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Searching for Silverheels

by Jeannie Mobley Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 02, 2014)

A starry-eyed girl and a gruff suffragette decipher the myth of a dancer-turned-local-hero in this gorgeous novel from the author of Katerina’s Wish that Kirkus Reviews called “an engrossing, plausible story...


Cinnabar, the One O'Clock Fox

by Marguerite Henry & Wesley Dennis Aladdin (July 22, 2014)

George Washington meets his match in a wily fox in this legendary hunting tale from Newbery Award–winning author Marguerite Henry, back in print by popular demand.

Cinnabar is a fox. He lives in a den with...


The Canning Season

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2003

by Polly Horvath Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 07, 2003)

Love under trying circumstances

One night out of the blue, Ratchet Clark's ill-natured mother tells her that Ratchet will be leaving their Pensacola apartment momentarily to take the train up north. There she...


Never Cry "Arp!" and Other Great Adventures

by Patrick F. McManus Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (May 15, 1996)

America's best-selling outdoor humorist for adults has a secret following: middle-grade and young-adult readers.

Never Cry "Arp!" is a lively collection of twelve stories about young Pat's misadventures in the...


We Won An Island

by Charlotte Lo Nosy Crow (February 07, 2019)

When Luna's family win an island, Luna thinks it will solve everything AND she can finally get a donkey! But things don't go entirely to plan - no one expects Luna's younger brother to win a Sheep Pageant, for...


Downpour

by Emily Martin & Mara Shaughnessy Sky Pony (June 01, 2013)

Downpour is the enchanting story of a rainy day turned magical.  

A rainy day is usually the time to clomp around in rubber boots and discover worms and puddles and other such rainy day things. But this is...


The Little Black Dog Has Puppies

by J. B. Spooner & Terre Lamb Seeley Arcade (May 25, 2011)

Anyone who’s been to the island of Martha’s Vineyard knows the Black Dog. A stray that was adopted by Captain Bob Douglas, skipper of the beautiful topsail schooner Shenandoah, she became one of the greatest...


My Big Wimmelbook—On the Farm

by Max Walther The Experiment (September 04, 2018)

Designed for a color e-reader with a touch screen.

Welcome to Wimmelworld—a land of few words, yet endless entertainment!

This one-of-a-kind picture book features six panoramic scenes that are bursting with...


The Survivors

by Will Weaver HarperTeen (August 21, 2012)

Two years ago, the ash started falling like gray snow. The volcanoes had erupted. . . .

For Miles and his sister, Sarah, the real disaster started in the violent aftermath—when they were forced to leave their...


The Circus Thief

by Alane Adams & Lauren Gallegos SparkPress (November 06, 2018)

The circus is in town, and Georgie has his heart set on going. When Papa agrees to take him and his friend Harley, the boys marvel at the amazing elephants and clowns. But the best act of all is the amazing...


Blood Moon Rider

by Zack C. Waters Pineapple Press (September 20, 2012)

Accelerated Reader Quiz #109073. Level 6.6

"I tried to block the legend of the blood moon—that it signaled the death of someone close to you—from my mind."

Harley Wallace has suffered through an incredible...


The Heavenly Tenants

by William Maxwell & Ilonka Karasz Dover Publications (July 24, 2017)

The Marvell family is on the move, driving from their Wisconsin farm to visit the children's grandmother in Virginia. The night before their departure, Mr. Marvell talks to Roger, Heather, and the twins about...


The Dog Poo Fairy

by Tracey Bryant & Ian D. Johnstone Tracey Bryant (August 08, 2017)

Tracey is a children’s author who lives with her two cats in rural Worcestershire. Her garden is full of fairies and the hedgerows nearby are very tidy. She overcame her dyslexia to write this entertaining...


The Santa Thief

by Alane Adams SparkPress (November 07, 2017)

• Total print sales in the US rose 2% in 2014, but children’s books were the key driver, with 13% growth. • The book includes lushly drawn illustrations. • A heartwarming tale of 1920s America. • Historical...


A Long Day in November

by Ernest J. Gaines Lizzie Skurnick Books (November 11, 2013)

An affectionate and funny story set in the “black quarter" of a Southern sugar cane plantation in the 1940s and told by a child named Eddie, who watches his mother leave his father over his preoccupation with...


Baree, Son of Kazan

by James Oliver Curwood Dancing Unicorn Books (March 26, 2017)

This story is about Baree's survival after being separated from his parents as a young pup. He eventually finds himself in the care of Nepeese and her father Pierrot, a trapper. He bonds with Nepeese, and the...


Aunty Pinau's Banyan Tree

by Helen Berkey & Raymond Lanterman Tuttle Publishing (June 10, 1970)

This multicultural children's book is a classic Hawaiian story that both children and parents will love.

A familiar sight in Hawaii is the giant banyan tree, its huge mass supported by roots growing down from...


Middle School Teacher Plans and Resources for A Land Remembered: Student Edition

by Margaret Sessions Paschal Pineapple Press (November 10, 2005)

Teaching resources for middle school students for A Land Remembered Student Edition.


Wildfire!

by Elizabeth Starr Hill & Rob Shepperson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 12, 2004)

A rivalry, a rescue

Big-mouth Elliott, who has recently arrived from a city up north, considers Ben a "backwoods boy" and looks down his nose at folks in their rural Florida town. To make matters worse, Elliott...


Tadpole

by Ruth White Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 11, 2003)

A funny and moving story set in Kentucky

It's the beginning of summer 1955, and though her family is struggling financially, Carolina's mama still indulges her four daughters' whims, like springing for all of...


