A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

October 22, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. “Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I […]

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Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull

November 12, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): Kathleen Krull turns her spotlight on twenty powerful women from Cleopatra to Rigoberta MenchĂș Tum, revealing their feats and flaws for all the world to see. They were queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, revolutionary leaders. But they were all real people with private interests and personalities. What were they really […]

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Tales from the Greek Legends by Edward Ferrie

September 8, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): The great myths of Ancient Greece have inspired mankind for centuries. Each of the heroes has to undergo trials of strength and courage to prove his valour against a host of monsters – the Minotaur, half man, half bull; Hydra, the many-headed serpent; Medusa the Gorgon. Meanwhile, the gods, lead by […]

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Boom! by Mark Haddon

September 14, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): An explosive, highly charged, and hilarious middle-grade adventure from Mark Haddon, acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret […]

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Commemorative Pop-Up

June 15, 2011

Product description (from the publisher): A phenomenal pop-up celebration of The Wizard of Oz’s 100th Anniversary! This deluxe pop-up of L. Frank Baum’s timeless classic is an Oz-lover’s dream! The amazing paper engineering and special effects include a twisting cyclone, a wizard’s balloon that sails into the sky, and holographic foil for the Emerald City […]

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Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

October 15, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Anne (with an “e”) Shirley arrived at the Cuthbert farm in Green Gables on Prince Edward Island at the age of 11. But what was her life like before that fateful day when she was finally adopted? With permission from the L.M. Montgomery estate, author Budge Wilson attempts to answer that […]

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

August 11, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Little seven-year-old Sara Crewe is the only daughter of Captain Crewe, a widowed officer in the British army. The Captain had been stationed in India, which is where Sara was born and raised. But now that the girl is of school age, Captain Crewe thinks she should go back to England […]

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Funny Farm by Tom Arma

July 23, 2010

I was over at a friend’s house today, and saw this utterly delightful book called Funny Farm. It’s a cardboard book that’s suitable for children, and it features babies and toddlers in the most adorable kids costumes you can imagine! They were dressed up as farmers and barnyard animals, and were just so cute that […]

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

February 6, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): The Graveyard Book opens with a frightening murder scene. A shadowy man named Jack has just killed an entire family — except for a two-year-old toddler who had climbed out of his crib, crawled down the stairs, and ambled out the door. This was a huge mistake for Jack. He was […]

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Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

September 10, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): Anne of the Island continues the tale of high-spirited orphan Anne Shirley and her friends from Avonlea. This time, most of the gang are college-bound, as Anne, Gilbert Blythe, Charlie Sloane, Priscilla Grant, and Stella Maynard all head off to pursue Bachelor’s degrees at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. While there, […]

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