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Across Five Aprils - Grades 5-9

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Across Five Aprils looks at Matthew Creighton's family as tensions rise between the North and the South. When war breaks out, the Creightons find the war has divided their family and created dangerous strife between neighbors.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Grades 9-12

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Encountering trouble at every turn and conflicts between societal expectations and their own inclinations and experiences, Huckleberry Finn is considered by many to be the Great American Novel.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Grades 6-9

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Tom gets into plenty of trouble on his own, but throw in a real-life murderer, buried treasure, and getting lost in a cave during a Sunday school picnic and you've got a real adventure!

Anne of Green Gables - Grades 5-8

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Anne of Green Gables is a poor orphan girl looking for a kindred spirit. When the orphanage mistakenly sends her to Prince Edward Island to an aging brother and sister who need a boy to help on the farm, they all get more than they bargained for!

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain - Grades 1-3

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain follows young Jonathan as he goes over the mountain to borrow a large pot for his mother. As he travels, he reminds himself "There... are... no... bears... on... Hemlock... Mountain... no... bears... no... bears... at... all."

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Grades 4-6

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The annual Christmas pageant was safe and routine until the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, land all the main parts. What happens when kids who have never heard the story of Christmas interpret it for their new church? Find out in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

The Big Wave - Grades 3-5

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The Big Wave is the story of two young Japanese boys whose lives are changed forever when a tsunami crashes against their island and takes Jiya's entire family. As Jiya struggles with his loss, with the help of his friend Kino he learns that life is stronger than death, and as his heart heals he finds he is ready to live again.

The Bridge - Grades 4-6

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The Bracken Trilogy #1: The Bridge brings the reader into the world of spoiled Princess Rosalynn, who must find her father in order to protect the kingdom from invaders. The Wise Woman that Rosalynn meets on her journey comforts, heals, and guides her, leading her through the enemy's territory.

Bridge to Terebithia - Grades 6-8

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When Jess befriends Leslie, the new girl at school, she opens up a world of imagination for him. together they create the secret kingdom the Terabithia where Leslie is queen and Jess learns to be king. Only after tragedy strikes does Jess realize what he has learned from Leslie about facing his fears.

The Bronze Bow - Grades 6-8

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Angry and vengeful at the death of his parents, Daniel bar Jamin joins an outlaw Zealot band pledging to do all he can to rid the land if the hated Romans. But Daniel's life is forever changed after an encounter with a wandering teacher named Jesus.

The Call of the Wild - Grades 8-12

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Buck is stolen from his home and sent north to pull sleds for the Canadian mail service. Buck finds he must learn fast or die, and the new law of life is primitive - the law of club and fang. London reveals the lengths to which men will go to satisfy the gold lust, and he explores the animal instinct of kill or be killed as Buck rises to leader of the pack.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch - Grades 5-8

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Nathaniel Bowditch becomes an indentured servant at the age of 12, giving up his dreams of going to Harvard. Through hard work and perseverance, Nat continues his studies on his own. His discoveries in the field of navigation are put to the test when Nat becomes the captain of his own ship.

The Cay - Grades 4-6

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Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curagao. War has always been a game to him, and he's eager to glimpse it firsthand--until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.

Charlotte's Web - Grades 4-6

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Charlotte's Web is the much-loved story about Wilbur, a runt pig destined for slaughter, and Charlotte, a clever spider with a big vocabulary and willingness to help. Charlotte's messages of love and praise amaze a community and save Wilbur's life.

A Christmas Carol - Grades 8-12

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A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story of greed, cold-heartedness, and redemption. Scrooge is content with his life of work and petty self-interest--or he would be if he were content with anything.

The Courage of Sarah Noble - Grades 1-3

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The Courage of Sarah Noble takes place in 1707, the year eight-year-old Sarah accompanies her father into the wilderness of Connecticut. When her father leaves to bring the rest of the family back, Sarah is left in the care of a neighboring Indian tribe, where she learns the meaning of trust and friendship.

