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Outcasts

John Flanagan (2011), 432 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Fiction
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Fans of the Ranger's Apprentice series will love this new series by the same author. From the time Hal is young, he is known as an outsider since his father, a warrior, was killed on a mission, and his mother was born in another region. When the time for Brotherband training arrives, the time when young men are trained to become warriors, Hal and a band of other misfits form a team. Not the most powerful or the most popular boys, they draw on their ingenuity to compete in a series of tests of strength, teamwork and agility for a chance to emerge as a winning team. While this book has a slow start with lengthy descriptions of the making and sailing of a boat, the action heats up when the boys enter Brotherband training and continues to a finish that will have readers eager to find out what happens next.
Book Series: Brotherband Chronicles
Awards nominated: 2014 Rebecca Caudill Nominee
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 6/8/2013
ISBN-10: 9780399256196
ISBN-13: 9780399256196
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Overboard!

Sarah Weeks (2006), 40 pages
Illustrated by Sam Williams
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Fiction, Picture Books
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Baby Bunny loves to throw things overboard. From the high chair, peaches are going...overboard! From the bathtub, rubber ducky is going...overboard! From the crib, little lambies are going...overboard! Great for toddlers, with warm, bright, cheerful illustrations, this simple tale will amuse little ones who like to see things fly through the air.
Similar books: Bunny Fun by Sarah Weeks
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 6/17/2010
ISBN-10: 0152050469
ISBN-13: 9780152050467
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Owen Foote, Soccer Star

Stephanie Greene (1998), 96 pages
Illustrated by Martha Weston
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Sports
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When eight-year-old Owen is old enough to join the town soccer league, he talks his best friend, Joseph, into joining with him. Trouble begins when Owen learns that Joseph cannot play very well, and they find that all the other kids on the team seem to be bigger, older, and even better at soccer than Owen. Owen and Joseph face a test of their game skills, and their friendship. If you enjoy this one, look for other books featuring Owen Foote.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/29/2009
ISBN-10: 0395861438
ISBN-13: 9780395861431
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Owl at Home

Arnold Lobel (1975), 64 pages
Illustrated by Arnold Lobel
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Humor
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Owl lives alone in his cozy little home. Read how Owl invites Winter into his home to warm-up and gets scared when he goes to sleep to find two little bumps at the end of his bed. Learn how Owl makes his favorite tea, Tear-Water Tea, and makes friends with the moon. This is the perfect book for the beginning reader.
Book Series: I Can Read Book
Similar authors: Cynthia Rylant
Similar books: Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel; Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/3/2009
ISBN-10: 0064440346
ISBN-13: 9780064440349
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Papa's Mark

Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert (2004), 32 pages
Illustrated by Colin Bootman
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Historical, Multicultural, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
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In 'Papa's Mark' by Gwnedolyn Battle-Lavert, Simms and his Papa knew how important the right to vote was to a black man living in the south during the 1960's. 'America could change for the better if all people had a say in the running of it,' was the consensus of the black community living in Lamar County. Even though the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution protected the rights of all people to vote, many restrictions were adopted in the southern states to make it impossible for members of the black community to exercise their rights. Gang violence, voting taxes, and literacy tests were obstacles instituted by many white communities to prevent the African-Americans from voting. So when Simm's Papa was able (after many nights of practice) to sign his own name at the voting booth, Samuel T. Blow could feel the winds of change shaping a newer and brighter America.
Similar authors: Deborah Wiles; Jacqueline Woodson;
Similar books: Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles; The Other side by Jacqueline Woodson; Goin' Someplace Special by Pat McKissack; Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting; Coolies by Yin
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 8/1/2011
ISBN-10: 082341650X
ISBN-13: 9780823416509
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