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Books at Guided Reading Level Z

  • The Montague Twins: The Witch's Hand

    Nathan Page, Drew Shannon

    Paperback (Knopf Books for Young Readers, July 14, 2020)
    Brothers. Detectives. Witches? Meet Pete and Alastair Montague in the first installment of a new graphic novel duology that is the Hardy Boys meets Paper Girls.Pete and Alastair Montague are just a couple of mystery-solving twins, living an ordinary life. Or so they thought. After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they discover there is more to their detective skills than they had thought. Their guardian, David Faber, a once prominent professor, has been keeping secrets about their parents and what the boys are truly capable of. At the same time, three girls go missing after casting a mysterious spell, which sets in motion a chain of events that takes their small town down an unexpected path. With the help of David's daughter, Charlie, they discover there are forces at work that they never could have imagined, which will impact their lives forever.An exciting new graphic novel from innovative creators Nathan Page and Drew Shannon that is at once timely and thrilling.
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  • The Fantastic Body: What Makes You Tick & How You Get Sick

    Howard Bennett

    Hardcover (Rodale Kids, Nov. 7, 2017)
    A comprehensive guide to the human body meets hilarious kid humor in this gorgeous full color book filled with more than 1,000 diagrams and fun facts!Written by a pediatrician, this is the ultimate kids' reference guide to the human body! Jam-packed with fun facts, cool diagrams, and gross stories galore, this go-to guide will captivate curious readers for hours on end. Kids can also take their learning beyond reading the book, with DIY projects that demonstrate different body functions and tips for making their regular checkups less scary. Through humor, science, and engaging illustrations, this fun and comprehensive anatomy book is the perfect gift for kids wanting to know more about the mysterious stuff going on inside their bodies.
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  • The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List

    Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran, Elisabeth B. Leyson

    Paperback (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Aug. 18, 2015)
    “Much like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief,” this remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list, “brings to readers a story of bravery and the fight for a chance to live” (VOYA).This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory—a list that became world renowned: Schindler’s list. Told with an abundance of dignity and a remarkable lack of rancor and venom, The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read.
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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

    J.K. Rowling

    Hardcover (Arthur A. Levine Books, Nov. 18, 2016)
    J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay. When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone… Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.
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  • Let's Talk About Race

    Julius Lester, Karen Barbour

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Dec. 23, 2008)
    "This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences.” —School Library Journal (starred review)In this acclaimed book, the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. A strong choice for sharing at home or in the classroom.Karen Barbour's dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us. "This stunning picture book introduces race as just one of many chapters in a person's story" (School Library Journal). "Lester's poignant picture book helps children learn, grow, discuss, and begin to create a future that resolves differences" (Children's Literature).Julius Lester said: "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of these stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details."I am a story. So are you. So is everyone.
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  • A Little History of the World

    E. H. Gombrich, Clifford Harper

    Paperback (Yale University Press, Oct. 7, 2008)
    The international bestseller: E. H. Gombrich’s sweeping history of the world, for the curious of all ages “All stories begin with ‘Once upon a time.’ And that’s just what this story is all about: what happened, once upon a time.” So begins A Little History of the World, an engaging and lively book written for readers both young and old. Rather than focusing on dry facts and dates, E. H. Gombrich vividly brings the full span of human experience on Earth to life, from the stone age to the atomic age. He paints a colorful picture of wars and conquests; of grand works of art; of the advances and limitations of science; of remarkable people and remarkable events, from Confucius to Catherine the Great to Winston Churchill, and from the invention of art to the destruction of the Berlin Wall. For adults seeking a single-volume overview of world history, for students in search of a quick refresher course, or for families to read and learn from together, Gombrich’s Little History enchants and educates.
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  • Guinness World Records 2019

