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Back to School Books from Preschool to University

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Whether you're a preschooler, an elementary school student, heading off to a school for the arts, feeling exam pressure already, ready to tackle college or university or the world beyond it, and especially if you're a teacher, we've got a back to school title for you.
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Friday is report card day. Robin is a big kid in grade five. She gets marks for her subjects. Joe is a big kid in grade three. He gets comments for his subjects. Ben is a little kid in preschool. There are no report cards in preschool.

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Why it's on the list ...
Why it's worth tucking into your backpack: You don't have to go to school to know it's back to school. Here is a great title for the preschool set and also worthwhile for older siblings who could be inspired to find creative ways to include their little brothers and sisters in all the fun.
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The Way to School

The Way to School

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
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Why it's on the list ...
Why it's worth tucking into your backpack: We love the books in this series by McCarney and Plan International (including Every Day is Malala Day). The Way to School underlines the importance of education for children all over the world.
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Dojo Daytrip
Why it's on the list ...
Why it's worth tucking into your backpack: Tales out of school! Tougas's first title, Dojo Daycare, was called "a face-paced rhyming tale" and "amusing" by the New York Times. This sequel promises just as much fun.
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Stanley at School
Why it's on the list ...
Why it's worth tucking into your backpack: There was a period of time in which my eldest daughter would not go to sleep unless she had a Stanley book in bed with her. Dogs: kids are mad for them. And this latest in Bailey and Slavin's series is a great story in a school setting, Stanley and his pals wreaking hilarious havoc.
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West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher
Why it's on the list ...
Why it's worth tucking into your backpack: It's a fun back to school title for those who are finally ready for chapter books. It's also first in a new series, and series are certainly a fine way to get kids hooked on books.
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Upside-Down Magic
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Excerpt from Upside Down Magic

Nory Horace was trying to turn herself into a kitten.

The kitten had to be a black kitten. And it had to be completely kitten-shaped.

It was the middle of summer. Nory was hiding in her family's garage. Kitten, kitten, kitten, she thought.

She was hiding in case something went wrong. She didn't want anyone to see. Still, if something went really wrong, her brother and sister would be close enough to hear her yell for help.

Or meow for help.

Or roar.

Nory decided not to think about that. Hopefully, she wouldn't need help.

Kitten, kitten, kitten.

She had to master kitten, because tomorrow was the Big Test. Tomorrow, after so many years of waiting, she would finally take the entrance exam for Sage Academy.

The school was very hard to get into. You wouldn't be accepted with anything less than amazing talents. Nory's friends weren't even bothering to try. They were all taking tests for easier schools.

If Nory passed the Big Test, she would start fifth grade at Sage Academy in the fall.

If she failed the test . . .

No. She couldn't fail. She wasn't taking tests for any other schools.

 

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Why it's on the list ...
Why it's worth tucking into your backpack: Another book about school from an alternative point of view, and a neat twist on the supernatural theme. Mlynowski is well-known for her Whatever After series.
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Raising the Stakes

Raising the Stakes

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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Why it's on the list ...
Why it's worth tucking into your backpack: The premise of the Orca Limelights series is so fantastic—a series for readers 11–14 with a focus on the performing arts. Other new titles out this fall are At Ease, by Jeff Ross (classical violin) and Shimmy, by Kari Jones
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Study Smarter, Not Harder

Study Smarter, Not Harder

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback Paperback
tagged : study skills
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Why it's on the list ...
Why it's worth tucking into your backpack: A great resource for when things start getting serious. This Fourth Edition of Paul's book focuses on study skills, but also on how to use technology for your own purposes (rather than be distracted by it) and how to handle academic pressure from family.
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