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  1. 1. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comThe accidental genius of Weasel High The adventures of Mark TwainBy Detorie, Rick By Burleigh, RobertA typical boy in ninth grade draws comics and An illustrated biography of American authorrecords his thoughts in his journal, describing Mark Twain, presented from the perspective oflife with his two parents, adolescent sister, and the Twains famous literary charactera bully. IL:YA Huckleberry Finn. IL:3-6 RL:5.1All the water in the world Amelia lost: the life and disappearance ofBy Lyon, George Ella Amelia EarhartA lyrical, illustrated look at the water cycle, By Fleming, Candaceshowing how water rises to the clouds and is Traces the life of female aviator Ameliarained back down again to be used by plants, Earhart from her childhood to her final flight,people, and every living thing. IL:K-3 RL:3 discusses the extensive search for her and her missing plane, and includes photographs, maps, handwritten notes by Amelia, and sidebars. IL:5-8 RL:5.5Anyas ghost Around the world on eighty legsBy Brosgol, Vera By Gibson, AmyAnya, embarrassed by her family and lacking An illustrated collection of poems thatconfidence in her body and her social skills, provides information about animals around thefinally finds a friend after falling down a well, world. IL:K-3 RL:4but quickly learns there are drawbacks tohaving a ghost for a friend. IL:YAAt the sea floor cafe: odd ocean critter Bad islandpoems By TenNapel, DougBy Bulion, Leslie Reese, forced to go on vacation with hisAn illustrated collection of poems that family, finds himself shipwrecked with themprovides information about some of the on a strange island full of weird plants andcreatures that live in the sea. Includes a animals, and pursued by an unknown entity onglossary of scientific terms. IL:3-6 RL:6.6 the hunt. IL:5-8 RL:4.2Beauty queens Ben Franklin: his wit and wisdom from A-ZBy Bray, Libba By Schroeder, AlanWhen a plane crash strands thirteen teen An illustrated overview of Benjamin Franklinsbeauty contestants on a mysterious island, they inventions, wisdom, and accomplishments.struggle to survive, to get along with one IL:3-6 RL:5.9another, to combat the islands other diabolicaloccupants, and to learn their dance numbers incase they are rescued in time for thecompetition. IL:YA All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  2. 2. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comBetween shades of gray Big wig: a little history of hairBy Sepetys, Ruta By Krull, Kathleen In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, Chronicles the history of hair, looking at hairand brother are pulled from their Lithuanian facts and lore from ancient to modern times.home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, IL:3-6 RL:4.8where her father is sentenced to death in aprison camp while she fights for her life,vowing to honor her family and the thousandslike hers by burying her story in a jar onLithuanian soil. Based on the authors family,includes a historical note. IL:YABlackout Bless this mouseBy Rocco, John By Lowry, LoisNeighbors gather on the roof after the power Mouse Mistress Hildegarde musters all hergoes out on a hot night in the city and start ingenuity to keep a large colony of churchhaving so much fun not everyone is happy mice safe from the exterminator and to see thatwhen the lights go back on. IL:K-3 RL:1.4 they make it through the dangerous Blessing of the Animals. IL:3-6 RL:6Blue chicken The boy who cried ninjaBy Freedman, Deborah By Latimer, AlexAn innocent chicken, eager to be helpful, A young boy named Tim is accused of lyingcreates chaos in the farmyard with a can of when he tells his parents that a ninja ate theblue paint. IL:K-3 last piece of cake and a sunburned crocodileNot yet published: This item is scheduled to be landed on the roof, so he figures out a way toavailable on September 15, 2011. prove that he is telling the truth. IL:K-3 RL:2.4Breadcrumbs Brother Sun, Sister Moon: Saint Francis ofBy Ursu, Anne Assisis canticle of the creaturesHazel and Jack are best friends until an By Paterson, Katherineaccident with a magical mirror and a run-in An illustrated reimagining of Saint Francis ofwith a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, Assisis thirteenth-century tribute to nature.entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of IL:K-3 RL:3.7saving Jacks life. IL:3-6Not yet published: This item is scheduled to beavailable on September 27, 2011.Camo girl Can we save the tiger?By Magoon, Kekla By Jenkins, MartinElla has always been friends with a boy known Contains illustrations of rare animals,as Z, despite his reputation as the weird kid, including tigers, ground iguanas, white-but when a new boy, Bailey, moves to town rumped vultures, and others, discusses the All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  3. 3. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comand befriends Ella because they are the only impact of human activities on the animals, andtwo African American students in the class, looks at how they can be saved.she must choose between the popularity Bailey IL:K-3 RL:3.5will bring to her life and her lifelongfriendship with Z. IL:5-8 RL:4.3The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred Chicks run wildBy Vamos, Samantha R. By Bardhan-Quallen, SudiptaA cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided When her little chicks refuse to settle down forby a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con the night, Mama decides to surprise them withLeche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and an unusual request. IL:K-3 RL:2glossary of the Spanish words that are woventhroughout the text. IL:K-3 RL:2.4Chime Close to famousBy Billingsley, Franny By Bauer, JoanIn the early twentieth century in Swampsea, The residents of Culpepper, despite their grandseventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the aspirations, have made little progress towardspirits that haunt the marshes around their achieving their goals, but unexpected eventstown, feels responsible for her twin sisters and surprises put the ambitions of the residentshorrible injury until a young man enters their of Culpepper to the test. IL:5-8 RL:5lives and exposes secrets that even Brionydoes not know about. IL:YADelirium DivergentBy Oliver, Lauren By Roth, VeronicaThe government requires that all teenagers be In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatricecured of love, a.k.a. deliria, to keep society Prior must choose among five predeterminedsafe. But 95 days before her treatment, Lena factions to define her identity for the rest ofHaloway falls for a boy--and must face the her life, a decision made more difficult whentruth about her own feelings and the world in she discovers that she is an anomaly who doeswhich she lives. IL:YA not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. IL:YAA dogs way home Dragon castleBy Pyron, Bobbie By Bruchac, JosephAfter a car accident strands them at opposite Young Prince Rashko, frequently frustratedends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, eleven-year- with his family which he has come to think ofold Abby and her beloved sheltie Tam as a pack of fools, learns they are not asovercome months filled with physical and witless as he thought when his parentsemotional challenges to find their way back to disappear leaving him to manage the castle andeach other. IL:3-6 RL:5.6 kingdom. IL:5-8 RL:5.7 All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  4. 4. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comDream something big: the story of Watts Dude: fun with Dude and BettyTowers By Pliscou, LisaBy Aston, Dianna Hutts Simple text and illustrations describe DudeIn Watts, California, over a period of many and Bettys fun adventures as they take part inyears, a man known to all as Uncle Sam Californias surfer culture. IL:K-3 RL:1.4spends his free time collecting broken bits ofpottery, glass, and other scraps and turningthem into a work of art. IL:K-3Not yet published: This item is scheduled to beavailable on August 18, 2011.The elephant scientist The emerald atlasBy OConnell, Caitlin By Stephens, JohnPhotographs and text recount Caitlin Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed fromOConnells experiences observing African one orphanage to another in the ten years sinceelephants in their natural habitat, describing their parents disappeared to protect them, butthe discoveries she made about elephant now they learn that they have special powers--communication. IL:5-8 RL:7.2 and a fearsome enemy--and embark on a prophesied quest to find a magical book. IL:5-8 RL:5.1Everybody Sees the Ants Excalibur : the legend of King Arthur : aBy King, A.S. graphic novelLucky Linderman didnt ask for his life. He By Lee, Tonydidnt ask his grandfather not to come home Retells, in graphic novel format, the legend offrom the Vietnam War. He didnt ask for a Arthur Pendragon who, raised in obscurity,father who never got over it. He didnt ask for draws a legendary sword from a stone anda mother who keeps pretending their family is begins the life he was born to lead, guided byfine. And he certainly