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Niagra Falls, or Does It?

Niagara Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler
Recommended for: Grades 3-4

Like Joey Pigza, but for younger kids, Hank Zipzer has a unique personality and approach to life…especially school life. When asked to write a report, Hank and his friends opt instead for an elaborate water project. All goes well until the hose loosens, dampening the high- spirited presentation.

Reviewed by: Ms. Wettergreen

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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Creatively written in the poetic style of Love That Dog, this is the story of 12 year old Rosie who consults with her wise Granny Torrelli about her problems with her best friend, Bailey. As they first cook soup and then (in a separate segment) pasta, Granny guides emotional Rosie to a better understanding of peer relations, and what is important in life and friendships. An ode to the wisdom of grandparents and simpler times – when ‘therapy sessions’ were held as needed, often in the family kitchen.

Reviewed by: Ms. Wettergreen

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Loser

Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Recommended for: Grades 5-7

Zinkoff is his own man and often clueless that he appears to be a loser to his classmates (thankfully!). Things escalate when he enters middle school. The reader grows to love him and feel his pain. Yet, Zinkoff stands up and is not cowed by his peers – bringing about a dramatic and gratifying climax.

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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Coraline

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Recommended for: Grades 5-8

Coraline likes to explore her family’s new flat while her parents are busy. There is one special door that goes nowhere — it opens onto a brick wall. One night, Coraline hears a noise and sees a small black shape scuttle across the room and slip into that special door, which is slightly ajar. Days later, home alone, Coraline discovers that the mysterious door now opens into a dark hallway. Inside she finds a flat, much like her own, but inhabited by her “other mother” and “other father” who want her to stay with them in their world. They act rather strangely and have glittery button eyes.
When Coraline goes back to her own flat, she finds her parents missing.
With the help of a strange cat, she sees a reflection of her parents in an old hallway mirror. Coraline realizes they have been trapped by her “other mother” and that she is the only one who can rescue them.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Ruby Electric

Ruby Electric by Theresa Nelson
Recommended for: Grades 5-8

Ruby Miller, age 12, loves movies more than anything and wants to be a screenwriter. In her screenplays, life’s problems always work out.
Though her father has been out of their lives for 5 years, she doesn’t know why and her mother won’t talk about him. Ruby has more immediate problems to deal with. Her brother Pete’s security toy, Mammook, a stuffed wooly mammoth, is missing. Her Mom seems to have a new boyfriend, and Ruby is arrested for defacing concrete riverbeds and forced to do community service with two boys from her school. All the while, colorful screenplays whirl in her head, as she tries to work out her life problems.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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