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The Leanin' Dog
3.79
From October 2008 SLJ:
Gr 4�7� Dessa Dean, 11, was a powerless witness as her diabetic mother froze to death when they were caught in an early-winter s
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Jul 14, 2008
Apr 17, 2011
 
Pop
3.87
Marcus Jordan made a pretty good name for himself as quarterback on the JV team at his old high school. But he and his mom have just moved halfway acr ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
Drita, My Homegirl
3.75
What a treat. This goes far beyond the "typical" friendship stories aimed at 3rd through 5th graders. A refugee from Kosovo, Drita has just arrived in ...more
Aug 12, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
 
Ways to Live Forever
4.18
Grades 4-7
Sally Nicholls is such an amazing writer. I went right into this after reading her Season of Secrets (also 5 stars), and have to admit, the
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Aug 14, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
 
When the Whistle Blows
3.78
Readers follow Jimmy Cannon's life between 1943 and 1949 as he relates events that are taking place in the little West Virginia town where his father ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
 
Captain Nobody
3.81
10-year-old Newt Newman is used to fading into the background. His parents are workaholics; his brother Chris is the star football player at the local ...more
Jun 2009
Aug 13, 2009
 
Wild Girl
3.75
Grades 3-5
Lidie has lived with her aunt and uncle in Brazil since her mother died, and her father and brother left to try to build a new life in New Y
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Aug 24, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak
3.73
Free verse entries allow readers to understand different perspectives from residents of Boston on December 16, 1773-- some of them Patriots and some o ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
 
How Oliver Olson Changed the World
3.61
Ever since Oliver was sickly when he was little, his parents have been overprotective... they don't let him go on sleepovers and they want to do EVERY ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
Harry and Horsie
3.93
After a rogue bubble from Harry's Super Duper Bubble Blooper picks Horsie up and carries him off to outer space, it's up to Harry to rescue his friend ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
 
All the Lovely Bad Ones
4.01
Deliciously creepy! Kids in grades 4-7 who like ghost stories will eat up this 2011-12 VRC nominee. My one quibble-- narrator Travis doesn't always so ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
 
The Big Elephant in the Room
3.57
Cute story, but as far as a VRC nominee for primary grades, I think the humor is going to be a little over the heads of the typical kindergartner and ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
Otis
4.06
Wonderful illustrations and text combine to create a sweet friendship story reminiscent of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Primary grades will lov ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
Mockingbird
4.16
Joining the ranks of books told through the eyes of narrators with Aspergers Syndrome, Mockingbird differentiates itself on several different levels. ...more
Jul 21, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
 
Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson
4.20
Sharon Robinson's text and Kadir Nelson's illustrations work beautifully together in this story of her father Jackie's courage in stepping into the un ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
 
How Rocket Learned to Read
4.14
A charming story of a dog who much preferred digging and running and rolling around until a persistent little bird took it upon herself to get him hoo ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
Chasing Lincoln's Killer
3.86
I had so many kids tell me how awesome this story was-- kids who said they didn't normally like non-fiction, but that they couldn't put this book down ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)
3.88
Tom Angleberger gets 6th graders' voices just right. Doodles and crumpled-looking notebook pages add to the fun. Fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid seri ...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
 
Out of My Mind
4.36
A captivating story that made me question my assumptions about people with disabilities. Melody is an engaging and spunky character. I especially enjo ...more
Jul 16, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
 
11 Birthdays (Willow Falls, #1)
4.15
None
Apr 2009
Aug 18, 2009
 
The Odd Egg
3.92
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Aug 24, 2011
 
A Isn't for Fox: An Isn't Alphabet
3.82
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Aug 24, 2011
 
What Pet To Get?
3.83
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Aug 24, 2011
 
The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes
3.84
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Apr 17, 2011
 
The Sherlock Files--the 100 Year Old Secret, 3 Cds [Unabridged Library Edition]
3.66
None
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
 
We are in a Book!
4.61
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Jan 30, 2011
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