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    2 by: Paro Anand

    Indian writer Paro Anand writes the story of a young Indian boy, Ganga, and Swedish writer Orjan Persson writes of a young Swedish girl, Helga, both of who visit Goa. It is a first visit for both these teens and although they are strangers, their destinies become tied with one another in a strange and magical way. Under the sea, living the fantastical life of dolphins, they discover each other as well as themselves.

    Written as two books in one, following the same sequence of events, this is a unique adventure of self-discovery – as much for the characters as their diverse creators.

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    A Pair of Socks by: Stuart J. Murphy

    Does a polka-dotted sock match a striped sock? Young children will learn about matching, an important early math skill, as a lonely striped sock searches the house for its mate. They will may even be inspired to practice this skill in their own sock drawers! Best Children’s Science Books 1997 (Science Books and Films)

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    Ahmed’s Secret by:

    A wonderful story about a child with a supportive family who defies the odds to chase the ultimate tool of knowledge

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    Always Twins by: Teri Weidner

    “You two are just alike!” everyone tells duckling twins Olivia and Lily. But while Olivia likes to jump in the mud, run around, and quack so everyone can hear, Lily prefers studying and daydreaming. These different activities don’t always work well together, and eventually the twins grow annoyed by their differences and head off in opposite directions.
    But the twins can’t stand to be apart for long. Lily comes looking for Olivia only to find her stuck in a tree. An adventure ensues then ends in a frightening tumble. Finally safe, the twins realize that while sometimes they are the same and sometimes they are different, one thing is certain: they are “always twins”.

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    Ammachi’s Amazing Machines by:

    Sooraj and his grandma LOVE inventing! Join them on their latest adventure: using simple machines to make a coconut barfi!

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    Annie’s Choice by: Catherine MacPhail

    Catherine McPhail gives a spine-tingling and ghostly edge to a hard-hitting story about a school bully. Karam has changed schools often and is used to making friends easily. But then he meets Alex. Alex has a reputation for being trouble and Karam can do nothing to change it. But Karam is sure that there is something strange about Alex; something that makes him be so mean. Can Karam uncover the secret and what will happen when he does?

    Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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    As Brave as You Are by: Jason Reynolds

    When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally—in this “pitch-perfect contemporary novel”. Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck, Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he hides it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).

    How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house—as in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into—a room so full of songbirds and plants that it’s almost as if it’s been pulled inside-out—he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.

    Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. None. Nada. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder—is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?

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    Barefoot to Boots: The Many Lives of Indian Football by: Novy Kapadia

    A thrilling account of the incredible journey of Indian football.
    In Barefoot to Boots, renowned journalist Novy Kapadia reveals Indian football’s glorious legacy through riveting descriptions of on-field action, stories of memorable matches, lively anecdotes, and exclusive conversations with legendary players and officials. Having witnessed the evolution of the sport for over fifty years, Novy charts its eventful journey up to the present, to enthral old and new fans alike. The book will offer invaluable insight into the future of the game as the Indian Super League dramatically changes the face of domestic football and India hosts the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time.

    ‘Novy is like an encyclopaedia on Indian football and this book reveals his passion for the game’-Syed Nayeemuddin, Dronacharya and Arjuna award-winner.

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    Because a Fire Was in My Head by: Michael Morpurgo ed
    Because a Fire Was in My Head by Michael Morpurgo
    A wonderful anthology of poems to set fire to the imagination. Michael Morpurgo has brought together poems by writers as diverse as Spike Milligan and Louis MacNeice, Stevie Smith and John Lennon, Jo Shapcott and Lewis Carroll. Once read, they won’t be forgotten. This anthology will form the cornerstone to a lifetime’s enjoyment of poetry.
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    Beetle Boy by: M.G.Leonard

    Darkus Cuttle can’t believe his eyes when a huge insect drops off the pants leg of his horrible new neighbour. It’s a giant beetle — and it seems to want to communicate.

    But how can a boy be friends with a beetle? And what does a beetle have to do with the disappearance of his dad and the arrival of the terrifying Lucretia Cutter, with her taste for creepy fashion?

    The first book of a trilogy, Beetle Boy is a darkly hilarious adventure full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.

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    Bela Misses Her Train by: Neha Singh, Sonal Gupta,

    Raina Telgemeier’s #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning companion to Smile!

    Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

    Raina uses her signature humour and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

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    Bhimrao Ambedkar : The Boy Who Asked Why by:

    WHY do I have to sit separately in a corner of the classroom?
    WHY can’t I drink water from the tap like other children?
    WHY do the teachers never touch my books?
    The ‘whys’ shout louder in little Bhim’s head as he grows up, trailed constantly by the monster of untouchability. They catapult him into a lifetime of struggle for equality. They shape the remarkable ideas that are the cornerstone of the Indian Constitution, which he drafted as India’s first Law Minister.

    The Boy Who Asked Why follows the life of an extraordinary man. ‘Babasaheb’ Bhimrao Ambedkar, who engages the struggle against caste prejudice, His fiery speeches and writings urged Dalits to protest against the inhumanity they suffered, and continue to suffer. This straightforward telling, visualised with quirky imagination, brings to children a man whose story will raise their awareness of discrimination – leading them, perhaps, to ask their own whys.

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    Blue nights by: Didion Joan

    Richly textured with memories from her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion is an intensely personal and moving account of her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old.

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    Book of Pets by: Dick King-Smith

    In this collection of stories is about a guinea-pig that can do clever tricks, the Queen’s favourite Corgi pup, a secret mouse hiding in a tree-house, a chick that wants to be a duck AND you’ll learn how to look after all kinds of pets!
    A delightful anthology from the master of animal adventures Dick King-Smith, featuring a never-before-published story.

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    Booked by: Kwame Alexander

    In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.
    This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!

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    Boy 21 by: Matthew Quick

    Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in a town ruled buy the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racial tension. He has always dreamed of getting out of this place, but wearing number 21 helps him in the meantime. Super athlete Russ has just moved to the neighborhood due to tragic circumstances. Separated from all his loved ones, he only responds to the name Boy 21, taken from his old jersey. Both are forced to put on act to continue with their lives. They meet in senior year and the friendship that they develop offers them the answers they both seek.

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    Boy No. 32 by: Venita Coelho

    It was dark. And I was waiting to die. In the movies your whole life flashes before your eyes before you die. Guess what? Same thing happened. This great life fast forwarded through my head. Except – it wasn’t mine. Someone was inside my head’.

    No one has bothered to give Battees a name. Now, as he lies trapped in the rubble of a destroyed orphanage, someone climbs into his head. Rescued, Battees discovers that he is the only one who can put a dreaded terrorist in jail. Suddenly, a lot of people want him dead. Running for his life, he plunges into the dark underbelly of Mumbai. He is sheltered by the dying Eunuch Queen, captured by the terrifying Beggar King and helped by the voice inside his head. Will he make it out alive?

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    Brave Like My Brother by: Marc Tyler Nobleman

    When Charlie’s brother, Joe, is called up to fight in World War II, he promises to write letters to ten-year-old Charlie as often as he can. It won’t make up for not being there to help Charlie out with the neighbourhood bullies, but it’s all Joe can do.

    neighbourhood for a soldier and Joe tells Charlie all about it, from long hikes in endless rain and mud to the stray dog his company adopts. But when Joe is sent on a secret mission with the one soldier he can’t stand, he will have to face risks that place their mission — and their lives — in grave danger.

