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Non-Battle of the Books titles may also be ordered at the same time if you so desire.

The Bean Trees: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061097317
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HarperTorch - September 9th, 1998

Barbara Kingsolver's 1988 debut novel is a classic workof American fiction. Now a standard in college literature classes across thenation, and a book that appears in translation across the globe, The BeanTrees is not only a literary masterpiece but a popular triumph—anarrative that readers worldwide have taken into their hearts.

Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375714382
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Published: Pantheon - May 16th, 2000

There have been many accounts of the return to the wild of tame animals, but since its original publication in 1960, when The New York Times hailed it as a “fascinating and remarkable book,” Born Free has stood alone in its power to move us.

The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By Jack London, Melvin Burgess (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141321059
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survivial.

Homeless Bird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780064408196
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Published: HarperCollins - August 21st, 2001

The National Book Award-winning novel about one remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate, perfect for readers who enjoyed A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park or Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai.

Kidnapped (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780141326023
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Published: Puffin Books - June 11th, 2009

When young David Balfour's father dies and leaves him in poverty, he tracks down his Uncle Ebenezer to seek his inheritance. But his uncle is a mean, nasty man with a dark family secret. David finds himself in terrible danger when he is kidnapped and taken prisoner on board a ship bound for slavery - he must escape.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060817091
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 11th, 2008

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille Cover Image
By Russell Freedman, Kate Kiesler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395968888
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Published: Clarion Books - September 20th, 1999

A biography of the modest Frenchman who, after being blinded at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.

Shane Cover Image
By Jack Schaefer, Roland Smith (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780544239470
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 18th, 2014

I had lain in my bed thinking of our visitor out in the bunk in the barn. It scarce seemed possible that he was the same man I had first seen, stern and chilling in his dark solitude, riding up our road.

Shattered (A Dick Francis Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425201480
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 2005

After his friend is killed in a horse-racing accident, up-and-coming glass artisan Gerard Logan finds himself embroiled in a deadly search for a stolen videotape--a videotape that just might destroy his own life.

The Shadow Riders: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553231328
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Published: Bantam - September 1982

Dal and Mac Traven left Texas young and idealistic. They came back from opposite sides of a living hell, a war that had torn the nation in two. They wanted only to reclaim their old lives…but one man held their future hostage.

The Time Machine Cover Image
By H. G. Wells, Marina Warner (Introduction by), Steve Maclean (Notes by), Patrick Parrinder (Editor)
ISBN: 9780141439976
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 31st, 2005

Wells's genre-defining novel of time travel

Whirligig Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312629113
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Published: Square Fish - October 12th, 2010

With a family always on the move, popularity and the ability to fit in quickly are vital to Brent Bishop's high school survival. When he blows his chances with the girl of his dreams in front of everyone, he's devastated. Brent tries to end it all in a fatal car crash, but instead he finds an unlikely beginning. He's sent on a journey of repentance—a cross-country trip building whirligigs.