Over the summer, our Superpower teachers and students sent us summer reading photos. Check out the wall outside the LMC to see more!
Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan brings the reader into the secret world of a new possum family, a large group of newly born siblings who all have names that begin with A. Appleblossom, the youngest and smallest, tells the story of how possum's live and interact with other animals, and how their mother teaches them about the world and then leaves them to try life on their own. But Appleblossom, Amlet and Antonio decide to stick together and their adventures are full of heart, fun, daring and danger.
The Only Game by Mike Lupica is baseball for Jack. He lives and breathes the game in a town that loves baseball and its Little League games. Jack is a talented pitcher and this year, as he turns 12, he has plans to lead his team to the World Series. But all that changes drastically when his beloved daring older brother, dies in an accident. Jack just can't face the game, fearing he contributed to his brother's accident by not telling his parents what his brother intended to do. The team, coach, and his parents are shocked at Jack's decision not to play and nobody seems to respect him except Cassie. Cassie, a top softball player on the town's girls team, recruits Jack to help coach her team in his spare time. Read to find out how Cassie and Jack's friends help him come to terms with his loss and maybe even get back to the "only game".
I Funny, a middle school story by James Patterson is the first in a very funny series starring Jamie, an unusual comedian. Jamie is confined to a wheelchair since losing the ability to walk after a terrible car accident in which the rest of his family died. Now living with his aunt, uncle and a bully of a cousin, Jamie just wants to be treated like everyone else. And he faces the world, his school, and his cousin with a humor that makes everyone around him laugh. Friends finally convince him to try out for a contest called the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic. Does he have the courage to compete and will he win? Read this unusual but often hilarious story that can make you laugh and cry! Grade 4-6.
In Honey by Sarah Weeks we meet Melody and her dad. They have been on their own since Melody's mother died when she was a baby. Though Melody longs to know more about her mother, she and her father are close and happy. That is until he starts acting very mysterious, singing silly songs, whispering into the phone to "Honey" and going out more. Could her father have a girlfriend and if so, who? Melody and her friend Nick are determined to solve this mystery even if it means spying, sneaking around and invading a gossipy nail salon! Melody is devasted when she thinks she has the answer- her father's girlfriend is a teacher, one that Melody does not like at all! Could she be right? Grade 3-5.
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly is the sequel to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, in which the reader first meets Calpurnia Virginia Tate, "Callie", the only girl in a family of six brothers living in central Texas in the early 1900's. Callie is different then most of the girls around her, as much to her mother's dismay, she loves only the outdoors, plants and animals alike, and does not want to learn to cook, sew or play the piano. With her grandfather, a noted botanist's guidance, she continues to learn and grow in her knowledge as this second book begins. But it is her younger brother, Travis, who provides much of the adventure in this book. Travis adopts and tries to tame all sorts of wild animals, from birds and bunnies to raccoons and coyotes. Often he solicits Callie's help as the animals wreak havoc all over their Texas ranch. When a new animal vet moves to town, he thinks Travis might have what it takes to become a vet and offers to let him watch and help out. But it is Callie, not Travis who has the talent and the stomach to assist. Read to find out if this girl will be allowed to do things only boys were allowed to do in 1900 including thinking about going to college!
In Woundabout by Lev Rosen the reader meets Cordelia, age nine, and Connor, age eleven and their pet capybara, Kip, on the way to the town of Woundabout to meet their only living relative, Aunt Marigold for the first time. Sadly, the children's parents who ran a capybara ranch training them to sniff bombs, died in an accident. Although Aunt Marigold seems happy to adopt the children, she is strange and distant at first and it is the butler Gray who shows the children around their new home and the strangely quiet town of Wondabout. They find barren parks and few children but also some weird eight-sided holes in various points around the town. Read to find out what is really going on in Woundabout, how the children solve the mystery, win the hearts of its people, and find a home where they can be happy. Grade 3-5.
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore takes place in 1953 in a small town in Vermont, where the local factory is being investigated for "communists" during the period of our history when the country was in a cold war with Russia and very fearful that communist spies were hiding everywhere! Smart, sassy Hazel is a loner, often ostracized by other students at school because her parents run the local cemetery where Hazel spends a lot of time. But Hazel who loves mysteries, quickly throws herself into the controversy seeing a likely spy suspect in her parent's employee Mr. Jones. With a new friend in town, Samuel, whose past is also a mystery, Hazel begins her own investigation, complete with midnight spying, interviews, and research at the library, but what if she is very wrong? Read to find out what is going on in Maple Hill and how two friends learn a lot about trust, fairness and their history. Grade 4-6.
My Reading List!
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.