    Charlie knew his brother was strong, but he will discover that Joe is more of a hero than he lets on. Will Joe’s letters give Charlie the strength to stand up for himself and be brave, too?

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    Brock by: Anthony McGowan

    A moving tale of one boy’s determination to save a badger cub, and protect his brother, from the hands of the local thugs.
    A bleakly poetic tale about one boy’s determination to save a badger cub from the destructive hands of a local gang. When Nicky finds Jezbo and his gang digging up a badger set, there’s not a lot he can do to save them. But one badger cub has escaped – can Nicky save it? Another stunning and moving novella in the spirit of Kes from award-winning Anthony McGowan.

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    Brown Girl Dreaming by: Jacqueline Woodson

    Jacqueline Woodson, one of the today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

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    Camille’s Team by: Stuart J. Murphy

    Camille loves to build sand forts at the beach. But it’s hard to build a big fort alone. Camille and her friends make a plan. They find that they can get more done–and have more fun–when they work together. Part of the sixteen book I SEE I LEARN® series for happier, healthier, more confident children!

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    Catch That Cat! by: Tharini Vishwanath

    When her friend’s cat, Kaapi, gets lost, Dip Dip goes off to look for it — on the road, inside dustbins, behind houses, under bushes, everywhere. And when Kaapi finally climbs up a tree and can’t come down, the only thing to do is…? Nancy’s exuberant illustrations delightfully capture the spirited little girl for whom being on a wheelchair stops her from nothing!

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    Challenger deep by: Shusterman, Neal

    Caden Bosch is on a ship thatbs headed for the deepest point on Earth:
    Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
    Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
    Caden Bosch is designated the shipbs artist in residence to document the journey with images.
    Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team, but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
    Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
    Caden Bosch is torn.
    Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of todaybs most admired writers for teens. Now available in paperback.

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    Crime fiction by: Scaggs John

    Crime Fiction presents a digestible yet highly informative and intricate analysis of the genre. It is a valuable resourse for mystery and detective aficionados in addition to scholars’

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    Cry Heart, but Never Break by: Glen Ringtved

    Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye. Glenn Ringtved is a best-selling and award-winning Danish children’s author, whose books have been widely translated. Charlotte Pardi is a well-beloved Danish illustrator, who has created numerous books since her first picture book in 2000. Robert Moulthrop is a published playwright. He lives in Greenwich Village, New York City.

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    Dead As A Dodo by:

    MISSION BRIEF: Somebody is on an extinction operation, stealing all the last specimens of highly endangered species. This mysterious crook has somehow managed to discover the impossible – a living specimen of Raphus cucullatus, aka the dodo. Yes, the same flightless bird that was hunted to oblivion in Mauritius more than 300 years ago!

    This dodo has become the single most priceless creature on the planet and it must be rescued immediately. Without delay. Animal Intelligence Agency agents are assigned to this urgent mission.

    NOTE: The Animal Intelligence Agency is a multi-species non-governmental agency. Specially trained Animal and Human agents work undercover to save animals and save the world. Some of them have a licence to kill.

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    Dhanak: Rainbow by: Nagesh Kukunoor, Anushka Ravishankar,

    Chotu is blind, but it doesn’t bother him much. His sister Pari helps him with everything. Besides, she’s promised him she’ll get him his eyesight back before his ninth birthday. And that’s just a couple of months away! Pari is worried. How will she keep her promise? When she sees a poster with Shahrukh Khan, her hero, saying ‘Donate your eyes’, she writes to him, asking him to help Chotu. And then she hears that Shahrukh is in Rajasthan for a shooting! So Pari and Chotu set off on a road trip to meet Shahrukh and get Chotu’s eyesight back. Through adventure and misadventure and aided and hindered by a cast of bizarre, friendly, colourful and hostile people, the two children traverse across the desert to try to make their dream come true.

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    Did you ever have a family by: Clegg Bil

    On the morning of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s house goes up in flames, destroying her entire family – her present, her past and her future. Fleeing from the carnage, stricken and alone, June finds herself in a motel room by the ocean, hundreds of miles from her Connecticut home, held captive by memories and the mistakes she has made with her only child, Lolly, and her partner, Luke.

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    Dorling Kindersley History of the World by: Plantagenet Somerset Fry

    From the beginnings of life to the present day, this book shows how our common international history has evolved over thousands of years. It is divided into 20 chronological chapters each taking the reader through a period of time. It includes a 15-page reference section with 20 illustrated timecharts showing contemporary events across the world.

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    Dream On by: Bali Rai

    While Baljit shovels chips in his dad’s chippy, he dreams of football stardom. Then the chance of a lifetime comes along – a trial for the Premier League. But Baljit is sure his parents will disapprove and so the lies begin. Will Baljit’s parents cost him his dream – or will his own lies trip him up?

    A dyslexia-friendly book that also appeals to reluctant readers.

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    Dream On, Amber by: Emma Shevah

    My name is Amber Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto.
    As a half-Japanese, half-Italian girl with a ridiculous name, Amber’s not feeling molto bene (very good) about making friends at her new school.

    But the hardest thing about being Amber is that a part of her is missing, her dad. He left when she was little and he isn’t coming back. Not for her first day of middle school and not for her little sister’s birthday. So Amber will have to dream up a way for the Miyamoto sisters to make it on their own…

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    Echo by: Pam Munoz Ryan

    2016 Newbery Honor Book
    New York Times Bestseller

    An impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force from a treasured storyteller!

    Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.

    Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.

    Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, Echo pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation to create a wholly original novel that will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

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    Ela by: Sampurna Chattarji

    Ela has everything a girl might need. Great friends, cool parents, no pressure to over-achieve and all the space to be herself. On her thirteenth birthday, her perfect world falls apart when she discovers the truth has been kept secret from her.

    What happens to Ela as she spirals into rage and grief? Who are the mysterious boy and the giant bird? Will she save herself?

    Find out in this compelling novel from Sampurna Chattarji in which the stark realism of Growing up crosses over into the realm of fantasy.

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    Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library by: Chris Grabenstein
    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (Mr. Lemoncello Series #1) by Chris Grabenstein
    Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games—board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!
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    Every Dog has its Tale by: Ranjit Lal

    Pshango is a young, black Labrador suddenly abandoned by his human family. So from being a ‘protected’ pet, he is forced to fend for himself on the streets of Delhi, where gang-dogs and gang-humans roam and rule. How he meets up with the Pariah gang (of dogs) and comes to terms with all the changes in his new life are the main themes driving the plot, which is intertwined with a thread involving a set of thieves out to hold a rich man to ransom and the tributary tales of the inhabitants of Peepal Enclave, including an intrepid, lonely girl called Sabiha and a set of Rottweilers that go by the name, Lalaram Louts. Throw in a couple of happy elephants called Komal and Anarkali, an about-to-wed couple called Sleazy and Lovely, some dog catchers and a deadly mean mother-and-son duo who make Sabiha’s life a misery… these are some of the cast of characters, apart from a whole lot of canines named mostly for their personalities.

