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Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship
Topics: Middle schools Fiction, Friendship Fiction, Schools Fiction, Diaries Fiction, Humorous stories,...
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by Spinelli, Jerry
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Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family
Topics: Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction, Friendship -- Juvenile fiction, Family life -- Juvenile fiction
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by Fleischman, Sid, 1920-; Von Schmidt, Eric, ill
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"Republished in 1988."
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Topics: Gold mines and mining, Orphans, Humorous stories
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by Jeff Kinney
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Topics: Middle schools -- Juvenile fiction., Schools -- Juvenile fiction., Families -- Juvenile fiction.,...
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by Alvarez, Julia
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Pura Belpré Award, 2004
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Topics: Reading Level-Grade 9, Reading Level-Grade 10, Reading Level-Grade 11, Reading Level-Grade 12
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by Stratton, Allan
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A girl's struggle amid the African AIDS pandemic, Chanda, is an astonishingly perceptive girl living in the small city of Bonang, a fictional city in Southern Africa. When her youngest sister dies, the first hint of HIV/AIDS emerges, Chanda must confront undercurrents of shame and stigma. Not afraid to explore the horrific realities of AIDS, Chanda's Secrets also captures the enduring strength of loyalty, friendship and family ties. Above all, it is a story about the corrosive nature of secrets...
Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 9, Reading Level-Grade 10, Reading...
Source: removedNEL
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by Hopkins, Ellen
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Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life
Topics: Cocaine abuse, Drug abuse, High schools, Schools, Family problems, Pregnancy, Teenagers, Crank, Ice...
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by Fleischman, Sid, 1920-; Von Schmidt, Eric, ill
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"Republished in 1988."
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Topics: Gold mines and mining, Orphans, Humorous stories
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by Margi Preus
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by Herbert, Frank
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Sequel: Dune messiah
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by Kate DiCamillo
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Topics: Dogs -- Fiction., City and town life -- Florida -- Fiction., Florida -- Fiction.
Spanish Drama
by Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906; Costa, Carles, 1879-1929; Jordà, Josep Maria, 1870-1936
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Translation of: Hedda Gabler
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by Jeff Kinney
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Topics: Summer -- Fiction, Diaries -- Fiction, Humorous stories
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by Barrett, Judi; Barrett, Ron
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Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow, where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse
Topics: Weather, Food
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by Robie H. Harris
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Topics: Sex instruction for children, Sex instruction for teenagers, Hygiene, Sexual -- Juvenile literature
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by Hale, Marian
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While salvaging and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Galveston flood of 1900, sixteen-year-old Seth proves himself in a way that his previous efforts never could, but he still must face his father man-to-man
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Topics: Hurricanes, Fathers and sons, Family, Race relations, Carpentry
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by Mo Willems
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Topics: Pigeons -- Juvenile fiction, Bus drivers -- Juvenile fiction
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"Wimpy kid" Greg Heffley provides instructions for other kids to create their own journals
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Topics: Diaries, Middle schools, Best friends, Schools, Popularity, Humorous fiction, American
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by Van Allsburg, Chris
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Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game
Topics: Play, Games
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by Shel Silverstein
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Topics: Children's poetry, American, Humorous poetry, American poetry
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by Frank Herbert
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Topic: Dune (Imaginary place) -- Fiction
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by Maxine Hong Kingston
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Topics: Kingston, Maxine Hong -- Family., Chinese Americans -- History., Chinese Americans -- California --...
Internet Archive Books
by Joan Bauer
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Topics: Diners (Restaurants) -- Juvenile fiction, Politics, Practical -- Juvenile fiction, Cancer --...
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Topics: Jesus Christ, Bible
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I: Different ways to pray -- My father and the figtree -- What kind of fool am I? -- Going to the spring -- Biography of an Armenian schoolgirl -- The words under the words -- Spark -- The man who makes brooms -- The garden of Abu Mahmoud -- Her way -- The clean rinse -- For Mohammed on the mountain -- Passing the refugee camp -- Lunch in Nablus City park -- Arabic coffee -- Red brocade -- Steps -- Prayer in my boot -- Thing's don't stop -- Even at war -- The grieving ring -- For the 500th dead...
