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The Honest Truth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545665735
Availability: Currently Out of Stock - Usually Ships To Store In 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - January 27th, 2015

Recommended by Noah, age 11

The honest truth is a great book. I would recommend this book to people who like a story with a hook that they are dying to figure out. Mark has had a best friend Jessie for years. He doesn't care that she is a girl, they are still friends. One day Mark runs away. He is a very troubled kid who has missed a year and a half of school because of cancer. The doctors did tests on him and they recently found out his cancer is back. Mark dreams of climbing a mountain named Mount Rainer. Mark takes his dog and zips him in a duffel bag, then he runs away to climb the mountain.  His parents are worried about him. and so is Jessie. Then Jessie figures out why he ran away, and where he is. But Mark trusts Jessie to keep his secret. Mark is a smart kid and makes the police think he is in a town called Spokane. But really he is in Seattle.  Mark starts climbing Mt. Rainer. and starts making it through the Huge deadly winter storm that is pushing him back. He thinks he is destined to climb this mountain.  He has a reason, almost a secret about why he wants to climb the mountain so bad, and that is the honest truth.  Mark and his dog Beau are climbing the mountain. Then Beau gives one of his rare warning barks. Mark stops. He looks down, there is a giant crevasse in the mountain. He stops then he thanks Beau. Mark tries to jump over the crevasse but then Beau falls in. Will Beau survive?  A quote from the book is "And I closed my eyes to die." What will happen? Will Beau survive? Will Mark survive? And what is the honest truth? Why is Mark trying so hard? Read this book to find out.

The Only Game (Home Team) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481409957
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 17th, 2015

Recommended by Adham, age 12 
“The Only Game” is about a boy named Jack Callahan. He is the best little league player in the town, until he quits the game. No one understands his decision, or respects it, except his new friend Cassie, or his overweight, bullied friend Teddy. Even his parents are pressuring him about his decision. When his friends discover the real reason he quit, can they help him get back to the only game?

Endgame: The Calling Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062332592
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Published: HarperCollins - June 9th, 2015

Recommended by Kiran, age 12
Endgame: The Calling is a dystopian novel written by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton. It could be compared to The Hunger Games but the plot is more intense and the story is told from different points of view. The way it is written, pulls you in unlike any other book and the pace is fast. There are some vivid parts and colorful language but fans of The Hunger Games will like it.

I Am #11: Walt Disney Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545629188
Availability: Backordered - MAY BE DELAYED
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

Recommended by Christine, WPS Grade 3
Do you like Mickey Mouse or Walt Disney World?  If you do, then you should definitely read this book.  It is about Walt Disney's childhood, his first job in film and his career.  I would recommend this book to 3rd-5th graders. 

Fortunately, the Milk Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062224071
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Published: HarperCollins - September 17th, 2013

Recommended by Sean, WPS Grade 3
"Fortunately the Milk" is about a father who goes out to get milk for breakfast and ends up having a weird adventure.  This entertaining book has laughter and adventure.

Teddy Mars Book #1: Almost a World Record Breaker Cover Image
By Molly B. Burnham, Trevor Spencer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062278104
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 24th, 2015

Recommended by Noah, age 11

Teddy Mars is a great book. This is one of my top 15 books and I hope you read it. Teddy Mars is about a kid named Teddy Mars (obviously) and he is addicted to world records. Teddy also wants to break a world record. After Teddy's brother Jake, or as Teddy calls him "the destructor" breaks his tent, and scribbles over his old Guinness world record book, Teddy wants to get a new one for his birthday along with a tent. When he gets these presents he decides he is done with Jake. He goes outside to live in tent. Soon he attempts ten times to break a world record, Teddy realizes that since he works to feed pigeons, he can cover himself in birdseed and have the most pigeons on a person at one time. 57 pigeons. His plan fails and he only gets 40 pigeons on him. When he goes inside he is sad that he didn't break a world record. Will Teddy ever break a world record? Read this book to find out.



Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #10: Showdown at the Alamo Cover Image
By Jeff Brown, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062189875
Availability: Currently Out of Stock - Usually Ships To Store In 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2013

Recommended by John, WPS Grade 3
Are you a fan of Flat Stanley?  Well then, you should read this book!  It is when Stanley, Arthur and Carlos go to Texas to see their friend, Eduardo.  

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The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate Cover Image
By Scott Nash, Scott Nash (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763632649
Availability: Currently Out of Stock - NOT AVAILABLE TO ORDER
Published: Candlewick - September 25th, 2012

Recommended by Sam, WPS Grade 3

I like this book.  It is very interesting, fun and entertaining. 

Ungifted Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061742675
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 18th, 2014

Recommended by Ivan, WPS Grade 3

A boy named Donovan ruins a statue and gets sent to a school for gifted kids.  It's surprising at moments, silly occasionally, had interesting facts of Donovan's life and is well-written.

Cleopatra (I Am #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545587532
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

Recommended by Sasha, WPS Grade 3
"I Am Cleopatra" is about Cleopatra, Egypt, Alexandria and the war with Julius Caesar.  It is vey interesting and teaches you about what happened in Cleopatra's life.

Twerp (Twerp Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375971457
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Published: Yearling - May 13th, 2014

Recommended by Kiran, age 10
Twerp is a great book all together and is well written. The story is about a boy who made a big mistake in school and the steps he takes to make everything right again. It is a really engaging story that pulls you into the action and makes you think about how people act toward each other. I highly recommend this book for everyone.

The Castle Behind Thorns Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062008190
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 27th, 2014

Recommended by Elliot, age 11
I think overall this book is a 9 1/2 on a scale of 1-10. It is very descriptive and it would make a great book group book because there is a lot to discuss in this book. Sand, the main character, "wakes up curled in the ashes of a great fireplace." This first line of the book makes you wonder why someone wakes up there. It really pulled me in to read the rest of the book. The book is about a boy who has to escape an enchanted castle. I wish that this book was already out, so that I could give it to my teacher, Ms.Haskell. I find it interesting that the thorns on bushes became cursed and deadly when a girl is murdered. I also like the arguments between two girls, one gets into mischief often, the other is more formal. I also like how the castle was torn apart by the saints, because of lies. It adds a big twist in the story. On May 27th be sure to get The Castle Behind Thorns.

Sidekicked Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062133144
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Published: Walden Pond Press - June 25th, 2013

Recommended by Kiran, age 10
Sidekicked was an awesome book that all my siblings loved. It is about a boy named Drew who is part of a secret sidekick organization called H.E.R.O and is located in his school's basement. Along with his best friend Jenna, he fights crime as the sensationalist. His powers are the ability to hear, smell, taste, see and feel better that anyone else. With a great conclusion that surprises everyone, this is an awesome book that is funny and filled with action and drama!

Recommended by Gabriella, age 9
I loved how Sidekicked has parts and how usually the chapters start like "It's Thursday" and then list what that day means to Andrew. I thought Sidekicked was like the Lightning Thief except instead of Gods and Goddesses there are Supers. If you read the back of Sidekicked and placed it back on the shelf don't, because it is truly a super book. Once you read it you'll be hoping for a sequel!   

The Last Dogs: Dark Waters Cover Image
By Christopher Holt, Allen Douglas (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316200127
Availability: Currently Out of Stock - Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2013

Recommended by Gina, age 12
Max, Gizmo, and Rocky are on the hunt for their people in this second installment of The Last Dogs trilogy. In a new place, the three aren't sure who they can trust. Are their new friends hiding something? What are the true intentions of Gertrude the pig, who is supposed to help them? And what are people, who were supposed to all be gone, doing in the city? On a journey that takes them all over, Max, Gizmo, and Rocky must find the clues to join their people. This book is suspenseful but very funny as well.