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Saratoga Secret

Betsy Sterman (1998), 176 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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In 1777, as General Burgoyne, and his British troops, invade the Upper Hudson River Valley, 16-year-old Amity must carry a secret message to the Continental army, to give warning of an impending attack.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0803723326
ISBN-13: 9780803723320

Savvy

Ingrid Law (2008), 352 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction
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Mississippi (Mibs for short) Beaumont awaits her thirteenth birthday with great anticipation and anxiety. At thirteen, members of her family get their 'savvy.' No one knows what their savvy will be. Her brother Rocket causes electricity to explode whenever he passes. Fish can cause huge thunderstorms whenever he is near a body of water. Her mother does everything perfectly. Two days before her birthday, her father is in a car accident and falls into a coma. On the morning of her birthday, Mibs is sure that her savvy is to wake things up, so she just has to get to her father as soon as possible. She stows away on a pink, bible-delivery bus and finds her own Wizard of Oz adventure. This book won a Newbery honor award in 2009.
Similar authors: Kate DiCamillo
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award 2011
Awards won: Newbery Honor book 2009
Reviewed by: vverscaj
Date read: 8/20/2009
ISBN-10: 0803733062
ISBN-13: 9780803733060
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5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 booksI Loved This Book!
Commenter: Ann, grade 8
I loved this book and couldn't put it down! In spite of having her 'savvy', Mibs could be any resourceful girl who is determined to help her poppa. And the adventure she takes everyone on is amazing!
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Commenter: Anya, grade 5
This book is totally nerve-wrecking! You will never want to put this book down. The main character is very adventurous. This book is basically a really good run-away book. You will definitely want to buy it.
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Say Hello to Zorro

Carter Goodrich (2011), 18 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Picture Books
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You know how hard change can be. Mister Bud has his schedule. 'And everybody stuck to the schedule.' 'NO EXCEPTIONS.' Then one day, a new dog, Zorro, came to Mister Bud's house. Zorro was bossy, Mister Bud was grumpy. Suddenly, they realized they did have something in common. 'The schedule'. Even though Zorro could still be bossy and Mister Bud could still be grumpy, they became good friends. With adorable illustrations, this book would be a great read for a new big brother or sister. Monarch Book Award nominee 2014.
Awards nominated: 2014 Monarch Award Nominee
Reviewed by: lspraner
Date read: 7/18/2013
ISBN-13: 9781416938934
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Scaredy-Cat Catcher

Betty Hicks (2009), 64 pages
Illustrated by Adam McCauley
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Last season, Rocky was the best catcher in the league, and he has a reputation for never giving up on a goal. Life throws him a curveball when a runner slides towards home and breaks Rocky's arm when Rocky tries to tag him. Rocky's arm finally heals, and he's excited to play ball again. Then, he discovers that though his arm is no longer broken, his reflexes are against him. For the life of him, he can't make his arm tag a player: it flinches away on its own whenever someone comes sliding towards home. He's afraid of injuring himself again, and the rival teams take advantage of it. Will Rocky be able to overcome his fear, or will his dream of being on the all-star team be the first goal he gives up for good?
Book Series: Gym Shorts
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 9/30/2010
ISBN-10: 1596432462
ISBN-13: 9781596432468
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Scarlett

Cathy Cassidy (2006), 272 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Scarlett's in trouble at school, AGAIN. Since her parents' divorce 2 years ago, Scarlett Flynn has been expelled from 5 different schools. With black fingernails and dyed ketchup-red hair, Scarlett certainly is not your average 12 year old Londoner. So after Scarlett gets expelled once again for causing a food fight in the cafeteria, her mother decides to send her off to her father's cottage in Ireland. Realizing that she will have to learn Gaelic in a one-room schoolhouse and enduring a new stepmom and younger stepsister is JUST TOO MUCH. So Scarlett climbs out the window and tries to 'walk' back to London. After walking until twilight, she comes across a lough where she meets Kian and his horse, Midnight. Kian alone allows Scarlett to be herself and Scarlett finally finds someone that will accept her for who she is. Can Kian teach Scarlett to let go of the anger she harbors within herself because of her parents' divorce and become the loving child she used to be or will Scarlett continue to put a wall against everyone that she cares for?
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award 2011
Reviewed by: bklyczek
Date read: 5/4/2010
ISBN-10: 0670060682
ISBN-13: 9780670060689
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Commenter: Hap, grade 8
Scarlett is a spunky girl who is ruled by her anger and makes all the wrong choices. Being sent to her hated father's house turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to her.
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