Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jacobs, Paul Dubois. THE BOW-WOW BUS

Jacobs, Paul Dubois.
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL K-3, RL 2.0
ISBN 148146230X

Meet the pets of Animal Inn.  There are two dogs, two cats, two gerbils and a macaw. And of course all the boarders.  Some stay for just a few days. Some stay for longer. But they are all so happy when their owners pick them up. This time, the pets overhear a conversation about going to Cassie's school. And that one of them will be donated.  What is going on here?


Saturday, August 19, 2017


Green, Tim.
New York : Jeter Children's/Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 4.8

Jalen was only doing this so he could afford to pay for the travel team this summer. No way could his dad afford to pay for the team.  They were living what his teacher had called "hand to mouth". But Jalen needed money to play on the summer travel team. Baseball was his life and he just had to be on the team. So he snuck onto James Yager's property to steal baseballs.  James Yager was giving these baseballs away anyway so it should be no big deal.  Just 10 signed baseballs and Jalen would have the money he needed.  He  hadn't counted on being caught -- by James Yager himself.  He gets away but that is not the end to this story.  When he meets James Yager again, the two strike up a deal to help both of them. What does Jalen have that could possibly save Yager's baseball career?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Foster, Stewart. BUBBLE

Foster, Stewart.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 3.2
Joe has been in the hospital so long that he doesn't even remember what it is like to be outside. Joe has an autoimmune disease which means he is allergic to just about everything. He lives in a special room in the hospital in London that keeps him alive. The air is pure and everyone who comes in must wash with antiseptic soap and wear special clothes. It is hard for an 11 year old boy to be cooped up all the time. His sister and nurses are very good to him but it is  still hard.  When a new nurse is assigned to his case, Joe believes the nurse is crazy. Amir talks about aliens and crop circles and landing fields.  But as Joe gets to know Amir, he begins to find him exciting. And maybe a bit dangerous. When Amir suggests that Joe do something against all the rules, what will Joe do?

Friday, August 11, 2017


Cuyler, Margery.
New York : Crown Books, 2017
IL K-3
Bonaparte has a big problem.  You see, he is a skeleton and he keeps losing his parts! When he catches a baseball, his hand falls off.  As each body part falls off and he sticks them back, he gets really worried about going to school. He just knows the kids will laugh at him.  He asks his friends for help but their solutions are not quite right. Will Bonaparte find the bona-fide solution to his problems?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cronin, Doreen. CYCLONE

Cronin, Doreen.
New York : Atheneum Books 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.8

Can she take it back? Nora just really, really wanted to ride the the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island. And this was her last chance. Her parents wouldn't ride with her so her cousin Riley was her only chance. But Riley really, really didn't want to ride the Cyclone. She was so scared. But Nora blackmailed her into it. It will be all over in a couple of minutes. It will be fine. But it wasn't. And Riley will never be the same. What do you do when you have blackmailed your favorite cousin to do something and it goes so wrong? 

Friday, July 21, 2017


Rue, Ginger. 
New York : Aladdin, 2017
IL 3-6

Aleca is excited about turning 10 but she still has to get through the school day.  Her teacher hates her and she is being bullied by some mean girls.  When one of them lies and tells the teacher that Aleca was talking when the teacher went out of the room, Aleca has had it. The teacher complains to the principal who is going to do something. When he asks Aleca her name, she replies "Aleca Zamm" and time stood still. For real. Everybody just stopped in their tracks. Animals too. This is very strange. Aleca decides to have some fun with this and pulls a few pranks while everyone is frozen. But then she gets serious. How in the world is she able to stop everyone just by saying her name? Maybe her great aunt can figure this out.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Roberts, Willo Davis. PAWNS

Roberts, Willo Davis.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017

Fourteen year old Teddi is trying to come to grips with her parents deaths just four months ago.  She doesn't know what she would be doing or who she would be living with if Mamie hadn't opened her home. Mamie was their next door neighbor and really helped Teddi through those horrible months when her mother was dying. Now Mamie has a new person showing up on her doorstep. Dora shows up with suitcases in hand and very pregnant.  She tells Mamie that she was married to Mamie's son Ricky who has been killed in a airplane accident. Mamie doesn't know what to think since she really hasn't heard much from Ricky after he moved to California.  So Dora is welcomed as the new baby when he is born.  But something is         just not right.  And Teddi is going to find out what.