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Comic: Joey Fly Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime

Comic: Joey Fly Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime

Joey Fly Private EyeWhen Flick travels to the city in Bug’s Life to find help for his colony, I think he could have met Joey Fly there – maybe in the bar where he meets the circus performers! (Joey Fly would have known right off the bat though, that the circus performers were NOT tough bugs! He’s got street smarts Flick doesn’t.) In Creepy Crawly Crime Joey is visited by the beautiful butterfly Delilah. During a party, one of Delilah’s possessions disappeared and she wants Joey to find it…AND she wants to know which one of her friends took it. Joey does what detectives do, he visits the crime scene and begins interviewing possible subjects…ladybugs, mosquitoes, etc. Something’s fishy and Joey Fly will find out what it is! This one is a comic book – make sure you click on the Look Inside link to get a look at Joey Fly’s world.  Author: Aaron Reynolds

Aaron Reynolds also writes about Tiger Moth, an insect Ninja. And Joey Fly isn’t the only insect on the case, try Ace Lacewing, Spider Kane or Bug Muldoon for more insect detecting.
Tiger Moth Insect Ninja Ace Lacewing Bug Detective Spider Kane Bug Muldoon
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Allie Finkle’s rules for Girls: Best Friends and Drama Queens

Allie Finkle’s rules for Girls: Best Friends and Drama Queens

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Best Friends and Drama Queens

4th grader Allie is excited when she finds out there is a new girl in her class. The new girl’s name is Cheyenne and she’s from Canada – which makes her sound kind of exotic and interesting. She’s interesting all right. And bossy. And mean. Cheyenne immediately collects a group of friends – her clique – and labels anyone she hasn’t chosen “immature”. Then she starts a kissing game at recess and begins insisting that the boys and girls pair up and start “going with” each other. Allie wants to know…what does “going with” even mean? Dealing with Cheyenne, and having the courage to stand up to her, helps Allie add another rule to her list of school survival tips: “Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s good.” Anybody who has ever had to deal with a controlling, bossy mean girl will cheer outloud for Allie and her friends.

#1 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day
#2 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl
#3 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Best Friends and Drama Queens
#4 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Stage Fright

More girls dealing with best friends & drama queens:
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love Jemma Hartman Every Soul a Star Rules
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Skill Test: Mysterynet

Skill Test: Mysterynet

snackshackOn MysteryNet you can read several kid mysteries and try to solve them yourself. Here are a few to get started:

Talk the Talk Word of the Day: Tail – To follow someone to get an idea of their daily routine & habits; where they go, who they visit, where they work.

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Poppy and Ereth

Poppy and Ereth

Poppy and Ereth

This is the sixth, and Avi says the last, story about Poppy the mouse. I’ll warn you, you’re going to need some kleenex for this one, but that’s all I’m going to say. The characters in this book might be bats and mice and porcupines but you actually care about them! I really don’t want to see a mouse in my house, but if the mouse were Poppy, well, then I’d let her stay! In this one Poppy has another adventure, even though she is now a Grandmother many times over. The best part is, Poppy’s got a grandson named Spruce who just might have her adventurous spirit too! Author: Avi Series: Poppy

#1: Poppy
#2: Poppy and Rye
#3: Ragweed
#4: Ereth’s Birthday
#5: Poppy’s Return
#6: Poppy and Ereth

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Confetti Girl

Confetti Girl

Confetti Girl

Lina is having a really tough year since her Mom died. Lina’s best friend is having a tough year too since her Dad up and left. The girls cope by keeping busy playing volleyball, doing homework and talking about cute boys. Plus, they have each other. It always helps to have a friend that understands.

Lina’s Dad and Vanessa’s Mom aren’t doing so good. Lina’s Dad is an English Professor and spends his time with his nose buried in a book – so much time that he forgets about Lina sometimes. Vanessa’s mom spends her time obsessively making Cascarones – hollow eggs filled with confetti. She makes so many that the eggs are piling up all over Vanessa’s house. The irony is Cascarones are “good luck eggs.” You crack one over somebody’s head to give them good luck.  Eggs need cracked over everyone in these two families.

The best part about this book is the adults. Lina’s Dad and Vanessa’s mom are very real characters. They aren’t stereotype parents. You can feel their pain and you can understand the reasons they are acting so strangely. I liked watching these two families work through tough times. The characters in Confetti Girl show you how important family and friends are during hard times and how important it is to lean on them instead of pushing them away. Sometimes, it’s important to let people help you.

Two more really good stories about kids coping with grief within their families. They each find some good people to help them find their smiles again:

Umbrella SummerThe Girl Who Threw ButterfliesBelle Prater's Boy
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