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Gears & Gadgets Chapter Books

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Aviary Wonders Inc. - Kate Samworth
ISBN: 9780547978994
n a future when deforestation and other environmental factors have caused many bird species to go extinct, businessman Alfred Wallis offers a catalog of parts for creating replacements, from hand-carved beaks to Italian-leather feet.

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Bot Wars - J. V. Kade
ISBN: 9780803738607
Twelve-year-old Trout St. Croix isn't trying to be a rebel or fugitive--he just wants to find his missing dad. His father disappeared two years ago after her went off to fight in the Bot Wars, a war that began when robots became so human-like that they revolted and demanded equal rights.

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Chasing the Milky Way - Erin E. Moulton
ISBN: 9780399164491
Lucy Peevey, twelve, and her best friend Cam are perfecting the robot that could win a competition, a scholarship, and a way out of Sunnyside Trailer Park when Lucy's mother goes off her medication and her manic-depressive disorder goes out of control.

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Curiosity - Gary Blackwood
ISBN: 9780803739246
n 1835, when his father's put in a Philadelphia debtor's prison, 12-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety.

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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor - Jon Scieszka; Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419712180
Publication Date: 2014-08-19
In. his Grandpa Al's garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan

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House of Robots - James Patterson; Chris Grabenstein; Juliana Neufeld (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316405911
In this new highly-illustrated series from James Patterson, an extraordinary robot signs up for an ordinary fifth grade class... and elementary school will never be the same! also available as an ebook!

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Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439813785
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

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Mesmer Menace - Kersten Hamilton; James Hamilton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547905686
Daring dachshund Noodles narrates as evil Mesmers bent on world domination arrive at the Amazing Automated Inn, where eleven-year-old inventor Wally Kennewickett, aided by Noodles and the inn's automatons, tries to foil their plans.

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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot - Dav Pilkey; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545631068
From Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed artist Dan Santat, an out-of-this-world friendship adventure with all-new full-color illustrations!

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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter - Dav Pilkey; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545631198
General Jackrabbit and his Robo-Rabbits from Jupiter attempt to take over the world on Ricky Ricotta's birthday.

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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus - Dav Pilkey; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545631112
A small mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his best friend, a giant flying robot, save the world from Victor Von Vulture and his vicious Voodoo Vultures from Venus.


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Nuts and Bolts Reading


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Blackout - The Curse of Ra Moon - Ian Flynn; Patrick 'Spaz' Spaziante (Illustrator); Mike Cavallaro (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781936975952
The world has gone dark. Robots have collapsed in the streets. Meg Man awakens to a world without electricity-- and a crumbling civilization! With the help of the brilliant Dr. Light, Mega Man and a handful of Robot Masters are sent to the Amazon to stop the source of the world's power failure. But their mission is not an easy one. The malevolent Ra Moon has awoken, and it's out to destroy the world.

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DK Readers: Star Wars: the Adventures of C-3PO - DK Publishing
ISBN: 9781465416834
Chronicles the adventures of the droid C-3PO and his friend, R2-D2 as they travel around the galaxy.

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DK Readers: Untitled L1 - DK Publishing
ISBN: 9781465433947
Join the Deceptihogs in their quest to control Piggy Island in DK's all-new Level 1 Reader Angry Birds™ Transformers™: Deceptihogs versus Autobirds. Exciting images recreate the epic battles, and clear, informative text helps kids learn how to read — and learn to love reading.

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Doug Unplugs on the Farm - Dan Yaccarino
ISBN: 9780385753289
Publication Date: 2014-07-22
"Doug the robot takes a hands-on approach to learning about farm life when the family car gets stuck in a ditch on the way to visit the grandbots.

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Military Robots - Barbara Alpert
ISBN: 9781429675734
The military uses robots to search dangerous places. Read to find out about the military's mighty robot warriors.

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Voltron Force, Vol. 6 - Brian Smith
ISBN: 9781421541587
Years ago, Voltron mysteriously disappeared, and the five lions were scattered throughout the universe. Over time, the lions were recovered by the original Voltron Force: Lance, Pidge, Hunk, Princess Allura, and Commander Keith. Now, with the help of three new recruits, Voltron rises again, to defend the universe once more! Let's go Voltron Force!


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