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A Christmas carol [RL 1] by Hutchison, Patricia, adapter.

A Christmas carol [RL 1]

Scrooge is downright mean and cold-hearted --the stingiest man in all of London. Could anything on earth transform him into a kind and caring human being? Probably not. But the Spirit of Christmas is very powerful --more powerful by far than anything on earth.

Sep 20, 2014
A Christmas carol [RL 4] by Hutchison, Emily, adapter.

A Christmas carol [RL 4]

A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.

Sep 20, 2014
Agent Angus by Denman, K. L., 1957-

Agent Angus

Angus and his best buddy, Shahid, share a love of science and their robot, Gordon. But recently, the artistic Ella Eckles has had a peculiar effect on Angus. When a stink bomb at the school provides a chance for him to talk to her, he claims to share her interest in reading facial expressions and declares his ambition to become a crime-solving mentalist. He impresses Ella by identifying the stink bomber, but fails to mention he witnessed a scrawny kid setting off the bomb. When Ella's treasured

Sep 20, 2014
Beyond repair by Peterson, Lois J., 1952-

Beyond repair

"Since the death of his father, everyone has been telling Cam that he's the man of the house. Cam takes his responsibility seriously. He keeps the grieving household organized and takes care of his sister. But when the man who had been driving the truck that killed his father seems to be stalking his family, he is not sure he's up for the task. How does the man of the house handle a stalker?"--from publisher's information.

Sep 20, 2014
Black Manta and the octopus army by Mason, Jane B.

Black Manta and the octopus army

Super-villain Black Manta has created an army of octopuses to capture the underwater city Atlantis and destroy Aquaman--will he finally succeed or can Aquaman save his city?

Sep 20, 2014
Blob by Wishinsky, Frieda.

Blob

It's hard enough for Eve to adjust to a new high school without the extra weight she's gained over the summer. Her best friend is ashamed to hang out with her, and she's become the focus of a schoolmate's cruelty. Determined not to be "that pathetic fat girl" at school, Eve struggles with a diet and forces herself to join a mentoring program. The diet only makes her food obsessed, and she feels she is failing as a mentor. How can a lonely fat girl gain the confidence she needs to succeed?

Sep 20, 2014
Captain Cold and the blizzard battle by Sonneborn, Scott.

Captain Cold and the blizzard battle

When Icicle, another supervillain with wintry powers, invades Central City and starts taking credit for all the evil-doing, Captain Cold is seriously annoyed--will he actually help the Flash defeat this competitor to regain his status as the city's main supervillain?

Sep 20, 2014
Cause and effect - reading comprehension book, RL 2.0-3.5. by

Cause and effect - reading comprehension book, RL 2.0-3.5.

Sep 20, 2014
Cause and effect - reading comprehension book, RL 3.5-5.0. by

Cause and effect - reading comprehension book, RL 3.5-5.0.

Sep 20, 2014
Cheat by Butcher, Kristin, 1951-

Cheat

It's hard to find a place for yourself when you're walking in the shadow of a school legend. That's the problem 15-year-old Laurel Quinn has faced every day of her school life. She loves her brother, Jack -- a jock, a brain, and one of the most popular guys in school -- but she's tired of being known only as his little sister. In an attempt to establish her own identity, Laurel becomes a reporter for the school paper. After months of invisible articles about school activities, she finally ge

Sep 20, 2014
Cheetah and the purrfect crime by Sutton, Laurie.

Cheetah and the purrfect crime

Cheetah and Catwoman have teamed up to create a kitty crime wave in Gotham City--can Batman and Wonder Woman capture them with a golden ball of string?

Sep 20, 2014
Common core basics. Science - building essential test readiness skills. by

Common core basics. Science - building essential test readiness skills.

"Common Core Basics: Building Essential Test Readiness Skills, Science will help you learn or strengthen the skills you need when you take any Common Core State Standards-aligned science test"--Page v.

