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Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2019-2020

  • Captain Superlative

    by Puller, J.S. Year Published: 2018
    • Janey Silverman prefers to remain in the social shadows, but when a classmates arrives at their middle school dressed as a superhero, calling herself Captain Superlative, Janey finds herself pulled into the spotlight.
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  •  Cover image for Crown: an ode to the fresh cut

    Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut

    by Barnes, Derrick Year Published: 2017
    • Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
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  • El Chupacabras

    by Rubin, Adam Year Published: 2018

    A long time ago, a girl named Carla lived on a goat farm with her father, Hector. One night, a goat disappeared from the farm and turned up flat as a pancake. Only one creature could do that--El Chupacabras, the goatsucker! Legend has it that El Chupacabras is a fearsome beast, but you can't believe everything you hear . . . and sometimes the truth is even more interesting. Told in equal parts English and Spanish . . . this lighthearted take on a modern legend is not told in the traditional bilingual style

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  • Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

    by Cline-Ransome, Lesa Year Published: 2018

    Shares the story of the sisters and tennis stars, including their special relationship as sisters and best friends, their constant training as children, and their incredible success in professional tennis

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    Gedrick and Me

    by Carman, Patrick Year Published: 2017

    Stanley Darrow isn't sure what to expect when the mysterious Mr. Gedrick appears on his doorstep. He is certain, however, that his family could use Mr. Gedrick's help: Their lives and their house have been a mess since Stanley's dad died

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  • Ghost Boys

    by Parker Rhodes, Jewell Year Published: 2018

    After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till

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    Harbor Me

    by Woodson, Jacqueline Year Published: 2018
    • When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.
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    Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

    by Cervantes, Angela Year Published: 2018

    Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together. While in Mexico, Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, who present her with an irresistible challenge: The siblings want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Finding the ring means a big reward -- and the thanks of all Mexico. What better way to honor her father than returning a priceless piece of jewelry that once belonged to his favorite artist!

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    Rebound

    by Alexander, Kwame Year Published: 2018
    • In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.
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    Saving Winslow

    by Creech, Sharon Year Published: 2018
    • When his father brings home an ailing, newborn donkey, Louie names the animal Winslow and takes care of him, but everyone, including Louie's quirky friend Nora, thinks Winslow is not going to survive.
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  • Shadow Weaver

    by Connolly, MarcyKate Year Published: 2018

    Twelve-year-old Emmeline possesses the unique ability to manipulate shadows, but when her magical powers are threatened by a noble family she desperately turns to Dar, her shadow friend, who offers to save her if Emmeline makes Dar flesh again, but this bargain only puts Emmeline's life in further jeopardy

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  • The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle

    by Uss, Christina Year Published: 2018
    • Left at the Mostly Silent Monastery as a toddler and home-schooled by a retired nun, twelve-year-old Bicycle rides cross-country to meet a famous cyclist who she hopes will be her first friend.
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  • The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!)

    by Wittenstein, Barry Year Published: 2018

    Earle Dickson and his new bride Josephine begin their lives together. The end. (Not really. There's more.) Josephine has a proclivity for injuring herself. Earle attaches cotton to long strips of adhesive tape, telling Josephine to cut off a length when she needs one. Since Earle works as a cotton buyer at Johnson & Johnson, he shares his idea. They're a big hit. The end. (Again, not really!) After a few false starts (much like the hilarious "the end"s in this story), the Band-Aid is developed and becomes a massive hit. The end. (Really.)

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    The Cardboard Kingdom

    by Sell, Chad Year Published: 2018
    • Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who create costumes from cardboard and use their imagination in adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.
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    The Dragon Slayer: folktales from Latin America

    by Hernandez, Jaime Year Published: 2017
    • Retells three Latin American folk tales in graphic novel format, including the title story, in which a servant girl faces a seven-headed dragon.
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    The Magic Misfits

    by Patrick Harris, Neil Year Published: 2017

    Six young magicians and illusionists team up to save their small town from a crooked carnival owner and his goons.

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    The miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    by McAnulty, Stacy Year Published: 2018
    • A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.
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    Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School

    by Falatko, Julie Year Published: 2018
    • Sassy and Waldo are good dogs, who keep their house safe (from squirrels, mostly), and worry about their boy, Stewart, who always comes home from school smelling of anxiety; so the two dogs come up with a plan to help him--they will dress up in a trench coat and attend school, posing as a new student, to find out just what is bothering Stewart.
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    Watchdog

    by McIntosh, Will Year Published: 2017
    • Orphaned and homeless, fourteen-year-old twins Vick and Tara, who is autistic, go up against a crime lord and her four-legged robotic army, with help from their robotic dog, Daisy.
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    Wishtree

    by Applegate, Katherine Year Published: 2017
    • An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.
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Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2018-2019

  •  Book cover for Stef Soto, Taco Queen

    Stef Soto, Taco Queen

    by Torres, Jennifer Year Published: 2017

    Mexican-American Stef Soto is hoping to break free from her overprotective parents and embarrassing reputation from her family's taco truck business, but she soon learns that family, friendship, and the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life.

