Hilo and the Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick, is a graphic novel series featuring D.J. a pretty normal boy living on Earth and Hilo, a fun and excitable boy who knows nothing about Earth, and does not remember where he came from. But he is incredibly smart and loves to learn. D.J. and his friend Gina think he might be from another planet or dimension. Now he is attached to D.J. as they try to figure out why he is on Earth and who might be chasing him. Is it a robot or a monster? And is Hilo a boy or something else? Read this fun graphic novel, and the following episodes too! Grade 2-4, Science Fiction/Graphic Novel.
A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen takes the reader to a time and place in history they may not be familiar with. In 1961 in Germany, the Communist government erected a wall to split East Berlin from West Berlin. In East Berlin, citizens have no freedom to speak their mind, are allowed only the news and books the government approves of, are no longer free to come and go and are under constant scrutiny to make sure they are Communist. Eight year old Greta, her mother and older brother are immediately and permanently separated by the wall from her father and another brother who were in West Berlin looking for work when the wall went up. Four years later, as things in East Berlin become harder with little food or work and strict government soldiers everywhere, Greta sees her father and brother at the top of the wall. They seem to be telling Greta to look for a secret way out of East Berlin. Soon a mysterious letter arrives with a map. Can Greta and her brother avoid the spies around them and find the way to their father and unite the family under the dangerous and watchful eyes of Communist soldiers? A great adventure during a difficult time in history. Grade 5 and up, Historical Fiction.
Heartwood Hotel, The Greatest Gift by Kallie George. In the first book of this Heartwood Hotel series, Mona a mouse who has lost her family, finds the Heartwood, a wonderful hotel for animals in a tree in the forest. Heartwood has all the luxuries of a "5 Acorn" rated hotel including special chambers for hibernating animals, and all kinds of food that the forest animals love. Mona is hired as a maid and finds a good friend in her squirrel roommate Tilly, as well as meeting all the kind and clever animals that run the hotel. In this sequel, a cold winter has arrived and while it is usually a quiet time, this winter is different. First a demanding royal rabbit arrives, then a blizzard and finally food is mysteriously missing from the storage room. Can Mona help solve the mystery and get the Heartwood through the winter safely? For anyone who loves small wild animals! Grades 2-4 Fantasy.
Love you Like a Sister by Robin Palmer. Likeable and friendly Avery has lived with just her mother since her parents divorce when she was young. Suddenly her father who has hardly been in her life, moves back to town announcing he is remarrying and his new wife has three daughters he wants Avery to get to know. While Avery is apprehensive, her father seems to want to make up for lost time. However the new sisters to be don't seem too interested in bringing another sister into the family. When their mom wants all the girls to be bridesmaids at the wedding, Avery is thrown into many hours and outings with the girls. But while Avery loves to find old quirky second hand items and make them over, her new sisters just seem to want everything new and expensive. Can the four girls find common ground? A realistic, emotional and funny too! Grade 3-5 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.