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November 18, 2014

Jinx's Magic, by Sage Blackwood, continues the story begun in Jinx of a boy living in an enchanted and dangerous forest who can see people's feelings and listen to trees.

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Beginning Chapter Books
Emily's Blue Period
Emily's Blue Period
by Cathleen Daly
illustrations by Lisa Brown

Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
by Hilary McKay
illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon
by David Almond
illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Eoin Colfer's Legend of . . . The Worst Boy in the World

The Trouble With Chickens
by Doreen Cronin
illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

Bink and Gollie
by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
illustrated by Tony Fucile

Bink and Gollie
Two for One

by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
illustrated by Tony Fucile

Bink and Gollie
Best Friends Forever

by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
illustrated by Tony Fucile

Dodsworth in Rome
by Tim Egan

Dodsworth in Tokyo
by Tim Egan

The Dream Stealer
by Sid Fleischman
pictures by Peter Sis

Fortunately, the Milk
by Neil Gaiman
illustrated by Skottie Young

Tua and the Elephant
by R. P. Harris
illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

The Year of Billy Miller
by Kevin Henkes

Boris on the Move
by Andrew Joyner

Zapato Power
Freddie Ramos Takes Off

by Jacqueline Jules
art by Miguel Benitez

Zapato Power
Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action

by Jacqueline Jules
art by Miguel Benitez

Zapato Power
Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue

by Jacqueline Jules
art by Miguel Benitez

The Birthday Ball
by Lois Lowry
illustrations by Jules Feiffer

Lulu and the Duck in the Park
by Hilary McKay
illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea
by Hilary McKay
illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

Down Girl and Sit: Smarter Than Squirrels
by Lucy Nolan
illustrated by Mike Reed

Bad to the Bone
by Lucy Nolan
illustrated by Mike Reed

Twelve Kinds of Ice
by Ellen Bryan Obed
illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Annie and Simon
The Sneeze and Other Stories

by Catherine O'Neill

Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe
by Susan Patron

Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker
pictures by Marla Frazee

The Talented Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker
pictures by Marla Frazee

Clementine's Letter
by Sara Pennypacker
pictures by Marla Frazee

Clementine, Friend of the Week
by Sara Pennypacker
pictures by Marla Frazee

Clementine and the Family Meeting
by Sara Pennypacker
illustrated by Marla Frazee

Clementine and the Spring Trip
by Sara Pennypacker
illustrated by Marla Frazee

The Meanest Birthday Girl
by Josh Schneider

Lulu and the Brontosaurus
by Judith Viorst
illustrated by Lane Smith

Lulu Walks the Dogs
by Judith Viorst
illustrated by Lane Smith



Contemporary
I Kill the Mockingbird
I Kill the Mockingbird
by Paul Acampora

The Great Greene Heist
The Great Greene Heist
by Varian Johnson

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger

Darth Paper Strikes Back
by Tom Angleberger

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
by Tom Angleberger

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett
by Tom Angleberger

Fake Mustache
by Tom Angleberger

Home of the Brave
by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

Kepler's Dream
by Juliet Bell

Doll Bones
by Holly Black

Jane, the Fox & Me
by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault

Hate That Cat
by Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech

Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper

Better Nate Than Ever
by Tim Federle

Words with Wings
by Nikki Grimes

Chomp
by Carl Hiaasen
read by James Van Der Beek

One Dog and His Boy
by Eva Ibbotson

The Thing About Luck
by Cynthia Kadohata

One False Note
by Gordon Korman

Swindle
by Gordon Korman

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything
by Uma Krishnaswami

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
by Lenore Look
illustrated by Leuyen Pham

Caddy Ever After
by Hilary McKay

Forever Rose
by Hilary McKay

Caddy's World
by Hilary McKay

Heaven Is Paved With Oreos
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
by Barbara O'Connor

