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Eager

Eager by Helen Fox
Recommended for: Grades 3 – 7

EGR3, a robot, is named Eager by the Bell family because of his “personality.” The family’s old robot, Grumps, is running down, so a friend loans them Eager to help out around the house. It is the end of the 21st century, and technology rules. The newest, human-like robots, BDC4s, seem perfect. However, when they begin to behave oddly, the Bell family becomes involved in the intrigue. Eager proves to be a very special robot indeed.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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The Legend of Spud Murphy

The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer
Recommended for: Grades 3-4

Will and Marty Woodman are disappointed to hear that they have to spend weekly time at the library during the summer, because their mom thinks it’s “educational” and a good way to stay out of trouble.But their mom doesn’t know about the dreaded librarian, “Spud” Murphy (so named because she uses a potato rocket to pelt kids who break rules).This hilarious book (with equally funny illustrations) follows Will and Marty as they turn from rule-breakers, to eager readers, to even (*gulp*) friends of the librarian.A book with a lesson of sorts, but still funny enough to interest and entertain reluctant readers.A great read for fans of other goofy stories by authors like Dav Pilkey or Jon Scieszka.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Ida B.:–and her plans to maximize fun, avoid disaster, and (possibly) save the world

Ida B.: –and her plans to maximize fun, avoid disaster, and (possibly) save the world by Katherine Hannigan
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Ida B. loves her family, her apple trees, and her life in general.Then her mother gets cancer.Her father has to sell some land to pay for the hospital bills, and Ida B. has to go to public school, instead of being home schooled like she always has.She responds to all of these changes by getting very angry; she puts up walls, doesn’t speak to her parents, and turns her heart to steel.The book follows Ida B.’s journey as she heals, forgives her parents, and begins to be happy again.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

A future classic, this first novel was the 2005 winner of the National Book Award! It’s the story of 4 sisters and their father who rent a summer place on an estate in the Berkshires. Reminiscent of the old-time family stories by Streatfield and Eager, this gives you the same wonderful, comforting feeling in a completely modern tale. Summer adventures with a neighbor boy and his rabbits, sisterly relationships plus a very tame romantic crush are idyllic and yet realistic. Readers will fall in love with the 4 unique sisters who are totally three-dimensional and charming. The reader is left wanting more…and it sounds like a sequel is in the works! Hurray! A great read-aloud for the family.

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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Listening for Lions

Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1919, 13 year old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor’s identity to travel to England and salvage an inheritance, when her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents’ mission hospital. This book features terrific details of life in Africa, tribes, animals and life on an English estate. There are some great characters too.

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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