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Ages 5-9

Toy Story, books one and two, with peel off stickers! 38 pages. Ages 5-8. The characters and adventures of Toy Story are back, better than ever ! A fantastic value, combining two stories, and peel out stickers, all in one book. Young boys will be enthralled with the funny antics of Buzz, Woody, Jessie and Bullseye. The peel out stickers allow boys to continue the fun, even after the story has been read !

Knights of the Kitchen Table: The Time Warp Trio, by Jon Scieszka. 64 pages. Ages 7-9. Joe and his two friends discover the power of a magicianís book, and find themselves transported back in time to the reign of King Arthur during the medieval ages in England! Zany and comedic adventures ensue. The time warp trio of friends must use their wits to avoid the charging lance of the black knight, being turned into newts by evil sorcerers and more. The boysí success causes the good Sir Lancelot to embrace them as heroes, and their wacky adventures continue. Easy and funny dialogue makes this a laugh out loud read for boys that like comedy and silly mayhem.

Twisters, By Lucille Penner. 48 pages. Ages 6-8. This is an engaging exploration into the awesome power of Tornados. The author does a superb job of interweaving human drama into the science of tornados, writing in a compelling, yet simple manner. Vibrant colors and illustrations will have your sonís eyes popping out of his head, as he gets an unforgettable introduction into the awesome world of Twisters!

Ages 9-12

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. 196 pages. Ages 8-12. Your son will devour this sumptuous tale of Charlie Bucket, transported from a poor life, into one filled with imagination, dreams and magic! Charlie becomes one of five lucky winners, allowed to enter the magical chocolate world of the Wonka factory. He is enthralled by the zany characters, such as Willy Wonka and Oompa Loompas, and taken on a chocolaty thrill ride that he will never forget. Along the wonderful journey, Charlie learns to dream and hope again. This is a classic tale, entertaining and uplifting.

Great American Warriors, by Sal Tomasi. Ages 9-12. 97 pgs. Boys can now meet some of the real Supermen from American History:
Army Rangers to the Rescue: They were the untested leaders of a dangerous rescue mission inside enemy territory, desperately trying to save five hundred American prisoners from being slaughtered.
Raiders of the Invincible Empire: These men lifted an entire country off its knees and restored America's courage, after the sneak attack on the USA at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The Defiant Sea Captain: His ship was on fire and sinking. Much of his crew had been killed or wounded. The British naval captain demanded that he surrender. The American sea captain roared back his defiant reply: "I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!"
The Rebel General: His leadership is why the United States exists today, and his actions set the example for future American leaders.
These amazing short stories grab a boy's attention from the first sentence. They provide instant gratification for boys that are quickly bored. These educational stories can also be useful material for book reports on American History.
After boys experience the heroic actions of these Great American Warriors, they may ask themselves: Did these men really do these things? The answer is yes.
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AGES 10-14

The Boys From Brooklyn: The Great Robbery. Salvatore Tomasi. 148 pages. Ages 10-14. Boys won't be able to put down this entertaining story of eight boys getting themselves into all sorts of predicaments. It's the summer of 1974. Nicky and his friends are typical young teenage boys growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. The summertime living is easy and filled with fun, laughs and drama: Stickball. Johnny on the Pony. The fireworks. Terror in the train yard. Fights. Yes, the summertime living is easy until Tommy dares the boys to do something risky. Something that can screw them up for the rest of their lives. Themes such as friendship, competing, father-son relations, mom's guiding hand, ratting on your friends, and "doing the right thing" unfold in a real life and boy-friendly style. Boys will connect with Nicky, Frankie, Abe, Rob, Tommy, Zach, Victor and Jimmy. They might even learn an important lesson about peer pressure, but don't tell him!
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Branded Outlaw, by L. Ron Hubbard. 114 pages. Ages 12 and up. This is an action filled, fast paced western tale of a gunslinger named Lee Weston, trying to bring his fatherís killer to justice. Lee receives his fatherís desperate letter, pleading for help against the local bad guy named Dodge. When Lee arrives at his fatherís ranch, he finds him dead, and immediately starts hunting down the suspected killer. Lee approaches the sheriff, trying to find out where Dodge is. The sheriff isnít much help, and as Lee gallops off, the shooting starts. Lee barely survives, and is quickly branded an outlaw by the town people, led by Dodge. He hides out, and is nursed back to health by a beautiful and mysterious woman. After Lee regains his strength, he again starts the hunt for Dodge, but starts to suspect he may be looking for the wrong man! Lee is ambushed and manages to survive again. With the help of the sheriff, he sets a trap for the real killers, leading to a rip-roaring shoot-Ďem-up ending that will leave boys breathless. This is a great story for boys that like lots of action and a strong male character. This book comes with a free, professionally produced, multicast Audio CD! Boys become engrossed by reading the book while listening to the story being told in dramatic fashion, complete with cinema quality sound effects.

Under the Black Ensign, by L. Ron Hubbard. 108 pages. Ages 12 and up. This is a swashbuckling, action filled pirate tale set in 1680. Tom Bristol's naval career aspirations are brought to a crashing end when he is forced into slave labor aboard the British warship, HMS Terror. Rebelling against the authoritarian rule of the ship's cruel Admiral, Tom refuses an order, and will face one hundred lashes. Just as his punishment is being meted out, the British ship is attacked by pirates, and Tom escapes and joins the pirate crew. Tom once again finds himself in peril. He kills a pirate planning a mutiny, while defending an odd looking stowaway. The pirate leader punishes Tom by marooning him on a desert island, with only three days of food and water. Tom vows to not only survive, but to seek out his enemies and serve his brand of justice on them. This is a fantastic story for boys that like sea faring adventures and pirate stories. This book comes with a free, professionally produced, multicast Audio CD! Boys become engrossed by reading the book while listening to the story being told in dramatic fashion, complete with cinema quality sound effects.

Ages 14 and up

Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer. 332 pages. Ages 14 and up. This is the harrowing account of the disastrous 1996 Mount Everest climbing expedition. The book is written by one of the climbers who narrowly survived brain damage and being frozen to death. In May of 1996, an expedition to climb the tallest peak on the planet encountered a rogue snowstorm, trapping climbers above and below it. Of the eleven members of the expedition that started the climb, only six came back alive. Krakauer vividly recounts the harrowing experiences he and others endured as they strove to reach the summit, 29,000 feet above sea level, through oxygen depleted air, and sub freezing temperatures. Acts of heroism, selfishness and cowardice reveal the heights and depths of the human condition. Photos from the expedition help to portray the vastness of Everest, and puts a human face on the climbers.
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