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  •  Book cover for The Harlem Charade

    The Harlem Charade

    by Tarpley, Natasha Year Published: 2017

    Jin, Alex, and Elvin, three strangers, join forces after Elvin's grandfather is attacked, seeking to find out why. They discover an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces may be the key to saving their beloved neighborhood of Harlem from being bulldozed and developed into a ludicrous historic theme park called Harlem World.

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  •  Book cover for Wedgie and Gizmo

    Wedgie and Gizmo

    by Selfors, Suzanne Year Published: 2017

    The dog Wedgie and guinea pig Gizmo are moving into the same house. But while Wedgie is very excited about having a guinea pig brother, Gizmo has other, more nefarious plans.

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  •  Book cover for Spirit Hunters

    Spirit Hunters

    by Oh, Ellen Year Published: 2017

    Harper doesn't trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family's new house is haunted. Harper isn't sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of deja vu, but she can't remember why. She knows that the memories she's blocking will help make sense of her brother's behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

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  •  Book cover for The Bicycle Spy

    The Bicycle Spy

    by McDonough, Yona Zeldis Year Published: 2016

    Twelve-year-old Marcel loves riding his bicycle, and dreams of competing in the Tour de France, but it is 1942 and German soldiers are everywhere, stopping him as he delivers bread from his parents' bakery around Aucoin--then one day he discovers that it is not just bread he is delivering, and suddenly he finds himself in possession of dangerous secrets about his parents and his new friend from Paris, Delphine.

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  •  Book cover for Sergeant Reckless: The True Story

    Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

    by McCormick, Patricia Year Published: 2017

    The inspiring true story of the brave little mare who became a marine in the Korean War.

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  •  Book cover for Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food

    Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

    by Martin, Jacqueline Briggs and June Jo Lee Year Published: 2017

    The story of the Korean American chef in Los Angeles who inspired new methods for the food truck movement and works to create a better community through food.

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  •  Book cover for Me and Marvin Gardens

    Me and Marvin Gardens

    by King, Amy Sarig Year Published: 2017

    Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family's once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing--but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.

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  •  Book cover for Hello, Universe

    Hello, Universe

    by Kelly, Erin Entrada Year Published: 2017

    The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

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  •  Book cover for Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone

    Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone

    by Hayes, Joe Year Published: 2016

    When Grandpa's false teeth fall down a well, a recycled hambone which has flavored the bean dinners of many families in his poor farm community, is used to retrieve his dentures.

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    Slider

    by Hautman, Pete Year Published: 2017

    Hoping to win a cash prize in a pizza eating contest after racking up a tab on his mother's credit card, David must juggle his competitive eating training with the responsibility of looking after his autistic younger brother.

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  •  Book cover for Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kep

    Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

    by Haring, Kay A. Year Published: 2017

    Explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist's great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world. Reproductions of Keith's signature artwork appear in scenes boldly rendered by Robert Neubecker.

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  •  Book cover for Garvey's Choice

    Garvey’s Choice

    by Grimes, Nikki Year Published: 2016

    Garvey is a bookworm, an inventor of jokes, a loyal friend. He loves music and math and learning about outer space. But Dad wants Garvey to be a jock. He wants to talk sports with Garvey, to roughhouse with him, to play football together. Garvey tries to fill the father-sized hole in his heart with food. Now his classmates can't see who he really is either. All they see is an overweight, awkward kid who doesn't fit in anywhere. Garvey has an important choice to make, one that could be the key to getting people - including his father - to see and accept the real Garvey.

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  •  Book cover for Refugee

    Refugee

    by Gratz, Alan Year Published: 2017

    This powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge: Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, Isabel, a Cuban girl in 1994, and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015.

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  •  Book cover for The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Cla

    The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13

    by Gilbert, Matthew J. and Honest Lee Year Published: 2017

    Unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery and shares her winnings with her class. The students fulfill their dreams with their newfound wealth, but they soon learn that winning the lottery is not all that lucky.

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  •  Book cover for Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispani

    Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics

    by Engle, Margarita Year Published: 2017

    Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways.

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    Grand Canyon

    by Chin, Jason Year Published: 2017

    An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale, as only Jason Chin can illustrate and explain.

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  •  Book cover for Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key

    Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness

    by Bowman, Donna Janell Year Published: 2016

    A picture book biography of Dr. William Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read and write and who together with Jim became one of the most famous traveling performance acts around the turn of the twentieth century.

