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The Terrible Two

The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett
Recommended for: Grades 4 and up

The Terrible Two is the hilarious story of two pranksters who eventually team up to pull off one of the greatest pranks of all time. The story starts with Miles Murphy, an expert prankster, who has just moved to a new town and school. On his first day, Miles discovers his new school already has a resident prankster. And this resident prankster is not who you think he is. The ensuing prank battle ends with the Terrible Two coming together to prank the entire school, including their bumbling principal. Funny graphic images are interspersed with the text of the book, making it a great choice for reluctant readers.

Reviewed by Mrs. Brown

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The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

The misadventures of the family Fletcher coverThe Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 7

The Fletcher family is made up of two fathers, 4 adopted boys, a dog, a cat, a grouchy neighbor, a favorite aunt and assorted friends – real and imaginary.  From Sam, the cool sixth grader, down to Frog, entering kindergarten, the family experiences all the squabbles, turmoil and joys of a close family.  Each boy has his own difficulties during the school year: old vs. new friends, popularity, sports and trying new activities.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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The Screaming Staircase

the screaming staircase coverThe Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Recommended for: Grades 5 – 7

Since the Problem, ghostly hauntings are a nightly phenomenon in and around London. There are nightly curfews, homes are well stocked with well-known ghost deterrents, and psychic detection agencies are hired to deal with the hauntings. Soon after Anthony Lockwood, young owner of Lockwood & Co. hires a new operative to assist him and his partner, George, they have a disastrous setback. In order to avoid ruin and regain their reputation, Lockwood & Co. is forced to take on London’s most well-known haunted house. Other agencies have already tried and failed at this job. Will the psychic talents of the three investigators be enough to keep them alive through the night?
Book 1 of Lockwood & Co. Series

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

inquisitors tale coverThe Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

“1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.” (Amazon.com) This book is so many things: funny, gross, gory, complex, informative, emotional, historical AND relevant to our times. It is truly an epic adventure.
2017 Newbery Honor Book

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Bolds

The Bolds The Bolds by Julian Clary
Recommended for: Grades 3-6

An English couple are careless and get eaten by a crocodile while visiting Africa! Two clever hyenas dress in their discarded clothing, take their passports and return to the London suburbs to carry on living as “humans.” A spying, grouchy next door neighbor and an old hyena who needs to be rescued from a safari park lead to hilarious adventures. This book is full of jokes and antics that will leave you belly laughing and completely surprised at the end. A sequel is due out April 1, 2017….April Fools? No really. This is a great book for those who like the highly illustrated format of The Wimpy Kid, Judy Moody, Bad Kitty, Galactic Hot Dogs, and others.

Reviewed by Mrs. Baumgartner

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Quinny and Hopper

Quinny and Hopper coverQuinny and Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen
Recommended for: Grades 3 – 5

Quinny Bumble is very talkative, loud and friendly. She just moved from New York City to the country and is missing her many friends. Hopper is smart, quiet, cautious and has no friends. Can these two be friends? Other colorful characters include two younger sisters, two bullyish twin brothers and a lonesome, stylish, black and white striped chicken that won’t be caught.
Quinny and Hopper begin a friendship, but can it survive the start of school and Hopper’s fear of being rejected? This is a fun and amusing story of two unlikely friends.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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The Hired Girl

hired girl coverThe Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Recommended for: Grades 6-9

14 year old Joan Skraggs longs for a life of literature and knowledge, but is stuck cooking and cleaning for her father and brothers on their early 1900s Pennsylvania farm. When her father burns her books as punishment, she runs away to Baltimore, and is taken in by a well-off Jewish family as their hired girl. In her new home she learns about faith, house-keeping, literature, art, and love. Joan’s personality shines through in this novel which is written in first person point of view as her diary. She is a complex and realistic teenager: impetuous, smart, kind, and naïve. By the end of the novel you will have made a good friend that you don’t want to leave.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Fortunately, the Milk

fortunately the milk coverFortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Recommended for: Grades 3 – 6

While their mum is away at a conference, two sisters find they can’t have breakfast because there is no milk. Their dad reluctantly agrees to get milk at the corner store. After a REALLY long time, he returns and tells them an adventurous tale of being abducted by aliens in a spaceship – and that was just the beginning. Did they believe him? I enjoyed the wild and hilarious frolic through time & space.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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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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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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