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Year I was Grounded
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Geordie finds lots of time to write in his journal when he is grounded for breaking a window. He writes about his likes and dislikes, his trumpet, and the garden he will plant with his Dad in the spring. Many different poetry forms are used, as well as different typefaces, word puzzles, and good use of white space.
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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Date read: 8/1/2011
Year Money Grew on Trees
Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Fourteen-year-old Jackson is talked into running his neighbor Mrs. Nelson's apple orchard. The proposal that Mrs. Nelson comes up with is unusual; if Jackson can make at least $8,000 selling the apples, then she will let him keep whatever else he earns and will also give him the deed to the land. Can a boy with no farming experience manage an orchard? And can he persuade his younger sisters and cousins to be his farmhands? Set in 1980's New Mexico, this gentle coming-of-age story starts a bit slowly, but the interest level builds as Jackson deals with one farming challenge after another to produce the crop. The information about farming (including illustrations of things like tractors and irrigation systems) will appeal to some readers more than others.
Awards nominated: 2013 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Date read: 4/26/2012
Year of the Bomb
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
What do FBI agents, nuclear bombs, and horror movies have in common? In 1950's Sierra Madre, CA, four boys get pulled into an exciting adventure when the horror movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers is being filmed in their hometown. Things get more complicated when they realize that undercover FBI agents are investigating people (including real-life scientist Richard Feynman) that they think might be involved in selling secrets to the Soviet Union. The boys try to help in the investigation, but discover that things are more complicated than they first appear. The main characters of the boys are fictional, but Invasion of the Body Snatchers was a real movie and most of the other characters are based on actual people.
Date read: 10/23/2009
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
All Zero wants is an impressive pitch, but everything he tries falls short. When he injures his hand, suddenly he can throw a perfect slider. Is it just his new bandage, or can he make it on his own?
Date read: 7/20/2009
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