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The House on Mango Street (age 10+)
by Sandra Cisneros
short stories ... growing up ... identity
Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong ... not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.
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MCK
A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories (age 10+)
by Robin McKinley
short stories ... folklore ... magic ... spooky
Fantastic stories of the supernatural.
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PEA
Who's Afraid? and Other Strange Stories (age 10+)
by Philippa Pearce
short stories ... spooky
Supernatural stories, both clever and unsettling.
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TUR
Instead of Three Wishes (age 10+)
by Megan Whalen Turner
fantasy ... spooky ... short stories
A collection of seven stories featuring such elements of fantasy as leprechauns, ghosts, and the supernatural.
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SOT
Local News (age 10+)
by Gary Soto
friendship ... growing up ... short stories
In thirteen stories full of wit and energy, Gary Soto illuminates the ordinary lives of young people. Meet Angel, who would rather fork over twenty bucks than have photos of his naked body plastered all over school; Philip, who discovers he has a "mechanical mind," whatever that means; Estela, known as Stinger, who rules Jos√e's heart and the racquetball court; and many other kids, all of them with problems as big as only a preteen can make them.
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DOY
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (age 10+)
by Arthur Conan Doyle
short stories ... mystery
A collection of Sherlock Holmes mystery adventures, including "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-headed League," and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."
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CON
Our House: the Stories of Levittown (age 10+)
by Pam Conrad
historical ... short stories
Six stories, one from each decade from the 1940s to the 1990s, about children growing up in Levittown, New York.
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PEC
A Year Down Yonder (age 10+)
by Richard Peck
short stories ... historical ... family
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
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MCK
The Door in the Hedge (age 10+)
by Robin McKinley
princesses ... short stories ... folklore ... fantasy ... magic
Master storyteller Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerieland, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays--and Linadel's seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to break the spell. Rana must turn to a talking frog to help save her kingdom from the evil Aliyander. And then there are the twelve princesses, enspelled to dance through the soles of their shoes every night. . . . These are tales to read with delight!

Barron Park Elementary School, Sat Aug 25 11:55:26 2012
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