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Children's Books ~ ages 8 to 12

Dulcie's Taste of Magic (Disney Fairies Series) by Gail Herman
Poor Dulcie! After the overworked baking fairy nearly ruins breakfast, Queen Clarion tells her to take a holiday. But Dulcie's vacation is no fun at all. Her friends are too busy to spend time with her. And worse, the bossy new baking fairy, Ginger, has taken over Dulcie's job! Then Dulcie stumbles across an ancient magical recipe in the library. She's desperate to try it out. But how can she bake the mysterious Comfort Cake if she's not allowed in the kitchen? "These books are classic Disney with little bits of wisdom wrapped around entertaining adventures.

Ellie McDoodle: New kid in school by Ruth McNally Barshaw
When Ellie's family moves to a new town, she's sure she won't fit in. Nobody else likes to read as much as she does, and even the teachers can't get her name right. But when the students need someone to help them rally against unfair lunch lines, it's Ellie to the rescue-and if shorter lines and better food prevail, can friendship be far behind?

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy
Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena (or Pandy for short) has the perfect prop for her school project: a box given to her father by Zeus himself. Pandy knows the box must never be opened, but of course accidents happen and soon seven forms of evil and misery have escaped. Now it's up to Pandora to capture all seven-starting with jealousy-or go down in history as the girl who ruined the world.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas - Plum Fantastic by Whoopi Goldberg
Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson does not want to be a beautiful ballerina, and she does not want to leave her friends in Apple Creek. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop her ballet-crazy mother from moving them to Harlem, or from enrolling Al at the Nutcracker School of Ballet. Life is hard when you're the new ballerina on the block, and it's even harder when you're chosen to be the Sugar Plum Fairy in the school recital! Not only is Al a terrible dancer, but she's also got a rotten case of stage fright! Al's ballet classmates are going to have to use all the plum power they've got to coach this scary fairy!

Sugar Plum Ballerinas - Toeshoe Trouble by Whoppi Goldberg
Brenda Black prides herself on her logical and orderly mind. She studies anatomy books to get a twelve-year head start on medical school, and she idolizes Leonardo da Vinci. But things go haywire when her spoiled cousin Tiffany comes to visit. Brenda's anatomy books might get her into medical school, but they can't get her out of this mess--for that, she'll need the help of her Sugar Plum Sisters!

The Road to Revolution! by Stan Mack and Susan Champlin
Nick is an orphan who gets by on his wits and whatever he can steal. Penny is the daughter of a tavern owner and knows the meaning of honest work. Though from completely different backgrounds-and despite their instant dislike for each other-they do have one thing in common: They both want the British out of Boston! When a chance encounter brings them together, Nick and Penny see a way to help the patriots. But first they'll have to earn the trust of some of America's great revolutionaries-including Paul Revere and Dr. Joseph Warren-and muster the courage to confront innumerable dangers.

GirlForce by Nikki Goldstein
At its core, GirlForce is based on an ancient science called Ayurveda that says our bodies are made of three elemental energies: Fire, Air, and Earth. And with just two quick quizzes about body and mind you can determine your Body Type. Guided by these principles, GirlForce imparts the best food, exercise, makeup, yoga, stress relievers and more for your body type.

Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary
At 7 1/2, with working parents and a sister at "a difficult age," Ramona Quimby tries hard to do her part to keep family peace. Usually, however, she ends up behind every uproarious incident in the house. Ramona's life is never dull. Through it all, she is struggling for a place in her mother's heart, worried that she might be unlovable. Not a chance. Ramona Quimby is nothing if not lovable.

Harriet Bean and the League of Cheats by Alexander McCall Smith
Harriet doesn't think twice when her mind-reading detective aunts Japonica and Thessalonika enlist her help in catching a cheat at the racetrack. After all, Harriet is just the right size to go undercover as a jockey. But when the plan takes an unexpected turn, Harriet finds herself in the saddle! Read this special review by StorkNet's favorite children's book reviewer Miss S. Spangler, age 8!

The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean by Alexander McCall Smith
When Harriet Bean's father mentions that he has five sisters-whom Harriet has never met-she is immediately intrigued. Harriet is determined to uncover the whereabouts of her five lost aunts, but with nothing more than an unfinished family portrait and a few outdated clues, will she be able to locate them? Join Harriet in her search to reunite her father with his five lost sisters. Here's another review from 8-year-old Miss S. Spangler.

Collinsfort Village by Joe Ekaitis
This is a delightful book mixed with reality and fantasy. Joe Ekaitis makes the fantasy believable with his warm and descriptive writing style. Adults and kids alike will wish they lived in Collinsfort Village where bears play hopscotch and basketball with kids, griffins run the story hour at the local library and dragons paint larger than life murals.

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