Saturday, February 16, 2008

Waiting For Normal by Leslie Connor

Addie just wants a normal life. She wants a Mom who is there for her, but how can she when she is always going on overnights somewhere. She wants to be good at school, but how can she with a learning problem. She wants to play the flute in the school band, but how can she with a stolen flute. Addie has moved again and now lives with her Mom in a trailer, but not in a cool trailer park. She lives under the train tracks in a asphalt lot on the corner in the city. It seems as if all Addie is ever doing is waiting for her life to be normal. For grades 5 and 6.

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Bearskinner: a Tale of the Brothers Grimm, retold by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Max Grafe

A destitute soldier makes a dreadful bargain with the devil. Riches will be his--if he wears a bearskin for seven years. It's not so terrible at first, but then it grows rotten and heavy and all humans despise his company. Will the soldier have to surrender his soul, or will he discover that what he does with his riches can make all things bearable? A wonderful retelling by this year's Newbery Award winner. (Grades 2-5)

Where's My Hug? by James Mayhew, illustrated by Sue Hellard

Jake's too cool to get a hug from his mother before school, so she gives it to his Dad instead. Dad in turn passes it on to the cat and off it goes. At bedtime when Jake wants his hug, he discovers that it's now in the arms of a dragon! Good thing Mom's got another one at the ready. (Grades PreK-2)