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No More Independent Reading Without Support by Barbara Moss
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The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky
The Dyerville Tales
by M.P. Kozlowsky (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
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The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky
Walden Pond Press, 2014
Fantasy
336 pages
Recommended for grades 4-8

Wow. I read this book slowly, and even then, I didn't spend enough time with young Vince. The summary of the book can be found here.
I love the para...more
Nicole rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
A Snicker of Magic
by Natalie Lloyd
read in May, 2014
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A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Scholastic Press, 2014
Fantasy
320 pages
Recommended for grades 4-6

I listened to this on audio-great reader, very youthful sounding, which gelled well with the young narrator.
This one has been bouncing around the inter...more
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The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
The Dumbest Idea Ever!
by Jimmy Gownley (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
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The Dumbest Idea Ever, by Jimmy Gownley
Graphix, 2014
Memoir
238 pages
Recommended for grades 4+

This memoir by Jimmy Gownley, creator of the Amelia Rules series, gives readers insight into his youth, specifically his high school years, when he became a c...more
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Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
Little Brown Books, 2013
Sci-fi/Thriller
304 pages
Recommended for grades 4-8
Audio read by Sunil Malhotra

Zombie Baseball Beatdown is on the 2014-2015 Maine Student Book Award reading list, though it was one I...more
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Spell Robbers by Matthew J. Kirby
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The Quantum League: Spell Robbers by Matthew J. Kirby
Scholastic Press, 2014
Science Fiction
263 pages
Recommended for grades 4-6

Right off I was reminded of 2013's The Ability, a story where kids are honing in on a mental power within themselves. This ti...more
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Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth
Hi, Koo!
by Jon J. Muth
read in April, 2014
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Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth
Scholastic Press, 2014
Poetry
32 pages
Recommended for grades 1-4

If Jon J. Muth paints it, I will buy it. There is something so perfectly real and also perfectly magical about all of his work.

The author’s note at the start of thi...more
Nicole rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Sparky! by Jenny Offill
Sparky!
by Jenny Offill
read in April, 2014
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Sparky by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014
Recommended for all!

After seeing this book shared on Carrie’s blog I just had to read it for myself! Immediately after reading through it I knew something else, my 4...more
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Sorry You're Lost by Matt Blackstone
Sorry You're Lost
by Matt Blackstone (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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Sorry You’re Lost by Matt Blackstone
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014
Realistic Fiction
320 pages (ARC details)
Recommended for grades 7-9

Well, this was a tough one. This story opens with 7th grade Denny riding home from his mother’s funeral. Next chapter: fas...more
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After the River the Sun by Dia Calhoun
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