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    Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by: Gail Jarrow

    In March 1907, the lives of three remarkable people collided at a New York City brownstone where Mary Mallon worked as a cook. They were brought together by typhoid fever, a dreaded scourge that killed tens of thousands of Americans each year. Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary is the first middle-grade trade book that tells the true story of the woman who unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the epidemiologist who discovered her trail of infection, and the health department that decided her fate. This gripping story follows this tragic disease as it shatters lives from the early twentieth century to today. It will keep readers on the edges of the seats wondering what happened to Mary and the innocent typhoid victims. With glossary, timeline, list of well-known typhoid sufferers and victims, further resource section, author’s note, and source notes.

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    Flipped : Scary Stories and Funny Stories by: Aditi Rao, Chatura Rao, Devika Rangachari, Jane De Suza, Nalini Sorensen, Sampurna Chattarji, Sowmya Rajendran,

    The FLIPPED anthology series gives you two themes, two covers and two slides to open the book from … and you get to choose!

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    From 0 to Infinity in 26 Centuries: The Extraordinary Story of Maths by: Chris Waring

    ‘Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe’, Galileo
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    This book is about the men behind the mathematics from prehistoric maths. The extraordinary story of maths is packed full of fascinating facts and surprising stories from ancient times to the modern day.

    Do you want to know why the Ancient Greeks knew so much maths? Or, why there was so little maths studied in the Dark Ages? Read this fascinating book to uncover the mysteries of maths…

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    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by: Francesca Cavallo Favilli

    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. This book inspires girls with the stories of great women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

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    Grit – The power of passion and perseverance by:

    Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit.

    MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why. Based on her cutting-edge research, Duckworth shows how many people achieve remarkable things not just by relying on innate natural talent, but by practising what she calls grit. She then offers a Grit Formula to help anyone to become more gritty, focusing on six key factors: hope, effort, precision, passion, ritual and prioritisation.

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    Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by: Megan Morrison

    In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so — her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life.

    Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating — especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised…and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.

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    Happy, Healthy Ajay! by: Stuart J. Murphy

    Ajay wants to be strong, so that he can run fast with his friends. See how eating healthy foods and getting lots of exercise helps Ajay feel great–and run fast! Part of the sixteen book I SEE I LEARN® series for happier, healthier, more confident children!

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by:

    J.K. Rowling burst on to the world stage with this first amazing saga of Harry Potter

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    Hatchet by: Gary Paulsen

    On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness. More than a survival story, Hathcet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths: Self-pity doesn’t work. Despair doesn’t work. And if Brian is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage.

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    Have You Seen My Dragon? by: Steve Light

    In the heart of the city, among the taxis and towers, a small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend. Readers will certainly spot the glorious beast, plus an array of big-city icons they can count. Is the dragon taking the crosstown bus, or breathing his fiery breath below a busy street? Maybe he took a taxi to the zoo or is playing with the dogs in the park.

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    Have You Seen My Monster? by: Steve Light

    In a follow-up to Steve Light’s highly praised Have You Seen My Dragon?, the county fair is filled with shapes—and somewhere among them a monster is waiting to be found.
    A little girl gallivants through a county fair, searching for her furry friend. Readers will surely spot the friendly monster as well as twenty shapes, identified here by their proper names—trapezoids, ellipses, kites, and more—hidden among iconic fair attractions from the fun house to the Ferris wheel. Maybe the monster is judging the pies? Or perhaps he’s at the monster-truck rally? Youngsters will be so mesmerized by Steve Light’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations, decorated with vivid splashes of color, they won’t even realize they’ve learned how to spot a nonagon while looking for a monster.

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    Hostage by: Malorie Blackman

    Gripping adventure story by top author Malorie Blackman, in a lower reading-age version.

    When Angela is kidnapped and held to ransom, she’s not convinced her dad will pay to get her back. And so Angela uses all of her own resourcefulness to make her escape. But is she wrong about her dad?

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    Hour of the Bees by: Lindsay Eagar

    What does it mean to be fully alive? Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, a grandfather, wanderlust, and reclaiming your roots.

    Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them. . . .

    While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots. Readers who dream that there’s something more out there will be enchanted by this captivating novel of family, renewal, and discovering the wonder of the world.

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    How Brave is That? by: Anne Fine

    This book is about a boy called Tom who wants to join the army when he grows up. It is quite a funny book because Tom does some quite surprising things.
    One day when Tom is at nursery he picks up a toy doll which belongs to a little girl called Safira and pretends it is a gun, shouting ‘ta ta ta ta ta’. Safira is so scared that she starts crying and the teacher makes him give it back and say sorry. On his first day at school Mrs Dell, the teacher, gives out wooden rulers, which Tom blacks out with a marker to make it into a gun. The teacher is not very happy with him and tells him that if he wants to join the army he needs to be brave, and brave people always tell the truth. After that Tom never tells a lie.

    While Tom is at secondary school his mum has triplets, which they call Gilly, Milly and Tilly. They are quite cheeky and make his clothes disappear so that Tom has to go to school in the wrong trousers, shirt and shoes. When this happens on exam day, the head teacher tells him that he cannot do his exams because he’s in the wrong uniform and that he must go home and change. He ends up having to borrow clothes from a girl called Lucy and even has to wear a skirt. His friend tells him that if he’s brave enough to join the army, then he must be brave enough to wear a skirt! Everyone laughed at him but Tom doesn’t say anything, and he passes his exams. His mother thanks Lucy with a big box of chocolates.

    I really enjoyed this book a lot. I think mostly boys and maybe some tomboys would like it. It has ten chapters, with very good pictures. My favourite one is of Tom pretending his ruler is a gun in the playground.

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    Hug Me by: Simona Ciraolo

    Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That’s how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn’t the touchy-feely kind. Cactuses can be quite prickly sometimes you know . . . and so can Felipe. But he’ll be darned if this one pointy issue will hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and just maybe, that long awaited hug. In her debut picture book, Simona Ciraola creates an endearing tale of friendship, beautifully illustrated with buoyant wit and the perfect story to share.

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    I Am So Brave! by: Stephen Krensky, Sara Gillingham (Illustrator),

    This fourth book in the empowerment series celebrates the feats of growing out of toddlerhood with courage and success. Whether it’s petting a dog or waving good-bye to a parent, Krensky and Gillingham address the “small wins” of growing just a little bit braver. Young children and their parents will revel in the encouraging text and the vintage screen-print-style illustrations.

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    I Can Do It Myself! by: Stephen Krensky, Sara Gillingham (Illustrator),

    Children and parents alike will delight in this joyous declaration of toddler independence. This book celebrates the feats of growing out of babyhood and starting to embrace the world on your own terms. Whether it’s being tall enough to reach a high shelf or brave enough to splash in the waves, Krensky and Gillingham address the small victories that come with growing just a little bit older. Energentic text and retro-fresh illustrations celebrate this important developmental stage with charm and relevance.

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    I Feel Angry by: Brain Moses

    This series of picture books which helps children to deal with their emotions like Angry, Sad, Jealous and frightened. This book explores the day to day situations that young children experience which make them angry. It looks at the ways in which they might make other people angry as well as ways of controlling their temper and dealing with anger.

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    I Feel Sad by: Brain Moses

    Young children experience many befuddling feelings or emotions in their initial years
    This series of picture books inspects how and why individuals feel miserable, delineates situations of individuals feeling sad and upset, and the best way to approach and manage with it age-fitting substance.
    Perfect for home or the classroom, this book contains notes for parents and teachers with recommendations of approaches to enable children to manage their emotions.

