Ranger in Time, Long Road to Freedom by Kate Messner, is another episode in the adventures of the time traveling dog, Ranger. This golden retriever has search and rescue training and lives happily with Luke and Sadie unless he is called away to help out kids in another time period of history. With an old and magical First Aid kit that attaches to his collar, Ranger is beamed where needed! This time he is sent to Maryland in the 1850's to help Sarah and Jesse, two slaves who need to run away before they are sent to a southern plantation for harsh work. With Ranger at their side, the story follows the kids across the type of underground railroad that slaves traveled on in history, seeking freedom in the north. Along the way they meet brave men and women abolitionists who tried to help these fugitive slaves. Read to find out if Sarah and Jesse make it to freedom with the clever and brave Ranger, as you learn about the real underground railroad. Historical fiction. Grades 2-4.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones is the exceptionally fun and unusual story of twelve year old Sophie Brown, who has just moved with her parents to their Uncle's farm which he left to the family when he died. Sophie's father has lost his job so the farm seems the perfect answer. But the farm is in bad shape with uncared for land and no animals. That is except for one white chicken which Sophie finds and is determined to take care of. Sophie soon discovers that great Uncle Jim actually had seven very unusual chickens and there is a thief in the area that wants them. Sophie's adventures with poultry are told through letters to her beloved Abuelita, notes from mom and dad, and a correspondence with the owner of the Redwood farms who gives advice on raising chickens (especially unusual ones with special powers). Sophie may turn out to be the best farmer in her family...if she and some helpful new friends can keep the chickens away from the chicken thief! Magical Realism. Grades 3-5.
In James to the Rescue by Elise Broach, we meet Marvin the beetle and his family who live in the kitchen cupboard of James' apartment. Marvin has a special connection with James and he and the boy have learned to communicate. This story begins when Marvin, his father, uncle and cousin go on a "collecting" hunt to find odds and ends they can use. It is Marvin's first time "collecting" and he is very excited and hopeful he can find something special and useful. But when his uncle is hurt, it is Marvin's friend James who is needed to help. Get a bugs-eye view of life and its bug dangers! Fantasy. Grade 2-3
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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.