didnt ask to be the the elusive wizard Merlin. IL:5-8 RL:3.9recipient of Nadar McMillans relentlessbullying, which has finally gone too far.IL:YANot yet published: This item is scheduled to beavailable on October 3, 2011.Fairly fairy tales ForeverBy Codell, Esme Raji By Stiefvater, MaggieOffers a different look at some classic stories, As the werewolves are hunted by those intentas a parent and child read before bedtime. on destroying them, Sam and Grace riskIL:K-3 RL:1 everything to be together. IL:YAForgotten The friendship dollBy Patrick, Cat By Larson, KirbySixteen-year-old London Lane forgets Follows the adventures of Miss Kanagawa, aeverything each night and must use notes to doll made to serve as an ambassador from All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  5. 5. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comstruggle through the day, even to recall her Japan to the United States, as she makeswonderful boyfriend, but she "remembers" friends and learns about love during thefuture events and as her "flashforwards" twentieth century. IL:3-6 RL:5.2become more disturbing she realizes she mustlearn more about the past lest it destroy herfuture. IL:YAThe girl who circumnavigated Fairyland in The grand plan to fix everythinga ship of her own making By Krishnaswami, UmaBy Valente, Catherynne M. Eleven-year-old Dini loves movies, and soA young girl named September finds herself when she learns that her family is moving totransported from her home in Omaha to India for two years, her devastation overFairyland, where she must battle the leaving her best friend in Maryland ismysterious Marquess alongside her creature- tempered by the possibility of meeting herfriends. IL:5-8 RL:6.7 favorite actress, Dolly Singh. IL:3-6 RL:5.6The great wall of Lucy Wu HiddenBy Shang, Wendy Wan Long By Frost, Helen Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and Years after Darra Monsons father stole ainterior designer Lucy Wu is excited about minivan with Wren Abbott hiding in the back,finally having her own bedroom, until she the girls come face to face at summer camplearns that her great-aunt is coming to visit and and together they try to work through whatLucy will have to share a room with her for happened to them and the impact it had onseveral months, shattering her plans for a their lives. IL:5-8 RL:4.9perfect sixth-grade year. IL:3-6 RL:5.3Horton Halfpott, or, The fiendish mystery I am the book: poemsof Smugwick Manor, or, The loosening of Edited by Hopkins, Lee BennettMLady Luggertucks corset An illustrated collection of poems thatBy Angleberger, Tom celebrates reading, featuring selections byHorton, an upstanding kitchen boy in a castle Karla Kuskin, Jill Corcoran, Jane Yolen, andin nineteenth-century England, becomes others. IL:K-3 RL:3.4embroiled in a mystery surrounding a series ofthefts, which is also connected to the pursuit ofa very eligible and wealthy young ladysaffections. IL:5-8 RL:6.4I broke my trunk! IceBy Willems, Mo By Geisert, ArthurGerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie This wordless tale depicts a community of pigsa long, crazy story about how he broke his that suffer from the heat and go in search of icetrunk. IL:K-3 RL:1.4 despite the odds against them. IL:K-3 All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  6. 6. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comInside out & back again Irena Sendler and the children of theBy Lai, Thanhha Warsaw GhettoThrough a series of poems, a young girl By Rubin, Susan Goldmanchronicles the life-changing year of 1975, Recounts Irena Sendlers efforts to savewhen she, her mother, and her brothers leave hundreds of Jewish children in the WarsawVietnam and resettle in Alabama. Ghetto during World War II. IL:3-6 RL:5.7IL:3-6 RL:4.9Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets Jim Henson --the guy who played withBy Luper, Eric puppetsWhen sixth-grader Jeremy Bender damages his By Krull, Kathleenfathers prized boat and needs to come up with Chronicles the life of Jim Henson, describinga lot of money to get it repaired, he and his how he pushed the boundaries ofbest friend dress up as girls and infiltrate the entertainment and brought the art of puppets toCupcake Cadet troop in an attempt to win the a new level with the creation of his Muppets.Windjammer Whirl model sailboat contest, IL:K-3and the prize money that comes with it. Not yet published: This item is scheduled to beIL:3-6 RL:4.1 available on August 23, 2011.Juniper Berry JunoniaBy Kozlowsky, M. P. By Henkes, KevinWhen eleven-year-old Juniper begins to Alice and her parents spend the week