The Loser's Club by Andrew Clements is the club Alec, a true bookworm, creates during the Extended Day program he and his brother go to after school. Every one in Extended Day has to choose a club but Alec really just wants to spend the time by himself reading. Reading is what he loves, more than playing kickball, or building legos, doing origami or any of the other offered clubs. But there is no reading club yet, and the supervisor will only let him start a new one if he has other members. So he finds one other reader and he invents the "Loser's Club" hoping nobody else will join with that name. Though for awhile Alec gets his wish and just reads, things begin to change when a new girl, Nina, joins, and Alec's enemy Kent, who likes Nina, becomes jealous. This is a situation Alec's many books have not prepared him for. And to make matters more complicated, more kids are discovering his club and liking it. Could Nina and other students actually make it better? And what about the bully Kent? Grade 3-5. Realistic Fiction.
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest by Wanda Coven is a new series about a determined 8 year old, Heidi, who has a magical secret. Her parents are witches! But Heidi is supposed to be growing up normally. But when she enters a cookie contest and her enemy Melanie, teases that Heidi's cookies are too ordinary, Heidi cannot resist finding the Book of Spells her parent do not let her touch. What will happen when she uses a spell on her cookies? Should she listen to her best friend's advice and cook what she knows? Real situations, and a little magic too! Grade 2-4. Fantasy.
Sci-Fi Junior High by John Martin takes place far out in space, where Kelvin and his family are headed, on a speeding space ship, when the book begins. His parents are going to work on a special and super secret project on a space station and Kelvin and his sister will go to school at the Interstellar Galactic Science Hub. Unlike the Junior High at home you get to this school through a worm hole and must remember to always wear his space suit and helmet. Plus the other students are seemingly pretty weird, from all over the galaxy, not Earthlings at all. To make things even tougher, Kelvin's parents are known as genius scientists' and Kelvin feels like he is not like them at all. But when another scientist who wants revenge on Kelvin's parents sneaks on the space station, and steals the giant robot they are working on, trouble could be brewing in space for everyone. Grade 2-5. Science Fiction
Double or Nothing, with the Two and Only Kelly Twins by Joanna Hurwitz. Meet Arlene and Ilene, identical twins, from their red glasses to their missing front teeth and pigtails, these girls are tough to tell apart. And so far, they like to do pretty much the same things. But this year, things are looking a little different. The girls meet another two girls who are triplets (with a brother) and these girls like to do a lot of things separate from their sister. Would that work for Arlene and Ilene too? Can the girls discover discover different interests, even different friends, and still stay as close as they always were? Grade 1-3, Realistic Fiction.
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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.