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Alcott, Louisa May. Little women.
This classic story chronicles the joys and troubles of the four March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth -- as they grow into young ladies.
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J ALCOTT, YA ALCOTT

Barrie, James M. Peter Pan.
Wendy, John, and Michael Darling share the adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland, a world where children never have to grow up and meet storybook creatures, the pirates, Captain Hook and The Lost Boys.
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JSF BARRIE

Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz.
Lifted from Kansas to the magical Land of Oz, Dorothy Gale meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman, and a cowardly Lion, all of whom set off to find the Wizard and defeat the Wicked Witch of the West.
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JSF OZ

Burnford, Sheila. The incredible journey.
Three house pets migrate through the wilderness to find their family.
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J BURNFORD

Carroll, Lewis. Alice's adventures in Wonderland.
Alice lives an ordinary life, until the day she finds herself in the wonderful world of mad tea parties and remarkable characters
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J CARROLL

Coville, Bruce. William Shakespeare's A midsummer night's dream.
Strange events take place in a forest inhabited by fairies who transform the fate of two young couples. Beautifully illustrated by Dennis Nolan.
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J SHAKESPEARE

DiTerlizzi, Tony. Care and feeding of sprites.
This book is an illustrated guide to keeping sprites, or fairies, as pets, covering sprite anatomy, housing needs, nutrition, grooming, and other topics. The coauthor is Holly Black.
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JSF DITERLIZZI

Grove, Vicki. Rhiannon.
14-year-old Rhiannon lives on the bluff of Clodaghcombe with her healer Mam and grandmother, helping them tend to the sick and wounded, but when their friend is judged guilty of murder, Rhiannon must try to find the true identity of the killer.
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J GROVE

Janeczko, Paul B. Top secret: a handbook of codes, ciphers and secret writing.
A handbook for the budding cryptographer including codes and ciphers, invisible inks, concealment techniques, spy stories and some history.
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J 652.8 JAN

McManus, Patrick F. They shoot canoes, don't they?
This book is a collection of short stories about hunting, fishing and camping by outdoor humorist McManus.
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Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables.
This is the first novel in the Anne series that has delighted millions of young readers since its publication in 1908. Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley wins the heart of her foster mother.
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J MONTGOMERY

Morpurgo, Michael. Beowulf.
The Anglo-Saxon epic about the heroic efforts of Beowulf, to save the people of Heorot hall from the terrible monster Grendel.
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J829.3 MOR

Shusterman, Neal. Downsiders.
14-year-old Lindsay meets Talon and discovers the world which had evolved from the subway built in New York in 1867.
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YA SF SHUSTERMAN

Springer, Nancy. The case of the bizarre bouquets.
14-year-old Enola Holmes, disguised as a beautiful woman, finds clues in floral bouquets as she searches for the missing Doctor Watson, a companion of her famous older brother Sherlock.
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JM SPRINGER

Szpirglas, Jeff. Gross universe: your guide to all disgusting things under the sun.
The book reveals the science behind all the disgusting things that kids love to talk about. From mucus to vomit, from farts to phlegm, nothing is off-limits.
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J573 SZP

Updale, Eleanor. Montmorency: thief, liar, gentleman?
A thief's body is reconstructed and he adopts a dual existence as both a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency and his servant Scarper.
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J UPDALE

White, T. H. The once and future king.
Humor, fantasy, and satire are evident in the adventures of the Wart, the medieval boy who becomes King Arthur.
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YA SF WHITE

Whitman, Walt. Walt Whitman: poetry for young people.
This book is an illustrated collection of twenty-six poems and excerpts from longer poems by the renowned nineteenth-century poet, Walt Whitman. The editor is Jonathan Levin.
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J811.3 WHI

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