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By Maureen Fergus Illustrated by Dusan Petricic Fergus and Petricic, creators of the invisiBill story, have pegged the often necessary attention-getting skills 5 to 9-year-old middle children develop to navigate around older and younger siblings. If you worry about the middle child in your family, this is a book to …

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Hope Springs

By Eric Walters The Mbooni District in Kenya is a village far away from our Washington, DC, suburbs. Hope Springs is set in that distant, dusty village. It is a story about how people confront the reality of scarce resources, specifically, what does a community do when there is limited …

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Ballerina Dreams

By Michaela DePrince I dare you to read this book and not get goosebumps up and down your arm. Michaela DePrince’s rags-to-riches tale is almost unbelievable, from its tragic beginnings to fairytale ending. And it’s all true. This book is a Step Into Reading book, rated Level 4, geared towards …

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Who Needs a Reef?

By Karen Patkau Karen Patkau’s Who Needs a Reef? is part of a six-book series on ecosystems. The series, in its entirety, cover an impressive variety of habitats. As I write this, it’s another cold, snowy winter day. Therefore, I’m most curious about Who Needs an Iceburg? because I’m pretty …

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