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Staff Picks 4 Kids

My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald

My Life in Pink and Green Never underestimate the difference that one person can make in the world!  In My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald, 12-year-old Lucy surprises the reader with her determination, business sense, environmental awareness, and talent.  Her family’s pharmacy is on the brink of going out of business, but Lucy is not willing to let that happen.  Since she is only in 7th grade and most adults don’t take her ideas seriously, what will happen when her grandmother ignores her suggestions and attempts to sell their house and possibly the pharmacy?  Find out how Lucy handles problems with her friends and uses her talents in ways she never imagined!  Pick up some beauty, business, and environmental tips as well…Go Green!  Recommended for 4th grade and up.

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on March 9, 2010 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C., Realistic Stories

My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald

My Life in Pink and Green Never underestimate the difference that one person can make in the world!  In My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald, 12-year-old Lucy surprises the reader with her determination, business sense, environmental awareness, and talent.  Her family’s pharmacy is on the brink of going out of business, but Lucy is not willing to let that happen.  Since she is only in 7th grade and most adults don’t take her ideas seriously, what will happen when her grandmother ignores her suggestions and attempts to sell their house and possibly the pharmacy?  Find out how Lucy handles problems with her friends and uses her talents in ways she never imagined!  Pick up some beauty, business, and environmental tips as well…Go Green!  Recommended for 4th grade and up.

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Crooked Kind of PerfectI’ll admit that the striped socks on the cover of A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban caught my attention. I’m certainly glad that I read it!  Ten year old Zoe is a believable and lovable character who longs to play the piano but to her dismay, receives an organ instead. She has a mother who works too much, a father who rarely leaves the safety of home, troubles with friends, yet enough T.P. stockpiled in the basement to last the entire family until she goes to college!  This is a humorous and touching story that makes you realize that even the craziest of lives can be surprisingly perfect.

Book read and reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By MPPL on September 28, 2009 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Carol C.

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Crooked Kind of PerfectI’ll admit that the striped socks on the cover of A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban caught my attention. I’m certainly glad that I read it!  Ten year old Zoe is a believable and lovable character who longs to play the piano but to her dismay, receives an organ instead. She has a mother who works too much, a father who rarely leaves the safety of home, troubles with friends, yet enough T.P. stockpiled in the basement to last the entire family until she goes to college!  This is a humorous and touching story that makes you realize that even the craziest of lives can be surprisingly perfect.

Book read and reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By MPPL on Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Picks by Carol C.

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler

Phlippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister Calling all fans of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series!  Here’s her new book which may not have mermaids, but has plenty of magic and surprises of its own. Imagine for a moment that you could have anything you wanted – well, at least 3 wishes worth!  Would you wish for money, friends, fame, or world peace?  In Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister, Philippa is granted 3 wishes and finds it is not as easy as she thought.  From troubles with her parents, friends, and even her very own godsister, Philippa is faced with problems and BIG decisions.  I enjoyed this story about friendship and believing in yourself and was happily surprised by the ending!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on June 8, 2009 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C.

Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler

Phlippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister Calling all fans of Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series!  Here’s her new book which may not have mermaids, but has plenty of magic and surprises of its own. Imagine for a moment that you could have anything you wanted – well, at least 3 wishes worth!  Would you wish for money, friends, fame, or world peace?  In Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister, Philippa is granted 3 wishes and finds it is not as easy as she thought.  From troubles with her parents, friends, and even her very own godsister, Philippa is faced with problems and BIG decisions.  I enjoyed this story about friendship and believing in yourself and was happily surprised by the ending!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C.

Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch

 

syndetics-lcHave you ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed or seen it raining cats and dogs? In the picture book Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch, you can see these and other idioms come to life!  The illustrations are part real and part doodles which add to its humor and enjoyment. So if you’re feeling blue or in a pickle about the first day of school, keep an eye out for this amusing book!

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By MPPL on February 9, 2009 Categories: Picks by Carol C., Picture Books

Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch

 

syndetics-lcHave you ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed or seen it raining cats and dogs? In the picture book Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch, you can see these and other idioms come to life!  The illustrations are part real and part doodles which add to its humor and enjoyment. So if you’re feeling blue or in a pickle about the first day of school, keep an eye out for this amusing book!

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By MPPL on Categories: Picks by Carol C., Picture Books

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

syndetics-lc  Can you imagine living alone?  Now imagine living alone in the forest, and you are only 10 years old!  In Alabama Moon by Watt Key, Moon has lived in the forest for as long as he can remember. He and his dad survived by hunting, growing food and making everything that they needed.  After the death of his parents, how will ten year old Moon survive?  How will he escape the law?  Why did his dad hate the government?  Most of all, how will he handle being alone for the first time in his life? If you enjoy adventure books, this is a great book about survival, trust and friendship.

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By MPPL on November 10, 2008 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Picks by Carol C., Realistic Stories

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

syndetics-lc  Can you imagine living alone?  Now imagine living alone in the forest, and you are only 10 years old!  In Alabama Moon by Watt Key, Moon has lived in the forest for as long as he can remember. He and his dad survived by hunting, growing food and making everything that they needed.  After the death of his parents, how will ten year old Moon survive?  How will he escape the law?  Why did his dad hate the government?  Most of all, how will he handle being alone for the first time in his life? If you enjoy adventure books, this is a great book about survival, trust and friendship.

Book read by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison