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No More Dead Dogs

Gordon Korman (2000), 240 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction
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Wallace Wallace, accidental star of the football team, won't tell even the smallest lie. When he refuses to pretend to like his English teacher's favorite book, Old Shep, My Pal, his teacher sentences him to detention until he rewrites his book report. Since Wallace won't give in to write the kind of report his teacher wants, he's banned from football practice and stuck in rehearsals for the school's play. The play is Old Shep, My Pal, adapted from the book and directed by none other than his teacher, Mr. Fogelman. Wallace's truth-telling mouth just can't keep quiet, though, and soon the play takes a turn no one could have predicted.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 3/30/2010
ISBN-10: 078682462X
ISBN-13: 9780786824625
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No Place for Magic

E.D. Baker (2008), 272 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fantasy, Fiction, Humor
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Princess Emma's adventures continue when she journeys to Upper Montevista to meet Eadric's parents. From the very beginning, there is trouble. Bradston, Eadric's brother, has been kidnapped by trolls, and Eadric's mother won't let Emma use magic. Trolls prove to be terrifying foes, and put both Emma, and Eadric's, strengths to the test. This is book four in the Tales of the Frog Princess series.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 1599902184
ISBN-13: 9781599902180
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No Talking

Andrew Clements (2007), 160 pages
Illustrated by Mark Elliott
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction
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Laketon Elementary has a nickname for their 5th grade kids, it 'The Unshushables'. But that all changes when Dave Packer reads about how the Mahatma Gandhi practiced complete silence for 1 day a week to bring order to his mind. Though Dave is known to talk nonstop, he is determined to give the idea a try. During school the next day, Dave runs into Lynsey, another chatterbox, and they end up challenging the boys against the girls in a no-talking contest for 48 hours. The only time they can talk is when an adult asks them a direct question at which time they can only answer in 3 word sentences. Can 'The Unshushables' really keep their months shut for the 48 hour contest? Will the parents and teachers figure out what is behind the changes in the kids' behavior? Read this entertaining book and find out.
Similar books: Frindle; Week in the Woods
Awards nominated: Bluestem 2011
Reviewed by: bklyczek
Date read: 5/10/2010
ISBN-10: 1416909834
ISBN-13: 9781416909835
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Commenter: Hap, grade 8
This is a very fun book. I especially liked the teachers' reactions to the silence experiment.
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No, David!

David Shannon (1998), 32 pages
Illustrated by David Shannon
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Fiction, Humor, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
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David's always getting in trouble. Whether he's tracking in mud, banging on pans, jumping on his bed, or playing with his food, he hears, 'No, David!' Here, we see David misbehaving again and again, in colorful, comic glory, like when he opens his mouth and we see a gaping hole like the night sky filled with half-chewed food. Won't David be hurt that the only words he hears are scolding? At the end, David's mom surrounds him in a warm hug.
Similar books: David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon; David Goes to School by David Shannon
Awards won: Caldecott Honor Book 1999
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/26/2010
ISBN-10: 0590930028
ISBN-13: 9780590930024
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Oddfellow's Orphanage

Emily Winfield Martin (2012), 144 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Fantasy, Fiction, Humor
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Oddfellow's Orphanage is the whimsical tale of Oddfellow Bluebeard and the charming band of misfits who live with him. The orphans are quite unique. Delia is a mute albino, Imogen is covered in tattoos, Ollie has an onion for a head, and Hugo is most certainly a hedgehog. They live in an enormous brick house, whose grounds are covered in bushes shaped like sea monsters and other mythical creatures. During their lessons, they learn fairy tales and astronomy, and in the afternoons are entertained by a family of dancing bears. Throughout the book the plucky orphans face challenges, go on adventures, and learn that a person's true family is not always the one that they are born into.
Similar books: Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise, Matilda by Roald Dahl
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 9/27/2012
ISBN-10: 0375869956
ISBN-13: 9780375869952
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