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Almost Paradise

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Copies: 6

Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson’s life changes the day her mother’s boyfriend holds up a convenience store, and her mother is wrongly jailed for assisting with the crime. Ruby and her pet pig, Bunny, find their way to her estranged Aunt Eleanor's home. Aunt Eleanor is an ornery nun who lives in the midst of a peach orchard on Paradise Ranch. With a little patience, she and Ruby begin to get along, but Eleanor has secrets of her own―secrets that might mean more hard times for Ruby.

Lexile: 
730L

Forever or a Long Long Time

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Copies: 6

Love is never divided, only multiplied. I hold my breath to keep all the tears inside until I'm safely in the bathroom. Then I turn on the water and I breathe deep deep deep like Dr. Fredrick taught me. I stand there and breathe breathe breathe until the crying stops.
It's not happening again, I tell myself.
It will never happen again.
You have to believe.

It's the only promise Person has ever asked us to make.

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570L

Hello, Universe

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Copies: 6

Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.

Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). “Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits.”—Booklist

Lexile: 
690L

This Would Make a Good Story Someday

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Copies: 6

Twelve-year-old Sara Johnston-Fischer has BIG PLANS for this summer:
- Come up with her Reinvention Project list with her BFFs
- Totally nail the list so she can start middle school new and improved
-Start to write an AMAZING novel
- Figure out an idea for the amazing novel
- Learn to surf

Lexile: 
860L

Short

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Copies: 6

Julia spends a lot of time looking up. But please don't call her short; she is boycotting that word. She's not allowed to boycott the local theater production of The Wizard of Oz, however. Her mother insisted that she audition, and now she has been cast as a Munchkin - even though she can't dance or carry a tune. Her summer is not starting well.

Lexile: 
810L

Revenge of the Green Banana

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Copies: 6

A red folder with your name on it in BIG LETTERS is not a good sign.

On the first day of sixth grade, Jimmy Murphy is already in trouble. The worst student in the class, he was hoping to make a fresh start, but his new teacher, Sister Angelica Rose, is out to get him. She picks on him, humiliates him in front of his classmates, and makes new entries in the red MURPHY folder. Worst of all, she volunteers Jimmy to preform onstage with a bunch of second graders, wearing a green banana costume.

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890L

The Ethan I Was Before

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Copies: 6

Ethan use to be many things - skateboarder, Red Sox fan, sidekick to his big brother, Roddie. Always up for a laugh, always willing to accept a dare, and always ready for an adventure with is best friend,Kacey.

But that was before.

Now Ethan just wants to escape from painful memories of the accident that cost him everything. When he and his family move from Boston to the small seaside town of Palm Knot, Georgia (the Hidden Jewel of the South), he doesn't know what he'll find there. The last thing he expects is to make a new friend.

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730

Binny Bewitched

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Copies: 6

Binny Cornwallis is not a thief. Or is she? In one greedy moment, she snatches some bills left behind at an ATM. After all, it's her mother's birthday, and just think of what she could do with some cash in her never-quite-enough-money household. But she can't explain how she got the money - so she has to hide it. And in her tiny house, that's not so easy. After a few tries, Binny does hide it - and she hides it so well that she can't find it, even after she decides to give it back!

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700L

The Year of Billy Miller

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A 2014 Newbery Honor Book AND A New York Times Bestseller!
Things to know about Billy Miller:
He's worried about 2nd grade
He thinks bats are cool
His little sister is annoying
He had a spectacular accident this summer
He doesn't like poetry much
His dad makes really good cookies
Ned is his best friend
His mom likes rainy days
He thinks Emma Sparks is a pain
He can run really fast
This is his year

Surviving the Applewhites

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Will anyone take on Jake Semple?
Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he burned down his old school and got kicked out of every school in his home state.
Only one place will take him now, and that's a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious family of artists. The only one who doesn't fit the Applewhite mold is E.D.—a smart, sensible girl who immediately clashes with the unruly Jake.
Jake thinks surviving this one will be a breeze... but is he really as tough or as bad as he seems?

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

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Ramona likes that she’s old enough to be counted on, but must everything depend on her? Mrs. Quimby has gone back to work so that Mr. Quimby can return to school, and Ramona is expected to be good for Mrs. Kemp while her parents are away, to be brave enough to ride the school bus by herself, and to put up with being teased by Danny the Yard Ape. In Ramona’s world, being eight isn’t easy, but it’s never dull!


In this Newbery Honor Book, Beverly Cleary lovingly chronicles Ramona’s experiences.

Ramona Forever

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Life can move pretty fast—especially when you're in the third grade, your teenage sister's moods drive you crazy, and your mom has a suspicious secret she just won't share. Plus, Mr. Quimby's new job offer could have the entire family relocating. It's a lot to handle for Ramona. But whatever trial comes her way, Ramona can count on one thing for sure—she'll always be Ramona…forever!


Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary continues to amuse readers with her wonderful, blunderful Ramona Quimby!

The One and Only Ivan

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Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.


Ivy and Bean #3: Break The Fossil Record

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World-record fever grips the second grade, and soon Ivy and Bean are trying to set their own record by becoming the youngest people to have ever discovered a dinosaur. But how hard is it to find one?

Ivy and Bean #2: The Ghost That Had To Go

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Best friends Ivy and Bean are back and looking for adventure in the second installment of this engaging new series. This time they've made an amazing discoverya ghost in the school bathroom! Ivy and Bean can see its cloudy form and its glowing eyes. They can hear its moaning voice. This is the best thing that ever happened at schooluntil the teachers find out. Now Ivy and Bean have to figure out how to get the ghost out of the bathroom. Will they succeed? Maybe. Will they have fun? Of course!

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