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    I Know a Lot! by: Stephen Krensky, Sara Gillingham (Illustrator),

    This third book in Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham’s empowerment series celebrates the feats of growing out of toddlerhood with increased knowledge. Whether comparing heavy rocks to lighter flowers, or noting that the sunlight delineates the day from the night, Krensky and Gillingham acknowledge the “small wins” of understanding the world just a little bit more. Young children and their parents will revel in the uplifting text and boldly colored retro-fresh illustrations.

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    I Will Save My Land by: Rinchin

    Mati pesters her grandmother and father for her own plot of land in the big field. When she does get it, she works hard. And then she hears that a company wants to make a coal mine in their village – the enormous black pit that will eat up all their lands, like it has in the next village. As always, Rinchin powers her questions through irresistible storytelling. The little girl’s anxiety about losing her land to “a monster machine” cuts close to the heart as it takes head-on an issue that is ravaging tribal Chhattisgarh, where this story is set, and every other place where there is ‘development’ at a cost. The earthy tones of the illustrations take us straight into the fields, white strong lines etch out the determination of two feisty females – Mati and her Ajji – who will not give in.

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    Ida Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business-and Won! by: Emily A. McCully

    Born in 1857 and raised in oil country, Ida M. Tarbell was one of the first investigative journalists and probably the most influential in her time. Her series of articles on the Standard Oil Trust, a complicated business empire run by John D. Rockefeller, revealed to readers the underhanded, even illegal practices that had led to Rockefeller’s success. Rejecting the term “muckraker” to describe her profession, she went on to achieve remarkable prominence for a woman of her generation as a writer and shaper of public opinion. This biography offers an engrossing portrait of a trailblazer in a man’s world who left her mark on the American consciousness. Notes, bibliography, index.

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    ish…… by:

    Drawing is what Ramon does. Its what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon’s older brother, Leon, turns Ramon’s carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just “right.” Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care.

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    It’s Okay to Be Different by: Todd Parr

    It’s okay to be a different color. It’s okay to dance by yourself. It’s okay to wear glasses. It’s okay to have a pet worm…. It’s okay to be different!

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    Jacob Have I Loved by: Katherine Paterson

    The remarkable Newbery-winning classic about a painful sibling rivalry, and one sister’s struggle to make her own way. Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise’s friends, their parents’ love, her dreams for the future.

    For once in her life, Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is . . . and find a way to make a place for herself outside her sister’s shadow.

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    Janice goes to China Town by:

    Janice sets off to Kolkata’s Chinatown along with her Grandma. Join her as she discovers this heritage district.

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    Kensuke’s Kingdom by: Michael Morpurgo

    When Michael’s father loses his job, he buys a boat and convinces Michael and his mother to sail around the world. It’s an ideal trip – even Michael’s sheepdog can come along. It starts out as the perfect family adventure – until Michael is swept overboard. He’s washed up on an island, where he struggles to survive. Then he discovers that he’s not alone. His fellow-castaway, Kensuke, is wary of him. But when Michael’s life is threatened, Kensuke slowly lets the boy into his world. The two develop a close understanding in this remote place, but the question of rescue continues to divide them.

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    Like Smoke: A Collection by:

    ‘You may just find yourself here’ HARMONY
    How often have you felt that you just can’t take it any more? Felt that nothing is worth the headache, the heartache? The good news – you are not alone. The bad news – you are not alone, for every teen carries the angst of teenagedom as a badge of honour and, sometimes, dishonor.

    Welcome to the battle zone of twenty young people who stand on the precipice of choices and dilemmas. Gritty stories of courage, hope and love. Stories that are not only for you, but about you.

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    Little Baby Buttercup by: Linda Ashman

    In this delightful love letter to a growing child, Linda Ashman and You Byun celebrate the magic of those fleeting days of early childhood. Their lively read-aloud shows the delight to be found in the world of a toddler. Every day brings new milestones and adventure—and little Buttercup is eager to reach out and experience it all, while her mother is always eager to reach out with a hug. Rhyming text captures a mother and baby’s joy in their shared time, and charming paintings make all the moments—both quiet and boisterous—shine.

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    Living Next Door to Alise by: Anita Nair

    Nine-year-old Siddharth is the despair of his parents. He does not want to run around or climb trees, and he is terrified of ants. Siddharth prefers books to friends and is the target of his teacher’s gimlet eyes in school because he asks too many questions. Then one day, when he is sent out to the garden to try and play, he finally makes friends with the fast-talking, quick-thinking, ultra-intelligent baby elephant, Alise.

    Together the two friends set out on a series of exploits. From the day Alise decides to go to school wearing a checked tablecloth and ends up causing mayhem to the night they attend a party and get into such trouble that they run away to the forest, there is never a dull moment in Siddarth’s life. But the friends don’t stop at just having fun. The Bearded Bandit has spread terror among the elephants in the forest and someone has to stop him!

    A rollicking story of friendship and bravery, Living Next Door to Alise will have you laughing out loud and waiting for a friend like Alise to move in next door!

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    Longbow Girl by: Linda Davies
    Longbow Girl by Linda Davies
    Set in the wilds of the Welsh mountains, the brave and beautiful longbow girl, Merry Owen, discovers a river that takes her back in time to the autocratic kingdom of King Henry VIII. While there she finds she must compete in an archery tournament to save her ancestors’ land from being seized by their aristocratic neighbours the De Courcys. Merry’s best friend James de Courcy (and heir to the de Courcy wealth) follows her back in time and the two get tangled up in their families’ ancient histories. There are forces working against them both in the past and the present. Will they be able to survive their pasts to save their futures?
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    Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for Fab Labs and Makerspaces by: Fab Learn

    A learning revolution is in the making around the world. Enthusiastic educators are using the new tools and technology of the maker movement to give children authentic learning experiences beyond textbooks and tests. The Stanford University FabLearn Fellows are a group of K-12 educators working at the forefront of this movement in all corners of the globe. They teach in Fab Labs, maker spaces, classrooms, libraries, community centres, and museums-all with the goal of making learning more meaningful in the modern world. In this book, the 2014-2015 FabLearn Fellows share inspirational ideas from their learning spaces, assessment strategies and recommended projects across a broad range of age levels. Illustrated with colour photos of real student work, the Fellows take you on a tour of the future of learning, where children make sense of the world by making things that matter to them and their communities. To read this book is to rediscover learning as it could be and should be a joyous, mindful exploration of the world, where the ultimate discovery is the potential of every child.

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    Mindset by: Carol Dweck

    An amazing book by Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck that details her pioneering work about fixed vs growth mindsets. People with fixed mindsets believe that a humans capabilities are like shoe size or height i.e. they are given. People with growth mindsets believe that a humans capabilities are like muscles that can be developed with working out.

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    Multiple Intelligences by: Gardner

    The all time classic by Harvard Professor Howard Gardner that details the various different kinds of intelligence. His brilliant conception of individual competence has changed the face of education in the twenty-three years since the publication of his classic work, Frames of Mind. Since then thousands of educators, parents, and researchers have explored the practical implications and applications of Multiple Intelligences theory–the powerful notion that there are separate human capacities, ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in self-understanding.

