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Peeled

Joan Bauer (2008), 256 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Hildy Biddle is a high school reporter in the small town of Banesville, New York, kicknamed The Happiest Town in the Happy Apple Valley. But the sleepy town is stricken with hysteria and fear after a series of spooky happenings start occurring near the old Ludlow House. As Pen Piedmont, the editor of the local paper, publishes fear-mongering headlines, high-school reporter Hildy has to determine if she can find what is behind the incidents and settle her community's growing unrest. Will Hildy take on the challenge or will the threats against herself and her friends stop her?
Reviewed by: bklyczek
Date read: 1/28/2010
ISBN-10: 0399234756
ISBN-13: 9780399234750
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Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

Jeanne Birdsall (2006), 262 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction
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Since before their mother died, the Penderwicks have always rented a cottage on Cape Cod each summer for three weeks. This summer, they find out that their cottage has been sold and there appears to be nowhere for them to go. Then, their father finds a place called Arundel. So the four girls, Rosalind, the practical, oldest sister, Skye, the smart one, Jane, who wrote books, and Batty, the shy, littlest one, pack themselves up and go. Of course, they can not forget Hound, their faithful dog. They are certainly not prepared for the beautiful estate that stands at the address given to their father, nor are they disappointed by the cottage guest house it turns out that they have rented. Soon, they meet Casey, the young gardener, Churchie, the friendly cook, and Jeffrey, the son of the snooty Mrs Tifton, the owner of Arundel. They soon learn that Jeffrey needs to be saved from boredom, and they learn of his mother's plot to pack him off to military school. Can the Penderwicks save him?
Similar books: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0375831436
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Commenter: St. Charles Reader, grade 0
Four girls have a very interesting summer vacation at Arundel Hall.
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Penny from Heaven

Jennifer L. Holm (2006), 288 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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There are times when Penny (Bunny) wishes she knew the language that her Nonny and uncles were speaking. They are the Italian-American Catholic family of her father, who died during World War II. Now it is 1953 and Penny is eleven. Penny and her mother live with her mother's parents, Me-Me and Pop-pop. Penny visits her father's family often, but her mother never does. Her uncles take her to her father's grave in the Protestant cemetery and buy her expensive clothes. Frankie, her cousin and a trouble-maker, suggests activities that Penny reluctantly agrees to do. One activity has devastating results for Penny. Adding to her woes, her mother is seriously dating again�the milkman! Uncle Dominic's 'lucky bean,' Me-Me's cooking, the milkman, and butter pecan ice cream tell the story of Penny with thoughtfulness and humor. Why would no one tell Penny anything about her father? Does it have something to do with Uncle Dominic living in his car?
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0375936874
ISBN-13: 9780375936876
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People of Sparks

Jeanne DuPrau (2004), 352 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fantasy, Fiction
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In this sequel to the City of Ember, the people of Ember go to a new place after getting out of Ember.
Book Series: Book of Ember
Reviewed by: St. Charles Reader
Date read: 2/25/2010
ISBN-10: 0375828249
ISBN-13: 9780375828249
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Perfectly Proper Prince

Suzanne Williams (2006), 128 pages
Illustrated by Chuck Gonzales
Audience: 3rd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction
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Lysandra's older sister, Gabriella, is obsessed with having good manners and being the perfect princess. Lysandra would much rather have adventures like she reads about in books than sit all day sewing. Lysandra has the brilliant idea to have auditions for a talent show as a secret way to find friends to share her adventures, but Gabriella almost ruins things. Will Lysandra find a way to defy her sister, or will she be stuck forever being a proper princess? Be sure to also grab The Charmingly Clever Cousin, the next book in the Princess Power series.
Book Series: Princess Power
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 8/26/2010
ISBN-10: 0060782994
ISBN-13: 9780060782993
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