Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Start saving your money!!
The BOOKFAIR is coming to our school!!
Teacher previews will be Tuesday morning, November 12th and then
EVERYONE can shop starting Tuesday afternoon all week, before and after school through Monday, November 18th!  The bookfair will even have extended hours during Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, 11/14 and Monday, 11/18 until 8 p.m.!!

ALL purchases help our schools!!

Great for gift giving for family, friends and teachers!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker
Children's Choice 2013-2014 nominee

Book description from
Tugs Esther Button was born to a luckless family. Buttons don’t presume to be singers or dancers. They aren’t athletes or artists, good listeners, or model citizens. The one time a Button ever made the late Goodhue Gazette - before Harvey Moore came along with his talk of launching a new paper - was when Great Grandaddy Ike accidentally set Town Hall ablaze. Tomboy Tugs looks at her hapless family and sees her own reflection looking back until she befriends popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a new camera in the Independence Day raffle, and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve. Suddenly this is a summer of change - and by its end, being a Button may just turn out to be what one clumsy, funny, spirited, and very observant young heroine decides to make of it.

My 25 cents:
This was a happy, quick read!  This tale of a determined young girl to solve a mystery and become a hero reminded me of Peck's stories, A Long Way from Chicago, with it's chapters that kind of are each their own little stories of her wacky experiences along the way.

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Iowa Teen Award Nominee 2013-2014

Book description from                                                                                                 An emotional novel based on a true story. Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. 
She walks eight hours every day.

Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety.Two young people . . . two stories. One country: Sudan. This mesmerizing dual narrative follows two threads—one unfolding in 2008 and one in 1985—with one hopeful message: that even in a troubled country, determined survivors may find the future they are hoping for.

My 25 cents:
This is probably one of the BEST books I have EVER read!  I can tell you this, if you read this book, you will be thankful for the life you have and the water you (probably!) take for granted!  I truly could not put this book down and I have been thinking about it ever since.  I kept thinking "I could never survive if that were me"...but Nya and Salva don't really have a choice if they want to live.  Read this, you won't be sorry.

(OH!! and it's only 120 pages!)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olson

Book Description by
As 11-year-old Hope struggles to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother, she's tempted to run away but instead chooses resilience. She creates a secret safe haven and an innovative point system (giving herself points for every bad thing her mother says to her); finds comfort and inspiration from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl; and gains a support team. Ultimately, Hope able to confront her mother about her hurtful words and help her begin to change. This is an engaging, satisfying novel, about an important and not widely-understood issue, that will touch and inspire readers.

My 25 cents:
I picked this book up because so many students want to read A CHILD CALLED IT, which is about child abuse of author Dave Pelzer, I thought this might be a book those readers would want to read as well.
This book is an excellent story because while the abuse is verbal, that is left to the imagination of the reader more than explained in great detail.  The main character in this story is a true hero that works her way through this issue with dignity and courage.  I found myself rooting for her to hang in there and be strong!  Great story, recommend it for older elementary and middle school students both.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Little Wolf's Book of Badness by Ian Whybrow

Book description from
All Little Wolf wants to do is stay at home with Mum and Dad and Baby brother Smellybreff. Instead he's packed off to Cunning College to learn the 9 Rules of Badess and earn his Gold BAD Badge from his wicked Uncle Bigbad. He sets off on his journey, sending letters home as he adventures in the big wide world.

My 25 cents:
This poor little wolf's parents send him off to learn how to be "bad".  What makes this book such a fun read is the journal format that the author used to tell the story.  In fact, Little Wolf states that the journal is really letters to his parents, but he can't send the letters because his uncle ate the mailman and they won't come around anymore now!  I find it similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books with lots of graphics on each page as well.  It's a fast read, and we have the other Little Wolf books in our library as well. Beginning chapter book readers and upper elementary will enjoy the humor in this series.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.
This is an nominee for Iowa Teen Award this year.

Book description from
The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

My 25 cents:
I was not real excited about reading this book as I tend to like modern day, more realistic fiction.  I was pleasantly surprised though that I was drawn in by the suspense and anxious to find out what was going on with the "new" Jack the Ripper killings. The setting for this story IS present day and the author did a great job of telling just enough about the original Jack the Ripper spree in the 1800s without making that the focus of this story.  It looks like this is the beginning of a series of books, so our library will for sure be getting the next ones.