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Trapped
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This book, for a third to fourth grade reading level or above, gives a great account of the rescue of Chilean miners from 2000 feet below the ground. Great pictures, too!
Much Ado About Nothing
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This is a great adaptation of the Shakespeare Classic. It keeps Shakespeare's dialogue, but gives it a film noir feel. Filmed in black and white, fans of Joss Whedon will definitely recognize many of the actors from other Whedon projects.
Krakatoa
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When the volcano-island of Krakatoa was annihilated in 1883, the event changed the world. The disaster killed tens of thousands of people, and it affected both the physical and political climate of the globe. This book is read by the author.
Plans (Death Cab for Cutie)
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Death Cab For Cutie writes incredibly catchy songs with great lyrics. This is my favorite album by them.
Rapunzel's Revenge
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After freeing herself from the tower, Rapunzel ignores the prince and instead teams up with Jack (of beanstalk fame.) Together they roam the Wild West, freeing the oppressed and fighting the evil witch Gothel who had kept Rapunzel imprisoned for so long. A fun retake on the fairy tale!
The Goose Girl
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The full cast audio recording (each character is voiced by a different actor) makes this a lot of fun to listen to. Princess Anidori, betrayed by those she loves, must work as a goose girl until she is able to reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls
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This modern day Nancy Drew sets off to find her stolen purse. This book will make you smile.
Smile
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This book tells the true story of the author's dental turmoil. One day she is a perfectly normal preteen, then she has a bad fall and severely damages her front teeth. The fall-out from this goes on for years. A book for anyone who has ever not fit in. Great illustrations and story line.
Wings of Life
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This DVD offers a fascinating look into the world of pollinators - birds, bees, bats, and butterflies. The photography is stunning!
Book of a Thousand Days
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I loved this twist on a girl in a tower story. Shannon Hale is a wonderful writer.
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Ree is a professional but she seems more like a friend. One longs to get into a kitchen with her and be a part of those luscious meals she prepares. Another winning cookbook!
The Hobbit
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One of the most beloved classics of all time, Tolkien's warmhearted and adventurous tale has endeared children and adults for decades. The most unlikely of heroes, Bilbo Baggins finds himself pushed out of his door one day by Gandalf, the Wandering Wizard. Through a series of adventures, Bilbo discovers that even the smallest of peoples have a seed of courage hidden in them.
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This audiobook is read by a full cast, and is a great introduction to English village life.
Anne of Green Gables
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This charming tale recounts the life of imaginative orphan Anne Shirley, as she wins over the hearts of her new and hesitant guardians, and sparks change in a small town in Prince Edward Island. Through it all she discovers what it is like to belong to someone, and what it takes to forgive. It's a heartwarming story the whole family will love.
Fatty Legs
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Margaret, an 8 year old Inuit girl, wants to learn how to read so badly she is willing to leave her family and attend a boarding school. There, her indomitable spirit allows her to overcome hardship and bullying. I especially liked the photos from the author's collection!
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This clique of "Sarahs" is finally caught after all the pranks they have been pulling on their town.
My Head is an Animal
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This band from Iceland writes some of the catchiest tunes around. You may have heard them on the radio or on the soundtrack of 'Hunger Games - Catching Fire'!
The Last Runaway
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This was an interesting look into the Quaker Lifestyle and the early settlers of Ohio, including both groups' involvement in the underground railroad.

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