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July-August

Books for Children

Fiction


Attack on Petra: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 33         BR 15479
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
2 volumes
Scattered Young Tribulation Force members and other believers make life-threatening decisions amid Nicolae Carpathia's evil. While Judd and Lionel work to help their friend Westin, Sam watches deadly bombs hurtle toward Petra. Sequel to War of the Dragon (BR 15197). For grades 5-8. 2004.


Bounty Hunters: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 34         BR 15480
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
2 volumes
Vicki and her fellow believers must make a desperate decision: flee their safe house or stay and face the threat? Meanwhile, Judd and Lionel take great risks to return to their friends in the United States. Sequel to Attack on Petra (BR 15479). For grades 5-8. 2004.


The Rise of False Messiahs: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 35         BR 15481
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
2 volumes
The Global Community goes on the attack. Young Tribulation Force member Vicki prays for fellow believers Judd and Lionel, who have been captured by mercenaries. In Petra meanwhile Sam and Mr. Stein concoct a daring rescue plan. Sequel to Bounty Hunters (RC 58466, BR 15480). For grades 5-8. 2004.


Ominous Choices: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 36         BR 15482
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
2 volumes
Young Tribulation Force members struggle amid the chaos. While returning to their fellow believers in Wisconsin Lionel is hurt, and Judd rushes for help. In New Babylon meanwhile Chang hears reports of coming disaster. Sequel to The Rise of False Messiahs (BR 15481). For grades 5-8. 2004.


Heat Wave: Left Behind--The Kids, Book 37         BR 16255
by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
2 volumes
As the six-year mark of the Tribulation approaches, a heat wave devastates the world. Reunited in Wisconsin, Judd and Vicki grow closer while working together. Then Judd becomes stranded in New Babylon, far from Vicki. Sequel to Ominous Choices (BR 15482). For grades 5-8. 2004.


Rebecca and Ana: An American Girl, 1914; Book 2         BR 18668
by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
1 volume
New York City. Rebecca's cousin Ana and her family arrive from Russia, changing Rebecca's responsibilities at home and at school. Helping Ana learn English and adjust to American life teaches Rebecca what it means to be a good cousin and a patriotic American. For grades 3-6. 2009.


Candlelight for Rebecca: An American Girl, 1914; Book 3         BR 18669
by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
1 volume
As Hanukkah approaches, Rebecca worries about taking home the Christmas centerpiece her teacher insists that each student make. But her grandmother praises Rebecca's handiwork, and Rebecca finds just the right person in her apartment building to give the Christmas decoration to. For grades 3-6. 2009.


Rebecca to the Rescue: An American Girl, 1914; Book 5         BR 18671
by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
1 volume
To celebrate thirteen-year-old Victor's Bar Mitzvah, Victor and Rebecca's father takes the whole family to Coney Island. Not only do Rebecca and her cousin Ana get separated from the group, but Rebecca lets Ana go on the Ferris wheel by herself, and the ride breaks down. For grades 3-6. 2009.


Best Friends in Summer         BR 18696
by Mary Bard
2 volumes
This sequel to Best Friends (BR 18695) begins with the wedding of Suzie's mother and Co Co's father. The twelve-year-old girls, now sisters, leave to spend the summer on a ranch in Golden Valley, riding horses and making new friends. For grades 4-7. 1960.


Best Friends at School         BR 18697
by Mary Bard
2 volumes
In September, new stepsisters Suzie and Co Co Langdon share a dormitory bedroom at the Laurel Crest School for Girls. One of the first classmates they meet is Puanani, from Hawaii. Sequel to Best Friends in Summer (BR 18696). For grades 4-7. 1961.


Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy)         BR 18730
by Alison McGhee
1 volume
Fifth-grader Julia Gillian isn't happy: her best friend is keeping secrets; a tyrant replaces the beloved lunch lady; and during trumpet lessons, Julia has difficulty following the music teacher's advice to "look for the joy." Sequel to Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) (BR 18206). For grades 3-6. 2009.


Eidi: The Children of the Crow Cove         BR 18732
by Bodil Bredsdorff
1 volume
Eidi leaves the home of her mother and stepfather to seek work independently by spinning yarn for Rossan. In a nearby town, Eidi rescues a much younger boy, Tink, learning about her own past in the process. Sequel to The Crow-Girl (BR 15888). For grades 5-8. 2009.


The Case of the Haunted Haunted House: The Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Book 3         BR 18735
by Lewis B. Montgomery
1 volume
Amateur detectives Milo and Jazz try to figure out if the haunted house their class is making for the school fair has a real ghost. For grades 2-4. 2009.


Stargazer: The Land of Elyon, Book 4         BR 18737
by Patrick Carman
2 volumes
After defeating Abaddon in The Tenth City (BR 17195), Alexa, Yipes, and their shipboard companions unwittingly lead Abaddon, now in the form of an enormous sea monster, to the Five Stone Pillars, a hidden realm where he again attacks, seeking control. For grades 4-7. 2008.


The Magician's Elephant         BR 18739
by Kate DiCamillo
1 volume
A fortuneteller informs ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene that his long lost sister Adele is still alive and that an elephant will lead him to her. Soon thereafter, a magician arrives in the city of Baltese and sets into motion a remarkable chain of events. For grades 4-7. 2009.


Fantastic Mr. Fox         BR 18839
by Roald Dahl
1 volume
Three nasty, mean men--farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean--are tired of Mr. Fox stealing their chickens, ducks, and turkeys to feed his family. They start digging the foxes out of their hole, but Mr. Fox has a plan of his own. For grades 3-6. 1970.

Little Chick         BR 19008
by Amy Hest
1 volume
Three stories about Little Chick and her wise Old-Auntie the hen, who offers advice. Little Chick can wait only just so long for a carrot to grow, has trouble flying a kite, and longs to put the evening’s first star in her pocket. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/ BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2009.

Summer Before: The Baby-Sitters Club         BR 19053
by Ann M. Martin
2 volumes
Stoneybrook, Connecticut. During the summer before their seventh-grade year, Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey tackle difficulties that include family problems, crushes, moving, and making new friends. By the end of that summer, the girls unite to form the Baby-Sitters Club. For grades 4-7. 2010.


Andy Shane and the Queen of Egypt         BR 19061
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
1 volume
Andy Shane chooses the country Egypt as the subject of his first-ever Culture Fair project. Unfortunately, bossy Dolores Starbuckle has dressed as the Queen of Egypt and wants the same topic. She asks Andy if they can work together, but Andy needs time to decide. For grades K-3. 2008.



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