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The Five Chinese Brothers
4.17
The actual story begins with the first Chinese brother going out to fish, he brings with him a young boy from town who has begged repeatedly to go out ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
Esperanza Rising
3.85
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! Esperanza Rising is set in the early 1930s, twenty years after the Mexican Revolution and during the Great Depression ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 08, 2011
 
Wait Till Helen Comes
4.13
This book is based on a true ghost story and the way this story is told will thrill you and will keep you thinking about it for hours.
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Nov 19, 2011
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.39
Overall Response
I never enjoyed science fiction, but I did enjoy “The Hunger Games.” It was so engaging! In a dystopian future a girl from an impoveri
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Oct 2011
Oct 22, 2011
 
Make Lemonade (Make Lemonade, #1)
3.62
LaVaughn is a fourteen year old girl who is determined to be the first in her family to go to college. She comes from a poor family, however (it’s onl ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 11, 2011
 
The Zabime Sisters
3.10
This is the story of a day in the life of the three Zabime sisters on the first day of summer vacation. Set on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe it h ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 24, 2011
 
The Houdini Box
3.94

Cute book about a boy named Victor, who wants to be a magician like his hero, Harry Houdini. Victor meets Houdini at a train station and Houdini invit
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Nov 2011
Nov 06, 2011
 
Frindle
3.76
Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas and most have gotten him into trouble at school. But now Nick's in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a tro ...more
Oct 2011
Nov 11, 2011
 
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
3.82
This book is about the Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793. The author, Jim Murphy, describes the both the horrifying details of the people ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 06, 2011
 
American Born Chinese
3.86
Overall Response

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is a well-crafted graphic novel that explores issues of self-image, cultural identity, transfo
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Sep 21, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
 
The Arrival
4.32
“The Arrival, is a brilliantly conceived, poignant book of illustrations (no dialogue) that chronicles the arrival of an immigrant in a new country. T ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 24, 2011
 
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
4.05
This Caldecott Honor book is Peter Sis's autobiographical account of growing up in Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia. Sis combines beautiful illustr ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
 
Love Is the Higher Law
3.78
This is a David Levithan novel of growth, or a city and of a nation. In the novel, 3 teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are all very different. Claire is ...more
Nov 2011
Oct 24, 2011
 
Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem
3.88
Short, but very powerful. This requiem honors a slave who died in Connecticut in 1798. His owner, a doctor, dissected his body, boiling down his bones ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 29, 2011
 
Love That Dog
3.98
Sharon uses free verse to celebrate poetry and the writing of poetry. On the first page we meet Jack, a student of Miss Stretchberry’s. He tells us si ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 29, 2011
 
The First Strawberries
3.93
This Cherokee creation tale tells the story of a quarrel between the first man and woman. When the woman walks away from her husband’s harsh words, he ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
The First Part Last (Heaven, #2)
3.94
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson is a book that young teens should use to learn from. This book is about a teenaged father named Bobby who is rai ...more
Nov 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
3.91
Yummy is based on the true story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer who lived and died tragically in Chicago 1994. The story is seen through the eyes of a fic ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 24, 2011
 
We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
4.28
"We Are The Ship," takes the reader on a journey through the Nego BaseballLeague. Nelson's style of writing reads like you were Listening to a first h ...more
Nov 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
3.73
his sympathetic but realistic portrait of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) helps children understand the syndrome better. ...more
Oct 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
Shipwreck At The Bottom Of The World: The Extraordinary True Story Of Shackleton And The Endurance
3.90
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World is a nonfiction work about Ernest Shackelton and his team attempting to become the first team of explorers to cro ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 05, 2011
 
Charlotte's Web
4.11
"Charlotte's Web," by E.B. White, belongs to a special class of literature: a children's book which has much to offer to older teen and adult readers. ...more
Aug 2011
Sep 17, 2011
 
Henry's Freedom Box
4.42
Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
Smoky Night
3.86
A boy and his mother watch from their apartment window as the Los Angeles riots play out below them. Smoky Night is a very thought provoking book that ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 01, 2011
 
Pablo Remembers
3.62
“Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead” is an excellent children’s picture book to use to introduce or learn about Mexico's Day of the De ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
4.13
This is a child's picture book about Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who helped thousands of Jewish refugees in Lithuania escape Europe during ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
4.11
In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and pe ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 24, 2011
 
Catwings (Catwings, #1)
4.03
I loved this book as a kid and still think it's a great, cute little story. The four winged kittens in this book grow up in the city but fly off in or ...more
Oct 2011
Nov 19, 2011
 
The Three Pigs
4.13
An excellent spin on the story "The Three Little Pigs." When the wolf meets the first house and he huffs, and he puffs, and he blows the pig right out ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
 
Now We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh, #4)
4.38
I liked this. Nice poems about childhood. I chose to read this because Winnie-the-Poo was one of my favorites. Beautiful stories crafted through poems ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 29, 2011
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