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Captain Awesome to the Rescue!
by Stan Kirby Details
When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.
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Captain Awesome
Gnawing Around
by Marcie Colleen Details
When a few beavers come to town, the Grumpy Woods are even grumpier than usual. These beavers are chewing down the trees and drying up their river water with a dam.
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up
by Kate DiCamillo Details
Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn't have is a horse--until he meets Maybelline, and then it's love at first sight.
Little Shaq
by Shaquille O'Neal Details
Seven-year-old Shaquille O'Neal, a talented basketball and video game player, learns to share the spotlight with his cousin Barry when the youngsters work together to earn money by watering plants.
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Little Shaq
Lulu and the Duck in the Park
by Hilary McKay Details
Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again.
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Mercy Watson to the Rescue
by Kate DiCamillo Details
After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.
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Mercy Watson
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
by Noah Z. Jones Details
After falling through the refrigerator into the Land of Fake Believe, Princess meets a girl named Moldylocks who takes her to the home of the Three Beards for chili--but when the Beards capture her friend, Princess must come up with a plan to save her.
Nate the Great
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat Details
Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.
Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs
by Katherine Applegate Details
When the first-graders' bee antennae would not stay on their heads and the drummers would not stay in their seats for the open house play, Roscoe decides to help by using the "don't-you-dare" glue.
Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade
by Stephanie Greene Details
Posey's fear of starting first grade is alleviated when her teacher invites the students to wear their most comfortable clothes to school on the first day.
The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders
by Amy Marie Stadelmann Details
Beatrix is a witch, but her twin sister Olive is not, and when Beatrix plays one trick too many on Olive and their classmate Eddie the two decide to get back at her with a bucket of garden spiders--but when the spiders get into a growing potion and turn into giant spiders the three children have to work together to save their town.
The Princess in Black
by Shannon Hale Details
Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!
Updated 04/03/2017

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