We first met Adam Canfield in Adam Canfield of the Slash, and Adam’s still got a lot going on. He’s a good student, he plays sports and he is co-editor of his school’s newspaper, The Slash, with his friend Jennifer. In Adam Canfield Watch Your Back!, Adam becomes one of the stories he usually writes about. Happy about an unexpected snow day, Adam heads out to shovel snow to make some extra spending money. On his way home, he is mugged by some high school kids and his money is stolen. At school the next day, Adam, Jennifer, and their favorite reporter Phoebe decide to do a story exposing bullies and this time, people are naming names. And if that isn’t enough controversy, they also tackle the unfairness in the school’s science fair and a plan to bulldoze a poor African-American section in their town to build mansions for the rich. These kids are no fluff reporters. They take on serious topics and really try to be journalists who dig out the truth in every situation while trying to be fair to all the parties involved. And they’re funny. Two thumbs up. Author: Michael Winerip
Art and Myrtle are looking forward to Christmas on Larklight, their space ship home. They are expecting holiday visitors, space pirate Jack Havock and his merry crew. Like always, when the pirates arrive, adventure is not far behind.
The party is interrupted by a mysterious SOS signal from Georgium Sidus (Uranus), a message from the only two humans known to live there, a missionary named Rev. Cruet and his daughter Charity. The message says, “Great danger – imperative that – ” and then the message cuts off.
Not people to pass up an adventure, the pirates and the Mumby’s immediately set out for Georgium Sidus, racing through space toward a mysterious evil-looking cloud that is closing in on the edges of our universe. The cloud conceals an army of blue lizards and giant moths led by an evil demigod. What does she want? Just Myrtle’s own Queen Victoria and domination of the universe.
Jack and Myrtle continue their awkward romance and this time, Art gets to meet his own kindred spirit – the adventurous and un-ladylike Charity Cruet.
If you haen’t read any of the Larklight books yet, start with the first one. It helps to meet the Mumby’s and understand why they live in space and how they became friends with the space pirate Jack Havock. This is a really original, funny series.
You probably already know that President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while he watched a play at the Ford Theater and that the man who shot him was John Wilke’s Booth. Did you know, though, that Booth made a run for it? Did you know he had helpers? And some of them were women? This is the story of how the law tracked each of these people down. At the time of Lincoln’s death, there was no such thing as DNA fingerprinting or ballistics tests for firearms. The lawmen had to piece together what happened and who was involved by interviewing people, following hunches and figuring out who was telling the truth. I like history books that make history interesting by telling a story with real live characters in it. This book is like that.
Alex has a happy life living with her Uncle at the top of his doorknob shop. Happy except for school, that is. Alex doesn’t like wearing a uniform with a skirt. She thinks her teachers are old and smell funny. The girls at her school are so concerned with how their hair looks they are ridiculous. Quite simply, Alex is bored out of her mind.
And then one day, everything changes. Alex gets a new teacher at school, Mr. Underwood. Mr. Underwood is interesting and funny and he teaches the kids how to fence (fight with swords.) He also reveals to Alex and her uncle an old family secret that involves buried treasure and secret map.
When Mr. Underwood is kidnapped and held prisoner on the pirate ship the Ironic Gentleman, it is up to Alex to rescue him, and the family treasure map. Pursued by a band of evil old ladies and befriended by various interesting characters along the way, Alex fights her way to the sea and onto the docked Ironic Gentleman. Author: Adrienne Kress
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories about Growing up Scieszka. That’s right, Scieszka – Jon Scieszka, the guy who wrote The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Stinky Cheese Man and the Time Warp Trio books. Jon is also the very first National Ambassador for Young People’s LIterature. It’s hard to believe he started out a knucklehead!
This is Jon’s story growing up with the other knuckleheads: Jim, Tom, Gregg, Brian and Jeff – his FIVE brothers. And their story is pretty funny. The boys fight, break furniture (and each other’s bones), blame each other, fight over the seat in the car by the window, and pretty much have a great time growing up. There are so many of them, Dad Scieszka doesn’t call them by name, he just refers to all of them as “knucklehead” or “you knuckleheads!” Author: Jon Scieszka