My Booklist

Black History

  • A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr.

    by David A. Adler Year Published: Easy Reading
    Martin Luther King Jr. had a sister and a brother. His sisters name was Willie Chistine. His brothers name was Alfred Daniel. Martin loved to sing and he sung in his fathers church. Then two of his friends didn't want to play with him anymore because he was black and they were white. Martin began to cry. His mom told him that back then there were slaves. They got freed but people treated them badly. Now there were only white signs. Black people weren't aloud in some places like some parks, pools, hotels, restaurants and even some schools. Blacks were kept out of many jobs. Martin read books about black leaders. Martin entered the Morehouse College. Martin became a minister. He married Coretta Scott. Rosa Parks was arrested for sitting in a whites spot on the bus. The blacks people hated being kicked about. One day some threw a bomb into Martins house. The black people wanted to fight but Martin said NO!. Then the bus problems ended. Martin kept trying. When he made his speech everyone listened. The next year ,1964, white only signs were took down. Now blacks could go anywhere. On April 1968 Martin stood outside his motel room. A man named James Earl Ray was hiding near by. He pointed a rifle at Dr. King and fired the gun. An hour later Dr. King was dead. On his grave stone it said in his own words : Im Free At Last.

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  • A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

    by David A. Adler Year Published: Easy Reading
    Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, 1913. Some people in her family were slaves. Her family moved to Pine Level, Alabama. Where they lived on there grandparents farm. In 1915 Rosas brother Sylvester was born. Rosas mother taught Rosa how to read. In 1931 she met Raymond Parks. And in 1943 they married. Then she met Martin Luther King Jr and soon was fighting to stop segregation. The buses were segregated. African Americans were only allowed to sit in the back. In 1943, Rosa got on the bus, paid the fare, and got off, to wait for the next bus. In 1955, Rosa was arrested for not letting a white man sit in the seat. Rosa went to a local court and had to pay ten dollars plus court cost. After that black people would stop riding the buses until segregation was over.

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  • A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall

    by David A. Adler Year Published: Easy Reading
    Thurgood Marshall was born in Maryland on July 2,1908. Thurgoods father worked as a waiter on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. Thurgood went to law school. When ever he got in trouble he had to memorize part of the Contitution. Thurgood and Vivian met. They married on September 5,1929. In 1930 he decided to be a lawyer. Thurgood was the first African American to win a case at the Supreme court. In 1954 Thurgoods wife had cancer. She died in Febuary 1955. Thurgood married another lady named Cecilia and had two sons. In 1961Thurgood became judge of the United States Court of Appeals. Thurgood died on January 24,1993.

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  • Booker T. Washington

    Booker T. Washington

    by Margo McLoone Year Published: Easy Reading
    BOOKER .T. WASHINGTON 1856 - 1915 Booker T. Washington opened a school for blacks and taught them and raised money. He also spoke to big groups and told them the student’s needs. Bookers mother was a slave and at age seven Booker cried water to the workers in the field. Booker worked with his stepfather in a mine, a mine is a tunnel for people to dig up salt. He worked for five hours in the morning. He also went to school and then he went back for two more hours. When he was older he went to Hampton Institute and worked as a janitor to pay for school. Booker finished school at Hampton in 1875. He worked at Hampton at night. Then he started a school in Tuskegee, Alabama because the children needed a teacher and a school. 400 students lived on campus. Fannie Smith and Booker got married and had one girl. Fannie died in 1884. Then he got married to Olivia Davidson they had two boys. She died in 1889. Then he met Margaret Murray. He hired her to work for him. He liked her and they got married and they had no children. Booker started the school on his beliefs. He thought both work and school. Booker hired George Washington Harvard. Booker and George shared many ideas with each other. W.E.B Du Bois didn’t like Bookers idea s. He thought that blacks and whites should have the same rights. Booker thought African Americans should get well paying jobs. So he made a book called Up From Slavery. Booker T. Washington died in his home on November 14, 1915.

