Good reading for kids in fourth and fifth grade.

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Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind
Tom Angleberger

J ANGLEBERGER

Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend, Casper, and world domination as Casper uses a spectacularly convincing fake mustache and the ability to hypnotize to rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president.


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The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate

NEWBERY J APPLEGATE

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.


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Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook
Craig Battle

GRAPHIC J MAX

Ten comics and two short solve-it-yourself mysteries starrting junior high detectives Max Finder, Alison Santos, and forensics-expert Zoe Palgrave.


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Stone Rabbit #7: Dragon Boogie
Erik Craddock

GRAPHIC J STONE

When a storm cuts off the electricity, Stone Rabbit, Henri, and Andy start playing a board game using strange dice that Henri “found,” and soon they are trapped in the game and must defeat an evil Dark Lord in order to get home.


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Remarkable
Elizabeth Foley

J FOLEY

Ten-year-old Jane Doe, the only student average enough to be excluded from the town of Remarkable’s School for the Remarkably Gifted, is joined at her public school by the trouble-making Grimlet twins, who lead her on a series of adventures involving an out-of-control science fair project, a pirate captain on the run from a mutinous crew, a lonely dentist, and a newly constructed bell tower that endangers Remarkable’s most beloved inhabitant—a skittish lake monster named Lucky.


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The Case of the Deadly Desperados: Western Mysteries, Book One
Caroline Lawrence

WESTERN J LAWRENCE

In 1862 Nevada Territory, after finding his foster parents murdered and scalped, twelve-year-old Pinky Pinkerton, son of a railroad detective and a Sioux Indian, inherits a valuable deed and must hide from dangerous Whittlin Walt and his gang of desperados.


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Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs
J. Patrick Lewis,Jane Yolen,Jeffrey Stewart Timmins

POETRY J LEW

Offers morbidly-humorous, pun-filled, illustrated epitaphs for animals that poetically describe how they met their ends.


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I Don't Believe It, Archie!
Andrew Norriss

J NORRISS

Strange things are always happening around Archie, but after he meets Cyd and makes friends with her he finds these odd occurrences more enjoyable.


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The Spindlers
Lauren Oliver

SF J OLIVER

Accompanied by an eccentric, human-sized rat, Liza embarks on a perilous quest through an underground realm to save her brother Patrick, whose soul has been stolen by the evilest of creatures—the spider-like spindlers.


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Bully
Patricia Polacco

JE POLACCO

Sixth-grade friends Lyla and Jamie, both new to their school, stand up for each other when a clique of popular girls bullies them online.


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Stealing Air
Trent Reedy

J REEDY

Three sixth-grade boys band together to build an experimental aircraft, enduring social and practical difficulties in the process.


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A Boy and A Bear in a Boat
Dave Shelton

J SHELTON

A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book and a ukulele, for a short trip but soon their boat encounters “unforeseeable anomalies,” strange storms, a terrifying sea monster, and the rank remains of The Very Last Sandwich.


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Nanny Piggins and The Wicked Plan
R. A. Spratt,Dan Santat

J SPRATT

When Mr. Green announces his diabolical plan to remarry, his children are horrified at the thought of losing their beloved Nanny Piggins.


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The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Phoebe Stone

J STONE

Since a tragedy she cannot remember, thirteen-year-old Louise has changed her name, given up gymnastics, moved in with her grandparents, and locked her feelings inside but through her friends Reni and Hen and notes from a secret admirer she begins to find herself again.


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The Seven Tales of Trinket
Shelley Moore Thomas

SF J THOMAS

Guided by a tattered map, accompanied by Thomas the Pig Boy, and inspired by the storyteller’s blood that thrums through her veins, eleven-year-old Trinket searches for the seven stories she needs to become a bard like her father, who disappeared years before


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Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage

J TURNAGE

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.


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