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A Black Hole Is Not a Hole
by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
If a black hole is not a hole, then what is it? Find out what black holes are, what causes them, and how scientists first discovered them. Learn how astronomers find black holes, get to know our nearest black-hole neighbor, and take a journey that will literally s-t-r-e-t-c-h the mind.
Bad news for outlaws : the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. marshall
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma.
by Doug Tennapel
When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.
Dork Diaries 4: Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess
by Rachel Renee Russell
When her crush Brandon reveals that the animal shelter where he volunteers is in danger of being closed, Nikki and her friends enter an ice skating competition to help raise money, an effort that is compromised by an interfering Mackenzie.
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
by Lutricia Clifton
Twelve-year-old Frankie Joe Huckaby, forced to live with the father he never knew, a stepmother, and four half-brothers in Illinois, starts a delivery service to finance his escape back to his mother in Texas, not realizing he is making a better life for himself than he ever had with her.
Goosebumps: Wanted: The Haunted Mask
by R.L. Stine
When she discovers an evil mask at the bottom of a trunk and puts it on, LuAnn's Halloween turns into a real nightmare because only an act of unbelievable kindness can remove it.
Haunted Histories: Creeoy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces
by J.H. Everett
Shares facts about the locations where calamitous historical events occurred, covering topics ranging from the Tower of London and the torture methods used there, to dungeon life for prisoners, and the most popular poisoning methods.
Horrible Hauntings : An Augmented Reality Collection of Ghosts and Ghouls
by Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrations of 10 famous historical hauntings introduce readers to some of the most notorious and chilling ghosts throughout the ages. Using interactive augmented reality to enhance the images on the pages, readers are able to see and interact with 3-D ghosts, which appear to come alive and can be manipulated by the viewer. NOTE: Free app required to see ghosts. You must download Horrible Hauntings from Google Play or the Apple App Store and launch the app on your iOS device, Android phone, or tablet.
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of African American Slavery
by Cynthia Grady
A volume of evocative and moving poems considers the experiences of slaves in a variety of circumstances including a house slave, a mother who loses her daughter on the auction block, and a slave fleeing through the Underground Railroad.
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
by Ben Hatke
Zita is determined to find her way home to Earth, but her exploits have made her an intergallactic megastar, and as her true self is eclipsed by her public persona, she faces a robot doppelganger, unsure of whom she can trust.
Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead
Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.
Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House
by Julia Moberg
Fascinating and sometimes mysterious collection of presidential pets combined with fun poetry and facts about the US presidents.
by Lizzie K. Foley
Ten-year-old Jane Doe, the only student average enough to be excluded from the town of Remarkable's School for the Remarkably Gifted, is joined at her public school by the trouble-making Grimlet twins, who lead her on a series of adventures involving an out-of-control science fair project, a pirate captain on the run from a mutinous crew, a lonely dentist, and a newly constructed bell tower that endangers Remarkable's most beloved inhabitant--a skittish lake monster named Lucky.
Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes
by Lauren Child
Thirteen-year-old Ruby, a genius code-cracker and daring detective, gets an anonymous call setting a challenge that leads her to the headquarters of Spectrum, a highly secret anti-crime agency that needs her help to crack a code, but soon Ruby uncovers dastardly plans of the Fool's Gold Gang.
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Same Sun Here
by Silas and Neela Vaswani House
A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.
by Michael Morpurgo
Teenager Aman and his mother lose their loyal spaniel Shadow while escaping Afghanistan to flee to England. Now they must depend on a friend and his grandfather to enable Shadow's return.
Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos
by Christopher Ford
"In his quest to reclaim the throne of Sticatha from his evil stepmother, the exiled prince Zozimos has fought golems, matched wits with a sphinx, and overcome his own ineptitude to, well, stay alive. Now, with his homeland finally in sight, he and his band of misfits ready themselves for battle. Only it's not quite the fight they were expecting."
The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister
by Kami Kinard
Eighth-grader Kara McAllister chronicles her efforts when she tries to use the scientific method to transform her social blunders into romantic victories.
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by Christopher Healey
The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom
Today's Air Force Heroes
by Miriam Aronin
Kids will meet real-life airmen and women who have displayed incredible courage in the face of danger as they served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth's Strangest Animals
by Michael Hearst
This book introduces the reader to a wealth of extraordinary life forms. From the top of Mt. Everest to 10,000 feet under the sea, fascinating animals are everywhere. A basilisk that can run on water, an octopus that can mimic other animals, a fish that defends itself with slime and ties itself in a knot to wipe the slime away ... plus dozens more!
White House Kids: The Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents' Children
by Joe Rhatigan
Shares the experiences of growing up in the White House, discusses the good and the bad, and profiles the children that have lived there.
Updated 06/27/2013
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