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As long as there have been donkeys, there has been the secondary name for those humble beasts of burden...ass. Whether it be in the Bible, the Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare (most notably A Midsummer Night's Dream), or any other old english text, you will find this word in common, unoffensive use. 

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Gypsy Legends: A Quest For Peace is about a girl named Clara and a boy called Luke. They both have special magical abilities, and Luke is a Gypsy. It is near Christmas, and Luke’s clan is on the move because the Gypsy Council has called a meeting for all the different Gypsy clans. The clan is almost there when they are ambushed and the Gypsy Council members taken hostage. Luke runs away, because someone is trying to kidnap him too. Clara, unaware of this danger that has befallen her friend, finds him in the woods behind her house in bad shape.

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All is Assuredly Well is a delightful story told from the point of view of a king and his partner. They wish to have a child, so they pray to the blue star to give them a baby princess. After praying many days, a strange thing occurs to the star and the King follows it on an allegorical journey to reach his daughter. It compiles the complexities of adopting into a neat and charming story for children. There are many obstacles on the King's journey, but the colorful backdrop shows the joy and determination of the King on his quest. 

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Ellie, the main character in The Third Mushroom by Jennifer Holm, was in middle school when the “Mushroom War” started. Her parents tried to get Ellie to eat mushrooms by hiding them in various dishes, but after trying them twice, Ellie refused to eat a third mushroom.

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In the book Someone to Look Up To by Jean Gill, a dog named Sirius of the Soum de Gaia (nicknamed Izzie), tells of his life living in France

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Simple Machines narrates the story of Jack, a brilliant squirrel who tries to save his forest from destruction.

The construction machines are always working. Always destroying. Always moving closer and closer to Jack’s home. Even as they inch closer, the forest animals hold out hope that they will stop before hitting their home. When the machines get too close, however, Jack decides to take action against them.

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This action-packed book tells the tale of 12-year-old Kestrel as she hunts grabbers, monsters that build themselves out of people’s stolen objects. With her weasel, Pipit, and her sharpened spoon, this free spirit is a formidable opponent to the evil creatures. But her own grabber grows in strength, as she tries to find her way out of the woods and things from her past reemerge. Why is her mom hated by the town but her dad treated like a town hero? Who was Kestrel’s grandmother and what happened to her? Mystery and action combine, bringing the reader to a climactic ending.

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