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January 11, 2008

Next Summer

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Next Summer

Author: Hailey Abbott

Page Length: 230

Reading Level: Unknown

Genre: Realistic Fiction


REVIEW & PLOT SUMMARY: This book is about the Northeast summer adventures of two sisters – Ella Tuttle and Kelsi Tuttle as well as their cousin Beth. The cover of the book suggests that this story may be a little “scandalous”. The top of the cover states, “a Summer Boys novel”, however this is not a book for boys but rather one about girls flirting with boys. Boys are described much more than girls are in this book. This story also contains all the drama that teenage love and romance entails. I would not recommend this book to a male. The book is written in third-person but focuses primarily on the actions of the three Tuttle girls and the boys they come into contact with. This book is one in a series.


The story starts off at the beginning of summer. Beth is a little sad that she is leaving her boyfriend George to go off to Pebble Beach with her cousins. George has chosen to stay behind, work, and save money for the fall. Ella and Kelsi are going to make the trip as well to the beach to stay at the family cottage. The reader finds out early on that something bad happened last summer – Ella cheated with Kelsi’s ex-boyfriend Peter. Ella has chosen to keep this act a secret for a year now. The guilt that Ella feels quickly lessens (for now) as the sight of the beach comes into view.


Jamie Tuttle is another cousin in this book that was unable to make it to the beach. She has chosen to attend Amherst for a summer writing program. However, conversations between her and the other girls happen via e-mail.


To put it simply: Beth is the one with the boyfriend this summer, Kelsi is the new-age girl who is more attractive than she thinks, and Ella is the girl that teases and entices boys all the time. Ella is pretty and she knows it. This has gotten her into trouble often.


Drama quickly begins and continues. All three girls end up getting into “trouble”. Beth ends up cheating on George with a lifeguard named Adam (who is quite a lot like George). However, at first, Beth tries to hook Kelsi up with Adam so as to try to forget her attraction to him. Unfortunately, Kelsi does not feel attracted to Adam very much. Kelsi instead is attracted to Tim, a jock and a type of guy who she would have never thought she would be interested in.


On the other hand, Ella is off flirting with all the out-going boys including one named Inigo who did not speak English. She later comes upon a boy named Jeremy who is quite shy – not the type that Ella would normally be attracted to. They end up forming a lasting and meaningful relationship. Ella learns a lesson that surprises come in all personality types.


There are two peaks in this novel: one occurred when Kelsi finds out that Ella made out with her ex-boyfriend. Another is when George discovers that Beth has been involved with Adam, the lifeguard.


Things settle down pretty quickly toward the end of the book and it seems that the story wraps up quite nicely – Beth and George make-up, Ella finds a meaningful, wholesome boy to date, and Kelsi surprises herself by falling in love with a total opposite.


If my review seems a “mess”, it is because the book is a “mess” which is what I believe the author wanted to convey to the reader. Teenage love is a disordered state. As the author writes on page 229, “this summer had been messy in so many ways”.


TOUCHY AREAS: A few words of caution to the more conservative reader: there are references to the act of intercourse and terms used to describe individuals who are on the promiscuous side. No sexual acts in the book are explicit but they are alluded to.  Also, descriptions of the Tuttle girls drinking alcohol are present in some parts.


AREAS FOR TEACHING: This book would appeal to many students due to its real-life dramas and current themes. If you were to use this story for teaching a lesson, I would highlight the skills of compare/contrast or characterization.




REVIEWED BY: Kevin Stratton


January 10, 2008

The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me

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The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me

Author: Ronald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Page Length: 89

Reading Level: 6

Genre: Fiction / Poetry


PLOT SUMMARY: This book is a delightful story of a starving trio of animals; a giraffe, a pelican and a monkey who befriend, Billy, a young boy.  The trio of animals buy an old house which Billy had dreamed of buying and opening as a “Sweet Shop”.  The animals start a window cleaning business and include Billy as their manager.  They are hired by a wealthy Duke who they aide in several adventures.


SKILL / AUTHOR CONNECTIONS: The characters speak in rhyme and limericks which make one think of Dr. Seuss.  Quentin Blake depicts them as positive and happy in his drawings. 


REVIEW: This is my first book that I have read by Ronald Dahl, but I am anxious to read more of his work.  When I first picked up the book to read, I thought it would be too easy and juvenile for the high school population.  However, I think all would enjoy the story.




REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


January 9, 2008


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Author: Joseph Bruchac

Page Length: 199

Reading Level: 6th

Genre: Narrative / Historical Fiction


REVIEW: This novel, Sacajawea, is written in a narrative form, alternatively between Sacajawea, the 16 year old Shoshone guide and William Clark, one of the two captains of “The Corps of Discovery”.  The book is an account of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition.  The narratives are directed to “Firstborn Son” or “Pomp”, Sacajawea’s son who was born on the trip.


At the beginning of each chapter written by Clark, there is an excerpt from his journal. The accounts are interesting to read as one notes Clark’s lack of spelling skills.  Each of Sacajawea’s accounts gives an old folklore story from her Indian background.


Bruchac give vivid accounts of the adventures, hardships, and paths encountered by Lewis and Clark.  The story is a unique blend of history with a humanitarian point of view from the voices of Clark and Sacajawea. 


The author develops a sense of closeness between Clark and Sacajawea.  He creates a very clear image of his interpretation of Meriwether Lewis and a slightly comical view of Sacajawea’s French husband.  The writing technique of alternative points of view keeps the reader captivated and anticipating how Sacajawea and Clark will reveal the next event.


AREAS FOR TEACHING: I enjoyed this book the best of the historical fiction novels I have read.  It would be a good novel to read as a class because of the writing technique, character development, and historical content.




REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


January 8, 2008

Pocahontas and the Strangers

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Pocahontas and the Strangers

Author: Clyde Robert Bulla

Illustrator: Peter Burchard

Page Length: 176

Reading Level: 4th

Genre: Non-fiction / Biography


SUMMARY: In this biography, by Clyde Robert Bulla, Pocahontas is a very young girl, quite curious about the white men coming to her land.  She is eager to meet them, although most of her tribe is hesitant to make friends.


