The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Soon to be a major motion picture!Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestsellerThis unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope.The One and Only Ivan features first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); and story elements (plot, character development, perspective).Plus don't miss Katherine Applegate's Endling series!

  • ASIN: 0061992275
  • ISBN: 0061992275
  • Brand: Applegate, Katherine/ Castelao, Patricia (ILT)
  • Manufacturer: HarperCollins

The Secret Zoo

The Secret Zoo

  • ASIN: B003MVZ3WE
  • Manufacturer: Greenwillow Books

The Chocolate Touch

The Chocolate Touch

In this zany twist on the legend of King Midas and his golden touch, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate!Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out….The Chocolate Touch has remained a favorite for millions of kids, teachers, and parents for several generations. It's an enjoyable story that pulls in even reluctant readers. 

  • ASIN: 0688161332
  • ISBN: 0688161332
  • Brand: HarperCollins
  • Manufacturer: HarperCollins

Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama—this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope—toward America. This moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it "enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny." An author's note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà's story. This paperback edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions.

  • UPC: 884539314490
  • ASIN: 0061962791
  • ISBN: 0061962791
  • Brand: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Manufacturer: HarperCollins

How Not to Start Third Grade (Step into Reading)

How Not to Start Third Grade (Step into Reading)

Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that brought us How Not to Babysit Your Brother now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very troublesome little brother. School will never be the same!Cathy Hapka and Ellen Titlebaum are the authors of many books for children. This is their second book about Will and Steve. They live in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, and New York City, respectively.Debbie Palen has illustrated many books for children, including How Not to Babysit Your Brother and the first four books in the Andrew Lost series. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • ASIN: B00DACZUR8
  • Manufacturer: Random House Books for Young Readers

I Was a Third Grade Spy

I Was a Third Grade Spy

Believe it or not–and you better believe it–Josh’s dog Arful can talk! This is very useful to Josh and his pals who want to win the school talent contest. First the boys have to find out what the girls are planning for the contest. That’s when they send Arful to get an earful by spying on the girls. Just wait until show time to see what Arful the spy uncovers.

  • ASIN: 0440418712
  • ISBN: 0440418712
  • Brand: Yearling Books
  • Manufacturer: Yearling

Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend. This edition also includes a special note to readers from Newbery Medal winner and Printz Honor winner Clare Vanderpool.    Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.   Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past. Praise for Where the Red Fern Grows A Top 100 Children’s Novel, School Library JournalA Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPRA Great American Read's Selection (PBS)Winner of Multiple State AwardsOver 14 million copies in print!“A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased....Very touching.” —The New York Times Book Review “One of the great classics of children’s literature . . . Any child who doesn’t get to read this beloved and powerfully emotional book has missed out on an important piece of childhood for the last 40-plus years.” —Common Sense Media“An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.” —School Library Journal “A book of unadorned naturalness.” —Kirkus Reviews “Written with so much feeling and sentiment that adults as well as children are drawn [in] with a passion.” —Arizona Daily Star “It’s a story about a young boy and his two hunting dogs and . . . I can’t even go on without getting a little misty.” —The Huffington Post ... [Read More]

  • ASIN: 0440412676
  • ISBN: 0440412676
  • Brand: Random House
  • Manufacturer: Yearling

The Mystery of the Stolen Statue (Third-Grade Detectives)

The Mystery of the Stolen Statue (Third-Grade Detectives)

Mr. Merlin’s Third Graders are known as the Third Grade Detectives—with some hints from secret code clues and help from Mr. Merlin’s friend, the police scientist Dr. Smiley, they help solve cases. Perfect for fans of the Hardy Boys! The Third-Grade Detectives are looking forward to their field trip to a local art museum, where a priceless 15th-century statue of Joan of Arc is on loan from a Paris museum. But when they arrive, they discover that the statue has been stolen! The police quickly find the statue—smashed into pieces and thrown in a dumpster. Why would someone steal the statue only to destroy it? It looks like a new case for the Third-Grade Detectives—even if the museum director doesn’t seem to want their help.

  • ASIN: 0689864914
  • ISBN: 0689864914
  • Brand: Aladdin
  • Manufacturer: Aladdin

Third Grade Angels

Third Grade Angels

The long-awaited prequel to the bestseller FOURTH GRADE RATSGeorge, aka "Suds," has just entered third grade, and he's heard the rhyme about "first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats," but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded "the halo" - which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he's finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he had anticipated. Does he have to be good even outside of school? (Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister?) And if Mrs. Simms doesn't actually see him doing a good deed, does it even count?A warm, funny return to elementary school from master storyteller Spinelli.

  • ASIN: 0545387736
  • ISBN: 0545387736
  • Brand: Arthur A Levine Books
  • Manufacturer: Arthur A. Levine Books

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Celebrate 45 years of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing!The #1 New York Times bestselling author's first book in her classic Fudge series.Two is a crowd when Peter and his little brother, Fudge, are in the same room. Grown-ups think Fudge is absolutely adorable, but Peter and his pet turtle, Dribble, know the truth. From throwing temper tantrums to smearing mashed potatoes on the wall, Fudge causes mischief wherever he goes!“As a kid, Judy Blume was my favorite author, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was my favorite book.”—Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling Wimpy Kid seriesLove Fudge, Peter, and Sheila? Read all these books featuring your favorite characters:Otherwise Known as Sheila the GreatSuperfudgeFudge-a-ManiaDouble Fudge 

  • ASIN: 0142408816
  • ISBN: 0142408816
  • Brand: Penguin
  • Manufacturer: Puffin Books