Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell

Emmy was once the child of poor, but loving parents. Now her family has money and her parents are always away. In her old school, she had lots of friends. In her new school kids don't even see her. Emmy doesn't understand what's going on until the day she is bitten by the classroom rat and consequently has the power to communicate with him. This story starts a little slow and the cover is only so-so, but don't give up. You will be rewarded. Grades 4-6

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A Crooked Kind of Perfect written by Linda Urban.
Carniegie Hall is all 10-year-old Zoe dreams about. When her father returns home after a trip to the mall with an Perfectone-60 Organ her paino concert is out the door. Is perfect what you really need or can imperfection be appreciated and make you a stronger person. Great read for grades 4-6.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Me and the Pumpkin Queen written by Marlane Kennedy.
Will this be the year, for Mildred to finally grow a GIANT pumpkin? 3oo pounds of orange flesh is not even worth bringing to the town pumpkin festival. It must be over a thousand pounds for Mildred to even make top three. Can her hard work and dedication pay off? Will her mother be proud? Grades 3-5.

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Aurora County All-Stars by Deborah Wiles

House Jackson lives in Aurora County, Mississippi. A town so small, they only have one real baseball game a year, every Fourth of July. House is the pitcher for the team. His arm was broken last year (by a girl) so he didn’t get to pitch. This year’s game is really important to him and his teammates, so that’s why he has to figure out a way to get his team out of the July 4th Aurora County Anniversary Pageant and back into the game!

This book has it all: suspense, betrayal, a dead guy, a dog, and baseball! Plus it’s loaded with southern charm that makes you want to spend more time in Aurora County. Luckily we can. This is Deborah Wiles third book about the fictional town in Mississippi, the others are Love, Ruby Lavender, and Each Little Bird That Sings.
For Kids in grades 4-6

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Heat Wave written by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Back when I was a kid, we didn’t have all this fancy stuff like microwaves, DVDs and plentiful air conditioning. Somehow we kept from melting, though! Experience an old-fashioned heat wave in this cheerful remembrance of making the best out of an uncomfortable situation.
Recommended for grades K-3
On Meadowview Street written and illustrated by Henry Cole
Caroline’s new house on Meadowview Street doesn’t have a meadow in sight. But then she notices one beautiful wildflower hiding on the lawn. Preserving one, then two flowers and eventually transforming her whole lawn, Caroline precipitates a nature lover’s revolution in her neighborhood.
Recommended for grades K-3

Monday, August 06, 2007

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Is Hugo another homeless young thief roaming the streets of Paris or is he a genius who just hasn't gotten any lucky breaks? Why is the old man in the toy booth so grouchy? Does the girl want to be his friend? How can Hugo have a friend when he has so many secrets to keep? And why didn't his uncle ever come home? These and more questions will be answered in this graphic novel by Brian Selznick. Don't let the size scare you, there are lots of pictures. Grades 3-6

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson

It all starts with a piece of refrigerator packing foam doubling as a raft and goes downhill (or rather downstream!) from there. Tom Hammond is in for the ride of his life when he is swept under the ridge near his home and finds himself washed ashore in a pitch-black cavern with a dead guy and an inquisitive dog as his only companions. A sarcophagus, buried treasure, and innumerable crawdads later, Tom’s life has been changed forever. Now if he could just get home… Grades 4-7

Monday, July 16, 2007

Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars written and illustrated by Douglas Florian

One of the best poetry collections in a space age coupled with luminous paintings inspired by images from the Hubble telescope make this humorous look at the universe a delight to read aloud.
Recommended for grades K-3
Taj Mahal by Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora, illustrated by Rahul Bhushan

Once upon a time in India a Mughal prince fell in love with a beautiful girl. She became his bride and together they ruled an empire. For many years they were devoted to one another until, alas, the queen died. The grief-stricken king decided to build her a tomb that would show the world the depth of their love. That glorious monument stands today—the Taj Mahal.
Recommended for grades 3-6
The Pink Refrigerator written and illustrated by Tim Egan

