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A Straw for Two

A Straw for Two by Eric Sanvoisin
Recommended for: Grades 3-5

Sequel to The Ink Drinker. Odilon is a happy ink drinker, but he finds he needs a friend. Smitten by Carmilla, the new girl in his class, Odilon seeks advice from Draculink about “biting” her. He finds a just-his-size, small casket when he enters the mausoleum. As he runs in fright, he sees Carmilla go into the mausoleum. Has he found the answer to his loneliness?? Yes…and that’s The End (quick and simple).

Reviewed by: Ms. Wettergreen

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Two Princesses of Bamarre

Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Recommended for: Grades 4-7

Timid Addie goes on a quest to save her brave sister Meryl from the Grey Death. Addie sets off to find the cure with two gifts from her sorcerer friend Rhys: a cloak to prevent detection and a magic tablecloth to supply food. She also takes maps, her sister’s sword, Bloodbiter, seven league boots, a special spyglass and an herb to give her “heart.” She meets spectres, an ogre, a dragon, gryphons and more. This book has much excitement, a little romance, and an unexpected ending.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Tree Girl

Tree Girl by T. A. Barron
Recommended for: Grades 4-7

Rowanna lives with her Master by the sea at the edge of the forest. While he is out sea fishing, Rowanna is searching for her roots and following her call to return to the High Willow in spite of warnings from her Master, who “rescued” her from the forest.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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A Single Shard

A Single ShardA Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Recommended for: Grades 5-6

Tree-ear, an orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters’ village and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself. This book has wonderful characters and a long climax and resolution, filled with unexpected twists. Winner of the 2002 Newbury Award.

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay

How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay by Julia Alvarez
Recommended for: Grades 4-5

Juanita, Miguel and their mother are adjusting to life in Vermont, far from New York City and their Dad. Tia Lola comes from the Dominican Republic for a short visit. Her flamboyant style wins many hearts, and she creatively solves family problems.

Reviewed by: Ms. Wettergreen

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