Elite 36 Book List 3-5 Grades 2017-18

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Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days Cover Image
Potentially Unavailable: Email or call Russo's for price and availability
ISBN: 9780440413493
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Published: Yearling Books - July 1st, 1996

One day at the library, a book falls off the top shelf and hits Milo on the head. It's called Be a Perfect in Just Three Days The book's author, Dr. K. Pinkerton Silverfish, doesn't look too perfect himself, In the picture on the back cover he's wearing a clown nose, and mustard is dripping down his chin. Milo figures the boor is worth a try anyway.


Because of Winn-Dixie Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780763680862
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - December 8th, 2015

A classic tale by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, America's beloved storyteller.


Bobbie the Wonder Dog: A True Story Cover Image
By Tricia Brown, Cary Porter (Illustrator)
$13.59
ISBN: 9781943328369
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Published: Westwinds Press - April 12th, 2016

Bob was an average-looking collie puppy in every way, except for his bobbed tail . . . and maybe that's why the Brazier family named him Bob, or Bobbie.


But he was average in no other way.


The Boxcar Children Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780807508527
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 15th, 1989

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 discover an old, red boxcar that provides shelter from a storm. Against all odds, they make it into their home--and become the Boxcar Children.


Boxes for Katje (Rise and Shine) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374309220
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - July 13th, 2010

Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinary


Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team Cover Image
By Audrey Vernick, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9780547385570
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Published: Clarion Books - April 3rd, 2012

The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the
1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball
team . . . with three on the bench The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother
team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for


By the Great Horn Spoon Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780316286121
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 1988

For fans of the I Survived series--a rollicking adventure from the California Gold Rush


The Castle in the Attic Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780440409410
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Published: Yearling Books - November 1st, 1994

One of the classic fantastical adventures of all time


Clementine Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$4.79
ISBN: 9780786838837
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - February 15th, 2008


Clementine is having not so good of a week.


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780307931474
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Published: Yearling Books - June 24th, 2014

Now a Nickelodeon Original Movie
Over 100 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List
44 State Award Lists

Discover what James Patterson calls "the coolest library in all the world" in this fun-filled, action-packed bestseller from the much-loved co-author of I Funny and Treasure Hunters


Fourth Grade Rats (Apple Paperbacks) Cover Image
$4.79
ISBN: 9780590442442
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - March 1st, 1993

A fast, fun, friendship read from the Newbery-award winning author of Maniac Magee.
Fourth graders are tough. They aren't afraid of spiders. They say no to their moms. They push first graders off the swings. And they never, ever cry.


Freckle Juice Cover Image
By Judy Blume, Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Illustrator)
$4.79
ISBN: 9781481411028
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 27th, 2014

What's a guy gotta do to get some freckles? This perennial bestselling favorite from Judy Blume has a fresh new look


I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (I Survived #5) Cover Image
By Lauren Tarshis, Scott Dawson (Illustrator)
$3.99
ISBN: 9780545206990
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - March 1st, 2012

Ten-year-old Leo loves being a newsboy in San Francisco -- not only does he get to make some money to help his family, he's free to explore the amazing, hilly city as it changes and grows with the new century. Horse-drawn carriages share the streets with shiny new automobiles, new businesses and families move in every day from everywhere, and anything seems possible.


Ice Magic (Matt Christopher Sports Classics #33) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316139915
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 1987

ICE MAGIC A strange power is at work in the rink... Pie Pennelli loves to play ice hockey, but he's got some problems: his hand-me-down skates are too big for him, and one of his teammates is always giving him a hard time. But Pie's troubles really begin when his next-door neighbors find an antique hockey game.


The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio #1) Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$4.79
ISBN: 9780142400432
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Published: Puffin Books - September 30th, 1998

Everyone's favorite time-travelers are changing their styles The Time Warp Trio series now features a brand-new, eye-catching design, sure to appeal to longtime fans, and those new to Jon Scieszka's wacky brand of humor.


Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare Cover Image
By Gene Barretta, Gene Barretta (Illustrator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9780805099454
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - June 14th, 2016

President Abraham Lincoln grew up in a one-room log cabin. President John F. Kennedy was raised in the lap of luxury. One was a Republican and one a Democrat. They lived and served a hundred years apart.


A Lion to Guard Us Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780064403337
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Published: HarperCollins - October 20th, 1989

The inspiring story that The New Yorker called "an exciting tale with top-notch writing," about one girl facing harsh conditions and huge responsibility as she brings her family to the American colonies. 


Love, Ruby Lavender Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780152054786
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 1st, 2005

Ruby Lavender and Miss Eula are a pretty good team, for a couple of chicken thieves. What other granddaughter-grandmother duo could successfully drive the getaway car for chickens rescued from a journey to the slaughterhouse, paint a whole house shocking pink, and operate their own personal secret-letter post office?


