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