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  • If You Lived at the time of Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Ellen Levine Year Published: Average
    Black and white kids played together when they were little. When they were six, they would not be friends anymore. Black and white kids did not have the same schools. Tons of people were put in to jail for protesting against laws. Martin Luther King was also in jail. Some white people were very mad so they joined a group called Citizens Council. They kidnapped black people and hung them up. Malcolm X was a leader of a religious group. The group was called Black Muslims. There were a lot of protest songs. It was part of the civil rights. The bus boycotts name was Non violent direct action. Children were involved in the civil rights protest.

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  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Lola M. Schaefer Year Published: Average
    On January 15, 1929 in Georgia, a beautiful baby boy (Martin Luther King Jr.) was born. He was black. His father, being a minister, taught him to accept all people. Martin and his family did not think skin colored people were different. Others thought differently. There was segregation. Black people had to sit in the back of the buses. In 1948, after collage, Martin became a minister. He read about people who changed countries. Martin wanted peace for black people. He married a women named Coretta Scott. He led a church in Alabama. Martin made a lot of groups to help black people. The country watched Martin lead marches. They listened to his speeches. Courts started to think segregation was wrong. They past laws to stop it. Blacks received the same rights as whites. In 1964, Martin won a Nobel Peace Prize that honored his work. Martin was killed on April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. was a powerful man.

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    by Linda Lowery Year Published: Easy Reading
    Martin Luther King Day Martin Luther King jr. lived with his mom, dad, sister & brother. On Auburn Ave. In Atlanta, Georgia. Martin went to Ebenezer Baptist Church. His father was the preacher. His mother was the leader of the choir. Martins parents had some important things that they have to teach or do. One was they always had to have supper with each other. Another was that they taught a rule, almost like the : Golden Rule here at Sherman. It is : Treat Others with Respect. When Martin was a young adult, he found out that white and black people couldnt share the same water fountain, and the same public restroom. When Martin grew up he became a preacher. After that he married Coretta Scott on June 18th,1953. Martin moved to Montgomery and had to settle the segregation. Which he SUCCESSFULLY did. in August, 1963, he gave a speech. It satisfied some of the people. In December, 1964, Martin won the Nobel Peace Prize!!! some of that was $54,000.00. After that every year we celebrate Martin Luther King Day!

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  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    by Mildred D. Taylor Year Published: Challenging
    The story of one African-American family fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s.
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Realistic Ficition

  • The Report Card

    The Report Card

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average
    Written by: Amy Aiken Book Title: The Report Card Author: Andrew Clements Grade: 4th Nora Rose Rowley is a fifth grader who new how to read when she was only two and a half years old but no one knows how much of a genius she really is! Since Nora wants to fit in and be normal she gets bad grades on her report card, however that was not the best decision for Nora. Since that didn’t go the way Nora wanted Nora and her best friend Stephen start a protest against tests and grades. Will Nora ever be able to tell her family and friends her secret or will they find out for themselves? This book is SO good that you will be on the edge of your seat the whole time you’re reading it and it is the MOST funniest book I’ve ever read. It is also a good conversation starter on testing and grades…not to get too carried away with your grades and your grades don’t tell you if you’re a dumb or smart person because there’s more to a person then grades and test. Also I would recommend this book to people ages 9 and up.
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  • The View from Saturday

    The View from Saturday

    by E. L. Konigsburg Year Published: Challenging
    Book Review Written by: Emmy Gross Nadia, Ethan, Julian, call themselves the souls they are all members of the Academic Bowl in Ephiney Middle School. Their teacher, Mrs.Olinski has selected them for the academic bowl.Each character has their own narrative part in the story. Throughout this story the readers learn that each has their own personality. Most of them are nice except for Noah. He thinks he is “Mr. Independent” and hardly ever listens to anybody but himself. The main problem in this story is that the souls are trying to win the academic bowl. Will the souls be able to win the championship and take home the trophy? As the reader reads the book they will find how each character is intertwined! The souls learn that they are much more connected then just being classmates. My favorite part in the book is when they are getting ready for the academic bowl. As the book goes on at the end you learn that no matter what hard times go on in your life, your friends can help you through it. I would recommend this book is just for you!
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Realistic Fiction- Dealing With Life Changes