Sep 14, 2014
Context clues - reading comprehension activities, RL 2.0-3.5. by

Context clues - reading comprehension activities, RL 2.0-3.5.

Sep 20, 2014
Context clues - reading comprehension activities, RL 3.5-5.0. by

Context clues - reading comprehension activities, RL 3.5-5.0.

Sep 20, 2014
Desert survival guide by Hubbard, Ben.

Desert survival guide

Imagine you're stranded in the desert with nothing but sand and scorching sun as far as the eye can see. What do you need to do to survive? Discover the best way to cope with extreme heat, how to fend off poisonous snakes, and what to do in a dust storm.

Sep 20, 2014
Dog walker by Spafford-Fitz, Karen, 1963-

Dog walker

Starting a dog walking business in an attempt to impress the girls, Turk and his friends quickly become successful and soon dog-loving Carly is giving Turk newfound respect, but when the school bully finds out about their profitable business, Turk becomes concerned that he will use his might to get in on the action and ruin all his hard work.

Sep 20, 2014
Famous actors by Stringham, Joan.

Famous actors

Sep 20, 2014
Famous actresses by Stringham, Joan.

Famous actresses

Sep 20, 2014
Famous female musicians by Stringham, Joan.

Famous female musicians

Sep 20, 2014
Famous female sports stars by Stringham, Joan.

Famous female sports stars

Sep 20, 2014
Famous male musicians by Stringham, Joan.

Famous male musicians

Sep 20, 2014
Famous male sports stars by Stringham, Joan.

Famous male sports stars

Sep 20, 2014
Figurative language - reading comprehension activities, RL 2.0-3.5. by

Figurative language - reading comprehension activities, RL 2.0-3.5.

Sep 20, 2014
Figurative language - reading comprehension activities, RL 3.5-5.0. by

Figurative language - reading comprehension activities, RL 3.5-5.0.

Sep 20, 2014
Gladiator - the story of a fighter by Phillips, Dee, 1967- author.

Gladiator - the story of a fighter

"In AD 43 the Romans invaded Britain. Many of the Celtic tribes in Britain fought against the invasion. But the Roman army was too powerful. Many Celtic warriors were killed. Others were taken prisoner. Some warriors were sent to Rome to become... Gladiators." -- p.4, 5.

Sep 20, 2014
Good Grammar! by Suter, Joanne, author.

Good Grammar!

"It's no secret: practice builds skill, and skill builds confidence. By focusing on essential elements of grammar, these reproducible exercises are the ideal supplement to your language arts program. Good Grammar! covers all the bases in a variety of skill-specific lesson formats." -- online record.

Sep 20, 2014
Hi tech world - high level security by Hubbard, Ben.

Hi tech world - high level security

Discover fascinating information about the latest hi tech security equipment and procedures used around the world. Readers will be amazed by the technology behind iris recognition scanners and the work of sharp shooters and close-protection agents.

Sep 20, 2014
Holocaust - the story of a survivor by Phillips, Dee, 1967- author.

Holocaust - the story of a survivor

Sep 20, 2014
Interference - reading comprehension activities, RL 2.0-3.5. by

Interference - reading comprehension activities, RL 2.0-3.5.

Sep 20, 2014
Interference - reading comprehension activities, RL 3.5-5.0. by

Interference - reading comprehension activities, RL 3.5-5.0.

Sep 20, 2014
Joker on the high seas by Bright, J. E.

Joker on the high seas

The Joker hijacks a ship loaded with fireworks in a plan to lure Batman and Robin into a trap--will he finally succeed in destroying the Dynamic Duo, or will his plan fizzle?

Sep 20, 2014
Jungle survival guide by Owen, Ruth, 1967-

Jungle survival guide

Imagine you're stranded in the middle of the jungle surrounded by enormous, vine-covered trees and creepy noises. What do you need to do to survive? Find out where to find clean drinking water, what plants (and bugs!) are safe to eat, and how to avoid being bitten alive by mosquitos.

Sep 20, 2014
Lex Luthor and the kryptonite caverns by Bright, J. E.

