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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Pirate Bear

    by Sonya Annita Song

    A swashbuckling tale about Pirate Bear and his tyrannical encounters until one fateful day... 

    O Pirate Bear, the baddest bear
    And ruler of the seas,
    He took the things he wanted
    And not once did he say please.

    Sailors trembled when they saw him
    For they really had no clue
    If he'd make them swab the poop deck
    Or he'd turn them into stew.

  • The Sun’s Bright, Bright Burning Rays

    by Courtney Caswell-Peyton
    A colorful book about the sun that explains the difference in meaning between the word rays and raise.
  • The Puzzle Solver

    by Courtney Caswell-Peyton
    An engaging and colorful book about putting a puzzle together.
  • How Allan Alligator Landed His Lake

    by Courtney Caswell-Peyton
    Allan Alligator argues with a crocodile and lands living rent free in a lake.
  • Turtle Time for Toby

    by Courtney Caswell-Peyton
    Toby is tempted by trouble everywhere he goes. He knocks things off of store shelves and knows nothing about nurturing friendships. Then one day, Toby’s teacher entrusts him with the care of turtles in the hopes that his newfound sense of responsibility will restore his relationships. Will Turtle Time transform Toby?
  • Smallfish Clover

    by Heather Lee Shaw
    Man-eating anacondas! Pilfered gold and precious jewels! Such elements fuel the seductively fertile fantasy life young Walter Pace Clover III invents for himself as a means of combating the boredom of accompanying his parents on a business trip to an unnamed South American city. It stands him in good stead when a routine shopping trip to the city’s busy street market turns unexpectedly ominous. Playing a surreptitious cat-and-mouse spy game as he wanders the vendors’ stalls, Pace and his father ... more
  • Get Real: An Adaptation of the Velveteen Rabbit

    by John Jimerson

    This is the journey of Alberto, the toy rabbit.  Along the way, he learns the thrills of loving friendship, the sorrows of loss, and what it means to be real.  After many joyful experiences with his closest friend, he loses what seems like everything.  Then, when he thinks there is no hope, out of his grief grows the magic that transforms him into who he was always meant to be.  This book is a meditation on love, loss, and personal transformation.  This is the Ve... more

  • The Adventures of Gary the Rabbit & Jerry the Elephant

    by Steven Friedman
    From the debut author, Steven Friedman comes the new tale, The Adventures of Gary the Rabbit & Jerry the Elephant. Children who love Peter the Rabbit, will adore Gary and Jerry the tiny elephant. It takes a place in the forest of Redwood, but when all the water goes missing, the animals have to adapt. Gary’s dad, Geoffrey travels with a few other rabbits up north to a new forest and home. Gary on the other hand stays in Redwood with Jerry. They found a cabin with a garden and fresh water. Gar... more
  • Elsie's Story: This Story Has No Hero

    by Michael Murphy

    "Elsie's Story: This Story Has No Hero" is story of schoolyard bullying. Contains a Glossary and a reproducible "Elsie's Story Character Test." It is a powerful addition to any school’s character education library.


  • The Ride

    by Nancy Demme
    In 1952 El Paso, Diego Ramirez, 15, illiterate, an arsonist, torches the barn where his abusive stepfather is working. Believing he has killed the man, he steals his mother's life savings, dimes and nickels, and flees the ranch. He hitchhikes through Texas, accepting rides from anyone who offers, a bigoted truck driver, a woman who only gives rides to children of crippled spirit, a salesman who feeds Diego's dreams of success, and a lonely widow, who takes him in only to let him go. It is th... more
  • Papaw's Treasure

    by Jessica Madison
    This is the story of a small family farm across several generations. Part historical fiction and part personal memoir, it reminds us of what is most important in life. "The treasure is the land we call home and the people who share it. Papaw's treasure has been beneath our feet all along..." "A wonderful little book, Papaw's Treasure tells the story of life and change in the mountains of Appalachia, but it also raises important questions about the choices we make in modern America. A critic... more
  • Islamic Vashikaran Mantra

    by Islamic Vashikaran Mantra
  • Keep Your Songs In Your Heart: A Novel of Friendship & Hope During World War II

    by Carolyn Summer Quinn
    Boisterous 11-year-old aspiring singer Ruby Carol Rafferty's happy life in Seattle is turned upside-down after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Suddenly America is at war, Ruby's longed-for Christmas trip is cancelled, her father wants to join the Army, and her Japanese American best friend is getting shipped away to an internment camp just because of her heritage. A new friend's family fled from the Nazis in Europe and can't find out what happened to the relatives they left be... more
  • Cryptid

    Cryptozoologist Mike Kellogg studies the creatures of folklore and legend: cryptids. Some are well known—Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster—some are simply local myths. Still others are known animals mistaken for unknown creatures of legend. The exhibit Mike and Liz Newcastle are currently involved with for his Chicago museum features melanism--what causes some animals to be born unnaturally black. Sara Williams, orphaned from an auto accident, schemes to get Mike to adopt her so she can remain close... more
  • Piasa

    Do you believe in fate? After suffering separate personal tragedies, Cryptozoologist Mike Kellogg and teen-aged Sara Williams are thrown together in Alton, Illinois when Mike goes to investigate reports of the reappearance of the unproven-to-science creature known as the Piasa. The mural of the Piasa, which according to early Native American residents meant ‘the bird that devoured men, is painted on thebluffs near the town of Alton, Illinois. The dragon-like depiction overlooks what the Ojibw... more
  • How To Have A Habit

    by S. Todd Stolp
    Cabot heads out to go fishing, but calamity strikes when he loses his fishing pole and gets bored. He begins to pick up one crazy habit after another from the other creatures, a victim of all manner of peer pressure. As the story unfolds, readers will ask themselves, “Is there any such thing as a “good habit,” if it is something we do without thinking?” Finally, a withered snake even teaches him to smoke cigarettes! He keeps it up, even after a disgusted frog tries to tell him about the dangers... more