She eventually meets Captain John Smith who becomes her friend. Through different events, her dad, the chief of her tribe tries to put Smith to death.  But Pocahontas asks for John Smith to be her man.  As a tradition, if a man I ask for, he is given to that woman.


Pocahontas was not old enough to marry but continued to visit John Smith.  He promised to take her to England someday.  However, a string of events happened and Pocahontas heard that Captain John Smith had died and was being returned to England on a ship.


Pocahontas continues to be involved with the new people who have come to America, not always by choice.  She eventually marries, has a baby and travels to England.  Although her life offers her many opportunities with the English, in the end, she longs to be in her homeland. 


REVIEW: This book gave me a different perspective of the relationship of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith.  I learned more about the last part of her life than I formerly knew. 


AREAS FOR TEACHING: This book would be a good book to read when studying the settling of early United States.




REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


January 7, 2008

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

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Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

Author: Margaret Davidson

Illustrator: Janet Compere

Page Length: 80

Reading Level: 4th

Genre: Non-fiction / Biography


SUMMARY & REVIEW: Louis Braille was born in the early 1800’s in Coupvray, France, son of a man who did tool and  leather work.  Louis was born with full eye-sigh but at the age of three had an accident in his dad’s tool shed which eventually caused him to be blind.


I have known about the Braille reading system for the blind but never knew the story of Louis Braille. Davidson writes an interesting chronological sequence of the events in Louis Brailles’ life.  Louis was brilliant and excellent in academics.  He was also a gifted musician.  However, rather than pursue a professional career in music, he chose to help educate others who were blind. 


The term, “Braille”, is recognized throughout the world, but like me I think most people do not know the story of where the reading method was established.  Louis Braille dedicated his adult life to having the “dot” system accepted as a way of reading for the blind.  If he had not persevered for many years, the Braille system would not have successfully been adapted for the blind.


When he died in 1852, he was not well known and his method of reading was just being accepted in schools for the blind.  However, his name became known around the world.  In 1952, one hundred years after is death, his coffin was taken from Coupvray, to rest at the Pantheon—the burial place of France’s most honored men.  It was a way of paying tribute to him for his dedication and development of the Braille reading system.


AREAS FOR TEACHING: This book was educational and interesting.  It would be great for a student to read for a biography assignment.




REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


January 6, 2008

Hellen Keller

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Helen Keller

Author: Margaret Davidson

Illustrator: Wendy Watson

Page Length: 95

Reading Level: 4th

Genre: Non-fiction / Biography


SUMMARY & REVIEW: The biography of Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson is the journey traveled through life by a totally blind and deaf girl. 


I was excited to read this book because I saw the movie, “The Miracle Worker” as an elementary child and then, as a play when I was in junior high.  I hoped the book would captivate my interest as the biographical film and live productions of Helen Keller did.


Davidson did a good job of describing the feelings and actions of Helen Keller as a child before she had any educational training.  It was easy for me to relate to the feelings and actions of her parents as they watched her struggle, unaware of how to teach or train their handicapped child.


The relationship that is established between Anne Sullivan, teacher and Helen, student, is heartfelt and warming.  The obstacles they overcome together in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s are amazing.


This book is easy to read and understand.  I would suggest it for girls, especially being teachers.  It truly shows how a teacher can make a difference in a life.


BOOK & MOVIE CONNECTIONS: The Miracle Worker written by William Gibson, & movie by the same name (1962)




REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


January 5, 2008

Julie of the Wolves

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Julie of the Wolves

Author:  Jean Craighead George

Page Length: 170

Reading Level: 6th


REVIEW & PLOT SUMMARY: The book Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George, is the story of a thirteen year-old girl’s journey to preserve the traditions and culture of her Eskimo people.  The story begins with Miyax, or Julie, as she is called by the “white people”, lost on the Alaskan tundra.  She is running out of food and, in her desperation, turns to a pack of wolves for help.  After some time, the wolves begin to see her as one of their own.  Through their assistance she is able to survive for several months before finding her way to the village Kangik.


The second part of the book focuses on Miyax’s childhood.  Her mother died when she was young which caused her father, Kapugen, to lose his mind.  In his grief, her father leaves their village behind, and he and Miyax move to a seal camp.  It is during these five years that Miyax learns the ways of her Eskimo people and embraces her heritage.  But this way of life comes to an end when her Aunt Martha shows up, and insists that Miyax return to the village and receive a proper education.   Kapugen relents, but tells Miyax there is a way to escape her aunt’s wishes: when she is thirteen, Miyax may choose to marry an Eskimo boy named Daniel, for his family follows the old traditions.  Soon after leaving with her aunt, Miyax is told that her father never returned from a hunt, and he is assumed dead.


During the years that Miyax lives with her Aunt Martha, she corresponds with a pen pal named Amy who lives in San Francisco.  Through Amy’s letters she learns about movies, sports cars, carpet, and blue jeans. She begins to flirt with the idea of a non-Eskimo life, yet decides at thirteen that the old ways are best: she will marry Daniel.


Miyax travels far to her new home, but is surprised to discover that Daniel is severely mentally challenged.  She lacks the experience and confidence to escape the marriage, and so she accepts her fate.  Things seem tolerable at first.  Her new mother teaches her how to sew, and Daniel’s father seems fun loving.  Daniel keeps to himself, and they live like brother and sister.  Yet it isn’t long before Miyax learns that Daniel’s father is an abusive alcoholic.  And, after being made fun of, Daniel decides to truly “make Miyax his wife”.  She escapes him and runs away with a few essential supplies, but gets lost on the tundra.