The Cricket in Times Square - Grades 4-6

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The Cricket in Times Square tells the story of Chester Cricket from Connecticut, who is accidentally transported to New York in a picnic basket. Alone and afraid in a strange city, Chester is befriended by Harry and Tucker, a cat and mouse, who help him adjust to city life and discover his amazing musical talent that brings success to a failing subway station newsstand.

Crispin: Cross of Lead - Grades 4-6

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Winner of the 2003 Newbery Medal, Crispin: Cross of Lead is a story of faith, developing maturity, and learning what freedom and manhood really mean.

Crown and Jewel - Grades 4-6

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Bracken Trilogy #2: Crown and Jewel is the story of Princess Rosewyn, the daughter of Queen Rosalynn and King Herron, who spends her time climbing trees, riding pigs, and taking dares. She despises royal manners and is always looking for a bit of adventure. In this pursuit, she inadvertently stumbles upon the secret plot to overthrow her royal family.

A Day No Pigs Would Die - Grades 9-12

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A Day No Pigs Would Die is the story of Robert Peck, a Shaker boy growing up on a Vermont farm, who saves a neighbor's cow and is rewarded with a piglet to raise. However, tough times bring wrenching decisions when slaughtering season comes. Told from the boy's perspective, this story is both funny and moving, as Robert learns about life, love, and death, and what it means to be a man.

The Door in the Wall - Grades 4-6

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The Door in the Wall by Marguerite DeAngeli was the 1950 Newbery Medal winner. When Robin loses the use of his legs, he believes he can never become a knight. But a kindly monk shows Robin how even someone who cannot walk has a purpose and place in life.

The Drinking Gourd - Grades 1-3

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The Drinking Gourd is the story of young 'misbehaving' Tommy, who accidentally discovers a family of runaway slaves who his father has hidden in their barn. Tommy helps his father hide Big Jeff, Vinnie, Little Jeff, and baby Pearl in the hay wagon and take them to the river, following the route of the drinking gourd, a constellation in the northern sky pointing the way to freedom.

Fahrenheit 451 - Grades 10-12

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No one is allowed to read books--no one wants to read books. Books are only filled with confusing and contradictory ideas, and it is more important to have fun and be entertained. When an old woman refuses to leave her books and dies in the flames, Montag wonders, what in her books inspires such passion?

Farmer Boy - Grades 4-6

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Farmer Boy follows Almanzo, as he works the farm with his family, enjoys the labor as much as the leisure times, and learns the hard lessons (and rewards) of patience, honesty, loyalty, and prudence.

The Fellowship of the Ring - Grades 9-12

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From his humble and comfortable life in the Shire, Frodo is thrust into a world so much bigger than he imagined, filled with evil and death as well as lyrical beauty and heroic sacrifice. How can one small hobbit make a difference against overwhelming odds and evil, and why continue when failure appears certain?

Frankenstein - Grades 10-12

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Frankenstein's terror comes not from sheer shock, but because it examines real, human desires and capabilities. Frankenstein creates a man--only to discover that creation carries more consequences and responsibilities than he foresaw. The resulting tragedy speaks directly to some of the issues facing us in science and medicine today.

Frog and Toad Together - Grades K-2

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Frog & Toad Together is a collection of short, simple stories about friendship. They are two friends who do everything together. They plant gardens together, they share cookies together, they set out on a brave journey together, and together they do nothing at all when Toad loses his list of "things to do."

The Giver - Grades 7-9

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The Giver is the story of the perfect society in which Jonas lives. In Jonas's world, all children are assigned the jobs they will do as adults. Jonas is singled out to become the Receiver of Memory, to learn all the hidden secrets of the past--the pain and the pleasures that his community has abolished. but when Jonas learns what his society has lost to achieve perfection, he devises a plan to give the memories back to his community.

The Great Gatsby - Grades 9-12

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The Great Gatsby takes place in the roaring 1920s. Nick Carraway finds himself living among the idle rich. As he surveys their reckless lives and relationships, he is repeatedly drawn to one man who still believes in the American Dream: Jay Gatsby. As Nick and Gatsby are carried along by forces that neither of them fully control or understand, they get a thorough education on the consequences of materialism, deceit, and petty self-interest.

