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101 Ways to Bug Your Parents

Lee Wardlaw (1996), 204 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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When Sneeze's plans for the summer are ruined because his parents enrolled him in a summer-school writing class, he decides to get even. For his class project, he creates a list of ways to annoy parents, and tests them at home. Then, Sneeze hits upon a brilliant plan to earn some extra cash. He can sell his book. Will anything good come of this? Read 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents and find out.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0142403407
ISBN-13: 9780142403402
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11 Experiments That Failed

Jenny Offill (2011), 34 pages
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Fiction, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
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Can a kid make it through the winter eating only snow and ketchup? Can a live beaver be ordered through the mail? The young lady in 11 Experiments That Failed tackles her curiosity through use of the scientific method. She asks a question, makes a hypothesis, tests her theory, and then makes a conclusion. Some of the experiments are messy. Some of them are silly. This book is charming and delightful, perfect for future scientists and inventors!
Awards nominated: 2014 Monarch Nominee
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 6/27/2013
ISBN-13: 9780375957628
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4 Kids in 5e & 1 Crazy Year

Virginia Frances Schwartz (2006), 261 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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When four kids are taken out of their crowded fifth-grade classrooms and put together in a new class with an unusual new teacher, they don't know what to expect. Destiny is thrilled to be reunited with her best friend. Max just wants to be left alone to read, so he can forget his family's past. Giovanni doesn't want the new teacher to know that he can't read, at least not nearly as well as he should. Willie misses his grandma's house in Jamaica. When Ms. Hill inspires them to write about their lives, and shows them how to do it, their lives change in ways they never expected.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 4/23/2010
ISBN-10: 0823419460
ISBN-13: 9780823419463
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Absolutely Normal Chaos

Sharon Creech (1997), 240 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Realistic Fiction
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Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer, while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin's search for his biological father.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0064406326
ISBN-13: 9780064406321
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3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 booksBoredom Shoots to Excitement
Commenter: Aj, grade 9
It was a little boring at first but it had a good storyline to it. I liked everything that happened and the characters were easy to get to know. Sharon Creech is such a great athour I just like saying I have read all her books. :) happy reading!!
4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 booksCrazy Summer!
Commenter: St. Charles Reader, grade 0
Mary Lou Finney's cousin comes over and her summer turns into the craziest roller coaster ever!
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Agnes Parker... Girl in Progress

Kathleen O'Dell (2003), 160 pages
Illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Agnes is beginning sixth grade with her best friend, Prejean. Unfortunately, Peggy Neidermeyer is also in their class. Neidermeyer's been tormenting Agnes for years. When a fascinating new boy shows up in class, Agnes wants to get to know him, but so does Neidermeyer. Can Agnes stand up to Neidermeyer, keep her friendship with Prejean strong, and get to know Joe at the same time? Read more about Agnes in Agnes Parker-- Happy Camper and Agnes Parker-- Keeping Cool in Middle School.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 2/11/2010
ISBN-10: 0803726481
ISBN-13: 9780803726482
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