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The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ

The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ: A laboratory dog’s search for love by Martha Ritter
Recommended for: Grades 3 & up

PZ is a laboratory dog and has spent her entire life in the lab cage. When she outgrows her usefulness at the lab, PZ is taken to an animal shelter. On her way there, PZ meets her first friend, a ladybug! Before long she is taken home by a young girl and her mother and given a real name. PZ is afraid of everything, and her new owner doubts that she can train her new dog and come to love her.
Many people, and animals, help these two learn to trust each other. This story is at times touching and hilarious, and also gives insight into dog training from both a dog’s and a human’s point of view. If you love animals, you’ll love this book.

Reviewed by : Mrs. McIntire

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Murphy, Gold Rush Dog

Murphy, Gold Rush Dog by Alison Hart
Grades 3 – 6

Murphy escapes from his cruel owner, and the harsh conditions of being a sled dog pulling supplies to Nome, Alaska.  Murphy encounters Sally and her Mama, also new to Nome, and stays with them.
The Gold Rush is drawing all sorts to Nome, and daily life is very dangerous and hard.  Sally’s Mama soon feels they should return to San Francisco, but Sally, who has saved some money of her own, sets out with Murphy to stake her own claim to mine for gold so that they can stay in Alaska.  Sally and Murphy encounter harsh weather and many dangers while on their own, including an encounter with Murphy’s previous owner.  Will they even be able to make it back to Nome? I loved  this exciting adventure of a determined young girl and her loyal dog.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Completely Clementine

completely clementine coverCompletely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Recommended for Grades 2 – 4

Pennypacker’s 7th and final book in the Clementine series brilliantly captures the life of a third grader.  Clementine learns how to maintain a friendship with someone different from herself, that it is okay to have a different opinion from someone she loves – a parent, and how hard it is to grow up and move on from secure surroundings.  With humor and typical antics, as readers have enjoyed in the previous six books, Clementine finishes third grade, meets her new sibling, and gets to see how the other half lives on an overnight at Boston’s Park Plaza!   You will finish this series with a smile on your face and a great sense of satisfaction.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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When life gives you O.J.

life gives you o.j. coverWhen life gives you O.J.  by Erica Perl
Recommended for : Grades 3-6

Ten year old Zelly Fried has recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to Burlington, VT.  She really wants a dog and her grandfather, who has an odd sense of humor, cons her into a way to convince her parents that she is ready for the responsibility.  Zelly has to care for a gallon orange juice jug on a leash – including walking it around town, feeding it and cleaning up after it.!  How embarrassing for a preteen!  Read this book to discover how Zelly learns to deal with peer pressure, embarrassment and patience.  As an extra, the book also includes two chapters from the upcoming sequel, Ace’s Wild!

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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The Secret Chicken Society

secret chicken society cover imageThe Secret Chicken Society by Judy Cox
Recommended for: Grades 1 – 3

So far Daniel has collected a rat, a tank full of guppies, a gerbil and a parakeet.  It’s all good practice for his future career as a veterinarian.  When the teacher announces that they will be hatching eggs in the classroom he sets his sights on a chicken as well.  Find out what happens when you mix “Eco-Dad”, four kids, five chickens and an unlikely set of neighbors in this fast-paced story.  You just might learn a little something about chickens while you’re at it.

Reviewed by: Mrs. White

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The Fenway Foul-Up

Fenway foul up coverThe Fenway Foul-Up by David A. Kelly
Recommended for: Grades 1 – 3

Cousins Mike and Kate are huge baseball fans.  Luckily for them, Kate’s mom is a sport reporter, and they get to travel the country with her, attending games and visiting ballparks.  When they go to Fenway Park to watch batting practice before a big game, they get caught up in a mystery about star player Big D’s missing bat.  Can Mike and Kate help find his bat before the Red Sox start a losing streak?
This is the first title in the Ballpark Mysteries series.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Great Cake Mystery : Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case

The Great Cake Mystery : Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case coverThe Great Cake Mystery : Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case by Alexander McCall Smith
Recommended for: Grades 2 – 5

Alexander McCall Smith  introduces Precious Ramotswe, heroine of his popular adult series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, as a young girl.  Precious already seems to possess some of the attributes of a good detective. A mystery presents itself at the school she attends.  Instead of jumping to conclusions, as some of her classmates do, Precious works her way to a  solution following evidence.  In this story, friendship overcomes suspicion.
Sequel: The Mystery of Meerkat Hill

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

orange street coverOne Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
Recommended for: Grades 3-6

Things have been changing for the friends and neighbors on Orange Street.  Ali’s brother has not been the same since his surgery, Robert’s best friend moved away, Leandra’s mom is pregnant, and Bunny’s anxiety is starting to get the better of her.  As the friends handle these changes, memories and people from Orange Street’s past are coming to light.  With a blend of heart, humor, and magic, author Joanne Rocklin tells a sweet tale of friendship and growth.

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Happy Birthday Bad Kitty

Happy Birthday Bad Kitty by Nick Buel
Recommended for: Grades 2 to 4

Happy Birthday Bad KittyAuthor Nick Bruel introduced Bad Kitty in a funny, alphabet picture book by the same name. He then expanded Kitty’s adventures in hilarious companion chapter books. In this book, hard-to-please Kitty is woken up by the never-seen narrator with the joyous news that  “Today is your birthday!!!” Despite the fabulous array of foods (listed in alphabetical order) and the zany assortment of presents from Kitty’s pals, all does not go well. Minimal text complimented by  large and lively graphic art empower young readers, who will surely want to explore other books about Bad Kitty.

Reviewed by: Ms. Wettergreen

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Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat

Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat coverViolet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat by Anna Branford
Recommended for: Grades 2-5

Violet is the smallest in her family, so she identifies with small creatures.  After seeing a sparrow in the shopping mall, Violet thinks up The Theory of Helping Small Things.  Violet tries out her Theory on the smallest ladybug she can find, trying to create a natural habitat.  The result is a sad surprise.  Feeling badly, Violet turns to her older sister Nicola, who is usually grumpy with Violet, and finds that Nicola is also feeling badly.  Nicola needs help thinking up a Science Project for school.  Violet finds that helping and sharing ideas with her sister make her own natural habitat a much better place.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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