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NAVIGATING EARLY [AUDIOBOOK]

Navigating Early
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Vanderpool
Author's First Name: 
Clare
Narrator's First Name: 
Robbie
Narrator's Last Name: 
Daymond
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2013

Mourning for his mother, Jack Baker enters boarding school and meets math savant Early Auden, obsessed with the number Pi and his brother, supposedly missing in action. Jack joins Early’s search. Daymond’s quiet narration creates the wilderness while Bramhall adds depth to philosophical Pi’s parallel quest.

RETURN TO THE WILLOWS

Return to the Willows
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Kelly
Author's First Name: 
Jacqueline
Illustrator's First Name: 
Clint
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Young
Publisher: 
Henry Holt
Publication Date: 
2012

In this “respectful” sequel to The Wind in the Willows, Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger have adventures with hot air balloons, Toad’s nephew’s kidnapping, and Ratty’s romance.   Detailed and descriptive illustrations of characters and objects create an underlying humanity.

STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY

Rendi crosses a bridge at night.
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Lin
Author's First Name: 
Grace
Illustrator's First Name: 
Grace
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lin
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
2012

Rendi, a runaway stranded in the peculiar village of Clear Sky, starts trading tales with a storyteller that help him unravel the many mysteries around him, including the biggest—the moon’s disappearance. Chinese folklore interweaves and ties together the lyrical, complex plot and memorable characters.

CHICKADEE

Chickadee
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Erdrich
Author's First Name: 
Louise
Illustrator's First Name: 
Louise
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Erdrich
Publisher: 
Harper
Publication Date: 
2012

Kidnapped by a pair of rascals and taken from Minnesota to Plains country in 1866, 8-year-old Chickadee works his way back to his grieving Ojibwe family. Like others in the Birchbark House series, Erdrich’s pencil drawings enliven this adventure.

SECRETS AT SEA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Peck
Author's First Name: 
Richard
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kelly
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Murphy
Publisher: 
Dial
Publication Date: 
2011

AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Schreiber
Author's First Name: 
Joe
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2011

ROSLYN RUTABAGA AND THE BIGGEST HOLE ON EARTH

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Gay
Author's First Name: 
Marie-Louise
Publisher: 
Groundwood
Publication Date: 
2010

A worm, a mole, and a dog all try to dissuade Roslyn, a rabbit, from digging a hole to the South Pole . . . but matter-of-fact Dad gently supports his determined daughter. Torn paper illustrations float through lots of white space, the perfect combination for this firmly grounded fantasy.

FLORA'S VERY WINDY DAY

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Birdsall
Author's First Name: 
Jeanne
Illustrator's First Name: 
Matt
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Phelan
Publisher: 
Clarion
Publication Date: 
2010

Flora longs to rid herself of pesky little brother Crispin, but when she gets the perfect opportunity, will she really want to say goodbye? The swirling, tumbling ink, watercolor, and pastel illustrations skillfully embody the whirlwind of sibling emotions.

THE FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
O'Connor
Author's First Name: 
Barbara
Publisher: 
Frances Foster
Publication Month: 
August
Publication Date: 
2010

Third-grader Owen and his nosy friend Viola have two problems during their hot Georgia summer: what to do with a sick giant bullfrog and how to move the amazing submersible that fell off a passing train to nearby Graham Pond for launching.

SHIP BREAKER

SHIP BREAKER
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bacigalupi
Author's First Name: 
Paolo
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2010

In a harsh dystopia, Nailer receives an unexpected chance for adventure when he gambles his life to rescue a shipwrecked girl.  Believable characters inhabit an intriguing world of superstition, violence, and risk.

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