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    My one hundred adventures by: Horvath Polly

    Jane is 12 years old, and she is ready for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the bknow-not what.b And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find Jane, whether itbs a thrilling ride in a hot-air balloon, the appearances of a slew of possible fathers, or a weird new friendship with a preacher and psychic wannabe. Most important, therebs Janebs discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that itbs not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself.

    And don’t miss Polly Horvath’s Northward to the Moon, the sequel to My One Hundred Adventures.

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    Next Door by: Jahnavi Barua

    In eleven superbly crafted stories, Jahnavi Barua takes us into the private, individual worlds of a varied cast of characters and exposes the intricate mesh of emotions so often concealed under the façade of everyday lives. Innocent desires and furtive longings, the complexity of fierce love and the terrible consequences of its betrayal, simple aspirations that compel brave action, life’s startling reversals that reveal deep insecurities and yet pave the way for forgiveness and reconciliation-these are just some of the themes played out in these remarkably nuanced snapshots of life. Predominantly set in the verdant, politically charged landscape of Assam, yet constantly transcending the particular, the stories in next door are unerringly human. Subtle and evocative in their telling, they mark the introduction of a highly accomplished voice.

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    Now I Am Big! by: Stephen Krensky, Sara Gillingham (Illustrator),

    Children and parents alike will delight in this joyous declaration of toddler independence. This book celebrates the feats of growing out of babyhood and starting to embrace the world on your own terms. Whether it’s being tall enough to reach a high shelf or brave enough to splash in the waves, Krensky and Gillingham address the small victories that come with growing just a little bit older. Energentic text and retro-fresh illustrations celebrate this important developmental stage with charm and relevance.

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    Old Yeller by: Fred Gipson

    A wily stray, Old Yeller helps Travis and his family stay safe from the many dangers of the wild Texas frontier in this heartwarming tale of the Old West.
    The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever; and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene.

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    Orbiting Jupiter by: Gary D. Schmidt

    A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town donbt want to.
    What’s more, Joseph has a daughter hebs never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.

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    Our Incredible Cow by:

    Nyadosh the cow has a fierce gleam in her eyes and a furious appetite. She chomps on textbooks, feasts on frocks and devours anything blue in colour. But once this incredible cow gets onto the ilish fish trail, there’s just no stopping her…

    This comical story of a common cow with uncommon taste is a tale to relish. Nyadosh’s extraordinary appetite unfolds through vivid photo collages, offset by light black-and-white doodles. Along with the almost unbelievable true-life story, they give readers a hilariously different depiction of what we usually think of a mild-mannered animal.

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    Poems to Perform by: Julia Donaldson ed
    Poems to Perform: A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children’s Laureate
    A vibrant collection of poems perfect to be performed by two or more voices! In this collection, Julia Donaldson has chosen poems with a performance by cha children in mind, and in the notes section at the end of the book are her notes and ideas on performing them. Julia’s passionate belief that performance can help children enjoy reading and grow in confidence is informed by her own experience both as a child and now, working with groups of children to bring stories, poems and songs to life. The poems range from classics by Edward Lear, W H Auden, and Eleanor Farjeon, to contemporary work by Michael Rosen, John Agard, and Clare Bevan. Illustrated throughout with exquisite, expressive lino-cuts, this is a book for teachers, parents, children: anyone who loves great poetry.
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    Queen of Ice by: Devika Rangachari

    Despised by her father and bullied by his heir, Didda’s childhood is miserable and her future, bleak.
    When she is married off to the dissolute ruler of Kashmira, she must learn to hold her own in a court ridden with factions and conspiracies. But Didda is no ordinary queen. Ruthless and ambitious, she wants to rewrite history. Will she succeed?

    Queen of Ice is a compulsive read that brings alive the turbulent history of tenth-century Kashmir with an exquisite balance of fact and fiction. This is award-winning author Devika Rangachari’s finest novel yet.

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    Rasha: Little Girl, Big Heart by: Muhammed Zafar Iqbal

    Fourteen-year-old Rasha is abandoned by her mother in a village with her aged – and probably mad – grandmother. Uprooted from her school and her friends back in cosmopolitan Dhaka, a disgruntled Rasha has to start life afresh in a faraway place with no electricity, incessant rains, nosy neighbours and a primitive school.

    Refusing to resign to circumstance, however, Rasha rises above them and turns indomitable. Learning to take a boat to school and teaching her classmates how to use computers are only a couple of this young girl’s incredible exploits!

    But just as Rasha settles into her new life, new friends in tow, she is confronted by a nightmarish past that once ravaged her family.

    Will Rasha survive this daunting and astounding adventure?

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    Refugee by: Alan Gratz

    JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . . ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

    MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .

    All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers — from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

    This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.

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    Rhythm Ride by: Andrea Davis Pinkney

    Berry Gordy began Motown in 1959 with an $800 loan from his family. He converted the garage of a residential house into a studio and recruited teenagers from the neighbourhood-like Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross-to sing for his new label. Meanwhile, the country was on the brink of a cultural revolution, and one of the most powerful agents of change in the following decade would be this group of young black performers from urban Detroit. From Berry Gordy and his remarkable vision to the Civil Rights movement, from the behind-the-scenes musicians, choreographers, and songwriters to the most famous recording artists of the century, Andrea Davis Pinkney takes readers on a Rhythm Ride through the story of Motown.

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    Samurai Rising by: Pamela S. Turner

    A samurai fights for honour and survival in a real-life Game of Thrones.

    Stirring narrative nonfiction recounts the rise of Minamoto Yoshitsune from seemingly doomed infant to immortal warrior-hero (and one of the most famous samurai in Japanese history). Acclaimed author Pamela S. Turner delivers all the drama, romance, and tragedy of the original story–with delightfully dry wit and a healthy dose of modern perspective. Gorgeous ink paintings by celebrated graphic-novelist Gareth Hinds complete this irresistible package.

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    Ship Breaker by: Paolo Bacigalupi

    Nailer’s time is running out. He’s getting too big for his work – stripping copper wire from old oil tankers – and once he’s off the crew he’s on his own, stuck in a shack on the beach with no food, no money and no way of earning his keep.

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    Short by: Holly Goldberg Sloan

    Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. As Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive—one of the adults with dwarfism who’ve joined the production’s motley crew of Munchkins—and with her deeply artistic neighbour, Mrs Chang, Julia’s own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn’t want to fade into the background—and it’s a good thing because her director has more big plans for Julia!

    Bubbling over with humour and tenderness, this is an irresistible story of self-discovery and of the role models who forever change us.

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    Six of Crows by: Leigh Bardugo

    Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams – but he can’t pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith.

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    Sophie Simon Solves Them All by: Lisa Graff
    Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff, Jason Beene
    For a third-grader, Sophie Simon is one smart cookie. She enjoys teaching herself advanced calculus and has performed successful heart surgery on an earthworm. She’s also very clever when it comes to dealing with her clueless parents. But Sophie is no genius when it comes to calculating the high value of friendship—until, that is, she has to use her incredible IQ to help out some classmates with their own parental troubles.
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    Speak by: Laurie Halse Anderson

    “Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically

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    Specs for Rex by: Yasmeen Ismail

    Rex has new specs and he DOES NOT LIKE THEM!
    Rex does NOT want to wear his new glasses to school. He tries his very best to hide them — in the strangest places! But it’s very tricky when they are so BIG and ROUND and RED.
    It’s funny how things turn out, though, because Rex’s specs end up winning him a gold star — AND a new friend! Even better, he can SEE properly!
    A riotous and reassuring story about the positive effects of being, maybe, just a little different.

