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  • Twelve-year-old Derek is not a reader. His assignment to read three books over the summer stinks. But then something that Derek wants to read catches his eye. In the attic, he finds a 10-year-old article about a teenage girl who drowned on a Martha’s Vineyard beach. When he questions his mother about the article, her nervousness tells him something’s up, so he takes on the assignment of discovering what happened on the beach that day and why it’s important. This is a novel that’s part Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007),part intriguing mystery; yet the best element here is really the first-person voice, which captures so completely the pushes and pulls in the life of someone with learning disabilities. Derek is brash, careless, and usually willing to do something stupid. He is also bright, a talented artist, and smart enough to know when he has gone too far. Adding to the book’s effectiveness is a generous typeface that looks like printing and artwork by the author’s 14-year-old son, Jake. Like the story’s narrator, he uses stick figures to illustrate vocabulary words, and here they march down the margins. Some are simple depictions, like a handful of flowers for the word bouquet. Some take more thought: a sad face moving to a happier one for adapt. Give this to kids who think they don’t like reading. It might change their minds. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper Booklist Starred Review
  • Book talk presentation ii 5 30-11

    1. 1. A talking dog, a housecleaning robot, and a three-dimensional "data orb" are among the many cool features that kids might enjoy in the future, according to this lighthearted look at 2030. <br />Grades 3 - 5<br />Juvenile Non-Fiction J 601 ZUC<br />By Amy Zuckerman and James Daley <br />
    2. 2. A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.<br />Ages 7 – 10<br />Juvenile Fiction J Look<br />By Lenore Look<br />
    3. 3. Everyone knows about Paul Revere's big ride to Lexington. But not everyone knows the harrowing details and narrow escapes along the way.<br /> Did you know that Paul Revere forgot his spurs on his famous ride. Or that he whittled false teeth to make extra money? <br />Ages 9 – 12<br />J Biography Revere<br />By Jean Fritz<br />
    4. 4. When Bobby inadvertently gets into a fight with his best friend Holly, their disagreement develops into a boys versus girls war involving their whole fourth-grade class.<br />Ages 7-10.<br />Juvenile Fiction J Yee<br />by Lisa Yee<br />
    5. 5. Neither a long list of rules, nor the inability to find the perfect gift--Cheddar Jam--nor being locked in a bathroom with a juggling bear will keep quirky fourth-grader OggieCooder from attending neighbor Donnica Perfecto's birthday pool party.<br />Ages 8 – 12<br />Juvenile Fiction J Weeks<br />by Sarah Weeks<br />
    6. 6. Afraid he will always be an outsider like<br />ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system.<br />Grades 2 – 4<br />Juvenile Fiction J Mills<br />by Claudia Mills<br />
    7. 7. The author spotlights a dream team of scientists as they work to determine what is threatening bee colonies, known at colony collapse disorder, and (by extension) agriculture, which depends on bees for pollination. <br />Ages 9-12<br />Juvenile Non-Fiction J 595-799 BUR<br />
    8. 8. This diverse anthology of poems--12 for each of the four seasons--paired with energetic and colorful paintings is the quintessential tribute to nature. Caldecott Medalist Diaz's exciting, bold artwork complements each poem, bringing the seasons to life. <br />Ages 8-11<br />J 811 SHA<br />Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins<br />
    9. 9. The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.<br />Ages 8 – 12<br />J CLEMENTS<br />by Andrew Clements<br />
    10. 10. After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J MASS<br />by Wendy Mass<br />
    11. 11. A chance encounter with Harry Houdini leaves a small boy in possession of a mysterious box—one that might hold the secrets to the greatest magic tricks ever performed.<br />Grades 2-5<br />J SELZNICK<br />by Brian Selznick<br />
    12. 12. In the midst of a backyard campout, ten-year-old Matt and four other children find themselves transported back into the time of George Washington and the American Revolution, where they begin to live out American history firsthand and learn the sober realities of war.<br />Ages 9-12JPB WOODRUFF<br />by Elvira Woodruff<br />
    13. 13. Designed to resemble a vintage volume, this succinct account of intercepted letters, invisible inks, and poisoning attempts explores a less well known side of Washington's life and presents an informative look at historical espionage. Several codes are hidden throughout for readers to solve.<br />Grades 5 and up<br />J BIOG WASHINGTON<br />by Thomas B. Allen<br />
    14. 14. Providing countless minutes of “Did ya know?” material, Every Minute on Earth by Steve and Matthew Murrie supplies more than 200 statistics about events that take place every sixty seconds. That’s how long it takes for a sloth to travel 13 feet or for an exercising human to produce 2/3 cup of sweat.<br />All Ages<br />J 031 MUR<br />by Steve Murrie and Matthew Murrie<br />
    15. 15. A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in an adventure as the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.<br />Ages 9 – 12<br />J BANKS<br />by Lynne Reid Banks<br />
    16. 16. At the beginning of summer vacation, Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters from well-known children’s books.<br />Grades 3 – 6<br />J SCIESZKA<br />by Jon Scieszka<br />
    17. 17. Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrated her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.<br />Grades 3 – 5<br />J BARSHAW<br />by Ruth McNally Barshaw<br />