Hamlet - Grades 9-12

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Hamlet is known to most as Shakespeare's masterpiece. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, seeks to avenge the foul murder of his father. His indecision and his madness--feigned or real--result in his tragic downfall.

The Heart of Darkness - Grades 10-12

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In Heart of Darkness, Marlow is sent to Africa in search of a mysterious ivory trader named Kurtz. He learns what can happen when a man believes himself no longer accountable to society or God.

The Hiding Place - Grades 6-9

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As Christians, the ten Booms reach out to the Jews and hide them during Nazi raids, bringing Corrie into the underground activity of protecting Jews. Through danger, suspense, and dire consequences, Corrie and Betsie follow God's leading even as they struggle with different moral questions and find there are no easy answers.

The Hobbit - Grades 8-12

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Against his better judgment, Bilbo Baggins agrees to accompany a troupe of dwarves and Gandalf the wizard on a quest to avenge their people against an evil dragon and to recover a hoard of lost treasure. This classic tale explores personal loyalty, wisdom, greed, and ambition as the group struggles through Middle-earth toward their goals.

Holes - Grades 5-8

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Holes follows the life of Stanley Yelnats. Accused and convicted of a crime he did not commit, he goes to Camp Green Lake, a misnamed juvenile detention camp on a dried up, barren Texas lake-bed. Every day each boy must dig a five-foot hole in the dry lake bed to "build character"; but it soon becomes clear that the warden is looking for something.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson - Grades 4-6

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In the Year of the Boar & Jackie Robinson is the story of Shirley Temple Wong, who travels from China to New York City in 1947. Shirley is happy to have her family together again at last, but she has difficulty adjusting to life in a new country with its new customs and language. When she discovers baseball and learns about Jackie Robinson, the first black American to play in the major leagues, Shirley begins to understand how America is truly a land of opportunity.

The Indian in the Cupboard - Grades 5-7

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The Indian in the Cupboard tells the story of Omri and his toy Indian who comes to life when he puts him in the cupboard. Omri learns that the Indian is more than a novelty. He is a real person, an Iroquois brave; he has a name, Little Bear; and he lived in the past over 200 years ago. What begins as fun turns out to have serious repercussions when Omri lets his friend Patrick in on the secret.

Introduction to Poetry - Grades 8-12

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Introduction to Poetry uses three short poetry anthologies to examine more than 40 well-known English-language poems, introducing students to techniques such as rhyme and meter and various poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, the ballad, and more.

Island of the Blue Dolphins - Grades 5-7

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Island of Blue Dolphins was the 1961 Newbery Medal Winner. When disaster strikes, Karana's people leave their island home to begin a new life across the sea. But Karana is left behind and must learn to survive for many years while keeping alive the hope of an eventual rescue. Based on a true story.

Jane Eyre - Grades 9-12

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Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's haunting novel of a young orphan who moves through increasingly harsh circumstances with dignity, and self-respect. She finally finds happiness as a governess at Thornfield Hall, but her love for Mr. Rochester may never be realized when his past comes back to haunt him.

Johnny Tremain - Grades 6-8

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Johnny Tremain will whisk your kids away to the time of the American Revolution. When an injury prevents Johnny Tremain from continuing his duties as an apprentice silversmith, he finds work as a courier for a secret network of revolutionaries, and finds himself caught up in the struggle for American independence.

The Josefina Story Quilt - Grades 1-3

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The Josefina Story Quilt begins when Faith's family packs their covered wagon for the long journey to California; but there is no room for Faith's pet hen Josefina. As the wagon train begins the journey, Faith begins her patches for a quilt that will tell the story of their travels. In spite of Faith's promise to keep her chicken out of trouble, Josefina nearly causes a stampede, and falls in a river during a crossing. But, the difficult journey is too much for Josefina, and Faith must bravely say goodbye to her pet, using her travel quilt to tell the story of their trip and to always remember her pet, Josefina.

Julius Caesar - Grades 9-12

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Julius Caesar has been made emperor of Rome for life; many want to make him king. But some in the Roman Senate envy Caesar his success, and others fear what he may do with his power, and so they arrange his death. The conspirators discover that assassination is a messy tool for achieving power, however, and ruling Rome is more complicated than removing Caesar.

