• Swing It, Sunny

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 1/8/2018

    Swing It, Sunny

    by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

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    If you read Sunny Side Up, you need to check out the next story about Sunny and her life. If you don't know Sunny, you'll love her! Here's what's happening in her life this year...

    Summer's over, and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of...middle school. When Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tell him she's fine. But the truth is that Sunny is NOT having the best time. Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing, but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who's been sent away to boarding school. But when Dale comes back on vacation, Sunny STILL misses him...because he's changed.

    Luckily, Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side. She is NOT going to let all the confusion get her down--instead, she's going to remain Sunny-side up!

    Jennifer Holm is one of my favorite authors and she and brother Matthew make great graphic novels together. Check out Swing It, Sunny for a great story full of 1970's life (funny clothes and great old TV shows like The Brady Bunch!). 

     

     

    Genre: Graphic novel

    Call Number:

    741.5

    HOL

     

     

    (Summary from back of the book.)

     

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  • Graveyard Shakes

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 12/14/2017

    Graveyard Shakes

    by Laura Terry
     
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    This is a brand new graphic novel that just arrived in the library. I read the whole book at one time! It has sister drama, ghosts, a mad scientist, and more. Here's what it's about:
     
    Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and a man named Nikola, who is preparing a sinister spell that's missing one key ingredient. 
     
    Victoria teams up with adorable Little Ghost and Nikola's kindhearted son, and together they search for Katia. They must find her before she becomes Nikola's next victim!
     
    I really liked these interesting sisters and their ghostly friends. Check it out!
     
    Genre:
    Graphic novel
     
    Call number:
    741.5
    TER
     
    (Summary from dust jacket.)
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  • Treasure Hunters series

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/7/2017

    Treasure Hunters series

    by James Patterson

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    In Treasure Hunters, the Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives. They'll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents--and find out if they're still alive.

    I just finished the second book in the series, Danger Down the Nile, and it was even better than the first! I can't wait to read the third book and find out which secret treasure the Kidd kids are going to hunt for next. Check it out!

    Call Number:

    F

    PAT

     

    Genre:

    Adventure fiction

    (Summary from the publisher.)

     

     

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  • Top Dogs

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/7/2017

    Top Dogs: True Stories of Canines That Made History

    by Elizabeth MacLeod

     

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    Calling all dog lovers! History has never been so fascinating as seen from the viewpoint of how dogs helped make it.For the millions of kids who love dogs, this book tells the stories of 8 amazing canines through the ages whose actions influenced the course of history. Among the dogs featured are Stubby, a mutt who rescued American soldiers in the trenches of WWI, Buddy, the first seeing-eye-dog in North America, Brandy, a German Shepherd who discovered a bomb aboard a plane, and Seaman, the Newfoundland, who accompanied Lewis and Clark, helping them complete their expedition by protecting them from wild animals and providing them with food. Scattered throughout the book are side bars filled with information about the exploits of many other dogs as well as the history, habits, and characteristics of various breeds.

    My students know that I love dogs and this book is so interesting! If you like dogs and want to learn more about how dogs have worked with people for hundreds of years, check it out.

     

    Call number:

    636.7

     

    Genre:

    Nonfiction

    (Summary from the publisher.)

     

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  • Four Points series

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/7/2017

    Four Points series

    by Hope Larson

     

         #1 Compass South        #2 Knife's Edge

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    In the first book, after escaping the Black Hook Gang in 1860 New York City, twelve-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra flee to New Orleans, become separated, and try to find each other in San Francisco, while being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure. 

    Knife's Edge finds Cleo and Alex reunited with their father and they realize that two family heirlooms reveal the location of a treasure that is their birthright. When they set sail with Captain Tarboro on the Almira, they know they're headed into danger--the ocean is filled with new and old enemies, including their nemesis, the infamous pirate Felix Worley. But like a coral reef that lurks below the surface of the waves, trouble is brewing between the siblings. Alex is determined to become a sailor and is happy with his role aboard the Almira, but Cleo--the only girl on the ship--is tired of washing dishes in the galley. In an effort to find her own purpose, she begins studying sword fighting with Tarboro, but neither Alex nor her father approves. Can the twins remain close as they pursue different goals and dreams, or will their growing differences tear the family apart before the treasure can be found? 

    I've been on an adventure reading kick this summer! Check these books out if you love graphic novels and adventure stories. Cleo and Alex are always up for an adventure!

