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Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Mr. Popper is a mild-mannered house painter who spends all his spare time reading about Admiral Drake and his expeditions to the Antarctic, and dreams of being an explorer himself. Mr. Popper writes the Admiral a letter and the Admiral responds by sending him a special present—a penguin! This charmingly absurd book is about having the courage to be different and the conviction to follow your dreams. Newberry Honor book.

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Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1)

Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1)

$4.99$1.99Audiobook: 7.49 (Whispersync)

My kids are hooked on this series. From Publishers Weekly: "Fantasy fans on the younger side of Harry Potter will find a good jolt of action, mystery and humor in Corduner's light and swift reading of this magyk-filled adventure."

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Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Jim Dale's magnificent narration transports listeners to the magical world of Harry Potter. His ability to apply a unique voice each of the (many) characters makes this an especially immersive listening experience. For those who have already read and loved the books, the audio provides a new way to experience a family favorite.

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The Day the Crayons Came Home
Play Ball! (Little League)
Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Change
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

This is Star Wars, Shakespeare-style, and it is genius. We stumbled upon this at our local indie bookstore and snatched it up. My rising 7th grader is learning all about iambic pentameter, how to read a script, stage directions, and a whole bunch of tricky vocabulary, because Star Wars. Fun for its own sake, but an easy introduction to the Bard for young students: my kids haven't encountered actual, factual Shakespeare in school yet, but now they'll be better prepared when they do.

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All Four Stars
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Ramona the Pest

Ramona the Pest

The prolific Cleary wrote simple (and funny) stories that kids love to read. Her characters ring true because Cleary based them on her real-life friends and actual neighbors on Klickitat Street in Portland, a street just a few blocks away from her childhood home. Ramona is her best-loved character: I read every book about her, many times. Ramona the Pest is a wonderful place to start: 5-year-old Ramona heads off to kindergarten, where she learns that kindergarten—and life—are full of misunderstandings.

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The Mother-Daughter Book Club

The Mother-Daughter Book Club

$7.99$1.99

My daughters are obsessed with this series.

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Liar & Spy

Liar & Spy

$5.99$2.99Audiobook: 5.99 (Whispersync)

When his dad spots a notice for a Spy Club meeting in their new apartment building’s laundry room, Georges decides to show up--and becomes the first spy recruit of his new friend Safer, a 12-year-old, self- trained spy. Safer teaches Georges the tricks of the trade and sets him to work tracking Mr. X. This realistic novel delicately explores the nature of truth, the power of friendship, and the importance of standing up for yourself. (9-13, 11-13)

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