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Shakespeare's Secret

Elise Broach (2005), 256 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Mystery
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As usual, sixth-grader Hero's Shakespearean name prompts teasing in her new school, and her parents are clueless about her difficulties. Resigned to the constant teasing about her name being more suited to a dog, Hero concentrates instead on her newfound friendship with her eccentric, elderly next-door neighbor. Mrs. Roth tells Hero about the missing 'Murphy Diamond,' a precious jewel that supposedly disappeared from the house where Hero now lives. Mrs. Roth thinks it is still hidden somewhere in the house. The missing diamond and the 500-year-old necklace that goes with it reveal a mystery dating back to the time of William Shakespeare. So what is Shakespeare's secret, and who has the answer?
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Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0805073876
ISBN-13: 9780805073874
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Commenter: Nw, grade 6
I love this book! It is suspenseful! I stayed up later than I should have to finish it! If you read this book and just love it, I think that you should read, 'The Mysterious Benedict Society' and 'A Drowned Maiden's Hair.'
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Commenter: St. Charles Reader, grade 0
A diamond that is over 500 years old is hidden in a girl's house. They work to get clues of where it could be.
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Shark Girl

Kelly Bingham (2007), 276 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Don't let the free verse format put you off. This is an insightful young adult novel about a high school art student who loses her right arm in a shark attack. Jane's story is told in a combination of letters, news articles, conversation and free verse. The sparse verse vividly illustrates her thoughts and feelings as she moves towards acceptance, healing, and strength, both physical and emotional.
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Reviewed by: djd
Date read: 5/19/2009
ISBN-10: 0763632074
ISBN-13: 9780763632076
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Commenter: Cj, grade 12
I was totally surprised by how interesting and pointedly the story is told in verse. My feelings changed from the beginning of the story through the middle and at the end. Terrific novel based on a real happening.
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Sherwood

Jane Yolen (2000), 134 pages
Illustrated by Dennis Nolan
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Folklore
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Nine authors take on the legend of Robin Hood and share their original tales, full of humor and adventure. From an eerie account of Robin's mysterious birth to Robin's grandson continuing his adventures, there's something here to appeal to everyone.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/29/2009
ISBN-10: 039923182X
ISBN-13: 9780399231827

Shhhh

Kevin Henkes (1989), 24 pages
Illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Fiction, Picture Books
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A little girl is the only one awake in her whole house. All is quiet: the cat is sleeping in her box, the baby is sleeping in her crib, and her parents are sleeping in their bed. This little girl has other plans for her sleeping family. She gets out her horn, and you can guess what happens next! This simple good morning story is a great read-aloud choice for younger preschoolers.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0688079857
ISBN-13: 9780688079857
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Shiloh

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1991), 144 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction
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When he finds a mistreated beagle pup, 11-year-old Marty knows that the animal should be returned to its rightful owner. But he also realizes that the dog will only be further abused. So he doesn't tell his parents about his discovery, sneaking food for the dog. He's been brought up not to lie, but he doesn't want the dog to be abused. How does he get himself out of this situation? This is book one in the Shiloh trilogy, the winner of the 1992 Newbery Medal, and the winner of the 1994 Rebecca Caudill Award.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0689316143
ISBN-13: 9780689316142
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