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Gone from These Woods

Donny Bailey Seagraves (2009), 192 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Daniel adores his uncle and that's why when they go on Daniel's first hunting trip he wants to please him. Instead he finds it hard to take the life of the warm, living rabbit his uncle wants him to shoot. In his confusion and disappointment he makes a mistake that takes his uncle's life and changes his own life forever. Will his friends and classmates forever see him as a killer? Can his father ever forgive him? Can he ever forgive himself? This is a gut wrenching exploration of how an event that lasts only a second can have life long consequences. This is one that you will want to talk about or even read with someone you trust.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 1/29/2010
ISBN-10: 0385905998
ISBN-13: 9780385905992
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Good Dog, Aggie

Lori Ries (2009), 48 pages
Illustrated by Frank W. Dormer
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Aggie is a good dog, but she does not listen. Ben is finding it hard to train Aggie to SIT and STAY. Read about all the different ways that Ben tries to train Aggie to become a good dog and a good listener. If you like this one, look for Aggie and Ben: Three Stories
Similar authors: Dav Pilkey
Similar books: Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel; Dragon Gets By by Dav Pilkey
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/26/2009
ISBN-10: 1570916454
ISBN-13: 9781570916458
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Goof-Off Goalie

Betty Hicks (2008), 64 pages
Illustrated by Adam McCauley
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Goose wants to be a goalie, and he wishes that Alex Winkler, the goalie on his soccer team, would disappear. One week later, Alex's family moves to Vermont. Goose finally has a chance to make his dream of being goalie come true. Goose is brave and willing to dive for saves, but that's where his talent as a goalie ends. Can his friends help him become the goalie he's always wanted to be?
Book Series: Gym Shorts
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 9/30/2010
ISBN-10: 1596432446
ISBN-13: 9781596432444
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Gorgeous

Rachel Vail (2009), 278 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Allison is an ordinary 9th grader until one day the devil pays her a visit. He tells her that she can appear to be gorgeous(like she has secretly hoped for)if in exchange the devil can have control over her cell phone. Allison agrees and basks over being gorgeous in people's eyes. She can't believe that she is a finalist in a modeling contest. The Devil, though, keeps texting her friends messages and he wants to share things about Allison's family that Allison's parents would not want shared. Join Allison as she tries to sort through the drama of her life.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 9/14/2009
ISBN-10: 0060890460
ISBN-13: 9780060890469
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Grace for President

Kelly S. Dipucchio (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by Leuyen Pham
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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When Grace's teacher puts a poster up in her classroom with pictures of all the US Presidents, Grace is surprised and unhappy to see that there has been no woman President. She declares right then that she will be President when she grows up, to much laughter from several of her classmates. Her teacher suggests that the school run an election just like the United States' Presidential election, using students to represent the states. Grace, of course, will run. The most popular boy in school decides to run against her, and figures to win, since boys are representing the states with the most electoral votes. What can Grace do?
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: vverscaj
Date read: 4/15/2011
ISBN-10: 0786839198
ISBN-13: 9780786839193
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