Books for Grade 12

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Age
10-14
Grade
4-6

MICHAEL MORPURGO

Elephant in the Garden

Paperback (Oct. 8, 2013) , Reprint edition

Lizzie and Karl's mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure so she and the other animals don't run wild should the zoo be hit by bombs. The family persuades the zoo director to let Marlene stay in their garden instead. When the city is bombed, the family flees with thousands of others, but how can they walk the same route when they have …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Frank Jacobs, Henry Bursill

Hand Shadow Fun

Paperback (March 18, 2015)
Discover the age-old art of hand shadows! Children and adults around the world delight in hand shadows, and this little activity book shows how to perform the ancient art. Learn how to entertain friends and family with shadow pictures of a bird, bunny, elephant, and other figures. Detailed illustrations, accompanied by charming verses, depict the formation of 28 images using only hands and fingers. More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Shannon Messenger

Nightfall

Paperback (Oct. 2, 2018) , Reprint edition
A New York Times bestselling series A USA TODAY bestselling series A California Young Reader Medal–winning series Sophie and her friends face battles unlike anything they’ve seen before in this thrilling sixth book of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated. The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time … More
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Age
10+
Grade
5-6

David Barclay Moore

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Paperback (Jan. 8, 2019) , Reprint edition
"The right story at the right time. . . . It’s not just a narrative; it’s an experience. It’s the novel we’ve been waiting for." —The New York Times A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death in this outstanding debut novel that celebrates community and creativity. ** WINNER OF THE CORETTA SCOTT KING–JOHN STEPTOE AWARD FOR NEW TALENT! **MICHAEL B. JORDAN TO DIRECT MOVIE ADAPTATION!SIX STARRED REVIEWS! … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Shannon Messenger

Flashback

Paperback (Oct. 8, 2019) , Reprint edition
In this unforgettable seventh book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat. But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Christopher Paolini

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia

Hardcover (Dec. 31, 2018) , First Edition edition
The internationally bestselling fantasy sensation is back, with brand-new stories set in the world of Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle!A wanderer and a cursed child. Spells and magic. And dragons, of course. Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia.It's been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs, … More
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Neal Shusterman

The Toll

Paperback (Nov. 7, 2019)

The explosive conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Arc of a Scythe series.

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding finale to Neal Shusterman's internationally bestselling trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

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Bill Watterson

The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

Paperback (June 1, 1992) , 8th Printing edition
Calvin, the six-year-old dirty tricksmeister and master of indignation and his warm, cuddly philosopher sidekick and Hobbes, a tiger whose idea of adventure is to lie on his back by the fire and have his stomach rubbed. This unlikely due captured the hearts, the minds, and, most of all, the funny bones of America. The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes contains an original full-color section, as well as all the cartoons appearing in The Revenge of the Baby-Sat and Scientific Progress … More
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J.R.R. Tolkien, Jemima Catlin

The Hobbit

Hardcover (Oct. 1, 2013) , Reprint, Illustrated edition
“A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.” – New York Times Book Review A beautiful gift edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's enchanting tale, fully illustrated by Jemima Catlin. Bilbo Baggins enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling farther than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

DK, Smithsonian Institution

The Rock and Gem Book: And Other Treasures of the Natural World

Hardcover (May 10, 2016)

What is the difference between a rock and a gem? What makes the Hope Diamond so special? Why are some minerals fluorescent?

Dig deep to find the answers in The Rock and Gem Book. Filled with over 1,200 stunning full-color photographs, The Rock and Gem Book is the perfect encyclopedia for young geologists to consult.

Chapters are organized according to scientific classifications with straightforward explanations that bring each specimen to life. From the quartz in watches to the limestone in …

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Philip Pullman

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

Paperback (June 4, 2019) , Reprint edition
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of His Dark Materials--now an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda--to expand on the story of Lyra, “one of fantasy’s most indelible heroines” (The New York Times Magazine). Don’t miss Volume II of The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth! Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, are used to overhearing news and the occasional scandal at the inn run by his family. … More
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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Paperback (Jan. 26, 2016) , Reprint edition
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is now a major motion picture streaming on Netflix! Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” (School Library Journal) from the bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters … More
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