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Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record

Barrows, Annie. Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record. Illus. by Sophie Blackall. Chronicle, 2007. 114p.
When Bean’s attempts to break a world record fall short, Ivy convinces her that discovering a dinosaur skeleton may be the answer.


 


The Secret of the Painted House
Bauer, Marion Dane. The Secret of the Painted House. Illus. by Leonid Gore. Random, 2007. 96p.
Emily is drawn into the strange playhouse she finds after moving to rural Illinois from Chicago.

 

 

 


The Fran with Four Brains

Benton, Jim. The Fran with Four Brains. Illustrated by the author. Simon & Schuster, 2006. 104p.
Overwhelmed by homework, afterschool activities, and mad scientist work, Franny decides that the only way to get a break is by creating “Franbots” – steel-planted versions of herself. Part of the Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist series.

 

 

 

Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now



Child, Lauren. Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now. Illustrated by the author. Candlewick, 2007. 252p.
Expert worrier and faithful friend Clarice Bean uses the Ruby Redford Spy Guide to steer her in the right direction as she deals with the departure of her best buddy, disagreements at home, and the mystery of her friend Karl’s strange behavior.

 

 

The Magician's Boy



Cooper, Susan. The Magician’s Boy. Illus. by Serena Riglietti. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 2005. 100p.
In this charming and imaginative parable, the “Boy” encounters characters from familiar nursery rhymes and fairy tales as he searches the Land of Story for dragon slayer Saint George.





Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise



DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise. Illus. by Chris Van Dusen. Candlewick, 2007. 70p.
Halloween with Mr. and Mrs. Watson’s pig Mercy means a princess costume, a chase, firefighters and yes, even buttered toast.



 

Jennifer’s Diary

Fine, Anne. Jennifer’s Diary. Illus. by Kate Aldous. Farrar, 2007. 58p.
Jennifer’s beautiful diary can’t inspire her to write while Lola is just bursting with exciting ideas to fill its pages and thinks the diary should be hers.






The Trouble with Twins

Freeman, Martha. The Trouble with Twins. Illus. by Cat Bowman Smith. Holiday, 2007. 85p.
Jeremy and Dylan’s older sister, Holly, volunteers to throw the very active identical twins a birthday party where events become complete, if not hilarious, chaos.






Honestly, Mallory!

Friedman, Laurie. Honestly, Mallory! Illus. by Barbara Pollak. Carolrhoda, 2007. 159p.
Mallory feels like she is not good at anything when she cannot decide what to be on Career Day and ends up telling a lie that quickly gets out of control.







Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little

Gifford, Peggy. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart LittlePhotos by Valorie Fisher. Schwartz & Wade, 2007. 91p.
Moxy Maxwell spends the summer between third and fourth grade finding ways to avoid reading Stuart Little.

 


 

The Cat on the Mat is Flat

Griffiths, Andy. The Cat on the Mat is Flat. Illus.
by Terry Denton. Feiwel & Friends, 2007. 166p.
With Dr. Seuss-like rhythm, rhyme, and mayhem, Andy Griffiths will entice readers with this collection of nine wild tales.




 

Just Grace

Harper, Charise Mericle. Just Grace. Illustrated by the author. Houghton, 2007. 138p.
When Grace tries to solve a mystery of a missing cat, her well-intentioned plan backfires, and she finds herself in a bit of trouble.

 

 

 

Remembering Mrs. Rossi


Hest, Amy. Remembering Mrs. Rossi. Illus. by Heather Maione. Candlewick, 2007. 143p.
Annie, age 8, and her father, Professor Rossi, try new ways to find happiness in the year that follows the sudden death of her mother.

 

 

 

Babymouse: Puppy Love

Holm, Jennifer L. Babymouse: Puppy Love. Illus. by Matthew Holm. Random, 2007. 91p.
The hilarious adventures of Babymouse continue as she tries to find the perfect pet.

 

 

 

Mostly Monty

Hurwitz, Johanna. Mostly Monty. Illus. by Anik McGrory. Candlewick, 2007. 86p.
Monty learns that his asthma won’t stop him from experiencing all that first grade has to offer.

 

 

 

Jesse Owens: Running into History

Israel, Elaine, and Time for Kids editors. Jesse Owens: Running into History. Illus./Photos. HarperCollins/Collins, 2008. 43p.
Make a connection with the famous track star in the latest edition to the Time for Kids Biographies series.







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