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24 Feb 14

Messner, Kate. CAPTURE THE FLAG
New York : Scholastic, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 4.5
ISBN 0545395399

If you love a good adventure where ordinary kids like you can do amazing things, Capture the Flag is for you! Three seventh graders with nothing in common attend an event at the Smithsonian Museum where the original flag created by Betsey Ross is stolen. The next day, the same three kids are stranded in the same part of the airport after a snowstorm. They soon discover that they have more in common than they realized, particularly that they were at the Smithsonian when the flag was stolen. Figuring that the thief could be stranded at the airport with them, they launch an investigation to “capture the flag” before it becomes lost forever. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

09 Feb 14

Barrow, Randi. SAVING ZASHA
Scholastic 2011

World War II is over and Russia does not want anything to do with Germany, a country that attacked them so brutally.. Mikhail, a 13 year old boy from Russia, finds a sick and dying man who has a German shepherd. Mikhail’s family decides to keep Zasha a secret from the rest of the townspeople and vows to hide and protect her. Mikhail discovers Zasha is pregnant. There is a man nearby who is trying to breed a Russian superdog and would love to add a German shepherd to the breed. Find out what happens to Zasha and her puppies. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

05 Feb 14

Stout, Glenn. SOLDIER ATHLETES
New York : Sandpiper, 2011
IL 5-8, RL 6.7
ISBN 0547417292
Some athletes do more than just play the game and earn a paycheck. Some athletes serve their country, the United States, in times of war. Whether they served before their career, after their career, or in the middle of their sports career, these four athletes made a difference by being American Patriots first, and professional athletes second. Every one may know Ted Williams was one of the greatest hitters ever to play baseball. Did you know he also served in the Air Force? Rocky Blier played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and also served in Viet Nam. Chicago White Sox’s Carlos May and Arizona Cardinal’s Pat Tillman also served their country. Find out more about these soldier athletes in the informational text. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

02 Feb 14

Singer, Marilyn. MIRROR, MIRROR : A BOOK OF REVERSIBLE VERSE
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 4.1
ISBN 0525479015
The first poem in this book will challenge your thinking: “Who says it’s true—down is the only view? If you believe that, this poem will challenge you. Up is something new.” Want to try it? Read the poem in reverse, a method that author Marilyn Singer made up. “Something new is up. You will challenge this poem if you believe that the only view is down. It’s true, Says who?” Each of the poems in this book is based on a fairy tale, and tells both sides of the story. After your read the poems, you will want to try reverso yourself. (Review by Sue Dahlstrom, Wayne Elementary School) (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

22 Jan 14

Scattergood, Augusta. GLORY BE
New York : Scholastic Press, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 4.3
ISBN 0545331803

For Gloriana Hemphill (Glory for short) summer means her Fourth of July birthday at the Hanging Moss Pool. But the summer she’s turns twelve, the town council closes the pool to fix a (imaginary) crack in the bottom. The winds of change have blown into Hanging Moss, Mississippi that summer of 1964. There is turmoil in the town when some folks from up north arrive to help get the black folks registered to vote, and integrate the community pool. Glory doesn’t see what the big fuss is all about, and just wants the pool to be opened. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that there are injustices that need to be addressed.. She writes a letter to the town paper, but not everyone wants to hear what Glory has to say about Independence Day and the direction things have started to take in her town. In her own way, she’s growing up, and taking a stand. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

21 Jan 14

Nivola, Claire A. LIFE IN THE OCEAN : THE STORY OF OCEANOGRAPHER SYLVIA EARLE
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012
IL K-3, RL 5.0
ISBN 0374380686

If you are dazzled by the sea, you will love this beautiful biography of Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer who designed vehicles for deep sea exploration, set diving depth records, swam with whales and even lived underwater for two weeks! As a child, Sylvia was enchanted by the natural world. The illustrations bring that world to life with detailed pictures filled with different species of mammals, birds, insects and fish. It is exciting to see the ocean through Sylvia’s eyes and to learn more about ocean life along the way. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

20 Jan 14

Lunge-Larsen, Lise. GIFTS FROM THE GODS : ANCIENT WORDS AND WISDOM FROM GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
New York : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011
IL 3-6, RL 6.9
ISBN 0547152299

Did you know that Hypnos, the god of sleep, was so powerful he could put anyone to sleep whenever he desired? In one story from Gifts From the Gods, Hera wanted Zeus, who supported the Trojans, put to sleep so she could help the Greeks battle against the Trojans in the Trojan War. Hypnos reluctantly agreed and sprinkled sleep onto Zeus. While Zeus slept, Hera helped her Greek heroes drive out the Trojans in battle. The word hypnotize, putting someone into an artificial sleep, comes from the myth of Hypnos. There are many more stories just as entertaining about your favorite Gods and Goddesses. You will also discover how the Greek & Roman Gods inspired words in our language derived from their gifts. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

