Virginia Readers' Choice, Elementary(3-5)

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    2018

    Crenshaw

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    Crenshaw

    Applegate, Katherine, author.

    "A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary"-- Provided by publisher.

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    Lucky strike

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    Lucky strike

    Pyron, Bobbie, author.

    Nathaniel Harlow lives with his grandfather in a trailer park in Franklin County, Florida, and he has always been unlucky--but when he is struck by lightning on his eleventh birthday and survives, it seems like his luck starts to change.

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    Save me a seat

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    Save me a seat

    Weeks, Sarah, author.

    Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems--but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.

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    2017

    The fourteenth goldfish

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    The fourteenth goldfish

    Holm, Jennifer L.

    Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

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    The lion who stole my arm

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    The lion who stole my arm

    Davies, Nicola, 1958-, author.

    When his ambition to become a great hunter like his father is crushed by a lion attack that causes him to lose an arm, young Pedru is overcome by a desire to kill the lion that mauled him but questions his resolve when an opportunity arises.

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    Nuts to you

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    Nuts to you

    Perkins, Lynne Rae.

    After surviving being carried off by a hawk, a young squirrel resolves to find his way home, as his best friends begin their search for him.

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    The terrible two

    The terrible two Terrible Two Series, Book 1

    Barnett, Mac.

    "A double helping of fun and mischief!"—Jeff kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series"Hilarious."—Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants seriesMiles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that's famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town's best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.It's prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time."The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What's not to love about the Terrible Two?"—Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series"You don't have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love the Terrible Two."—Dave Eggers"This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful."—Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein series"The Terrible Two are my kind of kids. And what's more, they're kids' kind of kids."—Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series

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    The turtle of Oman

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    The turtle of Oman : a novel

    Nye, Naomi Shihab.

    When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.

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    2016

    Escape from mr. lemoncello's library

    Escape from mr. lemoncello's library Mr. Lemoncello Series, Book 1

    Grabenstein, Chris.

    Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high. In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.

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    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library

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    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library

    Grabenstein, Chris.

    "Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape"--Provided by publisher.

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    Gone fishing

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    Gone fishing : a novel in verse

    Wissinger, Tamera Will.

    In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms.

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    Mountain dog

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    Mountain dog

    Engle, Margarita.

    When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, eleven-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog.

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    A snicker of magic

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    A snicker of magic

    Lloyd, Natalie, author.

    The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

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    2015

    Capture the flag

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    Capture the flag

    Messner, Kate.

    When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh-graders Anne, José, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C., airport during a snowstorm.

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    My life as a book

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    My life as a book

    Tashjian, Janet.

    Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.

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    The Templeton twins have an idea

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    The Templeton twins have an idea

    Weiner, Ellis.

    Abigail and John, the Templeton twins, and their dog Cassie, foil a pair of inept kidnappers intent on stealing one of their father's newest inventions.

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    2014

    The one and only ivan

    The one and only ivan My Story

    Applegate, Katherine.

    Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller!This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself. Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.

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    2013

    Because of mr. terupt

    Because of mr. terupt Mr. Terupt Series, Book 1

    Buyea, Rob.

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    Features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on what makes their teacher so special.It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There's . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who's having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything--and everyone."The characters are authentic and the short chapters are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion."--School Library Journal, Starred"This powerful and emotional story is likely to spur discussion."--Publishers Weekly"No one is perfect in this feel-good story, but everyone benefits, including sentimentally inclined readers."--Kirkus Reviews"Compelling. . . . Readers will find much to ponder on the power of forgiveness."--BooklistFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    The fantastic secret of Owen Jester

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    The fantastic secret of Owen Jester

    O'Connor, Barbara.

    After Owen captures an enormous bullfrog, names it Tooley Graham, then has to release it, he and two friends try to use a small submarine that fell from a passing train to search for Tooley in the Carter, Georgia, pond it came from, while avoiding nosy neighbor Viola.

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    2012

    11 birthdays

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    11 birthdays

    Mass, Wendy, 1967-

    After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

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