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This Means War

This Means War

The Means War

Juliet and Lowell are best friends. Well, until this year, when Lowell started hanging out with Mike, Tommy & Bruce doing things they are sure a girly girl won’t like. Juliet is so mad at Lowell – her FORMER best friend.  She finds some kindred spirits in Patsy, Annette, & Linda. The other girls are none too happy about being labelled scaredy-cat sissies either who only have tea parties and won’t get dirty.

The kids get in a verbal war over just what “girl stuff” and “boy stuff” is. The boys are sure that “girl stuff” means painting fingernails, NOT go-carts. The girls think they can paint anything, including go-carts.

Juliet: “We ride bikes and we play baseball and we run just as fast as boys do.”

Patsy: “You don’t know what you’re talking about! Girls can do anything boys can do! At least I can!” (page 59)

The kids agree on a nine day contest, boys versus girls. Each day is a different challenge and whichever side wins the most challenges wins the contest. As the days go by the challenges get harder and harder; the kids daring each other to push themselves to the edge of their abilities…and their courage. Author: Ellen Wittlinger

Here are some more books about battles between boys and girls. This Means War takes place in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis…a time when two countries, the U.S. and Russia, were locked in a similar battle of wills. Countdown is about kids during this time too – also a very good story.
Bobby vs. Girls The Boys Start the War The Girls Get Even Countdown
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Read Right Now! Big Nate

Read Right Now! Big Nate

Nate is an 11-year-old aspiring cartoonist in "Big Nate."


Big Nate Series:

1: Big Nate in a Class By Himself
2: Big Nate Strikes Again
3: Big Nate On a Roll
4: Big Nate Goes for Broke
5: Big Nate Flips Out
6: Big Nate In the Zone
7: Big Nate Lives It Up (March 10, 2015)

Downloadable Books:

NateLoud NateWork NateFriends
NateTop NateGrade NateDibs
NatePop NateGame NateFire
Great Minds Think Alike I Can't Take It Big Nate Makes a Splash

Downloadable Audiobooks:

NateRoll NateClass In the Zone
Big Nate Flips Out Big Nate Goes for Broke


If you think Nate is funny, try some of these:
Dog Days Smile Amelia Rules Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday
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SchooledCapricorn (Cap) Anderson has never, ever watched television.  He knows what a telephone is, but he doesn’t have one at home and has only talked on one a couple times.  He has never been in school.  Cap has spent his entire life on a farm commune with his grandma, and no one else.  When Cap’s grandma ends up in the hospital, he has no choice but to enroll in the local public middle school.

The only person happy to see Cap’s long hair, beads & sandals made out of corn husks is Hugh, the school oddball, who is more than happy to have Cap take his place as the official “wedgie receiver”.  Cap’s odd ways and disinterest in conforming catch the attention of the school bully, or “wedgie giver,” who chooses Cap as the year’s eighth grade president, an honor bestowed on the kid most likely to be made fun of all year.  Cap’s reaction to the bully’s pranks, and to the job of class president, takes everyone by surprise, especially the bully himself.  Long hair and beads never looked so good. Author: Gordon Korman

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Staff Pick: Daisy’s Defining Day

Staff Pick: Daisy’s Defining Day

Daisy’s Defining Day

When Miss Goldner teaches her class about alliteration, Daisy has a terrific time coming up with wonderful word combinations. Then someone calls her Lazy Daisy, and suddenly words are a problem. Daisy needs a new nickname!

Do you love to read? Always get A’s on your spelling test? Enjoy finding out about new words? Well so does Daisy. Daisy loves words and the definitions so much that she keeps lists of her favorite words. In Daisy’s Defining Day, by Sandra V. Feder, Daisy does not like being labeled as Lazy Daisy by a friend’s brother. In order to get people not to think of her as Lazy Daisy, Daisy and her best friend Emma come up with new names for themselves. Daisy’s new name is dazzling, but it is way too long and nobody can remember it. Can Daisy find the right name or will she forever be known as Lazy Daisy?

Recommended by: Spade’s Park

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Staff Pick: Counting by 7s

Staff Pick: Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

In this book by Holly Goldberg Sloan everyone and everything is just a bit quirky. 

Counting by 7s is the story of Willow Chance, a 12 year old genius obsessed with medical conditions, the number 7 and gardening.  Willow’s adoptive parents are supportive of her interests and are excited for her to have a new start at making friends as she starts middle school.

 When Willow’s parents are killed in a car accident the focus of the story is on Willow and her quest to find a new family and a new place to fit in.  Willow is helped along the way by her school counselor, a Vietnamese immigrant family, and a taxi driver.   Through Willow everyone becomes a better person and through this rather unusual group of friends Willow blossoms as well.

This book is recommended for all ages and will make you both laugh and cry.

Recommended by:  Nancy Coughlin – Nora

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