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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
I can't resist paper-collage books. This one is beautiful! The colors and details of the illustrations are amazing!

I love the focus on unique animal
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
Out of the Dust
This is not a book that I would have selected for myself. (What can I say? I DO judge books by their covers, and the cover did not appeal to me.) This ...more
Nov 11, 2010
Oct 27, 2010
The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #1)
The Hero and the Crown was the 1983 Newberry Award winner. Although it has an interesting plot and suspenseful writing style, I wouldn't recommend it ...more
May 21, 2010
May 21, 2010
I, Juan de Pareja
This one makes me want to go to a museum and look at all the works by the Velazquez and his slave, Juan de Pareja. Historical fiction that can be a li ...more
May 19, 2013
May 19, 2013
Before recommending this Newbury winner to your elementary age readers be aware that there are some parts that are probably not appropriate for younge ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Dec 18, 2010
Shadow Of A Bull
I loved this story. I was never interested in bull fighting, and my prior knowledge of bull fighting consisted of reading the picture book Ferdinand t ...more
Feb 29, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1)
I really enjoyed reading the story of Calpurnia Tate, a young naturalist growing up in a time when gender roles were more prescribed than they are tod ...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
Elijah of Buxton
I first read this one in April 2011. Re-read with my kids in March 2013, and enjoyed it as much now as I did then.

A poignant and funny story about a f
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 18, 2011
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
I enjoyed the romanticized history of the Godolphin Arabian. Students interested in horses or racing will enjoy this story with its happy ending. The ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2010
The White Stag
A no-dates version of the history of Attila the Hun. Interesting background to a famous historical figure.
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
Call It Courage
Like Hatchet (by Gary Paulsen) with a Polynesian twist and an ending like The Giver.
Dec 19, 2010
Dec 18, 2010
The Trumpeter of Krakow
Took me a LONG time to get into this one.
May 21, 2011
Apr 21, 2012
Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)
Great story about the challenges faced by a 16 year-old orphan girl moving to Montana to prove her late uncle's 320 acre claim. Takes place in 1918, a ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
Heart of a Samurai
Based on a true story, this would be a great book for talking about how differently cultures view one another. Great for talking about character, too.
Apr 06, 2013
Mar 24, 2013
The Toothpaste Millionaire
This was a FUN, quick read. Great story which naturally incorporated opportunities to discuss racial diversity, math, economics, ingenuity, and risk-t ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jan 17, 2011
Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
Storyline was very engaging and full of adventure--a teen's Robinson Crusoe experience in the Canadian woods.

The interest level is probably a 5-6th gr
Oct 07, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
A Long Way from Chicago (A Long Way from Chicago, #1)
Interesting look at big-city kids' summers spent with small-town Grandma. Don't approve of HOW Grandma gets things done, but her heart seems to be in ...more
Jun 2010
Feb 11, 2008
The Way to Start a Day
Perfect for 6th grade ancient civilizations.
not set
Apr 06, 2011
The Book Thief
I've debated on how many stars to give this book because all the German swearing made me nuts, but the book itself was interesting and accurate in its ...more
Jun 04, 2010
May 26, 2010
The Tale of Despereaux
Originally read in 2010 and only gave 2 stars.

Re-read in 2013--with a great audio book performance--and the story is up to 4.5 stars. My kids were NOT
Nov 30, 2013
Feb 27, 2010
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
First read on 13 March 2009.

Read a second time, April 2013 so that I can read the other books in the series. (I didn't know it was a series!?)

A great
Mar 13, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
A Single Shard
First read in Feb 2011. Just listened to the audio book with my kids. They thought it was a great book, even though they were reluctant listeners.

Jun 20, 2013
Jan 11, 2011
So You Want to Be President?
Interesting presidential trivia:
How many presidents had the first name George?
How many came from Virginia?

My kids enjoyed it, and I did too.
not set
Jun 18, 2008
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
This was a very engaging, interesting book. Got me excited to do more with math and helped me see how advanced math is used in real-life situations.
Apr 27, 2012
Feb 11, 2008
The Bronze Bow
Set in Rome-occupied Israel at the time of Jesus, this story tells the tale of a Jewish boy who changes through his experiences and encounters.
Jul 2014
Oct 12, 2010
Tops & Bottoms
A hard-working and clever bunny negotiates with his lazy neighbor for the produce grown in their "shared" garden.

My kids (and I) loved this one!
not set
Feb 11, 2008
Holes (Holes, #1)
not set
Apr 19, 2010
Bridge to Terabithia
not set
Apr 19, 2010
Tudley Didn't Know
not set
May 03, 2010
The Wednesday Wars
not set
May 05, 2010
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