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Ahlberg, Allan. MY BROTHER'S GHOST. (2001) Bereft by the death of their older brother Tom, Frances and Harry are comforted by his ghost, who helps them in difficult situations at home with their aunt and uncle. (jFICTION/AHLBERG/ALL)

Avi. POPPY. (1995) Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas. (jFICTION/AVI)

Byars, Betsy Cromer. ME TARZAN. (2000)When Dorothy gets the part of Tarzan in the class play, her tremendous yell attracts the attention of increasingly larger and wilder animals. (jFICTION/BYARS/BET)

Carrick, Carol. UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE. (1999) A nine-year-old boy tries to come to terms with his grief and anger when his father develops cancer, gradually becomes weaker and weaker, and then dies. (jFICTION/CARRICK/CAR)

Christopher, Matt. THE CAPTAIN CONTEST. (1999) Dewey loves to draw and wants to enter the soccer team logo contest, but he does not want to win the grand prize--being team captain. (jFICTION/CHRISTOPHER/MAT)

Cleary, Beverly. RAMONA'S WORLD. (1999) Follows the adventures of nine-year-old Ramona at home with big sister Beezus and baby sister Roberta and at school in Mrs. Meacham's class. (jFICTION/CLEARY/BEV)

Clements, Andrew. FRINDLE. (1996) When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control. (jFICTION/CLEMENTS/AND)

Conford, Ellen. ANNABEL THE ACTRESS STARRING IN: GORILLA MY DREAMS. (1999) Though a little disappointed that her first acting part is to be a gorilla at a birthday party, Annabel determines to really get into the role. (jFICTION/CONFORD/ELL)

Cutler, Jane. 'GATOR AID. (1999) Imaginative second-grader Edward swears he saw a baby alligator in the Shaw Park lake, but no one believes him. (jFICTION/CUTLER/JAN)

Danziger, Paula. I, AMBER BROWN. (1999) Because her divorced parents share joint custody of her, nine-year-old Amber suffers from lack of self-esteem and feels that she is a piece of jointly-owned property. (jFICTION/DANZINGER/PAU)

Danziger, Paula. IT'S JUSTIN TIME, AMBER BROWN. (2001) Unlike her best friend Justin, Amber Brown loves to measure time and hopes to receive a watch on her seventh birthday. (jFICTION/DANZINGER/PAU)

Duffey, Betsy. ALIEN FOR RENT. (1999) When a small fuzzy alien appears at their school, third graders J.P. and Lexie accidentally direct his powers against the bully Bruce and things get out of control. (jFICTION/DUFFEY/BET)

Duffey, Betsy. FUR-EVER YOURS, BOOKER JONES. (2001) Twelve-year-old Booker Jones turns to his writing once again to deal with the stress of his seemingly insensitive parents' decision to vacation together, leaving family and laundry behind. (jFICTION/DUFFEY/BET)

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Fleischman, Sid. A CARNIVAL OF ANIMALS. (2000) Tall tales about the fantastic adventures of some of the animals that live around Barefoot Mountain. (jFICTION/FLEISCHMAN/SID)

Freeman, Martha. FOURTH GRADE WEIRDO. (1999) Dexter's well-ordered life is disrupted by his uneasy interactions with his spontaneous, even zany, fourth-grade teacher Mr. Ditzwinkle and by his mother's campaign for re-election to the town's school board. (jFiction/FREEMAN/MAR)

Giff, Patricia Reilly. NORY RYAN'S SONG. (2000) When a terrible blight attacks Ireland's potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan's courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive. (jFICTION/GIFF/PAT)

Hale, Bruce. THE CHAMELEON WORE CHARTREUSE (2000) When hired by a fellow fourth-grader to find her missing brother, Chet Gecko uncovers a plot involving a Gila monster's revenge upon the school football team. (jFICTION/HALE/BRU)

