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Book2012-2013 Oregon Battle of the Books 3rd-5th Grade

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Cover Image The Castle Corona
Creech, Sharon.


Two orphaned peasant children discover a mysterious pouch, the contents of which lead them to the majestic Castle Corona, where their lives may be transformed forever.


Cover Image Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dahl, Roald.


Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.


Cover Image How to Steal a Dog
O'Connor, Barbara.


Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.


Cover Image Journey to the River Sea
Ibbotson, Eva.


Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter family in exotic Brazil in 1910, Maia endures many hardships before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River.


Cover Image The Lemonade War
Davies, Jacqueline, 1962-


Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand.


Cover Image The Maze of Bones
Riordan, Rick.


At the reading of their grandmother's will, Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the 39 clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family's power, but by taking on the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family members.


Cover Image The Mysterious Howling
Wood, Maryrose.


Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.


Cover Image The Night Fairy
Schlitz, Laura Amy.


When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.


Cover Image One Crazy Summer
Williams-Garcia, Rita.


In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.


Cover Image Out of My Mind :
Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)


Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.


Cover Image Ray & Me
Gutman, Dan.


After recovering from being hit in the head during a baseball game, Stosh travels back in time to try to save Ray Chapman, a batter who was killed by a pitch in New York in 1920.


Cover Image Rowan of Rin
Rodda, Emily.


Because only he can read the magical map, young, weak and timid Rowan joins six other villagers to climb a mountain and try to restore their water supply, as fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back.


Cover Image Star in the Forest
Resau, Laura.


After eleven-year-old Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico, she takes refuge in her trailer park's forest of rusted car parts, where she befriends a spunky neighbor and finds a stray dog that she nurses back to health and believes she must keep safe so that her father will return.


Cover Image The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Angleberger, Tom.


Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.


Cover Image Turtle in Paradise
Holm, Jennifer L.


In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.


Cover Image Freddie Ramos Takes Off
Jules, Jacqueline, 1956-


Freddie finds a mysterious package outside his apartment containing sneakers that allow him to run faster than a train, and inspire him to perform heroic deeds.


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