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Staff Pick: Home of the Brave

Staff Pick: Home of the Brave

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.

Recommended by: Barbara Obergfell, Outreach

Also by Katherine Applegate – Don’t miss The One and Only Ivan.

The One and Only Ivan

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The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee

Dwight’s advice giving Origami Yoda got him into some trouble in The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. Now Dwight’s kicked out of McQuarrie Middle School and goes to the Tippett Academy.

Sometimes the kids see Dwight, but when Dwight is seen, he acts very strange. Strange for Dwight anyway…because Dwight is acting NORMAL. That can’t be right. What exactly is the Tippett Academy and what have they done to Dwight?

When Sara shows up at school with a paper fortune teller that looks like the wookiee Chewbaca, she starts handing out advice Origami Yoda style. If Dwight made the Fortune Wookiee does that mean Chewie gives good advice too even though Dwight isn’t there? How is it that the advice comes out of Sara’s mouth?

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Tommy starts another case file to solve TWO mysteries this time…is the fortune wookiee real…and what in the world is wrong with Dwight?

Another funny week at McQuarrie Middle School. I have to say…love that Sara. No wonder Tommy likes her.

 

#1 The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

#2 Darth Paper Strikes Back

The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff Big Nate in a Class By Himself Operation Yes Every Soul a Star
Bobby Vs. the Girls Accidently Zoobreak Adam Canfield of the Slash Schooled
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Staff Pick: One Handed Catch

Staff Pick: One Handed Catch

One Handed Catch

After losing his hand in an accident in his father’s butcher shop in 1946, sixth-grader Norman uses hard work and humor to learn to live with his disability and to succeed at baseball, art, and other activities.

“Growing up just after the end of World War II promises to be a time of peace and hope.  All of this ends for Norman when he is severely injured and finds himself permanently disabled.  Yet Norm faces the future not in terms of what cannot be accomplished but instead, how much can be achieved with the love and supports of family and friends. While not a true story, it is loosely based on the life of the husband of author M.J. Auch.  This is a great read for families.”

Recommended by Roberta Ash, Children’s Librarian – Eagle Branch

More Staff Picks

More books that feature kids playing baseball while living lives that are unpredictable and sometimes scary…just like real life:
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies My 13th Season Out at Second The Aurora County All-Stars

 

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Three Times Lucky

Three Times Lucky

Three Times LuckySixth grader Mo…A+ student, fry cook, best friend to Dale, arch enemy of Anna Celeste, kid to the Colonel and Miss Lana…turns detective when her town’s least likable citizen turns up dead. Who would want to kill Jesse Tatum?  It’s true that nobody liked him much, but kill him? It can’t be anyone in Tupelo Landing can it?

A hot shot city detective shows up and ratchets up the anxiety by asking a lot of uncomfortable questions. Questions that start to point to the Colonel, and even Dale, who’s just a kid!

Starr studied us for one cold, flat minute. “Don’t leave town,” he told the Colonel. Then he nodded to me and headed for the door. We watched him climb into his Impala. “He’s going to be trouble,” the Colonel said, unplugging the jukebox. “Yes, sir,” I said, thinking of Dale. “If you ask me, he already is.” (page 84-85)

That slick Detective Joe Starr might have  a cell phone and a computer but Mo has something he hasn’t got…the Cousin Information Network..and as long as she’s got good enough stuff to make a trade, she can find out everything she needs to know about Jesse Tatum, his girlfriend & his dead cousin. It’s all about who you know and Mo knows everyone…she just doesn’t know everything…can she figure it all out before the murderer strikes again?  Author: Sheila Turnage

If you like reading about Mo and her detecting that revealed hidden information about mysterious happenings as well as information about her own family and herself…try one of these:
Because of Winn Dixie Moon Over Manifest Because of Winn Dixie Streg Nona: Her Story
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Chomp

Chomp

Chomp

When’s the last time you got fed?” Beulah responded by clamping down on Mickey’s left foot and throwing a meaty coil around both his legs. “Easy, Princess,” he said. The Python wrapped upward with another coil, and then another. Mickey quickly locked both arms in front of his chest to protect his lungs from being crushed, but he was out of shape and Beulah was extremely powerful. “Wahoo!” he hollered. “Yo!” “What?” Called a voice from the house. “Get your butt out here!” (page 24)

Wahoo’s Dad Mickey is an animal wrangler. If there is an alligator, snake, lizard, bear or leopard in a movie, chances are Wahoo’s Dad was there during filming. The animals live on their property and Wahoo helps take care of them…when he remembers!

Times are kind of lean in the animal wrangling business and Wahoo’s family is having trouble making ends meet. When the reality television show “Expedition Survival” calls wanting to use some of the animals on an upcoming episode, Wahoo and his Dad can’t wait to get started…until they meet the show’s star – Derek Badger, “Mr. Show Business”. It’s going to take all of Mickey and Wahoo’s knowledge and patience to keep Derek alive, because they know what the animals are thinking, “All you stupid humans taste the same!” Author: Carl Hiassen

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