• The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/6/2018

    The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    by Stacy McAnulty

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    My favorite book of the summer! 

    Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning 4 years ago. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. Lucy's grandma wants her to pass just 1 more test--middle school!

    Lucy must: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that's not a math textbook!). Lucy's nto sure what someone who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brains. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved...unless there's been a miscalculation?

    Sometimes people judge others on things they do without really understanding why, and this book makes you think twice. If you read another one of my favorites, "Rain Reign," they is a great read-alike. (There's even a dog!) Check it out! 

     

    Genre: Realistic fiction

    Call Number: F MCA

    (Summary from the dust jacket)

     

     

     

     

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  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/6/2018

    The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

    by Karina Yan Glaser

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    I loved living in a city and this book about five siblings helps you understand what it's like to live in a city and love your neighbors like family. 

    It's five days before Christmas, and the Vanderbeeker children should be dreaming about sugar plums and presents. But when their curmudgeonly (grumpy) landlord mysteriously refuses to renew their lease, the five siblings must find a way to change his mind before New Year's. All they have to  is show him how wonderful they are, right? But as every well-intentioned plan goes comically awry, their shenanigans only exasperate their landlord more. What the Vanderbeekers need now is a Christmas miracle. 

    What a great story. This is a great book for you if you have lots of siblings or like a fiction story that seems real. 

     

    Genre: Realistic fiction

    Call number: F GLA

    (Summary from the dust jacket.)

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  • Grump

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/6/2018

    Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

    by Liesl Shurtliff

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    Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed Grump) has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind. 

    At first, life aboveground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side.But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems...

    When the queen commands himt o assist in a fiendish plot against her stepdaughter, Show White, Grump is in over his head. He's bound by magic to help the queen, but also to protect Snow White. As if that wasn't stressful enough, the queen keeps bugging him for updates through her magic mirror! He'll have to dig deep to find a way out of this pickle--and that's enough to make any dwarf Grumpy indeed.

    YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! Mrs. Long says it's amazing! Check it out!

     

    Genre: Fantasy

    Call number: F SHU

    (Summary from the dust jacket.)

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  • Littler Women

    Posted by Lindsey Long on 8/6/2018

    Littler Women

    by Laura Schaefer

     

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    I've always loved the story of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, but it's a tough read for a kid your age. If you want to get to know the characters, consider this version for kids set in 2018. Meet the sisters: 

    Meg: Thirteen-year-old fashionista. Thinks being the oldest is a tough job. Might have a crush on Brooks.

    Jo: Twelve-year-old avid bookworm. Soon-to-be-published writer. Does not have a crush on Laurie. 

    Beth: Shy and peaceful ten-year-old. Would stay home and bake and play the piano every day if she were allowed.

    Amy: The most important person in the room--according to Amy. Outgoing and strong-willed nine-year-old. Future rich and famous artist.

    Check it out!

     

    Genre: Realistic Fiction

    Call Number: F SCH

    (Summary from dust jacket.)

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  • 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

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    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

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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.

     

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    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!

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    741.5

    LAR

     

    Genre:

    Graphic novel

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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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