It is said that opposites attract, such is the case with the crazy characters, Ivy and Bean. While Ivy is quiet, Bean is loud. While Ivy is pensive, Bean is compulsive. What these two little girls are both good at however is getting into mischief around the neighborhood.
My daughter, who is six years old, and I just finished reading all nine of the Ivy and Bean books together. We are anxiously awaiting the next in the series. I asked her what her favorite thing was about Ivy and Bean. She stated, “I like that they are weird.”
if you like “weird”…
if you like digging for worms…
if you like being put under a dancing spell…
if a neighborhood known as “Pancake Court” intrigues you…
When the sprinkler system at school goes haywire filling the school with water and mold Big Nate and his friends think they will get an unexpected 2 week break from P.S. 38. Instead, they get bused to Jefferson Middle School instead – their arch enemies who beat them in EVERYTHING…soccer, battle of the bands, math quiz bowl – everything!
What’s worse, when they get to Jefferson it’s…really nice.
Jefferson Middle School Fancy Facts:
1. The drinking fountains all have motion sensors.
2. The auitorium has movie style seats and then RECLINE!
3. There’s a rec room for kids to use during free periods.
4. They don’t have a cafetorium…they have a FOOD COURT…that smells GOOD.
The P.S. 38 kids are sick of it. They think hard about what kind of competition they could challenge Jefferson to that would given them a chance at winning…and Nate comes up with it…the Ultimate Snowdown Snow Sculpture Contest. Can Nate lead his P.S. 38 friends to victory? Author: Lincoln Peirce (Pronounced “purse” – who knew?)
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner. (Young Hoosier Book Award, 2009-2010, 6-8 Nominee)
“Here is a story of loss and discovery. Lou is old and alone, living on a small farm in the middle of a Minnesota winter. Kek is young and lost, new to America from a Sudanese refugee camp. Lou thinks she has nothing left, but discovers she alone has what Kek needs. Kek thinks he knows nothing useful in this new life, yet he brings a little happiness to all he meets. In caring for Lou’s old cow, Kek reclaims the wisdom of his old life. Kek tells us that “you will have lived just half a life if you never love a cow.” Venture into this sweet story for a glimpse of the wonder of a cow and how it changed a life.”
Dwight’s advice giving Origami Yoda got him into some trouble in The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. Now Dwight’s kicked out of McQuarrie Middle School and goes to the Tippett Academy.
Sometimes the kids see Dwight, but when Dwight is seen, he acts very strange. Strange for Dwight anyway…because Dwight is acting NORMAL. That can’t be right. What exactly is the Tippett Academy and what have they done to Dwight?
When Sara shows up at school with a paper fortune teller that looks like the wookiee Chewbaca, she starts handing out advice Origami Yoda style. If Dwight made the Fortune Wookiee does that mean Chewie gives good advice too even though Dwight isn’t there? How is it that the advice comes out of Sara’s mouth?
Tommy starts another case file to solve TWO mysteries this time…is the fortune wookiee real…and what in the world is wrong with Dwight?
Another funny week at McQuarrie Middle School. I have to say…love that Sara. No wonder Tommy likes her.
Georges has a lot going on. His Dad lost his job and his Mom has started working extra shifts at the hospital. His family had to sell their house and move into an apartment. New apartment. New School. New friends. (If he can find any.)
When Georges and his Dad see a note in the basement laundry room that says, “Spy Club Meeting — TODAY,” they laugh. How dumb. What good does it do you if don’t know the TIME of the meeting?
So Georges’ Dad writes underneath “What time?” Later, when Georges returns to the basement to get rid of some boxes he sees that someone has written “1:30?,” so Georges adds “OK.”
This mysterious conversation with unknown persons is the beginning of an unusual friendship between Georges and two kids who live in his building: Safer and his sister Candy. Safer is the eyes and ears of the apartment building. He knows stuff. Like how weird Mr. X is and how the Spy Club needs to find out exactly what he’s up to.
Why does Safer suspect Mr. X and how does he know so much about what goes on in the building? Georges is about to find out. As Safer reveals more and more about his techniques Georges has a diffiult time figuring out when what they are doing is real, or a game. Poking around in people’s business can be tricky, and awkward….and dangerous! And sometimes the REAL mystery isn’t what you were investigating at all. Author: Rebecca Stead
Also by Rebecca Stead, the Newbery Award winning When You Reach Me. Also try some of these other books about kids digging around, solving mysteries right in their own life. You don’t have to go far to find a mystery to solve: