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"When Grace learns about the three branches of the United States government, she and the rest of the student council put the lesson into practice as they debate how to spend the money from a school fund-raiser. The arguments continue as they travel to Washington, DC, for a field trip. Grace feels closer than ever to her dream of becoming president someday, but she and her classmates have a lot to learn about what it means to serve the needs of the people, especially when the people want such different things!" -- publisher
"Once in a faraway kingdom, a strong, brave maiden is invited to attend the prince's royal ball, but she's not as excited to go as everyone else. After her mother convinces her to make an appearance, she makes a huge impression on everyone present, from the villagers to the king and queen, but she ends up finding true love in a most surprising place. This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance." -- publisher
A curious little girl watches the man who guards the last castle in town. Every time she passes by him, she tries to catch his eye. While the other townspeople fear what may be locked up inside the mysterious castle, the girl finally gets up the courage to knock on the door and find out what’s really behind the gate. -- publisher
"Max is a supervillain growing up in a supervillain family : his mom controls fire and his dad is like a tornado. Max has the power of invisibility, which he uses to wreak havoc and go unseen, or so he thinks. But Max goes to school with Ronnie, the son of superheroes and a champion of justice who can see in others what no one else can see- -even good hearts in misbehaving boys. What happens when these two super-forces square off?"--Publisher
Beautiful but vain Ivy locks away her infant daughter, Snow, because she is born with a skin disorder, and later forces her to write children's books until Snow escapes and finds shelter in the forest, in this story based on the Grimm fairy tale.
"When Dee-Dee finds herself excluded from various activities and clubs by the other kids, she and her teacher come up with a plan to show what good friends are and how they should treat each other."--Amazon.com
When his friend Joseph finds money in the schoolyard and intends to keep it, Devon thinks he should turn it in, and when they discover that their friend Lin lost the money, they both face a tough choice.
The daughter of a slave forms a gospel singing group and goes on tour to raise money to save Fisk University. -- publisher
"Sometimes when children are sad, it can be difficult for them to imagine ever feeling happy again. Playing at the water table is fun. But Erik thinks getting splashed is not fun. When his sleeve gets wet, Erik gets sad, and he can't imagine ever being happy again. Then, with a classmate by his side, Erik becomes absorbed by a new idea : to make the water disappear. As it vanishes, Erik discovers his happiness has reappeared, like magic. Airdah -taroo! This story provides a helpful reminder to children that sadness is a temporary feeling. The book contains a page of information to help you connect the story to children's experiences, which makes it a great teaching tool for your classroom or child care setting."--
"Flashlight Night is an ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books. Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight's beam another world looms. Our heroes encounter spooky woods, a fearsome tiger, a time-forgotten tomb, an Egyptian god, a sword-fighting pirate, and a giant squid. With ingenuity, they vanquish all, then return to their tree house--braver, closer, and wiser than before--to read the books that inspired their adventure."- -Provided by publisher