    Call number:

    741.5

    LAR

     

    Genre:

    Graphic novel

    (Summary from the publisher.)

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  • Masterminds: Payback

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/7/2017

    Masterminds: Payback

    by Gordon Korman

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    The last book in the Masterminds series is finally here! (Wanna know more about the first books in the series? They're on my blog!)

    After a serious betrayal from one of their former friends, the clones of Project Osiris are on the run again. Now separated into pairs, Eli and Tori and Amber and Malik are fighting to survive in the real world.

    Amber and Malik track down the one person they think can help them prove the existence of Project Osiris, notorious mob boss Gus Alabaster, also known as Malik's DNA donor. But as Malik gets pulled into the criminal world--tantalized by hints of a real family--his actions put him and Amber into greater danger.

    Eli and Tori get sucked into even bigger conspiracies as they hunt down Project Osiris's most closely guarded secrets--who does Eli's DNA come from? With a surprising new ally and another cross-country adventure, the four will have to work together to overcome the worst parts of themselves if they are going to end Project Osiris once and for all.

    I loved this series from Gordon Korman. It was full of action and suspense--check it out!

    Call Number:

    F

    KOR

     

    Genre:

    Adventure Fiction

    (Summary from the publisher.)

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  • The Great Treehouse War

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/7/2017

    The Great Treehouse War

    by Lisa Graff
     
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    Kids vs. parents! An epic treehouse sleepover! An awesome group of friends!
     
    Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie's parents got divorced and decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by herself in a treehouse between their houses, to divide her time perfectly evenly. It was the day Winnie's seed of frustration with her parents was planted, a seed that grew until it felt like it was as big as a tree itself. 
     
    By the end of fifth grade, Winnie decides that the only way to change things is to barricade herself in her treehouse until her parents come to their senses--and her friends decide to join. It's kids vs. grown-ups, and no one wants to back down first. But with ten kids in one treehouse, all with their own demands, things get pretty coplicated! Even if they are having the most epic slumber party ever. 
     
    I love the way the author wrote this book. When you read it, it seems like Winnie is writing the story but her friends add notes in her story to help tell the story. It's so much fun! My parents got divorced when I was just finishing 4th grade, so I really understood how Winnie was feeling. It's a great book--check it out!
     
    Call number:
    F
    GRA
     
    Genre:
    Realistic fiction
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  • Ranger in Time: Journey Through Ash and Smoke

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 7/3/2017
    Ranger in Time: Journey Through Ash and Smoke
    by Kate Messner
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    Ranger is a time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training. In this adventure, he goes to Viking Age Iceland, which proves to be tough terrain for Ranger to navigate. Usually it's Ranger's job to save the day before he can return to his family, but he meets a girl named Helga who rescues him more than once. When a nearby volcano threatens to erupt and Helga's new baby brother or sister starts to come early, they must journey through and smoke to find Helga's father. Will Ranger finally get his chance to help?

    I love the "Ranger in Time" series! If you like "The Magic Tree House" or "I Survived..." you will love Ranger and his adventures. This book is great because Viking times aren't found in a lot of books for kids. Check it out!

     

    Genre:

    Adventure fiction

     

    Call number:

    F

    MES

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  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 11/15/2016

    The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea

    by Ann M. Martin

     

    Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding members of The Baby-Sitters Club. Whatever comes up--cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls--you can count on them to save the day. Baby-sitting isn't always easy and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.

    This is a new version of an old series of books (one that I read as a kid!). The stories are now graphic novels with illustrations by Rain Telgemeier, the woman who wrote Sisters and Smile. I love the new format with the same great stories. If you like Sisters or Smile, give this series a try!

    Call number:

    741.5

    TEL

     

    Genre:

    Graphic novel

     

    (Summary from the back cover.)

     

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  • Save Me a Seat

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/1/2016

    Save Me a Seat

    by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

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    A new friend could be sitting right next to you.

    Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: school. Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.

    Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common--but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

    I read this book in one night because I loved it so much and I couldn't stop reading! Ravi tells one chapter, and then Joe tells the next, so you get to hear some of the same stories from both boys and their different points of view. You will like them, think that Dillon is one mean kid, and hope that everyone has someone to save them a seat in the lunchroom. It's an AWESOME book. Check it out!

     

    Call number:

    F

    WEE

     

    Genre:

    Realistic fiction

     

    (Summary from the dust jacket.)

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