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Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Lyza loves to look through the kaleidoscope her mother gave her before her mother left the family. In the kaleidoscope, shapes break apart but come together more beautifully than before. Lyza is hoping her life will come together like that. In a series of poems, Lyza describes the summer of the treasure. It started when Lyza's beloved, sea-faring, Gramps died leaving Lyza a thick brown envelope. Inside are three maps and a letter. Using the maps as guides, Lyza and her best friends, Malcolm and Carolann, discover that Captain Kidd, the pirate, may have buried some treasure in their hometown. All summer long, Lyza and her friends secretly dig at night behind the church trying to find this treasure. Will they get caught? Will they ever find treasure? What will they do if they find the treasure? You won't be able to put the book down until the end.
Date read: 12/18/2009
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
As America is in the thick of the Vietnam War, thirteen-year-old Lyza inherits a project from her grandfather who has just passed away. All of the hours spent in her grandpa's basement pouring over maps with him have left Lyza well-equipped for this project of locating the lost treasure of Captain Kidd. She enlists the help of her best friends, Carolann and Malcolm. The essence of the year that this novel in verse is set in, 1968, is brought in very well. Lyza and Malcolm do not talk to each other in school since Malcolm is black. Malcolm's brother is drafted into the Vietnam War. As Lyza and her friends are searching for the treasure, Americans are searching for happiness amidst death (of all the soldiers, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy.)
Date read: 12/8/2011
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
This clever collection of poems will have you laughing out loud. One of my favorites is The Last Piece of Cake.
'Whoever ate the last piece of cake,
I hope that you get a bellyache,
or bit when you sit on a poisonous snake. Perhaps all the bones in your body will break. What's that you say? It was me? ME who ate the last piece of cake? My mistake.'
Similar authors: Shel Silverstein; Jack Prelutsky
Date read: 11/25/2009
Little Dog Poems
Audience: K - 4th Grade
A scruffy, cuddly, little dogs' day by day activities are chronicled in this collection of poetry written in the voice of his young owner. The terror of the vacuum cleaner, the importance of supervising the neighborhood and the joys of the right spot for a morning nap are all explained in charming prose with delightful illustrations.
Date read: 12/10/2009
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Eleven-year-old Lonnie Collins Motion finds a way to express his feelings when his teacher asks his class to keep a poetry journal. The poems are about the things going on in his life, including his foster mom, his little sister, and the parents he lost in a terrible fire. Life in the inner city is not always easy, but through his writing Lonnie develops a new way of looking at things. The mostly free-form poetry beautifully conveys Lonnie's growth and development.
Awards won: Coretta Scott King Honor Book 2004
Date read: 7/15/2011
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