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  • Classic Starts®: Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens, Deanna McFadden, Eric Freeberg, Arthur Pober Ed.D

    Hardcover (Sterling Children's Books, Feb. 2, 2010)
    When young Pip accidentally meets a convict out in the marsh one Christmas Eve, he has no idea that his life is about to change--forever. The amazing events following that encounter, and the strange tale of Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella, have made Great Expectations a must-read since it was first serialized in 1860. Now, young readers can enjoy Dickens’s engrossing story in this simplified yet thrilling version.
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  • Even Superheroes Make Mistakes

    Shelly Becker, Eda Kaban

    Hardcover (Sterling Children's Books, Oct. 2, 2018)
    “A highly appealing read. . . . Children will readily gravitate to this book.” —School Library Journal What do young superheroes do when they’ve blundered and bungled? They don’t get mad; they get SMART! This fun follow-up to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days teaches kids another humorous lesson in overcoming adversity.   Even superheroes sometimes slip up and err. And when that happens, do they say, “It’s not FAIR?” or give up in despair? NO! “Ashamed Superheroes who goofed up somehow . . . First STOP . . . then CONSIDER what’s best to do now.”  Whether they’ve nabbed the wrong guy by mistake or bashed into a planet while zooming through space, all superheroes ‘fess up their mess-up, get on with their day, and keep on saving the world in the most super way!
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  • Mice Skating

    Annie Silvestro, Teagan White

    Hardcover (Sterling Children's Books, Oct. 3, 2017)
    This mouse doesn’t want to stay in the house . . . even if it’s cold outside! For most field mice, winter means burrowing down and snuggling in. But not for Lucy! She loves snow crunching under her paws and wearing a fluffy wool hat. And most of all, Lucy loves to skate, and she’s just ACHING to show off her new skill with her friends. After all, a winter wonderland is twice as nice when you have friends to enjoy it with. But the other mice just don’t understand—and after a disastrous indoor snowball fight, it looks as if they never will. Can Lucy find a way to make the other mice come out and “mice skate” too? With intricately detailed illustrations as cozy as a fireplace in December (and a cup of cocoa, too), this funny punny warmhearted love song to winter—and to one brave, bold, and generous mouse—will have kids bundling up for some cold-weather fun of their own.
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  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain, Martin Woodside, Lucy Corvino, Arthur Pober Ed.D

    Hardcover (Sterling Children's Books, March 1, 2005)
    Following Sterling's spectacularly successful launch of its children's classic novels (240,000 books in print to date),comes a dazzling new series: Classic Starts. The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world's beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve--all at an incomparable price."Tom Sawyer liked adventures, which means he was always getting in trouble." Searching for treasure, witnessing a murder, getting caught in a bat cave, tricking others into doing his work, running away with Huckleberry Finn--Tom Sawyer's antics and mischief-making are sheer, child-pleasing delight. Every boy and girl should experience the joy and fun of this classic tale.
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  • Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus

    Dusti Bowling

    eBook (Sterling Children's Books, Sept. 17, 2019)
    “High School. Two words that struck fear into the heart of every armless middle schooler I knew. Which was me. And like two people online.” The sequel to the critically acclaimed Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus follows Aven Green as she confronts yet another challenge: high school.“Those preparing to ‘slay the sucktastic beast known as high school’ will particularly appreciate this spirited read.” —Kirkus (Starred review) Just as Aven starts to feel comfortable in Stagecoach Pass, with her friends and schoolmates accustomed to her lack of “armage,” everything changes once again. She’s about to begin high school . . . with 3,000 new kids to stare at her. And no matter how much Aven tries to play it cool, nothing prepares her for the reality. In a year filled with confusion, humiliation, and just maybe love, can Aven manage to stay true to herself?
  • Five-Minute Mini-Mysteries

    Stan Smith, Kathleen O'Malley

    Paperback (Sterling Children's Books, March 1, 2003)
    Detective Stanwick is back! And you are about to be challenged by 30 exciting mysteries. Each one takes only about five minutes to read. Every puzzle combines features of the traditional whodunit (physical clues, red herrings, means, motive, opportunity, time sequences) with logic puzzles (true-false statements, matching suspects with occupations, even a little math). Are you up to a little sleuthing and deductive reasoning? · The Case of the Suspicious Fire: Did the owner try to burn down his own store? Or was he really home asleep?· The Megaplast Mystery: Someone's threatening the life of The Megaplast Corporation's vice president. Can you find the culprit? You'll get some confusing facts, but if you use your smarts, you'll arrive at the answer. And many more!
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  • Classic Starts®: Roman Myths

