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Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Nine to Twelve

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Alex and the Amazing Time Machine Cover Image
By Rich Cohen, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780805094183
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 8th, 2012

Brilliant Alex invents a machine that will warp time, but when his brother is kidnapped, he must use the “dingus” to save his family. Textured black-and- white illustrations. (8–12)


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Applewhites at Wit's End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060579388
Availability: Special Order
Published: HarperCollins - May 8th, 2012

Great changes occur when the creative, eccentric Applewhite family opens a summer camp for gifted children. (9-12)


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Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit Cover Image
By Tommy Greenwald, J. P. Coovert (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781596436923
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 7th, 2012

To avoid a summer away from his friends, Charlie Joe undertakes extra credit to boost his grades and learns many lessons in the process. Black-and-white cartoonlike illustrations. (9–12)


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Cheesie Mack Is Cool in a Duel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780375864384
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 26th, 2012

Although not everything goes as planned for eleven- year-old “Cheesie” Mack at camp, it turns out to be the terrific summer he’d looked forward to after all. Lively black-and-white illustrations. (8-11)


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Chomp Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375868429
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 27th, 2012

Thirteen-year-old Wahoo Cray and his friend Tuna join a dangerous romp in the Everglades and try to extricate the adults from the difficult situation they have caused. (9-12)


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Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian Cover Image
By Michael Rex, Michael Rex (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780399255212
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2012

Fangbone, a young warrior from Skullbania, must enter third grade in order to save his world from an evil villain. Black, brown, and tan illustrations. (6-10)


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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Cover Image
By Christopher Healy, Todd Harris (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062117434
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 1st, 2012

The four Princes Charming are rivals. The kings are greedy, the princesses are selfish, and the dwarfs are rude. These artful stories will forever change your view of fairy tale heroes. Black-and-white illustrations. (10-12)


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Revenge of the Loser Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545399265
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Press - May 1st, 2012

Wise-cracking Danny Shire can draw really well, but his reputation is at middle school’s bottom rung. Will his clever new schemes all go awry? Cartoon illustrations. (10–12)


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Secret Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761388685
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Graphic Universe - January 1st, 2012

Boys and men (and grandma) complicate Lou’s and her mom’s life in these upbeat full-color graphic novels. (8-12)


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Summertime Blues Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761388692
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Graphic Universe - January 1st, 2012

Boys and men (and grandma) complicate Lou’s and her mom’s life in these upbeat full-color graphic novels. (8-12)

 

 


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The Templeton Twins Have an Idea Cover Image
By Ellis Weiner, Jeremy Holmes (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780811866798
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - August 15th, 2012

The resourceful Templeton twins rescue their inventor father from a vengeful former student. A cranky narrator, humorous quizzes, and enticing blue illustrations add to the fun. (8-11)


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Three Times Lucky Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803736702
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Published: Dial Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2012

In a small town, eleven-year-old Mo LoBeau tries every creative escapade imaginable to solve a murder and protect the only family she has ever known. (9-12)


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Ungifted Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061742668
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - August 21st, 2012

When prankster Donovan Curtis lands in a school for the gifted, he knows he is misplaced, but unexpectedly makes his mark. (9-12)


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Who Could That Be at This Hour? Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316123082
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2012

Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket survives an attempt on his life, an inept mentor, a pointless crime, and a backstabbing friend. Woodcut illustrations. (9-11)