The last part of the book is about Miyax surviving the Alaskan winter as a true Eskimo.  She successfully feeds and clothes herself with the skins of animals, and she enjoys the company of her wolf pack, and pet bird.  She even builds her own cozy igloo.  When Eskimo hunters discover her hideout, she learns that her father, Kapugen, is alive and well in a nearby village. 


On her journey to find Kapugen, she experiences the destructive nature of progress first hand.  Miyax encounters excessive pollution, and watches her beloved “wolf father” killed for sport by American hunters. 


In the end Miyax finds her father.  He had not died in a hunting accident.  It turns out that years before he chose to start a new life for himself, and had recently journeyed to her aunt’s village to find Miyax.  At first she is thrilled.  She envisions their new life together as one lived in the old traditions.  Yet her dreams are stopped short when she meets her new step-mother, a woman who is not Eskimo, and sees that her father has embraced aspects of the “white man’s world”.  He has a TV, electric stove, radio, etc.  Initially, Miyax plans to run away to her igloo and live an Eskimo life in isolation. Yet she comes to the realization that the time of the Eskimos has ended.  With her new understanding, that change is inevitable, she heads back to her father’s village.




REVIEWED BY: Jennifer John

January 4, 2008


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Author: Cornelia Funke

Page Length: 534

Reading Level: 7th

Genre: Suspense / Fantasy


REVIEW & SUMMARY: I really enjoyed reading this book. My eight year old daughter was also enjoying the suspense as she listened to the first half of this book aloud (we would read a couple of chapters a night). The characters were entertaining and the suspense was well paced. I was anxious to read the next chapter to find out what would happen. Funke leaves questions nicely unanswered inviting the reader to find out more.   


In the book we meet Meggie, a twelve year old girl, and Mo, her father. Mo has instilled in his daughter a love of books. She has her own special book box that she carries with her everywhere. Mo himself loves to read and makes a living restoring books. Things seem “normal” until the arrival of an old friend of Mo’s named Dustfinger. After Dustfinger visits, Mo packs them up and they are on the move (something which we discover is common for Meggie and Mo as they have never stayed any one place too long). Meggie eavesdrops to discover Dustfinger and Mo discussing a particular book that a man named Capricorn wants to regain in his possession. The book is secreted away with the three of them to Elinor’s house. Elinor is Meggie’s mother’s aunt and an avid book collector. Strangers of the mob-kind visit in the night and leave with both the book and Mo. Meggie is heartbroken, but the adventure is just beginning. Meggie, Elinor, and Dustfinger are hot on their trail. How were they found so easily?  What does Capricorn want with Mo?


Perhaps the most startling discovery for Meggie is that this mob and Dustfinger refer to her father as Silvertongue. Meggie soon discovers Mo’s unique power of reading characters to life from books. She also learns that as characters come out of the story, objects and people nearby have disappeared. The book in question is in fact called, Inkheart. The mob of villains after Mo and the book are in fact characters from the book. When Meggie was a young child, her father read the book aloud to Meggie and her mother. Her mother disappeared and three prominent characters came to life. Mo has been on the run away from them ever since and try as he might he hasn’t been able to find Meggie’s mother. The adventures unfold as the forces of good and evil must battle. Who will win? How will they triumph against seemingly insurmountable odds? Can the author of the book help? What does Capricorn want the dreaded Shadow for?


AREAS FOR TEACHING: This book is a fascinating tool for teaching about the power of words and the richness of language. After all, Silvertongue (Mo) can bring characters to life. Funke came up with an original idea – characters coming to life from the book. It’s interesting to discover their longing or dislike for their homes. Teachers could discuss what makes a home and what connects people to one another.  What are our motivations in life? What makes us happy? Why do we need other people?  The list of discussion topics and writing response prompts the book yields is enormous. We also find characters in the book and who can not read and are therefore more easily controlled by Capricorn. Teachers could springboard discussions about how education, reading, and being able to consider all the alternatives changes one’s outlook. Why is knowledge important if one wants to control his/her own destiny?


It is a long book. Fantasy readers will be more interested. In general, I think that this book would be more successful with a student who already enjoys reading. I would not use for independent reading with a struggling reader – although as a read aloud it would work well. Great book!


BOOK CONNECTIONS: Since writing Inkheart, Cornelia Funke has continued the trilogy with Inkspell and Inkdeath. The first chapter of Inkspell is provided at the end of Inkheart. It looks as promising as the last. A movie, based on the book Inkheart, was made in 2008.




REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor


January 3, 2008

Earth Erupts: Volcanoes

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Earth Erupts: Volcanoes

Author: Mary Colson

Page Length: 48 (including glossary and index)

Reading Level: 5

Genre: Non-fiction


REVIEW & AREAS FOR TEACHING: These books are excellent teaching tools no matter what grade level they are being utilized with. Non-fiction sources don’t get much better than this. The graphics are superb, the interesting facts fascinating, and the breakdown of the material is wonderful (it’s a shame science textbooks aren’t written in this format).


The book is divided into 8 chapters. Each chapter contains photos with captions, quotes from spectators or scientists who have witnessed a volcanic event, hot words and hot facts about the topic. Thinking Maps would be excellent tools for breaking down and analyzing the information provided in the Colson texts. Page 8 even begins with a flow map of how a volcano erupts. Each set of pages contains so much information that several readings may be required. These books would also be excellent tools for group work and addressing individual skills.


Colson begins by explaining the beauty and danger of a volcano. She delves into the earth to reveal where volcanoes come from and why they explode. The reader learns about ancient history and how the Romans and even the Hawaiians have believed that volcanoes stemmed from their gods and goddesses.  Next, Colson details the science of volcanoes by examining the composition of the earth and plate tectonics. She details the three types of volcanoes (an excellent tree map) and the VEI, Volcanic Explosivity Index. She goes on to examine famous volcanoes both past and present and to pose the question: when and where will the next big eruption be and what will be the devastating effects? Eruption styles are detailed (another great tree map). Life after an eruption is examined; and, as in every Colson books, safety tips are detailed. The book concludes with for organizations and search tips for finding out more. The last two pages contain a glossary and an index.




REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor


January 2, 2008

Freeze Tag

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Freeze Tag

Author: Caroline B. Cooney

Page Length: 166

Reading Level: 4th

Genre: Fiction


REVIEW & PLOT SUMMARY: The cover of this book is awesome. It truly depicts the main character, Lannie, and the feeling of being frozen. The action in this story happens quickly. It did not take long for me to get “hooked”. This book is about a girl, Lannie, who has been deprived of a loving upbringing. This story is also about a pair of love-struck teenagers, Meghan and West.


In the Prologue we see the kids of Dark Fern Lane playing a harm-less game of Freeze Tag. However, we discover that the game is not harm-less after all. Lannie has the power to actually freeze people in their place. This realization frightens the children of the neighborhood who end up avoiding the game from then on. However, Lannie’s power to freeze, remains.


On page 8, we see a good description of childhood jealously. Lannie is jealous of West’s family because they are nothing like her own. Lannie’s personality becomes even more layered as the story progresses with the added emotion of hatred. Lannie hates Meghan because Meghan is allowed to hang out with West’s family. On top of all this, Lannie is jealous of the relationship that West and Meghan have. Lannie wants West in every sense of the word, and she hates Meghan because she has West as a boyfriend.


Lannie is the product of a family that has divorced and re-married. She has not adjusted well at all to this change. Lannie’s step-father doesn’t even hug her, but rather shows his affection towards a new dog. This infuriates Lannie. Meghan makes a clear realization on page 51, that no one loves Lannie and no one ever has. Lannie’s feeling of parental neglect transforms itself into a violent act as we find out that Lannie froze her own mother as she was driving a car. Her mother subsequently died. On page 63, West’s mother paints a vivid description of the type of emotional neglect that Lannie has suffered in her early life.


Lannie’s retaliations on others are in the form of freezing them. Lannie yearns for affection and love. She yearns for it from West – the boyfriend of Meghan, the son of the family Lannie admires. Eventually Lannie persuades West to go out with her. West only agrees because Lannie has threatened to freeze his loved ones if he disobeys. Meghan cannot believe West is actually going to date Lannie and drop her as a girlfriend. Yet, Meghan understands the very real threat that is Lannie and her freezing-fingers. What is ironic is that just as Lannie is jealous of West’s family, Meghan is jealous of his family too. Both Lannie and Meghan do not regard their families as comforting ones. The difference is Lannie has been emotionally neglected, while Meghan has not.


The story progresses with Lannie freezing and unfreezing people. Lannie is only persuaded to unfreeze people because of opportunities to visit with West, have sleep-overs with his sister, and just be part of a loving family environment.


As West’s siblings become more and more annoyed, they begin to plot, along with West, a way to “end” Lannie. Meghan, even though she cannot stand Lannie, does not feel that any human should be “ended”. Meghan holds fast to the idea that good triumphs over evil, and if they plot to kill Lannie, then they are no better than she is.


Eventually, West and his siblings carry out a plan where Lannie becomes trapped in his truck (one with no handles on the inside). Lannie is stuck in this truck out in the freezing cold. Meghan realizes “the plan” and tries hard not to think about it. She ultimately cannot bear to think of someone dying in the cold and rescues Lannie from her “end”. The ending of this story is more of a beginning for both Meghan and Lannie as we can only infer what may happen next. Good did triumph evil, however it appears that some of the characters who were initially “good” have turned “evil”.


AREAS FOR TEACHING: A compare/contrast lesson on the themes of good and evil would be most appropriate to touch upon with this book. Discussions on different types of family life would also be beneficial.


I would highly recommend this book to students!




REVIEWED BY: Kevin Stratton


January 1, 2008

Master List of Books (reviewed/non-reviewed)

