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War at the Snow White Motel and Other Stories

by Tim Wynne-Jones
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: short stories, self-esteem & self-reliance, adolescence

In “War at the Snow White Motel,” Rex and his family are vacationing in Vermont. A thoughtless act launches him into war with an older teenager at their motel, but a much bigger conflict — the Vietnam War — looms large on the horizon.

Ant wants to join the #FridaysForFuture movement — and impressing the new girl at school is only one good …

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Tales from the Fringes of Fear

by Jeff Szpirglas, illustrated by Steven P. Hughes
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: horror & ghost stories, short stories, paranormal

Most kids don’t have to stress about things like exotic insects with a taste for human flesh when they go to class. But students at this school have to be ever vigilant. You never know when a supernatural pastry or a clay monster bent on revenge might be lurking just around the corner. Even a simple field trip to a local animal sanctuary can hav …

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Big Words Small Stories: Smell the Daisies

by Judith Henderson, illustrated by T. L. McBeth
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: words, short stories, humorous stories

Meet Oleander, who likes to keep busy, and her pet salamander, Sally Mander, who prefers to take it easy. As they go about their days in these five stories, they're visited by the Sprinkle Fairy (she's the owner of a word factory in Sicily) and her helpers, who've slipped a Big Word into each story. Which means, when Sally Mander is slacking off on …

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Tales from Beyond the Brain

by Jeff Szpirglas, illustrated by Steven P. Hughes
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: horror & ghost stories, paranormal, short stories

Imagine walking home from school one day and seeing a brain on the side of the road, a brain that, it turns out, is looking for a new home. Or instead of paying attention to the teacher, you shoot a paper airplane across the room and accidentally rip a hole in the fabric of the universe. And what would you do if you discovered that your class readi …

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Big Words Small Stories: The Traveling Dustball

by Judith Henderson, illustrated by T. L. McBeth
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: short stories, words, humorous stories

The second collection in the Big Words Small Stories series follows the adventures of Davey and his dog, Abigail. When Davey tries to sweep an enormous dustball out the front door, the wind lifts the dustball into the air --- and Davey and Abigail with it! Their flying dustball takes them on adventures to places around the world, including Italy, C …

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The Whirlpool

Stories

by Laurel Croza, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
edition: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, emotions & feelings, short stories

Charity takes small steps to escape her controlling father. Jasmine endures the rumors about her at school, even though no one really knows what happened last summer. The Oh! So Perfect Hair Dolly wishes for just the right child to take her home from the store. Nicola has a run-in with a classmate on her first day at a new school in the big city …

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