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    Splendors and Glooms by: Laura Amy Schlitz

    Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sorcery to a Victorian gothic thriller — an enthralling, darkly comic tale that would do Dickens proud.
    The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants.
    Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Clara seems to have everything they lack — adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat. In fact, Clara’s life is shadowed by grief, guilt, and secrets. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall.
    As they seek to puzzle out Clara’s whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions. Fleeing London, they find themselves caught in a trap set by Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it’s too late.
    Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz’s Victorian gothic is a rich banquet of dark comedy, scorching magic, and the brilliant and bewitching storytelling that is her trademark.

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    Stiff by: Mary Roach

    What happens to your body after you have died? Fertilizer? Crash Test Dummy? Human Dumpling? Ballistics Practise?

    Life after death is not as simple as it looks. Mary Roach’s Stiff lifts the lid off what happens to our bodies once we have died. Bold, original and with a delightful eye for detail, Roach tells us everything we wanted to know about this new frontier in medical science.

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    Tangerine by: Edward Bloor

    Paul Fisher sees the world from behind glasses so thick he looks like a bug-eyed alien. But he’s not so blind that he can’t see there are some very unusual things about his family’s new home in Tangerine County, Florida. Where else does a sinkhole swallow the local school, fire burn underground for years, and lightning strike at the same time every day? The chaos is compounded by constant harassment from his football–star brother, and adjusting to life in Tangerine isn’t easy for Paul—until he joins the soccer team at his middle school. With the help of his new teammates, Paul begins to discover what lies beneath the surface of his strange new hometown. And he also gains the courage to face up to some secrets his family has been keeping from him for far too long. In Tangerine, it seems, anything is possible.

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    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by: Mary E. Pearson

    Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

    This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson’s vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.

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    The Art of Tinkering by: Mike Petrich, Karen Wilkinson,

    Brought to you by the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio, The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work and use this book to do some tinkering yourself. We do mean “use this book” in a literal sense… you won’t even be able to reach the first page before using it. The Art of Tinkering is a collection of exhibits, artwork, and projects that celebrate a whole new way to learn, in which people create their own knowledge through making and doing, working with readily available materials, getting their hands dirty, collaborating with others, problem-solving in the most fun sense of the word, and, yes, oftentimes failing and bouncing back from getting stuck. Each artist featured in The Art of Tinkering goes through this process and lovingly shares the backstory behind their own work so that readers can feel invited to join in on the whimsy. Whether it’s sharing their favorite tools (who knew toenail clippers could be so handy?) or offering a glimpse of their workspaces (you’d be amazed how many electronics tools you can pack into one pantry!), the stories, lessons, and tips in The Art of Tinkering offer a fascinating portrait of today’s maker scene.

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    The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School by: Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain,

    On the first day of the school year, Brother and Sister Bear are nervous and excited. But with tons of new stuff to learn and explore, by the closing bell they can hardly wait for day two! There’s something for everyone in this quintessential back-to-school book from Stan, Jan, and Mike Berenstain.

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    The Best Days of My Life by: Scharada Dubey

    The Best Days of My Life, by Scharada Dubey is an inspiring book about the childhoods of some of the famous people who have walked this earth and made an enormous difference to our lives.
    The boy who played a tune on the harmonium when he was all of four and became one of India’s musical geniuses…..
    The deaf and blind girl who overcame her physical handicaps and became a celebrated author, activist and lecturer…..
    Who as these men and women who have stood out across continents and eras? Was there a spark in them as children which predetermined their future greatness?.
    Best book for library reading clubs and reading programs.

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    The Book of Rule: How the World is Governed by: D.K

    Providing a clear, comprehensive and colorful guide to how the world is governed both in theory and practiceThe Book of Rule examines the governments of all the world’s nations — from major powers to the newest developing countries, from democracies to dictatorships — and shows exactly how power is exercised in each. In addition to profiling national governments, The Book of Rule also explains the general principles behind today’s political systems and charts the evolution of governments from ancient times to the present.

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    The Book Thief by: Markus Zusak
    It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery… Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meagre existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
    This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
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    The Book with No Pictures by: B. J. Novak

    You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . herebs how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .

    BLORK. Or BLUURF.

    Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.

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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by: William Kamkwamba

    When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba’s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season’s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village libra

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    The Boy Who Swallowed a Nail and Other Stories by: Lalita Iyer

    Appa is busy trying to buy a buffalo, Amma is wondering where to hang a clothesline in Dhanaulti, while Cheenu has happily swallowed a nail! Lalita Iyer’s family is always up to something. Read about their quirks and adventures in this charming collection of stories.

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    The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by: Philip Hoose

    At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phillip Hoose’s inspiring story of these young war heroes.

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    The Conch Bearer by:

    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s wonderful story about a young boy who is a conch bearer. In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighborhood he calls home, twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, a headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta.

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    The Darkest Dark by: Astronaut Chris Hadfield
    The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, The Fan Brothers, Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan’s lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible. Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem—at night, Chris doesn’t feel so brave. He’s afraid of the dark. But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is—and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.
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    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by: E. Lockhart

    Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
    A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

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    The Girl Who Drank the Moon by: Kelly Barnhill

    Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

    One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge—with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

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    The girl who never made mistakes by:

    Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way!

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    The Giver by: Lois Lowry
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colourless, the world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
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    The Heart and the Bottle by: Oliver Jeffers

    Once there was a girl whose life was filled with wonder at the world around her. Then one day something happened that made the girl take her heart and put it in a safe place. However, after that, it seemed that the world was emptier than before. But would she know how to get her heart back? In this deeply moving story, the author Oliver Jeffers deals with the weighty themes of love and loss with an extraordinary lightness of touch and shows s, ultimately, that there is always hope.

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    The House That Spoke by: Zuni Chopra

    Fourteen-year-old Zoom Razdan has always known that there is something extraordinary about her house, which is an inextricably a part of her life as what’s left of her torn, frayed family.

    Now, just before her fifteenth birthday, she finds that she has inherited not just her beloved house’s grim secrets but also a battle with an ancient, deadly force of darkness.

    Lush and evocative, The House That Spoke is a kaleidoscopic tale that reimagines Kashmir with the colours of magic and is sure to leave you spellbound.

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    The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion by: Peter Wohlleben

    Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben’s personal experiences in forests and fields.
    Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.
    In this, his latest book, Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in ways that amaze us—and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.

    Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

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    The Inventions of Hugo Cabret by: Brain Selznick
    The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
    2008 Caldecott Medal winner
    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks–like the gears of the clocks he keeps–with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

    With 284 pages of original drawings and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller and artist.

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    The Invisible Bridge by: Orringer Juli

    Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, an architecture student, has arrived from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to Clara Morgenstern a young widow living in the city. When Andras meets Clara he is drawn deeply into her extraordinary and secret life, just as Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends them both into a state of terrifying uncertainty.

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    The Knife of Never Letting Go by: Patrick Ness

    Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans… Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run… The new edition of this unflinching novel about fear, flight and the terrifying path of self-discovery features the short story, The New World. Set before the events of The Knife of Never Letting Go, it is the story of Viola’s dramatic journey to the New World.

