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  • Replay

    by Sharon Creech

    While preparing for a role in the school play, twelve-year-old Leo finds an autobiography that his father wrote as a teenager and ponders the ways people change. Includes the text for the play, "Rumpopo's Porch.”

  • Rex and Lilly

    by Laurie Krasny Brown

    Dinosaur siblings Rex and Lilly have a busy day in school trading lunches, reading, and taking part in show and tell.

  • Ricky Ricotta’s Giant Robot

    by Dav Pilkey

    Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, saves a giant robot from his evil creator, Dr. Stinky, and in turn, the robot protects Ricky from the bullies at school and it saves the city from Dr. Stinky's plan to destroy it.

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    by Mildred Taylor

    An African American family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand. 

  • Ruby Lu: Brave and True

    by Lenore Look

    "Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks and learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends.

  • Rules

    by Cynthia Lord

    Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.

  • Rumpelstiltskin

    by Paul Zelinsky

    A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first born child.

  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

    by Eleanor Coerr

    Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

  • Sailing Home: A Story of Childhood at Sea

    by Gloria Rand

    A family lives at sea, as their home, the ship the John Ena, sails round the world delivering goods.  The life at sea is full of adventure and fun.

  • Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen

    by Cari Best

    When Sally Jean outgrows her beloved bicycle, Flash, she experiments with various ideas for acquiring a new, bigger one.

  • Sarah, Plain and Tall

    by Patricia MacLachlan

    When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

  • Scaredy Squirrel

    by Melanie Watt

    Scaredy Squirrel is afraid to leave his nut tree, but when he is finally one day forced out of his home, he discovers some interesting things about the great unknown.

  • Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea

    by Christine Butterworth

    Readers can discover the secrets of the endangered sea horse – one of the nature’s most mysterious fish.

  • Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods

    by Ann Cameron

    Living in a rural community in Wisconsin during the 1950s, eleven year old Amanda gradually and painfully learns a lot about herself, her parents, and her older sister.

  • Secret of Polk Street School

    by Patricia Reilly Giff

    The kids in Ms. Rooney's room hope their class will win the banner given out at the school for the class that does the most for the school.  But Dawn is receiving threatening messages.  Who could be doing this?