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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.
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.