Young Reader

Three of the world’s great religions—Islam, Christianity, and Judaism—are motivated by the same single tenet: treat others as you wish to be treated. When I’m asked for a book on manners, an anti-bullying book, or for that first discussion for a child inquiring about different religions, this book caps the stack. Ages 7 & up. - Ga

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The Golden Rule Cover Image
By Ilene Cooper, Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780810909601
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Published: ABRAMS - March 2007

Deserving of its durability through the decades, this slim picture book lays out ten rules for choosing your rock, and with that, for finding your way. With evocative pen-and-ink illustrations, these words read differently depending on what you bring to the table. Ages 6–100. - Michelle

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Everybody Needs a Rock Cover Image
By Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689710513
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - September 1985

Follow Minli as she embarks on a quest to change her family’s fortune and along the way you will fall in love with her adventurous spirit and the dragon that accompanies her. Truly a book that reminds us it is the journey, not the destination, that really matters. Ages 9 & up. - Michelle

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316038638
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2011

To sell this book I always quote the first line: “It’s dark and gloomy, and it smells like dead sheep, but when Zeus says go to Hell, I go.” Ages 12 & up. - Molly

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Quicksilver Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780440238454
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Published: Laurel Leaf Library - December 12th, 2006

Given a sinister boarding school, an enigmatic guide (Mr. Benedict), and a team of heroic child prodigies, this bizarre adventure is a true delight. Ages 10 & up. - Molly

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The Mysterious Benedict Society Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316003957
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 2008

What a heart-wrenching story and what sweet redemption! Whenever I look at this picture book I get a shiver of bittersweet heartache and pleasure. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble will always be one of my favorites. Ages 4 & up. - Tera

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Cover Image
By William Steig, William Steig (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780671662691
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - April 2nd, 1987

I consider this the best middle grade novel of all time. Meg is so uncertain a heroine—caught up in strange and unnerving worlds on the trail of her disappeared father—yet she still manages to do what is necessary. She remains the model of a hero for me. Ages 11 & up. - Tera

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A Wrinkle in Time Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312367541
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

This sharply mischievous telling of Aesop’s Fables hooked me when I was a child and still elicits delight after a hundred rereadings. A true classic. Ages 5 & up. - Tera

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Fables Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064430463
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Published: HarperTrophy - September 7th, 1983

Where does the great American dream reside? In a young boy’s desire for a place to live, an education, and some stability for his hardworking family. The Circuit is the first part of a simply beautiful autobiographical trilogy by a professor of modern languages at Santa Clara University. Ages 11 & up. - Ga

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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780826317971
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - October 1997

Ah, that strong-hearted, clear-headed Logan family, with their love for their land and for one another—they could single-handedly teach Dignity 101. I’ve revisited this family many times and I’m still enthralled, still rapidly turning pages. Ages 10 & up. - Ga

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780140384512
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Published: Speak - November 27th, 2001

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