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Liam is taller than average. Much taller. In fact he’s so tall he often gets mistaken for an adult, which can be annoying when you’re only twelve. Liam gets really tired of hearing, “You should know better, big lad like you.”

On the other hand, it can come in really handy, like when you need a chaperone. Liam enters a contest to win a trip to a new amusement park in China. To claim the prize he wins, Liam has to impersonate his own father and takes along his friend Florida as his “kid.”

At the amusement park Liam has to act like a dad. What does that mean? Florida, for one, thinks he needs a few tips. 

“Get me presents, and ice cream; don’t sit there telling me about history and stuff.”

And don’t even try telling her what to do, afterall, Liam isn’t a REAL Dad.

“D’you know what time it is? Isn’t it a bit late for ice cream?” “It would be if you were a real dad. But you’re not. You’re a kid. I’m a kid. We can do what we want. If we want ice cream for supper, we can have ice cream for supper.” “And if we want to watch TV all night, ” she said, “we can.” “Yeah, but –” “Not ‘Yeah, but.’ Just ‘Yeah.'”

When the ultimate thrill ride at the park turns out to be a real rocket, Florida and the other kid contest winners are trained for the inaugural flight. Liam is chosen to be the one adult chaperone allowed on the rocket. Why is Liam chosen? For his “kid like qualities” of course!

When an accident sends the rocket hurtling through space, the kids turn to the only grownup they’ve got, Liam, to lead them back to earth. The situation sends Liam scrambling to answer the question “what would a dad do?” Liam gets a crash course in “dadliness”. It turns out it isn’t much about buying presents and supplying ice cream and telling kids when to go to bed! Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Tyler lives on a dairy farm in Vermont. When his dad is injured in a tractor accident the family can no longer keep up with the work. Tyler’s dad decides to hire migrant workers to save the farm from foreclosure.  (A migrant worker is a worker that travels from place to place getting work on farms harvesting crops that are in season. In the US, migrant workers are often from Mexico.)

The Cruz family moves to the farm and the men begin working on the farm. The kids go to Tyler’s school. One girl, Mari, is in Tyler’s class. The two kids find that they have a lot in common, mostly, worrying about their families.

When Tyler discovers that the Cruz’s are undocumented workers, he’s confused. Would his dad do something illegal?  What is so illegal about the Cruz’s working to help out his family? When the authorities raid the farm and take the Cruz men to jail, Tyler is as confused as ever. He and his family have spent a year building a friendship with Mari and her family and the rules don’t make any sense. The Cruz’s definitey don’t belong in jail, but where do they belong? Should they stay, or do they have to go? If they go, what will happen to the farm?

This is a really personal look at the life of migrant families and the choices and dangers they face. I really liked Meeting Mari and her family. She helped me understand what would motivate a family to risk living in the US illegally. Author: Julia Alvarez; Award: Pura Belpre Author Award 2010

  • Listen to Julia Alvarez Read from Return to Sender
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Dear Dumb Diary: That’s What Friends Aren’t For

Dear Dumb Diary: That’s What Friends Aren’t For

That's What Friends Aren't for

Isabella is Jamie’s BFF. If you’ve read any of the other Dear Dumb Diary books you already know this. You also know that Angeline is NOT Jamie’s BFF.

Now, Jamie’s Aunt has gone and done something that’s really wrecked Jamie’s neatly ordered social life. Jamie’s Aunt Carol married Angeline’s Uncle Dan.  Now, they are sort of related. Jamie is not very happy about this new “automoatic” friendship. She still doesn’t like Angeline but they are now thrown together at family events and expected to be friends.

Jamie tries to talk to Isabella about this, you know, get a little BFF sympathy, but Isabella thinks Angeline isn’t that bad and they should all be friends. Jamie is having none of that because…there are only TWO Fs in BFF.

“If you get too many Fs, it doesn’t look like Best Friends Forever anymore. It looks like you’re trying to spell the sound a fart makes. Observe: BFFFFFFFFFF.”

More laugh outloud funny diary entries from the one and only Jamie Kelly. If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, give these a try. Author: Jim Benton

Dear Dumb Diary Series:

#1 Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
#2 My Pants are Haunted (When Bad Clothes Happen to Good People)
#3 Am I the Princess or the Frog
#4 Never Do Anything, Ever
#5 Can Adults Become Human?
#6 The Problem with Here is That it’s Where I’m From
#7 Never Underestimate Your Dumbness
#8 It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything
#9 That’s What Friends Aren’t For
#10 The Worst Things in Life are Also Free
#11: Okay, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers
#12: Me! (Just Like You, Only Better)

Dear Dumb Diary Year Two Series:

#1 School Hasn’t This Gone on Long Enough?
#2 The Super Nice are Super Annoying
#3 Nobody’s Perfect I’m as Close as it Gets
#4 What I Don’t Know Might Hurt Me
#5 You Can Bet on That
#6 Live Each Day to the Dumbest

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Review by Charlotte

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Review by Charlotte

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

“Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. I can’t wait until two o’clock God. That’s when our dance starts. Do you think I’ll get Philip Leroy for a partner? It’s not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he’s very handsome. And I’d love to dance with him… just once or twice. Thank you God.”

Margaret has to move to new house and start sixth grade in a new school. She has to find new friends. It’s tough, and she talks to God to tell him all about it.

Charlotte Says: All Judy Blume books are amazing my favorite book of hers is Are You There God it’s Me Margaret.

Other Books by Judy Blume:
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret on CD or Downloadable Audiobook
Blubber on CD
Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson
Iggie’s House
It’s Not the End of the World
Just as Long as We’re Together
Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself on CD or Downloadable Audiobook
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t

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Stormbreaker – Reviews by Billy and Ethan

Stormbreaker – Reviews by Billy and Ethan


I haven’t read Alex Rider yet, but Ethan and Billy have convinced me, I’ve put in a request for Stormbreaker.

“When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Within days he’s gone from schoolboy to superspy. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he’s off on his first mission.” Author: Anthony Horowitz

Ethan says: BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!! A spectacular book about spies and high tech gadgdets. AWSOME!!!!!! Read the rest of his stories.

Billy says: Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alex Rider Gadgets

The Alex Rider Series:
#1 Stormbreaker as a Graphic Novel or on CD
#2 Point Blank as a Graphic Novel or on CD
#3 Skeleton Key as a Graphic Novel or on CD
#4 Eagle Strike on CD
#5 Scorpia on CD
#6 Ark Angel on CD
#7 Snakehead on CD
#8 NEW Alex Rider for 2010 Crocodile Tears we have this on order and you can request it with your library card.

If you like spies and gadgets, try the series S.T.O.R.M about a group of kid spies who also use all kinds of high tech gadgets or try Alibi Junior High, about a former kid spy who tries to adjust to Middle School.
STORM The Infinity Code The Ghost Machine The Black Sphere Alibi Junior High
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