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Brooklyn Stories

The Outlaws of Sherwood Street book jacket The Outlaws of Sherwood Street
by Peter Abrahams
ISBN: 0399255036
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"Robbie and friends, using a magical charm, protect a Canarsee Indian burial ground from urban developers."


Magic in the park book jacket Magic in the park
by Ruth Chew
ISBN: 9780449813751
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"Jen Mace and her new friend Mike Stewart find magical adventures in Prospect Park"-- .


A Song for Bijou book jacket A Song for Bijou
by Josh Farrar
ISBN: 9780802733948
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Seventh-grader Alex Schrader's life changes when he meets Bijou Doucet, a Haitian girl recently relocated to Brooklyn, and while he is determined to win her heart Alex also learns about dating rules and Haitian culture.


The Time Fetch book jacket The Time Fetch
by Amy Herrick Stein
ISBN: 9781616202200
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When the Time Fetch's foragers gobble up too much time, causing the fabric of the universe to unravel and blur the boundaries between worlds and dimensions, eighth-grade loner Edward and his classmates must band together to save the day.


The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya book jacket The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya
by Jane Kelley
ISBN: 9781250023483
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"An orphaned African grey parrot who can speak 127 words. A girl so sick, she has forgotten what it means to try. Fate--and a banana nut muffin--bring them together. Will their shared encounter help them journey through storms inside and out? Will they lose their way, or will they find what really matters? Here is a story that will remind readers how navigating so many of life's desperate adventures requires friendship and, above all, hope."


SPHDZ 4 LIFE! book jacket SPHDZ 4 LIFE!
by Jon Scieszka
ISBN: 9781416979586
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With a mysterious new principal and fifth-grade graduation fast approaching, will Michael K. and his friends be able to find the missing Brainwave before the chief of the Anti-Alien Agency uses it to destroy a planet?


Liar & Spy book jacket Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead
ISBN: 0385737432
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Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.


P.S. Be Eleven book jacket P.S. Be Eleven
by Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 0061938629
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"Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She's just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. She's supposed to be watching her sisters, but Fern and Vonetta are hard to control. Her uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam and seems different. And her pa has a girlfriend. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice. But why does her mother tell her to 'be eleven' when Delphine is now twelve?"