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Book Title Author’s Name
10 Things to do before I die Ehrenhaft, Daniel
A Boy at War Mazer, Harry
A Corner of the Universe Martin, Ann
A Corner of the Universe*(2) Martin, Ann
A Family Apart Nixon, Joan Lowery
A Fate Totally Worse than Death Fleischman, Paul
A Hope in the Unseen SusKind, Ron
A Long Way From Chicago (2) Peck, Richard, 
A Northern Light(2) Donnelly,Jennifer
A Perfect Snow Martin, Nora
A River Ran Wild* Cherry, Lynne
A Single Shard Park, Linda sue
A Step From Heaven An Na
A Stone in My Hand Clinton, Cathryn
A Symphony of Whales* Schuch, Steve
A Year Down Yonder (2) Peck, Richard, 
Abel’s Island (2) Steig, William
Acceleration McNamee, Graham
Across America on an Emigrant Train Murphy, Jim
Across Five Aprils Hunt, Irene
After the Dancing Days Rostkowski, Margaret
After the Dancing Days (2) Rostkowski, Margaret
After The War Matas, Carol
Agnes Parker… Girl in Progress O’Dell Kathleen 
Aimee Miller, Mary Beth
Airborn Oppel, Kenneth
Al Capone Does My Shirts Cholden, Gennifer
Alex Rider: Eagle Strike Horowitz, Anthony
Alex Rider: Eagle Strike #4 Horowitz, Anthony
Alex Rider: Point Breaker #2 Horowitz, Anthony
Alex Rider: Scorpia #5 Horowitz, Anthony
Alex Rider: Skelton Key #3 Horowitz, Anthony
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker #1 Horowitz, Anthony
All Alone in the Universe Perkins, Lynne Rae
All’s Fair in Love, War and High School Rallison, Janette
Amalee Williams, Dar
Amazing But True Sports Stories Hollander, Phyllis & Zander
America Frank, E.R.
American’s Champion Swimmer* Adler, David
Amish Home Bial, Raymond
Among the Betrayed Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Among the Betrayed Haddix, Margaret Peterson
An Order of Amelie, Hold The Fries Schindler, Nina
Anastasia Krupnik Lowry, Lois
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging Rennison, Louise
Anne of Green Gables (2) Montgomery, L.M.
Anno’s Magic Seeds Anno, Mitsumasa
Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson Ferris, Jeri
Are We there Yet? Levithan, David
Aria Of the Sea Calhoun, Dia
Arilla Sun Down Hamilton, Virgina
Around the World in Eighty Days Verne, Jules
Artemis Fowl Colfer, Eoin
Artemis Fowl* Colfer, Eoin
Arthur Trilogy: The Seeing Stone Crossley-Holland, Kevin
Ashes of Roses(2) Auch, Mary Jane
Athletic Shorts Crutcher, Chris
Autobiography Of My Dead Brother(2) Myers, Walter Dean
Bad Ferris, Jean
Ball Don’t lie(2) de la Pena, Matt
Baseball In April Soto, Gary
Beach House Stine, R.L.
Bearstone Hobbs. Will
Becoming Naomi Leon Ryan, Pam Munoz
Begging for Change Flake, Sharon
Belle Prater’s Boy White, Ruth
Between Earth and Sky* Bruchac, David
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl Oates, Joyce Carol
Black Diamond Mc Kissack, Patricia & Fred
Blue Eyes Better Wallace-Brodeur, Ruth
Blue Jasmine Sheth, Kashmia
Blue Moon Halvorson, Marilyn
Bluish Hamilton, Virgina
Bluish Hamilton, Virigina
Bone Out from Boneville #1 Smith, Jeff
Bone The Dragon Slayer #4(2) Smith, Jeff
Bone: The Great cow Race #2 Smith, Jeff
Born Blue Nolan, Han
Born confused Hidier, Tanuja Desai
Boy Meets Boy Levithan, David
Boy Proof Castellucci, Cecil
Brainstorm* Tucker, Tom
Breakout Fleischman, Paul
Breathing Underwater Flinn, Alex
Breathless Withers, Pam
Brian’s Song Blinn, William
Brian’s Winter Paulsen, Gary
Bridge of Teribithia(3) Paterson, Katherine
Bucking the Sarge Curtis, Christopher Paul
Bud, Not Buddy Curtis, Christopher Paul
Budda Boy Koja, Kathe
Buddy is a Stupid name for a Girl Roberts, Willo
Bull Rider Halvorson, Marilyn
Bull Run Fleischman, Paul
Call Waiting Stine, R.L.
Candy Brooks, Kevin
Canyons Paulsen, Gary
Car Trouble DuPrau, Jeanne
Catalyst Anderson, Laurie Halse
Catherine, Called Birdy Cushman, Karen
Catherine, Called Birdy* Cushman, Karen
Chanda’s Secrets Stratton, Allan
Charmed Mac, Carrie
Chasing Redbirds Creech, Sharon
Chasing Vermeer Balliett, Blue
Chestnut Hill : The New Class Brooke, Lauren
Chiken Soul For the Teenage Soul : The Real Deal Friends Canfield, Jack
Chill Wind McDonald, Janet
City of the Beasts Allende, Isabel
Climb or die Myers, Edward
Coming to America Wolf, Bernard
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Sheldon, Dyan
Cousins Hamilton, Virgina
Crash Spinelli, Jerry
Crazy Lady ! Conly, Jane Leslie
Crazy Loco Rice, David
Crispin Avi
Crispin: The Cross of Lead * Avi
Crossing the Wire Hobbs, Will 
Cruise Control Trueman, Terry
Crumbling Earth Colson, Mary
Cuba 15 Osa, Nancy
Cut McCormick, Patricia
Danger Zone Klass, David
Darkness before Dawn Draper, Sharon 
Dead-End Job Grant, Vicki
Dear Austin Woodruff, Elvira
Dear Austin* Woodruff, Elvira
Death Wind Bell, William
Define “Normal” Peters, Julie Anne
Destination Unexpected Gallo, Donald
Dogsong Paulsen, Gary
Double Dutch Draper, Sharon 
Double Helix Werlin, Nancy
Dragon Rider Funke, Cornelia
Dragon Wings Yep, Laurence
Drive-by Ewing, Lynne
Earth Erupts Colson, Mary
Eldest Paolini, Christopher
Emergency Room Cooney, Caroline
Empire State Building Mann, Elizabeth
Empire State Building*(2) Mann, Elizabeth
Energy Transfers Saunders, Nigel
Eragon Paolini, Christopher
Esperanza Rising (3) Ryan, Pam Munoz
