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Pajaro Valley Unified School District: Wish List for Middle Schools

These books have been selected for Pajaro Valley Unified School District Middle Schools: Pajaro, Rolling Hills, Lakeview, and EA Hall . Not all books on the wish list are listed online. Please visit our information desk to view the complete listing.
$12.99
ISBN-13: 9781600571626
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: World Almanac, 11/2012

Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this updated resource.

The World Almanac...more


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062220653
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Published: HarperCollins, 8/2012

Meet Hope Solo—Soccer Sensation

In this young readers' edition of Hope Solo's exciting life story, adapted from Solo: A Memoir of Hope, the Olympic gold medalist and starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team gives readers behind-the-scenes details of her life on and off the field. Solo offers a fearless female role model for the next generation, driven to succeed on her own terms. Young fans will truly be inspired by Hope's repeated triumphs over adversity. Her relentless spirit has molded her into the person she is today—one of the most charis...more


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780316056700
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 8/2011

Enter a world where magic bubbles just below the surface. . . .

When Jack is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa, to live with his strange aunt and uncle, he expects a summer of boredom. Little does he know that the people of Hazelwood have been waiting for him for quite a long time.

When he arrives, three astonishing things happen: First, he makes friends -- not imaginary friends but actual friends. Second, he is beaten up by the town bully; the bullies at home always ignored him. Third, the richest man in town begins to plot Jack's imminent, and hopefully painful, demise....more


First Kill (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803737419
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Published: Dial, 9/2011
The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod is still sinking its fangs into readers. Now, "New York Times"-bestselling author Brewer brings fans the other side of the story, from the perspective of Vlad's former friend-turned-mortal enemy, vampire slyer Joss Macmillan....more

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780811866545
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Chronicle Books, 3/2010

Fantastic illustrations with a fresh, contemporary look enrich this debut novel about a 10-year-old aspiring artist stuck living with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who clearly don't recognize her genius. A humorous and heartfelt reminder that "a brilliant artist is never afraid," this book reveals that sometimes our greatest masterpieces are the bonds we unexpectedly forge with the people in our lives.

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$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780374386153
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 10/2012

The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs--Who, Whatsit, and Which--the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated.  Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graph...more


Guys Read: Thriller (Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780061963759
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Published: Walden Pond Press, 9/2011

A body on the tracks

A teenage terrorist

A mysterious wish-granting machine

The world’s worst private detective

The second volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading is chock-full of mystery, intrigue, and nefarious activity. Featuring some of the best writers around, and compiled by certified guy Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Thriller is a pulse-pounding collection of brand-new short stories, each one guaranteed to keep you riveted until the final page.

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Turtle in Paradise (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780375836886
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 5/2010

In Jennifer L. Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor winning middle grade historical fiction novel, life isn't like the movies. But then again, 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple

She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it's 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida to live with relatives she's never met. Florida's like nothing Turtle's e...more


Heart of a Samurai (Hardcover)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780810989818
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 8/2010

In 1841, a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Japan’s borders remain closed to all Western nations, so the crew sets off to America, learning English on the way.

 

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Dead End in Norvelt (Hardcover)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780374379933
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9/2011

Dead End in Norvelt is the winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal for the year's best contribution to children's literature and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction! Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans ...more


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780061962783
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Published: HarperCollins, 3/2011

No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

For all the ten years of her life, HÀ has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her very own papaya tree.

But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. HÀ and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, HÀ discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strang...more


$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780805092165
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9/2011

One of Horn Book’s Best Fiction Books of 2011  Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience.A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings.But now that it is finally time to join the Young Pioneers, the day Sasha has awaited for so long, everything seems to go awry. He breaks a classmate's glasses with a snowball. He accidentally damages a bust ...more


A Ball for Daisy (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780375858611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schwartz & Wade, 5/2011

Winner of the 2012 Randolph Caldecott Medal

This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and hi...more


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781596434028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press, 5/2010

THE BEST SICK DAY EVER and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor. A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the ...more


Gooney Bird Greene (Paperback)

$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780440419600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling, 3/2004

Two-time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry introduces a new girl in class who loves being the center of attention and tells the most entertaining “absolutely true” stories.

