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The End of the Beginning


Avi
The End of the Beginning
Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures.





The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

Berlin, Eric
The Puzzling World of Winston Breen
Puzzle-crazy, 12-year-old Winston and his 10-year-old sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text.






The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy


Birdsall, Jeanne
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four sisters – ages 4-12 – share adventures with a local boy to the dismay of his snobbish mother.





The Hero RevealedBoniface, William
The Hero Revealed
Ordinary Boy, the only resident of Superopolis without a superpower, uncovers and foils a sinister plot to destroy the town. Book One in the “Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy” series.






The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives


Buckley, Michael
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives
When orphans Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their grandmother, whom they believe to be dead, they learn they are part of the legendary Grimm family of fairy-tale fame and find that new adventures come with the name.





Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Byng, Georgia
Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, the unlucky and unloved Molly Moon discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City.






The Kid Who Only Hit HomersChristopher, Matt
The Kid Who Only Hit Homers
A boy becomes a phenomenal baseball player one summer when a mysterious stranger resembling Babe Ruth befriends him.







Ramona’s World


Cleary, Beverly
Ramona’s World
With a new baby sister, a new best friend and a nice teacher, Ramona expects fourth grade to be the best year of school yet, but it’s not as easy as she expects.







No Talking
Clements, Andrew
No Talking
When the noisy fifth-grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth-grade girls, it is a battle to see who can get the least penalty points in the two-day “no talking” contest.






My Teacher is an Alien
Coville, Bruce
My Teacher is an Alien
After Susan sees Mr. Smith, the substitute teacher, peel off his face, she knows he's an alien and only Peter believes her. Together they work to save the class from Mr. Smith's horrible plans.






Bud, Not Buddy


Curtis, Christopher Paul
Bud, Not Buddy
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father – the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.





The BFG

Dahl, Roald
The BFG
Sophie is snatched up by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) from the orphanage where she lives and they, along with the Queen of England, work together to rid the world of the evil giants.





The Lemonade War


Davies, Jacqueline
The Lemonade War
Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade. As the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn $100.





The London Eye Mystery


Dowd, Siobhan
The London Eye Mystery
When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye Ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together – Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" and impatient Kat – to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.





Phineas L. MacGuire – Erupts!: The First Experiment


Dowell, Frances O’Roark
Phineas L. MacGuire – Erupts!: The First Experiment
Fourth-grade science whiz Phineas MacGuire is forced to team up with the new boy in class on a science fair project, but the boy's quirky personality causes Phineas to wonder if they have any chance of winning.

 

 

 

The Gollywhopper Games


Feldman, Jody
The Gollywhopper Games
Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at games of extraordinary puzzles in hopes of winning a fresh start for his family, which has been shunned since his father was falsely accused of stealing from Golly Toy and Game Company.





Eleven


Giff, Patricia Reilly
Eleven
When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his birthday, it brings back memories from his past. With the help of a new friend at school and their school project, his questions are eventually answered.



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