  • Because of Winn-Dixie

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: Challenging
    Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
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  • Bud, Not Buddy

    by Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: Challenging
    It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but he's on a mission. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: posters of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression! Bud's got an idea that those posters will lead to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him. Bud, Not Buddy is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.
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  • Dear Mr. Henshaw

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Average
    A story about a boy dealing with divorce and being in a new school. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Start a journal or diary

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  • Hoot

    Hoot

    by Carl Hiaasen Year Published: Challenging
    Book Review Written by: Morsal Sahar Roy, the new kid in school is already being picked on by the school bully, Dana Matherson and his gang. One morning while Roy’s face was being pushed against a window, he saw a strange barefoot boy running away from the school bus with no school supplies. He goes by the name Mullet Fingers. He calls himself that because he can catch a mullet fish with his bare hands. There are these burrow owls that Mullet Fingers wants to save. So Roy and Mullet Fingers become a team and are trying to save the owls before they get bulldozed over. Will Roy and Mullet Fingers save the owls in time before Mother Paula’s Industry bulldozes over them? What I liked about this book was that it made me make up my own questions and the author did a great job describing different points of view from all of the characters in the book. In the story Roy learned to never judge someone before you get to know them. For example he thought that Mullet Fingers was crazy and Roy didn’t know what type of person he really was until Mullet Fingers showed him the owls. I recommend this book for people to read ages 9 and up.
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  • Old Yeller

    Old Yeller

    by Fred Gipson Year Published: Challenging

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8

    Ramona Quimby, Age 8

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Easy Reading
    Book Review Written by: Aubrie Donnelly Well you all know who Ramona Quimby is. She’s just always up to something and now she’s in the third grade so a lot more is expected of her. Her dad is going back to school and this causes problems for Ramona and her family because she enjoys spending a lot of time with her dad. Then there’s her neighbor Willa Jean who annoys her and drives her crazy! And she wants to play dress up ! But Ramona has other things to do. Will Ramona ever figure out how to solve these problems? I think Beverly Cleary does a good job with her books! I like Ramona books because she’s always up to something in every chapter. That’s what makes it so exiting! I would recommend this book to people 8 years and up.
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  • Shiloh

    Shiloh

    by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Year Published: Average
    A heartwarming story about a boys discovery of an abused dog and his attempt to save it despite his family not being able to afford it. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Keep a log of pet cost (if you have one) or Research the total cost over a year of having a pet Watch the movie based on the book and look for differences

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  • Superfudge

    Superfudge

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    This is a very humorous tale about 12 year old, Peter Hatcher, dealing with: a wild younger brother, a new baby on the way, and moving away for a year. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Draw pictures of what all the "worm" foods would look like Write about your own life and what things you do that are inappropriate and how they affect the people in your family.

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  • The Chalk Box Kid

    by Clyde Robert Bulla Year Published: Easy Reading
    Read about a boy who moves to a new home on his birthday. Life here isn't the same as it used to be. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Make chalk drawings on BLACK CONSTRUCTION PAPER

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  • The Devil's Arithmetic

    by Jane Yolen Year Published: Challenging
    Annotation Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland. Courtesy of Barnes and Noble
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  • The Naked Mole Rat Letters

    The Naked Mole Rat Letters

    by Mary Amato Year Published: Challenging
    Book ReviewWritten by: Kiana Oliver Do you like to read about embarrassing moments and comedy? Well then, Mary Amato is the author for you! In the book, Frankie Wallop, a 7th Grade girl starts to become a trouble maker/liar when she figurers out that her dad his going out with a girl she doesn’t know about. Her name is Ayanna Bayo A.K.A: RATLADY! So, in the beginning of the story Frankie starts e-mailing Ayanna pretending to be her dad . It starts to get worse when Ayanna figures out it is Frankie but Frankie just doesn’t stop there. Do you think Frankie’s lies will catch up with Ayanna? Do you think Frankie’s dad will figure out what Frankie has been doing? I loved the format of the book because it is like e-mailing in real life. I also love the fabulous word choice and I think Mary Amato has a way with connecting to kids that read her books. The lesson learned is never to judge someone before you get to meet and get to know them. I recommend this book to ages 9 and older.
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Realistic Fiction- Kids Like You

