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The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck

lost treasure of tuckernuck coverThe Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

Marie Tutweiler, founder of Tuckernuck Hall, issued a treasure hunt challenge to her students. This was 80 years before Laurie’s parents insisted that she attend the school as they had. Laurie wants nothing to do with the Tuckernuck Cluckers and their embarrassing chicken hats. Disappointed in her classroom assignment as Gerbil Monitor, she is partnered with Bud Wallace, a smart but unpopular student. By complete chance, they find a clue to the Treasure. Both afraid that the other might claim the treasure for their own, they agree to work together. All the clues they unearth are difficult, and to avoid suspicion, Bud and Laurie each end up in extra-curricular activities they never would have chosen on their own.
Hilarious situations abound as Laurie & Bud race to find the “treasure beyond bounds!” before the school is forced to shut down to make way for a new development.
Lots of humor and action make this a fun read.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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When life gives you O.J.

life gives you o.j. coverWhen life gives you O.J.  by Erica Perl
Recommended for : Grades 3-6

Ten year old Zelly Fried has recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to Burlington, VT.  She really wants a dog and her grandfather, who has an odd sense of humor, cons her into a way to convince her parents that she is ready for the responsibility.  Zelly has to care for a gallon orange juice jug on a leash – including walking it around town, feeding it and cleaning up after it.!  How embarrassing for a preteen!  Read this book to discover how Zelly learns to deal with peer pressure, embarrassment and patience.  As an extra, the book also includes two chapters from the upcoming sequel, Ace’s Wild!

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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The Secret Chicken Society

secret chicken society cover imageThe Secret Chicken Society by Judy Cox
Recommended for: Grades 1 – 3

So far Daniel has collected a rat, a tank full of guppies, a gerbil and a parakeet.  It’s all good practice for his future career as a veterinarian.  When the teacher announces that they will be hatching eggs in the classroom he sets his sights on a chicken as well.  Find out what happens when you mix “Eco-Dad”, four kids, five chickens and an unlikely set of neighbors in this fast-paced story.  You just might learn a little something about chickens while you’re at it.

Reviewed by: Mrs. White

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The Fenway Foul-Up

Fenway foul up coverThe Fenway Foul-Up by David A. Kelly
Recommended for: Grades 1 – 3

Cousins Mike and Kate are huge baseball fans.  Luckily for them, Kate’s mom is a sport reporter, and they get to travel the country with her, attending games and visiting ballparks.  When they go to Fenway Park to watch batting practice before a big game, they get caught up in a mystery about star player Big D’s missing bat.  Can Mike and Kate help find his bat before the Red Sox start a losing streak?
This is the first title in the Ballpark Mysteries series.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

orange street coverOne Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
Recommended for: Grades 3-6

Things have been changing for the friends and neighbors on Orange Street.  Ali’s brother has not been the same since his surgery, Robert’s best friend moved away, Leandra’s mom is pregnant, and Bunny’s anxiety is starting to get the better of her.  As the friends handle these changes, memories and people from Orange Street’s past are coming to light.  With a blend of heart, humor, and magic, author Joanne Rocklin tells a sweet tale of friendship and growth.

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Liar and Spy

liar and spy coverLiar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
Recommended for: Grades 4 and up

Georges has just moved into a new apartment building, where he meets 12-year old home-schooled Safer, a self-appointed spy. Georges is struggling with some bullies at school and the fact that his mom, a nurse, is working so many long hours at the hospital. So Georges befriends Safer, and the two boys spy on mysterious Mr. X, a neighbor in their building. As the story unfolds, we learn that everything is not what it seems, and that we all lie, sometimes most profoundly to ourselves. If you like realistic stories about school and friendship, but also stories that keep you on your toes and make you think, you’ll love this book.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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