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
Sixth 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
“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
Jamie’s always got something going on. This time she has a letter her math teacher sent home. Let’s just say the letter is not inviting her to be on the math bowl team. Jamie would like her math teacher to just give up:
Mr. Henzy, my math teacher, still seems interested in teaching me math in spite of a great deal of evidence that it can’t be done. It’s kind of cute in a way, like watching a baby try to reach something just outside his crib. A big, mean, boring baby. (page 5)
Instead, Jamie’s parents come down hard. She has to improve her math grade by the end of the next quarter, “or else.” That doesn’t sound good. Luckily Jamie’s got her friend Isabella to help her figure out what to do…Isabella helps by insisting that Jamie do her homework…and by punching Jamie in the arm when she gets something wrong. That’s just the kind of friend Isabella is. When a quiz reveals that Jamie’s grasp of math is NOT improving, Isabella is NOT happy, and when Isabella’s not happy, NOBODY’S happy. Expecially Jamie, who better do what Isabella says…or else! Author: Jim Benton