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Kimchi & Calamari

Rose Kent (2007), 240 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Meet Joseph Calderaro, eighth-grade optimist. Life is going smoothly for him until his social studies teacher assigns the essay, 'Tracing Your Past: A Heritage Essay.' There's only one little problem- Joseph was adopted from Korea by his Italian parents, and knows very little about his heritage, or his birth mom. Take the journey with Joseph as he comes to terms with being Korean, as well as Italian, or in Joseph's words, 'an ethnic sandwich.'
Reviewed by: jsb
Date read: 5/21/2009
ISBN-10: 0060837691
ISBN-13: 9780060837693
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Klondike Cat

Julie Lawson (2002), 32 pages
Illustrated by Paul Mombourquette
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Especially for Boys, Fiction, Historical, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
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Setting out with his Pa during the Klondike Goldrush of 1896 in search of gold, Noah has a difficult decision to make. Pa says that he must leave his beloved cat, Shadow, behind. Unable to part with his dear friend, Noah substitutes his warm sweater in his pack for Shadow. As you read 'The Klondike Cat' by Julie Lawson, you follow Noah and his Pa, as they become members of the 'Klondike Stampede'. Through this book's beautiful illustrations, you are able to imagine Noah's long trip, first to Dyea, Alaska; onward to the White Pass Trail; across Lake Bennet down to the Yukon River; and finally reaching Dawson City. In this easy-to- read historical picture book, you learn how Noah struggles to keep Shadow safe and prove to his father that both he and Shadow can make a difference.
Book Series: Kids Can Press
Similar authors: Candice F. Ransom; Donna Shepherd Walsh; Amy Hest
Similar books: Gold in the Hills: A Tale of the Klondike Gold Rush by Candice F. Ransom; The Klondike Gold Rush by Donna Shepherd Walsh; Emma and the Silk Train by Julie Lawson; Bear on the Train by Julie Lawson; When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
Reviewed by: MB
Date read: 6/24/2011
ISBN-10: 1553370139
ISBN-13: 9781553370130
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Last Chance Quarterback

Tommy Hallowell (1991), 113 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Sam is a natural leader on the football field, and he loves the position of quarterback. For years, he has played with his best friends in their backyards, and now that they are starting seventh grade, he will finally be able to start organized football. In tryouts, however, the pressure is too high, and he can't perform the way he does with his friends. Two other boys beat him out for the position of quarterback, and Sam loses hope that he can ever prove that he's the right quarterback for the team. When their team keeps losing, Sam becomes determined to turn it around. Will he find a way to make it right?
Book Series: Alden All Stars
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 11/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0670837318
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Lemonade Crime

Jacqueline Davies (2011), 160 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Jessie has moved up a grade and starts fourth grade with her brother Evan. They both suspect classmate Scott with stealing $208 from Evan's shorts. Jessie decides to take him to court. She studies the legal system and everyone in their fourth grade class has a part to play. Innocent until proven guilty is hard to accept when the trial doesn't go the way Jessie planned. This realistic story shows kids figuring out things on their own. Justice, fairness, and truth bring some unexpected results in this gripping story. This is number 2 in the Lemonade War series.
Book Series: Lemonade War
Similar authors: Judy Blume
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 5/14/2013
ISBN-10: 0547279671
ISBN-13: 9780547279671
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Lemonade War

Jacqueline Davies (2009), 192 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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This book is about a boy who is going to 4th grade and has a war. It's a lemonade stand war with his sister. Evan is a people person. Jesse is math smart. Who will be the first to reach $100?
Awards nominated: 2014 Bluestem Nominee
Date read: 5/21/2010
ISBN-10: 0547237650
ISBN-13: 9780547237657
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Commenter: Camp Read-a-lot Read, grade 3
The book is about two people and how to have a lemonade war.
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Commenter: Donna, grade 0
It was interesting to see the same situation from the sister's and the brother's point of view. One of my favorite parts is when Evan figures out a big math problem, because they show you how he did it.
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