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Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen

retold by Ken Setterington, illustrated by Nelly Hofer & Ernst Hofer
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: adaptations, friendship

Gerda and Kay are the best of friends. They live across an alley from each other and happily chat, play, and tend their lovely rose garden. The children are happy until tragedy strikes Kay. His eye and heart are pierced with fragments of a mirror, and the loving boy Gerda knew vanishes. The Snow Queen has put him under her spell and taken him to he …

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Adventures in the Middle Ages

by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Bill Slavin
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: adventure & adventurers

Join the Binkertons --- twins Josh and Emma and their pesky little sister Libby --- as they visit the Good Times Travel Agency for a trip unlike any other --- to medieval times. The trio quickly discover that medieval life isn't all knights in shining armor and stately pageants. Things go from bad to worse when the castle they're in is attacked and …

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Adventures in Ancient Egypt

by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Bill Slavin
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: adventure & adventurers

Adventures in Ancient Egypt mixes fact and fiction for fast, funny and fascinating romps through the past. Kids will love the book’s contemporary comic-book look with its zany illustrations, speech balloons and guidebook. Parents and teachers will love the well-researched story lines and solid factual information.

In this book, the Binkerton twins …

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The Castle Key

by Karen Krossing
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, multigenerational

Twelve-year-old Moon lives with her father after her mother disappears, leaving her with nothing but a beautiful ring, which also mysteriously vanishes. After her mother’s departure, her father has become unusually depressed and moody. Moon, however, firmly believes that she will see her mother again and develops a strong interest in magic as a w …

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Le Roi Gilgamesh

by Ludmila Zeman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 4
tagged: french, ancient civilizations
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Anne of Green Gables

by L.M. Montgomery, illustrated by Laura Fernandez & Rick Jacobson, introduction by Kate Butler MacDonald
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: adoption

Anne (with an ‘e’ of course) starts out as a mistake. The elderly Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had planned on adopting a boy to help Matthew with the chores on their Prince Edward Island farm. What are they to do with the red-haired, high-spirited girl who arrives instead?

Anne Shirley, with her boundless imagination and heart, slowly brings joy …

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Eagles

by Deborah Hodge, illustrated by Nancy Gray Ogle
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: k to 5
tagged: birds

Did you know that a Golden Eagle has more than 7000 feathers? Or that a Bald Eagle's nest can be as tall as a house? How eagles build their nests is just one of the 14 topics in this look at the two types of eagles found in North America --- the Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle. Kids can find out how eagles fly, what they eat, how they hunt, what th …

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The Breadwinner (movie tie-in edition)

by Deborah Ellis
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: middle east, girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance

"All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis." — Malala Yousafzai, New York Times

The first book in Deborah Ellis’s riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her …

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The Boy in the Burning House

by Tim Wynne-Jones
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, emotions & feelings, boys & men

Two years after his father mysteriously disappeared, Jim Hawkins is coping -- barely. Underneath he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. Then Ruth Rose crashes into his life. A sixteen-year-old misfit whose manic moods have to be managed by drugs, she tells Jim that her stepfather is a murderer. Every instinct tells Jim to walk away, to get back to t …

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