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It's Like This, Cat

Emily Neville (2008), 116 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Fourteen-year old Dave Mitchell lives with his parents, in a small apartment in the middle of New York City. He doesn't get along well with his father, and they get into many petty, explosive arguments that end up giving Dave's mother an asthma attack. After these fights, Dave usually finds shelter at 'Crazy' Kate's, the Cat Woman. One day he decides to adopt Cat, an orange tom that he befriends. It is through Cat that he meets his new friend, Tom, a nineteen-year old who doesn't have a lot of prospects, until Dave's dad decides to help him find a job. With Cat as his constant companion, Dave meets Mary, a girl he becomes great friends with, helps a struggling teen, and becomes closer to his father in this thoughtful book about growing up in one of the busiest cities in America.
Awards won: John Newbery Medal
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 1437838391
ISBN-13: 9781437838398
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It's Only Temporary

Sally Warner (2008), 160 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction
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Skye McPhee faces a 'temporary' situation when she is sent to live with her kooky grandmother in California after her brother has a severe automobile accident. Skye struggles at first to adjust, but art classes, new friends, and reconnecting with her brother through their emails all help her pass the time until she can return home to New Mexico. The book is illustrated with sketches, lists, etc. taken from Skye's journal, giving the book a diarylike feel even though the story is written in the third person.
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 8/6/2009
ISBN-10: 0670061115
ISBN-13: 9780670061112
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It's Raining Cupcakes

Lisa Schroeder (2010), 208 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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When Isabel learns of a baking contest where the finalists win a trip to New York City, she's thrilled. Isabel would love to travel, but she's never even had the chance to get on an airplane. At the same time, her mom is opening a cupcake shop. With the chaos of her family starting a business, will Isabel be able to submit a winning recipe and fulfill her dream of travel?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 4/14/2011
ISBN-10: 1416990844
ISBN-13: 9781416990840
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Ivy + Bean

Annie Barrows (2006), 120 pages
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction
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It all starts when Bean tries to play a trick on her older sister Nancy. When Nancy threatens to tell on Bean, Bean runs away. She ends up running to the house across the street where a girl name Ivy lives. Ivy and Bean(who are both 7) become fast friends and together they create a spell to cast on Nancy. Join Ivy and Bean as they begin their fun adventures together.
Book Series: Ivy + Bean
Awards nominated: Bluestem Award 2011
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 5/18/2010
ISBN-10: 0811849031
ISBN-13: 9780811849036
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Jack Bolt and the Highwaymen's Hideout

Richard Hamilton (2007), 192 pages
Illustrated by Sam Hearn
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fiction, Time Travel
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Jack Bolt is alone in bed in the middle of the night when he hears strange noises. All of a sudden, a knife begins slicing through his wall, making a hole. When men come through the opening, both Jack and the men are shocked to meet each other. The men are bizarrely dressed, speak oddly, and keep saying Jack's room is above the pigs. It turns out that the men are highwaymen, robbers from the 18th century (1752), and they have somehow found a way to travel forward in time. When they want to store their loot in Jack's room, he agrees. He discovers that he can travel back in time through the same door, and soon he is recruited as a part of the highwaymen's gang. Jack is in for the adventure of a lifetime.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 4/16/2010
ISBN-10: 1599900904
ISBN-13: 9781599900902
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