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie - Grades 1-2

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In the winter of 1856, Abbie's father, the lighthouse keeper, must go for badly-needed supplies, medicine, and oil. As he leaves, he asks for Abbie's promise to keep the lights burning. She gives her word and watches him row away, not knowing that a storm will soon isolate the lighthouse for four weeks. She learns what a promise means as she tends the lights nightly, cares for her sick mother, her sister, and her chickens, and watches anxiously for the storm to end.

The Last of the Mohicans - Grades 9-12

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The Last of the Mohicans follows Uncas, Chingachook, and Hawkeye as they escort General Monroe's daughters through the woods.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Grades 4-7

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a tale symbolic of the Gospel. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy discover the magical land of Narnia where the evil White Witch has made it always winter but never Christmas. Though Aslan's return brings hope to the Narnians, that hope is crushed when Aslan gives himself in sacrifice to save Edmund from the Witch. Who will save Narnia now?

Little House in the Big Woods - Grades 4-6

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Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's celebrated "Little House" series, and tells of Laura's childhood in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Living in the deep woods, Laura learns the importance of love, obedience, and family. The book is also a beautiful account of pioneer living told from a child's perspective.

Little House on the Prairie - Grades 4-6

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Little House on the Prairie is the third in Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" Series. When the Ingalls decide to move out of the Big Woods of Wisconsin, little Laura finds the trip alternates between boredom and moments of heart-stopping excitement. The real story starts when they arrive in the grasslands of Kansas and have to build their new lives--and learn to live with the nearby Indians, howling wolves, and everyday joys and fears.

The Long Way to a New Land - Grades 1-3

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Long Way to a New Land takes place in 1868. Sweden is devastated by drought and Carl Erik's family is starving. Hope reaches them when a letter from their uncle in America arrives, inviting them to "the land of opportunity." They decide to sell the farm and go to America to make a new life. The packing, the goodbyes, and the trip itself are difficult; yet the children eagerly wonder when they might get wheat bread with butter in America.

The Long Way Westward - Grades 1-3

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Long Way Westward is the sequal to Long Way to a New Land. America is full of surprises...the streets are not paved with gold! Carl Erik and his family travel west on train after train to La Crosse, Wisconsin and from there, to Anoka, Minnesota, where their uncle lives and Papa has work. All the travel, the dangers, the crowds, and the cold are forgotten the moment they arrive. They're finally home!

The Lord of the Flies - Grades 11-12

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Lord of the Flies is a mature study on fallen human nature. During a nuclear war, a mixed group of proper and civilized British boys are stranded on a jungle island. They struggle to establish order within their little world, but the result is chaos and death.

Macbeth - Grades 9-12

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Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's masterpieces, a classic story of betrayal and murder. Macbeth sets off chaos throughout Scotland when he kills his friend, kinsman, and king to fulfill a prophecy of personal power and ascension.

The Magician's Nephew - Grades 5-7

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The Magician's Nephew is the sixth book in C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, but recounts the events that took place before the official first book. Uncle Andrew's experiments send Polly and Digory to strange other worlds, but an encounter with the sinister Queen Jadis brings evil to the land of Narnia on the day of it's creation. Learn how Aslan, the Great Lion, created Narnia, and how all the Narnia stories began.

Maniac Magee - Grades 6-8

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Maniac Magee was the 1991 Newbery Medal Winner. A modern tall tale about a homeless boy whose legendary feats bring together a town divided by racial distrust and misunderstanding. Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee touches the lives of people on both the West and East Ends of Two Mills, Pennsylvania, as he searches for a place to call home.

The Merchant of Venice - Grades 9-12

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The Merchant of Venice is the Shakespearian tale of a wealthy merchant who indebts himself to a moneylender, agreeing to sacrifice a pound of flesh if he forfeits the loan. The comic results are a lesson in true justice.

