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Crumbled! by Lisa Harkrader
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I predict this fun tale will be popular in my 4th grade library. With the nod to fairytales that is so popular with my students, to the history lesson in dung farming complete with an informative author's note at the end, to the heroic quest of an un ...more
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Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron
Maybe a Mermaid
by Josephine Cameron (Goodreads Author)
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This book surprised me and intrigued me. The Boulay Mermaid and the Showboat Inn added mystery with touches of whimsy and nostalgia. Anthoni's unsolved struggles with her mom's Can Do Anything attitude and failing multi-level marketing sales career f ...more
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The Forty Thieves by Christy Lenzi
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The 7th graders at my school read Ali Baba and the Forthy Thieves in history every year, and as the reading intervention teacher, I have helped many a struggling student pull the main ideas out of the story so I am fairly familiar with it. This ARC j ...more
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Solving for M by Jennifer Swender
Solving for M
by Jennifer Swender (Goodreads Author)
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I loved Mika's story and her math journal and found myself flying through it. The story is fairly typical: Mika starts middle school (as a 5th grader) and gets separated from her best friend. She struggles to know where she belongs and her math teach ...more
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All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura   Tucker
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Beautiful, timeless, and an ode to art. As an adult, I really enjoyed Ollie's story. Her journey to understanding her father's disappearance and her mother's debilitating depression is lyrical and heartbreaking. I do not think that this is a story fo ...more
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The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom by Temre Beltz
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Orphan Birdie Bloom is destined to live a tragic existence until the winds of Waverly make her a penpal to witch Prunella Crunch. Prunella is just as horrified to learn that Birdie is a child (witches avoid them) as Birdie is to learn Prunella is a w ...more
The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom by Temre Beltz
"Birdie Bloom is a Tragical in the world of Wanderly, which means her life is destined for a gloomy end. Imprisoned in a castle with other Tragical children, Birdie discovers a hidden, unfinished book (something banned) which gives her a vision of..." Read more of this review »
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How I Became a Spy by Deborah Hopkinson
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This was a fast-paced historical fiction novel for those readers who love a good mystery. As one of my students pointed out this week, most stories have a dog in them, and Little Roo did not disappoint. The story was also jam-packed full with facts a ...more
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Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson
Dog Driven
by Terry Lynn Johnson (Goodreads Author)
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As a guide-dog-for-the-blind puppy raiser, I was immediately captivated by McKenna's story and could not put it down despite my first-week-of-school- teacher tiredness. McKenna's family is still rebounding from her sister's eye diagnosis. When her si ...more
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Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido
Emmy in the Key of Code
by Aimee Lucido (Goodreads Author)
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A perfect middle school book! Last year my students were really enamored with the novel-in-verse format so I am on the lookout for books in this format that older students can relate to. I was intrigued with how the author used poetry in this book to ...more
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