18 Jan 14

Kerley, Barbara. THOSE REBELS, JOHN AND TOM
New York : Scholastic, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 4.8
ISBN 0545222680
Thomas Jefferson is tall, shy, a good student, an impressive dresser, and likes to solve problems by writing about them. John Adams is short, a talker, an outdoorsman, dresses plainly, and likes to solve problems by arguing about them. Two men – very different in appearance and character - but the same when it comes to how they feel about King George (from England) and their country (the American colonies) In the summer of 1775, Tom and John meet with others in Philadelphia to talk about the problems the colonies are having with King George and what they should do. How do two men, so very different, approach the problems facing the soon-to-become United States of America? Will they agree on anything? (Review by Sue Dahlstrom, Wayne Elementary School) (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

17 Jan 14

Horvath, Polly. MR. AND MRS. BUNNY - DETECTIVES EXTRAORDINAIRE!
New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 5.9
ISBN 0375867554
12-year-old Madeline is shocked when she receives a ransom note stating that her hippie parents have been kidnapped. Worse still, the note is written in a secret code she can’t even read. When a car swishes by with many pairs of staring red eyes, Madeline thinks she spotted a fox driving the vehicle. Luckily, she meets a team of bunnies wearing fedora hats, who happen to be detectives. With the help of the bunny detectives, she chases marmots, states her case in front of the scary Bunny Council, and even questions a pack of evil foxes, as she searches for her parents. Will Madeline and Mr. and Mrs. Bunny solve the “Case of the Missing Parents?” (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

05 Jan 14

Healy, Christopher. THE HERO'S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM
Walden Pond Press, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 5.0
ISBN 0062117432


Rejected by their princesses, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, four princes must set out on quests to impress their ladies with their bravery and knightly skills. In their travels, each of them discovers an evil plot that will destroy their respective kingdoms. The problem is that the bards who spread the news around all of the kingdoms through their songs often leave out important details such as the prince’s names and heroic deeds. So all four princes (Prince Liam, Prince Frederick, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav) are called “Prince Charming,” and not one of them gets credit for their daunting feats against trolls, bandits, dragons, witches and other evil beings. The other problem is that the princesses are all very brave and clever and don’t “think” they require the lackluster abilities of the princes to save their kingdoms. Will these four princes manage to sharpen their wits and hone their fighting skills enough to save their kingdoms and become real heroes?
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

03 Dec 13

Fishman, Cathy Goldberg. WHEN JACKIE MET HANK
New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2012
IL K-3, RL 3.8
ISBN 076146140X

Have you ever heard of Jackie Robinson? He was the first African-American baseball player to play in the major leagues. Although this event took place over 50 years ago, When Jackie Met Hank, reminds us that black baseball players weren’t the only ones that had challenges. Hank Goldberg was a Jewish player. People called him names and were prejudiced against him, too. On May 17, 1947, Jackie and Hank collided during a baseball game. The fans in the stadium began to chant, “Fight, fight, fight.” What do you think happened? You will have to read the book to find out! (Review by Sue Dahlstrom, Wayne Elementary School) (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

02 Dec 13

Applegate, Katherine. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

Ivan is a gorilla living in a steel and glass cage in a roadside zoo. His friends are an elephant named Stella, Bob, a stray dog, and Julia, the daughter of the custodian. After living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade for 27 years, Ivan has grown used to having humans watching his every move. But his world changes when Stella has a baby named Ruby. Ivan makes a promise to Stella and wants to help make Ruby’s world better than the dirty, trash-filled, ill-kept place where they live now. Read this touching story of friendship and human/animal interaction (which is based on true events) to see if Ivan and Ruby’s life can change. (Review by Sue Dahlstrom, Wayne Elementary School) (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

30 Nov 13

Angleberger,Tom. FAKE MUSTACHE, OR, HOW JODIE O'RODEO AND HER WONDER HORSE (AND SOME NERDY KID) SAVED THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FROM A MAD GENIUS CRIMINAL MASTERMIND
New York : Amulet Books, 2012
IL 3-6 RL 4.6
ISBN 1419701940
Fake mustaches are all the rage among the seventh grade boys of Hairsprinkle. The best one is the Heidelberg Handlebar Number Seven made with real human hair.. Casper receives $400 for a birthday gift and decides to buy the mustache and a first-class man about town business suit. That very night, banks in Hairsprinkle begin to be robbed and the suspect wears a man about town business suit and a handlebar mustache each time. Feeling suspicious, Sven decides he has no choice but to turn in his best friend to the FBI. Read to find out what happens to Casper and Sven. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