Hill, Elizabeth Starr. BIRD BOY. (1999) Chang, a mute Chinese boy whose father uses cormorants to fish, is pleased when he is finally old enough to help with the Big Catch and the raising of a new bird. (jFICTION/HILL/ELI)

Hoffman, Mary. THE BAREFOOT BOOK OF BROTHER AND SISTER TALES. (2000)A collection of stories from around the world, which explore the unique relationship between siblings. (jFICTION/HOFFMAN/MAR)

Hornik, Laurie Miller. THE SECRETS OF MS. SNICKLE'S CLASS. (2001) Every school has its secrets, but in Ms. Snickle's classroom the secrets are extraordinary, and when Lacey sets out to learn and tell them all, she puts Ms. Snickle's job in jeopardy. (jFICTION/HORNICK/LAU)

Hughes, Dean. NOW WE'RE TALKING. (1999) Seventh grader Ollie loses his self-confidence as a pitcher when his weird habit of talking to himself on the mound signals his pitches to the batters and draws the anger of some of his teammates. (jFICTION/HUGHES/DEA)

Hurwitz, Johanna. THE JUST DESSERTS CLUB. (1999) Sixth grader Cricket finds just the right dessert to bake for school events during the year. Includes recipes for Zucchini "Apple" Crisp, No Bake Orange Balls, and Mystery Ingredient Chocolate Cake. (jFICTION/HURWITZ/JOH)

Hurwitz, Johanna. ONE SMALL DOG. (2000) Curtis gets a dog when his parents divorce, but his beloved new dog causes problems that he did not expect. (jFICTION/HURWITZ/JOH)

Johnson, Angela. MANIAC MONKEYS ON MAGNOLIA STREET. (1999) Ten-year-old Charlie adjusts to her move to a new neighborhood when she befriends Billy, with whom she hunts maniac monkeys, braves Mr. Pinkbelly's attack cat, and digs for fossils and treasure. (jFICTION/JOHNSON/ANG)

King-Smith, Dick. CHARLIE MUFFIN'S MIRACLE MOUSE. (1999) After many unsuccessful attempts, lonely mouse farmer Charlie Muffin finally breeds a green mouse, finds true love, and wins the Best of Show at the Grand Mouse Championship Show. (jFICTION/KING-SMITH/DIC)

King-Smith, Dick. THE ROUNDHILL. (1999) While on summer holidays in 1936, fourteen-year-old Evan meets a mysterious girl who bears a striking resemblance to the Alice of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". (jFICTION/KING-SMITH/DIC)

Levy, Elizabeth. THIRD GRADE BULLIES. (1998) Being short and having moved four times in the last three years makes Sally defensive, so although she tries to help a classmate stand up to two bullies, she gets off to a bad start in her new school. (jFICTION/LEVY/ELI)

Lindberg, Becky Thoman. THOMAS TUTTLE JUST IN TIME. (1994) Thomas and his friend Arthur have lots of trouble working out their special projects for their Maryland history class. (jFICTION/LINDBERG/BEC)

MacDonald, Betty Bard. MRS. PIGGLE WIGGLE'S FARM. (1954) Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is back with special cures for the not truthful, the pet forgetter, the fraidy-cat, the destructive child, and the child who continually says, "I can't find it". (jFICTION/MACDONALD/BET)

MacLachlan, Patricia. SKYLARK. (1994) When a drought tests the commitment of a mail-order bride from Maine to her new home on the prairie, her stepchildren hope they will be able to remain a family. (jFICTION/MACLACHLAN/PAT)

McDonald, Megan. JUDY MOODY. (1999) Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage. (jFICTION/MCDONALD/MEG)

Moore, Miriam. KOI'S PYTHON. (1998) Eleven-year-old Koi is eager to kill a python as part of the rite of passage to manhood among his Betetelan people, but in the meantime he must face a bully who is picking on an old hunter in the village marketplace. (jFICTION/MOORE/MIR)

