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Samurai Kids #1: White Crane

Sandy Fussell · Candlewick; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Can a one-legged boy become a great samurai warrior? Meet some unique aspiring champions in this kick-off to an exciting new martial arts series.Niya Moto is the only one-legged samurai kid in Japan, famous for falling flat on his face in the dirt. The one school that will accept him is the Cockroach...
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Rules

Cynthia Lord · transcribed by Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Pages: 181
Format: Audio CD

A heartfelt and witty debut about feeling different and finding acceptance--beyond the rules.Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach...
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Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller

Sarah Miller · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan with a fiery tongue when she arrived at Ivy Green in 1887. Desperate for work, she'd taken on a seemingly impossible job -- teaching a child who was deaf, blind, and as ferocious as any wild animal. But Helen Keller needed more...
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Also Known As Harper

Ann Haywood Leal · Henry Holt
Pages: 246
Format: Hardcover

Harper Lee Morgan is an aspiring poet, which isn't surprising, seeing as how she's named after her mama's favorite writer, Harper Lee. And life is giving her a lot to write about just now. Daddy up and walked out, leaving them broke. Then Harper's family gets evicted. With Mama scrambling...
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The Boys of San Joaquin

D. James Smith · Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Format: Hardcover

Paolo calls Rufus "a Mack truck with no one driving." Rufus is the O'Neil family dog, and he shows up one morning with part of a twenty-dollar bill in his teeth. Twelve-year-old Paolo figures that there must be more where that bill came from, and since his cousin Billy needs...
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The Thing About Georgie

Lisa Graff · HarperCollins
Format: Book

The thing about poodles is that Georgie Bishop hates to walk them.The thing about Jeanie the Meanie is that she would rather write on her shoe than help Georgie with their Abraham Lincoln project.The thing about Georgies mom is that shes having a baby—a baby who will probably be taller...
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Out of My Mind

Sharon M Draper · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 295
Format: Hardcover

"If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind" should be it" (Denver Post") .Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything...
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Reaching for Sun

Tracie Vaughn Zimmer · Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

Josie Wyatt knows what it means to be different. Her family's small farmhouse seems to shrink each time another mansion grows up behind it. She lives with her career-obsessed mom and opinionated Gran, but has never known her father. Then there's her cerebral palsy: even if Josie...
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The Lovely Shoes

Susan Shreve · Arthur A. Levine Books
Format: Hardcover

Can the right pair of shoes make *anyone* feel beautiful?Franny is constantly embarrassed by two things in her life. One is her right foot, which curls in from a birth defect, so she has to wear ugly, heavy orthopedic shoes. And the other is her mother Margaret: beautiful, extravagant,...
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Shadow Spinner

Susan Fletcher · Atheneum
Format: Hardcover

Marjan, a crippled serving girl, has told Shahrazad -- the Arabian Nights heroine who, after nearly a thousand nights, is running out of stories -- a new tale, which turns out to be incomplete. In an adventure equal to any a storyteller might relate, Marjan faces the intrigues of the harem,...
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The Dagger Quick

Brian Eames · Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Format: Hardcover

A stirring tale of rousing old-fashioned adventure, THE DAGGER QUICK is the story of twelve-year-old Christopher, a boy with a clubfoot seemingly doomed to follow in the boring footsteps of his father as a cooper in 17th century England. That is, until he meets his uncle- William Quick,...
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Rocky Road

Rose Kent · Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Ice cream warms the heart, no matter what the weather.That's the Dobson family motto. Whenever things get tough, they break out the special heart-shaped bowls and make sundaes. The road has been especially rocky lately for Tess and her deaf little brother, Jordan. Their plucky Texan...
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The Giant-Slayer

Iain Lawrence · Delacorte Books for Young Readers

A girl’s imagination transports polio-afflicted kids into a fantastic world.The spring of 1955 tests Laurie Valentine’s gifts as a storyteller. After her friend Dickie contracts polio and finds himself confined to an iron lung, Laurie visits him in the hospital. There she meets...
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The Properties of Water

Hannah Roberts McKinnon · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Hardcover

When Lace's older sister, Marni, falls victim to a summer swimming accident, it paralyzes Lace in time. For Lace, there is only a before--can there be an after? But as the summer surges on, she learns that she must return to the water, the very thing that tore her family...
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The Last Girls of Pompeii

Kathryn Lasky · Viking Juvenile
Format: Hardcover

In Pompeii, in the summer of A.D. 79, Julia and Sura appear to lead opposite lives. Julia is the daughter of a wealthy ship-builder; Sura is an orphan. Julia bears the Curse of Venus—a withered arm; Sura’s beauty turns heads. Julia is free; Sura is her slave. Then Julia learns...
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Firegirl

Tony Abbott · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

...there is... Mrs. Tracy was saying quietly, there is something we need to know about Jessica... From this moment on, life is never quite the same for Tom and his seventh-grade classmates. They learn that Jessica has been in a fire and was badly burned, and will be attending St. Catherines...
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One-Handed Catch

MJ Auch · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 248
Format: Hardcover

Not even losing his hand can keep Norm from trying out for the baseball team What would life be like with only one hand? That's exactly what eleven-year-old Norm finds out when he loses his left hand in an accident at his family's store. It's July 4, 1946. World War II has ended, and life...
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The Deep Cut

Susan Rosson Spain · Two Lions; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Thirteen-year-old Lonzo knows that Papa thinks he's slow compared to his brothers. When the Civil War breaks out and throws Culpeper, Virginia, into chaos, Papa sends Lonzo to live with his aunt Mariah on the other side of the Deep Cut, the railroad gorge that runs through the rocky...
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Freak The Mighty

W R Philbrick · Blue Sky Press
Pages: 169
Format: Hardcover

Two boys - a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces - forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force. (Made into the film, The Mighty.) * \u201cA wonderful story of triumph over imperfection, shame, and loss.\u201d...
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Probably the World's Best Story About a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me

D. James Smith · Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Format: Hardcover

Paolo's plan for August in Orange Grove City is to hire out his little brother to the neighbors. Georgie is six; he needs a manager. But then the family dog, Rufus, is stolen. Overnight, Paolo is trying to manage not just Georgie, but their deaf cousin, Billy, who speaks only with...
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