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Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping (350126)

Peggy Parish; Lexile: 110L; multiple books, P

Amelia Bedelia has never been camping in the great outdoors before. She's trying her best to do exactly as she's told, but pitching a tent is not the same as throwing it into the bushes, and catching a fish with your bare hands isn't easy. As usual, the mixed-up housekeeper makes this camping trip one hugely entertaining adventure.


Amelia Bedelia Helps Out (350127)

Peggy Parish; Lexile: 210L; multiple books, P

A neighbor needs Amelia Bedelia's helping hands, so everyone's favorite housekeeper is off to Miss Emma's house for a day of work. It's a good thing Miss Emma likes to laugh, because Amelia Bedelia makes her usual merry mess!


The Boxcar Children (350007)

Gertrude Chandler Warner; Lexile: 490L; multiple books, I

One warm night, four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are orphans. Determined to make it on their own, they set out to find a safe place to live. They discovered an old red box car that provides shelter from a storm. Against all odds, they make it into their home and become the Boxcar Children.


Freckle Juice (350081)

Judy Blume; Lexile: 370L; multiple books, PI

Nicky has freckles -- they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Sitting behind him in class, Andrew once counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty. One day after school, Andrew works up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. When know-it-all Sharon overhears, she offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe -- for fifty cents. It's a lot of money, but Andrew is desperate. At home he carefully mixes the strange combination of ingredients. Then the unexpected happens.


Gooney Bird Greene (350211)

Lois Lowry; Lexile: 590L; multiple books, I

There's never been anyone like Gooney Bird Greene at Watertown Elementary School. What other new kid would come to school wearing pajamas and a cowboy boots one day and a polka-dot T-shirt and tutu on another? Gooney Bird has to sit right smack in the middle of the class because she likes to be in the middle of everything. She's the star of story time and keeps her teacher and classmates on the edge of their seats with her "absolutely true" stories. But what about her classmates? Do they have stories good enough to share?


Ivy & Bean (Book 1) (350186)

Annie Barrows; Lexile: 510L; multiple books, PI

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hidequickIvy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charmingand addictiveintroduction to Ivy and Bean.


Mercy Watson to the Rescue (350324)

Kate DiCamillo; Lexile: 440L; multiple books, P

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig she's a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watson's bed. BOOM! CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through the floor, Mercy escapes in a flash to alert the fire department, her owners assure themselves.


Nate the Great (350003)

Marjorie Weinman Sharm; Lexile: 130L; multiple books, PI

Nate the Great got an urgent call from Annie. She lost a picture and wanted him to help find it. Nate, with the cool detachment of a Sam Spade, immediately plunges into his new and baffling case. Getting all the facts, asking the right questions, narrowing down the suspects, Nate, the boy detective who "likes to work alone," solves the mystery and tracks down the culprit. In the process he also discovers the whereabouts of Super Hex, the missing cat.


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (350335)

Judy Blume; Lexile: 470L; multiple books, PI

Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here! When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

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