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Jubilee by Patricia Reilly Giff

My name is Judith. Gideon the ferry captain calls me Red. Five-year-old Travis calls me No Talk Girl. Aunt Cora calls me Jubilee because to her I’m a celebration.
Judith lives with her beloved Aunt Cora and her faithful Dog on a beautiful island. Years ago, when her mother left the island, Judith stopped talking. She speaks only when she’s alone, or to Dog. She communicates with everyone else in gestures and taps, and by drawing cartoons. This year, fifth grade, is one of big changes-she’s leaving her small, special class for a regular one. There, she finds a maybe-friend, a boy who doesn’t mind that she doesn’t talk.

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Foxheart by Claire Legrand

12 year old Quicksilver dreams of becoming the greatest thief in all the Star Lands. With her faithful dog and partner in crime, Fox she’s well on her way –even if that constantly lands them both in trouble. It’s a lonesome life, sleeping on rooftops and stealing food for dinner, but Quicksilver doesn’t mind. When you’re alone, no one can hurt you. Or abandon you. But the seemingly peaceful Star Lands are full of danger. Witches still exist—although the powerful Wolf King and his seven wolves have been hunting them for years. Thankfully, his bloody work is almost complete. Soon the Star Lands will be safe, free of witches and their dark magic. Then one day a strange old woman and her scruffy dog arrive in Quicksilver’s town and perform extraordinary magic. Real magic—forbidden and dangerous. Magic Quicksilver is desperate to learn. With magic like that, she could steal anything her heart desires. She could even find her parents. The old woman is not what she seems, and soon Quicksilver has to decide—will she stay at home and remain a thief? Or will she embark upon the adventure of a lifetime and become a legend?

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Green City by Allan Drummond
How One Community Survived a Tornado
and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future
Green City

When a tornado struck and destroyed nearly everything in Greensburg, Kansas, in 2007, it could have been the end of the little town. But amid the rubble and destruction, some residents resolved to rebuild better than ever, and they began by asking one big question: What do we want to be now? The answer soon became clear: Building for the future meant building green!

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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Growing Table

Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he’s as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage – or a basketball – in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can’t see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world.

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Picture Books

The Cranky Ballerina by Elise Gravel
Cranky Ballerina

Saturdays make Ada cranky. That’s because Saturday is the day Ada has ballet class. Stretch! She kicks. Twirl! She swats. Jump! She flops. “I hate ballet!” Ada says. And it doesn’t seem like that’s going to change anytime soon.

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Manners are
NOT for Monkeys
by Heather Tekavac & David Huyck
Manners are Not for Monkeys

When the old zookeeper moved the monkeys to a cage beside the picnic area, she didn’t know the trouble it would cause…The little monkeys find the children fascinating. And before long, they start to act like them. But Mother Monkey can’t stand it! Their good manners are annoying, and she misses the mess, the noise, the mischief. “Try to behave like monkeys!” she yells. The children who visit the zoo aren’t happy either – well-behaved monkeys are boring! What’s a zookeeper to do?

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Graphic Novels

Ghoul Scouts by Bryant • Stegbaur • Millet
Night of the Unliving Undead
Ghoul Scouts

Something stranger than usual haunts Full Moon Hollow, Paranormal Capital of the World. Adults either can’t see it, can’t remember it, or go crazy from it. So when a zombie outbreak threatens the town, only a group of misfit scouts can save it!

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Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey
Dog Man Unleashed

Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is still learning a few tricks of the trade. If only the Chief would throw him a bone every once and a while ... Dog Man needs to dry up the drool, dust away the dander, and roll out of the refuse if he's going to impress the Chief, and he needs to do it fast! Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Can the canine crime biter unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purrfect crime?

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