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A Mouse Called Wolf
by Dick King-Smith Details
A mouse with an unusual name shares his musical gift with a widowed concert pianist.
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo Details
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-tale of Mystery
by Deborah Howe Details
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
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Bunnicula
Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White Details
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.
Flat Stanley
by Jeff Brown Details
After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.
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Flat Stanley
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg Details
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself. Lexile Level: 700
Little House in the Big Woods
by Laura Ingalls Wilder Details
A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors. Note: Many titles by this author adapt well for duo interpretation.
Mr. Popper's Penguins
by Richard Atwater Details
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
by Eleanor Coerr Details
Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.
Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan Details
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
by Louis Sachar Details
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume Details
Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.
The Chocolate Touch
by Patrick S. Catling Details
When John Midas acquires a magical gift, everything his lips touch turns into chocolate.
The Desperado Who Stole Baseball
by John H. Ritter Details
In 1881, the scrappy, rough-and-tumble baseball team in a California mining town enlists the help of a quick-witted twelve-year-old orphan and the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid to win a big game against the National League Champion Chicago White Stockings.
The Dollhouse Murders
by Betty Ren Wright Details
A dollhouse filled with a ghostly light in the middle of the night and dolls that have moved from where she last left them lead Amy and her mentally challenged sister to unravel the mystery surrounding grisly murders that took place years ago.
The Million Dollar Putt
by Dan Gutman Details
Assisted by his neighbor, Birdie, blind thirteen-year-old Ed "Bogie" Bogard will win one million dollars if he can sink a ten-foot putt in Hawaii's fifth annual Angus Killick Memorial Tournament.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary Details
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
by Kate DiCamillo Details
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
The Willoughbys
by Lois Lowry Details
In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.
Updated 06/27/2012
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