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Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney and Matt Phelan
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 6

Eben is fascinated by the Seven Wonders of the World. His Pa promises something he’s been craving (a trip to Colorado) if he can find 7 “wonders” right in Sassafras Springs. Eben takes the challenge, even though he is doubtful that any Wonder could possibly be found in his own hometown. Eben has many adventures while searching for Wonders among his friends and neighbors. This story is set in Missouri in 1923.

Reviewed by Mrs. McIntire

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Gossamer

by Lois Lowry
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Imagine having the ability to heal people using their good memories.
The young creature Littlest One is in training under Fastidious, who is quite impatient and strict. Luckily, Littlest One is transferred to work under Thin Elderly, who is much more patient with her inquiring mind. Thin Elderly helps Littlest One develop her strong talent for gathering memories and gently bestowing them as dreams.
They are assigned to humans who are greatly in need of healing dreams. Littlest One cares very much for the elderly woman, her dog and the abused, angry young boy she has just taken in. Littlest One and Thin Elderly must also work against the forces of the evil Sinisteeds, who inflict nightmares on humans, attempting to undo the good done by the dream bestowers.
Fantasy and realism are carefully woven together in this story.

Reviewed by : Mrs. McIntire

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Rickshaw Girl

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins

Recommended for: Gr. 3-5

Mitali Perkins, one of our favorite local authors, brings us a wonderful story about a young girl in Bangladesh. Naima is one of the best artists in her village and loves to create the traditional alpana patterns which are painted for celebrations. However, in her desire to help out her tired rickshaw driver father and poor family, she is faced with the problem that only boys can drive rickshaws. Disaster and bold action bring the tale to a satisfying end. It’s always fascinating to read a story set in another country.

Reviewed by: Ms. Fisher

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Recommended for: Grades 5-7

Four children, all orphans or runaways, reply to an ad recruiting “gifted children looking for special opportunities.” After passing a series of tests, they are formed into the Mysterious Benedict Society, whose task is to help Mr. Benedict in his fight to save the world from the evil Mr. Curtain. This book will keep you on your toes as you try to solve the riddles and guess what might happen next. As the 4 unique children grow to become close friends, you will grow to love their company, too. Any fans of Roald Dahl will love this book where clever kids save the day.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Drita, My Homegirl

Drita, My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard
Recommended for: Grades 4-5

Drita and Maxie are 4th graders who tell the tale of their friendship through alternating chapters. Drita is a refugee from Kosova and Maxie is a rebellious child with some problems at home. Through a school project, they learn they are not so different after all. A moving book, the voices rang true to the age group.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Martin Bridge Ready for Takeoff!

Martin Bridge Ready for Takeoff! by Jessica Scott Kerrin
Recommended for: Grades 3-4

A trio of stories that highlight the trials and tribulations of young Martin as he deals with a grouchy schoolbus driver, the death of his neighbor’s hamster while in his care, and rivalry with another scout over a spaceship contest. Great transition chapter book for a boy, complete with sequels Martin Bridge on the Lookout and Martin Bridge Blazing Ahead.

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