Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sophie is a very smart third grader. In her spare time she studies calculus and reads fat text books. Her parents want her to spend less time reading and more time making friends and watching TV.

Daisy is extremely clumsy. She falls out of her desk, she trips over her shoes. Her parents make her take ballet.

Owen wants normal things, a book on robots, a pair of boots, a two layer cake for his birthday, but his mom thinks big and he gets a robot that attacks him, anti-gravity boots and an eight layer cake.

Maybe if they work together, they can solve all their parenting problems.
Grades 2 - 4
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Friday, October 08, 2010

The Wonder of Charlie Anne by Kimberly Newton Fusco

Charlie Anne's life is not going so good. Her mother recently died in childbirth, her father and older brother have gone north to build roads and cousin Mirabel who is looking after them, knows a lot about chores and proper behavior and nothing about picnics, swinging and listening to the wind, the cows and the river. Can Charlie Anne learn to be quiet and polite? Should she even try? Grades 4 - 6

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours
by Kristina Springer

How would you feel if your best friend spent the summer in Florida, promised to keep in touch, then didn’t? Always picked out first day of school outfits with you, but not this year? This is what happens to Tori. She sees her best friend Sienna for the first time since summer vacation on the first day of school along with everybody else. She’s looking glamorous and talking about her new BOYFRIEND! This is a very different Sienna. Tori suspects Sienna is making him up. Tori, feeling insecure and left out, makes up her own fabulous fake boyfriend without really even meaning to. Well, this brings Tori unexpected attention and popularity; things are going great… except the whole lying to her best friend thing.
A fun, don’t want to put it down, kind of book!
Recommended for Grades 5-8

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Daniel discovers a secret when he moves to Noble Green. There is a group of kids in town with special powers. Some can fly, some are very strong, one can disappear. Unfortunately when they turn 13 their powers disappear and they don't remember anything about their childhood.

Mollie doesn't want to lose Eric as a friend when his birthday arrives in a few weeks so she convinces Daniel to solve the mystery of their disappearing powers. Grades 4 and up

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Monday, September 20, 2010

The Ninth Ward is the area where Lanesha lives in the city of New Orleans. Everyone in the neighborhood is talking about the storm that’s coming, Hurricane Katrina. Some are leaving the city, others stay because they can’t leave, and hope they can weather it. Lanesha stays. She has to use her brains, her strength, and her courage to survive it. An incredible journey!
For grades 5-8

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Uncle said the dead did not return. He was wrong. Sophia is back and she wants revenge in The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, Mary Downing Hahn's newest ghost story.

Grades 3 and up (not as scary as some of her novels)

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Monday, August 16, 2010

The Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins is the story of two young people and choices. Chiko wants to be a teacher, but at the age 0f 15 is forced into the Burmese Army. Tu Reh is 17 and just wants a house, a rice field and a family, but since the Burmese Army burned his village he wants revenge. The two boys learn about themselves and each other when they meet in the jungle. Recommended for grades 5 - 8.
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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian is a summer reading story with a main character who hates to read. Actually he does like to read Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes, but he doesn't believe school assignments should interfere with his summer. He has big plans, like using avacadoes as hand gernades with his best friend and riding his skateboard. For readers and nonreaders in grades 4 and up.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli

Bindi is moving to a new apartment. Her mom and aunt are opening a restaurant. Life is good. NOT! But with the help of her friends, Bindi will make her way through the good and bad times. Grades 3 - 6.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Crunch by Leslie Connor

Dewey's parents have headed north for their annual anniversary weekend leaving Dewey in charge of the bike shop and his older sister in charge of the family. Unfortunately, his parents can't get home because of a fuel shortage and the bike shop is busier than ever. Can Dewey and his brother Vince keep all the customers happy? Can they figure out who stole the twins bikes? Can they keep food in the house? And the biggest question of all, when will their parents get home? For grades 4 and up (younger for reading aloud.)

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Think Cinderella, but instead of a nasty stepmother, Gracie has a mean stepfather and instead of a fairy godmother, she has a talking bat to help her on her journey. But, she's not going to a ball, she's going to the castle of the Ancient Crones and there are no mice turned into horses, it's her own two feet that will have to take her there. Oh, yeah, and the bat isn't very trustworthy or dependable. If you like adventure stories with a little magic, a few twists and turns and a touch of traditional fairy tale try The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French. You might want to try the sequel, The Bag of Bones too.

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn is for everyone who loves The Borrowers, The Littles or even Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. Tumtum and Nutmeg are two mice who must take care of their human children because their father is a bit scatterbrained and their mother is dead. They leave treats, mend clothing, clean and even convince their mean Aunt Ivy to go home so the children can live in peace. Look past the cover and read this book if you are in grades 4 and up or read it to your younger chidren.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Lady Green is sick, and Sir Willoughby is taking her to find help. Bonnie and her cousin, Sylvia, are left under the care of Mrs. Slighcarp, who plunders their once cozy home, selling their things and stealing Sir Willoughby’s riches. She sends them off to a prinson like orphan school, and now they escape. But how? Join Bonnie and Sylvia in this great page-turner. Check availability

This title was reviewed by 6th grader Samantha. View her other recommendations.

Fortune's Magic Farm by Suzanne Selfors

Isabelle lives in a town where it always rains. She has never seen the sun. She checks for slugs every time she comes in the house. Since she is an orphan she works long days at the local factory putting labels on umbrellas. When her adopted grandmother dies, her landlady throws her out for having slugs and moss in her room and she is threatened with arrest for stealing an empty pickle jar, Isabelle decides it's time to move on. Should she run off alone, or should she take the offer of a stranger who claims he wants to help. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Check availability