Every Second Counts(2) Jenkins, Sally
Everything on a Waffle Hovath, Polly
Eyes of the Emperor Salisbury, Graham
Fair Weather Peck, Richard, 
Fallen Angels Myers, Walter Dean
Far North (2) Hobbs, Will
Fat Kid Rules the world Going, K.L.
Fatality Cooney, Caroline
Finding Fish Fisher, Antwone Q.
Flags of our Fathers Bradley, James
Flight #116 is Down Cooney, Caroline
Flour Babies Fine, Anne
Forest Furnance Colson, Mary
Fossil fuel Saunders, Nigel
Four Perfect Pebbles Lazan, Marion
Freak the Mighty-4 Philbrick, Rodman
Freaky Green Eyes Oates, Joyce Carol
Frederick Douglass Davidson, Margaret
Freexe Tag Cooney, Caroline
Frightful’s Mountain Geroge, Jean Craighead
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Konigsburg, E.L.
Funny Little Monkey Auseon, Andrew
Gathering Blue(2) Lowry, Lois
George Washington: The Man Who would not be King Krensky, Stephen
Girl 15 charming But Insane Limb, Sue
Girl coming in for a landing Wayland, april
Girls Who Rocked the World Weldon, Amelie
God Went To Beauty School Rylant, Cynthia
Godless Hautman, Pete
Going Solo Dahi, Roald
Gone-Away Lake* Enright, Elizabeth
Goodnye, Vietnam Whelan, Gloria
Grind Walters, Eric
Guys Write for Guys Read Scieszka, Jon
Hanging on to Max(2) Bechard, Margaret
Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way* Golenbock, Peter
Hardball(2) Weaver, Will
Harley like a Person Bauer, Cat
Harriet Tubman Petry, Ann
Harris and Me Paulsen, Gary
Harry Houdini Kraske, Robert
Harry Houdini : Master Of Magic* Kraske, Robert
Hatchet Paulsen, Gary
Hatchet* (2) Paulsen, Gary
Haunted Schools Zullo, Allan
Haunting at Home Plate Patneaude, David
Heartbeat Creech, Sharon
Heat Hazard : Droughts Watts, Claire
Heaven Johnson, Angela
Heavy Metal and You Krovatin, Christopher
Helen Keller Davidson, Margaret
Here today Martin, Ann
High Noon Sundby, Scott
Hiroshima Yep, Laurence
Hit and Run Stine, R.L.
Hit Squad Heneghan, James
Hitch Ingold, Jeanette
Holes (3) Sacar, Louis
Home Invasion Polak, Monique
Home of the Braves (2) Klass, David
Hoops * (2) Myers, Walter Dean
Hoot(2) Hiaasen, Carl
Hoot* Hiaasen, Carl
Hope was Here Bauer, Joan
How Angel Peterson Got his Name* Paulsen, Gary
How I live Now Rosoff, Meg
How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found Nickerson, Sara
I have lived a thousand Years Bitton-Jackson, Livia
Ice Drift Taylor, Theodore
Iditarod Dream Wood, Ted
Immediate Dictionary Merriam-Webster
Immediate Thesaurus Merriam-Webster
Immigrant Kids Freedman, russell
Inkheart Funke, Cornelia
Inside Out Trueman, Terry
Ironman Crutcher, Chris
Island of the Blue Dolphins* O’Dell, Scott
It’s Not about the Bike Jenkins, Sally
Jackie’s Nine (2) Robinson, Sharon
Jacob Have I Loved Paterson, Katherine
Jake, Reinvented Korman, Gordon
James and the Giant Peach Dahl, Roald
Jip: His Story Paterson, Katherine
Joey Pigza Loses Control Gantos, Jack
Johnny Tremain Fobes, Esther
Journey Maclachlan, Patricia
Journey to Jo’burg* Naidoo, Beverley
Juice Walters, Eric
Julie of the Wolves (2) George, Jean Craighead
Just Ask Iris Frank, Lucy
Just Ella Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Keeper Peet, Mal
Keeper of the Night Holt, Kimberly 
Kensuke’s Kingdom* Morpurgo, Michael
Kicked Out Goobie, Beth
Kissing Doorknobs Hesser, Terrry Spencer
Kissing the Rain Brooks, Kevin
Last shot* Feinstein, John
Learning the Game Waltman, Kevin
Leonardo DaVinci* Stanley, Diane
Leon’s Story Tillage, Leon
Leroy And the Old  Man Butterworth, W.E.
Life of Pi Martel, Yann
Life, Love and the Pursuit of Free Throws Rallison, Janette
Lily B on the Brink of Cool Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody
Lion Boy Corder, Zizou
Lionboy* Corder, Zizou
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminister Boy* (2) Schmidt, gary
Locker Inside Werlin, Nancy
Looking for Alibirandi Marchetta, Melinda
Losing is not an Option Wallace, Rich
Losing Joe’s Place Korman, Gordan
Lost Star Lauber, Patricia
Louis Braille Davidson, Margaret
Love that Dog Creech, Sharon
Luna Peters, Julie Anne
Malcolm X Myers, Walter Dean
Malcolm X: By any Means Necessary Myers, Walter Dean
Maniac Magee Spinelli, Jerry
Maps: Getting From Here to there* Weiss, Harvey
Margaux with an X Koertge, Ron
Mary on Horseback* Wells, Rosemary
Math Curse Scieszka, Jon
Matilda (2) Dahi, Roald
Max the Mighty-2 Philbrick, Rodman
Maximum Ride(2) Patterson, James
Midnight Magic Avi
Midnight Magic* (2) Avi
Milkwood(2) Spinelli, Jerry
Millicent Min, Girl Genius Yee, Lisa
Missing Since Monday Martin, Ann M.
Mississippi Trial 1955 Crowe, Chris
Mississsippi Trial, 1955 Crowe, Chris
Mixtures, compounds, and Solutions Baldwin, Carol
Monsoon Summer Perkins, Mitali
Monster Myers, Walter Dean
Monster Myers, Walter Dean
Mosquito bite* Siy, Alexandra
Mr. Blue Jeans* Weidt, Maryann
Mummies, Bones & Body Parts Wilcox, Caharlotte
Mummies: Made in Egypt* Aliki
My Brother Sam is Dead Collier, James Lincoln
My Land Sings Anaya, Rudolfo
My Life and Death by Alexandra Canarsie O’Keefe, Susan
My Time as Caz Harzard Kyi, Tanya Lloyd
Navajo Long Walk Armstrong, Nancy
Neighborhood Odes Soto, Gary 
New Kids in Town Bode, Janet
Next Summer Abbott, Hailey
NFL Behind the Scenes Layden, Joe
