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Summer on Earth

summer on earth coverSummer on Earth by Peter Thompson
Recommended for: Grades 4  and up

Ralwil Turth is fearful when the control panel of his space pod lights up indicating sudden loss of power.  He navigates to the nearest planet capable of supporting life: Earth.  Eleven-year-old Grady is still dealing with the loss of his father on the summer day he meets a man sitting in the corn field wearing his Dad’s overalls and looking as scared as Grady feels.  Ralwil, “Will” to Grady and his family, is good at fixing things, so Ma lets him stay a bit.  Will becomes quite attached to his new family and bonds with Grady, all the while learning about this strange world.  Though his first priority should be to fix his power source, Will instead helps the family in their struggle to keep the farm. Though his intentions are good, Will’s  solution causes more trouble.  It endangers his return to his home planet as well as his very existence.  Is the bond between Will and Grady strong enough to overcome the shock of seeing who Will really is?
This story combines excitement, humor and heart-warming  moments.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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The Wild Robot

wild robot coverThe Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Recommended for: Grades 3-6

A robot named Roz washes ashore on an island when her shipping container gets tossed overboard in a storm at sea.  She studies her environment and learns from the animals how to communicate and survive in the wilderness.  She adopts a baby goose and eventually makes friends with the other animals of the island.  But one day, other robots come looking for her, and it is up to Roz and her island friends to decide her fate.  Can technology ever truly mesh with nature?  This story was exciting, interesting, unique, and touching.  It features some illustrations by the author, as well.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Imaginary

The Imaginary CoverThe Imaginary by A.F. Harrold
Recommended for: Grades 4-8

One day Amanda opens her wardrobe and finds Rudger, a boy that only she can see; a boy brought to life by her imagination. For a while they carry on with the fantastic adventures that Amanda invents, happily flying through space and running from dinosaurs. But some other adventure, not so safe and not so fun, is coming for them. This just-creepy-enough story is fast moving. A perfect read for a summer afternoon.

Reviewed by: Mrs. White

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Zita the Spacegirl

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Recommended for: Grades 2-5

While walking home from school one day, Zita and her friend Joseph stumble upon a mysterious device. When Zita presses the big red button and a portal to another world takes Joseph away, the adventure begins. Zita goes after him, and on her quest to save her friend, she encounters and befriends all sorts of strange creatures. A brave and headstrong heroine, funny and adorable alien characters, and tons of exciting action make this a real page-turner.

I am looking forward to more Zita books! If you like Babymouse, you might want to give Zita a try.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin go on a quest to rescue Meg’s father. Their journey takes them through time and space via a tesseract (the “wrinkle in time”) to battle the forces of evil on a distant planet. This is a wonderful story, not only of good versus evil, but also of how people can be much more than they seem to be at first glance. This timeless classic is a must-read for anyone who loves fantasy (and science).
If you love this story, you might want to try When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Teixeira

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Spaceheadz, book 1

Spaceheadz #1 by Jon Scieszka
Recommended for: Grades 3-5

On his very first day of 5th grade in his new school, Michael K. gets off to a strange start when his teacher seats him next to two very bizarre students named Bob and Jennifer.  They quickly reveal to Michael K. that they are aliens called Spaceheadz (SPHDZ) who need his help recruiting millions of Earthling brainwaves to join in one giant SPHDZ wave to keep the planet online.  Featuring black and white illustrations, funny characters (including a hamster mission commander and a bumbling Anti-Alien Agency agent), and 4 accompanying websites, this is a zany and action packed science fiction book.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Other Side of the Island

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Recommended for: Grades 6 and up

Honor and her parents have been forced to live on an island controlled by the rules of Earth Mother, who has made the world “safe.” Honor longs to fit in, but her parents are “unpredictable” – doing forbidden things like going out after curfew, stargazing and even having an illegal second child. At school, Honor meets Helix, who hints at problems with their perfect world. Soon Honor’s life caves in when her parents are “taken”. Now officially an orphan, she must fend for herself and her brother, while searching for her parents whereabouts and answers to the mysteries of the island.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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A Book

A Book by Mordicai Gerstein
Recommended for: Pre-K – Grade 3

Cleverly illustrated and imaginatively written, A Book, will teach kids about different genres of literature.  A little girl who lives in a book searches the pages for her story after her entire household tells where they belong among the different types of literature.  She goes on a wonderful adventure through meetings with well known literary characters to find her identity.  This book will be reread many times for both the story and the illustrations!

Reviewed by:  Mrs. Baumgartner

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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Recommended for: Grades 5 – 8

2010 Newbery Award Winner
Sixth grader Mira’s world is changing. First, her best friend Sal suddenly and inexplicably stops talking to her. Then, she finds herself becoming friends with Annemarie, a wealthy and popular girl that had never paid her much attention before. Mira gets her first “job” and has her first crush. She is figuring out her place in the world, her place at school, and her place within her family.

Then, Mira finds a mysterious note hiding in her library book. It is for her, and written by a stranger who knows a lot about Mira’s life. In fact, this person seems to know what is going to happen in the future. And even more strange and worrying, this person says he needs Mira’s help to save Sal’s life. The strange homeless man who is always on her corner, the smart but quiet bully who lives on her block, and Mira’s favorite book, A Wrinkle in Time, all play a part in unraveling the mystery at the heart of the story.

Stead deftly combines a coming-of-age novel with mystery and science fiction. Readers will be left with plenty to think about and will want to pick up A Wrinkle in Time next.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper

Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper by Michael Reisman
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

When The Teachers Edition of Physics falls out of a hole in the sky and knocks Simon Bloom on his head, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. The book gives him the ability to control the laws of physics by speaking complicated formulas aloud, and he must use these powers to battle a mysterious and evil woman who wants the book for herself. Simon isn’t alone, though; he teaches powerful physics formulas to his friends Owen and Alysha so they can help him with the fight.
This book has a lot of fast-paced action and some great battle scenes as well as a lot of humor. It reminded me often of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. For a laugh-out-loud science adventure, Simon Bloom is a guaranteed good time.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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