Friday, May 26, 2017

Fantaskey, Beth. ISABEL FEENEY

Fantaskey Beth. 
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
The time: 1926. The Location: Chicago. 10 year old Isabel Feeney is a newsgirl selling copies of the Tribune on the streets of Chicago--an unusual pursuit for a young girl during this era in a time of gangsters, corruption and guns. As she hits the streets everyday trying to make a meager living for herself and her family, Isabel dreams of becoming a journalist. Her idol is the famous crime reporter Maude Collier. Isabel wants to write for the Tribune, not just sell it. Isabel gets her chance to do some sleuthing as one of her customers, Miss Giddings, becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her gangster boyfriend. Isabel arrived on the scene just after the gun went off. Convinced of Miss Giddings innocence, Isabel sets out to prove it. Starting her own investigation, she tracks down clues and teams up with her idol reporter, Maude Collins. As Isabel starts to unravel the-who done it mystery, she becomes the target of someone who wants to silence her. Will Isabel be able to prove that Miss Giddings is innocent? Will her dream of becoming a crime reporter become reality? Is Maude Collins really an ally? Will Isabel be silenced? Discover the answers to these questions and more in Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter.  
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Schmid, Susan Maupin. IF THE MAGIC FITS

Schmid, Susan Maupin. 
New York : Random House, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 4.0
Darling Dimple has heard the old stories of Princess Mariposa’s castle and how it was built by dragons tricked into being shackled on the tower and turned to stone by magic. But in her job as pot scrubber in the under-cellar of the castle, there’s no time to think about that. Soon Darling gets a new job as Under-presser (ironer!) for the Princess’s clothes in the upper-attic, and it’s there that she discovers an old closet full of 100 gorgeous dresses, all numbered and waiting to be tried on. Not only are they beautiful, but they are magical, and when Darling slips one on, she transforms into another woman in the castle. And that’s when her adventures begin. Filled with palace intrigue and conspiracy, imposters, weddings, magical canaries and mice, and of course, lots and lots of amazing dresses, this is a great start to a new series.  
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Telgemeier, Raina. GHOSTS

Telgemeier, Raina. 
GHOSTSGraphix, 2016
Catrina’s family is moving to northern California, hoping the cool sea air will make it easier for her little sister Maya to breathe, despite her cystic fibrosis. Moving is never easy. Leaving friends and favorite things behind, while having to navigate  an entirely new place can be daunting- frightening even. For Catrina, her new home in Bahia de la Luna is even more so. On their first day in town, the sisters meet Carlos, a neighbor boy who explains that their new town is full of GHOSTS. He explains they’re not scary, but actually the spirits of lost loved ones, returning to visit. Maya is thrilled and insists on learning more, but Catrina is freaked out. When an encounter with an honest-to-god ghost puts Maya in the hospital, Catrina refuses to hear any more about them, or from Carlos. But Dia de los Muertos is approaching, and Maya’s prognosis isn’t improving. Catrina can no longer ignore her fears, and must learn to face them, both otherworldly and right at home. 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Peck, Richard. THE BEST MAN

Peck, Richard.  
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 4.1

 “Boys aren’t too interested in weddings.” That’s what 6th grader, Archer Magill says, despite the fact that he has already been in two. We first meet Archer after the wedding of two of his role-models (his uncle and his favorite teacher), but we won’t hear that story until later. Instead, we get to reminisce along with him about the first wedding he was in as a first grader and what a “train wreck” that was due to a rather embarrassing wardrobe malfunction (involving a lack of underwear). We get to watch Archer navigate through his fifth grade year with all of its ups and downs with lots of humor, some heartache, and more love than anything else. A heartwarming and wholesome story that will leave the reader feeling satisfied and content. As for that second wedding? Archer managed to stay fully dressed for that one. He was the best man, after all.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Reynolds, Jason. GHOST

Reynolds, Jason.  
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
Rl 5-8, RL 4.6

It seems like Castle Crenshaw has been running for most of his life---mostly from his experiences growing up in a tough neighborhood. He gives himself the nickname “Ghost” after he and his mother manage to run away from the most terrifying experience of all… now his father is in prison—and that’s a good thing. Ghost runs so fast that when a local track coach sees him sprint across the park, he’s determined to sign him up for the team. But maybe Ghost doesn’t want to be part of a team---all of those kids know more about track than he does, and there’s all those rules he’ll need to follow, that just seem to slow him down… There comes a time when you need to stop running away from the life you’ve had, and learn how to run toward a better life. Can Ghost learn this lesson in time?  
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)
Coaches (Athletics) -- Fiction.
                        Running -- Fiction.
                        Self-realization -- Fiction.
                        Track and field -- Fiction.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Grimes, Nikki. GARVEY'S CHOICE

Grimes, Nikki.  
New York : WordSong, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 4.5

Garvey feels he isn’t the son his Father wanted. His father wants him to excel in sports but Garvey isn’t good at sports. Garvey likes science fiction, astronomy, and reading. He also likes music and singing. A new friend encourages him to join the school chorus and Garvey gets to sing a solo. This novel is written in Tanka, an ancient poetry form which consists of five lines. The poetry style captures the many moods, feelings, and music of Garvey’s world. Get to know Garvey by reading “Garvey’s Choice” and hear the music of his story for yourself. 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 


Saturday, May 20, 2017


MacHale, D. J.  
New York ; Random House, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
There’s a place where the spirits tell their tales. Tales of unexplained mysteries, ghosts and bogeymen. They all have a story to tell, so come to The Library, if you have the key. Marcus has a key and he needs to get into that library to find some answers. What is The Library, exactly, and why are these creepy things trying to take the key from him? Why does the Boggin want the key? Marcus is having strange dreams and seeing awful things happen to other people. A strange man in a bathrobe is haunting him, fires rage and then just disappear. What is happening-- is it real or is he going nuts? Marcus hopes The Library has the answer before the terror gets worse. 
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)