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Harry Potter Readalikes

Grades 3 and 4

Saving the griffin by Kristin Wolden Nitz

How to cheat a dragon's curse by as told to Cressida Cowell

Hugo Pepper by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

The wonderful flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron

Hockey Books

Call Number Author Title
J Picture Book ABC Napier, M. Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet
J Picture Book BOU Bourgeois, P. Franklin Plays Hockey
J Picture Book SIE Siemiatycki, J. The Hockey Card
J Easy Fiction LEONETTI Leonetti, M. The Goalie Mask
J Series A Krensky, S. Arthur and the Goalie Ghost
J Paperback C Hirschfeld, R.

Friends

Younger Readers

Gigi and Lulu's gigantic fight by Pamela Duncan Edwards ; illustrated by Henry Cole

Four friends in autumn by story and pictures by Tomie dePaola

Abby's chairs by written by Barbara Santucci ; illustrated by Debrah Santini

Explorers

Books with Many Explorers

The encyclopedia of explorers and adventurers by written by Justine Ciovacco

Exploring the New World by Rebecca Stefoff

The Viking explorers by Jim Gallagher

Exploring the polar regions by Jen Green; [illustrated by] David Antram

Baseball Fiction

Call #AuthorTitle
J PICTURE BOOK ALBAlborough, JezHit the ball Duck
J PICTURE BOOK EGAEgan, TimRoasted peanuts
J PICTURE BOOK ISAIsadora, RachelNick plays baseball
J PICTURE BOOK JORJordan, DelorisMichael's golden rules
J PICTURE BOOK LESLester, HelenBatter up Wombat
J PICTURE BOOK MACMackall, Dandi DaleyA girl named Dan
J PICTURE BOOK MADMadison, Al

Autumn/Fall

When autumn falls by Kelly Nidey ; illustrated by Susan Swan

Four friends in autumn by story and pictures by Tomie dePaola

I know it's autumn by Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Nancy Hayashi

Fall leaves by written by Don L. Curry ; illustrated by Aaron Jasinski

Autobiographies

A bookworm who hatched by Verna Aardema ; photographs by Dede Smith

My writing day by David A. Adler ; photographs by Nina Crews

Oksana : my own story by Oksana Baiul ; as told to Heather Alexander

Seeing the circle by Joseph Bruchac ; photographs by John Christopher Fine

Cut Costs of College Trips

http://www.usaweekend.com/08_issues/080817/080817thinksmart-index.html

In Sunday's USA Weekend, MoneySmart contributor, Sharon Epperson, shows how to reduce expenses when visiting prospective campuses.

Countries

Multi-Country Sites

World Leaders

Flags & Symbols

For Fun

Do you know the names of all the countries? Try to name them all at this Sporcle quiz. If you want to try one continent at a time, check out World Geography Games.

Going Green on Campus

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080814/FEATURES01/80814020

In today's Detroit Free Press, campuses around the nation are encouraging students to be more eco-friendly when they arrive in their dormrooms this fall.

4 Easy Ways to Turn School Days Green

http://www.usaweekend.com/08_issues/080810/080810thinksmart.html

In last Sunday's USA Weekend, ParentSmart contributor, Natalie Ermann Russell, suggested how students can think of new ways to reuse and recycle school supplies.

Leisure Time Activities

Crafts

Card ShopThe Card Shop by Sandra Lounsbury. Step-by-step instructions on how to make incredible greeting cards for every season. All you need is a few supplies and you can make imaginative, personalized cards for everyone you know. Some stuff you could even make to decorate your room.

Sports Fiction

TangerineBloor, Edward. Tangerine. Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight

Sad Stories

GirlheartsMazer, Norma Fox. Girlhearts. Sarabeth Silver's life is turned upside-down when her mother dies suddenly, leaving her orphaned, confused, and at the mercy of everyone who seems to know what is best for her.

Mystery Stories

TightropeCross, Gillian. Tightrope. When she begins receiving bizarre threatening messages from someone who seems to know her every move, teenage Ashley, after seeking help from the neighborhood tough guy, comes to realize that she alone can end the stalker's reign of terror.

Fairy Tales

The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block
Nine tales retold Blockstyle, in gritty magical realism.

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue
Daring retellings of thirteen tales featuring strong female characters.

Just Ella by Margeret Haddix Peterson
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

Books For Animal Lovers

Fiction

Notes from a liar and her dog by Gennifer Choldenko — Ant, stuck in a family that she does not like, copes by pretending that her "real" parents are coming to rescue her, by loving her dog Pistachio, by volunteering at the zoo, and by bending the truth and telling lies.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo — Though this book is shelved in the youth department, the story of Opal and the dog that she finds should not be missed.

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