There’s never been anyone like Gooney Bird Greene at Watertower Elementary School. What other new kid comes to school wearing pajamas and cowboy boots one day and a polka-dot t-shirt and tutu on another? Gooney Bird has to sit right smack in the middle of the class because she likes to be in the middle of everything. She is the star of story time and keeps her teacher and classmates on the edge of...more


$5.99
ISBN-13: 9781442446434
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9/2012

Fourth grade is far from flawless for Alice in this beloved novel with a new look.

Fourth grade stinks. Fourth grade is when everything you do embarrasses you. Fourth grade is when everyone knows you’re a blunderbuss whether it’s part of your name or not.

Alice’s older brother Lester is always tricking her into believing his made-up stories are true. It’s not her fault she’s so gullible! Plus, he’s a really good liar. But that doesn’t help when she finds herself in a mess because of something he’s invented.

She can’t seem to do anything el...more


$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781442451216
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 5/2012

The gross-out antics of these two Yuck adventures take disgusting to a new level!

In “Yuck’s Amazing Underpants,” Yuck has been wearing his favorite underpants every day and every night—for six weeks. His mom desperately wants to do laundry but Yuck has other plans: With the help of a jar of mold, his underpants are soon taking on a life of their own....

     And in “Yuck’s Scary Spider,” Yuck’s spider is big, fat, and hairy, and everyone is afraid of it. But the spider is only trying to be friendly! When the sc...more


$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780545100670
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks, 10/2009

A fresh new Candy Apple sure to warm readers' hearts! Savannah can't wait for her birthday, which she's spending with her parents and her two best friends at a cabin in the snow -- for the whole week of winter break. But when she sprains her ankle on the first day, her friends take off without her! Savannah feels left out in the cold. But soon she discovers that her friends haven't forgotten her at all. They've been planning a winter wonderland surprise birthday party!

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$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780439629089
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks, 11/2005

Her best friend's a backstabber. Her worst enemy is a sweetheart. And her dog is just waiting for the right moment to seek his revenge. Why should Jamie even bother going to school? Why not? After a run-in with Mega-Popular Angeline, aka Pure Evil, Jamie reforms her selfish ways & becomes the decent human being she never thought she could be. But she quickly realizes that helping others kind of stinks. Is someone trying to thwart her attempts at irresistible inner beauty? Or will Jamie finally achieve the "I'm an angel" glow she knows will make Hudson Rivers fall madly in love w/ he...more


$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780448454672
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap, 10/2011

While exploring The Treasure Chest, Felix and Maisie are transported to a Massachusetts farm in 1836. Disappointed that they have not landed in their beloved New York City, they wonder why they were brought to Massachusetts to meet a young girl named Clara Barton. Perhaps Clara has a message for the twins? Or maybe they have one for her?

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$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780060781811
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Published: HarperCollins, 8/2010

Miss Thornapple's school is not like most other schools—it's a school for little witches! Little witches must learn how magic broomsticks fly and how to whip up their own potions. Sometimes they swim in swamps, and other times they explore the haunted old forest. And what's served for dinner in the dining hall? Gooey eyeballs! There's no telling what might happen at Miss Thornapple's school. But one thing is for sure: Even young witches have lessons to learn.

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$19.00
ISBN-13: 9780316155564
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 4/2005

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon ...more


Zero Hour (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442421882
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 3/2012

Danger intensifies in the latest thrilling installment in an action-packed series!

Bad news for the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, aka H.I.V.E.: Overlord is reborn and has developed the chilling ability to move from body to body, erasing the host’s personality—and ultimately killing them. Overlord must find Otto, the only host designed to truly contain him, and for that he needs to know the location of H.I.V.E. He also plans to take control of a secret U.S. Army facility that is home to the Autonomous Weapon Program, a computer-controlled system uniquely vuln...more


$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780439023498
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Published: Scholastic Press, 9/2009

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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