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  •  Book cover for How to Avoid Extinction

    How to Avoid Extinction

    by Acampora, Paul Year Published: 2016

    Leo's grandfather died a year ago, and ever since Leo has been tasked with tracking his grandmother down whenever she wanders away from their home in Allentown, Pennsylvania--but when she abruptly decides to take the trip to Utah that her husband was planning, Leo finds himself on the way to visit dinosaurs, in an old Buick with his grandmother, his seventeen-year-old cousin Abby, and Abby's old, smelly Golden retriever, Kermit, without telling his mother.

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  • Book cover for Amina's Voice

    Amina’s Voice

    by Khan, Hena Year Published: 2017
    • Amina, a Pakistani American Muslim, has entered middle school. She is happy hanging with her friend, Soojin, a Korean American, but things have started changing, especially when Soojin starts hanging out with popular Emily. When Soojin says she might change her name to something more American, Amina starts to wonder if she will have to change to fit in, too. However, when her local mosque is vandalized, Amina realizes that it is better to be herself.
       
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    Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2017-2018

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      Ada's Violin

      by Hood, Susan Year Published: 2016

      The Recycled Orchestra, comprising of children from Cateura, Paraguay, playing instruments made from recycled trash, performs concerts all over the world to sold-out audiences. Here's the story of how it began.

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      The Best Man

      by Peck, Richard Year Published: 2016

      Archer has four important role models in his life: his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.

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      Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles

      by Cousteau, Philippe and Hopkinson, Deborah Year Published: 2016

      A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl's attempts to help save their babies from man-made light.

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    •  The Girl Who Drank the Moon book cover

      The Girl Who Drank the Moon

      by Barnhill, Kelly Year Published: 2016

      An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.

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    •  The Great Pet Escape book cover

      The Great Pet Escape

      by Jamieson, Victoria Year Published: 2016

      A young graphic novel chapter book about the escape escapades of class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School.

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    •  The Great Shelby Holmes book cover

      The Great Shelby Holmes

      by Eulberg, Elizabeth Year Published: 2016

      Nine-year-old Shelby Holmes, the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood, and her new easy-going friend from downstairs, eleven-year-old John Watson, become partners in a dog-napping case.

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    •  In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse book cover

      In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

      by Marshall, Joseph Year Published: 2015

      Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. Includes historical note and glossary.

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    •  The Key to Extraordinary book cover

      The Key to Extraordinary

      by Lloyd, Natalie Year Published: 2016

      Twelve-year old orphan Emma Casey lives by a haunted graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours, helping her brother and Granny Blue with the family bakery, and waiting for the Destiny Dream of her ancestors--but when it comes it shows her only a key, and she finds that she must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.

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    •  The Last Kids on Earth book cover

      The Last Kids on Earth

      by Brallier, Max Year Published: 2015

      After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

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      Little Cat's Luck

      by Bauer, Marion Dane Year Published: 2016

      A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.

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    •  Lola Levine Drama Queen book cover

      Lola Levine Drama Queen

      by Brown, Monica Year Published: 2016

      Lola Levine is given a non-speaking part after getting stage fright during her class play audition. She saves the play from a couple of obstacles with the help of her grandmother.

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    • The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown

      by Allen, Crystal Year Published: 2016

      Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Mya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.

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      Maybe a Fox

      by Appelt, Kathi and McGhee, Allison Year Published: 2016

      When her sister Sylvie goes missing on a snowy morning and is never seen again, Jules refuses to believe she is gone forever; meanwhile, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born.

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    •  The Princess and the Warrior book cover

      The Princess and the Warrior

      by Tonatiuh, Duncan Year Published: 2016

      Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised, Popoca stayed by her side.

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      Soar

      by Bauer, Joan Year Published: 2016

      Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.

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      Some Kind of Courage

      by Gemeinhart, Dan Year Published: 2016

      In 1890 Washington the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back--and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.

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      The Storyteller

      by Turk, Evan Year Published: 2016

      In a time of drought in the Kingdom of Morocco, a storyteller and a boy weave a tale to thwart a Djinn and his sandstorm from destroying their city.

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      Towers Falling

      by Rhodes, Jewell Parker Year Published: 2016

      While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.

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      Unidentified Suburban Object

      by Jung, Mike Year Published: 2016

      Chloe Cho is a Korean American seventh-grader who would like to get in touch with many of the aspects of her heritage, but her parents are unwilling to talk about it--then when a class assignment forces Chloe to confront them directly, they finally tell her the truth about her family, which may just be too much for one girl to handle.

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      Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

      by Barton, Chris Year Published: 2016

      A biography of Lonnie Johnson, an engineer at NASA who is best know for inventing the Super Soaker water gun.

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