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Title: Dog Heaven
Author: Graham Salisbury

Calvin has a challenge to write an essay for his teacher, Mr. Purdy. He also gets attached to a dog at the Humane Society. Will he be allowed to keep it? How does the journey with the dog help with the essay?

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Author: Graham Salisbury

Calvin plays a terrible trick on his babysitter, Stella. To make up for it, he gives her an exceptionally thoughtful birthday present. Another sweet story in the series.

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Author: Chris Grabenstein

This magical book is so much fun and the action keeps moving forward. We all know being at a library lock-in is the best thing ever. How about a lock-in in a brand new library for the weekend? How about a quest to solve clues and challenges in a game invented by a game maker? The book follows the gamers as they find and solve their clues and explain their decisions. There are a few unsavory characters (think Willy Wonka) but overall everyone is pretty cool and the ending of the book is great!

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Author: Tim Harrington

This book is a new twist on the fingerplay, "This Little Piggy". The toes decide to break out on some wonderful adventures.  It is pretty funny what they get themselves up to!

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Author: Jan Pinborough

Did you know there was a time when children were not welcome in public libraries? This is so hard for us to fathom because nowadays children are some of our best patrons! Anyway, there was really a time like that and this book teaches us about Miss Moore who was a pioneer in New York libraries and changed people's views on this. This lovely book gives us a great history lesson!

So much longing....

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Author: Marion Bauer

If you've every wanted a dog and couldn't have one, this book is for you.  Told in verse makes it a quick read.  Told from many points of view, this story is all about longing for something. "And what is longing made of except hope?"  Don't worry, no dogs die!

Great Graphic Novel

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Author: Jorge Aguirre

This plot has some delicious twists and turns and I laughed aloud quite a bit. The ending is one I bet you won't predict. Claudette is a problem solver not a whiner.  I liked that. I also liked how her friend and brother were given a chance to shine also. This book is all about courage.  It could also be a good anti-bully book. This is one graphic novel that I can recommend very highly indeed.

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Author: Chris Colfer

When twins, Alex and Conner, discover the magical powers of a fairy tale book their Grandmother leaves them, they are transported into the kingdoms of a not-so-happy fairy tale land.  In order to get home they must collect various items to complete the Wishing Spell.  This is a great middle school  book, especially for those who are familiar with the classic fairy tale characters.....but always be looking for the "twist in the tale!"