilbur moves to Zuckerman Farm, where he learns the true meaning of friendship from the wise gray spider Charlotte.

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  • Book Cover Because of Winn Dixie by K. DiCamillo

    Because of Winn Dixie

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published:

    The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor.A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet many new friends.

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  • Book Cover of Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam M. Ryan

    Becoming Naomi Leon

    by Pam Munoz Ryan Year Published:

    Difficulty: Challenging

    Naomi Soledad León Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in your young life, her name for one. Then there are her clothes (sewn in polyester by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status among her classmates as "nobody special." But according to Gram's self-prophecies, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. Luckily, Naomi also has her soap carving, a talent at which she excels. And life at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho in Lemon Tree, California, with Gram and her little brother, Owen, is happy and peaceful. That is, until their mother reappears after seven years of being gone, stirring up all sorts of questions and challenging Naomi to discover and proclaim who she really is.

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  • Book Cover Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

    Maniac Magee

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published:

    Difficulty: Challenging

    This is the story of Jeffrey Lionel Magee or “Maniac” as most people call him. Some folks admire him, some hate him, and others are just confused by him. Is he looking for his family? For his home? Or running away from it? No one really knows. He’s come from nowhere it seems. And as soon as one turns, he’s off running again.

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  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing byJudy Blume

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    by Judy Blume Year Published:

    Difficulty: Average

    Peter Hatcher feels like a fourth grade nothing. His little brother, Fudge, is causing problems for him all the time. Fudge gets away with every temper tantrum and always messes up Peter's things including his homework. The last straw is when Fudge walks off with Peter's pet turtle, Dribble. It is now time for Peter to get his parents to pay attention to him for a change.

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  • Book Cover of Frindle by Andrew Clements

    Frindle

    by Andrew Clements Year Published:

    Difficulty: Average

    Nicholas Allen has been known as a trouble maker. He has a great imagination that has at times even fooled some teachers. Now that he is in 5th grade Nicholas uses the dictionary to inspire a new idea of inventing words.

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  •  Book Cover of Shiloh by Phyliss Naylor

    Shiloh

    by Phyliss Naylor Year Published:

    Difficulty: Average

    When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight -- and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun -- and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?

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  •  Book Cover of Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCami

    Tale of Despereaux

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published:

    Difficulty: Average

    WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL!

    Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

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