Elite 36 Book List 4-6 Grades 2017-18

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Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days Cover Image
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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.


Boxes for Katje (Rise and Shine) Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780374309220
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - July 13th, 2010

Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinary


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.


A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780439717007
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 1st, 2007

A Dog's Life joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content


Ella Enchanted Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780064407052
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old.

At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate...


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


Esperanza Rising Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780439120425
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 1st, 2002

Pura Belpr Award Winner
IRA Notable Book for a Global Society
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing


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.


Harry's Mad Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780679886884
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Published: Yearling Books - July 22nd, 1997

"Harry's parents and friends think he's crazy because he acts out the rich fantasies of his 10-year-old imagination. And when his eccentric American uncle dies and leaves Harry a parrot named Madison (Mad), they're convinced of it. A believable, satisfying animal fantasy, with memorable characterizations and playful humor...a sprightly read-aloud."--Publishers Weekly


Hatchet Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 1st, 2007

This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared--and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.


Ice Magic (Matt Christopher Sports Classics #33) Cover Image
$4.79
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 His Boys Cover Image
By Rosemary Wells, P. J. Lynch (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780763680695
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - December 22nd, 2015

An intimate, moving portrait of Abraham Lincoln as rarely seen--through the eyes of his children--and captured in exquisite illustrations.


Love, Ruby Lavender Cover Image
$6.39
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
$6.39
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. 


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 One and Only Ivan Cover Image
$7.19
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.


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.


Redwall: 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780441005482
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Published: Ace Books - May 4th, 1998

The book that inspired a legend--the first novel in the bestselling saga of Redwall.


Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781476755861
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Published: Threshold Editions - October 29th, 2013

America's #1 radio talk-show host and multi-million-copy #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a book for young readers with a history teacher who travels back in time to have adventures with exceptional Americans.

MEET RUSH LIMBAUGH'S REALLY GOOD PAL, RUSH REVERE


Scared Stiff Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9781481449106
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - April 19th, 2016

This bestselling classic mystery filled with "clever sleuthing" (Publishers Weekly) by two brothers looking for information about their missing mother from three-time Edgar Award--winning author Willo Davis Roberts is a thrilling roller coaster ride of a read.


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.


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.


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.


What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin Cover Image
By Jean Fritz, Margot Tomes (Illustrator)
$5.59
ISBN: 9780698113725
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Published: Pearson Scott Foresman - January 1st, 2000

A fun historic tale by Newbery Honor-winning author, Jean Fritz

No matter how busy he was, Ben Franklin always found time to try out new ideas and he was also a man of many talents. He was also an ambassador to England, a printer, an almanac maker, a politician, and even a vegetarian (for a time).


The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree Cover Image
By Bill Brittain, Andrew Glass (Illustrator)
$5.59
ISBN: 9780064401685
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Published: HarperCollins - May 8th, 1986

A Newbery Honor Book that the New York Times called "an eerie delight," The Wish Giver is an engaging literary folk story about those who get what they wish for—whether they want it or not.


A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet) Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780312367541
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture.

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.


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.