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Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Toby's family rented a house for the summer. All Toby wanted to do was ride his bike down big hills and have fun outside. Toby's mom is always worrying about him, and she does not want Toby doing anything that might cause him to get hurt. Toby has cancer. During the summer, Toby meets an elderly lady named Pearl, who once wrote poetry. She is 90 years old, nearly blind, and she won't leave her house even though that's what her family wants. Pearl has an old cow named Blossom. Toby enjoys spending time with the cow, just like Pearl. Pearl and Toby develop a close friendship. One day Toby finds a lump on his body. His cancer has recurred. He doesn't tell anyone because he does not want to go back to the hospital and endure additional painful treatments. He's also having fun for the first time in a long time. When Blossom the Cow dies from old age, it serves as a wake up call to Toby. He decides he needs to fight his cancer again.
Date read: 4/28/2009
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Antonia can't believe she agreed to be a peer counselor, especially when she finds out who she's counseling: Jazz Luther, with her purple hair and black lipstick. She tells Dr. DiLeo that she could never counsel someone like Jazz, but he urges her to continue. As she does, Antonia finds her own life starting to unravel, and she finds it harder and harder to keep it a secret. How can Antonia possibly help someone like Jazz when she can barely hold her own life together?
Date read: 4/30/2010
Demon of River Heights
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
In this first installment of the Nancy Drew graphic novels, Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned are helping Bess's two friends make a movie - 'The Demon of River Heights.' When the boys disappear, Nancy can't convince the local police chief that they aren't just building publicity for the film. So, Nancy takes it upon herself to find them. In doing so, she stumbles upon an even bigger crime.
Similar books: Others in this series; Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
Date read: 3/25/2009
Demons of the Ocean
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Twins Grace and Connor are separated from each other in a storm that destroys their father's boat. They try to find each other and Connor must save Grace from her terrible fate aboard the vampirate ship. Despite it's title, this book is very enjoyable for older kids, especially if you love pirates and the Pirates of the Caribbean. This is the first in the Vampirates series. Look for Tide of Terror, Blood Captain, and Black Heart.
Date read: 11/20/2009
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Hannah is almost thirteen, and she would much rather hang out with her best friend Rosemary at the mall than go to her family's Seder dinner to celebrate Passover. Passover is about remembering, and Hannah is tired of remembering especially when she wasn't even there.
But this year it's Hannah's turn to open the door for the prophet Elijah. Instead of the expected empty hallway, Hannah walks through the doorway and finds herself in Poland... in 1942! Everyone here calls her by her Hebrew name, Chaya. Soon the Nazis come and take Hannah away with the rest of the village. Only Hannah knows what awaits them in the concentration camps. In the camps, Hannah discovers the importance of remembering, of friendship... and of sacrifice.
Date read: 7/8/2009
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