Wonder
by R. J. Palacio

Lucky Breaks
by Susan Patron

Lucky for Good
by Susan Patron
read by Cassandra Campbell

Summer of the Gypsy Moths
by Sara Pennypacker

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.
by Greg Pincus

The Maze of Bones: The 39 Clues, Book One
by Rick Riordan

Guys Read
Funny Business

edited by Jon Scieszka

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

True Blue
by Jane Smiley

Penny Dreadful
by Laurel Snyder

Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead

Drama
by Raina Telgemeier

Three Times Lucky
by Sheila Turnage



Fantasy
Jinx's Magic
Jinx's Magic
by Sage Blackwood

A Snicker of Magic
A Snicker of Magic
by Natalie Lloyd

Goblin Secrets
by William Alexander

Keeper
by Kathi Appelt

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
by Kathi Appelt

The Prophecy
by Hilari Bell

The Wizard Test
by Hilari Bell

Jinx
by Sage Blackwood

Plain Kate
by Erin Bow

Kat, Incorrigible
by Stephanie Burgis

Renegade Magic
by Stephanie Burgis

Stolen Magic
by Stephanie Burgis

Over Sea, Under Stone
by Susan Cooper

The Dark Is Rising
by Susan Cooper

Greenwitch
by Susan Cooper

The Grey King
by Susan Cooper
performance by Richard Mitchley

Silver on the Tree
by Susan Cooper
read by Alex Jennings

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
by Barry Deutsch

Hereville
How Mirka Met a Meteorite

by Barry Deutsch

Flora & Ulysses
by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by K. G. Campbell

The Conch Bearer
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

A Greyhound of a Girl
by Roddy Doyle

The Facttracker
by Jason Carter Eaton

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms
by Lissa Evans

Horten's Incredible Illusions
by Lissa Evans

The Ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan
performed by John Keating

The Burning Bridge
by John Flanagan
performed by John Keating

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
by Karen Foxlee

Once Upon a Toad
by Heather Vogel Frederick

Ghost Knight
by Cornelia Funke
read by Elliot Hill

Coraline
written and performed by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book
written and performed by Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants
by Neil Gaiman

Tuesdays at the Castle
by Jessica Day George

Wednesdays in the Tower
by Jessica Day George

A Tale Dark and Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz

Ever After High
The Storybook of Legends

by Shannon Hale

Fly By Night
by Frances Hardinge
performed by Jill Turner

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by Christopher Healy

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle
by Christopher Healy

Constable & Toop
by Gareth P. Jones

The Shoe Bird
a musical fable by Samuel Jones

Savvy
by Ingrid Law

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
performance by the Author

Ever
by Gail Carson Levine

Fairest
by Gail Carson Levine

Fairest
by Gail Carson Levine
read and sung by Sarah Naughton and the Full Cast Family
music by Todd Hobin

The Last Battle
by C. S. Lewis
performed by Patrick Stewart

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin

Starry River of the Sky
by Grace Lin

Punished!
by David Lubar

What-the-dickens
by Gregory Maguire

Winnie-the-Pooh
by A. A. Milne
performed by Peter Dennis

The Cabinet of Earths
by Anne Nesbet

The False Prince
by Jennifer L. Nielsen

The Runaway King
by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Shadow Throne
by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Saving the Griffin
by Kristin Wolden Nitz

The Wizard of Dark Street
by Shawn Thomas Odyssey

Akata Witch
by Nnedi Okorafor

Cold Cereal
by Adam Rex

Fangbone!
Third-Grade Barbarian

by Michael Rex

Half-Minute Horrors
edited by Susan Rich

The Red Pyramid:
The Kane Chronicles, Book One

by Rick Riordan

Deadweather and Sunrise
by Geoff Rodkey

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
by J. K. Rowling

Ordinary Magic
by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

Splendors and Glooms
by Laura Amy Schlitz

Senrid
by Sherwood Smith

The Spy Princess
by Sherwood Smith

Any Which Wall
by Laurel Snyder

Bigger Than a Bread Box
by Laurel Snyder

Black and Blue Magic
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Hokey Pokey
by Jerry Spinelli

