A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down until an unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves his best friend Rowley the odd man out. Author: Jeff Kinney
When eleven-year-old Tim’s beloved grandfather develops Alzheimer’s Disease, Tim tries to restore and save him by taking him out for a fishing adventure at the pond, but the outing turns into a disaster.
“Eleven-year-old Tim is determined to go with his Granddad on a fishing adventure. Forget all the family talks about Granddad’s forgetfulness. Only when they are out on the lake in a sinking boat does Tim realize that the strong man who raised him now needs to be taken care of. Tim struggles through the emotional upheaval that accompanies dealing with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease. Granddad might forget who Tim was but he would never forget that “you are someone I love.”
It is said that opposites attract, such is the case with the crazy characters, Ivy and Bean. While Ivy is quiet, Bean is loud. While Ivy is pensive, Bean is compulsive. What these two little girls are both good at however is getting into mischief around the neighborhood.
My daughter, who is six years old, and I just finished reading all nine of the Ivy and Bean books together. We are anxiously awaiting the next in the series. I asked her what her favorite thing was about Ivy and Bean. She stated, “I like that they are weird.”
if you like “weird”…
if you like digging for worms…
if you like being put under a dancing spell…
if a neighborhood known as “Pancake Court” intrigues you…
When the sprinkler system at school goes haywire filling the school with water and mold Big Nate and his friends think they will get an unexpected 2 week break from P.S. 38. Instead, they get bused to Jefferson Middle School instead – their arch enemies who beat them in EVERYTHING…soccer, battle of the bands, math quiz bowl – everything!
What’s worse, when they get to Jefferson it’s…really nice.
Jefferson Middle School Fancy Facts:
1. The drinking fountains all have motion sensors.
2. The auitorium has movie style seats and then RECLINE!
3. There’s a rec room for kids to use during free periods.
4. They don’t have a cafetorium…they have a FOOD COURT…that smells GOOD.
The P.S. 38 kids are sick of it. They think hard about what kind of competition they could challenge Jefferson to that would given them a chance at winning…and Nate comes up with it…the Ultimate Snowdown Snow Sculpture Contest. Can Nate lead his P.S. 38 friends to victory? Author: Lincoln Peirce (Pronounced “purse” – who knew?)
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner. (Young Hoosier Book Award, 2009-2010, 6-8 Nominee)
“Here is a story of loss and discovery. Lou is old and alone, living on a small farm in the middle of a Minnesota winter. Kek is young and lost, new to America from a Sudanese refugee camp. Lou thinks she has nothing left, but discovers she alone has what Kek needs. Kek thinks he knows nothing useful in this new life, yet he brings a little happiness to all he meets. In caring for Lou’s old cow, Kek reclaims the wisdom of his old life. Kek tells us that “you will have lived just half a life if you never love a cow.” Venture into this sweet story for a glimpse of the wonder of a cow and how it changed a life.”