    Diane Namm, Eric Freeberg

    Hardcover (Sterling Children's Books, Jan. 7, 2014)
    Several of the best-loved Roman myths are gathered in this one beautiful abridged collection, from “Romulus and Remus” (which tells how Rome came to be) to “Cupid and Psyche,” “Oedipus and the Sphinx,” and more. For easy reference, there's also a detailed list and family tree of all the important gods and goddesses right at the start.
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  • The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope

    Shar Levine, Leslie Johnstone

    Paperback (Sterling Children's Books, March 4, 2008)
    Get our your microscope and take a close-up look at a tiny world! This book by two award-winning science authors shows you how. Looking at little things—things too small to see with the naked eye—can be big fun. It’s certainly smart science, and award-winning authors Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone are here to show kids the basics of creating their own professional-quality slides and using their own microscopes. A whole world will open up to budding scientists as they learn to identify the microscope’s different pieces, practice focusing, and prepare different kinds of samples for viewing. Illustrated throughout with photomicrographs (pictures taken through a microscope), and complete with a reproducible form for documenting specimens, this fascinating, in-depth guide explains how to put bugs, water, food, plants and pollen, and even parts of the body (like fingernails) under the scope for a close-up glimpse. Of course, there are troubleshooting answers to common questions and safety instructions for parents and teachers, too.
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  • Puff, the Magic Dragon

    Peter Yarrow, Lenny Lipton, Eric Puybaret

    Board book (Sterling Children's Books, Sept. 4, 2012)
    Toddlers love friendly dragons, too--and now their time has come, with a beautiful board-book version of Puff, the Magic Dragon!This sturdy new volume features Eric Puybaret's stunning art from the phenomenally successful and critically praised picture book. It's the perfect celebration of the 50th anniversary of Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton's beloved children's song.
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  • Monster Trouble!

    Lane Fredrickson, Michael Robertson

    Hardcover (Sterling Children's Books, Sept. 1, 2015)
    Nothing frightens Winifred Schnitzel—but she DOES need her sleep, and the neighborhood monsters WON'T let her be! Every night they sneak in, growling and belching and making a ruckus. Winifred constructs clever traps, but nothing stops these crafty creatures. What's a girl to do? (Hint: Monsters HATE kisses!) The delightfully sweet ending will have every kid—and little monster—begging for an encore.
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  • Ten on the Sled

    Kim Norman, Liza Woodruff

    Board book (Sterling Children's Books, Oct. 7, 2014)
    A favorite children's song ("Ten on the Bed") gets a delightfully slippery, slide-y twist! In the land of the midnight sun, all the animals are having fun speeding down the hill on Caribou's sled. But as they go faster and faster, Seal, Hare, Walrus, and the others all fall off . . . until just the caribou's left, only and lonely. Now, a reindeer likes flying-but never alone, so . . . all the animals leap onto the sled again! This beloved story is new in board and abridged for a preschool audience, and it's ideal for reading, counting, and singing along with, over and over.
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  • Polar Bear Island

    Lindsay Bonilla, Cinta Villalobos

    Hardcover (Sterling Children's Books, Oct. 2, 2018)
    When Kirby, a fun-loving penguin, arrives on Polar Bear Island, she shakes things up—much to the dismay of Parker, the mayor. Will Parker learn to see how great it is to make new friends? Or will he chase Kirby away . . . forever? “Welcome to Polar Bear Island. NO OTHERS ALLOWED!” Parker is the mayor of this peaceful, predictable island, and he wants to keep it just the way it is. But Kirby, a penguin, thinks the place is paradise, and she wants to stay. Parker says no, but the other polar bears love Kirby —and soon they’re begging Parker to let Kirby (and her family) move in. Will Parker agree . . . and make the island fun for EVERYONE? With its gentle message of inclusivity, this playful and lighthearted story will delight children.
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