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Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

Grades 3-6

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Ms. Bixby announces to her sixth grade class that she has cancer and will be leaving before the end of the school year. Heartbroken, three of her students embark on a mission to visit her in the hospital and bring her all her favorite things. Their plan goes awry when they end up going on a school day instead of a Saturday like they’d planned. What’s more, bringing Ms. Bixby her favorite alcoholic drink is proving harder than they’d thought. This funny, heartwarming book is a true testament to the effect that great teachers have on their students.

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Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt

Grades 3-6

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Twelve-year-old Stevie is forced to live with her distant grandfather after her parents are tragically killed. Her grandfather owns a dilapidated motel, and makes it clear he wants nothing to do with his granddaughter. Hurt and confused, Stevie befriends the motel’s guests and neighbors. They all come together and plant a flower garden to brighten the place up, even though her grandfather is dead set against it. Will Stevie ever win her grandfather over?

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Hop by Jorey Hurley

Ages 2-5

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An adorable book perfect for babies and toddlers, Hop follows a rabbit mother and her three babies throughout their day. There is adventure around every corner, but they have to watch out, because nature has a way of sneaking up on them. Brilliant illustrations accompany the minimal text that little ones are sure to enjoy.

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Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Grades 9-12

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Carver Briggs’ life was pretty sweet – he had a supportive family, great friends, and a talent for writing. Then his three best friends, Mars, Eli and Blake are killed in a car accident after Carver sends Mars a text. His life is changed forever, and he is wracked with guilt for the death of his friends. What’s more, Mars’s father is a powerful attorney who want to bring criminal charges against Carver and get justice for his son. Will Carver ever be able to live with himself?