Night Hoops(3) Deuker, Carl
Nightjohn Paulsen, Gary
Nightjohn Paulsen, Gary
Nights of the Ywisters Ruckman, Ivy
Ninja, Piranhans, and Galileo Smith, Greg
No More Dead dogs Korman, Gordon
No More Dead Dogs* Korman, Gordon
No More Pranks Polak, Monique
No Problem Gaetz, Dayle
No Shame, No Fear Turnbull, Ann
Nothing to Lose Flinn, Alex
Now You see it….. Velde, Vivian Vande
Nuclear Saunders, Nigel
Number the Stars Lowry, Lois
Of Sound Mind Ferris, Jean
Off the Map* Roop, Peter and Connie
Old Yeller Gipson, Fred
Olive’s Ocean Henkes, Kevin
On My Honor Bauer, Marion Dane
Once Upon a Marigold Ferris, Jean
One –  Eyed Cat Fox, Paula
One More Step Fitch, Sheree
One of those Books Where the Mother Dies Sones, Sonya
One Tree Hill : The Beginning Markas, Jenny
One True Friend Hansen, Joyce
Orphea Proud Wyeth, Sharon Dennis
Our Only May Amelia Holm, Jennifer
Out of the Dust (2) Hesse, Karen
Overdrive Walters, Eric
Painting the Black(2) Deuker, Carl
Parvana’s Journey Ellis, Deborah
Passage to Freedom Mochizuki, ken
Persepolis Satrapi, Marjane
Peter and the Starcatchers Barry, Dave
Pictures of Hollis Woods Giff, Patricia Reilly
Pinned Martino, Alfred
Pirates Rees, Celia
Planet Janet Sheldon, Dyan
Pocahontas and the Strangers Bulla, Clyde
Postcards from No Man’s Land Chambers, Aidan
Potraits of African-American Heroes*(2) Bolden, Tonya
Private Peaceful Morpurgo, Michael
Probably Still Nick Swansen Wolff, Virginia
Project Mulberrry Park, Linda sue
Prom Anderson, Laurie Halse
Promises to Keep Robinson, Sharon
Rachel Carson* Kudlinski, Kathleen
Rats  Cheripko, Jan
Rats Saw God Thomas, Rob
Ray Charles* Mathis, Sharon Bell
Rebel* Roberts, Willo Davis
Refuge Cove Choyce, Lesley
REM World Philbrick, Rodman
Remember the Ladies* Harness, Cheryl
Renewable Energy Saunders, Nigel
Ripley’s Believe It or Not:Creepy Stuff Packard, Mary
Rock Star Superstar Nelson, Blake
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Taylor, Mildred
Romiette and Julio Draper, Sharon 
Rosa Parks Wilson, Camilla
Rosa Parks: My Story Haskins, Jim
Ruby Holler Creech, Sharon
Ruby Holler* Creech, Sharon
Rules of the Road Bauer, Joan
Run with Horses Burks, Brian
Running Out of Time Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Sacajawea Bruchc, Joseph
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes* Coerr, Eleanor
Sarah Bishop O’Dell, Scott
Saving Francesca (2) Marchetta, Melinda
Seedfolks (3) Fleischman, Paul
Seeker Of Knowledge* Rumford, James
Shadow Diver Kurson, Robert
Shaky Ground Colson, Mary
Shark Lady McGovern, Ann
Shattering Glass Giles, Gail
Shipwrecked ! Blumberg, Rhoda
Shoeless Joe and Black Betsy* Bildner, Phil
Shooter Myers, Walter Dean
Silent to the Bone Konigsburg, E.L.
Sing a Song of Tuna Fish Codell, Esme Raji
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi Neuschwander. Cindy
Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter Neuschwander. Cindy
Skelton Man Bruchc, Joseph
Slam! (2) Myers, Walter Dean
Sleeping Freshman Never Lie(2) Lubar, David
Sleepover Weyn, Suzanne
Smiler’s Bones Lerangis, Peter
Snitch McClintock, Norah
Snow Treasure McSwigan, Marie
So Be IT Weeks, Sarah
So you want to be an Inventor?*(2) St. George, Judith
Sojourner Truth-2 McKissack, Paricia & Fredrick
Sold! Zimelman, Nathan
Soldier’s Heart Paulsen, Gary
Someone Like You Dessen, Sarah
Something Girl Goobie, Beth
Something Upstairs Avi
Somewhere in the Darkenss Myers, Walter Dean
Son of the Mob(2) Korman, Gordon
Sorcery & Cecelia(2) Wrede, Patricia
Sounder Armstrong, William
Sounder* Armstrong, William
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All Burns, Marilyn
Speak Anderson, Laurie Halse
Spellbound McDonald, Janet
Squanto Bulla, Clyde
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time Yee, Lisa
Stargirl Spinelli, Jerry
States Of Matter Baldwin, Carol
Stay Stong Williams, Terrie
Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson Deneberg, Barry
Stepping on the Cracks Hahn, Mary Downing
Stick and Whittle: Wanted for Mischiel adventurous Behavior Hite, Sid
Sticks and Stones Goobie, Beth
Stoner and Spaz Koertge, Ron
Stop the Train McCaughrean, Geraldine
Storm Run* Riddles, Libby
Storm Warnings: Tornadoes Oxlade, Chris
Strider Cleary, Beverly
Stuck in Neutral Trueman, Terry
Summer of My German Soldier-2 Greene, Bette
Surviving the Applewhites (2) Tolan, Stephanie
Susanna of the Alamo* Jakes, John
Sweet-Blood Hautman, Pete
Tangerine Bloor, Edward
Tangerine Bloor, Edward
The Afterlife Soto, Gary 
The Amazing International Space Station*(2) Editors of YES Mag.
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple Cushman, Karen
The Battle of Jericho Draper, Sharon
The Beast Myers, Walter Dean
The Beast Myers, Walter Dean
The BFG Dahi, Roald
The Big Empty Stephens, J.B.
The Birchbark House* Erdrich, Louise
The Body of Christopher Creed (2) Plum-Ucci, Carol
The Boxer Karr, Kathleen
The Boy who Saved Baseball Ritter, John
The Boyfriend Stine, R.L.
The Boys of San Joaquin Smith, D. James
The Brimstone Journal Koertge, Ron
The Burn Journals (2) Runyon, Brent
The Center of Everything Moriarty, Laura
The City of Ember DuPrau Jeanne
The City of Ember* DuPrau, Jeanne
