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Dolphins At Daybreak

Mary Osborne (1997), 67 pages
Illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction
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Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie deep into the sea, where they meet up with dolphins, sharks, and octopi. Join Jack and Annie as they search for the answer to an ancient riddle in this Magic Tree House adventure. This is number 9 in the series.
Book Series: Magic Tree House
Similar books: Dolphins and Sharks: A Non-Fiction Companion to Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 067988338X
ISBN-13: 9780679883388
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Door to Time

Pierdomenico Baccalario (2006), 240 pages
Illustrated by Michael Merryweather
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Time Travel
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Eleven-year-old twins Jason and Julia have just moved from London to an old mansion on the English coast. Their new home is filled with twisting tunnels and strange artifacts from around the world, and the twins can't wait to discover all its secrets. Before long, Jason, Julia, and their friend Rick stumble upon a mysterious-looking door hidden behind an old wardrobe. But none of the keys in the house will open it. What lies behind the door? And why has someone tried to conceal it? Jason, Julia, and Rick are determined to find out, no matter what it takes.... Followed by The Long Lost Map and The House of Mirrors
Book Series: Ulysses Moore
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 7/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0439774381
ISBN-13: 9780439774383
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Dragon in the Driveway

Kate Klimo (2009), 176 pages
Illustrated by John Shroades
Audience: 3rd Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction
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Dragon keepers Jesse and Daisy are on a new adventure with their dragon, Emmy. Jesse can not believe his eyes when a magical Douglas fir and a quaking aspen appear at their home and ask for help to stop the destruction of the deep forest. When they sneak out to the woods they find the dragon slayer named St. George using heavy equipment to tear down the trees. They go back to their home and confront a neighbor with the fact that they know she is magic. They hope she will help them but she tells them to use the magical objects they already have. The magical tools lead them to a tunnel where they meet hobgoblins and dryads under St. George's spell. What is St. George up to and can they keep Emmy safe? This is book 2 in the Dragon Keepers series. The Dragon in the Sock Drawer is book 1.
Book Series: Dragon Keepers
Reviewed by: rn
Date read: 1/28/2010
ISBN-10: 0375855890
ISBN-13: 9780375855894
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Emily's Fortune

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (2010), 160 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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Timid Emily is suddenly orphaned, and to escape the Catchum Child-Catching Services (who want to deliver her to her wicked Uncle for a fee) she goes on a wild stagecoach ride to the far-away town where her Aunt Hilda lives. It will take all of Emily's emerging courage and the help of her fellow orphan Jackson to escape the wiles of her uncle. This book is written in a lively, engaging style and each chapter ends with a 'cliff-hanger' in bold type that will keep even reluctant readers interested in what happens next.
Awards nominated: 2014 Bluestem Nominee
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 3/10/2011
ISBN-10: 0385736169
ISBN-13: 9780385736169
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Enemy Territory

Sharon E. McKay (2012), 184 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fiction, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction
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Two teenage boys, Sam an Israeli Jew, and Yusuf, a Palestinian Muslim from the West Bank, find themselves as uneasy roommates in a Jerusalem hospital. They each hold the strong antagonistic feelings for the other's race and religion that society dictates. As they learn more about each other, they discover that many of the things they believed were in fact misconceptions. They embark on a dangerous escapade into the Old City of Jerusalem at night. Both would be viewed as collaborators and are at great risk if they are found together without the right papers. Despite their serious injuries, they persevere through a series of perilous adventures. Their relationship with each other develops from belligerence into grudging tolerance and acceptance and finally to strong admiration and friendship as they rely on each other to survive and find their way back to the hospital. This is a great book that broaches the issues of the Middle East and of tolerance and friendship in a fast paced action packed story that will surely engage JH readers.
Reviewed by: jcooper
Date read: 1/26/2013
ISBN-10: 1554514312
ISBN-13: 9781554514311
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