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A Dog’s Life: the Autobiography of a Stray

A Dog’s Life: the Autobiography of a Stray

A Dog's LifeThis is one stray dog’s story of what life is like on the street. Born in a toolshed and separated from her mother and brother, Squirrel has to learn to fend for herself; crossing busy streets, staying warm, and fighting over the food in trash cans with other starving dogs. There are tricks to staying hidden, avoiding capture, finding food and places to sleep, tricks only a stray dog would know.  Squirrel shares her insight into this secret life.  Some of the things that happen to Squirrel are sad – and a little bit hard to read – but she continues to find her way in a world that doesn’t seem to want her. Take heart that there is, somewhere in the world, a human that needs a dog as much as Squirrel needs a real home. Author: Ann M. Martin

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The True Meaning of Smekday

The True Meaning of Smekday

The True Meaning of SmekdayEarth has been invaded by the Boov and 11 year-old Gratuity is not pleased.  Her mother is missing and there have been some serious changes going on.  All Americans are being forced to relocate to “Human Reserves” in Florida.  “One state for three hundred million people. There were going to be some serious lines for the bathrooms.”

Resistant to taking Boov transport, Gratuity grabs her cat named “Pig”, packs her rebellious spirit and hops in the family car to head to Florida and find her mother.   “…I decided to drive instead, and got shot at, and later went over an embankment because the highways had been destroyed.  Pig and I hung out in a convenience store, and I hid from A Boov name j.Lo, but then I trapped him, and let him go when he promised to fix my car.  Which now hovers instead of rolls.  And has big hoses and fins.  Everybody on the same page?  Great.”  A non-stop cross country road trip with a cat and a misfit alien, who has his own reasons for befriending a human girl who is about to save the world. Author: Adam Rex

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Super Simple Paper Airplanes

Super Simple Paper Airplanes

Super Simple Paper AirplanesFrom the very easiest to plane folding for the expert, this book will show you 40 different kinds of paper airplanes to fold; from the classic darts and gliders to fighters and stunt planes.  The model on the cover that looks like a circle…that one you throw like a frisbee.   You will also find directions for a flying saucer, a boomerang and a tiny airplane that fits in the palm of your hand.  No need for scissors, glue, or tape – just paper…and patience!  Follow the directions, decorate and fly!  The book includes diagrams, pictures and tips for making planes fly far. Author: Nick Robinson

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Heat

Heat

HeatMichael is a pitching phenom with dreams of taking his team to the Little League World Series.  Afraid of being separated in foster care, or worse, sent back to Cuba, Michael and his brother have been keeping their father’s death a secret from all but those closest to them.  As the baseball season becomes more intense, a rival questions Michael’s age and insists that he show a birth certificate to prove he is not too old for little league.  With no way to prove his age, no birth certificate, and no parent to stick up for him, Michael’s dream is on the line.  Author: Mike Lupica

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Miss Spitfire, Reaching Helen Keller

Miss Spitfire, Reaching Helen Keller

Miss Spitfire

In 1887, Annie Sullivan leaves Boston by train to travel to Alabama. Annie is a teacher on her way to her first teaching assignment, but it isn’t just any student Annie will be teaching. The child Annie has been hired to teach is both deaf and blind and no one knows whether the little girl named Helen will ever be able to learn. Annie discovers her new student to be stubborn, uncooperative and violent – she even knocks Annie’s teeth out! But really, who can blame her? How frustrating would it be to be stuck in a silent and dark world? Helen doesn’t know how to ask for things or tell someone if she doesn’t feel good. Lucky for Helen, Annie isn’t any pushover – that’s how she got the knickname “Miss Spitfire.” Annie doesn’t give up. Helen doesn’t give up. A miracle happens.

Based on the true life of the very real Helen Keller. Annie Sullivan did what most people thought would be impossible, she taught Helen to read and write and speak. Helen Keller graduated from college and became a lecturer and champion for the causes of blind and deaf people everwhere. If you like this story, told from Annie’s perspective, you might also like The Handmade Alphabetreading the real story from Helen’s point of view. Helen wrote an autobiography about herself, The Story of My Life: Helen Keller. Annie and Helen, two people who never gave up and accomplished the impossible. Author: Sarah Miller

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