Friday, December 23, 2011


Liesl is locked in the attic by her mean stepmother when the ghost Po appears. Po brings news from the Other World of Liesl's dead father and Liesl knows she must escape and take her father's ashes to their old home. Will watches Liesl in her attic window and dreams of becoming her friend. When Will messes up a delivery for his boss, the magician he has to run. At the train station, Will sees the girl from the attic and decides it's a sign. He should go where ever she's headed. Magic, adventure, suspense and friendship, it's all in Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver.
Recommended for grades 4 - 6.
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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. Ben needs to find his father so with a name and an address he travels from Minnesota to New York City. Once in the city, Ben finds a friend and some familiar wolves at the Museum of Natural History. Along with this story is another told entirely in pictures. Recommended for grades 3 - 6.
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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Join the newsies on the streets of New York City for adventure, mystery and murder in City of Orphans by Avi.

The year is 1893 and Maks is helping his family survive by selling newspapers. If he sells them all, he makes eight cents. And while selling the papers, he needs to stay away from Bruno and the Plug Uglies who beat him to a pulp and steal his money and get his sister out of jail where she is being held after she's accused of stealing a watch at the Waldorf. Recommended for grades 4 - 6.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011


Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt
Fredle, a kitchen mouse finds himself outside and no mouse ever returns from outside. Should he just wait for the cat to come get him, should he try to find his way back to the kitchen or should he forget what he's been told and explore the new world before him.
Recommended for grades 3 - 6
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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
King and Queen Glower have been ambushed and the surrounding kingdoms are wondering if they should invade. Surely they could take the kingdom away from three kids. What they don't know is that they have to conquer the castle too which adds rooms, staircases and even wings on Tuesday and seems to have a mind of it's own.
Recommended for grades 3 - 6.
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Sunday, October 02, 2011


The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris.
What's the most important trait if you are a knight of King Arthur's Round Table? courage? bravery? strength? Find at as Sir Gawain tries to stay undefeated and keep his head attached to his shoulders. (This is the third in the series so you might want to check out the first two. Recommended for Grades 2 - 4.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011


Floors by Patrick Carman
Think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but in a crazy hotel. Each floor is different, one's full of cupcakes, another is a giant pinball game and one's a cave and you don't travel in normal elevators. Leo, the janitor's son has to solve the four puzzles and save the hotel after his friend, the owner and designer of the hotel disappears. And, yeah, always take a duck... Recommended for grades 4 - 6.
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Friday, September 02, 2011


The Dragon of Cripple Creek by Troy Howell
On the way to San Francisco, where her Dad has a new job, Kat convinces him to stop in Cripple Creek so they can visit the Molly Kathleen Gold Mine. Kat loves all things gold - she even has a gold tooth. Kat turns the world upside down, when she wanders off the marked tour and steals a large gold nugget from a dragon.
Recommended for grades 4 - 6
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Monday, August 29, 2011


Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry by Lynne Jonell
This is book 3 about Emmy and her rat friend Raston who can change a person into a rat and his sister Cecelia who can make them human again. Of course the evil Miss Barny is back and wants revenge, and to be a beautiful human again. Emmy, her rat friends, her human friends and even her elderly aunts are all in trouble if Miss Barny and her patsy Cheswick Vole aren't stopped.
Recommended for grades 4 - 6 (but you should really start with Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat)
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The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson
A hag, a troll, a wizard and a boy are sent on a quest to save a princess from an ogre, but when they get to the castle, they discover that it's the ogre who needs to be saved.
Recommended for grades 3 - 5, younger for reading aloud
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The One and Only Stuey Lewis by Jane Schoenberg
Stuey Lewis is starting second grade with his best friend Will and major pain in the neck Lilly. In these four stories, Stuey shares a secret, has an awesome Halloween plan, joins a soccer team and decides second grade is great.
Recommended for first - third graders ready for a short chapter book and to be read aloud to ages 5 and up.
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