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"Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson

'Bridge to Terabithia' by Katherine Paterson

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods w ...

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"The Whingdingdilly" by Bill Peet

'The Whingdingdilly' by Bill Peet

Scamp learns to be content with his dog's life when Zildy the kooky witch turns him into a whing-dingdilly. ...

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"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)" by Roald Dahl

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)' by Roald Dahl

The gates of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory are opening at last -- and only five children will be allowed inside. ...

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"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White

'Charlotte's Web' by E.B. White

★★★★★ "I don't want to die!Save me, somebody!Save me!"The tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs.(From Puffin Books)An affectionate pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, Whit ...

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"The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1)" by Gertrude Chandler Warner

'The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1)' by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather. ...

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"Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)" by L.M. Montgomery

'Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)' by L.M. Montgomery

Everyone's favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over. ...

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"A Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature. ...

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"The Call of the Wild" by Jack London

'The Call of the Wild' by Jack London

Buck, a sturdy crossbreed canine (half St. Bernard, half Shepard), is a dog born to luxury and raised in a sheltered Californian home. But then he is kidnapped and sold to be a sled dog in the harsh and frozen Yukon Territory. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey, proving his unbreakable spirit...First published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is regarded as Jack London's masterpiece. Based on Lond ...

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"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)" by L. Frank Baum

'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)' by L. Frank Baum

This is a classical children’s novel by Frank Baum. The story is about colorful and fascinating adventures of a little orphan girl and her happy friends in the world of magic and fantasy. This is an illustrated version of the book. ...

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"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain

'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  Take a lighthearted, nostalgic trip to a simpler time, seen through the eyes of a very special boy named Tom Sawyer. It is a dreamlike summertime world of hooky and adventure, pranks and punishment, villains and young love, filled with memorable characters. Adults and young readers alike continue to enjoy this delightful classic of the promise and dreams of youth from one of America’s most ...

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"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson

'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson

The most popular pirate story ever written in English, featuring one of literature’s most beloved “bad guys,” Treasure Island has been happily devoured by several generations of boys—and girls—and grownups. Its unforgettable characters include: young Jim Hawkins, who finds himself owner of a map to Treasure Island, where the fabled pirate booty is buried; honest Captain Smollett, heroic Dr. Livesey, and the good-hearted but obtuse Squir ...

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"Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell

'Black Beauty' by Anna Sewell

A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next. Although Anna Sewell's classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.Blac ...

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"The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams

'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Margery Williams

Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys--and people--become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it. ...

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