Lex Luthor and the kryptonite caverns

Below the Southwest desert Lex Luthor has created a kryptonite death trap for Superman, but when the leaking kryptonite turns the scorpions, insects, and other cave creatures into super species he finds he may need Superman to rescue them both.

Sep 20, 2014
Living rough by Watson, Cristy, 1964-

Living rough

Poe, a homeless fifteen-year-old boy, struggles to keep his living situation a secret.

Sep 20, 2014
Main idea - reading comprehension activities, RL 2.0-3.5. by

Main idea - reading comprehension activities, RL 2.0-3.5.

Sep 20, 2014
Main idea - reading comprehension activities, RL 3.5-5.0. by

Main idea - reading comprehension activities, RL 3.5-5.0.

Sep 20, 2014
Medgar Evers and the NAACP by Jeffrey, Gary.

Medgar Evers and the NAACP

In graphic novel format, describes Medgar Evers' efforts to gain equal rights for African Americans in Missisippi, his work with the NAACP, and his assassination in 1963, which gave the Civil Rights Movement new momentum.

Sep 20, 2014
Mirror image by Denman, K. L., 1957-

Mirror image

Inspired by a school art project and a new friend, Sable learns to look beneath the surface of an image.

Sep 20, 2014
Out of season by Jones, Kari, 1966-

Out of season

Fourteen-year-old Maya sneaks out in her kayak before breakfast every day to check on a family of sea otters living in nearby Riley Bay. It's hard being an animal lover in a fishing family. The animals Maya loves threaten her family's livelihood, and Maya doesn't know if she can trust her family not to hurt them. She is determined to protect the sea otters, even if it means checking on them for the rest of her life. One morning, Maya discovers she's being watched. Who is it and what are they doi

Sep 20, 2014
Over the top - the story of a soldier by Phillips, Dee, 1967-

Over the top - the story of a soldier

Sep 20, 2014
Perfect revenge by Denman, K. L., 1957-

Perfect revenge

After an act of revenge, prompted by her unkindness towards another girl, causes popular and stylish Lizzie Lane to be ostracized by her usual group of friends, Lizzie befriends Stella, a weird new girl at her school who offers to help Lizzie exact her own revenge by teaching her about the nature and the possibilities of "magick."

Sep 20, 2014
Pigboy by Grant, Vicki.

Pigboy

Dan Hogg is the class brain who wears glasses and has weird hair. But his biggest problem is his name: it just begs for insults. And the kids in his class are glad to oblige. When they go on a field trip to a heritage farm specializing in raising pigs, Dan knows that it will be the worst day of his life, but he never imagined just how bad it would get. An escaped criminal has made his way to the farm and locked up the owner. The convict is not sure what to do with the bus full of eighth graders,

Sep 20, 2014
Reading for detail - reading comprehension activities, 3.5-5.0. by

Reading for detail - reading comprehension activities, 3.5-5.0.

Sep 20, 2014
Reading for detail - reading comprehension book. by

Reading for detail - reading comprehension book.

Sep 20, 2014
Rebel's tag by Denman, K. L., 1957-

Rebel's tag

As fourteen-year-old Sam collects family heirlooms through directions left for him in a series of letters written by his estranged grandfather, he learns about forgiveness.

Sep 20, 2014
Reckless by Choyce, Lesley, 1951-

Reckless

While riding his dirt bike on an abandoned logging road, Josh encounters a Vietnam veteran who has been living in the wilderness for forty years, and the two develop an unusual friendship.

Sep 20, 2014
Runaway - the story of a slave by Phillips, Dee, 1967- author.

Runaway - the story of a slave

Sep 20, 2014
See no evil by Young, Diane, 1953-

See no evil

Shawn and Daniel are scared after they witness a gang beating behind the mall.

Sep 20, 2014
Sewer rats by Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959-

Sewer rats

Sep 20, 2014
Sinestro and the ring of fear by Sutton, Laurie.

