I just ran across this one today as I was pulling books for a Christmas book display. A very nice retelling of the Christmas story, told from the viewpoint of an Angel. The illustrations are beautiful. I liked it so much I looked into buying my own copy, only to find it seems to be out of print. :-( If you have a chance and enjoy hearing the Christmas story, I highly recommend visiting the library and checking this one out!
In this 4th book in the Clementine series, it’s Clementine’s turn to be “Friend of the Week” in her classroom. As she tries to think of ways she can make people like her better she decides to help everyone decorate their bikes for the upcoming bike rally. While gathering decorations for her friends, her cat Moisturizer goes missing. Clementine finds out that while she thought her friend Margaret was mad at her, she really wasn’t and did something very nice to help her find her cat. Will Clementine’s cat Moisturizer find his way home? Read Clementine Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker to find out.
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Every girl dreams of meeting Prince Charming, being swept off her feet to go live in the castle and living happily ever after, and Ella Brown has just found herself living that dream. The only problem is, that dream has turned out to be a nightmare. Prince Charming has turned out to be Prince Boring, life in the castle is full of rules and time spent doing things that really don’t matter, and Ella wants out! When Ella (now Princess Cynthiana Eleanora) tries to back, out of her engagement to the Prince, she meets up with some unexpected resistance. Will Ella be able to escape from the castle and make a life for herself? Read “Just Ella” to find out … I think you’ll like this interesting take on a familiar fairy tale.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jennifer L. Holm tells the story of a middle-schooler’s life “through stuff”. Each page is different — entries include school assignments, report cards, notes back and forth between the main character Ginny and her mom, others between Ginny and her friend Becky Soo. You get a feel for how Ginny sees life and deals with various situations through these documents, as well as her “Big To Do List” — which changes as the year progresses. There is a bit of a story that happens throughout as well — mysterious things happen and over time you are able figure out who is responsible because of the things Ginny has included. This was a very cute and quick read! I think students in 5-8th grades will really enjoy this one!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A very cute book with 10 different rhymes for the numbers 1-10. For each number all related addition problems are included in the poem. A great way to show children how all numbers are made up of other smaller numbers.
This new series by Riordan is centered around Egyptian mythology, which I don’t believe I’d ever read anything about, so I really had to pay attention to the characters and what was going on, or I would have easily been lost. Overall a good read, I think the upper elementary and higher crowd will really like it if they are into adventure stories.
This third book of Haddix’s “The Missing” series finds Jonah and his sister Katherine helping Andrea, who is really Virginia Dare, return to her real time period (1610). Unfortunately Andrea has been convinced by an unknown individual that if she changes the date on the “eludcidator” she might be able to change history and keep the parents that’s she’s always known from dying in a tragic car accident. Will Jonah, Katherine and Andrea end up at the right point in history to fix the problems caused when Virginia Dare was taken from her rightful place in time? Reader’s who have enjoyed the first two books in the series will undoubtedly enjoy this one as well, although I have to say I liked the first two better.
Part of the “Magic Tree House” series, this book has Jack and Annie traveling to Camelot where they find things are not as they should be. Jack and Annie agree to go on a quest to the “Otherworld” to try to get find and bring back some water from the cauldron of memory and imagination. Will Jack and Annie be able to get past the keepers of the cauldron and safely bring the water of memory and imagination back to Camelot to restore the joy before it’s too late?
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Roy Eberhardt is trying to get used to living in Florida — his family has just moved there from Montana. He’s also trying to stay out of the way of a bully, Dana Matherson. While enduring one of Dana’s attacks on the bus, Roy’s attention is caught by a strange boy running barefoot and running very fast. It takes Roy a couple of days but he does find the boy and ends up in a strange friendship with the boy and his step sister. He ends up finding out that the boy, “Mullet Fingers” is trying to stop a pancake restaurant chain from building a restaurant on top of the dens of some burrowing owls. Will they be able to stop the company from destroying the habitat of these protected animals?
Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Book 2 of “The Missing” series picks up right where book 1 “Found” left off. Jonah, his sister Katherine, his friend Chip and their new friend Alex are hurtled back in time where Chip and Alex find out their true identities … Edward V, King of England and Richard, Duke of York. The kids must find a way to “fix time” and make it possible for Chip and Alex to return to the 21st century without altering history. Can they do it?