Grade 4-6 Realistic Fiction.
My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec introduces Mr. Independent, a small black and white cat who lives on his own, finding food from neighborhood stores, with many animal friends on the street and plenty of places to hide from the dog catcher. But some of his animal friends have trusted "pet humans" to live with and take care of. At first, Mr. Independent is sure that his life is better without a human. But when a new family moves in and the girl immediately falls in love with Mr. Independent, he begins to wonder... Can he train this human and her family to be a worthwhile "pet human" to stay with permanently? Grade 2-3. Fantasy.
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham is a realistic graphic novel based on the author's elementary school life. In different chapters we meet Adrienne and her friends. Adrienne is creative, friendly and imaginative and only wants that special someone to create stories with and be a best friend. With Adrienne, the reader goes through good times and hard times as her friends and siblings change and grow. What are the right clothes to wear, who should she sit with at lunch, who is loyal, who are bullies, and what is the meaning of true friendship? In Real Friends, Adrienne learns real lessons through her experiences, bringing the reader along through the terrific, realistic, colorful illustrations. Grade 3-5 Graphic Novel/Realistic Fiction.
In Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Victoria Holt, Stevie Grace is on her way from her parents organic farm in Taos, New Mexico which has always been her home, to the Texas Sunrise Motel in Little Esther, Texas to meet her grandfather for the first time. Stevie's parent's have died in a terrible car accident, bringing to an end the life she has always known. Her imposing grandfather has run the quiet almost run down motel the same way for years. But once there Stevie finds a surprising group of people to support her, a quirky town, and friends, many who knew her mother when she was Stevie's age. Though her grandfather first seems gruff and distant, Stevie begins to uncover his story and the story of her family helping her to repair.
Grade 4-6 Realistic Fiction.
Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe (Moldylocks and the Three Beards) by Noah Z. Jones. Meet Princess Pink who likes dirty sneakers, giant bugs, mud puddles, monster trucks, and cheesy pizza. When she falls through a refrigerator into the Land of Fake-Believe this crazy fairy tale begins. First she meets Mother Moose (who rides a Tunacorn), and then Moldy Locks at the home of the Three Beards. Through cartoon drawings, crooked speech bubbles and fun illustrations, a new kind of wild and silly fairy tale unfolds. Watch for more installments to come! Grade 2-3. Fantasy.
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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.