Sinestro and the ring of fear

Thaal Sinestro, leader of the Yellow Lantern Corps and now Highlord of Qward, plans to rule the universe through fear--can Hal Jordan and the other members of the Green Lantern Corps stop him?

Sep 20, 2014
Skate freak by Choyce, Lesley, 1951-

Skate freak

Quinn Dorfman is struggling at school and is watching his family deteriorate and, since moving to a new town, has trouble enjoying his passion, skateboarding.

Sep 20, 2014
Spoiled rotten by Gaetz, Dayle, 1947-

Spoiled rotten

Jessica must trek through bear country to save her stepsister.

Sep 20, 2014
Tail gunner - the story of a bombing raid by Phillips, Dee, 1967- author.

Tail gunner - the story of a bombing raid

Sep 20, 2014
Teaching reading through differentiated instruction with leveled graphic organizers by Witherell, Nancy L.

Teaching reading through differentiated instruction with leveled graphic organizers

Sep 20, 2014
Teaching vocabulary through differentiated instruction with leveled graphic organizers by Witherell, Nancy L.

Teaching vocabulary through differentiated instruction with leveled graphic organizers

Provides teachers lessons and activity sheets on ways to promote vocabulary development for elementary students that supports individualized learning on three levels--introductory, intermediate, and challenging.

Sep 20, 2014
Teaching writing through differentiated instruction with leveled graphic organizers by Witherell, Nancy L.

Teaching writing through differentiated instruction with leveled graphic organizers

Includes 17 complete writing lessons that include a skill focus, a model lesson and writing sample, and reproducible organizers designed to support individual learning needs at three levels: introductory, intermediate, and challenging. The lessons also provide literature links, student samples, and teaching tips for meeting the needs of all your students.

Sep 20, 2014
The differentiated instruction book of lists by Fox, Jenifer.

The differentiated instruction book of lists

"Hundreds of useful ideas for meeting the needs of each childThe Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists is the definitive reference for DI for teachers in grades K-12. Ready for immediate use, it offers over 150 up-to-date lists for developing instructional materials, lesson planning, and assessment. Organized into 12 convenient sections, the book is full of practical examples, teaching ideas, and activities that can be used or adapted to meet students' diverse needs. Coverage includes curricu

Sep 20, 2014
Thurgood Marshall - the Supreme Court rules on "separate but equal" by Jeffrey, Gary.

Thurgood Marshall - the Supreme Court rules on "separate but equal"

Sep 20, 2014
Titanic - the story of a disaster by Phillips, Dee, 1967- author.

Titanic - the story of a disaster

Aboard the Titanic, Maggie, a young maid, and her brother, a stoker in the engine room, try to survive the ship's impact with an iceberg.

Sep 20, 2014
Top 10 longest by Hubbard, Ben.

Top 10 longest

Discover fascinating facts and figures about the longest things in the world! From the longest bridge to the longest dinosaur, find out what makes it into the top ten from end to end.

Sep 20, 2014
Top 10 slowest by Owen, Ruth, 1967-

Top 10 slowest

Discover fascinating facts and figures about the slowest things in the world! From the sleepy-seeming sloth to incredibly sluggish cars, find out what creeps into the slowest top ten ever.

Sep 20, 2014
Top 10 smallest by Hubbard, Ben.

Top 10 smallest

Discover fascinating facts and figures about the tiniest things in the world! From the smallest country to the teeniest mobile phone, find out what makes it into the smallest top ten ever.

Sep 20, 2014
Wired by Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959-

Wired

Keegan Bishop, championship skier, is almost injured in a dangerous trap set for one of his teammates. Snowboard tracks leading away from the trap are the only clue as to who might be responsible. Keegan teaches himself to snowboard so he can find the culprit on the snowboarding slopes. When Keegan discovers that someone has been stealing snowboards and skis at Bear Mountain resort, and the girl he's just met is somehow involved, he must face his fears and test his new snowboarding skills in a r

Sep 20, 2014