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Surviving Brick Johnson

Laurie Myers (2000), 74 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Alex's imitation of Brick Johnson, a big, tough kid in his grade, gets a lot of laughs, but he doesn't realize Brick is watching. After Brick's reaction, Alex knows he's in trouble. What was he thinking to make fun of a bully? Alex decides his only hope is a karate class, to make him a 'sleek fighting machine.' What will he do when Brick shows up for karate, too?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 2/4/2010
ISBN-10: 0395980313
ISBN-13: 9780395980316
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Sweet Farts

Raymond Bean (2008), 142 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction
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Keith, a fourth grader, is unfairly blamed for the foul-odored gas of his classmate, and soon news of this spreads across the school. Kids soon start calling Keith 'S.B.D.' for 'silent but deadly.' Keith is upset, but he can't get people to believe it wasn't him! Then his sister 'dusts' him, and his dad won't stop letting loose at home. When his teacher assigns a science fair project, Keith has farts on the brain, and he gets a brilliant idea. He vows to discover a way to make human gas smell good. News of his project spreads like a bad smell, and now he can't get out of the project even if he wants to. Will he be forced to smell farts on purpose for a month with nothing to show for it? Will he discover the key to sweet-smelling human emissions?
Book Series: Sweet Farts
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Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/28/2012
ISBN-10: 1439201307
ISBN-13: 9781439201305
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Swimming with Sharks

Betty Hicks (2008), 64 pages
Illustrated by Adam McCauley
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Sports
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'The worst day of Rita's life was the day she became a dolphin.' The Dolphins are the slower swim team, and all of Rita's friends made the team called the Sharks. They won't even swim at the same meets! Can Rita conquer the flip turn and win a place on the Sharks, or will she be stuck swimming with the Dolphins forever? This fun read makes a great pick for readers just beginning to read chapter books.
Book Series: Gym Shorts
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 9/29/2010
ISBN-10: 1596432454
ISBN-13: 9781596432451
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Swindle

Gordon Korman (2009), 256 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction, Humor, Mystery
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Can you imagine how you would feel if you were tricked into selling your most valuable baseball card by a mean collector? Griffin Bing had this happen to him and he is not about to stand still until he recaptures the card. He and two of his buddies, all misfits of some kind or other, try to recover the card, but must go through several challenges to do so. Griffin is known as 'The Man with a Plan' so through his various 'PLANS' you find out if he is able to retrieve the Babe Ruth baseball card which he found in an old dilapidated house that was being torn down.
Awards nominated: Bluestem Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: cjones
Date read: 4/18/2011
ISBN-10: 0439903459
ISBN-13: 9780439903455
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Sword: A Novel

Da Chen (2008), 240 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction
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When Miu Miu turns fifteen, she learns the truth about her father's violent death and discovers that she must avenge his murder before she can marry the man to whom she is betrothed. Based on a story told to the author by a former prisoner during China's Cultural Revolution.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 2/12/2010
ISBN-10: 0061447587
ISBN-13: 9780061447587
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