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by Robert Kimmel Smith Year Published: Read AloudTen-year-old Bobby Ellis lives for baseball and dreams of being a major league pitcher. When he plays for the local Kids Club team, Bobby is excited to have his father coaching him until his father benches him, finally forcing Bobby to take an honest look. by Steve D. White Year Published: Read AloudHigh-low title to appeal to kids fascinated by all things military. - Series features include photos, diagrams, glossary, and resources - Describes vividly-but does not glorify-a sophisticated and lethal weapon of destruction. - High interest in communities near military bases. - Easy-to-read text for low-level readers. Curriculum standards: Grades 5-8 Science Standards Science and Technology - Evaluate completed technological designs/products - Communicate the process of technological design Science in Personal and Social Perspectives - Understanding the risks of natural, chemical, biological, social & personal hazards - Science influences society through its knowledge & world view Grades 5-8 Standards for Social Studies Time, Continuity & Change - Identify key concepts (causality, conflict) to explain patterns of change/continuity - Identify processes for reinterpreting past using variety of sources & weighing evidence - Use knowledge of material from history to make decisions on public issues Power, Authority, & Governance - Describe the ways nations respond to forces of unity and diversity affecting order and security - Describe the role of technology in communications, transportation, weapons development as it contributes to/helps resolve conflicts Science, Technology, & Society - Examine the influence of culture on technological choices/advancements such as warfare Global Connections - Explore causes, effects, solutions to persistent global issues such as security by Avi Year Published: Read Aloud
In fourteenth-century England a nameless thirteen-year-old peasant boy, who thought he had little to lose, finds himself with even less. Accused of a crime he did not commit, he has been declared a "wolf's head," meaning that anyone can kill him on sight. "Asta's son" learns from the village priest that his Christian name is Crispin and that his parents' origins — and fates — might be more complex than he ever imagined. To remain alive the boy must flee his tiny village — the only world he's ever known — taking with him his mother's cross of lead.
An action-packed narrative follows his frantic flight across 14th-century England. Readers might not realize that they're learning about England's peasant revolt of 1381 until they're hooked on this great story!
by Deborah Miles Year Published: Read Aloud
Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger knows a thing or two about death. Her family owns the town funeral home and she has attended 247 funerals. She can tell you which casseroles are worth tasting, who to sit next to, and who to avoid at all costs. Number one on that "avoid" list is Comfort's sniveling, whining, unpredictable cousin Peach, who ruins every family occasion.
So when Great-Great-Aunt Florentine drops dead — just like that — Comfort expects a family gathering to remember. What she doesn't count on is: One, she has to watch over Peach after the funeral. And two, her best friend, Declaration, has suddenly turned downright mean. Now, even if it means missing the most important funeral of her life, all Comfort really wants to do is sit in her closet with her dog, Dismay, and hide. But life is full of surprises. And the biggest one of all is learning what it takes to handle them.
Wiles has created a unique, funny, and utterly real cast of characters in this heartfelt and quintessentially Southern coming-of-age novel. Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger will charm readers with her wit, her warmth, and her struggles, as she learns about life, loss, and, ultimately, triumph
by Beverly Cleary Year Published: Read Aloud
In this touching and funny story, the ebullient Ramona, feeling brave and grown-up, enters first grade. Quickly she finds that her new teacher, Mrs. Griggs, appears perplexed by pupils who like to be different. Since Ramona cannot help being different, clearly the two are incompatible. Nevertheless, Ramona can be counted on to keep things lively. Enraged when Susan copies her wise old owl prepared for Parents' Night and receives praise for it, Ramona rebels. Overcome by guilt and no longer brave, she tries mightily thereafter to please her teacher, but still Mrs. Griggs infuriatingly reports home that Ramona lacks self-control. Only because she is a girl with "spunk," to use her father's word, does Ramona's courage return, earning her at last an uneasy truce with the teacher.
Beverly Cleary draws here a portrait of a little girl discovering with astonishment that the way others see her is not always the way she sees herself. In the contrast lie moments of emerging self-knowledge for Ramona and of delicious hilarity for the reader.
by Rick Riordan Year Published: Read AloudWhen troubled student Percy Jackson vaporizes his math teacher on a class field trip, he begins to suspect that his life is not what it seems. He discovers that his lifelong reading and attention troubles are all signs that he is a half-blood-a child of the Greek gods. After a summer training session with other demigods and Chiron the centaur, he sets off on a cross-country quest to Los Angeles (the entrance to Hades) with his friend Grover the faun and Annabeth, a child of Athena, to recover Zeus' lost thunderbolt and stop a war between the gods. Along the way, where modern life and mythology intersect to create both humor and excitement, Percy will come to know his father Poseidon, rescue his mother, and discover that he has what it takes to be a hero. Ultimately, Percy learns to trust his friends and his abilities and to choose love over despair. by Blue Balliett Year Published: Read Aloud
Spring semester at the Lab School in Hyde Park finds Petra and Calder drawn into another mystery when unexplainable accidents and ghostly happenings throw a spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and it's up to the two junior sleuths to piece together the clues.
Stir in the return of Calder's friend Tommy (which creates a tense triangle), H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man, 3D pentominoes, and the hunt for a coded message left behind by Wright, and the kids become tangled in a dangerous web in which life and art intermingle with death, deception, and surprise.
by Michele Paver Year Published: Read AloudThe epic journey of boy and wolf begins Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. According to legend, only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined. Torak and Wolf are terrified of their mission. But if they do not battle to save their world, who will?