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by Joan Bauer
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Topics: Diners (Restaurants) -- Juvenile fiction, Politics, Practical -- Juvenile fiction, Cancer --...
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Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship
Topics: Middle schools Fiction, Friendship Fiction, Schools Fiction, Diaries Fiction, Humorous stories,...
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by Hopkins, Ellen
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Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life
Topics: Cocaine abuse, Drug abuse, High schools, Schools, Family problems, Pregnancy, Teenagers, Crank, Ice...
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by Kate DiCamillo
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Topics: Dogs -- Fiction., City and town life -- Florida -- Fiction., Florida -- Fiction.
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by Herbert, Frank
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Sequel: Dune messiah
Spanish Drama
by Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906; Costa, Carles, 1879-1929; Jordà, Josep Maria, 1870-1936
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Translation of: Hedda Gabler
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by Jeff Kinney
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Topics: Summer -- Fiction, Diaries -- Fiction, Humorous stories
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by Yates, Elizabeth, 1905-2001, author
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181 pages : 21 cm
Topics: Fortune, Amos, 1709 or 1710-1801 -- Juvenile literature, Fortune, Amos, 1709 or 1710-1801, African...
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"Wimpy kid" Greg Heffley provides instructions for other kids to create their own journals
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Topics: Diaries, Middle schools, Best friends, Schools, Popularity, Humorous fiction, American
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by Jeff Kinney
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Topics: Middle schools -- Juvenile fiction., Schools -- Juvenile fiction., Families -- Juvenile fiction.,...
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by Mo Willems
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Topics: Pigeons -- Juvenile fiction, Bus drivers -- Juvenile fiction
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by Spinelli, Jerry
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Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family
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Topics: Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction, Friendship -- Juvenile fiction, Family life -- Juvenile fiction
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by Alison Jackson
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Topics: Thanksgiving Day -- Fiction, Humorous stories, Stories in rhyme
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by Kesselring, Joseph, 1902-1967
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Originally published: 1941
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by Shel Silverstein
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Topics: Children's poetry, American, Humorous poetry, American poetry
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by Sophocles; Braun, Richard Emil, 1934-
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Disaster follows when Creon, King of Thebes, forbids Antigone to bury her brother whom he has declared a traitor
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Topic: Antigone (Greek mythology)
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by Carl Hiaasen
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by Ralston, Aron
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 353)
Topics: Reading Level-Grade 11, Reading Level-Grade 12
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by Doreen Cronin
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Topics: Worms -- Fiction, Diaries -- Fiction
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by Jacqueline Woodson
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Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 5, Reading Level-Grade 6, Reading Level-Grade...
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by Kevin Henkes
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Topics: Cats -- Fiction., Animals -- Infancy -- Fiction., Moon -- Fiction.
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by Van Allsburg, Chris
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Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game
Topics: Play, Games
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by Orson Scott Card
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Topics: Wiggin, Ender (Fictitious character) -- Fiction., Brothers and sisters -- Fiction., Genetic...
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by Barrett, Judi; Barrett, Ron
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Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow, where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse
Topics: Weather, Food
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by Bryson, Bill
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [305]-307)
Topic: Bryson, Bill
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by Louis Sachar
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Topics: Juvenile delinquency -- Juvenile fiction, Homeless persons -- Juvenile fiction, Friendship --...
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by Chris Cleave
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Topics: Young women -- Fiction, Nigerians -- England -- Fiction, Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction,...
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by Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992; Kleiner, Harry; Duncan, David, 1913-1999; Klement, Otto; Bixby, Jerome, 1923-1998
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"Based on the screenplay by Harry Kleiner, adaptation by David Duncan, based on a story by Otto Klement and Jay Lewis Bixby"--Cover
Topic: Science fiction
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by George Selden
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Topics: Crickets -- Juvenile fiction, Cats -- Juvenile fiction, Mice -- Juvenile fiction, Times Square (New...
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1 audiocassette, 1 paperback ([67] pages : in bag 37 x 36 cm
Topics: Ducks -- Fiction, Hand puppets, Waterfowl -- Fiction, Caldecott medal winner -- 1942, Ducks,...
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by McCullough, David G
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-371) and index
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by Frank Herbert
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Topic: Dune (Imaginary place) -- Fiction
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by Lucy Grealy
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Topics: Grealy, Lucy, Ewing's sarcoma -- Patients -- United States -- Biography, Disfigured persons --...
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by Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
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First published in 1932
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Topics: Passivity (Psychology), Genetic engineering, Totalitarianism, Collectivism
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by Ben Jelloun, Tahar, 1944-; Volk, Carol
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by Alvarez, Julia
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Topics: Mirabal, María Teresa, 1935-1960, Mirabal, Minerva, 1926-1960, Mirabal, Patria, 1924-1960, Women...
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by Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976
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173 pages ; 18 cm
Topics: Murder victims -- Fiction, Millionaires -- Fiction, Islands -- Fiction, Murder -- Fiction,...
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by Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008
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220 p. ; 21 cm
Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 7, Reading Level-Grade 8, Reading Level-Grade...
