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Book Scavenger

Title: Book Scavenger

Author: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Series: Book Scavenger

Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Pages: 354

Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Chambliss Bertman, J.

Synopsis: I love mysteries and this is a hoot. You are forever guessing what is going on and the best part is that there is actually a book scavenger site where you can find and hide books.  How great is that. A great read aloud in a classroom over time and a good paced book for any child to read in late elementary to early middle school.

For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

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Greenglass House

 

Title: Greenglass House

Author: Kate Milford

Series: Greenglass House

Recommended for: Grades 5-7 

Pages: 376

Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Milford, K.

 

 

Synopsis: I loved this book, it was so intriguing and full of twists and turns that I could not put it down.  A total page turner.  It did take awhile to read but worth the wait.  A good book to read over a period of time for a class and for older readers that are capable of understanding the older english words used throughout the book. I can’t wait to read the next book.

It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Juv, Mysteries

 

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Real Sisters Pretend

 

Title: Real Sisters Pretend

Author: Megan Dowd Lambert

Series: N/A

Recommended for: 4-8 yrs old, K-5

Pages: 32

Call Number/Link:  E Lambert, M.

Synopsis: This warm, engaging story, which unfolds entirely through the conversation of two adopted sisters, was inspired by the author’s own daughters, whom she overheard talking about how adoption made them “real sisters” even though they have different birth parents and do not look alike. I like how this shows the different type of parenting families that exist and that the sisters are from different cultures as well.  A great read aloud in a classroom or for a family to read together.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Picture Books

 

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I am not your perfect Mexican daughter

 

Title: I am not your perfect mexican daughter

Author: Erika L. Sanchez 

Series: n/a

Recommended for: Teen

Pages: 344

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION SANCHEZ, E.

 

 

Synopsis: Wow, what a refreshing book that I can relate to as a young woman that grew up in the US with parents that were immigrants.  A little sad but it hits upon what the feelings are for a girl that grows up as first generation in America.  This is a great book for grades 8th or 9th grade and up.

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

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Coco

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Title: Coco
Author: Adrian Molina
Series: N/A
Recommended for: PreK- K
Pages: 24
Call Number/Link:  E DISNEY COCO

Synopsis: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. This beautifully illustrated Little Golden Book retells all the excitement and adventure of Disney/Pixar’s Coco. It’s perfect for children ages 2 to 5.

Thoughts:  I really liked this book.  Super cute, vibrant and it seems to show all the symbols of Dia de los Muertos well.  I am certain this would be a great book to read aloud to your children or classroom about the movie. Beautifully illustrated and heart warming.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2017 in Holidays, Picture Books, Spanish

 

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Yours, Sincerely, Giraffe

 

Title: Yours, Sincerely, Giraffe

Author: Megumi Iwasa

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Pre-K-3rd grades

Pages: 104

 

Call Number/Link:  J FICTION IWASA, M.

 

Synopsis: Giraffe is bored, as usual. He’d love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen palPenguin.

Thoughts:  This is a really cute book to read aloud for a few days.  It shows great examples of letter writing between friends for a classroom and a child.  Fun book full of surprises at the crazy thoughts that run through both of their heads.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Adventure, Fantasy, Funny, Juv

 

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The Good for Nothing Button!

 

Title: The Good for Nothing Button

Author: Charise Mericle Harper & Mo Willems

Series: An Elephant & Piggie Like Reading Book

Recommended for: grades 1-3

Pages: 49

Call Number/Link:  Reader Willems, M.

 

 

Synopsis:   Yellow Bird has a button. It does . . . nothing! It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try the button. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something! A flabbergasted Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. But it sure does seem to be making him mad. Mad is something!  The hilarious debate that follows takes readers on an emotional roller coaster that pokes at the power of imaginative play.

My thoughts:  I think this book is so funny and it feeds the need for our Mo fans of Elephant and Piggie.  They will love the books in this series, the children I have read these to have loved them so far.  This is great as a read aloud as well.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Funny, Readers

 

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