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Kid Review: Bud Not Buddy

Kid Review: Bud Not Buddy

Bud Not Buddy

This is a very good or I mean a very interesting book. It talks about a guy that lived in an orphanage, until one day the Amos’s adopted him. Author: Christopher Paul Curtis.” Reviewed by: Katherine

Bud’s life with the Amos’s is tough and he eventually decides to run away. Bud has some clues about who he thinks his father is and is determined to find him. This book won the The Newbery Medal AND the Coretta Scott King Award in 2000. Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Another really excellent book by Christopher Paul Curtis is Elijah of Buxton. Read the blog post about that one.

  • Read Chapter One from Elijah of  Buxton
  • Listen to an Exerpt of Elijah of Buxton
  • Watch a video interview with Christopher Paul Curtis
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    Ramona and Her Father

    Ramona and Her Father

    Ramona and her Father

    Ramona’s life is going along really well, until one day when her parents are acting a little strange. Ramona and her sister overhear an odd conversation. “…mother and father were no longer talking. Silence filled the house. …There was something unnatural about this silence. Uneasy, they waited for some sound, and then their parents began to speak in whispers.” Ramona knows that whispering is not a good sign. It turns out that Ramona’s Dad has lost his job.

    Ramona, being Ramona, has some big ideas – like earning a million dollars by being in a television commercial. For his part, Ramona’s Dad  takes a job he really doesn’t like. When that doesn’t work he goes back to school, but then can’t find the job he’s looking for. Eventually, he takes a job as a grocery store manager, which isn’t perfect, but good enough.

    When Ramona asks him when they will be a happy family again, he tells her they already are a happy family, that sometimes challenging things happen, even in a happy family like theirs. He is a great lesson for Ramona, and for us. Sometimes things aren’t perfect, but they are good enough. And if you look real hard, you can always start a new list of good things – different things, but still good things. Author: Beverly Cleary

    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

    You probably remember reading Mike Mulligan when you were younger – he’s a perfect story to think about if you are looking at a big change. Mike and Maryann lose their job digging. They move from the city to the country to find a job…and eventually take on an entirely different kind of job…but they are all happy just the same. Mike and Maryann find new friends and a new home. Author: Virginia Burton

    Don’t forget – tomorrow is the last day you can turn in books for points for the summer reading program!


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    Shakespeare’s Secret

    Shakespeare’s Secret

    Shakespeare's SecretHero is starting sixth grade in a new school. She’s used to it, the starting over, but being used to it doesn’t make it any easier. Having a weird first name doesn’t help either. On the first day of school when the teacher calls Hero’s name, somebody shouts out, “that’s my dog’s name,” which begins Hero’s downward slide into misery at school.

    Things take a turn for the better when Hero meets her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Roth, who just happens to be friends with the cutest boy in the eighth grade, Danny Cordova. What Hero doesn’t know is that Mrs. Roth has a secret, a big secret. The secret is sparkly, large, can be made into jewelry…and is worth a fortune. The thing is, Mrs. Roth doesn’t know exactly where it is, all she has is a clue. Mrs. Roth decides that Hero and Danny are just the people to take the clue and launch an investigation of their own. But finding the diamond is only part of the mystery, because Mrs. Roth isn’t the only one with a secret, the diamond has one too. Author: Elise Broach

    • GoogleBooks Shakespeare’s Secret
    • Read Chapter One Shakespeare’s Secret
    If you like art mysteries try one of these:
    Masterpiece The Mystery of the Third Lucretia The Calder Game Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception
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    Operation Redwood

    Operation Redwood

    Operation Redwood

    12 year-old Julian is stuck at his Aunt and Uncle’s house for the summer while his mom is working in China. What’s worse, they are planning to send him to math camp…not regular summer camp or boy scout camp…math camp. Julian hates math. Julian gets the distinct impression that the purpose of math camp is to get him out of the house and somebody else’s problem.

    When Julian meets an internet pen pal who is trying to keep his Uncle Sibley from cutting down a grove of redwood trees, Julian secretly heads to the redwoods instead of boarding the bus to math camp.  Julian and his new friend  Robin hatch a daring plan to save the redwoods from Julian’s Uncle’s company. If Julian thought he and his Uncle didn’t get along much before, just wait until they square off in the woods over some very, very valuable trees!

    This one is a great kids against the establishment adventure. Julian and his friends find the right ways to fight against something they believe is wrong. How great that part of the fight is staying in a treehouse 30 feet off the ground and only accessible by ropes and pulleys! Author: S. Terrell French

    After I read Operation Redwood I liked reading Redwoods by Jason Chin, a book that tells all about coastal redwoods. They are really unbelievable, mammoth trees that grow from a teeny, tiny seed. Some redwoods are over 2,000 years old. That means their seeds sprouted during the Roman Empire! If you like reading about kids making an effort to help the environment, try Scat and Flush – both very funny too. Judy Moody is a little bit younger kid trying to do the same thing.
    Redwoods Scat Flush Judy Moody Saves the World
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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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