Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean
When Pepper was just a baby his aunt had a vision from St. Constance that he would die before he turned 14. But, Pepper doesn't want to die so on his 14th birthday, he runs away. First he becomes the Captain of his father's ship, but when it sinks, he works at a deli. When he gets in trouble there, he becomes a journalist. Pepper finds a new adventure around every corner, and death always seems to be just one step behind. Grades 5 - 8
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The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee t. Frazier
Minnie and Keira are twins. Their mom is black and their dad is white. Keira looks like her mom and Minnie looks like her dad. Keira is outgoing and popular. Minnie is shy and clumsy. Minnie wishes she was more like her sister. When they spend a week with Grandma Johnson it North Carolina and compete in the Miss Black Pearl Preteen of America, Minnie realizes that being Keira isn't always easy. Grades 5 - 8

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Everyone knows the story of Hansel and Gretel, but few know the whole story. In A Tale Dark & Grimm, Adam Gidwitz tells everything: fathers, cutting off heads, servants turning to stone, sons turning to birds, a trip to the Devil and more. Read it if you dare. Grades 4 - 6.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool is the 2011 Newbery Winner. Abilene Tucker has been raised by her father since her mother took off when she was young. She knows how to get on and off moving trains, how to get free food, and how to make do - all things her father has taught her. When Abilene turned 12, her father seemed different and now he's sent her off to Manifest to live with a preacher.

Abilene hopes the preacher will take her in, they only did church when there was a free meal. She hopes Manifest can teach her about her father. She hopes that he will come pick her up at the end of the summer like he said. Grades 4 and up
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder is the story of a girl who is bored. She has nice parents, a good chef, a nice tutor and two friends who her mom arranges playdates with, but none of it is interesting or adventuresome like the books she reads.

So Penny writes a wish on a piece of paper and throws it in a well, just like she read in a book. She doesn't really believe in magic, but things are definitely becoming more interesting and she's not sure that's a good thing. For grades 3 - 5.
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