Mystery. Grade 3-5.
Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry is the story of A.J. (Annemarie) who loves soccer, her dog Snickers, skateboarding and her best friend Maddie. Nothing is unusual at all until her parents leave for four weeks on a work trip and she has to stay with her grandmother. Unfortunately A.J.'s grandmother is no fun. She insists on quiet and "proper" behavior, no skateboarding, no television and her big house is empty and boring. That is until A.J. hears strange noises and finds a secret back room full of exotic birds and other animals. When she confronts her grandmother, A.J. is allowed to join and even help out her grandmother's group of retired elderly ladies in a surprising, special and dangerous society!
Mystery. Grade 3-5.
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Out of My Mind, is a very contemporary story that takes place this year, during the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Ten year old Deja lives in Brooklyn in a homeless shelter with her out of work and sickly father, hard working exhausted mother and two younger siblings. She has just started a new good school, with caring teachers who understand her families' story and want to help. Deja finds new friends as well but is then shocked to find out about the 9/11 attack (that she had never learned about) when the school decides to teach a new curriculum about it in honor of the anniversary. Follow Deja as she and her classmates journey toward an understanding of the event and its impact on her family. Realistic Fiction. Grade 4-6.
Apocalypse Meow Meow by James Proimos III is a sequel to the equally bizarre and funny Apocalypse Bow Wow, both graphic novels. The returning characters, Brownie and Apollo, and some new friends are trying to find food, after unsuccessfully trying out leaves and sticks. When rat finds a "Twonkies" factory (full of sugary gooey pastries), they think they have it made until they discover the cat guarding the factory is actually a lion. The lion challenges Apollo to a duel, in which if they win, they get the twonkies, but if the lion wins, he will eat the animals. To add to the strangeness, an ape-like human appears here and there talking about a time machine, but the animals can't catch him. Great fun illustrations. Grade 2-5.
Byrd & Igloo, A Polar Adventure by Samantha Seiple stars Igloo, a scrappy fox terrier who became the constant companion of Admiral Richard E. Byrd who was the first person to fly a plane over both the North and South Poles. Follow Igloo as he tells the story of the determined hero, navigating ice cutters in Antarctica, small cargo planes and large, adventures with penguins and glaciers, always at Admiral Byrd's side. The book is full of real photos and true facts and the reader learns about the airplanes that first crossed oceans and how these brave pilots pioneered the way for our airline industry today. Historical Fiction. Grade 3-5
Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe by Tricia Springstubb is the continuing story of fun loving, impatient, unpredictable, nature loving, Cody, who often speaks before she thinks, and her friend Spencer, who is patient, careful, and different from Cody in many ways. But the two strike up a supportive friendship when Spencer moves in down the block. Cody's mother works full time and her father, a long distance trucker, is often gone for weeks at a time, so Cody spends a lot of time with Spencer's family. She loves ants, adventure, and mysteries and the reader will love getting to know these characters and their families. In this story, Spencer's new neighbors are two girls who at first seem to be mean bullies. Read to find out how Cody and Spencer solve this problem. Realistic fiction. 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.