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins
by R. A. Spratt

The Silver Bowl
by Diane Stanley

The Cup and the Crown
by Diane Stanley

The Fire Chronicle
by John Stephens

The Screaming Staircase
by Jonathan Stroud

The Whispering Skull
by Jonathan Stroud

The New Policeman
by Kate Thompson
Performed by Marcella Riordan

Breadcrumbs
by Anne Ursu

The Real Boy
by Anne Ursu

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
by Catherynne M. Valente

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

Cloaked in Red
by Vivian Vande Velde

Frogged
by Vivian Vande Velde

Rose
by Holly Webb

Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White
read by the Author

The Prairie Thief
by Melissa Wiley

A True Princess
by Diane Zahler



Historical
Hidden
Hidden
written by Loïc Dauvillier
illustrated by Marc Lizano

The Winter Horses
The Winter Horses
by Philip Kerr

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
by Joan Aiken
read by Lizza Aiken

Forge
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Al Capone Does My Shirts
by Gennifer Choldenko

The Mighty Miss Malone
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Africa Is My Home
by Monica Edinger
illustrated by Robert Byrd

Bull Run
by Paul Fleischman

Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos

From Norvelt to Nowhere
by Jack Gantos

One Dead Spy
by Nathan Hale

The Silver Donkey
by Sonya Hartnett

Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run
by Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger

The Great Trouble
by Deborah Hopkinson

The Friendship Doll
by Kirby Larson

The Lions of Little Rock
by Kristin Levine

Grandfather's Dance
by Patricia MacLachlan

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
by Katherine Marsh

Sawdust in His Shoes
by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Shiloh
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Storm in the Barn
by Matt Phelan

Bluffton
by Matt Phelan

The Dreamer
by Pam Munoz Ryan
drawings by Peter Sis

Beswitched
by Kate Saunders

The Wednesday Wars
by Gary D. Schmidt

Okay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt

Okay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt
read by Lincoln Hoppe

Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor

The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette
by Bianca Turetsky

Navigating Early
by Clare Vanderpool

One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia

P.S. Be Eleven
by Rita Williams-Garcia

Before Green Gables
by Budge Wilson

The Mysterious Howling
by Maryrose Wood

The Hidden Gallery
by Maryrose Wood
read by Katherine Kellgren

The Unseen Guest
by Maryrose Wood
read by Katherine Kellgren

The Interrupted Tale
by Maryrose Wood
read by Katherine Kellgren



Mystery
Shouldn't You Be in School?
"Shouldn't You Be in School?"
by Lemony Snicket

The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy
The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy
by Robert Arthur

The Secret of Terror Castle
by Robert Arthur

The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot
by Robert Arthur

The Mystery of the Green Ghost
by Robert Arthur

The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean
by Alexander McCall Smith

The Great Cake Mystery
by Alexander McCall Smith
illustrated by Iain McIntosh

The Mystery of Meerkat Hill
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Adjoa Andoh

"Who Could That Be at This Hour?"
by Lemony Snicket
read by Liam Aiken

"When Did You See Her Last?"
by Lemony Snicket
read by Liam Aiken

The Case of the Missing Marquess
by Nancy Springer


Science Fiction
The Fourteenth Goldfish
The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm


Sidekicked
Sidekicked
by John David Anderson

The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen
by M. T. Anderson

Star Wars Jedi Academy
by Jeffrey Brown


Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom
by Tim Byrd

LionBoy
by Zizou Corder
read by Simon Jones

LionBoy: The Chase
by Zizou Corder
read by Simon Jones

LionBoy: The Truth
by Zizou Corder
read by Simon Jones

The Search for WondLa
by Tony DiTerlizzi

A Hero for WondLa
by Tony DiTerlizzi

The Fellowship for Alien Detection
by Kevin Emerson

Earthling!
by Mark Fearing

Among the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Zita the Spacegirl
Far From Home

by Ben Hatke

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities
by Mike Jung

Larklight
by Philip Reeve
performed by Greg Steinbruner

Starcross
by Philip Reeve
performed by Greg Steinbruner

Mothstorm
by Philip Reeve
performed by Greg Steinbruner

What Came from the Stars
by Gary D. Schmidt

Guys Read
Other Worlds

edited by Jon Scieszka

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead

The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
read by Del Roy