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Laurie Keller with THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA in partnership with The Oxford Conference for the Book


A wacky cross-country adventure starring the fifty states

""Well, it was just your basic, ordinary day in the good old U. S. of A. States all over the country were waking up, having their first cups of coffee, reading the morning paper, and enjoying the beautiful sunrise."

"All the states, that is, except for Kansas.""

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By Laurie Keller, Laurie Keller (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805068313
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Published: Square Fish - April 1st, 2002

Holly Goldberg Sloan with COUNTING BY 7'S in Partnership with The Oxford Conference for the Book


In the tradition of "Out of My Mind," "Wonder, "and "Mockingbird, " this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. 
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ISBN: 9780142422861
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Published: Puffin Books - September 16th, 2014



About the Author

Deborah Diesen is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Pout-Pout Fish", named by "Time Magazine" as one of the Ten Best Children's Books of 2008, and "The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark". Diesen grew up in Midland, Michigan, and started writing poems at a young age. She has worked as a bookseller and a librarian, and now works for a small nonprofit organization, but her greatest joy comes from writing for children. She lives with her family in Grand Ledge, Michigan.

DAN HANNA has over ten years' experience in the animation industry, and his work has appeared on BBC America and the Cartoon Network. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. He is the illustrator of the Pout-Pout Fish books.



"A gift should be "big," 
And a gift should be "bright."
And a gift should be "perfect"-
Guaranteed to bring delight.
And a gift should have "meaning"
Plus a bit of bling-"zing," 
So I'll shop till I drop
For each just-right thing "

Will Mr. Fish find perfect gifts for everyone on his list? Will he finish his shopping in time?

Swim along with Mr. Fish on his holiday shopping quest. He might just discover that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.

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By Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374355494
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 8th, 2015

Emily Witcher with A HOUSE DIVIDED

About the Author

Emily grew up a navy brat living all over the country but has deep roots in Mississippi. After graduating from Ole Miss in 2002, she married her Bulldog in 2004. She and her husband have 2 children and now live in their loving house divided in Madison, MS where Emily is the owner of Ruff Draft Papers, an online custom stationery business. She credits her Lord and Savior for everything!

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ISBN: 9781620868188
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Published: Mascot Books - August 4th, 2015

Patricia Vermillion with HOUND DAWG


"Hound Dawg" is a retelling of "The Little Red Hen," southern style. Bessie, Calico, and Penny work their fingers to the bone down on the cotton farm.
But Hound Dawg, he's a couch potato . . . lazy, lazy, lazy. 

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ISBN: 9780875656151
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Published: Texas Christian University Press - August 28th, 2015


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