Dodsworth putters at his junk shop during the day and spends his evenings alone in front of the television. That all changes when he encounters a pink refrigerator at the dump. A magical magnet has stuck a life-changing message to the door.
Recommended for grades K-3
Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli

Sometimes life changes around you and you have no choice in the matter. That’s what’s happening to Diana. She has to say goodbye to a best friend and the house she lives in. Though it isn’t easy, leaving things behind almost always leads to new opportunities, and sure enough, Diana finds new happiness in her new home. This is a warm story with charming drawings; a good choice for kids in grades 2-4.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

Holling is sure his teacher hates his guts so he asks his family for help. His Mom, says "you're teacher couldn't possibly hate you." His father says, "Stay out of trouble, her family may need an architect one day." And his sister of course is most helpful. "You don't have any guts, how could your teacher hate them." So it will be just Holling against Mrs. Baker every Wednesday afternoon. A thoughtful read, with great characters and unexpected humor. Grades 5 - 7

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Chaos King by Laura Ruby

In this sequel to The Wall and the Wing (Blogged April 2006) Gurl now has a name, a great family and a title the Richest Girl in the Universe. Well you would think she would be happy. But the adventure begins again with a madman named the Chaos King after her and her friend Bug. Grades 4 and up.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford

Moxy Maxwell’s summer has been jam packed with lots of activities. It was already the end of August and she hadn’t quite found the time to get going on her summer reading. Her teacher assigned Stuart Little by E.B. White, and her frustrated mom has given her a deadline to read it, or face the consequences! Moxy heads up to her bedroom to get started, though it’s very unlikely she’ll even open the book. Once you meet Moxy, you’ll know what I mean.
A great book for kids ages 7 – 10

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

It's deep and it's dark and it's dangerous...and it seems that Sissy is trying to drown Emma in it. But, why? What happened all those years ago when Emma and Ali's moms were young.
Recommended for readers in grades 4 - 6.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

If you like your fantasies spiced with humor and your main character tall and strong, this is the book for you. When Stephanie Edgley, age 12, inherits her uncle's house, his friend Skulduggery Pleasant comes with it. It's always good to make new friends unless they are skeleton detectives with a love for danger, the ability to throw fire and the conviction that the evil ones are about to take over the world. But, then if your world is as boring as Stephanie's, Skulduggery is a great new friend.

Recommended for readers in grades 5 - 8.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Free Baseball by Sue Corbett

Felix loves baseball. His dad, a famous Cuban baseball player, sent him and his mom to Florida when Felix was a baby. Now Felix goes to school, plays ball and waits for his dad to find a way to join them.

His life takes a major turn when he wins two tickets to a minor league game. After the game he meets a Dominican who's played in Cuba. Maybe he knows his Dad. On impulse, Felix stows away on the bus so he can talk to the man. Felix is sure he will either suffocate in the luggage compartment or be grounded for the rest of his life when his mom finds him.

Recommended for grades 4-6

Friday, February 09, 2007

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

A box comes in the mail addressed to Jeremy’s mom. Jeremy’s best friend Lizzy presses him to open the package even though he could get into serious trouble. Jeremy’s curiosity wins over his fear of punishment and he opens the box. What he finds changes him forever… and it may change you too.

Recommended for grades 5-8

Friday, February 02, 2007

A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz

Maud has felt unloved for a very long time. First her mother died and then someone adopted her older brother and younger sister, but they didn't want her. At the orphanage she is often sent to the outhouse for bad behavior. But when Hyacinth hears her singing in the outhouse, she knows that Maud is the perfect child for she and her sisters to adopt and bring into the family business. Maud's not sure what the family business is and is a little concerned about being a secret child, but if it means love, why not? A melodrama for grades 4 - 7.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Just for You to Know by Cheryl Harness
Thirteen year old Carmine is the oldest of five siblings, wait, make that six with her Mama being pregnant again. Can she survive another sibling, another home, another school, and another friend? Great read for Grades 5 and up.