The Minstrel in the Tower - Grades 2-4

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The Minstrel in the Tower is set in the year 1195, France. France. Roger and Alice live alone with their mother in a tiny cottage. Their father, a knight, left five years earlier to fight in the Crusades and never returned. When Roger's and Alice's mother falls dangerously ill, she sends them on a quest to find an uncle they never knew they had. They take with them their mother's lute. "Show him the eagle carved on the back," she tells them. "Ask him to come quickly. Quickly!" Things become complicated when they are captured by outlaws, and their lute--the only proof of their identity--is stolen.

Miss Rumphius - Grades 1-3

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Miss Rumphius is a beautiful generational story; when she is young, Miss Alice Rumphius sets two goals for herself. She will follow in her grandfather's footsteps and travel to faraway places, and then settle down by the sea. Her grandfather tells her she has one more thing she must do: she must make the world more beautiful.

Mr. Popper's Penguins - Grades 3-5

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Mr. Popper is a house painter and a dreamer who loves the antarctic and wishes he had traveled before settling down. Though his work barely brings in enough money to buy food for his family, they are happy. But Mr. Popper is a dreamer of big dreams, and when an explorer sends Mr. Popper a penguin from the South Pole, one turns out to be not enough.

A New Coat for Anna - Grades 1-3

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The war has ended, but the stores are empty, there is little food, and no one has any money. Anna has outgrown her winter coat that she has worn for years, so her mother devises a plan to provide her with a new one. With patience, hard work, sacrifice, and one long year of waiting, Anna and her mother finally succeed, making wonderful friends along the way.

Number the Stars - Grades 5-7

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Number the Stars was the 1990 Newbery Medal Winner. s the Nazis begin arresting the Jewish people of Denmark, Annemarie and her family work to keep their Jewish friends and neighbors safe.

The Old Man and the Sea - Grades 9-12

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The Old Man and the Sea was the winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for literature. After not catching anything for weeks, an old Cuban fisherman hooks a giant marlin that takes him far out to sea and tests his courage, skill, and stamina. A classic story of personal strength, loyalty, and endurance in the face of apparent defeat.

Oscar Otter/ Henry & Mudge in Puddle Trouble - Grades K-1

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Oscar Otter and Henry & Mudge in Puddle Trouble is the pre-reader story of an otter who gets tired of animals getting in his way when he plays--so he decides to build his own slide. He ignores some important advice from his father and when he decides to explore, he gets lost and attracts the attention of a fox, a wolf, a mountain lion, and even a curious moose. Thankfully, he finds his slide in time to escape narrowly from the other animals sliding after him.

Out of the Dust - Grades 7-9

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Out of the Dust was the 1998 Newbery Medal winner. Billie Jo is an only child, her mother is pregnant, her family is poor, and the crops won't grow. It's the Depression and dust covers and fills everything. Billie Joe finds joy and solace in her piano playing, but even that fails when unthinkable tragedy strikes her family. Out of the Dust is written as a poetic journal and vividly brings the Dustbowl years to life.

Out of the Silent Planet - Grades 9-12

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Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. In this first book in C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, Dr. Ransom is kidnapped and taken to the planet Malacandra where he learns the meaning of divine providence and gains new insight into the organization of our universe.

Ox-Cart Man - Grades 1-3

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Ox-Cart Man was the 1980 Caldecott Medal winner. This simple, rhythmic story traces a year in the life of a New England farm family in the 1800's. He fills his cart with the goods his family has produced throughout the year and takes them to market. After selling everything, including the cart and ox, he buys a few items and walks home. The values of hard work, patience, cooperation, family, and contentment are woven throughout the story.

Perelandra - Grades 9-12

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Perelandra is the second book in C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy. Dr. Ransom is sent to the planet Perelandra, where he tries to keep the inhabitants from following the human race into sin. Full of rich and imaginative description and practical insights into sin and temptation.

Pride & Prejudice - Grades 9-12

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Pride & Prejudice is Jane Austen's classic tale of Pride and Prejudice has been the delight of many a girl (and many a grown lady or man as well!); Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennett and a host of other memorable characters delight us with their carefully controlled satire on English life.

Prince Caspian - Grades 5-7

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In Prince Caspian, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are called back to Narnia to help Prince Caspian and his small army defeat the Telmarines. The children face danger and dissension as they travel through the Narnian wilderness, but the timely arrival of Aslan and a desperate gamble by Peter may save Narnia from Caspian's cruel Uncle Miraz.

