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Hoot

Carl Hiaasen (2006), 304 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Twelve-year-old Roy Eberhardt, and his family have moved to Florida, where he's the new kid again. When the school bully smashes Roy's face against the school bus window, he sees a strange, barefoot boy streaking by, and he follows. The boy seems to be on a mission. Just who is this boy, and why is he running? What does Beatrice Leep know about him, and what is going on at the site of the new Mother Paula's Pancake House? Confused? To figure it out, and see how alligators in port-o-potties, burrowing owls, and cottonmouth snakes with sparkly tails fit in, read Hoot.
Awards won: Rebecca Caudill Award
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/29/2009
ISBN-10: 0440421705
ISBN-13: 9780440421702
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Commenter: St. Charles Reader, grade 0
A boy named Roy moves to Florida and tries to help an independent boy save owls before their home is demolished.
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Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

Sherri Smith (2008), 167 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Humor, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction
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Ana Shen, half chinese and half black, cringes when people say that she has a marvelously biracial, multicultural family. At her graduation ceremony from junior high, just as she is about to give her salutatorian address, the water main of the school bursts filling the football field with water. And if that isn't bad enough, the principal has to cancel the dance scheduled for later that evening. Ana is devastated. She's dreamed of dancing with her crush, Jamie for such a long time. When Ana sees Jamie after the ceremony, she impulsivly invites Jamie and his dad over to dinner with her family. Ana can't believe she actually asked both her grandmothers to cook. They've only cooked a meal together a few times, all with disasterous results. So it's off to a Chinese grocery store with her mom and grandma to get ingredients for her grandma's Chinese food. Her dad takes her other grandma to a store for her gumbo ingredients. Being in the house and helping both grandmas cook is beyond stressful for Ana! Her grandmas collide with their different bags of rice leaving Ana to pick it up off the floor so they don't waste good rice. The food ends up turning out well but Ana is shocked when she sees an uninvited guest at her door, Amanda, her classmate who also likes Jamie. However will Ana deal with a whole dinner of Amanda making her moves on Jamie? And what embarrassing things will her grandparents say? This book successfully portrays a biracial family with just the right combination of humor and matter-of-factness.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 8/7/2012
ISBN-13: 9780385734172
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How Oliver Olson Changed the World

Claudia Mills (2009), 112 pages
Illustrated by Heather Maione
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Oliver's 3rd grade class is studying the solar system, and everyone will get to look through a real telescope to see the planets on their space sleepover. How can Oliver convince his over-protective parents to let him sleep over too? Oliver feels left out just like Pluto, until he finds an ally in his diorama partner, Claudia.
Similar authors: Barbara Parks, Mary Pope Osborne, Beverly Cleary
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 3/23/2010
ISBN-10: 0374334870
ISBN-13: 9780374334871
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How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay

Julia Alvarez (2001), 147 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction
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Miguel's move to a farmhouse in Vermont from New York City is complicated by a visit from his Tia Lola from the Dominican Republic. Already, kids in school call him 'Gooseman,' a deliberate mispronunciation of his last name, Guzman. Tia Lola speaks only Spanish, dresses in bright floral prints and insists on kissing him at every opportunity. Miguel is sure that, when the other kids meet her, he will be a laughing stock. Tia Lola wants to learn everything about his new life and even gets involved in his baseball team, designing uniforms and making the Dominican version of a frozen fruit drink. All Miguel wants is to return to New York City and for his parents to get back together, or at least to be considered a regular guy.
Book Series: Tia Lola Stories
Similar books: Heat by Mike Lupica
Awards nominated: 2013 Bluestem Nominee
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 5/19/2012
ISBN-13: 9780440418702
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How to Lose Your Class Pet

Valerie Wilson Wesley (2003), 96 pages
Illustrated by Maryn Roos
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Willimena is starting third grade when she finds out she'll be in Mrs. Sweetly's class. Mrs. Sweetly is the meanest teacher at the Harriet Tubman School. Willimena decides that to avoid trouble, she will be the best, nicest student Mrs. Sweetly has ever known. The plan is working until Willimena loses the class guinea pig. How will Willimena cope with Mrs. Sweetly now that she's no longer the perfect student?
Book Series: Willimena Rules!
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 9/10/2010
ISBN-10: 0786813229
ISBN-13: 9780786813223
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