middle school

The Great American Dust Bowl

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The Dust Bowl was a time in American history when conditions on the plains got so bad that some people thought it was the apocalypse. Over-farming, deforestation, and drought created dust storms of magnificent proportions that took over the Great…

Diabetes and Me

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You may hesitate to pick up a book that sounds like an educational brochure for kids recently diagnosed with diabetes if you’re not one. That’s a crying shame, because Diabetes and Me is a surprisingly great read for just about…

Dogs of War

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Not all soldiers are human, and some of the most valuable enlisted animals are dogs. Dogs of War glorifies the stories of three heroic canines assisting U.S. troops in World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. Though each part…

This One Summer

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Every year Rose and her parents go to a lake house on Awago beach. The summer is normally full of swimming, campfires, and other warm-weather fun with her summertime best friend Windy. However, this year is different. Rose’s parents are…

Will & Whit

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Wilhelmina “Will” Huckstep is afraid of the dark. As a teen, she should probably be more embarrassed about this, but she has her reasons. Besides, she can deal with it. She has supportive friends and her hobby is making creative…

Marble Season

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In this quasi-autobiographical tale, comic book legend Gilbert Hernandez paints a vibrant and pragmatic view of his memories of suburban family life in California during the 1960s. Firmly affixed in time with popular culture references from television programs, music, and,…

The Return of King Doug

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The magical land of Valdonia is in dire straits. An army of darkness has assembled under the command of a foul sorceress-queen. Her goal is to steal the kingdom’s prized jewel, an artifact of great magical power known as The…

Jane, the fox & me

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Illustrator Isabelle Arsenault recently won the illustrious Canadian Governor’s General Award for her illustrations for the original French publication of this title. Set in Quebec of the mid 1970s, with Fanny Britt’s exceptional text superbly translated into English by Christelle…

Beginning Pearls

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In his successful attempt to reach out to a younger reading audience, Stephan Pastis has gathered age-appropriate examples from his successful syndicated comic strip, Pearls Before Swine. The collection is populated with the resident and familiar main characters, each launching…

Monster on the Hill

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Prepare yourself for a time travel journey back to a time that never was: the 1867 English countryside and the resident beasts that terrorize (loosely) the communities, bringing excitement and, of course, tourism dollars in return. Well, almost every community.…

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book

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Dan Johnson has adequately adapted Rudyard Kipling’s original text in his reworking of various stories about Mowgli from The Jungle Book (1894) and The Second Jungle Book (1895). The dialogue and caption entries are sometimes text heavy and archaic for…