Monthly Archives: April 2011

When I Crossed No-Bob

McMullan, Margaret.  When I Crossed No-Bob.  209 p. Houghton Mifflin.  2007.  ISBN 978-0-618-71715-6. Most tweens I have met have a good amount of compassion.  They are appalled when they hear of current and historical atrocities. When I Crossed No-Bobwill be … Continue reading

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Every Soul A Star

Mass, Wendy.  Every Soul A Star.  336 p. Little, Brown and Company.  2008.  ISBN 978-0-316-00256-1.After seeing many students check this book out at the school library where I work, and then also seeing it as one of three nominees on … Continue reading

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Happy Kid!

Gauthier, Gail.  Happy Kid.  230 p. Putnam.  2006. ISBN 978-0-399-24266-3.As annoying as it is to middle school kids, Mom’s sometimes worry about their kids.  Imagine your Mom, in an effort to try to make you a happier person, bribes you … Continue reading

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Untamed: Animals Around the World

Bloom, Steve. Text by Christian Harvard, drawings by Emmanuelle Zicot.  Steve Bloom Untamed:  Animals Around the World.  78 p. Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2005. ISBN 978-0-810-95956-9.It’s been said you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but in this … Continue reading

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Clay

Clay. By David Almond.  2005.  Delacorte Press.  ISBN 978-0-440-42013-2.If you like creepy, this is the book for you!  In Clay, by David Almond, fourteen-year-old Davie, and his best friend Geordie, are altar boys in their English town.  As they are … Continue reading

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Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer:  A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. By Bethany Hamilton.  2004.  Pocket Books.  ISBN 978-1-4165-0772-7. Soul Surfer, by Bethany Hamilton, is a true story about 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton, a competitive surfer, … Continue reading

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Countdown: A Novel

Countdown:  A Novel.  By Deborah Wiles.  2010.  Scholastic Press. ISBN 978-0-545-10605-4Imagine what your life would be like if the U.S. was under threat of a nuclear attack.  How would you feel?This actually happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. … Continue reading

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