• The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau

    by Jon Agee Year Published: 1988

    Jon Agee scores with a clever, witty, imagination-capturing tale of an embattled painter with a special talent... His paintings come to life!! Explore this concept through Agee's hilarious illustrations and use of double entendre. A "masterpiece"!

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  • The Eye of the Crow

    by Shane Peacock Year Published: 2009

    A real pulse-pounding mystery featuring many of Mr. Larsen's favorite things: Sherlock Holmes? Check. A solid coming-of-age story? Check. A false accusation of murder? Check. An air of Victorian mystery and suspense? Double check. Read it.

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  • The Eye, the Ear, and the Arm

    by Nancy Farmer Year Published: 2012

    Grades 7-12

    Another classic sci-fi, though in a more humor-based experimental format. Follow General Matsika's children and genetically mutated private detectives the Eye, the Ear, and the Arm through a series of madcap adventures in Zimbabwe of 2194.

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  • Ender's Game

    by Orson Scott Card Year Published: 1994

    Grades 7-12

    Don't tell me you've seen the movie already, because that doesn't count. This standout in the science fiction genre is one of the best places to start for burgeoning fantasy/sci-fi readers.

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  • This Moose Belongs to Me

    by Oliver Jeffers Year Published: 2012

    Grades K-2

    Unbelievable panoramic illustrations highlight a classic tale of Wilfred, his moose, and its uncertain origins. New classic, fun read-aloud, spectacular.

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  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

    by Grace Lin Year Published: 2009

    Grades 3-5

    Think of The Wizard of Oz, but based in a fairy tale ancient China, and you're not even close to how fantastic this fantasy/adventure novel is.

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  • Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

    by Mo Willems Year Published: 2009

    Grades K-2

    Have I mentioned that I love Mo Willems? Anyway, yes, this book is about what you think it is, and yes, it's as adorable as you think it is too. 

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  • The Crossover

    by Kwame Alexander Year Published: 2014

    Grades 5-9

    The only thing Mr. Larsen loves more than books about basketball is poetry, and this book gives you both. Absolutely no reason not to read this one.

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  • The One and Only Ivan

    by K. A. Applegate Year Published: 2011

    Grades 3-5

    Come for the mall gorilla concept, stay for the unbelievably deep and moving story about discovering self.

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