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Flight of the Phoenix

R. L. LaFevers (2009), 144 pages
Illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fantasy, Fiction
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Ten-year-old Nathanial Fludd has never developed a sense of adventure, even though he'd like to. But when his parents are killed, he is sent to live with a distant cousin, who immediately takes him to Arabia. When his aunt is kidnapped, Nate is left to guard the phoenix's ashes by himself. Can he do it? How will he rescue his aunt? Could he really become a beastologist like his parents?
Awards nominated: Bluestem Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 5/17/2011
ISBN-10: 0547238657
ISBN-13: 9780547238654
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Flygirl

Sherri L. Smith (2009), 256 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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All Ida Mae wants to do is fly. Her daddy taught her before he died, but unfortunately in Lousiana in 1941, nobody will give a black girl a pilot's license no matter how good she is. Then, the army decides they need female pilots to handle non-combat missions so that the men can be free to fight in World War II. However, African American women are not welcome. With her light colored skin, can she 'pass' as white? And if she does, what does that mean about her loyalty to her own family? Ida Mae's story is filled with adventure, danger and hard choices.
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 4/2/2011
ISBN-10: 0399247092
ISBN-13: 9780399247095
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Found

Sarah Prineas (2010), 368 pages
Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Mystery
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The darkest danger that Conn has ever experienced has enveloped him. His found locus stone has been swallowed by a dragon, Nevery's actions are being questioned, the Duchess is ill, and Rowan is desparately trying to save her friend, her mother, and Wellmet, her city. Conn's quest begins when he escapes, once again from prison only to follow the trail of the finding spell to places filled with the most amazing and incredible adventures. Action-packed fantasy that leaves you awestruck at Conn's determination to succeed. The trilogy begins with the Magic Thief, continues with Lost, and concludes with Found.
Book Series: The Magic Thief
Similar authors: F.E. Higgins
Similar books: Black Book of Secrets
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 12/2/2010
ISBN-10: 0061375942
ISBN-13: 9780061375941
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Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom

Eric Wight (2009), 79 pages
Illustrated by Eric Wight
Audience: 3rd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fiction, Humor
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Frankie Piccolini wants to be Indiana Jones. With his trusty sidekick, the family dog Argyle, Frankie explores the most distant regions of the planet, often found in his own house. Like any normal kid, Frankie would rather play and explore than clean up his room. He can't believe it when, one day, his mother tells him that he doesn't have to keep it clean, BUT, he has to live with the consequences! Without the hindrance of cleaning his room, and himself, Frankie is free to continue his intrepid explorations, but, how will he tackle the Closet of Doom?
Book Series: Frankie Pickle
Similar books: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Awards nominated: 2013 Monarch Nominee
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 3/8/2012
ISBN-13: 9781416964841
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Free Baseball

Sue Corbett (2006), 160 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fiction, Sports
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There is only one thing Felix wants more than to become a professional baseball player. That is for his father to join him and his mother in Florida and be able to join a major league baseball team himself. Felix and his mother fled Cuba when Felix was a baby. His father, a Cuban baseball star, gave up his place on the boat so that Felix could be free. That is all Felix's mother has told him. Felix would give anything for his father to see him play. His mother works constantly and Felix feels she doesn't support his baseball dreams. One day, Felix sneaks into a baseball team's locker room and is mistaken for their batboy. What a chance! Felix stows away on their bus to live his dream, if only for one day. Will his mother ever forgive him? The drama is intense as Felix is in for surprises, not always pleasant, about his father, his mother, and himself.
Similar books: Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter; Heat by Mike Lupica
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 8/18/2010
ISBN-10: 0525471200
ISBN-13: 9780525471202
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