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September 21
The Incredible Children of Ashton Place - Book #1 - The Mysterious Howling


Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children:  Alexander, age 10 or so, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps 4 or 5, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess.  Only 15 years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position.  Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place:  Who are these 3 wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate?  Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner?  Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for lady Constance's holiday ball?  And what on earth is a schottische?

March 16
Love That Dog - by Sharon Chrech

LoveThatDog.jpgJack's teacher want's the class to learn about poetry, but Jack thinks that poetry is just for girls! He doesn't like to read it, or analyze it or write it.

This book actually is Jack's writing assignment for his teacher, in journal format. He ends up telling us the story of his dog. And what a story it is. Have a box of tissues nearby as you will need them!

February 24
WAGGIT'S TALE by James Howe


The story of a puppy in search of a home and a family. 


February 24
Bystander - by James Preller -  A story about bullies and being bullied.

Eric Hayes has moved from Ohio to Long Island, NY, with his mother and younger brother.. Eric soon meets Griffin Connelly, a handsome kid with a real mean streak. Griffin is the perfect bully, and David Hallenback is the perfect victim: beaten down and willing to do anything to get Griffin's approval. At first, Eric is a bystander, not participating in the bullying but not doing anything to stop it. Eric realizes that his silence makes him just as guilty as Griffin and speaks out, only to become the next victim.

February 24
I Am Number Four - by Pittacus Lore

Number4.pngNine of us came here.  We look like you.  we talk like you.  We live among you.  But we are not you.  we can do things you can only dream of doing  We have powers you dream of having.  We are stronger and faster than you  

Our plan was to train and grow and become strong and become one and fight them, but they found us and started hunting us first.  Now all of us are running.  They caught Numbers One, Two and Three.  They killed them all.  I am Number Four.  I am next.


February 23
Hero - by Max Lupica

Hero.pngFourteen-year-old Zach harriman can feel the changes.  the sharpening of his senses.  the incredible strenth.  The Speed.  the confidence. 
His dad had been a hero.  Then he died and the changes began in Zach.  What Zach never knew was that his father was no ordinary man - he was a superhero.  A real superhero, battling the world's evil.  this is a battle that has been waged for generations and that knows no boundries.  And now it's Zach's turn to become the hero!

November 10
UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld's UGLIES series is about a society that encourages teens to have surgery when they turn sixteen that will make them perfect-looking.  No one will be too fat or too skinny.  Everyone will have beautiful eyes, noses, ears and/or lips.  

But what if you refuse?  What if you don't want surgery to make you beautiful?  Then that makes you anti-social and society doesn't like that.  You are on the run.

The UGLIES, PRETTIES, SPECIALS AND EXTRAS tell the story of a group of teens that have to make these decisions and live with the consequences.

September 28
My Summer Favorites


This is Realistic Fiction at its best. It made me really care about the characters in the book, and when I was done reading I felt like I had learned something about how it feels to be a person stuck in a wheelchair. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a better understanding of people with handicaps.




Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school--but no one knows it. Most people--her teachers and doctors included--don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. 


If you are a lover of fantasy, then this book will appeal to you.

IN THE DEAD of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snowcovered streets. The chest can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent's-head clasp taste blood.
Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is wordless, but fine veins run through its pages, and they seem to quiver, as if alive. Words begin to appear in the book--words only the boy can see.

September 27
Boys Against The Girls Series
If you want to read a light-hearted series that will make you laugh, then try these books!  They are just plain fun.



Book #1 - The Boys Start the War

The four Hatford brothers have new neighbors after their best friends move away to Georgia.  They are hoping it will be another family of boys,  but instead, they're girls! The three Malloy sisters aren't that impressed with the Hatfords brothers either. When the boys start playing tricks on the girls (tricks that the boys hope will drive the Malloys out of the neighborhood!) it's all out war. The battle is on, and it continues back and forth all summer long.  No one can predict who will win this war.

September 27
Ranger's Apprentice Series


For anyone who likes lots of action and adventure this is a book you won't be able to put down once you begin reading!


The Ruins Of Gorlan - Book #1

Will had always wanted to be a warrior.  A knight.  But Will is very small for his age, and he was chosen, instead to become a Ranger's apprentice.

The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways, made him nervous. Local villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people.
Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight battles and protect the the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom.

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