Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November's Library Corner

Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  It's a special edition because our librarian, Mrs. Connell didn't realize that she accidentally gave two suggestions per grade group!  It is convenient she did that this month because it is also book fair week.  All of her suggestions can be found in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as the Wallingford Public Library, and some can even be found at this week's Book Fair!

Recommendations for Grades 6, 7& 8

Title: Because of Mr. Terupt

Author: Rob Buyea

Summary: It't the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School.  There's... Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who's having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, a class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.
  Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all.  He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much...until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything-and everyone.

Title: Fish in a Tree

Author: Linda Mullaly Hunt

Summary: Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people.  Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?  However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker.  With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.  As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities.  She discovers that there's a lot more to her- and to everyone- than a label, and that great minds don't always think alike.

Recommendations for Grades 3, 4&5
Title: Shadow

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Summary: This is a beautiful story of a boy, his lost dog, and the lengths he would go to be reunited.  This timely story of a battle-scarred Afghanistan delivers a masterful portrait of war, love and friendship.
  With the horrors of war bearing down on them, Aman and his mother are barely surviving in an Afghan cave, and staying there any longer will end horribly.  The only comfort Aman has is Shadow, the loyal spaniel that shows up from places unknown, it seems, just when Aman needs them most.
  Aman, his mother, and Shadow finally leave the destroyed cave in hopes of escaping to England, but are held at checkpoint, and Shadow runs away after being shot by the police.  Aman and his mother escape- without Shadow.  Aman is heart-broken.
  Just as they are getting settled as free citizens in England, they are imprisoned in a camp with locked doors and a barbed wire fence.  Their only hope is Aman's classmate Matt, his grandpa and the dream of finding his lost dog.  After all, you never lose your shadow.

Title: The Year of the Book

Author:Andrea Cheng

Summary: In Chinese, peng you means friend.  But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated.
  When Anna needs company, she turns to her books.  Whether traveling through A Wrinkle of Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot- constant companionship and insight into her changing world.
  Books, however, can't tell Anna how to find a true friend.  She'll have to discover that on her own.  This novel subtly explores what it takes to make friends and what it means to be one.

Recommendations for Grades K, 1&2 
Title: Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story

Author: Emily Arnold McCully

SummaryLizzie Murphy was good at baseball. In fact, she was better than most of the boys. But she was born in 1900, and back then baseball was not a game for girls. Lizzie practiced with her brother anyway, and then she talked her way onto the local boys' team, first as a batboy, then as a player. Everyone was impressed by her hard catches and fast pitches. By the time she turned fifteen, she was playing for two different amateur boys' teams. When she turned eighteen, Lizzie did something else that women weren't supposed to do: she signed up with a professional baseball team, determined to earn her living playing the game.

Title: Wet Cement, A Mix of Concrete Poems

Author: Bob Raczka

Summary: Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.

Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.

Check back next month for more recommendations!

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