The Clay Marble Ho, Minford
The Conch Bearer Divakaruni, Chitra
The Contender(2) Lipsyte, Robert
The Cook Camp Paulsen, Gary
The Crazy Horse Electric Game Crutcher, Chris
The Crossing Paulsen, Gary
The Cruelest Miles Salisbury, Gay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Haddon, Mark
The Dark Side of Nowhere Shusterman, Neal
The Dashwood Sisters’ Secret of Love Rushton, Rosie
The Ear, The Eye and the Arm Farmer, nancy
The Earth, My Butt and Other BIG Round Things(2) Mackler, Carolyn
The Egypt Game* Snyder, zilpha Keatley
The First Part Last(4) Johnson, Anglea
The First Woman Doctor Baker, Rachel
The Foxman Paulsen, Gary
The Friendship Taylor, Mildred
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me Dahi, Roald
The Girlfriend Stine, R.L.
The Girls Koss, Amy Goldman
The Glory Field Myers, Walter Dean
The Golden Compass Pullman, Philip
The Gospel According to Larry Tashjian, Janet
The Grand Tour Wrede, Patricia
The Great Gilly Hopkins Paterson, Katherine
The Great Serum Race* (2) Miller, Debbie
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali Myers, Walter Dean
The Haunted House* Parish, Peggy
The Hemingway Tradition Butcher, Kristin
The Hoopster(2) Sitomer, Alan Lawrence
The House of Dies Drear (2) Hamilton, Virigina
The House of Scorpion(2) Farmer, Nancy
The House of the Gulf Haddix, Margaret Peterson
The Iceberg Hermit Roth, Arthur
The Indian in the Cupboard* Banks, Lynne Reid
The International Space Station* Branley. Franklyn
The Kidnappers* Roberts, Willo Davis
The King’s Equal Paterson, Katherine
The Land Taylor, Mildred D.
The Landry News* Clements, Andrew
The Last Book in the Universe(2) Philbrick, Rodman
The Legend of the Bluebonnet* DePaola, Tomie
The Moves Make the Man(2) Brooks, Bruce
The Other side of Truth Naidoo, Beverley
The Parallel Universe of Liars(2) Johnson, Kathleen Jeffrie
The People of Sparks DuPrau Jean
The Rag and Bone Shop Cormier, Robert
The Realm of Possibility Levithan, David
The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone Giblin, James
The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone* Giblin, James Cross
The Rifle Paulsen, Gary
The River Between Us(2) Peck, Richard, 
The Road of the Dead Brooks, Kevin
The Schernoff Discoveries Paulsen, Gary
The Schwa was Here Shusterman, Neal
The Secret Life Of Amanda K. Woods Cameron, Ann
The Secret Lives of Bees Kidd, Sue Monk
The Secret Soldier McGovern, Ann
The Shakespeare Stealer Blackwood, Gary
The Sign of the Beaver Speare, Elizabeth George
The Slave Dancer Fox, Paula
The Story of Clocks and Calendars Maestro, Betsy
The Story of George Washington Carver Moore, Eva
The Story of Thomas Alva Edison Davidson, Margaret
The Summer of Riley Bunting, Eve
The Talking Earth George, Jean Craighead
The Teacher’s funeral Peck, Richard, 
The Thief Lord Funke, Cornelia
The Tiger Rising* DiCamillo, Kate
The Time Hackers Paulsen, Gary
The Trouble with Liberty Butcher, Kristin
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Avi
The Underground RailRoad* Bial, Raymond
The Upstairs Room Reiss, Johanna
The View From Saturday Konigsburg, E.L.
The Wanderer Creech, Sharon
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 (2) Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Wave of the Sea-Wolf* Wisniewski, David
The Wedding Planner’s Daughter Paratore, Coleen Murtagh
The Wish Giver* Brittain, Bill
The Witches Dahi, Roald
The World’s Dumbest Criminals: Jr Edition Ray, Alan & Butler, Daniel
The Wreckers Lawrence, Lain
The Wright Brothers At Kitty Hawk Sobel, Donald
The Year of Hangman Blackwood, Gary
The Year of Secret Assignments Moriarty, Jaclyn
Things Not Seen Clements, Andrew
Thr Trap Nixon, Joan Lowery
Thunderbolt Choyce, Lesley
Tiger Woods Edwards, Nicholas
Time Pieces Hamilton, Virgina
To Be a Slave Lester, Julius
Tough Traits Morck, Irene
Tracker Paulsen, Gary
True Believer(2) Wolff, Virginia
True Sea Stories Brook, Henry
Truth Kyi, Tanya Lloyd
Turtle Rescue* Hickman, Pamela
Ultimate Sports Gallo, Donald
Uncommon Champions* (2) Kaminsky, Marty
Unexpected Williams, Laura
Violent Skies Oxlade, Chris
Visions Gallo, Donald
Waifs and Strays DeLint, Charles
Walk Two Moons(2) Creech, Sharon
Walt Disney, Maker of Magical World* Selden, Bernice
Wanted Dead or Alive McGovern, Ann
Wanted! Cooney, Caroline
Whale Talk Crutcher, Chris
What My Mother Doesn’t Know Sones, Sonya
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? Ellis, Julie
When Dad Killed Mom Lester, Julius
When My Name was Keoko Park, Linda Sue
When Willard Met Babe Ruth Hall, Donald
When Zachery Beaver Came to Town Holt, Kimberly Holt
White-Out: Blizzards Watts, Claire
Whittington Armstrong, Alan
Who am I without Him(2) Flake, sharon
Who owns Kelly Paddik?  Goobie, Beth
Wild Water: Floods Allan, Tony
Witness Hesse, Karen
Worth LaFaye, A.
Wrestling Sturbridge Wallace, Rich
Xtreme Sports: Cutting Edge Maxwell, E. J.
Xtreme Sports: Fast Track Layden, Joe
XtremeSports: Summer Layden, Joe
Yellow Line Olsen, Sylvia
You Don’t Know Me Klass, David
You Hear Me? Franco, Betsy
Zach’s Lie Smith, Greg
Zap(2) Fleischman, Paul
Zee’s Way Butcher, Kristin
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