  • Double Fudge

    Double Fudge

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Average
    Book Review by: Danny Ilardo Judy Blume thought hard when she came up with this title: Double Fudge .In the book Fudge meets one of his cousins Farley Drexel Hatcher who happens to have the same name as him. This causes some problems for Fudge throughout the story. The narrator, Fudge’s brother Peter, tells how Fudge discovered money in a bag which becomes an obsession for Fudge. In fact Fudge thinks he can buy New York City. Peter becomes easily embarrassed by all the silly things Fudge does. Will Fudge’s obsession with money come to an end? My favorite part of the book is when Fudge and Mini (Fudge’s cousin) were yelling at each other because Mini was mixing everything up by mixing up everyone’s names. In this book the lesson that is learned is that money isn’t everything. Fudge starts to realize that his family is more important than money. I would like to recommend this book to people ages 9 and up.
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  • Frindle

    Frindle

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average
    Summary from publisher page of book: "When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Create your own dictionary of made up words.

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  • Good Grief...Third Grade

    by Colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna Year Published: Easy Reading
    Marsha wants this year to be a great year, Roger Friday can't resist trying to get Marsha in trouble. See what happens when they have to work on a class project together. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Come up with strategies of how Marsha could have handled Roger differently. What would you have done if you were in her situation.

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  • Horrible Harry Room 2B

    Horrible Harry Room 2B

    by Suzy Kline Year Published: Easy Reading
    Book Review Written by: Josh.Zugnoni Harry and Doug are best buds but it’s hard to be Harry’s friend. Harry blames his mistakes on everybody, even Doug. Harry does horrible things throughout the book. For example Harry scares Song Lee by holding a snake in front of her face. He also pins Sidney on the ground and makes him say “I like girls!” two times. That’s how horrible he is. Will Harry ever stop being mean to his classmates. You will have to read it. It is a funny book in its series. I like how Doug is the narrator. The lesson in the book is that is to treat people the way you want to be treated. I recommend this book to people who like to laugh, ages 8 and up.
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  • School's Out

    by Johanna Hurwitz Year Published: Easy Reading
    It's Summer vacation and Lucas thinks he is free. However, a French girld named Genevieve will be living with them over the summer. Lucas doesn't like the idea of having a full-time babysitter. See how Lucas' summer turns out. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Make a list of some activities that you would like to do this summer and write a letter to your parents convincing them to let you do one or more.

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  • The Landry News

    The Landry News

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Average
    Book Review by: Brielle Vasciannie Cara Landry, is a new kid in the 5th grade that is shy and normal. But when she meets her new teacher, she is astonished when she gets the worst and the oldest teacher in the school. So Cara decides to write a newspaper on how her teacher Mr. Larson should not be paid for the job that he does not do. Will Cara and her class be able to turn Mrs. Larson around? Will Mr. Larson change his attitude towards Cara? Well you will have to read this book to find out. I like this book because when I read each page I could always visualize what Mr. Larson and Cara were doing because Andrew Clements did a good job describing the characters. I leaned from Cara that you should stand up for what you believe in. I think that’s important because if you keep things to yourself, no one will ever know how you truly feel. Also, I would recommend this book for kids who like school and from ages 9 and up.
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Adventure (kids your age)

  • Flat Stanley

    by Jeff Brown Year Published: Easy Reading
    Summary from back of book: Stanley Lambchop is a nice, average boy. He leads a nice, ordinary life. Then one day a bulletin board falls on him and suddenly Stanlety is flat. This turns out to be very interesting. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to stop crime. He's flat, but he's a hero ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Read about the Flat Stanley project on the website listed below. Get involved....