The Red Badge of Courage - Grades 9-12

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The Red Badge of Courage gazes fearlessly into the bright hell of war through the eyes of one young soldier, Henry Fleming. He joins the Union army dreaming of glory and heroic acts on the battlefield, but the harsh reality of the Civil War leaves him struggling against fear and self-doubt to find courage in the midst of chaos.

Redwall - Grades 5-9

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Redwall is suddenly threatened by Cluny the Scourge, a terrible one-eyed rat and his horde of minions. Matthias, a quiet and unsure young mouse novice rises to the challenge; but he needs the sword of Martin the Warrior! What clues lie in the old sayings and tapestries?

The Return of the King - Grades 9-12

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Return of the King is the conclusion of Tolkien's epic myth, The Lord of the Rings. Frodo and Sam continue their hopeless trek across the devastated and evil land of Mordor, intent on destroying the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. As they struggle to reach their goal, Sauron throws his numberless horde against the woefully outmatched men at Minas Tirith. But out of apparent doom rises a new king and new hope.

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry - Grades 6-8

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry was the 1977 Newbery Medal Winner. In 1933 Mississippi, racist "night men" terrorize the Logans and their neighbors with acts of violence against black families. Young Cassie Logan must learn how to respond to the prejudice and injustice she experiences as she comes to realize the importance of the land to her family.

Romeo and Juliet - Grades 9-12

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Romeo & Juliet is Shakespeare's famous play about a love "too rash, too unadvised, to sudden," and its tragic outcome. Two teenagers, two warring families, and two poor advisors lead to a tragic outcome when emotion overcomes common sense.

Sam the Minuteman - Grades 1-3

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Sam the Minuteman is set during the start of the American Revolution. America is still a British colony, but the people are unhappy. One day, Sam sees British soldiers in Boston trying to keep order. "They want to keep us from being too strong." his father tells him. One spring night, Sam is woken by the church bells. The British soldiers are marching to Concord where the colonists have hidden weapons. Sam goes with his father and the Minutemen, hoping to hold back the British.

Sarah Plain & Tall - Grades 4-6

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Sarah, Plain and Tall was the 1986 Newbery Medal Winner. Sarah agrees to come visit for one month before agreeing to marry Papa. But Sarah misses her old home in Maine. Will she leave, or will she stay and bring song and laughter to their prairie home?

The Scarlet Letter - Grades 9-12

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The Scarlet Letter is the story of Hester Prynne, who tormented by guilt and the ostracization of her neighbors, refuses to reveal the identity of the father of her child--the man with whom she committed adultery. Hawthorne mixes Puritanism with the birth of Romanticism as he examines sin, guilt, vengeance, and redemption.

The Scarlet Pimpernel - Grades 9-12

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is the tale of a mysterious English nobleman who employs ingenious disguises to help French aristocrats escape execution at the guillotine. As the French attempt to discover who the Scarlet Pimpernel is via Marguerite St. Just, the plot weaves and twists as threats and hidden identities are discovered.

The Screwtape Letters - Grades 9-12

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The Screwtape Letters imagines what if hell were organized as a fiendish bureaucracy with managers and field agents? Meet Screwtape, upper management and uncle to Wormwood. Hell shares no love, but it is full of advice on the weaknesses of humanity, and it is extremely practical. Through Screwtape's letters of advice to Wormwood, Lewis wittily and sometimes painfully reveals our too-human weaknesses.

The Secret Garden - Grades 6-8

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The Secret Garden is the story of spoiled & selfish Mary Lennox, who is taken to England to live with her uncle in a large, gloomy house on the moors. There she discovers a locked garden that becomes a place of inner healing and a hidden room in which lives a boy as much in need of healing as Mary.

