Science Club and Art Club are fighting it out over who gets a coveted table at the school's club fair and Penelope "Peppi" Torres has gotten stuck inScience Club and Art Club are fighting it out over who gets a coveted table at the school's club fair and Penelope "Peppi" Torres has gotten stuck in the middle. Peppi just wants to survive life at her new school but she's going to have to make some hard decisions if she wants to keep the peace. The perfect book for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile and Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl....more
Arcady is an orphan in Soviet Russia. One thing makes him stand out from the other hungry, mistreated boys at the children's home: he is a whiz at socArcady is an orphan in Soviet Russia. One thing makes him stand out from the other hungry, mistreated boys at the children's home: he is a whiz at soccer.
When an orphanage inspector unexpectedly adopts Arcady and brings him home, the boy has no idea what's going on. Is this man a soccer coach? Why else would he want a child whose parents were labeled enemies of the state?
But as Arcady gets to know the man, he realizes there may be more reasons for people to take care of one another than because they can get something out of it.
Here's another insightful historical fiction from the author of Newbery-honor book Breaking Stalin's Nose, based in the same place and time. And like the other title, kids don't have to be super readers to love this one. It has simple vocabulary, short chapters, and illustrations, and can be devoured in one sitting....more
Within a couple pages of the front cover, Alvin has already stripped down to his birthday suit in the airport security line and emptied the highly susWithin a couple pages of the front cover, Alvin has already stripped down to his birthday suit in the airport security line and emptied the highly suspicious contents (you know, knives, lighter fluid, etc.) of his PDK onto the x-ray conveyor belt. And the rest of the book continues in typical Alvin fashion, all the way to the high rises and air pollution and ancient history of Beijing to visit his relatives.
Alvin is just as lovable across the globe as he is in Concord – but you’ll be thankful you don’t have to travel with him.
Alvin returns for a bout with his latest foes: a sympathetic pregnancy (which mostly involves him eating a whole lot while his mom's pregnant), a burgAlvin returns for a bout with his latest foes: a sympathetic pregnancy (which mostly involves him eating a whole lot while his mom's pregnant), a burglar in Concord (who steals his life savings from his class's PDK), and hockey (for which he is the goalie because he fills up the whole goal).
Alvin devotees will be satisfied with his latest "allergies" and antics.
The sequel to 2011’s Newbery-winning Dead End in Norvelt is just as laugh-out-loud wacky as the first. Jack teams up again with old Miss Volker, the lThe sequel to 2011’s Newbery-winning Dead End in Norvelt is just as laugh-out-loud wacky as the first. Jack teams up again with old Miss Volker, the last original old lady in Norvelt (now appearing to be approaching senility in fits and starts), and this time they’re on a road trip to catch a murderer whose MO is poisoning old ladies with Girl Scout Cookies. Just one teensy problem arises on the way: they’re not exactly certain who the murderer is, or what to do when they catch him (or her)…
Along the journey they have to contend with a fall into a septic tank (but I thought it was a bomb shelter!), Miss Volker’s stiff claw hands (only viable when she heats them up), Jack’s constant nosebleeds (strong enough to break through Miss Volker’s “cure” from the first book), and a couple of folks who seem to be after them with intent to kill.
There were a handful of moments when I lost the storyline for a couple paragraphs because the narration was a little bit confusing. But the bizarre situations, the Miss Volkerized historical mini-lessons, and the outrageous, dark humor were all there. Don’t expect to find yourself in Norvelt again…but definitely prepare for another wild ride at the hands of Jack Gantos.
Albie is almost everything, but not quite the best at anything. He’s not all that smart, but he can’t blame his bad grades on a learning disability. HAlbie is almost everything, but not quite the best at anything. He’s not all that smart, but he can’t blame his bad grades on a learning disability. He isn’t particularly good at chess, like his friend Erlan, nor does he excel at sports or art. No matter how much he studies, he can’t seem to get more than three or four words right on his spelling test.
Even though he struggles to live up to his parents’ strict expectations and gets bullied at his new school, Albie’s fifth grade year is full of new people who encourage him to be fully Albie. An artsy nanny, a girl at school who hardly ever speaks, a best friend whose family stars in a reality show, the owner of a coffee shop, a corny math teacher, and sometimes his own parents…all of them see and love Albie for who he is, even if he’s still trying to figure out who that might be.
It may not sound like much of a story, but this is a really good book. I’m keeping an eye on it for the Newbery.
The most notable event on Armani’s horizon is her tenth birthday party, which is only a few days away. But as a swelling hurricane approaches her homeThe most notable event on Armani’s horizon is her tenth birthday party, which is only a few days away. But as a swelling hurricane approaches her hometown of New Orleans, the birthday celebration begins to get overshadowed by a sense of unease, then panic, then desperation.
Over the course of a few short days, Hurricane Katrina redefines what it means to Armani to turn ten years old. Instead of parties and presents, she is swept up in a whirlwind of tragedy and fear that seems too much for a kid. And instead of just getting one year older, she has to grow up all at once.
If you like drama, intensity, honesty, and improbable courage, you’ll want to read about Armani and her family’s Hurricane Katrina experience.
