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Hanel, Wolfram.  Lila’s little dinosaur.  60 pages.
When her father takes her to the museum, Lila, who likes dinosaurs more than anything else, finds a little live dinosaur who becomes so fond of her that he follows her home.

Hanel, Wolfram.  Rescue at sea.  60 pages.
Nine-year-old Paul wants a dog and he proves himself worthy when he courageously rescues a dog stranded in a fishing boat during a storm.

Herman, Charlotte.  Max Malone and the great cereal rip-off.  60 pages.  (Redfeather)
Tired of being cheated by the cereal companies, Max decides to fight back after not receiving a free glow-in-the dark sticker in his box of Choco-Fish.

Herman, Charlotte.  The missing fossil mystery.  56 pages.  (Hyperion Chapters)
When Liza’s older brother Jesse refuses to let her take his fossil to school for second grade show and share, she takes the trilobite anyway and loses it in the classroom.

Hesse, Karen.  Lavender.  40 pages.  (Redfeather)
When Codie’s Aunt has a baby, Codie has lots of worries: Will the baby and her aunt be all right, Will the quilt be done on time, and Will her aunt still have time for her?

Hest, Amy.  Pajama party.  40 pages.
Casey, Jenny, and Kate have a pajama party complete with sleeping bags, chocolate chip cookies and scary stories.  The adventures continue in Nannies for hire and Party on ice.

Hooks, William.  Pioneer cat.  62 pages.  (Stepping Stone)
When a young pioneer girl smuggles a cat aboard the wagon train taking her family from Missouri to Oregon, it turns out to be the best thing she could have done.

Hughes, Dean.  Brad and Butter play ball.  78 pages.  (Stepping Stone)
Eight year old Brad tries to follow his father’s advice so he can be a good baseball player, but his best friend, Warren a.k.a. Butter, is the one who helps him with his game.

Hurwitz, Johanna.  Elisa in the middle.  86 pages.
Five-year-old Elisa has an older brother and a new baby brother but her elderly neighbor says the middle is the best, just like the filling in a sandwich.  One of many good books about Elisa.

Jacobs, Shannon K.  Song of the giraffe.  54 pages.  (Springboard)
Hoping for the respect of her tribe and inspired by a dream, Kisana braves a dangerous journey to find the fruit of the baobab tree and a long-lost spring.

Jules, Jacqueline.  The grey striped shirt: How Grandmother and Grandfather survived the Holocaust.  63 pages.
            When Frannie finds a grey striped shirt in the closet, she asks questions that lead her grandparents to tell her about their experiences in the Holocaust.

Keller, Holly.  I am Angela.  60 pages.
            Whether at camp, at the zoo, walking a neighbor’s dog or working on a class project, Angela’s love of nature is evident.

King-Smith, Dick.  Jenius the amazing guinea pig.  52 pages.  (Hyperion Chapters)
            Eight-year-old Judy tries to convince her parents and classmates that her brilliant guinea pig can do all the tricks she says he can.

King-Smith, Dick.  Lady Lollipop.  120 pages/
            A quick-witted swineherd and a pig named Lollipop are royally rewarded after they reform a spoiled princess.

Kline, Suzy.  Horrible Harry and the Drop of Doom.  57 pages.
             On the last day of second grade, Song Lee’s party at the local amusement park forces Harry to face his fear of elevators when he is expected to ride the Drop of Doom.  Everyone loves the Horrible Harry books about Harry and his friends, Song Lee, Mary Maroney and Marvin.

Koller, Jackie French.  The dragonling.  60 pages.  (Springboard)
            Finding a baby dragon accidentally left alive after his older brother’s dragon quest, Darek risks death and the anger of his people in trying to return it to the Valley of the Dragons.

Krensky, Stephen.  Louise takes charge.  80 pages.
            Louise enlists the aid of everyone in her class and together they outwit Jasper the bully.

Krull, Kathleen.  Alex Fitzgerald’s cure for nightmares.  61 pages.  (Springboard)
            When nine-year-old Alex moves to weird California to live with her father for a year, she is plagued by terrible nightmares and fears her new friends will learn her babyish secret.

Larson, Kirby.  Second grade pig pals.  87 pages.
            Second grader Quinn tries to earn a gold star on the bulletin board for National Pig Day and regain her friendship with a new student following a mix-up.

Levinson, Marilyn.  The fourth grade four.  57 pages.  (Redfeather)
            Afraid that his friends will tease him for wearing eyeglasses, Alex refuses to wear them except at home.

Levy, Elizabeth.  Big trouble in little Twinsville.  89 pages.
            Sometimes Eve feels overwhelmed by her two younger twin sisters, but things really get out of hand when the family decides to attend a festival for twins at the Twinsville resort.

Levy, Elizabeth.  Third grade bullies.  57 pages.  (Hyperion Chapter)
            Being short and having moved four times in the last three years makes Sally defensive; so although she tries to help a classmate stand up to two bullies, she gets off to a bad start at her new school.

Macdonald, Maryann.  Princess Josie’s pets.  55 pages.  (Hyperion Chapter)
            Princess Josie wants a puppy for her eighth birthday but first she must prove to the King and Queen that she can be responsible for its care.

McDonald, Megan.  Judy Moody.  160 pages.
            Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece.  This funny book is followed by Judy Moody gets famous.

McGinnis, Lila Sprague.  The 24-hour genie.  68 pages.  (Redfeather)
            Fourth grader Andrew thinks he has it made when he finds a genie that can grant him his every wish until he realizes that each wish only lasts for 24 hours.

Marshall, James.  Rats on the roof.  79 pages.
            Seven stories about animals including a frog with magnificent legs, a hungry brontosaurus, and a mouse who gets married.  Other stories are included in the book, Rats on the range.

Marzollo, Jean.  Pizza pie slugger.  62 pages.  (Stepping Stone)
            Billy, the former champion slugger of his third grade baseball team, is bothered by his very young stepsister’s presence at games and feels she is jinxing him into a batting slump.

Marzollo, Jean.  Red ribbon Rosie.  60 pages.  (Stepping Stone)
            Rosie’s decision to cheat in order to win a race with her best friend, Sally, has disastrous results until her older sister helps her learn an important lesson about winning races and keeping friends.

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