Monthly Archives: May 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney

Kinney, Jeff.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Greg Heffley’s Journal. 217 p.  Amulet.  2007.  ISBN 978-0-8109-9313-6. It feels almost silly writing a review of the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, but a review has to … Continue reading

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Love That Dog: A Novel

Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog:  A Novel. 86 p.  Scholastic.  2001.  ISBN 978-0-06-029287-4. They say great things come in small packages.  This book is no exception.  Creech has written a book that a lot of kids will be able to … Continue reading

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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Funke, Cornelia.  The Thief Lord  349 p.  Scholastic.  2002.  ISBN 978-0-439-40437-2. What do you get when you mix two runaway brothers, a detective hired to find them, a young group of thieves, the streets and canals of Venice, Italy, and … Continue reading

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Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

Wiles, Deborah.  Each Little Bird That Sings.  247 p.  Harcourt.  2005.  ISBN 978-0-15-205113-6.Get your tissue box out. Meet Comfort.  She is a 10-year-old explorer, recipe tester, and funeral reporter, whose family owns, and lives in, the Snowberger Funeral Home in … Continue reading

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Telgemeier, Raina.  Smile.  213 p.  Graphix  2010.  ISBN 978-0-545-13205-3.Smile is pure genius.  For anyone who has had braces, you’ll be able to relate to this true story, told in graphic novel form, of what the author, Raina Telgemeier, went through … Continue reading

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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Choldenko, Gennifer.  Al Capone Does My Shirts.  228 p.  Putnam’s.  2004.  ISBN 978-0-399-23861-1.Can you imagine living on a small island that is home  to some of the most notorious criminals?  Well, in Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko, … Continue reading

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The Watson’s Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963.  210 p.  Delacorte Press.  1995.  ISBN 978-0-385-32175-4. Have you ever read a book that you just know is going to stay with you for a long, long time? The Watsons Go to … Continue reading

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.  229p.  Little, Brown.  2007.  ISBN 978-0-316-01368-0.Arnold Spirit, Jr., nicknamed Junior, is an American Indian living on a Spokane, Washington reservation.  He was born with encephalitis (water on the brain), and … Continue reading

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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Pfeffer, Susan Beth.  Life As We Knew It.  337p.  Harcourt.  2006.  ISBN  978-0-15-205826-5. Imagine if life as we knew it was a distant memory.  This happens to Miranda, her family, and the rest of the world in Life As We … Continue reading

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Th1rteen R3asons Why

Asher, Jay.  Th1rteen R3asons Why.  288 p.  Razorbill.  2007.  ISBN  978-1-59514-171-2. “Everything affects everything.” How do you treat people?  How are you treated by other people? So begins the story of Hannah Baker, a teen that committed suicide.  The story … Continue reading

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