Topics: Reading Level-Grade 10, Reading Level-Grade 11, Reading Level-Grade 12
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by Tracy Barrett
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Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 6, Reading Level-Grade 7, Reading Level-Grade...
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by Roald Dahl
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Topic: Fairy tales
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by Gary Paulsen
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Topics: Survival -- Fiction, Divorce -- Fiction, Canada -- Fiction
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by Colfer, Eoin
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412 pages ; 22 cm
Topics: Ireland -- History -- 1837-1901 -- Juvenile fiction, Saltee Islands (Ireland) -- History -- 19th...
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by Louis Sachar
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Topics: Juvenile delinquency -- Juvenile fiction, Homeless persons -- Juvenile fiction, Friendship --...
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by Doreen Cronin
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Topics: Worms -- Fiction, Diaries -- Fiction
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by Brown, Dan, 1964-
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Topics: Intelligence officers, Computer security, Cryptographers
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by Stroud, Jonathan
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Bored with everyday chores and dreaming of long-ago heroes, teenaged Halli Sveinsson devotes himself to practical jokes but when a trick he plays on Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson sets off a chain of events that alter the course of his life forever, he is forced to leave home and set out on a hero's quest ill-prepared
Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 4, Reading Level-Grade 5, Reading Level-Grade...
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by Jon Scieszka
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Topics: Life on other planets -- Fiction., Schools -- Fiction.
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by Halam, Ann
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When their plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean, three science students are left stranded on a tropical island and then imprisoned by a doctor who is performing horrifying experiments on humans involving the transfer of animal genes
Topics: Castaways, Islands, Genetic engineering, Science fiction
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by Hesse, Karen
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In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others immigrate to America
Topics: Emigration and immigration, Jews, Letters
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by Veryan, Patricia
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Ruth Allington, having lost her husband, father, and brother, must take a job restoring an ancient mural at the estate of Sir Gordon Chandler, who has problems of his own
Topics: Romance fiction, Regency fiction
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by Elie Wiesel
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Topics: Modern fiction, Fiction - General, Fiction, Literary, Fiction / General
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by John Hersey
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Topics: Reading Level-Grade 11, Reading Level-Grade 12
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by Whelan, Gloria
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From the Publisher: Gloria Whelan's National Book Award-winning novel chronicles the breathtaking story of a remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled; her life has been sold for a dowry. In prose both graceful and unflinching, this powerful novel relays the story of a...
Topics: Courage, Young women, Arranged marriage
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by Heller, Ruth, 1924-
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A pictorial introduction to the animals that lay eggs, including chickens as well as other birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, and even a few mammals
Topics: Reproduction, Eggs
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by Macaulay, David
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Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion
Topics: Literary recreations, Puzzles, Riddles
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by Jules Feiffer
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Topics: Dogs -- Fiction, Animal sounds -- Fiction, Humorous stories
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by Fleming, Denise, 1950-
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Rhymed text (crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch) presents a toddler's view of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime till nightfall, such as bees, ants, and moles
Topics: Animals, Stories in rhyme
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by Doreen Cronin
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Topics: Spiders -- Juvenile fiction, Insects -- Juvenile fiction, Diaries -- Juvenile fiction
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by McCloskey, Robert, 1914-; Galvin, John T., 1919-1994, former owner
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Topic: Ducks
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by Ben Mikaelsen
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Topics: Astronautics -- Fiction, Masai (African people) -- Fiction, Kenya -- Fiction
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by Annie Barrows
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Topics: Friendship -- Fiction, Neighbors -- Fiction
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by Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992; Kleiner, Harry; Duncan, David, 1913-1999; Klement, Otto; Bixby, Jerome, 1923-1998
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"Based on the screenplay by Harry Kleiner, adaptation by David Duncan, based on a story by Otto Klement and Jay Lewis Bixby"--Cover
Topic: Science fiction
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by Rostkowski, Margaret I; Juvenile Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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A forbidden friendship with a badly disfigured soldier in the aftermath of World War I forces thirteen-year-old Annie to redefine the word "hero" and to question conventional ideas of patriotism
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Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Heroes, People with disabilities, Imprints 20th century 1986
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by Jacqueline Woodson
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Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 5, Reading Level-Grade 6, Reading Level-Grade...
