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Staff Pick: Daisy’s Defining Day

Staff Pick: Daisy’s Defining Day

Daisy’s Defining Day

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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Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s

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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Nature Girl

Nature Girl

Nature Girl

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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Staff Pick: The SOS File

Staff Pick: The SOS File

The SOS File

The students in Mr. Magro’s class submit stories for the SOS file about their biggest emergencies, and then they read them aloud for extra credit. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2008-2009, 4-6 Nominee

Children looking for humors short stories to take a break from rigorous homework will find The SOS File by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers the answer. Throughout the school year teacher, Mr. Margo asked his students to write a short story about an emergency to receive extra credit in the class. Twelve students take him up on his offer and all but one receives extra credit.

Children will love the twelve wonderfully written funny stories. My favorite is the ¬Chocolate SOS were the writer must sale candy bars for his baseball team only to have to borrow forty dollars from his mother because he eat the candy bars. Find out if his mother loans him the money and read the one story that the student did not receive extra credit for writing. Sit back and enjoy these humors stories, you will sure have a belly ache from laughing so hard.

Recommended by: Denyce Malone, Flanner House Branch

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Staff Pick: I Am a Taxi

Staff Pick: I Am a Taxi

I Am a Taxi

Living with his family in a prison in Bolivia due to his parents’ convictions for drug trafficking, twelve-year-old Diego does his best to live a normal life, but when his mother receives additional fines, Diego risks everything to earn quick money.

I read this novel because of the odd title. Diego, age 12, lives in a prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents, falsely accused of smuggling drugs, must serve out a 16 year sentence. Diego, however, can come and go; he attends school and earns money as a “taxi,” running errands for other inmates. After a stroke of bad luck, Diego is forced to look for additional ways to make money. His friend, Mando, convinces him “big money” will come from working for foreign men deep in the jungle. The men turn out to be cocaine smugglers and the boys become slaves in the coca pits, stomping coca leaves into a paste that will become cocaine. Attempting escape, Mando dies and Diego barely escapes with his life. The ending of the book is as odd as the title, but the fast pace will keep readers glued to the text, eager to find out if Diego ever sees his family again. I learned a great deal about prison life, “taxi” work and the production of cocaine and plan to read the sequel, Sacred Leaf, very soon.

Recommended by: Nancy Poppleton, Glendale Branch

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