The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela takes place in a small town in Australia where India Wimple, who is brilliant at spelling, and her loving family live. India's younger brother, parents and grandmother encourage India to compete in Australia's national spelling bee knowing that while watching it on television at home every year, she spells every competition word perfectly. But because India is shy and worries about stage fright, her family needs to help her find a way to conquer these fears in order to compete. The story is full of wonderful spelling words and meanings, and creative and fun strategies by India's family and her whole town to get her to the national finals in Sydney! Realistic fiction, grades 3-5.
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown, continues the story of Roz the robot and mother of Brightbill, last seen being taken away from the island by airplane. The reader finds out that Roz was first repaired and then sent to a farm to help Mr. Shareef with farm duties, like repairing farm equipment and caring for the cows. Roz not only befriends the cows, she becomes a friend and caregiver for Mr. Shareef's two kids, whose mother has died. Though she finds the work helping the family satisfying, she still desperately misses her son. When some geese stop by the farm on their migration she hatches a plan to connect with Brightbill and possibly get home to him and her island. Enjoy Roz's new adventure as you learn more about her capabilities and even learn how, when, and why she was created. Fantasy/Adventure, grades 3-6.
In Granted by John David Anderson the reader is taken into the special and unique world of fairies where we enter the Haven, complete with different kinds of fairies, fairy homes, occupations, traditions and inventions, and our hero, Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophelia is one of the special fairies, called "Granters". Granters are assigned human wishes to "grant", using magical and rare fairy dust which the Granter must sprinkle on the birthday candle, or coin, or wishbone, that the human wished upon. Their great tree, the center of the The Haven, the home of the fairy world, gathers the human wishes and randomly selects the ones that will be granted. Ophelia has just been given her first assignment and while her best friend Whistler, warns Ophelia that the human world is full of dangers and unexpected challenges, Ophelia leaves with full confidence she can fulfill her assignment. And so begins a great adventure for a small but smart and talented little fairy among the human world of airplanes, cars, city traffic, complicated human beings and a homeless dog, Sam, who becomes Ophelia's sidekick! A fantasy not to be missed! Fantasy fiction, grades 3-6.
Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes. Garvey loves books, especially about outer space, math and music but not sports or especially not football which is what his father loves and wants Garvey to participate in and enjoy. Through few words and short stanzas we follow Garvey and his best friend Joe, into the first year of Middle School, meeting bullies who make fun of Garvey's large size, but also new friends, and a new passion when he finds the courage to join the chorus. At home he struggles to make his father see and like the real Garvey. Can music be the cement that gives Garvey the confidence he needs to stand up for himself and even bring he and his father together? Realistic fiction, grades 4-6.
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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.