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    The Little Ninja Sparrows by:

    I don’t want to learn how to fly!” he said stubbornly, crouching low in the nest, remembering how his tummy had churned when he had looked down. “Not now, not ever!…I’m going to be the world’s first and only flightless sparrow!

    Chiddy and Gouri, two baby sparrows, are bullied mercilessly by their elderly siblings. They are so traumatized that they absolutely refuse to learn how to fly. Instead, they run away, kindly assisted by Breaking Wind – a jovial breeze. But they quickly discover that the world is an unkind place; they are trapped, dyed red, caged and sold off.

    A kind girl frees them, but the sparrows – still red and flightless – end up on the ‘hit list’ of the local cat mafia. From there, how do the timid little birds become the feared ninja sparrows? Will they be able to defeat the evil Siamese cats Ping-Li and Pong-La? Will they ever be able to return to their families? And will they finally realize that being a bird means being able to fly free?

    In this delightful book, Ranjit Lal reveals the incredible drama that flourishes among bird and animal lives in the gardens and parks all around us. Clever, funny and full of non-stop adventure, The Little Ninja Sparrows is about finding your true place in the world – whether human or sparrow.

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    The Matilda Effect by: Ellie Irving

    Matilda loves science and inventing and the eponymous frustrated inventor heroine finds out that her Grandma Joss once discovered a planet – for which her male boss got the credit. Hearing that he is about to receive the Nobel prize, Matilda and Joss set out to crash the ceremony and set the record straight. Warm-hearted and funny, this is a marvellous mix of righteous indignation and madcap race against time.

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    The Most Magnificent Thing by: Ashley Spires

    Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. ?She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!? But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.

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    The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by: Rodman Philbrick

    The 2010 Newbery Honor Book by highly acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick is now in paperback!
    In this Newbery Honor-winning page-turner, twelve-year-old orphan Homer runs away from Pine Swamp, Maine, to find his older brother, Harold, who has been sold into the Union Army. With laugh-aloud humour, Homer outwits and outruns a colourful assortment of civil War-era thieves, scallywags, and spies as he makes his way south, following clues that finally lead him to Gettysburg. Even through a hail of gunfire, Homer never loses heart–but will he find his brother? Or will it be too late?
    With engaging wit and comical repartee reminiscent of Mark Twain, master storyteller Rodman Philbrick introduces us to the unforgettable character of Homer in his latest groundbreaking novel.

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    The Mouse and His Child by: Russell Hoban

    Caldecott Medalist David Small lovingly shows us the heart of Russell Hoban’s classic. The mouse and his child are wind-up toys forever joined at the hands. But when the mechanism breaks they are discarded, separated from the dollhouse where they lived and the toy elephant that the child calls “mother” (much to her chagrin). Thus begins the suspenseful journey that is heartbreaking, harrowing, and ultimately joyful as the mice seek what seems at first to be impossible: independence (self-winding) and the way back home.

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    The New York trilogy : City of glass, Ghosts, The locked room by: Auster Paul

    The New York Trilogy is perhaps the most astonishing work by one of America’s most consistently astonishing writers. The Trilogy is three cleverly interconnected novels that exploit the elements of standard detective fiction and achieve a new genre that is all the more gripping for its starkness. It is a riveting work of detective fiction worthy of Raymond Chandler, and at the same time a profound and unsettling existentialist enquiry in the tradition of Kafka or Borges. In each story the search for clues leads to remarkable coincidences in the universe as the simple act of trailing a man ultimately becomes a startling investigation of what it means to be human. The New York Trilogy is the modern novel at its finest: a truly bold and arresting work of fiction with something to transfix and astound every reader.

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    The painted drum by: Erdrich, Louise

    When a woman named Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn’t surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. After all, the family descends from an Indian agent who worked on the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation that is home to her mother’s family. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drumba powerful yet delicate object, made from a massive moose skin stretched across a hollow of cedar, ornamented with symbols she doesn’t recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirtbespecially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound. And so begins an illuminating journey both backward and forward in time, following the strange passage of a powerful yet delicate instrument, and revealing the extraordinary lives it has touched and defined.

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    The Politics Book by: D.K

    An innovative and accessible guide to government, law and power. Learning about the vast concept of politics can be daunting but The Politics Book makes it easier than ever by giving you all the big ideas, simply explained. Step-by-step summaries, graphics and quotations help even the complete novice understand this fascinating subject. More than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of politics are helpfully broken down so that abstract topics, such as theoretical foundations and practical applications become real. Topics span from ancient political thought and medieval politics all the way to world war and modern politics. Features a handy reference section complete with a glossary of political terms and a directory of political thinkers, such as Plato, John Locke and Karl Marx.

    The Politics Book is the essential reference for students of politics and anyone with an interest in how government works.

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    The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by: Ann Cameron
    The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by Ann Cameron
    Amanda Woods is discovering that there are some things in life you just can’t change, like who your parents are or how your older sister treats you, but she is determined to change what she can. To begin with, she’s not going to be just plain Amanda Woods (the girl her mother seems to think is just average). She’s going to be Amanda K. Woods-someone who is proud and strong and sure of herself, someone who can have a French pen pal and a best friend of her own choosing, someone who finds four-leaf clovers and can get perfect scores on her math homework. There is more to Amanda than anyone else can see, things about her that Amanda herself doesn’t even know yet, but she’s finding out. In The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods, her first novel for older children, Ann Cameron presents a heroine who is philosophical and honest as only a twelve-year-old can be.
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    The three questions by:

    Nikolai is a boy who believes that if he can find the answers to his three questions, he will always know how to be a good person. His friends–a heron, a monkey, and a dog–try to help, but to no avail, so he asks Leo, the wise old turtle. “When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?” Leo doesn’t answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai’s visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself. A timeless tale by Leo Tolstoy, retold in a picture book adults will value as much as children will.

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    The Tree Lover by:

    Everything that you’ve always loved about Ruskin Bond is back.
    His mesmerizing descriptions of nature and his wonderful way with words – this is Ruskin Bond at his finest.

    Read on a Rusty tells the story of his grandfather’s relationship with the trees around him, and how he is convinced that they love him back with as much tenderness as he showers on them.

    This beautifully illustrated edition brings to life one of Bond’s most enduring tales and is sure to win over yet another generation of readers.

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    The Turner house : a novel by: Flournoy Angela

    For over fifty years the Turners have lived on Yarrow Street. Their house has seen thirteen children get grown and gone and some return; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit s East Side, and the loss of a father. But when their powerful mother falls ill, the Turners are called home to decide their house s fate and to reckon with how their past haunts and shapes their future. The Turner House is a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams, and the ways in which our families bring us home.

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    Their eyes were God by: Zora neale, hurston,

    bA deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who donbt know how to live properly.b bZadie Smith

    One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty yearsbdue largely to initial audiencesb rejection of its strong black female protagonistbHurstonbs classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.

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    Tiger Boy by:

    Neel’s parents want him to win a scholarship and go to the big city to study. But Neel doesn’t want to leave his beloved Sundarbans, with its beautiful trees and its magnificent tigers.

    And then a tiger cub goes missing from the reserve!

    The evil Gupta wants to sell the cub and sets his people to search for it. Neel and his sister Rupa are determined to find the cub and take it to safety before Gupta and his goons find it.