    18. 18. When the principal asks a fifth-grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain for their school, he finds that all sorts of chaos results.<br />Ages 8 – 12<br />J KLISE<br />By Kate Klise<br />
    19. 19. Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the ‘Me Collage’.<br />Grades 1 – 3<br />J MCDONALD,JPB MCDONALD<br />by Megan McDonald<br />
    20. 20. A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn’t follow The Doll Code of Honor.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J MARTIN<br />by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin<br />
    21. 21. The history of the New York Giants professional football team from its first season in 1925 to today, spotlighting the team's greatest players and most dramatic moments.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J 796.332 GOO<br />by Michael E. Goodman<br />
    22. 22. The history of the New York Jets professional football team from its first season as the New York Titans in 1960 to today, spotlighting the team's greatest players and most dramatic moments.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J 796.332 GOO<br />by Michael E. Goodman<br />
    23. 23. Taking a sometimes humorous approach, this heavily illustrated encyclopedic love letter to the human brain covers such topics as memory, the five senses, creativity tricks and illusions, and the brain's evolution-not to mention how one's gray matter actually works. Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved<br />Ages 9-12<br />J 612.82 WOO<br />by John Woodward<br />
    24. 24. This book is packed with useful and practical information to help first-timers and their parents feel more at ease. The authors begin with a parents' section that focuses on choosing a safe and appropriate camp. The rest of the book is targeted at children who may be nervous about the experience.<br />Ages 7-12<br />J 796.54 PAL<br />by Chris Pallatto and Ron DeFazio<br />
    25. 25. A spread of amazing trivia about each professional team, history of the early days of the game, pioneers in the sport, photographs of today's stars and the legends of the game, comic illustrations, high-interest stats, stars, and lists, and an appendix that gives a quick primer on the some of the least-known rules of the game.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J 796.332 BUC<br />by James Buckley, Jr.<br />
    26. 26. Thirteen-year-old Piper Davis records in her diary her experiences beginning in December 1941 when her brother joins the Navy, the United States goes to war, she attempts to document her life through photography, and her father--the pastor for a Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle--follows his congregants to an Idaho internment camp, taking her along with him. <br />Ages 9-12<br />J LARSON<br />by Kirby Larson<br />
    27. 27. Almost-ten-year-old Ida May finally has a new best friend at school, but after bossy Jenna Drews starts an increasingly dangerous game of Truth or Dare, Ida is not quite sure who her friends really are.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J BOWE<br />by Julie Bowe<br />
    28. 28. What would Apollo’s online profile look like? What would Aphrodite say if she had her own blog? Greek mythology hall of famers meet the modern age in a new series that brings the superstars of Greek myth to life with stories that put them in the pantheon! <br />Ages 9-12<br />J 292 BRY<br />by Megan E. Bryant<br />
    29. 29. The number one book on “number two” will give kids a whole new perspective on the past. History finally comes out of the water-closet in this exploration of how people’s need to relieve themselves shaped human development from ancient times to the present. The most successful civilizations were the ones who realized that everyone poops, and they had better figure out how to get rid of it!<br />Ages 9-12<br />J 363.72 ALB<br />by Sarah Albee<br />
    30. 30. Led by Duncan "Gluestick" Dewey, the NERDS team uses brain power and courage rather than gadgets when they face off against supervillian Simon, his band of savage squirrels, and Albert, a middle-aged computer genius who lives with his mother.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J BUCKLEY<br />by Michael Buckley<br />
    31. 31. Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J GIDWITZ<br />by Adam Gidwitz<br />
    32. 32. Mibs's cousin Ledge is disappointed to discover that his "savvy"—the magical power unique to each member of their family—is to make things fall apart, which endangers his uncle Autry's ranch and reveals the family secret to future reporter Sarah.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J LAW<br />by Ingrid Law<br />
    33. 33. With her kitten, Moisturizer, missing and having fought with her best friend Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine finds it hard to concentrate on doing her best as her classmate’s Friend of the Week.<br />Grades 3-4<br />J CLEMENTINE<br />by Marla Frazee<br />
    34. 34. When Neptune tells Emily and her merman father and human mother to return to Brightport to try to make merpeople and humans work more closely together, Emily faces problems with old enemies, her new, half-merfolk friend Aaron, and a mystery related to a group of legendary lost sirens.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J KESSLER<br />by Liz Kessler<br />
    35. 35. Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J ANGLEBERGER<br />by Tom Angleberger<br />
    36. 36. Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J PEIRCE<br />by Lincoln Peirce<br />
    37. 37. When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.<br />Ages 9-12<br />J BALLIETT<br />by Blue Balliett<br />

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