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by Kincaid, Jamaica
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"A Plume book."
Topics: Mothers and daughters, Teenage girls, Coming of age
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vi, 184 p. : 20 cm
Topics: Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 -- Juvenile literature, Physicists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature,...
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by Haddix, Margaret Peterson
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Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998
Topics: Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic, Children: Grades 4-6, Juvenile Fiction, Children's 9-12 -...
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by Greg Bear
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Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Adult
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by Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992,Karlin, Bernie, illustrator
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Uses ordinary experiences to present twelve combinations of numbers that add up to eleven. Example: At the circus, six peanut shells and five pieces of popcorn
Topics: Addition, Counting, Eleven (The number)
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by Isaac Asimov
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Topics: Seldon, Hari (Fictitious character) -- Fiction, Life on other planets -- Fiction, Psychohistory --...
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by Gunther, John, 1901-1970
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Topics: Gunther, John, 1929-1947, Cancer, Tumors in adolescence, Teenagers
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by Elie Wiesel
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Topics: Modern fiction, Fiction - General, Fiction, Literary, Fiction / General
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by Carle, Eric
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Laura Ingalls Wilder award, 2003
Topics: Sound effects books, Toys, Ducks, Animals, Toy and movable books
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by Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910
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xxvii, 803 p. ; 21 cm
Topics: Married women -- Fiction, Adultery -- Fiction, Russia -- Social life and customs -- 1533-1917 --...
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by Robie H. Harris
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Topics: Sex instruction for children, Sex instruction for teenagers, Hygiene, Sexual -- Juvenile literature
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by Achebe, Chinua
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Mode of access: Internet
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by Stratton, Allan
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A girl's struggle amid the African AIDS pandemic, Chanda, is an astonishingly perceptive girl living in the small city of Bonang, a fictional city in Southern Africa. When her youngest sister dies, the first hint of HIV/AIDS emerges, Chanda must confront undercurrents of shame and stigma. Not afraid to explore the horrific realities of AIDS, Chanda's Secrets also captures the enduring strength of loyalty, friendship and family ties. Above all, it is a story about the corrosive nature of secrets...
Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 9, Reading Level-Grade 10, Reading...
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by Kraus, Robert
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Topic: Tigers -- Fiction
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by Fleischman, Sid, 1920-; Von Schmidt, Eric, ill
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"Republished in 1988."
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Topics: Gold mines and mining, Orphans, Humorous stories
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by Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-
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228 pages : 20 cm
Topics: United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island, California -- Fiction, United States Penitentiary,...
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by Colfer, Eoin
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412 pages ; 22 cm
Topics: Ireland -- History -- 1837-1901 -- Juvenile fiction, Saltee Islands (Ireland) -- History -- 19th...
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by Achebe, Chinua
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233 pages ; 20 cm
Topics: Nigerian fiction (English), English fiction, Nigeria
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by Bernard Waber
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Topics: Courage -- Juvenile literature., Courage.
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by Richter, Hans Peter, 1925-
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Translation of: Damals war es Friedrich
Topic: Jews
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by Doreen Cronin
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Topics: Spiders -- Juvenile fiction, Insects -- Juvenile fiction, Diaries -- Juvenile fiction
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by McCloskey, Robert, 1914-; Galvin, John T., 1919-1994, former owner
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Gift
Topic: Ducks
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by Hesse, Karen
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In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others immigrate to America
Topics: Emigration and immigration, Jews, Letters
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by Alvarez, Julia
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Pura Belpré Award, 2004
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Topics: Reading Level-Grade 9, Reading Level-Grade 10, Reading Level-Grade 11, Reading Level-Grade 12
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by Esther Forbes
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Topic: United States -- History. -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Juvenile fiction.
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by Jon Scieszka
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Topics: Life on other planets -- Fiction., Schools -- Fiction.
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by Annie Barrows
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Topics: Friendship -- Fiction, Neighbors -- Fiction
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by Margi Preus
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Topics: Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction, Female friendship -- Fiction, Women -- Alabama -- Fiction, Race...
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by Macaulay, David
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Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion
Topics: Literary recreations, Puzzles, Riddles
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by Brown, Dan, 1964-
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Topics: Intelligence officers, Computer security, Cryptographers
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by Joy Cowley
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Topics: Turkeys -- Juvenile fiction, Thanksgiving Day -- Juvenile fiction, Puerto Ricans -- New York...
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by Paulsen, Gary
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Companion book to: Hatchet ; The river
Topics: Self-reliance, Survival, Winter
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by Wideman, John Edgar
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Originally published: New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, c1984
Topics: Wideman, John Edgar, Wideman, Robert Douglas, 1950-, Authors, American, African American authors,...
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by Jules Feiffer
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Topics: Dogs -- Fiction, Animal sounds -- Fiction, Humorous stories
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Although Alexander and his money are quickly parted, he comes to realize all the things that can be done with a dollar
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Topics: Alexander (Fictitious character : Viorst), Finance, Personal
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Topics: Fathers and sons -- Fiction, Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction,...
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