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  • My Side of the Mountain

    by Jean Craighead George Year Published: Challenging
    Runaway Sam Gribley is surviving in the Catskill Mountains with only a penknife, a ball of cord, $40, and some flint and steel. Along the way, he learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that will change his life forever.
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  • The Whipping Boy

    by Sid Fleischman Year Published: Average
    In an unknown country, long ago, lived a young bratty Prince. Because he was a Prince he wasn't allowed to be punished, so a local boy had to take his place and be whipped in the Prince's place. Somehow these two boys end up on an adventure together.

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Adventure (w/talking animals)

  • Abel's Island

    by William Steig Year Published: Challenging
    As his community becomes flooded by a terrible storm Abel rushes out of his shelter to rescue his wife's scarf. Unfortunately Abel can't make it back to the shelter and ultimately finds himself marooned on an island. Join Abel on his journey to survive and find his way home. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Make a list of 4 things you would take with you if deserted on a tropical island. Make a list of people you would miss if separated from your family, and why they are so important to you.

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  • Moonrise: The Warrior Series

    Moonrise: The Warrior Series

    by Erin Hunter Year Published: Challenging
    Book ReviewWritten by: Nathan Kerr Erin Hunter is a cat lover, and being a cat lover she started the Warriors series. In the book, Moonrise Brableclaw and Squillelpaw are on a quest back to the forest with some imported news to save the clan. While back at the camp the other cats watch their forest being destroyed. Will they get back in time or will they be too late? I knew I would like this book because when I read the first book, Into the Wild I knew I would like this book because I’m a cat lover so that’s how I got into the Warriors series. I recommend this book for ages eight and up.
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  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

    by Robert C. O'Brien Year Published: Challenging
    Mrs. Frisby's son Timothy has pneumonia, which is a problem because now they can't move to their Spring home. With Timothy forced to stay inside, how will Mrs. Frisby find a way to move their home out of the way of the soon coming plow. This is one of Mr. Loughner's favorite books ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Watch the animated movie, "The Secret of NIMH", and compare it to the book Draw pictures of some of the more exciting parts of the story.

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  • Stuart Little

    by E. B. White Year Published: Average
    A story about a mouse born to a human family. A shy and thoughtful mouse who loves adventure. Follow him as he tries to solve the mystery of a missing friend. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Research the "Boating Vocabulary" found in the book using: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and the Internet Watch the movie and compare it to the book

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  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle

    by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Easy Reading
    The main character, a mouse named Ralph, stumbles upon a toy motorcycle left out by a boy visiting the hotel Ralph lives in. The boy and mouse develop a friendship and help each other on small adventures. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Read the sequel Ralph S. Mouse or write a story about what is going to happen next if the book were continued

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  • The Trumpet of the Swan

    by E.B. White Year Published: Average
    Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.
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Fantasy (Unrealistic Fiction)

  • Holes

    Holes

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Average
    Book Review Written by: Darrell Barley In a hot, steamy desert a boy named Stanley Yelnats is digging holes. The problem in the story is that Stanley is guilty for stealing shoes that fell from the sky, but they were stolen. This book is about boys who committed crimes. Their punishment is that they have to be sent to Green Lake Camp to dig holes. Stanley Yelnats is cursed and his parents always blame his great great grandfather. Stanley’s family is cursed because of Stanley’s no good, dirty, rotten, pig steeling great great grandfather didn’t bring Madame Zeroni up the mountain. Will Stanley ever break the curse for his family and be able to leave Green Lake Camp forever? My favorite part is when Stanley tells Zero a joke Stanley laughs Zero stares at him blankly not even smiling. The lesson that was learned is that no matter how big or small you can do anything you want. I think all ages 9-15 should read this book because it teaches you a life learning lesson. I think people should read this book because it is full of action packed adventure.
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  • Magic Tree House: Mummies in the Morning

