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Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Travel into a future world in which every child will undergo an operation that will change their lives forever. Tally Youngblood is happily awaiting her 16th birthday, the day she will no longer be one of the 'Uglies' but become a pleasure-seeking 'Pretty.' Waiting for her 16th birthday, Tally meets Shay, another female 'Ugly', who shares her enjoyment of hoverboarding and risky pranks. A few days before Shay and Tally are scheduled to become'Pretty', Shay tells Tally about a distant settlement called the Smoke where people have refused to become 'Pretty'. Shay has decided to escape the city and travel to the Smoke and asks Tally to come with her. When Tally refuses, Shay gives her a cryptic note that will help Tally find the settlement if she chooses to follow her. When Shay is found missing, the authorities give Tally an impossible choice: either she finds Shay and the Smoke or she will be 'Ugly' forever. Will Tally turn her friend in or will her dream of becoming a 'Pretty' go up in smoke?
Date read: 7/9/2009
A futuristic world where everyone gets to be gorgeous when they turn 16. One girl rebels...
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Cleo expects that this will be a day like any other until an accident flips her day upside down. What will happen when Cleo has to visit the hospital? After Stitches Saturday, she will never expect an ordinary day again: anything can happen. This is a great story about a girl who has to summon everyday courage when the unexpected occurs, and she does so with the help of her amusing, supportive family.
Similar books: Alice's Birthday Pig by Tim Kennemore
Date read: 10/29/2010
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Ever since Annie Richards' brother died in a freak hockey accident, Annie has been aware of all the dangers that surround her. She never rides her bike without a helmet (or elbow pads, knee pads and ace bandages on each ankle). Her mother worries about Annie's worries, but is too deep in her own grief to help her. Her father barely notices that Annie is even there. Her best friend turns on her when Annie gets upset and runs home at her hamster's funeral and Doug Zimmerman just won't take the hint to get lost. Her only comfort is the very helpful book she found at the neighbor's garage sale, The Everyday Guide to Preventing Illness. It helped her avoid all sorts of dangers like Ebola, Malaria and Salmonella. Then she meets her new neighbor, Mrs. Finch. Mrs. Finch is working through her own grief. Can Gin Rummy, chocolate chip cookies, and Charlotte's Web really help them both back to a sense of normality? Grab a box of tissues and read Umbrella Summer.
Similar books: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
Date read: 9/11/2009
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
When mother and father elephant are lost at sea, little elephant is left all alone. That is until Old Uncle Elephant, 'who has more wrinkles than there is sand,' comes to take care of him. Lovingly, Old Uncle Elephant fills little elephant's days with trumpeting the dawn, making wishes, trying on all their clothes at once, composing songs, and making up stories. This is a sweet and gentle story of the love between an uncle and a nephew masterly contained in an easy to read beginning chapter book.
Similar books: Small Pig by Arnold Lobel;
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel;
A Kiss For Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik;
Am I Beautiful by Else Holmelund Minarik
Date read: 8/5/2009
Under the Same Sky
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Joe is turning fourteen, and he is determined to get the best birthday present ever: a thousand-dollar black and chrome motorbike just like the one his friend is getting. Then, he will finally have his summer to himself, able to go where he pleases. When he asks, his dad flat out refuses, saying Joe doesn't know the value of money. His father says that he can have the bike if he earns the money himself, working on his dad's farm with the laborers. He's determined to prove to his father that he knows what hard work is. As the summer continues, though, Joe finds out there's a lot more going on at the farm than he knew, and some of the people he works with may be in trouble.
Date read: 4/30/2010
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