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Boy Adventure

Bridge to Terabithia

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Katherine Paterson
HarperCollins
Fiction
Softcover
$5.99
$4.50

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This is the 1978 Newbery Medal-winning book about true friendship between Jess Aaron and Leslie Burke and of the magical kingdom they create just for themselves---Terabithia.

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

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Sam McBratney
Candlewick
Fiction
Softcover
$5.50

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One night before bedtime three young mice ask the wise old mouse to take them to see the dark at the top of the stairs. Sam McBratney and Ivan Bates collaborate to create a suspenseful read-aloud picture book for preschool children. What is the dark at the top of the stairs? The mice ask this question as they fearfully and bravely climb one stair after another. This story helps develop young children's imaginations. It is a good Halloween read.

A Different Kind of Hero

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Ann R.Blakeslee
Marshall Cavendish
Historical Adventure, fiction
Softcover
$5.95
$4.50

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In 1881 twelve-year-old Renny, who resists his father's efforts to turn him into a rough, tough, brawling boy, earns the disapproval of the entire mining camp when he befriends a newly arrived Chinese boy.

The Greatest Skating Race

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Louise Borden
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Niki Daly
Hardcover
$18.95
$14.20

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In the winter of 1941 Piet, a young Dutch boy from Sluis, has the important and frightening assignment of accompanying two Dutch children as they skate along the canals of the Netherlands into free Belgium.

Holes

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Louis Sachar
Francis Foster Books
Fiction
Hardcover
$17.00
$12.75

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Stanley Yelnats finds himself handcuffed and on his way to Green Lake, a place where "bad boys" are sent. For recreation the residents of Green Lake dig holes. Why the warden makes them dig holes and what they discover is the subject of this often humorous, often heartrending, and always gripping story. This is both a Rebecca Caudill and 1999 Newbery award winning book.

Me and Billy

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James Lincoln Collier
Marshall Cavendish
Fiction, Adventure
Hardcover
$15.95
$11.15

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After escaping the orphanage where they have spent their lives together, two boys become assistants to a con artist, and while Possum objects to the lying, stealing, and cheating, Billy only cares about making money and taking life easy.

Pedro the Brave

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Leo Broadley
Tiger Tales
Holly Swain
Hardcover
$25.00

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When Pedro and his friends are threatened by a hungry wolf, he keeps his wits and changes the wolf's mind about what he wants to eat.

Storm Boy

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Paul Owen Lewis
Tricycle Press
Paul Owen Lewis
Softcover
$6.95
$5.21

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A young Haida prince washes ashore in an unfamiliar village inhabited by strange enormous creatures. There begins his spiritual adventure.

Learn-by-doing

Crayons and Computers

Computer art activies encourage children of 4 to 8 to explore the world of color by using a technological tool with which they are very familiar--the computer.

Newly Arrived

Replay

Replay by award-
winning author, Sharon Creech is alternately funny and tender. Leo, the teller of the story, dreams he is the biggest star on broadway.

Suggested Gift Books

Books featuring
Girl Adventure

Fever 1793

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Laurie Halsie Anderson
Simon and Schuster
Historical Fiction
Softcover
$5.99
$4.49

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This is the historical fiction account of one young girl's survival against Yellow Fever when it hit her hometown of Philadelphis in 1793, killing 10 per cent of the population.

Peppermints in the Parlor

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Barbara Brooks Wallace
Aladdin Paperbacks
Fiction, Mystery
Softcover
$6.99
$5.24

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Newly orphaned Emily Luccock travels to San Francisco to live in her beloved aunt and uncle's white-pillared mansion. She is met at the train staion by a drab woman with sunken eyes and a deathly-pale face. Emily needs all her wits and courage to discover the secrets of Sugar Hill Hall.

Sammy Keyes and the skeleton man

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Wendelin Van Draanen
Scholastic, Inc.
Fiction
Softcover
$1.25

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Sammy Keyes gets more than she bargained for on Halloween night. Trick-or-treating at the Bush house, she encounters the skeletan man and Mr. Bush in a Frankenstein mask, almost dead. A whirlwind Halloween mystery story begins in which Sammy discovers a long-held grudge, a robbery that is more than it appears, and the truth about Mr. Bush.

Tuck Everlasting

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Natalie Babbitt
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Fiction
Softcover
$5.95
$4.45

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The Tuck family has drunk water from a spring in the woods that gives them life forever. When Winnie Foster stumbles across Jesse Tuck at the spring and discovers his secret, the Tuck family must impress upon her the importance of the secret. Complications arise when a yellow-suited stranger overhears the story of the Tuck family. An ALA Notable Book

Books featuring
Historical Fiction

Bull Run

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Paul Fleischman
HarperTrophy
Historical fiction
Softcover
$4.99
$3.75

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Paul Fleischman has recreated the first great battle of the Civil War from the points of view of sixteen participants, Northern and Southern, male and female, white and black, old and young. History comes alive as one reads the short 1 or 2 page accounts of each participant as they share their experiences and perspectives.

Fever 1793

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Laurie Halsie Anderson
Simon and Schuster
Historical Fiction
Hardcover
$16.00
$11.75

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This is the historical fiction account of one young girl's survival against Yellow Fever when it hit her hometown of Philadelphis in 1793, killing 10 per cent of the population.

The Greatest Skating Race

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Louise Borden
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Niki Daly
Hardcover
$18.95
$14.20

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In the winter of 1941 Piet, a young Dutch boy from Sluis, has the important and frightening assignment of accompanying two Dutch children as they skate along the canals of the Netherlands into free Belgium.

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