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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Cover of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Cover Love That Dog

 A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.

Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff

Cover Wild Girl

When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

Cover The Familiars

A scrappy alley cat named Aldwyn passes himself off as a magical animal companion to Jack, a young wizard in training, but must convince his fellow "familiars" that he is authentic.

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The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff

Cover The Thing About Georgie

Georgie learns to overcome his small stature and his fears of becoming a not-so-big brother.

The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Cover The Name of this Book is Secret

Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari

Cover Born to Fly

Bird McGill, an eleven-year-old tomboy obsessed with flying in 1942, withholds judgement while her classmates maintain that new Japanese American student Kenji Fujita is a spy, but she realizes Kenji is just as American as she is when they find evidence of real spy activity during their research for a class project.

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman

Cover Honus and Me

Joe Stoshack lives for baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game - except how to play well. While cleaning out a neighbor's attic he comes across a T-206 Honus Wagner - the most valuable baseball card in the world! And he's about to find out that it's worth a lot more than money...


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