Lulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Keven Cornell continues the adventures of tantrum loving, demanding and resourceful Lulu, who has now settled down and is busy with trombone, homework, swim team and walking neighborhood dogs. But when her parents inform Lulu they are going on vacation without her and leaving her with a babysitter, even "the best babysitter in the World", Lulu is mad! And when she meets the babysitter, Sonia Sofia Solinsky with her medals, combat boots and deep commanding voice, she becomes determined to get rid of her! And so begins Lulu's mysterious mission, full of clever traps from both Lulu and the equally sneaky sitter. Who will win? Realistic Fiction. Grade 2 -3.
In Class Dismissed by Allan Woodrow, a 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Bryce suddenly walks out on her class, disgusted with their disobedience. Although she tells the office she is quitting, there is an emergency at the same time and a student takes the call. When the class realizes that nobody officially knows their teacher has left, they decide to keep it that way. At first it is all games and silliness in school for this teacherless class, but they begin to wonder how long can they keep up the pretense that they have a teacher? Aren't their parents going to wonder where is their homework? And what about field trips and the upcoming 5th grade play? The story is told in alternating voices by many of the boys and girls of the classroom. Read to find out how the year turns out and the surprising lessons that are learned! Realistic Fiction. Grade 3-5.
Red's Planet by Eddie Pittman is a science fiction graphic novel with a great adventurous heroine, Red, and terrific lively drawings that seemed to jump off the page. Red is tired of being a foster child and runs away one night hoping to find a better place. Instead she is abducted by an alien ship that is collecting rare specimens from all over the galaxy. When pirates crash the ship onto a deserted planet, Red has to work with a very interesting and somewhat bizarre group of aliens to find shelter and food and a way off the planet, unless, this is the home she always wanted? Science fiction graphic novel. Especially for fans of Amulet. Grade 3-5.
Finally, a fitting book to end this summer break Reading Blog, a baseball biography! Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares, brings us a very young George Ruth, before he became the Babe. George was a troublemaker and often ran away from school. Then his parents enroll him in Saint Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a tough place that George does not like. But it is here that he meets Brother Matthias who changes his life. Through Brother Matthias, George falls in love with baseball and the rest is history. In this biography we learn not just how the Babe got started in baseball but also how he gave back to his beginnings after he was a star. Biography. Grade 2-4.
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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.