Saturday, June 30, 2012

July Reads - Adult Mock Newbery

Hopefully you've been doing a lot of reading already! For the month of July we have 4 titles.  Click on the links to leave your comments!

Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Crow by Barbara Wright

Are there any titles you've read that you think we all should read? 
Leave those titles in the comments here!

For previous reads -  Adult Mock Newbery 

Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed The World
Sy Montgomery
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
148 p.

An authorized portrait about Grandin's life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Master of Deceit by Marc Aronson

Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the age of lies by Marc Aronson
Candlewick Press

Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

Obsidian Blade (Klaatu Diskos, 1) by Pete Hautman
Candlewick Press

After thirteen-year-old Tucker Feye's parents disappear, he suspects that the strange disks of shimmering air that he keeps seeing are somehow involved, and when he steps inside of one he is whisked on a time-twisting journey trailed by a shadowy sect of priests and haunted by ghostlike figures.

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Scholastic Press

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Balzer and Bray

A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella's great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Wild Book, The by Margarita Engle

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
Harcourt Children's Books
144 pg.

In early twentieth-century Cuba, bandits terrorize the countryside as a young farm girl struggles with dyslexia. Based on the life of the author's grandmother.

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Wonder by RJ Palacio
Alfred Knopf
315 pg.

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Final Four by Paul Volponi

Final Four by Paul Volponi
244 pg.

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan

Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan
HarperCollins Children's Books
119 pg.

Ten year-old Jake shares a special bond with his grandfather, Billy, but when Billy asks Jake to build him a sod house, Jake is not sure he wants to do it.

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Alfred Knopf
290 pg.

When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.

We've Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson

We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson
Peachtree Publishers
176 pg.

Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.

Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
Scholastic Press
285 pg.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

Same Sun Here by Silas House

Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Viswani
297 pgs

A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.