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