Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Hibernia, Willie, and Otis -- are about to meet. Hibernia dreams of becoming a famous singer and performing at Harlem's swanky Savoy Ballroom. Willie is recovering from a tragedy that prevents him from becoming a junior boxing champ. Otis spends every night glued to the radio, listening to the voices that remind him of Daddy and Ma.

Each of them is looking for hope, and they all find it in the thrilling boxing matches of young Joe Louis. They know Joe has a good chance of becoming the country's next heavyweight champion. What they don't know is that during this unforgettable year, the three of them will become friends.

Thoughtful historical fiction for grades 5 - 7.

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Cheesie Mack is an ordinary fifth grader, with a best friend who has "good" ideas (like realizing a dozen mice during fifth grade graduation), a pain in the neck sister (who loves to get him in trouble), a granpa who likes to tell stories about when he was a boy, and there was no fifth grade graduation, and a couple of normal parents. Cheesie Mack is Not A Genius or Anything by Steve Cotler will appeal to Wimpy Kid fans. Recommended for grades 3 - 6.
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg
Eleanor is having a bad August. Her very first babysitter she had since she was a baby is moving. Now she has a new babysitter who seems nice, but Eleanor just can't help being a grump. Without really noticing, Eleanor starts to enjoy her new sitter. August turns to September, and Eleanor heads to third grade feeling happy.
Recommended for grades 2-4.
Midnight Tunnel by Angie Frazier
Suzanna Snow's parents run an inn on the coast that caters to wealthy families from Boston and they are trying to train Suzanna to run the business. Suzanna however wants to be a detective like her famous uncle. When a young girl disappears from the inn, Suzanna starts to investigate. She is excited to share her thoughts with her uncle, but he won't listen to the ramblings of a child. Suzanna won't give up. She is determined to find out what happened the night Maddie disappeared.
Recommended for grades 3 - 6.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world in 1937. She was scheduled to land on tiny Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean, but never got there. The Itasca, a coast guard cutter was waiting nearby to help her find the airfield. They and people as far away as Montana claimed to hear Amelia asking for help, but no one found her, her navigator, or her plane. This is the story of America's most famous female aviator from her childhood to her disappearance. Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming is recommended for students in grades 4 - 8.
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The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
J.J. Tully is a former search and rescue dog who has retired to a farm. So when the resident hen complains that two of her chicks are missing, J.J. is not impressed and not inclined to help until she offers a cheeseburger.
Recommended for Grades 2 - 4
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