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Dance of Sisters
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Delia loves ballet and her sister Pearl is a goth. They try to get over their mother's death, but their dad doesn't talk about her. Delia has a strict dance teacher and becomes a star ballerina.
Date read: 11/24/2009
Dancing Through the Snow
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
What a cruel and unhappy life 11 year old Min has led. Her earliest memories are of being abused, then abandoned in a fair washroom. She 'hasn't worked out' with four different foster families and is again returned to Children's Aid the week before Christmas.
Enter Dr. Jess Hart, who because of her own tragic childhood may have what Min needs to turn her life around and her own in the process. Add a badly mistreated dog, a loving puppy and a resourceful and enthusiastic 12 year old boy and you have all the ingredients you need for a happy ending..or do you?
Date read: 1/15/2010
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Dear Mr. Henshaw is a series of letters written by Leigh Botts, from his home in California, to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw. Through his letters, and the diary Mr. Henshaw encourages Leigh to keep, Leigh is able to work out some of the problems he's been dealing with since his parents got divorced. This is the winner of the 1984 Newbery Medal.
Date read: 4/12/2009
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
When Irene arrives at her first soccer practice in Italy, where her family is staying for the year, she is dismayed to discover she's the only girl on the team. Furthermore, some of the boys make it all too obvious that she is not welcome. Accustomed to being one of the stars, she is now relegated to the sidelines. Even her Italian grandmother tries to dissuade her from playing, telling her she cannot be respected as a woman if she plays such a masculine sport. Is it worth it to pursue the sport she loves in the face of all the obstacles? Soccer fans will appreciate this title for the strong focus on the sport, and those who have been outsiders will recognize the struggles Irene faces. Additionally, those who are interested in foreign languages or have studied them will find this story valuable for the introduction to the usage of the Italian language in the context of the culture.
Date read: 1/7/2010
Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Toby's family rented a house for the summer. All Toby wanted to do was ride his bike down big hills and have fun outside. Toby's mom is always worrying about him, and she does not want Toby doing anything that might cause him to get hurt. Toby has cancer. During the summer, Toby meets an elderly lady named Pearl, who once wrote poetry. She is 90 years old, nearly blind, and she won't leave her house even though that's what her family wants. Pearl has an old cow named Blossom. Toby enjoys spending time with the cow, just like Pearl. Pearl and Toby develop a close friendship. One day Toby finds a lump on his body. His cancer has recurred. He doesn't tell anyone because he does not want to go back to the hospital and endure additional painful treatments. He's also having fun for the first time in a long time. When Blossom the Cow dies from old age, it serves as a wake up call to Toby. He decides he needs to fight his cancer again.
Date read: 4/28/2009
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