ofsuspect something is wrong with her mother Alices tenth birthday as they always do onand father, she and her friend Giles discover Sanibel Island, Florida, but Alice gets upsetthey have been selling their souls, pieces at a when she discovers some of the people whotime, to a silver-tongued creature in a are always there are missing and new onesterrifying fairy-tale underworld. have arrived, and Alice wants things to be likeIL:5-8 RL:5.6 they have always been. IL:3-6 RL:4.3Lemonade: and other poems squeezed from Lost and founda single word By Tan, ShaunBy Raczka, Bob Collects three stories by Shaun Tan thatA collection of poems based on a childs day- explore how people lose and find what mattersto-day experiences that includes a puzzle at the most to them, as a girl finds a bright spot in aend of each poem. IL:3-6 RL:6.1 dark world, a boy leads a strange, lost being home, and a group of peaceful creatures loses its home to cruel invaders. IL:5-8 RL:5.4The loud book! Love, MouserellaBy Underwood, Deborah By Stein, David EzraFrom the blare of an alarm clock in the Mouserella misses her grandmouse, so shemorning to snores and crickets in the evening, writes her a letter. At first she cant think ofsimple text explores the many loud noises one anything to say, but once she starts, the newsmight hear during the course of a day. begins to flow. IL:K-3 All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  7. 7. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comIL:K-3 RL:3.7 Not yet published: This item is scheduled to be available on September 15, 2011.The manatee scientist : saving vulnerable A mango in the hand : a story told throughspecies proverbsBy Lourie, Peter By Sacre, Antonio An introduction to manatees and manatee Guided by proverbs from his father and otherconservation that includes photographs and relatives, Francisco makes several attempts toinformation on the three different manatee bring ripe mangoes home for dessert on hisspecies, their migration patterns, and their saint day, and in the process learns lessons innatural habitat. IL:5-8 RL:7 love and generosity. Includes glossary of Spanish terms. IL:K-3 RL:2.8Marty McGuire Me-- JaneBy Messner, Kate By McDonnell, PatrickWhen tomboy Marty is cast as the princess in Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, youngthe third-grade play, she learns about Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzanimprovisation, which helps her become more books, and dreams of living in Africa andadaptable. IL:K-3 RL:2.8 helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist. IL:K-3 RL:3.5Mitchells license A monster calls --a novelBy Durand, Hallie By Ness, PatrickMitchell never wants to go to bed until, at the Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night toage of three years, nine months, and five days find a monster outside his bedroom window,he gets his license so that he can drive there--at but not the one from the recurring nightmareleast until he and the car have a disagreement that began when his mother became ill--anabout what fuel goes in the tank. ancient, wild creature that wants him to faceIL:K-3 RL:2.4 truth and loss. IL:YA Not yet published: This item is scheduled to be available on September 27, 2011.My life, the theater, and other tragedies: a My side of the carnovel By Feiffer, KateBy Zadoff, Allen Sadie and her father have been planning a tripWhile working backstage on a high school to the zoo for a long time but somethingproduction of "A Midsummer Nights Dream," always gets in the way, so when they finallysixteen-year-old Adam develops feelings for a start out and her father sees some raindrops,beautiful actress--which violates an unwritten Sadie insists there is no rain on her side of thecode--and begins to overcome the grief that car. IL:K-3 RL:2.7has controlled him since his fathers deathnearly two years earlier. IL:YA All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  8. 8. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comA nations hope : the story of boxing legend Nerd campJoe Louis By Weissman, Elissa BrentBy Pena, Matt de la For ten-year-old Gabe, the Summer Center forAn illustrated introduction to the life and Gifted Enrichment is all that he dreamed itaccomplishments of professional boxer Joe would be, but he must work hard to writeLouis. IL:K-3 RL:3.6 about the fun in letters to Zach, his cool future stepbrother, without revealing that it is a camp for "nerds." IL:3-6 RL:6.2No one but you No passengers beyond this pointBy Wood, Douglas By Choldenko, GenniferReaders are invited to discover nature using With their house in foreclosure, sisters Indiatheir sense of smell, sight, hearing, touch, and and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to staytaste. IL:K-3 RL:5 with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time. IL:5-8 RL:5.1Noah Barleywater runs away: a fairytale Nurse, soldier, spy : the story of SarahBy Boyne, John Edmonds, a Civil War heroWhen life at home becomes too difficult, By Moss, Marissaeight-year-old Noah sets out to see the world Describes the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds,and have an adventure, and in the forest he who disguised herself as a man, took the namemeets a toymaker who has a story and some Frank Thompson, joined a Michigan armyadvice to share. IL:3-6 RL:6.3 regiment to fight in the Civil War, served as a nurse on the battlefield, and became a spy. IL:K-3 RL:4.9Okay for now Olympians #3: Hera, the goddess and herBy Schmidt, Gary D. gloryFourteen-year-old Doug Swieteck faces many By OConnor, Georgechallenges, including an abusive father, a Recounts the stories of the many heroes whobrother traumatized by Vietnam, suspicious sought and won the approval and patronage ofteachers and police officers, and isolation, but Hera, the Queen of the Gods, including thewhen he meets a girl known as Lil Spicer; he story of Heracles. IL:5-8 RL:5.1develops a close relationship with her andfinds a safe place at the local library.IL:5-8 RL:4.3 All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  9. 9. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comOne day and one amazing morning on Page by PaigeOrange Street By Gulledge, Laura LeeBy Rocklin, Joanne Paige Turner, who has just moved to NewThe last remaining orange tree on a Southern York with her family, uses her sketchbook toCalifornia street brings together neighbors of try to make sense of her new life, and she findsall ages as they face their problems and the process of sharing her artwork and identityanxieties, including the possibility that a with others both scary and rewarding. IL:YAmysterious stranger is a threat to their tree.IL:3-6Passing the music down PearlBy Sullivan, Sarah By Knowles, JohannaA boy and his family befriend a country After fifteen-year-old Beans belovedfiddler, who teaches the boy all about playing grandfather Gus dies, she discoversthe old tunes, which the boy promises to help uncomfortable secrets about him, her mother,keep alive. Inspired by Melvin Wine and Jake and the father she has never known. IL:YAKrack. IL:K-3 RL:2.7Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes: a story Pick-up game : a full day of full courtBy Auxier, Jonathan Edited by Aronson, MarcRaised to be a thief, blind orphan Peter A series of short stories by such authors asNimble, age ten, steals from a mysterious Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, andstranger three pairs of magical eyes that lead Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems andhim to a hidden island where he must decide to photographs, provides different perspectivesbecome a hero or resume his life of crime. on a game of street ball played one steamyIL:5-8 RL:5.9 July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage. IL:YAPress here The pull of gravityBy Tullet, Herve By Polisner, GaeInstructs the reader on how to interact with the When their friend Scooter dies of a rareillustrations to manipulate yellow, blue, and disease, teenagers Nick Gardner and Jayceered dots. IL:K-3 RL:1.5 Amato set out on a secret journey to find the father who abandoned "The Scoot" when he was an infant, and give him a signed first edition of "Of Mice and Men." IL:YAThe Queen of France Queen of the FallsBy Wadham, Tim By Van Allsburg, ChrisRose decides to dress up as the Queen of Recounts the stunt performed by sixty-two-France one morning, and, as she imagines year-old retired charm school instructor Annieherself as real royalty, goes off in search of Edson Taylor, who went over Niagara Falls inRoses mother. IL:K-3 RL:2.3 a wooden barrel in an effort to gain fame and fortune. IL:K-3 RL:4 All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  10. 10. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comThe quite contrary man: a true American The rites & wrongs of Janice Wills: a noveltale By Pearson, JoannaBy Hyatt, Patricia Rusch Janice Wills, not quite seventeen and anIn nineteenth century New England, Joseph aspiring anthropologist, reports on the socio-Palmer flouts the law against wearing a beard cultural ordeals of being an teenager in Melva,and is accused by his fellow citizens of being North Carolina, including "Beautiful Richunpatriotic and sinful, stubbornly refusing to Girls," parties, and the Miss Livermushshave even when he is sent to jail. pageant. IL:YAIL:K-3 RL:3.2The secret river Six sheep sip thick shakes: and other trickyBy Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan tongue twistersYoung Calpurnia takes her dog, Buggy-horse, By Cleary, Brian P.and follows her nose to a secret river in a Colorful illustrations accompany silly tongueFlorida forest, where she catches enough fresh twisters. IL:K-3 RL:3.7fish to feed her hungry neighbors, even aftergiving some to the forest creatures she meetson the way home. IL:K-3 RL:3Squish. No. 1: Super Amoeba Strange creatures: the story of WalterBy Holm, Jennifer L. Rothschild and his museumThe young amoeba Squish, inspired by his By Judge, Litafavorite comic book hero, Super Amoeba, tries A biography of Walter Rothschild, nearly theto navigate his way through school and save richest child in the world when he was born inhis friends and the world from the evils that 1868, discussing his extreme shyness, andlurk in the halls. IL:3-6 RL:2.2 focusing on his lifelong fascination with animals, a passion that led him to collect animals from around the world, write books and scientific papers, a name five thousand species. IL:K-3 RL:4.1A tale of Two Castles Ten miles past normalBy Levine, Gail Carson By Dowell, Frances ORoarkTwelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Because living with "modern-hippy" parentsCastles in hopes of studying acting but instead on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janiebecomes apprentice to a dragon, who teaches Gorman cannot have a normal high school life,her to be observant and use reasoning, thus she tries joining Jam Band, making friendshelping her to uncover who is poisoning the with Monster, and spending time with elderlyking. IL:3-6 RL:4.9 former civil rights workers. IL:YAThunder birds: natures flying predators Tia Isa wants a carBy Arnosky, Jim By Medina, MegPresents information about different types Tia Isa and her niece try to save enough moneybirds and the features that make them unique, to buy a car to take the whole family to the All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.
  11. 11. Best Books of 2011 (so far…) Donalyn Miller thebookwhisperer@gmail.comand contains color photographs of these birds. beach. IL:K-3 RL:3IL:K-3 RL:5.8True (--sort of) Warp speedBy Hannigan, Katherine By Yee, LisaFor most of her eleven years, Delly has been in Marley Sandelski has always felt invisible attrouble without knowing why, until her little school, but a series of unexpected events givesbrother, R.B., and a strange, silent new friend, him a taste of popularity and insights intoFerris, help her find a way to be good--and some classmates who are well-liked or greatly-happy--again. IL:3-6 RL:3.8 feared. IL:3-6 RL:5.2The watcher: Jane Goodalls life with the When Bob met Woodychimps By Golio, GaryBy Winter, Jeanette Illustrations and lyrical text follows a kid fromAn illustrated biography of British rural Minnesota who grows up, changes hisprimatologist Jane Goodall, describing her name to Bob Dylan, and leaves home to pursuechildhood, the years she spent in the African his love for music in New York City.forests to observe chimpanzees, and her efforts IL:3-6 RL:5.6to protect and preserve primates and theirhabitats. IL:K-3 RL:3.2Wheres walrus? Where she wentBy Savage, Stephen By Forman, GayleAn adventurous walrus escapes from the zoo Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, aand dons a number of different disguises in successful cellist studying at Juilliard, areorder to avoid being caught by the zookeeper. reunited in New York City and reconnect forIL:K-3 the first time since Mias near-fatal car accident three years earlier drove them apart. IL:YAWonderstruck ZooZicalBy Selznick, Brian By Sierra, JudyRelates the stories of twelve-year-old Ben, When the winter doldrums arrive at the zoo, awho loses his mother and his hearing in a short very small hippo and a young kangaroo decidetime frame and decides to leave his Minnesota to stage a "ZooZical," a show to display theirhome in 1977 to seek the father he has never singing, dancing, acrobatic, and other talents toknown in New York City; and Rose, who lives the people of Springfield. IL:K-3with her father but feels compelled to search Not yet published: This item is scheduled to befor what is missing in her life. Bens story is available on August 9, 2011.told in words; Roses in pictures.IL:5-8 Not yet published: This item is scheduled to be available on September 13, 2011. All annotations and leveling information provided by Titlewave or publishers’ blurbs.