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Abrupt ending.

I feel cheated! The book is a good read and I was truly feeling like I was in a snow storm and should be staying home from school. The...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
Malcolm at Midnight
Wonderful!! I loved it. I believe this will make a great read aloud. Kids will love the animals and mystery involved. The story was so engaging as we...more
Jun 12, 2014
May 25, 2014
Millions, Billions, & Trillions
Very good book and one to add to our collection for math concepts. This book will certainly help kids visualize and understand the numbers of million,...more
Nov 26, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Everyone talked about this book and many were disappointed it did not get a nod from the Caldecott committee. It's okay but did not do anything for me...more
Feb 02, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
Missing on Superstition Mountain (Missing on Superstition Mountain, #1)
I was disappointed in the story. It was okay but not as good as I was hoping for. Perhaps I was expecting something for a bit older student. Three bro...more
Aug 27, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
I think this book is fairly confusing to younger children. I think you need to understand and have some background knowledge of public transportation...more
Feb 02, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China
This is a memoir of illustrator and author Ed Young's (Lon Po Po- Caldecott winner) family as a young boy living in China in the 1930's when Japan inv...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
Amazing book.

The illustrations are beautiful and evoke a peacefulness. Many small illustrations fill the double page spread. Between the vignettes th...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
Guinea Dog (Guinea Dog, #1)
I enjoyed this title. It will make a good read read aloud. I was excited to see that this is the same author that wrote We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes w...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Family Reminders
Fast read. I read it in about 45 mins. This means that it probably a good fit for for my third and fourth graders. I sometimes get upset that the WAW...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
The Water Seeker
YALSA Best Books for YA 2011
KS Heartland Award Nomination List- 2011

I fell into the book and loved it. Great story. I am sure it won't take me long to...more
Jul 03, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
Sea of Dreams

A wordless book that kids will love. There is so much here to think about and notice. In this story a girl builds a sandcastle and then goe...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
Baby Island
I remember this book with such fond memories. I treasured this book as a kid. I have talked about it many times and always thought it was a book lost...more
Jan 1964
Dec 01, 2012
Forge (Seeds of America, #2)

Once again I am disappointed not to find out what happened to little Ruth, sister of Isabel. In fact this story never learns one thing about Ruth. Th...more
May 25, 2012
May 25, 2012
Inside Out and Back Again
WAW nomination 2014

Book Links Lasting Connections 2011
Booklist Books for Middle Readers - 2011
Children's Books Of The Year 2012 - Ages 9 to 12
Jane Add...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
We Planted a Tree
This one is good for sharing in April for Earth Day. It gives a view of the purpose and importance of trees.I did not like the illustrations. I also t...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
Good YA selection. I thought it was a mystery when I chose it to read; but this is more historical fiction and dealing with how society dealt with med...more
May 18, 2013
May 17, 2013
Anything But Typical
Recommended by ala. Saw in newspaper and had to find it and read it.
Really enjoyed this story. I did not want it to end and was surprised when it was...more
Aug 09, 2010
Aug 08, 2010
Emma's Journey
**spoiler alert** I did not enjoy this one. It sets out to be a journey to Paris but Emma spends all her time just getting across town. It weaves toge...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
**spoiler alert** Great book.

This would make a good book to use to introduce a unit on WW II. It covers basic concepts about how Germans felt about w...more
Feb 04, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Hero on a Bicycle

The story is of a family just before the allies liberated Florence. The family has a father who has gone off with the partisans while they...more
Oct 13, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
Star in the Forest
Short novel and quick read. Zitally is a young girl whose father has been deported back to Mexico. The family are illegal immigrants. They face worryi...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
Folksy, reminiscent of days from 60's or 70's perhaps. Word choice, prediction. Short, fast read. Gr 3 for read aloud, +4th grade for independent read...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
**spoiler alert** Not as good as some of Avi's other reads but still one that kept me reading. I love historical fiction. This one is set in 1776 - 17...more
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
The Great Death
Historical Fiction. An extremely fast read. Only 166

Great Death was the near decimation of the Alaskan natives at the turn of the 20th century due to...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
Also Known As Harper
p243 grades 5-8

Subject matter for mature readers.
realistic fiction, poverty, homelessness, family, friendship, death, single parents, alcoholism, trag...more
Jul 10, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
True (. . . Sort Of)
Not one of my favorites. The story is so slow to develop. It did not seem to really get into the story until half way through the book. It just took s...more
Dec 03, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
Beryl: A Pig's Tale
I was expecting more of a fun tale. This one is the story of a pig who is a "pink pig" or a porker for market piglet. Her name is Beryl and she lives...more
May 10, 2012
May 11, 2012
Being Frank
Great book. This is one that just about any grade level could use. It helps kids think about honesty and learning how to be kind and not people's feel...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
Andi Alpers is our protagonist who is still dealing with the loss of her brother even after 2 years. Alexandrine Paradis is her counter part in the 17...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
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