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Bauer, Marion Dane. LITTLE DOG LOST New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 4.4 ISBN 1442434236 "Once there was a small black dog named Buddy. She had brown paws and a brown mask, and a sweet ruffle of brown fur on her bum. She had ears like airplane wings that dropped just at the tips. She also had a boy. At least she had a boy until his family had to move away."This is the story of Buddy, told in immensely appealing free verse. She needs to find a new boy. It's also the story of a boy, Mark, who wants and needs a dog, but his mom doesn't want him to. Buddy takes herself on an adventure to find a new boy and she finds the unexpected. In the course of a crazy summer night, Mark finds an unexpected solution to his problem, too. This is a book that will have you rooting for Buddy and Mark, because there's nothing like the friendship between a boy and his dog! (Booktalk written by Sara Zoe Patterson-GSF Committee/ New Franklin School)
Carter, Scott William. WOODEN BONES New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 6.4 ISBN 1442427515 What happens after Pinniochio and Gepetto's Happily Ever After isn't so happy. They try to live a quiet, private life on the edge of town, just a man and his now real living boy. But Pinocchio, called Pino, thinking he is doing something wonderful for Gepetto and himself, creates a life size wooden puppet woman that looks exactly like Gepetto's long dead wife, and brings her to life. She's no replacement, she's a zombie of a person, but the townspeople get wind of it, and insist that if Gepetto gets to have a real boy and a wooden wife, they should get to have loved ones brought back from the dead, too. But the woman isn't really alive, not like Pinocchio, and when Gepetto refuses the townspeople, the townspeople run Gepetto and Pinicchio out of town as a desperate, angry mob, forcing them to flee from fire and wolves. Injured and exhausted, they climb into the trees, where Pinniochio makes a horrible discovery (and brings trees to life to walk them away from the danger). Yes, he can make wooden things come alive, but when he does so, a little bit of him turns back to wood each time. Pino and Gepetto find themselves on the run as the people they meet seek to use and abuse Pinocchio's powers. This book is nice and scary, a dark and creepy nonstop start to finish adventure. (Booktalk written by Sara Zoe Patterson-GSF Committee/ New Franklin School)
Wiley, Melissa. THE PRAIRIE THIEF New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 6.0 ISBN 1442440562 Louisa Brody is beside herself when her Pa is accused of stealing from their neighbors, the Smirches. To make matters worse, she has to stay with them while her father is locked up in jail thirty miles away. Life with the Smirches is awful, but Louisa finds a friend in Jessamine, the Smirches's orphaned niece. Jessamine is lively and full of stories. Jessamine claims to have seen a wee person – a brownie. Louisa doesn't believe her-until she comes face to face with the little man herself. Though he seems cranky he has a good heart. Can this cranky Brownie help solve the mystery of the stolen goods and help free Louisa’s Pa from jail? Read The Prairie Thief and find out. (Booktalk written by Lorreen Keating- GSF Committee/North Hampton Public Library)
Herlong, M H. BUDDY New York : Viking, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 3.9 ISBN 0670014036 My name is Tyrone Elijah Roberts but everybody calls me “Li’l T”. I’m twelve and I live in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana. I’ve wanted a dog since the day I was born. So one spring morning, we are on our way to church when “WHAM” we hit a dog. We take the dog to the vet and his leg is broken so bad that they have to cut it off. So that’s how I got my dog Buddy. My Buddy. Buddy needed a lot of care and encouragement like any dog with only three legs would need, but he turned into one real good dog. I worked hard mowing lawns all summer to help pay for Buddy’s food and care, but then along came Hurricane Katrina. We had to evacuate the city and there was no room in the car for Buddy. I thought we would just be gone a couple days so we left Buddy on the second floor with food and water. Well as you know, Katrina hit the ninth ward in New Orleans real bad. Our house was surrounded by a lake of dark, polluted water. I didn’t get to go back to check our house until weeks later. When my Daddy and I got there, our house had a big black “X” on it which means that is was searched and somebody wrote “one dog” too. Buddy wasn’t there. Well, I sure hope you will read my story to find out all the rest! (Booktalk written by Lorreen Keating- GSF Committee/North Hampton Public Library)
Evans, Lissa. HORTEN’S MIRACULOUS MECHANISMS: MAGIC, MYSTERY, AND A VERY STRANGE ADVENTURE New York : Sterling Children’s Books, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 6.1 ISBN 1402798067 Stuart Horten is NOT looking forward to this summer---his parents have dragged him away from his friends and familiar surroundings to move to this boring old town—just because this is where his father grew up!Exploring the community on his bicycle he discovers a couple of things: #1, he has a great-uncle Tony—an amazing inventor of magical contraptions, who mysteriously disappeared years ago, and#2—he has three incredibly annoying girls living next door---they’re triplets that are nearly impossible to tell apart, and they will not leave him alone.When Stuart discovers a handful of old coins that seem to be clues to the location of Tony’s hidden workshop, his summer takes an exciting turn---someone else wants those coins, and it seems they’ll stop at nothing to discover the workshop first! Can Stuart solve the mystery of his great-uncle’s past on his own, or will he have to enlist the help of the terrible triplets?It’s a summer full of hidden things---workshops, contraptions, sneaky opponents, and just maybe—friendship. (Booktalk written by Sarah Hydorn GSF Committee Amherst Town Library)
Simmons, Jane. SHIP’S CAT DORIS New York : Orchard Books, 2010 IL K-3, RL 3.7 ISBN 1408308967 Poor Doris!When his new owners adopted him as a kitten, he was named Doris, because they thought he was a girl-kitten! He’s not! Doris is a big, strong, black-and-white kitten who loves his new owners, and feels ready to take his place on their boat (the “Prosperity”) as official Ship’s Cat. However, the “Prosperity” already has several occupants, and they aren’t very welcoming. Will Doris ever be accepted by mean Madge the dog and frightening Frida the hen? And what will he do when faced with Jasper, the bully cat of the shipyard?Join Doris as he learns about making friends, standing up for himself, and dealing with the changes that life can bring. (Booktalk written by Sarah Hydorn GSF Committee Amherst Town Library)
Kelly, Lynne. CHAINED New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 5.2 ISBN 0374312370 Deep in the jungle of modern-day India, a boy is struggling to survive. 10-yr-old Hastin has taken a job with a rural circus-trainer in order to earn money to pay for his little sister’s medical care. Little did he know, when he took the job, that his employment would turn out to be more like slavery---given barely enough food to eat, excuses instead of pay, and kept locked in with the elephants at night, Hastin begins to despair. The only thing that makes life bearable is his developing friendship with the kindly old cook, Ne Min, and with the young elephant, Nandita, who he is helping to train. However, the training methods at the circus are terribly cruel, and soon Hastin becomes convinced that neither he nor Nandita will survive if he can’t find a way for them to escape.Will Hastin come up with a plan in time to save them both?Read Chained to find out! (Booktalk written by Sarah Hydorn GSF Committee Amherst Town Library)