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Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic



Jenkins, Emily. Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic. Illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Schwartz & Wade, 2006. 116p.
Three toy friends, each with a distinctive personality, go on adventures with the little girl who loves them.








Hairy Hezekiah


King-Smith, Dick. Hairy Hezekiah. Illus. by Nick Bruel. Roaring Brook, 2007. 89p.
Hezekiah the camel is lonely until he escapes from the zoo and finds a new home and friends at a safari park.






Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything. Illus. by Anne Wilsdorf. Simon & Schuster/ Atheneum, 2006. 164p.
Spunky heroine Ruby Lu adjusts to the changes in her life when her deaf cousin, Flying Duck, and her family emigrate from China and move in with the Lu family.







Gooney the Fabulous


Lowry, Lois. Gooney the Fabulous. Illus. by Middy Thomas. Houghton/Walter Lorraine, 2007. 94p.
Precocious Gooney takes charge as her second grade class learns about fables.






Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday

McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday. Illus. by Peter H. Reynolds. Candlewick, 2007. 96p.
Judy is writing her Christmas wish list, but the only thing Stink wants is snow.







Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express


McDonald, Megan. Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express. Illus. by Peter H. Reynolds. Candlewick, 2008. 118p.
Stink and his friends, Sophie and Webster, help a local pet store find homes for 101 guinea pigs – could one of them be Stink’s?






Being Teddy Roosevelt

Mills, Claudia. Being Teddy Roosevelt. Illus. by R. W. Alley. Farrar, 2007. 89p.
Fourth grader Riley O’Rourke’s biography project on Teddy Roosevelt inspires him to finally get the saxophone he needs to play in the school band.






Tarantula Power!



Nagda, Ann Whitehead. Tarantula Power! Illus. by Stephanie Roth. Holiday, 2007. 93p.
Richard knows he will have to do all the work when he is teamed with class bully Kevin for a science project, but with the help of friends, their teacher, and the class pet tarantula he actually changes Kevin’s bullying behavior.









Roxie and the Hooligans



Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Roxie and the Hooligans. Illus. by Alexandra Boiger. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2006. 115p.
Roxie may not be brave like her explorer Uncle Dangerfoot, but she has read Lord Thistlebottom’s Book of Pitfalls and How to Survive Them, which helps her save herself and the Hooligans when they are trapped on an island with bank robbers!








Mokie & Bik


Orr, Wendy. Mokie & Bik. Illus. by Jonathan Bean. Holt, 2007. 72p.
Wild twins Mokie and Bik have a great time living on a boat with their mother and nanny.







The Talented Clementine


Pennypacker, Sara. The Talented Clementine. Illus. by Marla Frazee. Hyperion, 2007. 137p.
“Talent-Palooza, Night of the Stars!” is coming and Clementine can’t find a talent. Of course, her best friend Margaret has many talents, even sitting down with style. Will Clementine find her hidden talent before the big night?









The Fake Cape Caper

Trine, Greg. The Fake Cape Caper. Illus. by Rhode Montijo. Holt, 2007. 137p.
Candace is left in charge when Melvin goes to Las Vegas for the Superhero’s Convention. Will she be able to deal with the bullies at school and the sinister Spaz brothers? Part of the Melvin Beederman Superhero series.







 

Shredderman: Enemy Spy


Van Draanen, Wendelin. Shredderman: Enemy Spy. Illus. by Brian Biggs. Knopf, 2005. 182p.
Cybersuperhero Nolan must make a decision whether to reveal his secret identity or not when his archenemy discovers who he really is and his parents and favorite teacher are kidnapped.

 

 

 

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