Misty Inn: Welcome Home!

Posted by MaryP on Monday, Oct 12, 2015 - 12:46 PM

A new chapter book series inspired by Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague.  Willa and her family have moved to Chincoteague from Chicago -- quite a change.  But Willa and her brother, Ben, have summered on Chincoteague many times.  After all, their grandparents live on Chincoteague and their mom grew up there.  Willa's parents plan to open a bed-and-breakfast and are busy working on it.  That gives Willa and Ben time to explore and make new friends.  But it turns out making new friends isn't quite as easy as Willa had hoped.

Grade4, Grade2, Grade3

Danny's Doodles: The Squirting Donuts by David A. Adler

Posted by MaryP on Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 - 5:25 PM

Something has gone wrong in Danny's 4th grade classroom.  His teacher, Mrs. Cakel, used to be really strict.  She had lots and lots and lots of rules.  At his parent-teacher conference, Mrs. Cakel told Danny's mother not to slouch.  Danny's father was too afraid of her to even say anything.  Mrs. Cakel even made the school principal spit out his gum when he came into their classroom.

But now Mrs. Cakel is acting differently.  She's NICE!  At first Danny thinks he must be in an alternate universe, where up is down and vinegar is sweet, but he's not.

Determined to find out what is wrong with Mrs. Cakel, Danny puts into action his plan to spy on her.


Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur by Luke Sharpe

Posted by MaryP on Friday, Jun 19, 2015 - 5:55 PM

Billy Sure is an inventor.  He created the All-Ball in sizes small and large.  All-Ball: the only ball you'll ever need.  The large can be a soccer ball, a volleyball, a basketball, a football, AND a bowling ball, all operated by a remote control.  But Billy has a secret -- he came up with the idea for the all ball one year but couldn't figure out how to solve some technical problems.  Then one day he woke up and the blueprints were all there -- in someone else's handwriting.

Now his business partner wants him to work out the kinks in their next product (the Sibling Silencer) and Billy is having problems.  Is Billy an inventor . . . or is he a fraud?


The Secret Cookie Club by Martha Freeman

Posted by MaryP on Friday, Jun 19, 2015 - 5:12 PM

Hannah is the camp counselor of Flowerpot Cabin at Moonlight Ranch.  It is her first year as a camp counselor and she is in a quandary.  The four campers of Flowerpot Cabin just don't seem to care about each other.  Granted, they are all different from each other: different backgrounds, different interests, different temperments and different personalities.

Olivia is the drama queen.  Tall, graceful and dramatic.

Emma is organized, a worrier, and a klutz.

Grace is tidy, precise, and good at everything she tries.

And Lucy is a day-dreamer who likes to paint and draw.

Hannah has to come up with something -- some plan to bring the girls together.  She does -- but even she doesn't realize that her idea will be the basis of a strong friendship among the girls, and the beginning of The Secret Cookie Club.

Recipes included.

Grade4, Grade3

The Courage of Cat Campbell by Natasha Lowe

Posted by MaryP on Monday, Jun 8, 2015 - 9:56 AM

Cat Campbell lives in the village of Potts Bottom.  This is an unusual village, where magic is accepted as commonplace.  In fact, Potts Bottom is where Ruthersfield Academy for witches is located.  All Cat wants is to be a witch -- she wants to have inherited her great-great-grandmother's magic gene.  As the years pass, it appears Cat will always just be an ordinary human.  Then, one day, she discovers her magic.  It turns out she is a Late Bloomer!  But, to control her magic as a Late Bloomer, Cat has to confront her worst fears, and by doing so also save the village of Potts Bottom.

This is the second book of the series.  The first is The Power of Poppy Pendle.

Grade4, Grade3

Finding Serendipity

Posted by MaryP on Friday, Jun 5, 2015 - 11:32 AM

According to the dictionary, serendipity means good fortune or luck, or making desirable discoveries by accident.  In this book, Serendipity is the mother of Tuesday McGillycuddy and also is the author of the Vivienne Small series.  She lives in a tall brown house on Brown Street.  But shhhh!, that's a secret.  No one is supposed to know who Serendipity Smith is in real life.  Everyone believes that she live on the top floor of the most famous hotel in the city; she has no children and no husband.

Tuesday can't wait for the last book of the Vivienne Small series to be finished.  Then she can find out what happens to Vivienne Small.  And more importantly, for a little while Serendipity will just be Tuesday's mother.

Tuesday goes home after the last day of school, has dinner, plays some games with her father and finally goes upstairs to see her mother.  She goes into her mother's writing room, but no one is there.  The window in front of her mother's desk is open, but there is no one in the room.

Thus begins Tuesday's own adventure, as she tries to find Serendipity -- an adventure which will continue until she can write "The End" to her own story.

Grade4, Grade3

Lost in Bermooda by Mike Litwin

Posted by MaryP on Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 - 10:23 AM

Chuck Porter is always looking for adventure.  Today he has gone to an ancient shipwreck to look for treasure.  And he comes face-to-face with Dakota, a human boy.  You see, Chuck Porter is a cow, a talking cow, and he lives on the island of Bermooda which is inhabited solely by talking animals.  Initially Chuck is frightened of Dakota.  After all, humans eat cows.  And Dakota is frightened of Chuck.  Dakota never met a talking cow before.
This is the story of how they came to be friends.

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The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan

Posted by MaryP on Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 - 7:07 AM

Robbie's parents are professional musicians about to go on tour.  The plan is for Robbie and his dog, Ellie, to spend the summer with Robbie's grandmother, Maddie.  Maddie is not your conventional grandmother: sometimes they have donuts for dinner.  And she can communicate with wild animals.
Over the course of the summer, Robbie learns Maddie's way with animals, about his mother growing up, and truths about himself.

Grade4, Grade3

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff

Posted by MaryP on Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 - 6:35 AM

A baby hippo, Owen, is separated from his family by a tsunami.  He is rescued and brought to an animal sanctuary where he "adopts" Mzee, a 130-year-old tortoise, as his mother.  He hides behind Mzee, just as baby hippos hide behind their mother.  He eats with her.  And at nighttime, Owen snuggles against Mzee to sleep.  This is their story, and how they became inseparable friends.

If you enjoy this book, don't miss the sequel Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship.


Batter Up!: A Topps League Story by Kurtis Scaletta

Posted by MaryP on Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 - 9:24 PM

The latest in a series based on baseball cards owned by Chad, one of the bat-boys for his town's single A minor league baseball team, the Pine City Porcupines.  Danny O'Brien is on the disabled list.  He wants one of Chad's "magic" cards to help him get better.  His replacement, Diego Prado, has been tearing up the bases after riding the bench behind Danny.  Diego wants a "magic" card too.  What is Chad to do?