    Racing against time, and braving the dangers of the dark, will Neel succeed in saving the little tiger cub?

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    Tiger by the Tail by:

    MISSION BRIEF: Tigers are being reported missing from wildlife reserves across India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Several hundred tigers have vanished. Something, or somone, is taking them. And if they are not stopped, this could mean the end of the species. It is time the Animal Intelligence Agency got involved.

    NOTE: The Animal Intelligence Agency is a multi-species non-governmental agency. Specially trained Animal and Human agents work undercover to save animals and save the world. Some of them have the license to kill.

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    Timmi in Tangles by: Shals Mahajan

    TIMMI IN TANGLES! HER MOTHER WANTS HER TO GO TO SCHOOL THOUGH SHE’S A RAJA, IDLI-AMMA EATS UP ALL HER IDLIS, AND NO ONE BELIEVES THAT HER FRIEND, THE GIANT, CAN LIFT UP THE ROOF TO LET THE RAIN IN …

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    Trafficked by: Kim Purcell

    A 17-year-old Moldovan girl whose parents have been killed is brought to the United States to work as a slave for a family in Los Angeles.
    Hannah believes shebs being brought from Moldova to Los Angeles to become a nanny for a Russian family. But her American dream quickly spirals into a nightmare. The Platonovs force Hannah to work sixteen-hour days, wonbt let her leave the house, and seem to have a lot of secretsbfrom Hannah and from each other. Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah must find a way to save herself from her new status as a modern-day slave or risk losing the one thing she has left: her life.

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    Trouble Next Door by: Chris Higgins

    From much loved author Chris Higgins and acclaimed illustrator Emily MacKenzie comes a charming new young fiction series about friendship.
    Bella has just moved into a new house. It’s old and dark and she’s sure there’s a ghost in the attic! But things look up when she meets her new next-door neighbour Magda. Magda is lots of fun! She’s bubbly and full of imagination and can even turn cartwheels! Soon they are best friends.
    But Magda is also trouble! She breaks Bella’s mum’s best tea set, wrecks Bella’s room and covers the whole living room in soot. And somehow makes sure Bella gets the blame for everything.

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    Universe: The Solar System and Beyond by: My Ebook Publishing House

    Experience the cosmos as never before with UNIVERSE: The Solar System and Beyond
    Beginning with a fascinating overview and then organized by planet, this book takes us on a trip across time and space that includes a front-row seat to the explosive birth of the solar system, a journey to (and then deep inside) each of its eight planets, and even an in-depth exploration of asteroids and comets.
    With this newly revised edition, the authors’ goals are to help you use astronomy to understand science–and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating, engaging, and visually vibrant, this text will help you answer two fundamental questions: What are we? And how do we know?
    Three ever widening domains are presented–Earth, our solar system, and the large scale universe itself–each including the ones before it and extending outward.

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    Untouchable by: Anand Mulk Raj

    Bakha is viewed as an untouchable by the residents of his Indian village, and he spends his day cleaning latrines and trying to find his place in a society that considers him inferior.

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    What About Bear? by: Suzanne Bloom

    Who will fix the friendship? It’s playtime and Bear and Goose are having fun. Then Little Fox joins in and somebody gets left out. Sound familiar? The dilemma of choosing one friend over another is one of childhood’s classic problems. Someone’s feelings are bound to get hurt. But as this gentle story shows, the solution lies in including friends, not excluding them. As in her previous Bear and Goose stories, Suzanne Bloom’s latest book deals with a familiar aspect of friendship: being left out.

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    What Maya Saw by: Shabnam Minwalla

    I am nothing, I am something,
    I weigh less than breath,
    Darkness destroys me and light is my death.
    Who am I?

    Almost from the moment Maya steps into St. Paul’s College, she is afraid.

    Everywhere she goes, she encounters questions and secrets. Not to mention the shadows – a bunch of drop-dead gorgeous students who she realises will do anything to keep their youth and beauty. Even kill.

    Maya wants no part in this sinister adventure. She would much rather be shopping for shoes, munching brownies and shedding her geeky image. But the teenager soon finds that she doesn’t have a choice.

    Only Maya can see the Shadows for what they really are. Only she can unravel the trail of clues laid long ago by a dead priest. Which is why both the forces of good and evil need her badly.

    Unsure about whom she can trust and believe. Maya launches into a clue hunt across Mumbai – and in the process learns about love, friendship and growing up.

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    Who’s a Big Bully Then? by: Michael Morpurgo

    How do see off the school bully? Sick of being picked on and called ‘chicken’ the narrator of this story thinks up a dare to show up Darren Bishop, the school bully. A farm boy himself he is quite at home with the big bully Olly and he dares Darren to come up close too. When Darren Bishop flees from the field his bullying days are over but there’s a twist in the tale…Is anyone really safe from the bully? A gripping story with a surprising ending.

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    Wildlife of the World Hardcover by: Chris Packham

    Wildlife of the Worldis a spectacular celebration of global wildlife bringing you face to face with the most fascinating animals on Earth. Journey through some of the most scenic and rich animal habitats, from the Amazon rainforest to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole, and get closer than you ever imagined to the animals that live there discovering how these fascinating creatures feed, interact, mate, play and survive.

    Packed with breathtaking photography and animal facts, Wildlife of the Worldis your chance to see the world’s most fascinating wildlife like never before.

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    Wonder by: R J Palacio

    August Pullman is a fifth-grade boy with a severe facial difference. His loving parents and sister have shielded him from many outside influences before WONDER begins; he’s been homeschooled up until that point, for example. But at the start of the book, his mother has decided that it’s time for Auggie to brave a real school experience. Auggie is upset and afraid to face the kids’ reactions to his appearance, but there’s also part of him that wants to do “normal” things. The director of his new school, Mr Tushman, introduces Auggie to a small group of students before school starts, thinking this will help ease the transition. Whereas some of the students Auggie meets are accepting and kind, others are a bit put off by him, and still, others are downright cruel. The novel follows Auggie’s first year of middle school from beginning to end. It’s a year in which Auggie experiences the best and the worst of human nature and a year of tremendous emotional growth for him.

     

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    Wonder by:

    Amazing book about the power of wonder!!!

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    Wringer by: Jerry Spinelli

    In Palmer LaRue’s hometown of Waymer, turning ten is the biggest event of a boy’s life. But for Palmer, his tenth birthday is not something to look forward to, but something to dread. Then one day, a visitor appears on his windowsill, and Palmer knows that this, more than anything else, is a sign that his time is up. Somehow, he must learn how to stop being afraid and stand up for what he believes in.

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    You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Toilets by:

    How would you cope if there were no toilets? Where would you go? How would you keep yourself and your house clean? This book tells the fascinating story of a piece of technology that most of us take for granted. Find out why toilets are so important, how they have improved over the years and how they might develop in the future.

    Fact:

    In 2001, the United Nations chose November 19 as World Toilet Day. Why? To demand urgent action to bring clean water and clean toilets to everyone, everywhere.

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    Your fantastic elastic brain by:

    Did you know you can stretch and grow your own brain? Or that making mistakes is one of the best ways your brain learns? Just like how lifting weights helps your muscles get stronger, trying new things without giving upblike finding the courage to put your face in the water the first time you’re at a poolbstrengthens your brain. Next time, your brain will remind you that you overcame that fear, and you will be braver!