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  • Secrets of Droon: the Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet

    by Tony Abbott

    Eric, Julie and Neal enter the world of Droon to find it in big trouble.  With the help of Galen Longbeard, a wizard and Pricess Keeah they must work to defeat the evil Lord Sparr.

  • Seedfolks

    by Paul Fleischman

    One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash filled inner city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and, in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.

  • Shakespeare’s Secret

    by Elise Broach

    Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.

  • Shiloh

    by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

  • Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy

    by Rhoda Blumberg

    In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen year old Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School

    by Louis Sachar

    Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

  • Sienna’s Scrapbook: Our African-American Heritage Trip

    by Toni Parker

    A young girl's parents take her and her brother on a summer trip to visit the sites of African American history.

  • Silly Times with Two Silly Trolls

    by Nancy Jewell

    Two trolls, Nip and Tuck, discuss the difference between here and there, write poems while sliding on the ice, and find an old clock that is stopped at five o'clock.

  • Snakes are Nothing to Sneeze At

    by Gabrielle Charbonnet

    Although he's not furry and her best friend thinks he's yucky, Annabel loves her new pet snake.

  • Some Things Are Scary

    by Florence Heidi

    A list of scary things includes, A roller skating downhill when you haven=t learned how to stop; getting hugged by somebody you don=t like; and, finding out your best friend has a best friend who isn't you.

  • Something Queer on Vacation

    by Elizabeth Levy

    Gwen and Jill determine to win the weekly sandcastle contest on the beach, but something always seems to go wrong.

  • Song and Dance Man

    by Karen Ackerman and Stephen Gammel

    Once a song and dance man, Grandpa reclaims his youth and profession before the delighted eyes of his three grandchildren one afternoon.

  • Sophie in the Saddle

    by Dick King-Smith

    Having added the puppy Puddle to her growing menagerie of cat and rabbit, animal-mad Sophie makes friends with a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig and a gray pony named Bumblebee.

  • Sounder

    by William Armstrong

    Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding with the help of the devoted dog Sounder, and also by learning to read.

  • Spying on Dracula

    by Mary Labatt

    Ten year old Jennie Levinsky has a secret  and only her best friend, Beth, knows about it.  Jennie can "hear" what her new neighbor's sheepdog, Sam, is thinking!

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