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Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy is trying so hard to be good. Her parents are busy jet-setting all over the world in search of money and status while Emmy is left home alone with her cold and distant nanny Miss Barmy. Still, Emmy tries to be good. No one at school seems to like or care about Emmy either – not one person in the classroom seems to notice she exists at all. And yet Emmy STILL tries to be good. “She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days. She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . .” The rat is Emmy’s classroom pet. He isn’t cute or cuddly, in fact, he’s a nasty little beast! Emmy can sometimes relate to the rat, because some days, she’d like to be a nasty little beast too!

One day, when the rat bites Emmy, she finds that she can actually hear what he is saying. As if the rat’s poor behavior isn’t bad enough, now she has to listen to his crabby complaining, pouting, bragging, and whining. His rotten attitude is hardly worth having this startling new power! Then the rat bites Joe, the class cool guy, who can now hear him speak too..and then he bites Joe again and shrinks him to the size of an action figure! What’s a good friend like Emmy to do but offer to get bitten a second time and shrink too? Now a few inches high, Joe and Emmy free the rat and begin an adventure to find out the source of the rat’s power and how to reverse it. Along the way, they get help from some new four legged friends and get on the trail of Emmy’s own Miss Barmy, who isn’t just cold and distant, she’s evil too!

The rat is definately the star in this one. His biting comments and sarcastic one-liners kept me laughing through the whole book. Emmy reminds me of Molly Moon from Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism. Both girls feel isolated, alone and unloved, yet they don’t give up on their search for friendship and happiness. Author: Lynne Jonell Illustrator: Jonathan Bean

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The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks

The PenderwicksLike you, the four Penderwick sisters are on summer vacation.  Their Dad has rented a house in the Berkshire Mountains where he lets the girls roam on their own to seek out adventure.  Rosalind (the boss), Jane (the dreamer, novelist), Skye (the temperamental competitor) & Batty (the shy animal lover) find adventure next door when one of the girls spots a figure looking out the window of the fancy mansion next door.  The girls set out to investigate the mountain, the mansion & the figure in the window and find an unlikely kindred spirit. Author: Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks Series:

#1: The Penderwicks on CD, Downloadable eBook and eAudio
#2: The Penderwicks on Gardam Street on CD, Downloadable eBook and eAudio
#3: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette on CD, Downloadable eBook and eAudio

The Penderwicks have more fun together on Gardam Street – don’t miss that one. If you like the idea of a bunch of sisters, try Little Women or The Callahan Cousins: Summer Begins.
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The Gollywhopper Games

The Gollywhopper Games

The Gollywhopper GamesGil Goodson has been studying for months, cramming information and trivia about the Golly Toy & Game Company.  If he’s lucky, he’ll be a contestant at The Gollywhopper Games, a trivia, puzzle and stunt contest sponsored by his town’s candy factory.  If you like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, go on this competitive challenge with Gil.  Solving riddles and puzzles is only part of the fun.  Gil has to sniff out the cheaters before they sabotage his chances and figure out which competitors are friends.  Gil wants to win, and he wants to win bad…and it isn’t just the prize money…he’s got something to prove to Mr. Golliwop, his Dad’s former boss, and if winning the Games is his only chance to get Mr. Golliwop’s attention, Gil is definately up for the challenge. Author: Jody Feldman Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Adam Canfield of the Slash

Adam Canfield of the Slash

Adam Canfield of the SlashAdam Canfield has his hands full.  He describes himself as “the most overprogrammed middle school student in American.”  Despite being flooded with homework, band, the quiz team and more, Adam joins his friend Jennifer as co-editor of the school newspaper The Slash.  Adam and Jennifer take their job as journalists seriously…and uncover some seriously shady deals at school, and in their town.  When they discover that one of those shady deals involves their own principal – what are these upcoming star reporters to do?  Get the scoop of course.  Gather the facts (and get them right), write the story and let justice prevail.  Author: Michael Winerip

Adam Canfield Series:

#1: Adam Canfield of the Slash on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#2: Adam Canfield Watch Your Back on CD
#3: Adam Canfield The Last Reporter on CD

The Soldier's Voice: The Story of Ernie PyleOne of the most beloved journalists of the 20th Century was Indiana’s own Ernie Pyle.  Ernie reported from the front lines during World War II and told the world the story of the war from the perspective of the enlisted soldiers rather than the Officers.

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The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning ThiefAs if his life isn’t enough of a mess: his father left before he was born, he can’t seem to control his temper and he keeps getting kicked out of school…Percy Jackson vaporizes his teacher…whoops!…and is almost killed by a minotaur…yikes! Percy’s Mom decides it’s time he knew the truth – Percy is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and a Greek God. His mother sends him to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, for his own safety. At camp, Percy learns that his father is Poseidon, God of the Sea, and that Poseidon is accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt. And when Zeus isn’t happy, nobody’s happy! Percy and his new friends at camp have to find out what really happened to the lightning bolt before a war between the gods wipes out mankind. Whew! Lots of action and laugh outloud funny. You’ll want to read more about Percy, and luckily, you can, there are 5 Percy adventures in all!  Author: Rick Riordan

#1: Lightning Thief on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#2: Sea of Monsters on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#3: Titan’s Curse on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#4: Battle of the Labyrinth on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#5: Last Olympian on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook

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