Morgenstern, Susie Hoch. A BOOK OF COUPONS. (2001) Elderly Monsieur Noel gives coupon books for such things as dancing in class and sleeping late, which are bound to get him in trouble with Principal Incarnation Perez. (jFICTION/MORGENSTERN/SUS)

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Osborne, Mary Pope. BUFFALO BEFORE BREAKFAST. (1999) The magic tree house takes Jack and his sister Annie to the Great Plains where they learn about the life of the Lakota Indians. (jFICTION/OSBORNE/MAR)

Park, Barbara. JUNIE B. JONES IS A GRADUATION GIRL. (2001) Junie B. Jones is looking forward to her kindergarten graduation, but when grape juice stains the white gown she couldn't resist trying on, she is afraid graduation is ruined. (jFICTION/PARK/BAR)

Petersen, P. J. MY WORST FRIEND. (1998) After a sharp-tongued fifth-grader undergoes surgery for a brain tumor she is uncomfortable because suddenly everyone is unnaturally nice to her. (jFICTION/PETERSEN/P)

Pfeffer, Susan Beth. MEG'S STORY. (2001) When ten-year-old Meg receives an invitation to a friend's picnic but Jo does not, Meg must decide whether to decline in loyalty to her sister or to follow her heart and attend. (jFICTION/PFEFFER/SUS)

Pullman, Philip. FIREWORKMAKER'S DAUGHTER. (1999) Chulak and his talking white elephant Hamlet help Lila seek the Royal Sulphur from the sacred volcano so that she can become a master maker of fireworks like her father. (jFICTION/PULLMAN/PHI)

Roop, Peter. GIRL OF THE SHINING MOUNTAINS: SACAGAWEA'S STORY. (1999) Sacagawea describes how, at the age of sixteen, she becomes part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and serves as their interpreter and guide. (jFICTION/ROOP/PET)

Rowling, J. K. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. (1999) Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard. (jFICTION/ROWLING/J)

Sachar, Louis. MARVIN REDPOST: SUPER FAST, OUT OF CONTROL! (2000) Afraid of his new mountain bike, third-grader Marvin finds himself in a desperate situation when he accepts a challenge to ride down Suicide Hill. (jFICTION/SACHAR/LOU)

Sachar, Louis. A MAGIC CRYSTAL? (2000) When Marvin Redpost's new friend Casey shares with him her magic crystal that can make wishes come true, things get out of control. (jFICTION/SACHAR/LOU)

Scieszka, Jon. HENRY P. BALONEY. (2001) A transmission received from outer space in a combination of different Earth languages tells of an alien schoolboy's fantastic excuse for being late to school again. (jFICTION/SCIESZKA/JON)

Shreve, Susan Richards. JONAH, THE WHALE. (1997) After moving to a new town, Jonah, an eleven-year-old with a big imagination, reinvents himself as a talk show host, hoping this will somehow bring his absent father back. (jFICTION/SHREVE/SUS)

Wallace, Carol. CHOMPS, FLEA, AND GRAY CAT (THAT'S ME!). (2001) Further adventures of Gray, a young cat, a Scottish terrier named Chomps and Gray's friend, a mockingbird named Flea. (jFICTION/WALLACE/CAR)

Willner-Pardo, Gina. JUMPING INTO NOTHING. (1999) Nine-year-old Sophie tries to deal with her fear of jumping off the high diving board at the community pool by listing other things she is afraid of doing and forcing herself to do them. (jFICTION/WILLNER-PARDO/GIN)

Yep, Laurence. THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH. (2000) A magic paintbrush transports Steve and his elderly caretakers from their drab apartment in Chinatown to a world of adventures. (jFICTION/YEP/LAW)

Yolen, Jane. AN UNSOLVED MYSTERY FROM HISTORY: THE WOLF GIRLS. (2001) A young aspiring detective narrates the known facts of an unsolved historical mystery--the discovery in a forest in India of two girls said to have been raised by wolves. (jFICTION/YOLEN/JAN)

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