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Jack Gantos
Keynote Author: Jack Gantos

Date: Tuesday, May 9 & Wednesday, May 10
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Students in grades 3-6 will participate in a variety of activities, including a Battle of the Books and an author meet and greet. Bring your own bagged lunch.
Keynote Author: Jack Gantos

 

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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

roller_girlFor most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. Butafter Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as
she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school… in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

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Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

fuzzy_mudFifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Hilligas challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya, unaware of the reason for the detour, reluctantly follows. They soon get lost. And then they find trouble.
Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.

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Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

crenshawJackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

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Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

lost_in_the_sunEveryone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he’s not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is.

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Story Thieves by James Riley

Story ThievesLife is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores. But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen—his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the
library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

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The Buccaneers’ Code by Caroline Carlson

buccaneerscodeHilary Westfield is now a freelance pirate. After trying to prove herself to the VNHLP, she realized many members of the League weren’t all that honorable—not even very nearly. With Captain Blacktooth in cahoots with the Mutineers, the kingdom of Augusta and all its magic are at risk. What the League needs is a very honorable pirate to be their new president. So Hilary – with the help of her friends, including the always spirited gargoyle – challenges Blacktooth to a High Seas battle. Winner takes all. Loser, at best, will be exiled.
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The Marvels by Brian Selznick

marvelsThe illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. How the picture and word stories intersect will leave readers marveling over Selznick’s storytelling prowess. Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heartrending beauty, and featuring Selznick’s most arresting art to date, The Marvels is a moving tribute to the power of story.

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