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Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot"

by Michael O' Tunnell

"World War II was over, and Berlin was in ruins. US Air Force Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen knew the children of the city were suffering. They were hungry and afraid. The young pilot wanted to help, but what could one man in one plane do?"

Sue MacDonald Had a Book

by Jim Tobin
Illustrated by Dave Coverly

When A, E, I, O, and U jump off the page, reader Sue McDonald pursues the renegade vowels.

The Princess Test

by Gail Carson Levine

In this humorous retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea," Lorelei must pass many difficult tests in order to prove that she is a true princess and win the hand of Prince Nicholas.

Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep

by Gail Carson Levine

In this retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, Princess Sonora, who is ten times smarter than anyone else, vows to choose for herself the best time to be pricked by the spindle.

Ella Enchanted

by Gail Carson Levine

Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse---and live happily ever after.

For Biddle's Sake

by Gail Carson Levine

In this humorous retelling of Andrew Lang's "Puddocky," a young maiden who has been transformed into a toad by a jealous fairy relies on her newly honed magical abilities to charm a prince into marriage.

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill

by Gail Carson Levine

In this humorous retelling of a Perrault tale, a lonely young farm lad uses his unusual inventive ability to pass a nearly impossible test and win the hand of the neighboring princess.

Battle Royale

by Koushun Takami

In an alternative future Japan, junior high students are forced to fight to the death.

Go, Dog, Go!

by P.D. Eastman

A vocabulary-building story about dogs engaged in every imaginable type of activity.


by Brandon Mull

When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.

My Friend is Sad

by Mo Willems

When Gerald the Elephant is sad, Piggie is determined cheer him up, but finds after many tries that it only takes the simplest thing to change Gerald's mood.

Walk Two Moons

by Sharon Creech

After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

by Jack Gantos

To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription medications wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Out of the Dust

by Karen Hesse

In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Dragon Slippers

by Jessica Day George

Orphaned after a fever epidemic, Creel befriends a dragon and unknowingly inherits an object that can either save or destroy her kingdom.

Attack of the Tyrannosaurus

by Rex Stone
Dinosaur Cove

Tom and Jamie can't believe their luck when they find a secret entrance to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs!

The Vinyl Princess

by Yvonne Prinz

Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Ave. and deals with crushes--her own and her mother's--her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.


by Neal Shusterman

Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

Anything But Typical

by Norah Raleigh Baskin

Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.

The Best Nest

by P.D. Eastman

Mr. and Mrs. Bird search for a place to build a new nest only to discover their old one is better.


by Anne Osterlund

The king sends for Robert, whose father was a trusted spy, when someone tries to assassinate Aurelia, the stubborn and feisty crown princess of Tyralt.

Academy 7

by Anne Osterlund

Aerin Renning and Dane Madousin struggle as incoming students at the most exclusive academy in the Universe, both hiding secrets that are too painful to reveal, not realizing that those very secrets link them together.

The Matchlock Gun

by Walter D. Edmonds

In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.

The Chocolate Touch

by Patrick Catling

John Midas is a normal boy, except that he has an abnormal love for candy, especially chocolate. But when he acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate, he finds out that too much of a good thing isn't so great.

In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog

by Gail Donovan

When irrepressible fifth-grader Josh finds a five-legged frog in his backyard pond, it leads to him learning a lot about amphibians--and himself.


by Elise Broach

After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

by Beverly Cleary

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

Al Capone Does My Shirts

by Gennfier Choldenko

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Queen of Babble

by Meg Cabot

Lizzie Nichols discovers that her inability to keep her mouth shut has landed her in hot water when she aggravates her unfaithful boyfriend, is stranded in London, and takes a job as a bartender for a catered wedding at a French château.

Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes

by Scott Morse

Meet flying superhero Magic Pickle, a secret weapon developed in a secret military lab---under little JoJo Wigwam's bedroom floor.

Truck Buddies

by Melinda Melton Crow

Dump Truck wants to play, but all the other trucks are working. See if Dump Truck finds something else to do.

Snow Trouble

by Melinda Melton Crow

Three truck buddies go out for a drive. See which truck ends up sliding through the snow.

Road Race

by Melinda Melton Crow

Three trucks race to see which is the fastest.

Mud Mess

Melinda Melton Crow

Three trucks go out for a drive, and one gets stuck in the mud.

Half Minute Horrors

An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.

The Christmas Sweater

by Glenn Beck

A young boy is given a sweater by his mother before she dies--a final gesture that teaches him the true meaning of love.


by Caragh M. O'Brien

In a future world, Gaia is a midwife who is responsible for giving the higher powers the first three babies born every month. When her parents are arrested for crimes they did not commit it is up to Gaia to save them or run.

Chicken Scratches: Grade A Poultry Poetry and Rooster Rhymes

by George Shannon and Lynn Brunelle
Illustrated by Scott Menchin

Celebrated the eccentric behavior of chickens.

What's the Weather Inside?

by Karma Wilson
Illustrated by Barry Blitt

A collection of over 100 serious and not so serious poems.

Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

by Eugene Trivizas
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Mixed up version of The Three Little Pigs.

Yellow Star

by Jennifer Roy

Syvia and her family struggle to survive in a Jewish ghetto during World War II.

Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex

Lisa McClatchy

Enamored of dinosaurs, Erin writes a letter inviting a real one to her birthday party.

Swim! Swim!

by Lerch

Lerch the fish is lonely, and after trying to befriend some unreceptive objects, he finally succeeds in finding a friend.

Mysterious Howling

by Maryrose Wood

Miss Penelope is hired as a governess to three children who have been raised by wolves. She must teach them to behave before the Christmas party.

I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!

by Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by James Stevenson

A boy is so sleepy that he vows nothing will get him out of his bed.

Flap Your Wings

by P.D. Eastman

When Mr. and Mrs. Bird discover a strange egg in their nest they try to hatch it.

Trolls Go Home

by Alan MacDonald
Illustrations by Mark Beech

When the Trolls move next door to the Priddles, both families find the other strange, which causes many misunderstandings.

The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor Estes
Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin

In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue

by Kate DiCamillo

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of the big hole in the floor.