Shadow Spinner - Grades 5-8

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Shadow Spinner is based upon the 1,001 Nights story of Shahrazad. Shahrazad tells the Sultan a story every night, but does not quite finish by daybreak, and for almost a thousand days the Sultan has allowed her to live one more night to hear another story. But Shahrazad's time and imagination is running out. When a young girl named Marjan visits the harem, she has something Shahrazad needs--more stories. As the Sultan's mother plots against her, can Shahrazad, with Marjan's help, heal the Sultan's crippled heart and bring him peace?

Shiloh - Grades 5-7

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Shiloh was the 1992 Newbery Medal Winner. When Marty finds a lost beagle, he tries to hide it from his family and its real owner, a man known to mistreat his hunting dogs. Marty struggles with his conscience as he tries to keep Shiloh a secret and faces some difficult choices as he learns about the consequences of dishonesty.

Sign of the Beaver - Grades 5-7

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The Sign of the Beaver is set in Maine during the late 1700s. Twelve-year-old Matt is left alone in the Maine wilderness to take care of the cabin until his father can return with the rest of the family. But after a series of mishaps leaves Matt injured and without food, Matt must depend on a tribe of neighboring Indians for help. Matt discovers the problems of communicating with, depending upon, and understanding people from a different culture.

Stone Fox - Grades 3-5

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Stone Fox is the adventurous story of Willy, who lives with his suddenly ill-grandfather. When the State of Wyoming threatens to take his grandfather's farm, Willy enters a dog sled race hoping to win enough money to pay the taxes. But an Indian named Stone Fox also enters the race, and Stone Fox has never lost. Can Willy and his faithful dog, Searchlight, beat Stone Fox and his five white Samoyeds?

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Grades 8-12

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde details the life of good Dr. Jekyll, whose strange behavior alarms some of his friends, while the horrible crimes of the evil Mr. Hyde scandalize the community. Only after the doctor's disappearance do his friends discover the depth of his terrible experiments and the dangers of a man trying to release his own dark nature.

The Swiss Family Robinson - Grades 7-9

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The Swiss Family Robinson follows the Robinsons, a Swiss family journeying to a new life in a far-off colony, as they are shipwrecked and abandoned on an uncharted island. Through their own resourcefulness and the provision of God, they not only survive, but thrive, in their new home.

The Sword in the Tree - Grades 2-4

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The Sword in the Tree follows eleven-year-old Shan, son of Lord Weldon, who is happily training to become a knight. But everything changes when his long-lost uncle arrives; and when Lord Weldon mysteriously disappears, Shan's uncle takes over the castle. After hiding his father's sword, Shan and his mother go into hiding; but Shan plans for the day when he will reclaim his birthright.

A Tale of Two Cities - Grades 9-12

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A Tale of Two Cities is set during the French Revolution. Imprisoned by the French aristocracy for many years, Dr. Manette is finally released and joins his daughter Lucie in London. There they meet French emigre' Charles Darnay, who narrowly escapes charges of treason. Darnay falls in love with Lucie and they marry. But as the fires of revolution sweep across France, all three return to Paris, where they are caught up in the chaos.

Things Fall Apart - Grades 10-12

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Things Fall Apart is set in Colonial Africa in the 1800s. Okonkwo is an important man in his village. He is wealthy, has three wives, works very hard, and has the respect of everyone. He is determined to not be a failure like his father, and he has determined that his son will not be a failure. As the people and culture around him change, Okonkwo holds fast to the traditions that made him a great man, but that now threaten to destroy him.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Grades 9-12

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To Kill a Mockingbird is set in 1930s Alabama. Scout and Jem Finch witness prejudice and the struggle for true justice in the depression-era South when their father--a lawyer--defends a black man accused of rape.

Treasure Island - Grades 1-3

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Treasure Island is the story of Jim Hawkins, a boy trying to do the best he can to care for his mother. Left with a treasure map and the warning, "Beware the one-legged man!" Jim goes in search of treasure with Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and Captain Smollett.

Tuck Everlasting - Grades 4-6

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Tuck Everlasting is the story of a secret spring that grants immortality to those who drink from it. When Winnie discovers the spring, she encounters the Tucks--a family that has been blessed (or cursed) with everlasting life. While a mysterious stranger plots to uncover the location of the spring to use for his own purposes, Winnie must learn to trust the Tucks as she faces decisions that could change her life forever.

