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Running Out of Time

Margaret Peterson Haddix (1995), 184 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Mystery
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Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana. When diptheria strikes the children, Jessie's mom sends her on a dangerous mission to bring back help. Outside Clifton, Jessie finds herself in a strange and confusing world where her own life is in jeopardy. 1996 is so very different from the 1840 world she knows so well. Will she be able to find help for the children and keep herself safe or will she run out of time?
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 6/11/2009
ISBN-10: 0689800843
ISBN-13: 9780689800849
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Commenter: St. Charles Reader, grade 0
Jessie is growing up in 1840. After many of the children get sick and die, Jessie's Ma tells her that they are actually in 1994 and there are cruel rules that keep them from getting out of the village. Jessie must escape and get medicine before it's too late!
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Sahara Special

Esme Raji Codell (2003), 192 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Sahara Jones is known as Sahara Special because she has to work with a special needs teacher in the hallway. When Sahara's mother objects to the arrangement, Sahara is held back to repeat the fifth grade.What will this year bring her? Her new fifth-grade teacher, Madame Poitier, better known as Miss Pointy, is full of surprises.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0786807938
ISBN-13: 9780786807932
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Sam the Minuteman

Nathaniel Benchley (1969), 64 pages
Illustrated by Arnold Lobel
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Adventure, Easy Reader, Especially for Boys, Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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Through the eyes of a young boy named Sam, you learn what it was like living in Lexington, Massachusetts during the time of the American Revolution. You learn how Sam, in the middle of the night, must join his father and other minutemen to fight for America's freedom. 'Sam the Minuteman,'perfect for the developing reader, is an interesting, and easily understood historical telling of the Battle of Lexington, which marked the beginning of the American Revolution.
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Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/6/2009
ISBN-10: 006020480X
ISBN-13: 9780060204808
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Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy

Wendelin Van Draanen (2002), 288 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Mystery
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Sammy's mom has moved to Hollywood to become a big actress. Sammy and her friend, Marisa, take the bus down to surprise her with a visit. They find that Sammy's mom has changed everything, her hair, her name, even the birth date on her fake driver's license. When the biggest rival for a soap opera part that Sammy's mom 'will do anything to get,' is found dead in her room, Sammy has to wonder if her mom has changed enough to commit murder. Part of the Sammy Keyes Mystery series.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0440418666
ISBN-13: 9780440418665
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Samuel's Choice

Richard J. Berleth (1990), 40 pages
Illustrated by James Watling
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Samuel, a 14-year-old slave in 1776 Brooklyn, faces a difficult choice when the fighting between the British and the colonists reaches his doorstep, and only he can help the rebels.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0807572187
ISBN-13: 9780807572184
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