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Sky Inside

Clare B. Dunkle (2008), 229 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Science Fiction
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Life is perfect in Suburb HM1. The people live inside domes that protect them from pollution and weather. Yard work consists of changing your window decorations each season. When you want a child, you simply order one from the government. But the newest 'Wonder Babies' are starting to grow up. They are so smart that as soon as they start school, they run their own classrooms. However, they also ask questions that nobody wants to answer. The Wonder Babies are finally recalled, like a faulty product. When a rail car comes to take the children away, 13-year-old Martin decides he needs to find out what happened to them. After all one of those children is his own sister.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 11/30/2010
ISBN-10: 1416924221
ISBN-13: 9781416924227
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3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 booksNot That Good
Commenter: Scpl Reader, grade 7
it seems exiting but it really isn't
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Slave Dancer

Paula Fox (1982), 192 pages
Illustrated by Eros Keith
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction, Historical
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Coming home one night, a young man is kidnapped, a large bag is thrown over his body, and he is tossed on a ship headed out to sea. Naturally he's scared, and angry, when he learns the voyage will last for 4 months. His fear and anger double when he finds out that the ship he is on is a slaver, headed to Africa, and his job on board will be to 'dance the slaves' brought on board so their bodies will stay strong, and, more importantly, profitable. This book is an ocean adventure, a historical novel, a tale of suspense, and survival set during one of our nation's darkest times in history. This is the winner of the 1974 Newbery Medal.
Awards won: John Newbery Medal
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0027355608
ISBN-13: 9780027355604
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Sleepaway Girls

Jen Calonita (2009), 297 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Sam is going off to a sleepaway camp hours away from her Long Island home. At the camp, she is hired to be a counselor in training (CIT). She meets many new friends and along with friends, enemies. Having to deal with her BFF's boyfriend and her clingyness must be hard. But dealing with the camp director's snooty, mean daughter might just be harder. Oh, yeah- did I mention that Sam's never been to camp before?
Similar authors: Jenny B. Jones
Similar books: Secrets of my Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita
Reviewed by: hpotterfan1129
Date read: 10/6/2012
ISBN-13: 9780316017176
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Sleeping Over

P. J. Denton (2007), 96 pages
Illustrated by Julia Denos
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Emily loves her parents, but she worries that they think she's still a baby. It's the last week of second grade, and her parents are only now letting her stop sleeping with the night-light. When Emily's friend Taylor announces she's having a sleepover party, everyone is excited except Emily. How will Emily ever persuade her parents that she's old enough to go? This early chapter book is the first in the Sleepover Squad series, and it includes instructions for the cupcake decorating project featured in the book.
Book Series: Sleepover Squad
Similar books: Perfectly Princess series by Alyssa Crowne
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 8/26/2010
ISBN-10: 1416927905
ISBN-13: 9781416927907
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Sliding into Home

Dori Hillestad Butler (2003), 218 pages
Illustrated by Paul Casale
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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Baseball has always been central in Joelle's life, and she has a talent for the sport. Having played on her school's baseball team in Minneapolis, Joelle expects the same when she moves to Greendale, Iowa. When she wants to try out, however, she's told that girls play only softball in this town. Softball is considered the equivalent of baseball for girls. Yet, Joelle knows that baseball is a different sport, a sport she's not willing to quit. She tries every avenue to be allowed to play, even going to the school administration and writing a letter to the paper. When nothing seems to work, Joelle has a big idea. Can she beat the obstacles to find herself a place in the game of baseball?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/3/2009
ISBN-10: 156145222X
ISBN-13: 9781561452224
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4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 booksGirls Rule
Commenter: Ann, grade 7
I loved this book because Joelle never gave up. She proved that kids can do great things when they work hard to make their dreams come true.
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