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Great Novels
Skellig Skellig by David Almond
With his baby sister in the hospital and having to move to a new house, Michael feels that life is a little unsettled, but everything changes when he meets a new friend and discovers a strange creature with wings in his garage...
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The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney
Eben McAllister's pa challenges him to find seven wonders in boring and predictable Sassafras Springs that rival the real Seven Wonders of the World. Little does Eben know that what he'll discover will give him the adventure of a lifetime.
Borrow the audio CD and listen to the story.
The Secret Garden The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
When orphaned Mary Lennox arrives at Missellthwaite Manor, she finds it full of secrets - strange cries at night, a mysterious boy who tames animals and a hidden garden.
Another classic by the same author: The Little Princess
Al Capone Does My Shirts Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family have to move to Alcatraz Island when his father gets a job at the prison as an electrician and he finds out that things can get exciting when living right by a prison filled with the country’s most notorious convicts...
Learn more about Alcatraz Island and its famous prison.
Who is Al Capone? Just the most notorious gangster in America! Find out more.
Mr Chickee’s Funny Money Mr Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
Mr. Chickee gives nine-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it. Could it be a "quadrillion dollar bill"? Could it be real? Well, Agent Fondoo thinks so. He and his team of Secret Government Agents are determined to get the money back.
Borrow the audio CD and listen to the story.
Don't miss the sequel Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission, where Steven and his gang chase a demonic-looking gnome.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
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Kate DiCamillo is also the author of kids' favourites Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux.
Coraline Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline finds a mysterious door in her new home that leads to another world. Unfortunately, this world turns out to be more creepy and dangerous than she first thought. (You will never look at "buttons" the same way).
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Wolves in the Wall is another great story by the same author.
Toad Rage Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman
Tired of seeing his friends and family squashed flat by cars, Limpy the toad sets off on an adventure to prove to humans that toads are not as terrible as they believe.
Sequels: Toad Heaven, Toad Away.
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The Homework Machine The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Brenton, Sam, Kelsey and Judy have discovered the best thing in the world – a machine that does your homework! Can this secret remain just among the four of them?
Nick also has fun with his homework in Frindle by Andrew Clements. For his English assignment on dictionaries, he decides to invent a new word for pen.
Hoot Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Roy Eberhardt’s life at his new home in Florida is more exciting than he ever expected: alligators in outhouses, a mysterious running boy without shoes, poisonous snakes… what could happen next?
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Monsieur Eek Monsieur Eek by David Ives
A hairy stranger arrives in MacOongafoondsen and he is being accused of being a thief and a French spy. 13-year-old Emmaline Perth is going to be his lawyer, but this is going to be difficult, especially when all the stranger can say is "eek, eek"... maybe “ook, ook"...
Recommended by Lemony Snicket.
Leon and the Spitting Image Leon and the Spitting Image by Allen Kurzweil
Leon tries to outwit the school bully and learns to sew for fanatical teacher Miss Cronheim, with unexpected help from his final project-- a doll with magical powers.
Don't miss Leon's next adventure: Leon and the Champion Chip.
Saffy's Angel Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay
After learning that she was adopted, Saffron's relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special memento of her past.
More about the Casson children in Indigo's Star, Permanent Rose and Caddy Ever After.
The Scarecrow and His Servant The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman
A tale of two friends, a scarecrow that comes alive, and his servant, a clever little boy named Jack. Their journey of discovery takes them into hilarious situations and terrifying dangers, but Jack's common sense always saves the day.
Philip Pullman is most famous for His Dark Materials series, including The Golden Compass.
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The Lightning Thief The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
After his Math teacher turns into a giant bat and attacks him, Percy Jackson discovers that he is actually a son of a Greek god. But whose?
A page-turning novel. You will want to get your hands on the sequels: The Sea of Monsters and The Titan's Curse.
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How to Eat Fried Worms How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Can worms be cooked up in such a way that they actually taste good? Well, Billy certainly hopes so, because he has just entered a $50 bet to eat 15 worms in 15 days.
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Read more about wacky things people eat in They Ate What?!: The Weird History of Food and It's Disgusting - and We Ate It!
The Nose from Jupiter The Nose From Jupiter by Richard Scrimger
Alan’s life is forever changed when an alien from Jupiter arrives on Earth and begins living in... Alan’s nose!
Other books by Richard Scrimger.
Vampirates Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
When twins Connor and Grace's ship is wrecked in a storm and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate's ship, and he is determined to find her. Sequel: Tide of Terror.
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