Source: removedNEL
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by Van Allsburg, Chris
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When he has a dream about a future Earth devastated by pollution, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment
Topics: Environmental protection, Pollution, Dreams
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by James Preller
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Topics: Bullies -- Fiction, Conduct of life -- Fiction, Middle schools -- Fiction, Schools -- Fiction,...
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by Esther Forbes
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Topic: United States -- History. -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Juvenile fiction.
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by Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976
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173 pages ; 18 cm
Topics: Murder victims -- Fiction, Millionaires -- Fiction, Islands -- Fiction, Murder -- Fiction,...
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by McClintock, Barbara
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Charlotte does not like dolls, until she receives a special doll from her aunt and they become good friends
Topics: Dolls, Toys
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by Urrea, Luis Alberto
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"Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who...
Topics: Young women, City and town life, Brigands and robbers, Illegal aliens, Return migration
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by Lucy Grealy
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Topics: Grealy, Lucy, Ewing's sarcoma -- Patients -- United States -- Biography, Disfigured persons --...
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by Marcus Ewert
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Topics: Identity -- Fiction, Transgender people -- Fiction, Self-perception -- Fiction, Interpersonal...
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by Greg Bear
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Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Adult
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by Robert McCloskey
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Topic: Bears -- Juvenile fiction
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by Lamott, Anne
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Topics: Women tennis players, Stalking victims, Families
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by Leslie Helakoski
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Topics: Chickens -- Fiction., Fear -- Fiction., Humorous stories.
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Accelerated Reader AR
Topics: Eggs, Animals
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by Will Hobbs
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Topics: Academic Literacy, Reading Level-Grade 6, Reading Level-Grade 7, Reading Level-Grade 8
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by Shusterman, Neal
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When fourteen-year-old Lindsay meets Talon, who lives in the secret Downsider community that evolved in the subterranean passages of the subway built in New York in 1867, she and her new friend try to bridge the differences between their two cultures
Topics: Academic Literacy, Reading Level-Grade 6, Reading Level-Grade 7, Reading Level-Grade 8
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by Friedman, Ina R; Say, Allen
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An American sailor courts a Japanese girl and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating
Topic: Children's stories, American
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by Cynthia Voigt
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Topics: Brothers and sisters -- Fiction, Family life -- Fiction
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32 unnumbered pages : 20 x 26 cm
Topics: Attitude (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction, Humorous stories, Attitude (Psychology), Family --...
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by Morrison, Toni
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Topics: African Americans, Crimes of passion, Middle-aged persons, Funeral rites and ceremonies, Triangles...
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by Anaya, Rudolfo A
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Ultima, a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic, comes to Antonio Marez's New Mexico family when he is six years old, and she helps him discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past
Topics: Reading Level-Grade 8, Reading Level-Grade 9, Reading Level-Grade 10, Reading Level-Grade 11,...
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by Omar S. Castaneda
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"Adapted from the book Close to shore : a true story of terror in an age of innocence, published by Broadway Books, 2001."--T. p. verso
Topic: Shark attacks
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by Orson Scott Card
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Topics: Wiggin, Ender (Fictitious character) -- Fiction., Brothers and sisters -- Fiction., Genetic...
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by Paton, Alan
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"Contemporary Classics."