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Cliques, Phonies, & Other Baloney
Cliques, Phonies, & Other Baloney
By: Trevor Romain
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This book explores the truth, and the myths, behind cliques, phonies, and true friendships.

Different Croaks for Different Folks
Different Croaks for Different Folks
By: Midori Ochiai
Illustrated by: Hiroko Fujiwara
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Some of us learn things in a different way from those around us — do you too? One frog might need a bit of help with counting; another might not know how to behave around other frogs. Other young frogs in this book are easily distracted and get themselves into trouble. But help is at hand: if we think differently about things that we find difficult, we can find our own ways to get better at doing them.

First Day Jitters
First Day Jitters
By: Julie Danneberg
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

It's September, which means it's time for school to start! The alarm rings, but Sarah Jane Hartwell just burrows deeper into her covers, announcing that shes not going, wailing "I dont know anybody, and it will be hard, and … I just hate it, thats all." Finally, Mr. Hartwell firmly orders her down to breakfast, puts her in the car and drops her off to join the children flooding through the school doors. But is Sarah who you expect her to be?

First Star I See
First Star I See
By: Jaye Andras Caffrey
Illustrated by: Tracey L. Kane
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Paige, an imaginative, witty young girl with ADHD plans to earn an interview with astronaut, Kelsey Strongheart.

Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia
Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia
By: Caroline Janover
Illustrated by: Edward Epstein
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Josh was living a great life—he knew how to get around who his friends were. In the middle of the school year, though, his family turns that all upside-down by moving to a new neighborhood. Suddenly he has to deal with new kids, a new school, and a nasty bully who makes fun of the way Josh learns. But when the bully needs help, it's Josh who can save the day.

Leo the Late Bloomer
Leo the Late Bloomer
By: Robert Kraus
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Leo isn't reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo's mother isn't. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he's ready.

Loser
Loser
By: Jerry Spinelli
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Just like other kids, Zinkoff rides his bike, hopes for snow days, and wants to be like his dad when he grows up. But Zinkoff also raises his hand with all the wrong answers, trips over his own feet, and falls down with laughter over a word like "Jabip." Other kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. He doesn't know he's not like everyone else. And one winter night, Zinkoff's differences show that any name can someday become "hero."

My Teacher's My Friend
My Teacher's My Friend
By: P. K. Hallinan
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

A happy rhyming book that looks at the friendship between a child and his teacher.

My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir
My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir
By: Samantha Abeel
Age Level: Teen
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Samantha Abeel couldn't tell time, remember her locker combination, or count out change at a checkout counter -- and she was in seventh grade. For a straight-A student like Samantha, problems like these made no sense. She dreaded school, and began having anxiety attacks. In her thirteenth winter, she found the courage to confront her problems -- and was diagnosed with a learning disability. Slowly, Samantha's life began to change again. She discovered that she was stronger than she'd ever thought possible -- and that sometimes, when things look bleakest, hope is closer than you think.

Niagara Falls or Does It? (Hank Zipzer)
Niagara Falls or Does It? (Hank Zipzer)
By: Henry Winkler
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

On the first day of fourth grade, Hank's teacher assigns a five-paragraph essay, "What I did on my summer vacation," and he knows he's in trouble. It has always been difficult for him to read, write, and spell so he decides to "build" his assignment instead — to "bring Niagara Falls into the classroom, water and all."

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