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Shark Girl

Kelly Bingham (2007), 276 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Don't let the free verse format put you off. This is an insightful young adult novel about a high school art student who loses her right arm in a shark attack. Jane's story is told in a combination of letters, news articles, conversation and free verse. The sparse verse vividly illustrates her thoughts and feelings as she moves towards acceptance, healing, and strength, both physical and emotional.
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Reviewed by: djd
Date read: 5/19/2009
ISBN-10: 0763632074
ISBN-13: 9780763632076
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Commenter: Cj, grade 12
I was totally surprised by how interesting and pointedly the story is told in verse. My feelings changed from the beginning of the story through the middle and at the end. Terrific novel based on a real happening.
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Shooting Kabul

N. H. Senzai (2010), 272 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fiction, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction
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When 11-year old Fadi escapes Afghanistan with his family, his 6-year old sister is accidentally left behind. Fadi knows it was his fault, and tries to find a way to rescue his sister. He makes new friends, and some enemies, at his new school in San Fransisco. When he learns about a photography contest, he realizes his camera just might be the answer to his family's dilemma.
Awards nominated: 2013 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 4/30/2012
ISBN-10: 144240194X
ISBN-13: 9781442401945
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Shooting the Moon

Frances O'Roark Dowell (2008), 176 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Realistic Fiction
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Jamie's brother TJ is going to fight in Vietnam in the war, so Jamie tells him to write her letters. Instead of writing her letters, he sends her rolls of film that she has to learn to develop. At first, Jamie doesn't know why TJ is sending her pictures of wounded soldiers. Then she finds out why, but you'll have to read the book to find out. One day Jamie's family gets a letter saying TJ is MIA (missing in action). What happened to TJ? You'll have to read to find out.
Reviewed by: mes
Date read: 6/15/2009
ISBN-10: 1416926909
ISBN-13: 9781416926900

Shug

Jenny Han (2007), 256 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Annemarie Wilcox, Shug, is your average 12-year-old girl. Her mother is beautiful, and her sister is the prettiest girl in town. Shug has freckles, is taller than everyone else, and is flat-chested. This year she wants things to be different, but she does not know just how different junior high can be. For example, Mark has always been her closest friend but now she feels strange when he is around. She actually thinks that she loves him, and it's not just puppy love. But on the first day of junior high, Mark fails to show up at her door so they can walk together to the bus stop as they have done every school morning since the beginning of time. The school dance makes everything worse. How could he kiss another girl? Then there is Jack. Jack has always been annoying and insulting. Now her grade is dependant on how well she can tutor him in English. Their relationship changes as her life changes. Her parents are fighting, and she thinks they are on the verge of a divorce. The only person who seems to understand the situation is Jack. Could he be her first kiss?
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 1416909435
ISBN-13: 9781416909439
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Siena Summer

Ann Chandler (2008), 142 pages
Audience: 8th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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On her first day visiting relatives in Italy, Canadian-born Angela discovers a beautiful, dappled horse, Tempesta, or Storm. She learns that the horse is due for destruction because he seriously injured his owner's daughter, Catarina. Angela and Caterina are determined that Storm will be saved and make plans to do that. Will they succeed? Meanwhile, the handsome jockey, Tony, is obviously very interested in Angela, but her aunt and Catarina warn her that Tony is up to no good. Is everyone wrong about him? This is a fast-paced story that is sure to appeal to horse and adventure lovers.
Reviewed by: vverscaj
Date read: 1/28/2010
ISBN-10: 1896580173
ISBN-13: 9781896580173
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