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