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Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood

**Located on the Nutmeg Book Shelf

A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

**Located on the Rooster Book Shelf

 When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has austim, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently.

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes


Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars by Douglas Florian

"Twenty whimsical poems about space


The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez

Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.


 Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing about ME! by Katy Kelly

Eight-year-old Lucy Rose keeps a diary of her first year in Washington, D.C., her home since her parents separation, where she spends time with her grandparents, makes new friends, and longs to convince her teacher to let her take care of the class pet during a holiday.


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.


Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy

Full of fun historical facts, this book is the true story of how bubble gum was invented.


R is for Rhode Island by Mark R. Allio

Our alphabet journey takes us next to the charming stateof Rhode Island in R is for Rhode Island Red: A Rhode IslandAlphabet. It may be our smallest state but its presence isunmistakable -- rich in history, breathtaking beauty, andfamous for its neighborhoods filled with character.With every turned page readers will be treated to RhodeIsland's incredible scenery and have their many questionsanswered about our thirteenth state. Rhode Island has howmany miles of coastline? The breathtaking beauty of BlockIsland is one of the state's how many islands? Readers willalso learn how Rhode Island native Samuel Slater started theAmerican Industrial Revolution, and what the quahog is


The Real McCoys by Matthew Swanson

**Located on the Rooster Book Shelf

Elementary school detective Moxie McCoy looks for a missing school mascot and a new best friend, with the help of her annoying little brother.


 Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky

A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child


Sergeant Reckless by Patricia McCormick

**Located on the Rooster Book Shelf

Relates the true story of a brave little mare who carried artillery shells into battle numerous times with the U.S. Marines she supported throughout the Korean War.


Smile by Raina Telgemeier

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.


Something Upstairs by Avi

When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders.


Wish by Barbara O'Connor

A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are