Memories of Babi

by Aranka Siegal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 27, 2008)

Piri is a city girl, but every year she goes to visit her grandmother Babi on her farm in the Ukrainian village of Komjaty. There is a lot that Piri finds strange, even scary, in Komjaty, such as the ghost in...


Wild Life

by Cynthia DeFelice Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 10, 2011)

Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents...


The Four-Story Mistake

by Elizabeth Enright Square Fish (November 10, 2015)

Into the Four-Story Mistake, an odd-looking house with a confused architectural history, move the Melendy family -- Mona, Rush, Randy, Oliver, Father, and Cuffy, the housekeeper. Though disappointed about leaving...


Part of Me

by Kimberly Willis Holt Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (December 23, 2014)

The lives of four generations of one Louisiana family, woven together by a master storyteller

Tracing a family's roots is like taking a journey through the years. In the case of one Louisiana family, that journey...


Equinox

by Monte Killingsworth & Jennifer Danza Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (August 01, 2001)

Autumn struggles to keep her fractured family from leaving their island home -- and each other -- until she learns that love and change grow side by side.

"There are some things you don't have to think about,...


Spiderweb for Two

by Elizabeth Enright Square Fish (November 10, 2015)

Randy and Oliver Melendy awake one fall morning full of gloom. Their brother and sister are away, the house seems forlorn and empty, and even Cuffy, their adored housekeeper, can't pick up their spirits. Will...


Then There Were Five

by Elizabeth Enright Square Fish (November 10, 2015)

With Father in Washington and Cuffy, their housekeeper, away visiting a sick cousin, almost anything might happen to the Melendy kids left behind at the Four-Story Mistake. In the Melendy family, adventures...


The Bears of Blue River

by Charles Major Dancing Unicorn Books (August 17, 2016)

The Bears of Blue River follows the adventures of a young boy named Balser Brent. Brent loves hunting wild animals. He is especially passionate about hunting bears The mischievous Balser spends most of his time...


The End of the Wild

by Nicole Helget Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 11, 2017)

A modern, beautifully written story set against the backdrop of the controversial issue of fracking that explores the timely themes of poverty, environmental protection, what makes a family, and finding your...


The Treasure of Maria Mamoun

by Michelle Chalfoun Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 12, 2016)

Winner of the 2017 Arab American Book Award

Twelve-year-old Maria lives a lonely, latchkey-kid's life in the Bronx. Her Lebanese mother is working two nursing jobs to keep them afloat, and Maria keeps her worries...


Freedom Train

by Evelyn Coleman & David Riley Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 03, 2012)

Now in paperback, an enthralling account of a young boy’s struggle to help freedom triumph over fear in the 1940s American South.

It’s 1947, and twelve-year-old Clyde Thomason is proud to have an older brother...


The Egg Thief

by Alane Adams & Lauren Gallegos SparkPress (April 05, 2016)

The Egg Thief is an adventurous tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4-8. When a stray dog steals Georgie's eggs, the two head out on an adventure to find more eggs.


Fishbone's Song

by Gary Paulsen Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2016)

An orphan reflects on the lessons he was taught by the wise old man who raised him in this lyrical novel that reads like poetry from three-time Newbery Honor–winning author Gary Paulsen.

Deep in the woods,...


Moo

by Sharon Creech HarperCollins (August 30, 2016)

This uplifting New York Times bestseller reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises.

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love...


The New Kid

by Grace Gilmore & Petra Brown Little Simon (April 12, 2016)

Logan tracks down a stolen book with the help of his new friend in the sixth book in the Tales from Maple Ridge series.

There’s a new kid in Logan’s one-room schoolhouse! He’s quiet, has thick glasses,...


Lost in the Blizzard

by Grace Gilmore & Petra Brown Little Simon (December 08, 2015)

Logan must venture out into the blizzard to rescue his brother Drew in this fifth book in the Tales from Maple Ridge series.

While Pa is away working in Sherman, Logan’s older brother Drew is determined to...


Old Neb and The Lighthouse Treasure

by Lois Swoboda & Leslie Wallace Pineapple Press (April 01, 2015)

In Old Neb and The Lighthouse Treasure, it is the 1930s and we meet Neb, a horse who belongs to himself, and two families living on a white-beached island jewel set in the blue water of the Gulf of Mexico. Papa,...


The Ghost of Juniper Creek

by Grace Gilmore & Petra Brown Little Simon (August 18, 2015)

Logan must face his fears and brave a ghostly encounter in this fourth book of a wholesome series that’s like Little House on the Prairie for younger readers.

Something is rustling in the bushes and making...


Logan Pryce Makes a Mess

by Grace Gilmore & Petra Brown Little Simon (April 07, 2015)

Meet Logan Pryce, an eight-year-old boy whose family hardships are made better by his small-town community in this start to a wholesome series that’s like Little House on the Prairie for younger readers.

It’s...


The Lucky Wheel

by Grace Gilmore & Petra Brown Little Simon (April 07, 2015)

Logan puts his skills to the test to help his town repair the schoolhouse in this second book of a wholesome series that’s like Little House on the Prairie for younger readers.

The residents of Maple Ridge...


One Witch at a Time

by Stacy DeKeyser & Sonia Chaghatzbanian Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 10, 2015)

Magic beans quickly lead to danger in this standalone companion to The Brixen Witch, which Kirkus Reviews called “fresh and satisfying” in a starred review.

When Rudi Bauer sets out for town one morning,...