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Summer Reading is Killing Me

Jon Scieszka (1998), 64 pages
Illustrated by Lane Smith
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Humor
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At the beginning of summer vacation, Sam, Joe and Fred find themselves transported to a bizarrely bookish universe. They find themselves trapped in their summer reading list. Can they find The Book, and get home, before the Headless Horseman, and a dastardly Mr. (Teddy) Bear, do away with the heroes of their stories OR will Alice become Frankenstein in Wonderland?
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0670880418
ISBN-13: 9780670880416
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Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Jessica Day George (2008), 336 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fantasy, Fiction, Folklore
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This book is a stunning reinterpretation of the classic Norse tale 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon'. The youngest of a large family, the Lass is blessed with the mystical ability to speak to animals. Because of her ability, she does not fear the giant polar bear who asks her to accompany him to his palace for one year. In return, he will grant her family the means to have a better life. The Lass agrees, much to the displeasure of her eldest brother, whose own adventure in the frozen north is something of a mystery. At the ice palace, the Lass is attended on by all manner of creatures. They are all equally surprised to find that she can speak to them. Yet, when she tries to befriend them, they tend to disappear forever. In addition to the company of the bear and the servants, a mysterious man accompanies the Lass to bed each night. In spite of the peculiarities of her situation, the Lass comes to enjoy her new home. When the Lass' father falls ill, the bear allows her to go home for a time with the agreement that she will return with him to his palace. Upon hearing about the night visitor, the Lass' mother convinces her to take a candle with her to see the visitor's face. In spite of her intention not to use it, curiosity gets the best of the Lass and she lights the candle. The beautiful prince that sleeps beside her wakes to tell her that he was also the polar bear, under a spell, and that since she could not wait a year to see him, he must now wed the troll queen. The prince disappears and the Lass is left determined to right the wrong she did by saving him from the troll queen's palace that lies East of the sun and West of the moon. Her encounters in the ice palace are just the beginning of an entire world of magic and adventure that she braves to rescue her enchanted prince.
Similar books: East o' the Sun & West o' the Moon by Gillian Barlow, The Princess and the White Bear King by Tanya Robyn Batt, East by Edith Pattou,
Reviewed by: mlp
Date read: 6/2/2011
ISBN-10: 1599901099
ISBN-13: 9781599901091
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Sun and Spoon

Kevin Henkes (1998), 144 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Just two months after his grandmother dies, ten-year-old Spoon is already starting to forget her. His dreams about her are starting to fade. He knows he needs to find something to help him remember her. Taking her well-worn playing cards from his grandfather's house soothes him, but when he hears his grandfather is looking for them, he is lost about what to do. This is a poetic, gentle book about learning to cope with the loss of someone you love.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/31/2009
ISBN-10: 0141300957
ISBN-13: 9780141300955
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Superdog: The Heart of a Hero

Caralyn Buehner (2004), 32 pages
Illustrated by Mark Buehner
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Picture Books
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Dexter is a little dog. He is often overlooked, except when Cleevis, the tomcat, demonstrated how he could stand right over Dexter and not even ruffle his fur. Everything is little about Dexter, except for his dreams: Dexter wants to be a superhero. He enthusiastically prepares for the task: exercising, reading, and finding a costume. Almost immediately, Dexter is thrown into the job. When he saves Cleevis, the tomcat, who is stuck in a tree, the two animals form a new partnership with double the brains and triple the muscle.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 7/6/2009
ISBN-10: 0066236207
ISBN-13: 9780066236209
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Sure Fire

Jack Richards (2008), 272 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction
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After their mother's death, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, are resentful of having to live with their estranged father. They soon find they have more complicated problems, when their father is kidnapped, and their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international plot to control the world's oil. Death Run is the sequel.
Similar books: Alex Rider series
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0142412139
ISBN-13: 9780142412138
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