    Magic Tree House: Mummies in the Morning

    by Mary Pope Osbourne Year Published: Easy Reading
    Book Review Written by: Jashaun Smith Whether they are dodging a Pteranodon or riding on a horse with a knight in shiny armor Jack and Annie can do it all. In this book they go back in time to Egypt where they meet a mysterious air Queen named Hutepi. Jack and Annie want to help Queen Hutepi but when they find out that she is a ghost Jack and Annie aren’t quite sure what to do. I really like this series because I like how Jack and Annie take adventurous journeys to distant lands and learn about new things and solve mysteries. Will Jack and Annie ever be able to overcome their fears and help Queen Hutepi solve a Egyptian mystery? The lesson is never be afraid to try something new. I recommend this book to kids 7 and older because it has real details about dinosaurs and mummies and other things.
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  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    by C.S. Lewis Year Published: Challenging
    The first in a series of 6 books written by famous Chrisitan author C.S. Lewis. Follow these brothers and sisters on their journey to the magical land of Narnia, a land they found in the back of an old wardrobe. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Compare the events in the story to Biblical Lessons and events Watch one of the several movies adapted from the book and compare the two

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Picture Books

  • Just a Dream

    by Chris Van Allsburg Year Published:
    Young Walter litters and refuses to sort trash for recycling, until he dreams of an overcrowded and polluted future which terrifies him into taking care of the earth.
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  • Pink and Say

    by Patricia Polacco Year Published: Average
    Drawing from the rich store of Civil War reminiscences handed down in her family, acclaimed author/illustrator Polacco tells the true story of a remarkable wartime friendship between a young white Union soldier and a young black Union soldier who are captured by Confederate soldiers and sent to Andersonville Prison. Courtesy of Borders
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Sports

  • Face-Off (Hockey)

    Face-Off (Hockey)

    by Matt Christopher Year Published: Average
    Scott Harrison is as fast as anyone he knows on skates. When he is challenged by and beats a member of the local hockey team, they ask him to join. Scott deals with doubt and fear as one of his teammates ruins his self confidence. What wil Scott do?

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  • Football Nightmare

    by Matt Christopher Year Published: Average
    Keith drops a sure touchdown pass that would have given his team the victory. Because of his drop their season was over. The rest of the book focuses on the next season, and Keith is having a hard time with his confidence. Confidence is what Keith will need as another player wants to play his positon. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Write a letter to Keith, trying to help him become more confident as a receiver

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  • Heat

    Heat

    by Mike Lupica Year Published: Challenging
    Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family's escape from Cuba, Michael's only family is his seventeen-year-old brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated in the foster-care system -- or worse, sent back to Cuba. Together, the boys carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. But then someone wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws. With no way to prove his age, no birth certificate, and no parent to fight for his cause, Michael's secret world is blown wide open, and he discovers that family can come from the most unexpected sources. Courtesy of Borders
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  • Soccer Scoop

    Soccer Scoop

    by Matt Christopher Year Published: Average
    Mac is a leader of his soccer team as it's goalie and team encourager. However someone isn't so impressed. An anonymous (unknown) artist has been making fun of him in a weekly cartoon. See how this affects Mac and see if you can figure out who it is before he does. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Come up with rhyming cheers for your favorite sports team. Draw a cartoon of Mac that he would be happy with. Attempt to draw the cartoons mentioned in the book.

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  • The Diamond Champs (Baseball)

    The Diamond Champs (Baseball)

    by Matt Christopher Year Published: Average
    Kim Rollins spends his first day of baseball practice trying to learn a game he has never played before, only to realize that everyone else on the team hasn't played before either. Despite the inexperience the coach is determined to win the championship. Follow Kim and his teammates as the season progresses. Will they win the championship?

