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AWESOME Book Series for GRADES K-4

Familiar characters and storylines can help readers build confidence and speed. 

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Miss Daisy Is Crazy! (My Weird School #1) - Dan Gutman
Call Number: J GUTMAN
ISBN: 9780060507008
GRADES K-4. Miss Daisy's unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J

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Ruby the Red Fairy (Rainbow Fairies #1) - Daisy Meadows
Call Number: J Meadows
ISBN: 9780439738613
GRADES 1-4. Rainbow Fairies Rachel and Kirsty must find the other Rainbow Fairies in order to prevent Fairyland from losing its colors and turning gray forever.

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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (Ricky Ricotta #1) - Dav Pilkey
Call Number: J Pilkey
ISBN: 9780545631068
GRADES K-4. This is the story of Ricky Ricotta, a lonely little mouse who befriends a giant robot, takes on the school bullies, and saves the city from an evil rat scientist, Dr. Stinky McNasty!

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The Sasquatch Escape (Imaginary Veterinary #1) - Suzanne Selfors
Call Number: J Selfors
ISBN: 9780316209342
GRADES 2-6. Spending the summer in his grandfather's rundown town, ten-year-old Ben meets an adventurous local girl and together they learn that the town's veterinarian runs a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society (Mysterious Benedict Society #1) - Trenton Lee Stewart
Call Number: J Stewart
ISBN: 9780316057776
GRADES 2-6. After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

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Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton #1) - Geronimo Stilton
Call Number: J Stilton
ISBN: 9780439559638
GRADES 1-4. The discovery of an old map by his sister Thea leads Geronimo and his family to search for buried treasure on a faraway island.


AWESOME Book Series for GRADES 5-8

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A Mutiny in Time - Various Authors
Call Number: J Infinity
ISBN: 9780545386968
GRADES 5-8. Time has gone wrong, and best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste, together with the young Hystorian Riq, must use the infinity ring to travel back to one of the Great Breaks--a mutiny on the Santa María--to correct history and defeat the SQ.

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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein #1) - Jon Scieszka
Call Number: J Scieszka
ISBN: 9781419712180
GRADES 5-8. Child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.

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Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1) - Various Authors
Call Number: J Spirit
ISBN: 9780545522434
GRADES 4-6. As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirit beasts -- a bond that gives great powers to all of them.

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The Maze of Bones (39 Clues #1) - Various Authors
Call Number: J Thirty
ISBN: 9780545090544
GRADES 5-8. At the reading of their grandmother's will, Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the 39 clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family's power, but by taking on the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family members.

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The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1) - James Patterson
Call Number: Y Patterson
ISBN: 9780446617796
GRADES 5-8. After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids, " who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

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Hatchet (Brian's Saga #1) - Gary Paulsen
Call Number: Y Paulsen
ISBN: 9780689840920
GRADES 5-8. After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce

AWESOME Non-fiction Books

Often reluctant readers prefer factual books rather than stories.

  • Let’s Read and Find Out
    Perfect series for introducing topics to younger.
  • Magic School Bus
    Join Ms. Frizzle and her class on adventures that you to outer space, inside the human body, under the ocean, and more.
  • Magic Treehouse: Nonfiction Companions
    Topics covered include: Ancient Egypt, hero dogs, ghosts, Leonardo da Vinci, pirates, and more.
  • Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales
    Comic book series about historical topics, including the Revolutionary War, World War I, the Underground Railroad, and more. Recommended for mature readers.
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
    The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.
  • WHAT was..?
    Cool read that fuel curiosity about the Statue of Liberty, March on Washington, Gold Rush, Panama Canal, Boston Tea Party, and more.
  • WHO was..?
    Interesting biographies featuring Bruce Lee, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Seuss, Jackie Robinson, and more.


  • Andrew Clements
    Author of funny, smart books about school aged kids.

    Look on the shelf under J CLEMENTS
  • John Flanagan
    Author of fantasy series like Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband.

    Look on the shelf under J FLANAGAN.
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix
    Author of science fiction books including series Found and Shadow Children.

    Look on the self under J HADDIX and in the Teen Underground under Y HADDIX.
  • Matt Christopher
    Author of tons of sports books about football, hockey, baseball, basketball, and more.

    Look on the shelf under J CHRISTOPHER.
  • Mike Lupica
    Author of sports books about football, basketball, soccer, and others.

    Look on the shelf under J LUPICA
  • Rick Riordan
    Author of multiple series about Greek, Egyptian, and Norse myths: Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

    Look on the shelf under J RIORDAN.
  • Will Hobbs
    Author of outdoor adventure stories with fishing, storms, kayaking, bears, and more. Several of his books take place in Alaska and Canada.

    Look on the shelf under J HOBBS. Alaskans books are on the Northern shelf under J-N HOBBS.

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