Sunday, October 12, 2008

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

After secretly living as the true princess disguised as a peasant, Cecilia finds that it is time to return to her rightful place at the Palace of Mirors. Especially after realizing her beloved Nanny and her own knight Sir Stephen are in grave danger. She flees in the night along with her best friend Harper to the Capital, only to arrive to find themselves in even more peril. Will they be able to find the decoy princess in time? If you want to find out read this new adventure and return to the world of Just Ella. Great for readers in 4th-6th grade.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

Zack Jennings has just moved into an old house with his father and new stepmother, but there’s something odd going on. Could it be the creepy old woman who slavishly tends a memorial to her fiancĂ© at the big tree? Could it be the way Zack’s new best friend just seems to appear from nowhere? Or perhaps it’s the plumber who seems to be, well, possessed? And underneath all these eerie mysteries lurks the question he’s really been too scared to ask himself: will his stepmom love him even if he isn’t perfect? Chills with a heart.
Recommended for grades 5 and up.
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka

Author Jon Scieszka reveals the secrets of his childhood in this hilarious book about growing up in a family of six brothers. From the horror of hand-me-downs, melting army men in the toaster, throwing up in the car together and accidentally breaking a brother’s collarbone-three times-be prepared to laugh both with them and at them!
Recommended for grades 4-6.
Thing-Thing by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Nicolas Debon

Spoiled brat Archibald Crimp has everything but he wants MORE. When his father offers him a stuffed animal of indeterminate genus, however, Archibald tosses the toy right out the window. Thing-thing has a long and interesting fall from the sixth floor. All’s well that ends well when Thing-thing finds someone who will appreciate it and Archibald gets his comeuppance.
Recommended for ages 4-7.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

Miss Stretchberry and Jack are back! This is good. We were first introduced to Jack and his English teacher in Love That Dog. Miss Stretchberry teaches her class poetry by sharing the works of famous poets with her students. Jack writes poems in his journal using the format of the poems he hears in class. We come to understand what’s going on with Jack through his poems. Little by little we learn why Jack hates that cat, and why so much depends on it. If you haven’t read Love That Dog you will still enjoy Hate That Cat, but you will want to get your hands on a copy of Love That Dog… don’t worry, we have several.
Recommended for grades 3-6

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Mibs is turning 13. Becoming a teenager is a big deal for most kids, but for a Beaumont it's really special. At 13 they receive their savvy. Mibs mother is perfect, her grandmother can catch music in jars and play it back later, her brother creates major storms and her grandfather can move mountains. That's why on their 13th birthday, they have quiet family parties. But Mibs father was in a terrible accident and her mother is at the hospital so the minister's wife decides to throw a big party for Mibs. Not a good idea. Grades 4 - 7

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