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Archive for May, 2012

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Out of My MindWhat would it be like if you could not walk, talk, or write? What if you had so many ideas and words you wanted to express but could not communicate with other people? In Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, Melody is an 11 year old girl who wants to have the same experiences as other people. She wants to be a part of the things her classmates are doing. She is very smart, but she is also in a wheelchair and can’t walk, talk, or write. She figures out a way to communicate with her class and the other people around her, and enters a competition for her school. Will her team win? Will she get to make friends with her classmates? Read this book and find out!

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

By bjones on May 29, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Anne W., Realistic Stories

The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere vol. 1 by Jacqueline West

The ShadowsIn The Shadows by Jacqueline West, Olive’s family just moved into an odd old house where there is something just not right about the paintings on the walls.  Olive discovers that she can climb into the worlds inside the paintings and uncovers the sinister story behind how the paintings, and the house, came to be.  She also finds out that she and her family are in terrible danger!  This slightly creepy story is an exciting and fast moving mystery thriller that fans of Coraline will love.


By bjones on May 21, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Mystery & Suspense

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

Rock and the RiverI listened to the audiobook of The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon and really enjoyed it. The story takes place in Chicago in the 1960’s. Thirteen-year-old Sam’s father is very involved in the Civil Rights Movement; the family has even had Dr. King over for dinner! Sam’s older brother and best friend, “Stick,” gets involved with the Black Panthers, a group that seems at odds with the non-violent protests that Stick and Sam have grown up with. After the assassination of Dr. King, things around the city start to heat up, and Sam gets more involved.

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By bjones on May 14, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Erin E., Realistic Stories

Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor

Sparrow RoadSparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor. It’s so odd–really! For no good reason that Raine can figure out, her mom decides all of a sudden the two of them have to leave their home in Milwaukee and move to creepy old Sparrow Road, an artist retreat out in the middle of nowhere. Turns out, there are secrets everywhere in and around Sparrow Road, and Raine makes some very personal discoveries about friendship, family, forgiveness and love.  If you like stories that tug at your heart a bit, you’ll like this one. 

Book reviewed by Mary Ann S., Assistant Head of Youth Services

By bjones on May 8, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Mary Ann S., Realistic Stories