Thursday, May 26, 2016

Today's book 05/26/2016

  • Bond, Rebecca. ESCAPE FROM BAXTER'S BARNNew York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015IL 3-6, RL 6.1ISBN 0544332172If you were a cow, you'd be better off living with Old MacDonald, or in the dell with the farmer and his wife–anywhere else but in the Baxter brothers' barn! The animals who do live in Baxters' barn are snug and happy until they learn from Burdock the one-eyed cat that Dewey, one of the brothers, is planning something terrible, something that puts them all in danger. Together they must come up with a way to escape the barn.Can Burdock, Figgy Piggy, Nanny the goat and her kid, Fluff the sheep, Mrs. Brown the cow, and the two draft horses Pull and Tug work together? Can they get out of the locked barn in time? The tension mounts as Dewey sets his plan in motion and each animal is forced to find its inner strength. Their fear is palpable, but so is the coziness of the barn with the rain on the roof and smell of hay and old wood. When they must leave, will they be ready? (Booktalk by New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Today's book 05/25/2016

Graff, Lisa. 
New York : Philomel Books, 2015 

 When Trent was in fifth grade a terrible accident occurred. Sixth grade in a new school will be a new start for him. Despite a new year, anger issues and guilty feelings are making Trent act horribly. He pushes everyone in his life away, he doesn’t want anyone to like him. How can he have a nice life when that other boy died? (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Today's book 5/24/2016

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Castle Hangnail has a vacancy. It is in need of a wicked witch. Molly applies for the position. She is twelve years old and very polite. Polite!! Wicked witches need to be evil, rude and demanding. Molly does not look like witch material, but Castle Hangnail needs a new master right now. A castle with no master will be decommissioned and the castle minions will have no home. Maybe, with the minions help, Molly will fit the bill.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Today's book 05/23/2016

Hoffman, Alice. 
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2015 

They say there’s a monster in Sidwell, Massachusetts. They say it has enormous black wings, and that it flies only at night. Twig, who lives alone with her mother in the house her family has occupied for generations, knows that the stories are true. She knows that it’s up to her to make sure no one gets close enough to their family to guess at the secrets they conceal. But Twig is getting older, and it’s getting harder to hold herself apart from the world around her. Life is meant to be lived, isn’t it? So, when a new family moves into the old property next door, Twig secretly defies her mother to make a friend---and sets into motion a series of events that will change their futures forever…Nightbird is a story of love, of anger, of curses, and of blessings---will Twig’s actions ruin her family’s precarious existence, or will they bring about healing and forgiveness? Read Nightbird to find out.
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Today's book 05/20/2016

Vrabel, Beth. 
New York : Sky Pony, 2014 

Lucy and her best friend Becky have a plan. They are going to kiss their boyfriends behind the shed at recess. But at the last second, Lucy wants to change her mind. She doesn’t quite, but she doesn’t put her heart into that kiss either, and her boyfriend Tom can tell, but he gives her the dime store ring anyway. That night her mom gives birth to her new baby sister, but something isn’t quite ok with the baby, though nobody’s really telling Lucy what. She forgets that ring at the hospital, and when she comes back to school a few days later, just like that, Lucy is an outcast. Becky plays mean girl, Tom isn’t her boyfriend anymore, and Lucy has to find a new crowd to sit with at lunch, the dorks. With her super cool granny helping her navigate the messiness of 4th grade cliques and friendships and a great cast of characters, you’ll be glad you got to know this pack of dorks. (Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Today's book 05/19/2016

Nielsen, Jennifer.
New York : Scholastic, 2015 
IL 3-6, RL 4.7 
ISBN 0545682428 

The year- 1961 The month – August The place- Germany Almost overnight, The Berlin Wall was erected and families were divided. Fast forward four years and meet 12 year old Gerta Lowe. Gerta’s family has been separated during this spance of time. Her father and older brother were stuck in West Berlin, while she remained in East Berlin with her mother and younger brother. One morning at the market Gerta sees her father on the other side of the wall performing a strange dance. Through dance, Gerta’s father sends a message. Though it takes time for Gerta to decode the meaning, she finally realizes he is telling her to escape. Gerta processes what this means and realizes the danger it posses for the family. Many have died trying to escape. Her desire to reunite her family is strong and her determination is unyielding. Follow Gerta as she plans her dangerous journey. How can a 12 year old escape soldiers, machine guns and tanks? How can she expect her mother and brother to join on this life threatening mission? Can Gerta succeed where many have failed? Read this heart stopping account of a child’s determination to bring her family together.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Today's book 05/18/2016

Bailey, Linda. 
New York : Tundra Books, 2015 
IL 3-6, RL 4.7 
ISBN 177049815X 

Lewis Dearborn’s life transforms after the death of his great grandfather. His parents inherit the great grandfather’s historic mansion, with one catch:....they must live in the mansion for a year before the estate may be sold. Lewis claims the tower room with an ocean view and life takes a ghostly turn. He soon finds there’s more to be discovered than windows that won’t latch, fishy odors, and strange noises that are hard to ignore. Indeed, he seems to have inherited seven pirate ghosts who perished two centuries ago, and a mission to help these feisty ghosts to cross over from the land of the living…. Lewis also discovers that the pirates become visible when they are scared or upset. How can he keep their presence secret as he walks the crew across town to where their ship sits in a museum, waiting to ferry them to the underworld? Who else will discover his secret?
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