Trouble and dog bites and foster kids and Ireland and locked trunks and crows and a best friend who talkstalkstalks…oh, and a boy falling out of a treTrouble and dog bites and foster kids and Ireland and locked trunks and crows and a best friend who talkstalkstalks…oh, and a boy falling out of a tree, seemingly from another world. If you like mystery and intrigue and trying to connect the dots before the characters figure everything out, give this magical tale a try.
Sophie couldn’t ask for a more loving guardian – or a better friend – than Charles Maxim, the scholar who took her in as a baby after a shipwreck. ButSophie couldn’t ask for a more loving guardian – or a better friend – than Charles Maxim, the scholar who took her in as a baby after a shipwreck. But she insists she has snatches of memories of her mother, and she longs to find her. When the child welfare hawks threaten to take Sophie away from Charles, the Maxim duo decide there is no better chance for them to run away to Paris and seek Sophie’s mother.
A venture onto the hotel rooftop opens Sophie’s world when she discovers a community of orphan children called Rooftoppers. They live in shadows and move at night, and some of them are highly dangerous. As she begins to spend more time on the rooftops, Sophie learns about bravery and love. Will the rooftoppers be the key to Sophie’s mother-hunt?
If you enjoy unique imagery – sticky buns that taste like blue skies, or welfare authorities having a suit where a heart should be – you’ll appreciate the way Katherine Rundell writes.
Fans of A Tale of Despereaux will find a similar feel to this story.
Kyle Keeley and eleven of his classmates have won the opportunity to spend the night in the town’s brand new public library, created by world-famous gKyle Keeley and eleven of his classmates have won the opportunity to spend the night in the town’s brand new public library, created by world-famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello.
Once they arrive, they discover they are part of Lemoncello’s latest game, and the first person to find his or her way out of the library (besides through the front door) will star in Lemoncello’s game commercials.
Team up with Kyle and his classmates to see if you can solve the clues before the book ends. (Hint: the more books you’ve read, the better your chances.) This is a super-fun read that you’ll scramble to finish before time runs out.
The Gaither sisters - Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern - are back home with their dad and grandmother after an eye-opening summer with their mother in CaliThe Gaither sisters - Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern - are back home with their dad and grandmother after an eye-opening summer with their mother in California (see One Crazy Summer). But they didn't come back to the same old thing; it turns out there have been some major changes since they've been away.
The girls keep in touch with their mother via letters, and she's always telling Delphine to be eleven (even after she turns twelve!). But what in the world does she mean? This is Delphine's to figure out, as she navigates a new and unique teacher, her father's new girlfriend, the buildup to the sixth grade dance, and her own changing relationship with her sisters.
It's better than the first one, which got a Newbery honor, so...do you think it has a shot at gold this year?
She’s on a long trip with her brother and grandparents, working for a wheat harvesting company for the season so they caSummer’s had some rotten luck.
She’s on a long trip with her brother and grandparents, working for a wheat harvesting company for the season so they can pay the rent while her parents are in Japan with a sick friend. Bad luck.
Her temperamental brother Jaz can’t seem to make a friend anywhere he goes. Bad luck.
Her grandma’s back pain is getting worse, and her grandpa’s getting sick. Bad luck.
And no matter how hard she tries, her grandmother acts like everything that goes wrong is Summer’s fault. Talk about bad luck.
Every time it looks like something good is going to happen, bad luck strikes somewhere else. But when things get really awful, Summer starts to realize something she didn’t know her grandmother was teaching her all along: not everything is up to luck.
This book was so. good. And Summer’s narration is funny, even when she’s talking about something serious.
This is a great selection for your first- or second-grader who is ready to move on from the Beginning Chapter Books section, but isn’t quite mature enThis is a great selection for your first- or second-grader who is ready to move on from the Beginning Chapter Books section, but isn’t quite mature enough for the content in most juvenile fiction.
Billy Miller’s story is ordinary, and that’s what I love about it. He goes to school, he loves his family (but his little sister drives him crazy), he worries, and he tries to do his best. Henkes demonstrates his authorly chops by rendering Billy’s quotidian dilemmas worthy of the reader’s attention and care. The side effect of such astute writing? Kids see that everybody’s story is interesting, even if it’s not full of outlandish adventures or tragic family drama. Billy is no fire-slinging hero, but he’s someone who can inspire a regular kid to be brave and kind in small ways each day.
I just love stories that introduce me to a sampling of people who would be unlikely ever to become friends…then introduces those people to one anotherI just love stories that introduce me to a sampling of people who would be unlikely ever to become friends…then introduces those people to one another. In the hands of a great writer, what unfolds is humor and compassion and oddball situations and unexpected kindnesses.
Holly Goldberg Sloan is a great writer, so you can look forward to all those things.
Willow Chance, a 12-year old genius with a deep intuition about other people but not much luck in actually making connections, has suddenly become an orphan. When her slacker school counselor unwittingly introduces her to the Nguyen family, who run (and live behind) a nail salon in town, Willow’s life assumes a bumpy but not necessarily bad course. Throw in a superstitious taxi driver who decides Willow is an angel sent to him from heaven, and things get downright complicated.
The book sort of reminded me of Wonder, in some ways; but I much preferred the author’s way with words in this story, and I also thought she did a better job keeping all the details of plot and character tight and together.