Two Collars - Grades 4-6

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The Two Collars is the third book in the Bracken Trilogy. Krea, a humble slave girl, is a juggler in a traveling troupe led by a wicked master. When she falls ill one day and it appears she will die she is rescued by the Wise Woman, who buys her. When she is captured by her former wicked master, the Wise Woman must again rescue her and together they must find a way to help the rightful King save Bracken.

The Two Towers - Grades 9-12

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The Two Towers continues the story begun in The Fellowship of the Ring. Frodo and Sam have left their friends to take the One Ring into the heart of Mordor and destroy it. While searching for Frodo, enemies attack and carry off the hobbits, Merry and Pippin, and the remainder of the Company races against all odds to their rescue, finding war, treachery, unexpected allies, and the joyous return of an old friend.

Uncle Jed's Barbershop - Grades K-3

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Uncle Jed's Barbershop is set in the American South during the mid-1920s. Uncle Jedidiah is Sarah Jean's favorite relative. He visits once a week to cut her daddy's and granddaddy's hair, and pretends to cut Sarah's hair. Uncle Jed wants to open his own barbershop, but living in the South in the 1920's, this dream is regarded as impossible by his friends and relatives. Despite setbacks, Uncle Jed never gives up.

Uncle Tom's Cabin - Grades 10-12

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Uncle Tom's Cabin details the life of Uncle Tom, a godly slave who improves all around him, much like Joseph of the Bible. But when Tom is sold to Simon Legree, he meets evil--Legree treats slaves as animals. Stowe reveals the horrors occurring under slavery and the damage done to society as a whole when its weakest members are preyed upon. She also shows that Christians can, and must, make a real difference in this world.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Grades 5-7

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader takes Edmund, Lucy, and their cousin Eustace to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, toward Aslan's country at the End of the World, as they attempt to find the seven good men banished by King Caspian's uncle.

Wagon Wheels - Grades 1-3

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Wagon Wheels tells of Ed Muldie, who leaves Kentucky in 1878 with his son Johnny, age 11, and his two younger sons, to take advantage of the free land offered by the United States government through the Homestead Act. During the harsh winter, the people of Nicodemus are saved from starvation by the Osage Indians who bring them food. In the spring their father travels on ahead to find land and build a home. When a letter from their father arrives sending for them, they summon their courage and travel alone for 150 miles to find him. Their courage and their faith in their father carrying them home.

Where the Red Fern Grows - Grades 5-7

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Where the Red Fern Grows is the story of Billy Colman, who wants nothing more than a pair of hunting dogs. But getting his dogs is only the beginning of his adventures hunting coons along the river bottoms of the Ozarks. Billy learns the value of hard work, patience, and persistence, and eventually sees how God can use all things--even a pair of hunting dogs--to answer the prayers of his family.

The Whipping Boy - Grades 3-5

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The Whipping Boy's high-paced story begins with the prince making trouble-again-and Jemmy, the royal whipping boy, receiving the prince's punishment-again. Jemmy figures he might as well learn proper manners and how to read and write, even if the prince won't. But when "Prince Brat" decides to run away, what can Jemmy do but go along and try to keep the prince and himself alive?

The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Grades 5-8

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond was the 1959 Newbery Medal winner. After the death of her grandfather, 16-year-old Kit leaves her Caribbean home to live with her Puritan aunt and uncle in Connecticut. Her unexpected arrival sets the stage for conflict between the free-spirited Kit and the Puritan community--especially when she befriends the old widow who lives beside Blackbird Pond.

A Wrinkle in Time - Grades 5-8

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A Wrinkle in Time was the 1963 Newbery Medal winner. On a dark and stormy night, Meg Murry and her family are visited by a stranger who surprises them by announcing that "there is such a thing as a tesseract." Meg's father had disappeared while conducting experiments with a tesseract, a method of traveling through the fifth dimension. Now Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin must journey across time and space to find Meg's father.

The Yearling - Grades 9-12

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The Yearling is the story of 12-year-old Jody Baxter's relationship with his father, his love for his pet fawn, and his passage from boyhood to manhood.