    Guinness World Records

    Hardcover (Guinness World Records, Aug. 28, 2018)
    The world’s most popular record book is back with thousands of new categories and newly broken records, covering everything from outer space to sporting greats via Instagram, fidget spinners and all manner of human marvels. Inside you’ll find hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and countless facts, figures, stats and trivia waiting for you on every action-packed page. Guinness World Records 2019 is the ultimate snapshot of our world today.Plus, this year we celebrate the incredible “Maker” movement with a special feature devoted to the inventors, dreamers, crafters and creators who devote their lives to amazing record-breaking projects such as the largest water pistol, a jet-powered go-kart and an elephant-sized hamburger (think you could eat a whole one!?). We take a sneak peek into their workshops to explore these epically big builds, and ask them what inspires them to go really, really large!And if you like creating, and you like LEGO®, then you’ll love our “Making History” pages that use the world’s most famous interlocking plastic bricks to illustrate and explain an important record-breaking object – such as the Statue of Liberty or the Apollo mission’s Saturn V rocket. We examine their designs, structure and technical specifications in fully illustrated and colorful, poster-style pages.Finally, you can jump into both the making and record-breaking action with a “Do Try This At Home” section. Challenge yourself and your family with five fun record-breaking maker-inspired records you can attempt involving origami, balloon sculptures, ring pulls and rubber bands. Who knows, your creation might just make it into the record books!
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  • Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning

    Leslie Odom Jr.

    Hardcover (Feiwel & Friends, March 27, 2018)
    Leslie Odom Jr., burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor.With personal stories from his life, Odom asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. What work did you put in today that will help you improve tomorrow? How do you surround yourself with people who will care about your dreams as much as you do? How do you know when to play it safe and when to risk it all for something bigger and better?These stories will inspire you, motivate you, and empower you for the greatness that lies ahead, whether you’re graduating from college, starting a new job, or just looking to live each day to the fullest.
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  • The Elements Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table

    DK, Smithsonian Institution

    Hardcover (DK Children, April 4, 2017)
    This eye-popping encyclopedia takes you on a tour of all the world’s elements. From argon to zinc, each and every one of the 118 chemical elements is explored in dazzling detail. With the periodic table celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019, you’ll be in your element as you discover the incredible variety of building blocks that make up our Universe and learn the remarkable ways we now use them. More than 1,000 photographs showcase the natural forms of each element and the range of everyday and unusual objects where they can be seen. This helps children understand exactly where the different elements have found their place in the world. The true science behind the elements is explained in properties, atomic structure, and table position. This essential book turns the tables on traditional reference and presents the periodic table as never before to appeal to schoolchildren today.
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  • Creative Haven Entangled Dragonflies Coloring Book

    Dr. Angela Porter

    Paperback (Dover Publications, April 20, 2016)
    Thirty-one exuberant full-page illustrations to color feature dragonflies in imaginative renditions of natural settings. Inspired by Zentangle, a mode of repetitive patterns, the sweeping designs incorporate a dazzling array of flowers, leaves, and swirling interlocking shapes. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Entangled Dragonflies and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.
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  • The Breadwinner

    Deborah Ellis

    Paperback (Groundwood Books, May 12, 2015)
    The first book in Deborah Ellis’s riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families, and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food. As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner. The 15th anniversary edition includes a special foreword by Deborah Ellis as well as a new map, an updated author’s note, and a glossary to provide young readers with background and context. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Parvana’s Fund supports education projects for Afghan women and children.
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  • Mr. Terupt Falls Again

    Rob Buyea

    Paperback (Yearling, Oct. 8, 2013)
    The kids and teacher of Because of Mr. Terupt are back in this warm-hearted sequel filled with unique characters every reader can relate to. One teacher changed their lives. Now the class will need to change his. Mr. Terupt’s class is spending one more year with him before they graduate and head off to junior high. But for seven students, sixth grade comes with its own set of challenges. Peter's parents expect him to attend private school after sixth-grade, but Peter has plans to stay right where he is. Eager to grow up, Alexia gets in over her head with some older kids. Danielle suspects that her family is keeping a secret from her, and she's determined to find out what it is. Jeffrey makes a life-changing discovery. Curious about her teacher's past, Jessica uncovers startling details about Mr. Terupt. Anna finally decides she's ready for the truth about her absent dad. And Luke's keen observations lead to questions with unexpected answers. It's a roller coaster of a year as Mr. Terupt helps his students be the best they can be—and enlists their help to pull off an extra-special project. But are happy endings on the horizon? Or will everyone fall all over again? Spend more time at Snow Hill School with Because of Mr. Terupt and Saving Mr. Terupt! And don't miss the conclusion to the series, Goodbye, Mr. Terupt, coming soon! "A skillful meshing of characters and story lines makes for another great read."--School Library Journal
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