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Oliver is so intent on following a blowing autumn leaf that he doesn't even notice that he's lost his way. All alone at the edge of the woods, he starts to cry. He cries and cries – but he is still lost. And so he rubs his nose and tries to think. . . . With warmth, humor, and faith in the power of pluck, Phyllis Root quietly captures a big, defining moment in the world of a small child.

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Blending the offbeat humor of Lemony Snicket and insight into the pre-adolescent psyche, this debut novel from a pseudonymous author is equal parts supernatural whodunit, suspense-filled adventure and evocative coming-of-age tale. When an unlikely pair of 11-year-old outsiders-survivalist

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"This is a prayer for a blueberry girl…. A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself.

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A small boy watches an airplane fly overhead and his imagination zooms skyward as he pictures himself flying through the sky, soaring past trains, over oceans, all the way to the moon! There he becomes an astronaut exploring the wonders of the lunar landscape and the joys of weightlessness as he flies on his own.

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Three weeks, two days, and twenty-three hours ago, Tris broke Nick's heart. So when Tris shows up at the punk concert where Nick's playing with his band – known alternatively as Porn Yesterday, The Back Handkerchiefs, The Vengeful Hairdressers, and None of Your Business – he's desperate to hide how obsessed he still is with her. Turning to the girl next to him, he asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes, hoping to protect his battered ego and make Tris jealous.

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Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her descendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice – one million dollars or a clue."?Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.

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Greg Mortenson stumbled, lost and delirious, into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb up K2. The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build them a school. The remarkable story of his promise kept is now perfect for reading aloud. Told in the voice of Korphe's children, this story illuminates the humanity and culture of a relevant and distant part of the world in gorgeous collage, while sharing a riveting example of how one person can change thousands of lives.

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No child likes going to bed and as every parent knows, their little treasures will try and delay it for as long as possible! Discover all the antics children get up to before going to bed, in this hilarious board book, written and illustrated in Boynton's own unique humorous style. The perfect way to read kids to sleep!

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What could be sweeter than adorable baby animals snuggling with their mommies? This simple board book with warm illustrations feature a variety of animals and celebrate the affection between mothers and children. Cuddles and kisses will surely abound when reading this aloud!

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