20 Nov 13

Woodson, Jacqueline. EACH KINDNESS
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012
IL K-3, RL 2.8
ISBN 0399246525

When was the last time you treated someone kindly? Was there a time when you could have been kind, but chose to be mean instead? Do we treat others the way we would like to be treated? Maya is a new student. She wears second hand clothing, broken sandals, and obviously comes from a poor background. She tries to make friends, but is rejected by Chloe and her friends who make fun of Maya and refuse to include her. When Maya's family has to move and she is no longer there, Chloe begins to feel guilty and sorry for the way she behaved. How can she ever make up for her hurtful behavior toward Maya? This meaningful and emotional story about a lesson in kindness will cause you to reflect on how you behave toward others. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

24 Nov 13

Airgood, Ellen. PRAIRIE EVERS

Prairie has been homeschooled by her dear Grammy, learning her lessons while taking walks and seeing nature. She even has learned much from raising her chickens. Grammy has gone home to North Carolina and her parents are too busy running their farm to teach her. Now Prairie must go to school, but being the new kid isn’t that easy. School work is not the problem, unless it’s because she knows too much. What she needs to learn is how to make friends. Finally she meets Ivy, her one true friend. When Ivy’s mother suddenly decides to get married and move away, Ivy feels lost. But Prairie’s family comes to the rescue. Read this book to see how the girls learn lessons on friendship, loyalty and give-and-take. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

19 Nov 13

Reynolds, Aaron. CREEPY CARROTS
New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012
IL K-3, RL 2.3
ISBN 1442402970

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots and the carrots he finds in Crackenhopper Field are the best. He eats them several times a day. But one day he starts seeing carrots everywhere. He begins to suspect the carrots are following him. No one believes him, but he knows the carrots are there! Are the carrots really stalking him? If so, can they be stopped? Read this funny and suspenseful book to find out! (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

04 Nov 13

Pinkwater, Daniel. MRS. NOODLEKUGEL
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2012
IL K-3, RL 3.3
ISBN 0763650536

Looking out the window of their new home in a tall apartment building, Nick and Maxine see a little old fashioned house surrounded by huge buildings. Secretly, with the help of Mike, the janitor, they find it and meet the owner, a plump old lady named Mrs. Noodlekugel. She kindly invites them in for freshly baked cookies and tea. Maxine and Nick are delighted with their visit, especially when they meet her cat who bakes, plays the piano, and elegantly serves the tea. Read to discover the talents of Mrs. Noodlekugel’s four far sighted, prize winning mice, who also join them for tea. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

03 Nov 13

Offill, Jenny. 11 EXPERIMENTS THAT FAILED
Schwartz & Wade, 2011

Does your school have a Science Fair? Do you know how to do a science experiment? 1) Ask a question. 2) Make a prediction (hypothesis). 3) Gather your supplies. 4) Write down the directions, 5) Record what happened. You might not want to do the 11 experiments in this book, with experiments like “Can a kid make it through the winter eating only snow and ketchup?” or “Do dogs like to be covered in glitter?” But you will have to read the book to find out the experimental results! (Review by Sue Dahlstrom, Wayne Elementary School) (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

02 Nov 13

Messner, Kate. MARTY MCGUIRE
Scholastic, 2011

Marty is a third grade girl who prefers blue jeans to dresses, and outdoor fun things like frog hunting instead of playing princess. She loves second grade. Before heading off for summer vacation, Marty’s second grade teacher tells the class how wonderful third grade will be. There will be lots of special activities, including a school play. But things don’t start out well for Marty. She loses her best friend to another classmate. As if things aren’t bad enough, when The Frog Prince is announced as the school play for this year, and all the roles are assigned, Marty is given the role of the princess! How can a girl like Marty, who prefers science, nature and slimy creatures, find a way to succeed as a princess in the school play? Will she eventually find something to like about third grade? You will enjoy getting to know Marty McGuire. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

01 Nov 13

McNamara, Margaret. THE THREE LITTLE ALIENS AND THE BIG BAD ROBOT
Schwartz & Wade, 2011


Three little aliens are all grown up and ready to head into space and find their own homes. Each alien settles onto his own planet, and soon a big bad robot comes to call. The three little aliens find safety together in the third alien’s home. Does this story sound familiar? It is a funny twist on the Three Little Pigs! You will laugh at the aliens and their silly antics, and you will love the illustrations that help you get to know the planets in our solar system. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

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