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Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl

By Susan Lubner
Authors:
Susan Lubner
Living in the small town of East Thumb, Maine, upstairs from her family's diner, twelve-year-old Lizzy Sherman searches for signs to guide her and perhaps guarantee her a bump-free path through life. She pays attention to the clouds in the sky, the ice cubes in her water, the heart-shaped puddle of the juice she's spilled. If only she can figure out what the signs are trying to tell her, she'll know what to do next. When Lizzy and her best friend go searching for a stray cat and find a runaway girl instead, they want to help. And when Lizzy notices a tiny four-leaf clover tattooed on the girl's hand, she knows it's a sign. Lizzy hides the girl inside her bedroom closet, convinced the girl will be able to protect Lizzy's family from tragedy. But signs can be tricky, and what the girl has to offer may be more valuable that luck.

Lulu the Broadway Mouse

By Jenna Gavigan
Authors:
Jenna Gavigan
Lulu is a little girl with a very big dream: she wants to be on Broadway. She wants it more than anything in the world. As it happens, she lives in Broadway's Shubert Theatre; so achieving her dream shouldn't be too tricky, right? Wrong. Because the thing about Lulu? She's a little girl mouse.When a human girl named Jayne joins the cast of the show at the Shubert as an understudy, Lulu becomes Jayne's guide through the world of her theatre and its wonderfully kooky cast and crew. Together, Jayne and Lulu learn that sometimes dreams turn out differently than we imagined; sometimes they come with terms and conditions (aka the company mean girl, Amanda). But sometimes, just when we've given up all hope, bigger and better dreams than we'd ever thought could come true, do.
  • A Little Princess

    By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Authors:
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
    A timeless Cinderella story, A Little Princess is one of the best-loved children's classics of all time. A heartwarming tale that champions the power of imagination.'I'd read Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden and loved it - so I tried A Little Princess and liked it even more!' Jacqueline Wilson'Sara Crewe is a Cinderella figure... She is intelligent and good humoured with an infectious warmth that embraces the lowliest of her new acquaintances. The sunshine continues when impoverishment and drudgery befall her and she relies on her private fantasies to preserve her natural zest for life' Guardian'It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.'When Sara Crewe is sent to Miss Minchin's school for young ladies, her indulgent father provides for her as if she were a little princess. But although her toys and clothes are the envy of the other girls, Sara's kindness and gift for storytelling soon win her lots of friends. Then, the tragic news arrives that her father has died penniless and, without wealth or a guardian, Sara is at the mercy of Miss Minchin. Forced to work from dawn until dusk as the school's unpaid servant, she looks over the rooftops from her damp attic room and dreams of a better life. All is not lost: she has friends, courage and imagination - maybe that's all she really needs.A collection that will be coveted by children and adults alike, this list is the best in children's literature, curated by Virago. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), L. M. Montgomery (The Anne of Green Gables series) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.
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  • Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream

    By Monica Brown, Angela Dominguez
    Authors:
    Monica Brown
    Illustrated by:
    Angela Dominguez
    Lola is named after her Tia Lola, who lives in Lima, Peru. Lola misses her aunt and dreams of visiting her. After Lola's Dad has a successful art show, Lola's dream comes true. The Levines are going to Peru! Thousands of miles from home, Lola and Ben discover all the new adventures Lima has to offer. They even visit the Peruvian School where Tia Lola is the principal. Will Lola and Ben manage to stay out of trouble?
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  • Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream

    By Monica Brown
    Authors:
    Monica Brown
    It's Halloween - Lola's favorite holiday, and Ben's too. She loves pumpkins, scary costumes, monsters, and graveyards - and she likes to scare people too. But when Lola plays a joke on her super best friends, Josh Blot and Bella Benitez, it does not turn out well.Can Lola learn from her mistake and still have a Happy Halloween?

    Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

    By Esta Spalding, Sydney Smith
    Authors:
    Esta Spalding
    Illustrated by:
    Sydney Smith
    Kim Fitzgerald-Trout took to driving with ease--as most children would if their parents would ever let them try. She had to. After all, she and her siblings live in a car.Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together in a lush tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go--to the school, the laundromat, or the drive-in. If they put their minds to it, the Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything. Even, they hope, find a real home. Award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding's exciting middle grade debut establishes a marvelous place where children fend for themselves, and adults only seem to ruin everything. This extraordinary world is brought to vibrant life by Sydney Smith, the celebrated artist behind Sidewalk Flowers.
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  • Lola Levine Meets Jelly and Bean

    By Monica Brown, Angela Dominguez
    Authors:
    Monica Brown
    Illustrated by:
    Angela Dominguez
    The Levines are finally going to get a pet--a furry one that is. They are excited about adopting a kitty, but they don't get very far in the process when Ben starts sneezing. Oh no, he's allergic! Luckily, the Levines adopt a puppy instead, but potty-training the puppy is harder than it looks. Since the first book in the series, Lola Levine Is Not Mean!, Lola has been asking her parents for a new pet. Now it's finally happening! And in true Lola fashion, we can expect a few mishaps, a bunch of funny moments and a cute new pet all wrapped in one adorable book.
  • Lola Levine And The Ballet Scheme

    By Monica Brown, Angela Dominguez
    Authors:
    Monica Brown
    Illustrated by:
    Angela Dominguez
    When new girl Bella, a ballet dancer, walks into Lola's class at Northland Elementary, all she can see is pink everywhere--pink ribbons, pink sweatshirt, and pink tennis shoes! Pink is Lola's least favorite color. But when Lola and Bella start off on the wrong foot, and an argument happens in class, they are forced to try each other's favorite interests. After a day on the soccer field and an attempt at pirouettes, it turns out that ballerinas and soccer players have more in common than Lola ever thought possible. Can Lola put her opinions aside and make her first real friend who is a girl? With Monica Brown's fun text and Angela Dominguez's adorable illustrations, Lola will experience first hand the knowledge of walking in someone else's shoes.
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  • Lola Levine: Drama Queen

    By Monica Brown, Angela Dominguez
    Authors:
    Monica Brown, Angela Dominguez
    Lola Levine is taking center stage in this new chapter book series. Lola Levine...drama queen? Lola's class is learning about the fine art of acting, and will put on a play in front of parents and the entire school. But after Lola gets stage fright at her audition, she's cast as "Squirrel 2," a non-speaking part. Lola is more than a little disappointed, and calls on her Bubbe for advice and comfort. But when an unexpected turn of events happen on opening night, Lola gives "Squirrel 2" her own special stamp and makes it a play to remember.
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  • Lola Levine Is Not Mean!

    By Monica Brown, Angela Dominguez
    Authors:
    Monica Brown, Angela Dominguez
    Meet Lola Levine--a biracial bicultural second grader, who isn't afraid to be herself, in this first book in a new chapter book series. Lola loves writing in her diario, and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. But when a soccer game at recess gets too "competitive," Lola accidentally hurts her classmate. Now everyone is calling her Mean Lola Levine! Lola feels terrible, but with the help of those who love her most, she learns how to navigate the 2nd grade in true Lola fashion--with humor and the power of words. In this first book in a series, Lola's big heart will ring true to young readers.
  • Listen to the Nightingale

    By Rumer Godden
    Authors:
    Rumer Godden
    'Never forget, Charlotte, you were born to be a dancer . . . Never forget. Promise.'Before her ballet teacher died, Lottie promised Madame Holbein to be the dancer her mother never lived to become. Orphaned at birth, Lottie has been brought up by her aunt, and though she is loved, she is lonely. Then she finds Prince, a spaniel puppy, and discovers a love and loyalty that is boundless. When Lottie passes the tough audition for Queen's Chase, Her Majesty's Junior Ballet School, everybody is thrilled - except, surprisingly, Lottie. She will have to board at school, and what will happen to her beloved dog? To choose between the two is breaking her heart.
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    Learning To Read Music 3rd Edition

    By Peter Nickol
    Authors:
    Peter Nickol
    Whether you want to learn how to play an instrument, or just refresh your existing capability, whether you sing in a choir, or would simply like to follow scores while listening, this book will help you achieve your aim. It leads you carefully through the basics of pitch, rhythm, keys, scales, chords, and much more, building your knowledge chapter by chapter until you are able to read music with ease. The visual index of musical symbols laid out at the start will make clear the task at hand.Reference to common instruments and familiar tunes will help bring your learning to life, while self-testing and chapter summaries ensure that you develop and retain this new skill. By the end of the book, you will have come a long way. Your knowledge of music notation will be a pleasure to you, and a useful tool. As well as its practical applications for any performer, this book will give you insights into how music is put together. You will have the feeling of knowing the music from the inside out.
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