Masterminds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062299994
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2016

The first book in the action-packed series from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman is perfect for young fans of James Patterson and John Grisham. 


Molly's Pilgrim Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780688162801
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Published: HarperCollins - April 26th, 2005

A modern Thanksgiving classic about an immigrant girl who comes to identify with the story of the Pilgrims, as she seeks religious freedom and a home in a new land.

As Molly nears her first Thanksgiving in the New World, she doesn't find much to be thankful for. Her classmates giggle at her Yiddish accent and make fun of her unfamiliarity with American ways.


Muggie Maggie Cover Image
By Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray (Illustrator)
$5.59
ISBN: 9780380710874
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Published: HarperCollins - April 14th, 2015

In this humorous and relatable novel from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, a girl must overcome her rebellious attitude toward learning cursive.


My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142401118
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Published: Puffin Books - April 12th, 2004

Terribly unhappy in his family's crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude-and danger-of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.


Nim's Island Cover Image
By Wendy Orr, Kerry Millard (Illustrator)
$5.59
ISBN: 9780385736060
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Published: Yearling Books - February 12th, 2008

A girl. An iguana. An island. And e-mail. Meet Nim-a modern-day Robinson Crusoe She can chop down bananas with a machete, climb tall palm trees, and start a fire with a piece of glass. So she's not afraid when her scientist dad sails off to study plankton for three days, leaving her alone on their island.


Number the Stars Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780547577098
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 2nd, 2011

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.


On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House #4) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060581831
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Published: HarperCollins - May 11th, 2004

Immerse yourself in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House series, now featuring Garth Williams’ classic art in vibrant full-color! Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Banks of Plum Creek is the Newbery Honor-winning fourth book in the Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers.


The Patchwork Quilt Cover Image
By Valerie Flournoy, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9780803700970
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Published: Dial Books - March 29th, 1985

Twenty years ago Valerie Flournoy and Jerry Pinkney created a warmhearted intergenerational story that became an award-winning perennial. Since then children from all sorts of family situations and configurations continue to be drawn to its portrait of those bonds that create the fabric of family life.


Phineas L. Macguire ...Erupts! (Phineas L. Macguire... #1) Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9781416947349
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2007

Here's what you need to know about Phineas L. MacGuire, boy-scientist extraordinaire, aka Mac:

1. He's allergic to purple, telephone calls, and girls, and can prove it.

2. He's probably the world's expert on mold, including which has the highest stink potential.


Sheep Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780312561161
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Published: Square Fish - April 28th, 2009

The sheep closed in around him like a big, woolly blanket. The puppy had never been so scared or so excited in his life. Soon he was racing, feinting, dodging--learning what it means to be one of the proud breed of Border collies, the finest sheepherders in the world. Then, almost overnight, his life is turned upside down.


The One and Only Ivan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061992278
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Published: HarperCollins - January 6th, 2015

Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller!

This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship.


There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780394805726
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Published: Yearling Books - August 12th, 1988

The beloved bestseller from Newbery Medalist and National Book Award winner Louis Sachar (Holes), with a brand-new cover

"Give me a dollar or I'll spit on you."


Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618873166
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 18th, 2007

When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle who is dying of diphtheria.


Tornado Cover Image
By Betsy Byars, Doron Ben-Ami (Illustrator)
$3.99
ISBN: 9780064420631
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Published: HarperCollins - December 28th, 2004

A tornado appears in the distance, and Pete, the farmhand, gathers everyone into the storm cellar. While they wait for the storm to pass,he tells the family about the dog dropped down by a tornado when Pete was a boy.


Tricking the Tallyman Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780385755191
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Published: Dragonfly Books - January 7th, 2014

Are kids interested in learning about the very first American census? Probably not. Do young readers clamor for stories set in the very, very olden days of the late 18th century? Uh, not really. Okay, but do they like nutty cat-and-mouse trickery, wacky slapstick, and animals disguised as people?


Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Cover Image
By Kelly Jones, Katie Kath (Illustrator)
$5.59
ISBN: 9780385755559
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Published: Yearling Books - March 8th, 2016

Fans of Polly Horvath or Roald Dahl will love this quirky story of a determined girl, and some extraordinary chickens.


Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud Cover Image
By Larry Day (Illustrator), Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
$13.59
ISBN: 9780525479031
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - December 8th, 2011

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were good friends with very different personalities. But their differing views on how to run the newly created United States turned them into the worst of friends. They each became leaders of opposing political parties, and their rivalry followed them to the White House.


You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! Cover Image
By Jonah Winter, Andre Carrilho (Illustrator)
$6.39
ISBN: 9780553498424
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Published: Dragonfly Books - March 8th, 2016

In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax such an amazing baseball player. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game.