Perfect for readers transitioning to chapter books--Roscoe gets himself in a lot of predicaments which make for entertaining reading for all children...morePerfect for readers transitioning to chapter books--Roscoe gets himself in a lot of predicaments which make for entertaining reading for all children especially boys.(less)
Archibald loves science and no matter what his mom does everything he does revolves around science including his stay at summer camp where His love of...moreArchibald loves science and no matter what his mom does everything he does revolves around science including his stay at summer camp where His love of science is tranferred to his camp mates--A funny story for the child with a passion .(less)
Lightning -wind frighten baby bear, little bear and young bear who think it is a monsters as they seek the comfort of Bear and Mrs. Bear's bed--who re...moreLightning -wind frighten baby bear, little bear and young bear who think it is a monsters as they seek the comfort of Bear and Mrs. Bear's bed--who reassure them there is no such thing as monsters until they think they see one themselves--who turns out to be moose who needs a place to stay.(less)
Eleven Author Giff, Patricia Reilly Review Source School Library Journal™ - 04-01-2008 Gr 5-7-Sam is disturbed by the number 11. Is it because his bir...moreEleven Author Giff, Patricia Reilly Review Source School Library Journal™ - 04-01-2008 Gr 5-7-Sam is disturbed by the number 11. Is it because his birth date contains the number? Is he afraid of turning 11 on his next birthday? Or, is the reason much darker and deeper? As his birthday nears, Sam, who is dyslexic, finds a locked box in the attic with a piece of paper sticking out. It's a picture of Sam when he was much younger with the word "missing." He knows he must get into that box and read what's on the paper, but for Sam, reading is like trying to follow a moving spider across the page. When Sam and Caroline, the new girl in class, are paired up to work on a project, he hopes she can help him. However, the newspaper clipping leads to more questions and Sam isn't sure he wants to find the answers. the boy's relationship with his beloved grandfather is well wrought and the mystery of Sam's past will engage listeners. Narrator Stacie Snell does an excellent job of providing a distinct voice for each character in Patricia Giff Reilly's novel (Wendy Lamb Books, 2008). Her telling is clear, impelling, and well-paced. Not to be missed.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. Copyright School Library Journal™ - 2008. Used with permission. Notes: characters--grandfather Mack; friends onji and anima(p/86)
Story of how Sam saved by Mack--mack and daughter Julia fought so mack left St lawrence area and went to florida--when Julia died, neighbor brought Sam to Children's home-- But then he was found and a note from Julia giving Mack the right to take care of Sam sent to him--Mack came up on the boat to get him--but when went to home lady wouldn't let him take him--saiud come back another day--Kidnapped him from the home--took him to the boat--storm and boat split--Mack so angry at lady hadn't thought about consequences--almost lost him a second time(p.153)--took a train to onji and Anima and then next day read report in paper (which is what am found in attic)that said they were missing --vowed never to have a boat again.
Sam dyslexic makes friends with girl Caroline who has difficulty making friends but makes friends withSam/
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What if you found out you might not be who you think you are? Sam finds a box in the attic of his house where he lives with his grandfather, Mack. He sees a newspaper clipping with his picture on it at age three, and can read the word “missing,” but his reading skills aren’t very good and he has no idea what the rest of the article says. He’s afraid to ask Mack. He loves his grandfather and the neighbors around him and he doesn’t want to be taken away. Will he find the courage to ask the new girl, Caroline, to help him read what the article says? Will the fragments of dreams he keeps having about being yelled at and almost drowning ever make sense? Are these dreams tied to the truth about his life when he was younger? Would Mack even tell him the truth if he asked? Sam knows that once he begins unraveling this mystery, there will be no turning back—even if he finds out Mack isn’t who he says he is.
Prepared by Brenda Day, Library Media Specialist, Aledo Middle School, Aledo, Texas
Sam Mackenzie goes into the attic of his grandfather’s house in search of his birthday gift. Instead, he finds a newspaper clipping that appears to be about him. The problem is that Sam cannot read. He recognizes his name and decodes the word “missing,” but these two words are enough to make Sam question his true identity. He has to find someone who can help him—and it must be a girl. The boys in his class tease him because of his learning disability. Caroline, a new girl in Sam’s class, is the likely candidate because she cannot stop reading. When the teacher pairs Sam and Caroline to construct a medieval castle for a class project, the two become instant friends. Caroline reads the article, and Sam shares his strange dreams about the number 11, a castle, and a boat. Has Sam gone too far in search of the truth? What if Mack really isn’t his grandfather? How do Onji and Anima, his extended family, fit into the puzzle? Sam Mackenzie’s family may not be an ordinary family, but they offer extraordinary love. Will the facts of his past change this?
Prepared by Pat Scales, retired director of library services, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
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