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Series

  • A to Z Mysteries

    A to Z Mysteries

    by No Author Text Year Published:
    From ronroy.com: This series features three smart kids who solve crimes and mysteries. They live in a small town in Connecticut, called Green Lawn.The kids are Dink Duncan, Josh Pinto, and Ruth Rose Hathaway. They are third graders and live near each other. They have hobbies and pets and parents, but what they love most is a good mystery. Most kids tell me they enjoy reading the 26 books in alphabetical order. But you can skip around without missing anything. Have fun getting to know these three sly sleuths!
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  • Boxcar Children

    Boxcar Children

    by No Author Text Year Published:
    A series of over 100 books involving mysteries of children that have escape a mean guardian.
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  • Magic Tree House

    Magic Tree House

    by No Author Text Year Published:
    Travel through time with Jack and Annie to solve all sorts of mysteries in time.
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Louis Sachar

  • Holes

    Holes

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Challenging
    This Newbery Award Winner is about a young boy who is found guilty of stealing sneakers that literaly appeared out of thin air. Journey with him to Camp Green Lake, a boy's detention center. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Watch the movie (rated pg) and look for differences between it and the book

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  • Sideways Stories From Wayside School

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Easy Reading
    A humorous collection of stories about a very unique school. Each chapter tells the tale of one of the students from the classroom on the 30th floor of Wayside School. ENRICHING ACTIVITY: Write Creative Stories based on people in your life (possibly write a collection just like Louis Sachar)

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David Adler

  • A Picture Book of George Washington

    by David Adler Year Published: Easy Reading
    A brief account of the life of the "Father of Our Country."
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  • Campy

    Campy

    by David Adler Year Published: Average
    This is January's Book of the Month selection. Synopsis Roy Campanella loved baseball. A professional player from the age offifteen, he later became the first African-American catcher to integrate Major League Baseball. Fans and players adored Campy for his good nature, and cheered his multiple MVP awards as a Brooklyn Dodger. But in 1958, his career ended when a car accident left him a quadriplegic. Refusing to give in to self-pity, Campy became a Dodgers coach, held baseball clinics for teenagers, and bravely advocated for the disabled. With honesty and affection, award-winning author David A. Adler tells the story—complemented by stunning oil paintings by Gordon C. James—of a man who was so much more than a sports hero. Courtesy of Barnes and Noble
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Avi

  • Crispin

    Crispin

    by AVI Year Published: Challenging
    The 2003 Newbery Award Winner and New York Times Best-seller. "Avi's latest novel is superb combination of mystery, historical fiction, and a coming-of-age tale... Breathlessly paced, beautifully written, and filled with details of life in the Middle Ages, this compelling novel is one of Avi's finest."-Book Report
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  • Poppy

    Poppy

    by AVI Year Published: Challenging
    Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.
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Roald Dahl

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Danny the Champion of the World

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average
    Description: Danny's dad had a secret, but now the secret is out and it's going to lead Danny on an adventure he'll never forget! Courtesy of Borders
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  • Matilda

    Matilda

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • The BFG

    The BFG

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Challenging

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • The BFG

    The BFG

    by Roald Daul Year Published: Challenging
    Reviewed by: Shawn McEvily Whether he is giving kids good dreams or saving a little girl from other monsters the BFG is a one of a kind giant. In this story Roald Dahl did a great job describing this action packed book. One of the BFG’s hobbies is to collect dreams and blow them into kids’ rooms so they have good dreams. Sophie, a foster kid gets captured by the BFG but when they get back to the BFG’s cave she realizes that the monsters are foul man eating giants. Will Sophie and the BFG stop the foul man-eating giants? Or will they rule the world? I liked this book because Roald Dhal does a great job writing with his imagination when he makes up the bone crunching giants. He did a outstanding job with his word choice is also outstanding job like for the word: “snozzcubers”. I learned that it does not matter what size you are you can accomplish any thing. I recommend this book to people ages 9 and up.
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Lois Lowry

  • Number the Stars

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Challenging
    en-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think about life before the war. But it's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town. The Nazi won't stop. The Jews of Denmark are being "relocated," so Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family. Then Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission. Somehow she must find the strength and courage to save her best friend's life. There's no turning back now. Courtesy of Borders
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  • The Giver

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Challenging
    Description: Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. Newberry Medal Winner- 1994
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Jerry Spinelli

  • Maniac Magee

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Challenging
    Description: He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Courtesy of Borders Winner of the 1991 Newbery Medal.
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