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Intermediate Books (Ages 8-11)
Ten-year-old Jane Doe is an entirely ordinary girl living in a town of extraordinary geniuses. How will she ever stand out among accomplished musicians, artists and diplomats? Even her grandfather is more remarkably unremarkable than she is! However, when pirates, sea serpents and other adventures start causing chaos, an unremarkable Jane might just have the key to sorting it all out. This genuine and charming book is guaranteed to make you chuckle!
In this beautifully-told fantasy that reads like a timeless fable, Kate trades her shadow for a wish. Unexpected and troubling consequences follow this act of desperation. To save herself, Kate must track down the mysterious stranger who took her shadow, and solve the mystery haunting her and his past.
Not often does a book come along that all our Kids' Section staff unanimously adore, but we are confident that this will be one of 2012's best. Based on a true story, Ivan is a Silverback Gorilla who was taken from his home as a baby and has lived his nearly thirty years as The Big Top Mall's biggest attraction. When customers begin to dwindle, a baby elephant is captured to draw in the crowds and Ivan makes it his mission to rescue her from the same fate that had befallen him. A gorgeous, tragic and definite must-read!
Set just up island in the Cowichan Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny is a fantastical tale of fox kidnappers, hippie islanders, industrial espionage, bunny detectives, and a sensible girl with some big problems. Quirky, clever, and often inexplicable, this is a fun and memorable romp by one of our favourite local authors, Polly Horvath.
Based on the original comic strips by Lincoln Peirce, Big Nate's misadventures can now be enjoyed in chapter book form! Nate Write is an aspiring cartoonist and a rebel of a sixth grader, who holds the school record for most detentions. Perfect for fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
This is a fantastic new adventure from the author of the bestselling Charlie Bone series! Timoken is a prince born to a secret forest kingdom, blessed from birth with a magical moon spider web which protects him from all harm and makes him a marvelous magician. However, the evil race of Viridees are desperate to capture the moon spider web and destroy Timoken's kingdom, as well as his family. Escaping with his sister, Timoken journeys to the ends of the world seeking a safe haven from the Viridees, who are always just a step behind him. Filled with magic and wonder, Timoken's quests and battles with hold you enthralled until the very end!
Book #2 Stones of Ravenglass
This brilliant read (in the style of Kate Dicamillo and E.B. White) is the story of a friendship between Walter, a solitary rat who is an avid reader, and Miss Pomeroy, a reclusive children's book author. Their correspondence begins when a lonely Walter writes a note on Miss Pomeroy's typewriter. "My name is Walter, I live here too." and Miss Pomeroy responds simply, "I know".
This is a wonderfully fun art caper about an eleven-year-old boy and a beetle named Marvin, who has an incredible talent for drawing. The two unlikely friends become caught up in an art heist that might lead to the discovery of a famous drawing by Albrecht Durer. But in order to do so, they must navigate the dangerous world of New York--no place for a boy, and certainly not for a beetle!
With all three volumes finally out in paperback, don't miss these clever books about a misfit group of children recruited to save the world by the Mysterious Mr. Benedict. With challenging puzzles, wacky adventures, and unforgettable characters, this is one of our all-time favourite series!
And don't miss the new companion book:
The newest installment in this bestselling series.
This is a great quirky read for girls! When Primrose's parents disappear on an extended sea voyage, Primrose passes much of her time at the nearby restaurant Girl on a Swing, where everything is served on a waffle. A recipe at the beginning of every chapter adds to the charm of this lovely story.
Primrose Squarp is back! The wise and curious heroine of the Newbery Honor Book
Everything on a Waffle is facing another adventure-filled year in Coal Harbour. There's a whole slew of problems and mysteries to keep Primrose busy. There's Uncle Jack and Kate Bowzer, who may (or may not) be in love. There's Ked, a foster child, who becomes Primrose's friend. And there's the new development on the outskirts of town that threatens the Coal Harbour Primrose knows and treasures.
Kate DiCamillo, author of the Newbery Medal and Honor books The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie, brings us a timeless tale perfect for middle-grade readers and reading aloud. Edward Tulane is a china rabbit who thinks very highly of himself until one horrible day he is ripped away from his devoted owner and thrown overboard from the Queen Mary. During his extraordinary journey home he discovers that he can learn to love. A wonderful story combined with stunning illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline make this book a true and unforgettable gem.
This is one of our favourite books ever! Eva Ibbotson is at her absolute best in this enchanting tale about a rich orphan who is sent from London to live with distant relatives in Brazil. Once there, she embarks on a grand adventure involving fraud, kidnapping, disguise and some very satisfying plot twists. This book should be on every girl's shelf.
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