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The boys at Gaithersburg Elementary School like graphic novels, or illustrated comiclike books. The girls read them too -- the "Babymouse" series is popular. And as far as the written word goes, all the students love "Harry Potter," Principal Stephanie Brant says. This is their homework. Except for a few things: No teacher assigned "Babymouse" or "Harry Potter" to the kids, nor is any staffer...

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