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  • Squids will be Squids

    by Jon Scieszka

    Contemporary fables with tounge in cheek morals address such topics as homework, curfews, and television commercials.

  • Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid

    by Megan McDonald

    The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school.

  • Stone Fox

    by John Gardiner

    Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.

  • Stone Girl, Bone Girl

    by Laurence Anholt

    A brief biography of the English girl whose discovery of an Ichthyosaurus skeleton in 1811 when she was twelve led to a life-long interest in fossils and other important discoveries.

  • Stop that Train

    by Geraldine McCaughrean

    Despite the opposition of the owner of the Red Rock Runner railroad in 1893, the new settlers of Florence, Oklahoma, are determined to build a real town.

  • Strega Nona

    by Tomie De Paola

    A retelling of an old Italian tale about what happens when Strega Nona leaves her apprentice alone with her magic pasta pot, and he is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

  • Stuart Little

    by E. B. White

    After being adopted by a human family, a tiny mouse sets out to win over his resentful new brother and the family feline while fending off a gang of cats who want him out of the house.

  • Sumi’s First Day of School Ever

    by Soyung Pak

    By the time Sumi finishes her first day of school, she decides that school is not as longely, scary, or mean as she had thought.

  • Summerland

    by Michael Chabon

    Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the  history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100 year old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy.

  • Superheroes: The Adventures of Max and Pinky

    by Maxwell Eaton

    When Max and Pinky decide to play superheroes, Pinky gets stuck with all of the unappealing sidekick duties, until Max finds himself in real trouble.

  • Surviving the Applewhites

    by Stephanie Tolan

    Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.

  • Swamp Angel

    by Anne Issacs

    This original tall tale follows Angelica Longrider, the Swamp Angel, who wrestles a bear and saves the supplies of settlers in 19th century Tennessee.

  • Swimmy

    by Leo Lionni

    Swimmy, the only black fish of the entire school, devises for himself and his adopted brothers and sisters a safer way to live in the sea.

  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

    by William Steig

    In a moment of fright Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    by Judy Blume

    Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.