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Snyder, Betsy. I HAIKU YOU New York : Random House, 2012 IL K-3, RL 3.3 ISBN 0375967508 There are many ways to say I like you. And when you say it in a poem, it is extra special. This book is filled with poems written in a special style of poetry called haiku. And the poems tell of thing that make you happy -- like peanut butter and jelly: "you be my jelly, / i'll be your peanut butter-- / let's stick together!"
Smith, Maggie. PIGS IN PAJAMAS New York : Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.8 ISBN 0375848177 Penelope Pig is having a sleepover and has invited all her friends. And what do you think they are going to do at the sleepover? Sleep?? No way. They will eat pizza, and peppermints. They will play with pianos and pinatas. What else do you think will happen? Why don't you put on your pajamas and join the fun?
Smith, Alexander Gordon. SOLITARY : ESCAPE FROM FURNACENew York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010 IL YA ISBN 0374324921 In the first book of the series, we met Alex Sawyer, a teen who is framed for murder and sent to the Furnace. Life in the Furnace is brutal and not everyone survives. Alex and some friends thought they had found a way out of the prison and have escaped to an underground river where they believe they can find their way out. What they find is that they are now in an even more brutal environment. When they are recaptured, Alex is sent to solitary and his hopes for escape are gone. Until he is befriended by a strange boy who seems to know his way around the underground. Will Alex find a way out this time? Or will things get even worse?
Sanders, Rob. COWBOY CHRISTMAS New York : Golden Books, 2012 IL K-3, RL 3.9 ISBN 0375869859 Three cowboys, Dwight, Darryl and Dub, are camped out on the range on Christmas. They have tried to make their camp look festive. But can a few tin cans tied to cactus bring the Christmas spirit. Even dressing the cows up as reindeer doesn't cheer up the cowboys. But then a very special visitor comes to the camp. Can he help the cowboys celebrate?
Rainfield, C. A. SCARS New York : WestSide Books, 2010 IL YAISBN 193481332X Kendra is sure she is being watched. How can that be? The man who abused her when she was really young is back. She doesn't see him but she get notes and messages from him. Don't tell. Don't tell or he will kill her. What he doesn't know is that she doesn't remember him. During sessions with her therapist, she tries to see his face but she is too scared to focus in. There is only one thing Kendra can do to help her stop the overwhelming fear. And she can't tell anyone about that either. Kendra finds some help with her therapist, her art teacher, and a new friend. But will it be enough?
Primavera, Elise. WHO NEEDS LOVE? New York : Robin Corey Books, 2012 IL K-3, RL 31 ISBN 0375955852 What would you wish for if you were given any wish? What would you want that will last forever? In this tale, two children find a magic coin and they wish for something that they will soon regret. Is there any hope for them? And will you remember to be careful what you wish for? After all, it may come true in ways you don't think.
Mora, Pat. THE BEAUTIFUL LADY : OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE New York : Knopf, 2013 IL K-3, RL 3.4 ISBN 0375968385 Every December, Grandma tells Rosa the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Long ago, a villager saw a beautiful lady floating. When the man told the bishop about it, the bishop demanded proof. But what proof could the villager provide? After all, the woman was long gone. This is a beautiful tale of a miracle from years ago.
Lu, Marie. PRODIGY New York : Putnam's, 2013 IL YA ISBN 0399256768 In the second book of the Legend trilogy, the action does not slow down at all. June and Day are off to join the Patriots in Las Vegas. There is nowhere else for them to go. Day is injured and needs help. What they find is a very different life then they have known. When the duo finally meets up with the Patriots, they find themselves in the middle of an assassination plot against the new leader of the Republic. How could things change so much?
Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. TRUE COLORS New York : Knopf, 2012IL 3-6, RL 5.1 ISBN 0375860991 Blue doesn't know anything about her family. She was left on a doorstep as an infant and Hannah has been taking care of her ever since. Hannah is a widow and it has always been just Blue and Hannah. But Blue dreams of finding her real mother and keeps looking. Blue doesn't have any real friends in this small Vermont town and looks forward to summers when a family from the city comes to spend the summer. Nadine and Blue spend the summers together and the two are best friends. But this summer is different. Nadine is different and Blue is afraid that their friendship may not be as important to Nadine as it is to Blue. This is a summer when things are going to change.
Kain, P. G. PICTURE PERFECT New York : Aladdin, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 7.1 ISBN 1416997873 Have you ever imagined being on television? Cassie is living the life. She loves filming television commercials. She loves everything about the life -- even the try outs. And she just loves the picture perfect sets that she can pretend to live in. Her real life is nothing like what it looks like on tv.
Hills, Tad. ROCKET WRITES A STORY New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.8 ISBN 0375870865 Rocket loves to read. He has read so many books. Now he wants to write one of his own. But he doesn't know where to begin. A little bird tells him that he needs to look closely at the world around him and he will find his story. Rocket learns that it is not always easy to write your story. He needs to find the words and use the right ones. Will he be able to finish the story?
Halliday, Ayun. PEANUT New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 3.8 ISBN 0375965904 On her first day at a new school, sophomore Sadie Wildhack wants to come up with something that will make her more interesting. Now faking an allergy may not be the first thing anyone would think of but that is what comes to mind for Sadie. She tells the other kids that she has a very serious peanut allergy. OK, it is not like she lied about dying from cancer or anything. It is just a harmless lie about a common allergy. But you know what they say, lies have a way of catching up with you. And that just may happen to Sadie.
Gal, Susan. DAY BY DAY New York : Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 1.6 ISBN 037586959X A community is built brick by brick, day by day. A group of pigs head west and begin to lay bricks. The bricks become a home and then they begin their garden inch by inch. Then neighbors come and the pigs welcome them to their community. Day by day they help create a home and a community.
Erdrich, Louise. CHICKADEE New York : Harper, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.3 ISBN 0060577908 This is the 4th book of the Birchbark House series. This series has been said to be the Native American counterpart to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series. In this entry, Omakayas's son Chickadee is kidnapped and the family set off to find him. He manages to escape from the Ojibwe camp but he is not safe yet. He is taken in by a kind priest in an English settlement. But he finds that the rest of the village may not be so accepting. As his family searches for him, they must leave their old life behind and begin a new one.