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Maniac Magee

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Copies: 28

He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died, his life changed and so did his name.

And Maniac Magee became a legend.

Even today kids talk about how fast he could run, about how he hit an inside-the-park "frog" homer, and about how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it.

Lexile: 
820L
Maniac Magee

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

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Chizuko came to visit her friend Sadako in the hospital. She had a piece of gold paper that she had cut into a large square. "Watch!" she said, and she folded the paper over and over, and it turned into a beautiful crane.

"If a sick person folds one thousand paper cranes," Chizuko said, "the gods will grant her wish and make her well again." The girl handed the crane to Sadako. "Here's your first one."

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Lexile: 
630L
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Max and Me and the Time Machine

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When Steve brings home a time machine he bought for $2.50 at a garage sale, Max is suspicious. "There's no such thing as time travel. Or time machines." Then they both end up in the year 1250 in medieval England—Steve as Sir Robert Marshall and Max as his horse!—and Max must admit the machine works.

Sir Robert soon finds himself in the midst of a duel to the death with the Hampshire mauler, defending not only his honor, but his life. Can Max rescue him? Will the machine return him in time to spare his life? The 20th century never looked so good.

Lexile: 
860L
Max and Me and the Time Machine

Sarah, Plain and Tall

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Copies: 30

"Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna.
"Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa sang, too." Their mother died the day after Caleb was born. Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore.

Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from on Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Anna, and Caleb write back. Caleb asks if she sings.

Lexile: 
560L
Sarah, Plain and Tall

Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906

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Copies: 30

Buildings were weaving in and out. The street pitched like a stormy sea. Bricks were raining down all around him. The ground shook with such violence that Jacob thought the world had come to an end.

Lexile: 
770L
Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906

Mr. Tucket

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Copies: 25

Fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is heading west on the Oregon Trail with his family by wagon train. When he receives a rifle for his birthday, he is thrilled that he is being treated like an adult. But Francis lags behind to practice shooting and is captured by Pawnees. It will take wild horses, hostile tribes, and a mysterious one-armed mountain man named Mr. Grimes to help Francis become the man who will be called Mr. Tucket.

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830L
Mr. Tucket

Nightjohn

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Copies: 26

Sarny, a female slave at the Waller plantation, first sees Nightjohn when he is brought there with a rope around his neck, his body covered in scars.

He had escaped to freedom, but he cam back - came back to teach reading. Knowing that the penalty for reading is dismemberment, Nightjohn still returned to slavery to teach others how to read. And twelve-year-old Sarny s willing to risk to learn.

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770L
Nightjohn

Frozen Summer

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It's 1816, and Remembrance Nye and her family are enduring a cold, hard summer in their new home in western New York. There's barely any food, since Papa's crops were destroyed by the late frosts. Mem's mama has never gotten used to their new home and finds it even harder to cope after she gives birth to baby Lily. Papa puts Mem in charge of caring for the baby, her younger brother, and their sick mother. Though Mem tries her best, it's hard to do the chores and watch them every moment. Then the worst happens: One stormy night Mama and Lily disappear.

Lexile: 
810L

Never Cry Wolf: The Incredible True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves

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Copies: 30

Hordes of bloodthirsty wolves are slaughtering the arctic caribou, and the government's Wildlife Service assigns naturalist Farley Mowat to investigate. Mowat is dropped alone onto the frozen tundra, where he begins his mission to live among the howling wolf packs and study their ways. Contact with his quarry comes quickly and Mowat discovers not a den of marauding killers but a courageous family of skillful providers and devoted protectors of their young.

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Never Cry Wolf: The Incredible True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves

Across Five Aprils

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The unforgettable story of young Jethro Creighton who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.

Newbery Medal Honor Book

We also have the Audiobook for this title.

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Lexile: 
1100L
Across Five Aprils

Voices from the Civil War: A Documentary History of the Great American Conflict

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Copies: 27

Between the years 1861 and 1865, America faced the biggest crisis in its history. Countryman fought countryman, brother fought brother, in a savage civil war that was to determine the nation's future. With slavery as its central issue, and states' rights also paramount, the war spilled over into every facet of life - political, economic, social, military. And ultimately, the destiny of America was decided in blood.

Lexile: 
1170L
Voices from the Civil War: A Documentary History of the Great American Conflict

The Sign of the Beaver

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Until the day his father returns to their cabin in the Maine wilderness, twelve-year-old Matt must try to survive on his own. Although Matt is brave, he's not prepared for an attack by swarming bees, and he's astonished when he's rescued by an Indian chief and his grandson, Attean.

Lexile: 
770L
The Sign of the Beaver

Shiloh

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There's nothing eleven-year-old Marty Preston enjoys more than spending time up in the hills behind his home near Friendly, West Virginia.

But this time is different. This time Marty sees a young beagle on the road past the old Shiloh schoolhouse.

Marty feels sure the dog is being abused by his owner. When the dog runs away to Marty's house, his parents say he must bring him back. But it hurts Marty to return the runaway dot to his cruel master.

That's when Marty secretly decides he'll do anything to save the dog he names Shiloh.

Lexile: 
890L

A Child Called "It", One Child's Courage to Survive

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This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

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Predicting Earthquakes

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