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All The Broken Pieces

Ann E. Burg (2009), 219 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Twelve-year-old Matt is the son of a Vietnamese woman and an American solider. His father ends up leaving his family. In despair about what Matt's life would be like in Vietnam, his mother gives him to an American solider. Matt's adoptive family adore him but Matt is haunted by what he saw in war-torn Vietnam. This powerful story is told in verse. Root on Matt as all the broken pieces of his life come together.
Similar books: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: JB
Date read: 5/10/2011
ISBN-10: 0545080924
ISBN-13: 9780545080927
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All the Lovely Bad Ones

Mary Downing Hahn (2008), 192 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Scary
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Travis and his kid sister, Corey, are known throughout the family as 'high-spirited' kids that love to play tricks on unsuspecting people. When Travis and Corey are sent to the Fox Hill Inn to help their grandmother for the summer, they are both looking for adventure. After hearing that the Inn is supposedly haunted, Travis and Corey decide to 'make' a ghost appear at midnight. With the help of a flashlight, makeup, a filmy white scarf, and some well-timed screams, the kids awaken a real ghost - Ada Haggs, an evil and vengeful spirit, as well as all the lovely bad ones (the children she tormented when Fox Hill Inn was the county poor farm). Events soon spiral out of control, and Travis and Corey must discover a way to get rid of Ada and stop the haunting. Will they be able to put Ada and the children to rest, or will Fox Hill Inn be haunted forever?
Awards won: Rebecca Caudill Award
Reviewed by: blk
Date read: 5/19/2009
ISBN-10: 0618854673
ISBN-13: 9780618854677
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Alley

Eleanor Estes (2003), 288 pages
Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Classic, Fiction, Historical, Mystery
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Ten-year-old Connie Ives lives in the Brooklyn neighborhood called The Alley. The Alley is full great characters, fun games, and adventures. One of these adventures has Connie, her best friend, Billy Maloon, and the rest of the neigborhood kids playing detective, after Connie's house is burglarized. Will they collect enough clues, and put them together like puzzle pieces to solve the mystery? For another story about the kids from The Alley, read The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0152049185
ISBN-13: 9780152049188
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Alphabet of Dreams

Susan Fletcher (2006), 304 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Multicultural
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Ancient Persia is a wondrous land filled with Kings, Magi, palaces, and more for those of noble birth. For many others, life is a difficult journey. Rarely do the nobles know what it is like to be without priviledge. Mitra and Babak find themselves in that world when their family is exiled after their father is killed in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the King. Disguised as a boy, Mitra cares for her little brother as they live on the street trying to pull together enough to be reunited with family. During these difficult times, Babak begins to dream about others and this gift is soon sought after by others when a dream comes true for a merchant. Trusting the wisdom of an older woman, Mitra and Babak find themselves under the power of a Magus who needs Babak's gift. The journey is dangerous, trust is limited to a very few, and each day becomes more complex as Mitra must protect not only their true identity but also the fact she is a girl. A wonderous tale rich in story and language.
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 4/26/2011
ISBN-10: 9780689850424
ISBN-13: 9780689850424
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Amaranth Enchantment

Julie Berry (2009), 320 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Girls, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
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This is not the typical orphaned child story. Lucinda is very resourceful and she is determined to do the right thing when a very special gem she has been entrusted with is stolen. This action-packed fantasy is filled with memorable characters: a thief or is he really a friend, a goat named dog, a prince and of course, the princess he is betrothed to, an extraterrestial that everyone thinks is a witch, a mean step-aunt, a knight in a prison, and much more. Lucinda's adventure is quite the tale.
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 7/21/2010
ISBN-10: 1599903342
ISBN-13: 9781599903347
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Commenter: Awsome, grade 7
what happens:walk around and try to steal while falling in love with your victim and you will get the picture
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