Lucy is passionate about photography and trying to impress her famous photographer father who is often away on a shoot. Then her family moves to a new house on a lake and she is determined to find friends over the summer before school starts. She meets Nate, the boy next door, and his family who have spent summers at the lake for generations. They are trying to save the baby loons who nest in the lake and Lucy joins in their quest. Nate in turn begins helping Lucy find the right photos for a contest she enters anonymously because her father is a judge. Over the summer, Lucy learns more about photography, friends, protecting nature and the importance of making memories with family. Grade 4-6.
Rich by Nikki Grimes introduces us to Dyamonde Daniel, an inquisitive third grader who likes to know everything about everyone, and also loves treasure hunts and math. Her best friend Free loves to write poems and enters a library poetry contest as does the new girl Damaris. Damaris keeps to herself until Dyamonde sets out to find out her secret. Though Dyamonde finds out that some secrets are sad, she still finds a way to help out her new friend. Part of a new series with Dyamonde and her fun and interesting friends! Grade 2-4.
In Victorian London, many years ago, Bogles are monsters that are especially fond of children and live in dark spaces, like sewers and chimneys. Meet the Bogler, Alfred Bunce and his apprentice, Birdie who find these monsters and take them out! Birdie sings in a sweet voice to lure the monster into the open so the Bogler can kill him. Together they are very successful until a different kind of evil complicates their lives while a rich woman also meets the couple and hopes to get Birdie out of this life and into a better one. But does Birdie want that? And will they escape the other evil lurking around them? Read this engrossing creative, dark and thrilling story, How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks... if you dare! Grade 4-6.
In Violet Mackerel's Personal Space by Anna Branford, Violet's mother is remarrying and although everyone loves her new husband, Vincent, Violet, her sister and older brother still feel unsettled moving to a new house with so many changes. With a humorous and real voice, Violet tells the story of how her siblings adjust, and find a way to bring the family together. Read and find out what is Violet's "theory of leaving small things behind" and how it helps Violet's brother Dylan move back into the house from his tent in the backyard! Grade 2-3.
Half-Inuit Alaskan Nick is growing up in in a small remote village, where he learns to hunt and track the caribou and seal needed to feed and clothe his family. But when his half-brother, Ryan, who he hardly knows invites Nick to join him on a raft trip down the Firth River where Ryan plans to photograph the caribou run for National Geographic magazine, Nick leaves his family to get to know his brother. But with climate change, the river gives them unexpected challenges as does a strange, rare and dangerous hybrid bear, 1/2 polar and 1/2 grizzly. Read their amazing adventure in Never Say Die by Will Hobbs and learn about the Arctic wilderness, wildlife and the Inuit way of life. Grade 4-6.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.