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Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never, ever watched television. He knows what a telephone is, but he doesn’t have one at home and has only talked on one a couple times. He has never been in school. Cap has spent his entire life on a farm commune with his grandma, and no one else. When Cap’s grandma ends up in the hospital, he has no choice but to enroll in the local public middle school.
The only person happy to see Cap’s long hair, beads & sandals made out of corn husks is Hugh, the school oddball, who is more than happy to have Cap take his place as the official “wedgie receiver”. Cap’s odd ways and disinterest in conforming catch the attention of the school bully, or “wedgie giver,” who chooses Cap as the year’s eighth grade president, an honor bestowed on the kid most likely to be made fun of all year. Cap’s reaction to the bully’s pranks, and to the job of class president, takes everyone by surprise, especially the bully himself. Long hair and beads never looked so good. Author: Gordon Korman
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When Miss Goldner teaches her class about alliteration, Daisy has a terrific time coming up with wonderful word combinations. Then someone calls her Lazy Daisy, and suddenly words are a problem. Daisy needs a new nickname!
Do you love to read? Always get A’s on your spelling test? Enjoy finding out about new words? Well so does Daisy. Daisy loves words and the definitions so much that she keeps lists of her favorite words. In Daisy’s Defining Day, by Sandra V. Feder, Daisy does not like being labeled as Lazy Daisy by a friend’s brother. In order to get people not to think of her as Lazy Daisy, Daisy and her best friend Emma come up with new names for themselves. Daisy’s new name is dazzling, but it is way too long and nobody can remember it. Can Daisy find the right name or will she forever be known as Lazy Daisy?
Recommended by: Spade’s Park
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Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
In this book by Holly Goldberg Sloan everyone and everything is just a bit quirky.
Counting by 7s is the story of Willow Chance, a 12 year old genius obsessed with medical conditions, the number 7 and gardening. Willow’s adoptive parents are supportive of her interests and are excited for her to have a new start at making friends as she starts middle school.
When Willow’s parents are killed in a car accident the focus of the story is on Willow and her quest to find a new family and a new place to fit in. Willow is helped along the way by her school counselor, a Vietnamese immigrant family, and a taxi driver. Through Willow everyone becomes a better person and through this rather unusual group of friends Willow blossoms as well.
This book is recommended for all ages and will make you both laugh and cry.
Recommended by: Nancy Coughlin – Nora
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Megan’s parents have decided to spend the summer in Vermont in an old house with no internet, no cable TV and a million blood sucking insects. To say Megan hates it is putting it mildly. She hates it so much she wishes she had gotten worse grades so that she could be at home in summer school instead. At least she could have gone to the mall on the weekends.
Being stuck in Vermont MIGHT have been at least bearable if her best friend Lucy had come with her, but she didn’t, and the reason why is bugging Megan too. It’s as if nobody understands how bad she has it. At least, that’s what she keeps whining about.
Megan keeps whining and stomping her feet and acting like a teenage brat for a lot of pages. When she gets lost in the woods and has to fend for herself a different part of Megan comes out, and it’s a part I liked a whole lot better. At the beginning I didn’t really like Megan too much, but I still liked reading about her because who hasn’t felt like her at one time or another? I have. You feel like nobody cares or understands or has any sympathy for you. The trick is getting to the point where you can fix whatever’s bugging you and move on. When you have an attitude problem nobody can really fix that but you. Watching Megan get a grip on her attitude problem while having some funny experiences as a cell phone addicted mall-chick stuck in the woods is fun.
And the reason Megan’s friend Lucy chose not to come to Vermont gives Megan some perspective too. There are worse things in life than not getting your own way. Author: Jane Kelley
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