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The Same Stuff as Stars

The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Patterson
Recommended for: Grades 4-7

When Angel’s self-absorbed mother leaves her and her younger brother with their poor great-grandmother, the eleven-year-old girl worries not only about her mother and brother, her imprisoned father, the frail old woman, but also about a mysterious man who begins sharing with her the wonder of the stars.

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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A Week in the Woods

A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

The 5th grade’s annual week in the woods tests Mark’s abilities and brings to a head the conflict between him and the science teacher who seems out to get him. Cleverly written from both Mark’s and the teacher’s points of view. Lots of excitement with useful survival tips woven throughout.

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Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Recommended for: Grades 5-7

2003 Newbery Award Winner
“Fatherless” peasant boy “Asta’s Son” is threatened by the steward of the manor when his mother dies. He flees, but not before the village priest secretly gives him his mother’s cross and reveals the boy’s real name and some intriguing details of his birth. During his escape, Crispin meets a juggler/ex-priest, who teaches him to think for himself and question those in power. The story is suspenseful and thought-provoking (with a small amount of graphic medieval violence).

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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Saffy’s Angel

Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay
Recommended for: Grades 5-7

McKay’s characters are as quirky, heartwarming and humorous as ever – four children named after paint colors by their artist parents. Saffron discovers that she is adopted and that leads to a fantastic adventure with her outrageous new friend.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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