Now that you are 4 weeks into summer and in full relaxation mode, take a look at some more book reviews to keep you busy for the rest of your time away from school.
|Ms. Weglarz with a couple of her and her students' favorites!|
Picture Book With a Powerful Message: Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell (32 pgs. RL 3.5) Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.
Heartwarming Fiction: Strays Like Us by Cecilia Galante (313 pgs. RL 5.9) Twelve-year-old Winifred is being fostered by the eccentric but kind Margery Dawson while her mother is dealing with addiction problems, and mostly Fred is determined not to form any attachments to anybody--until the condition of Toby, the abused dog next door, captures first her attention and then her heart, and somehow it becomes increasingly difficult to stay detached from the people who are helping her.
Famous Children's book authors such as Jeff Kinney, Cressida Cowell and others talk about their favorite books from childhood.
|Valentino loves Wings of Fire for it's action and adventure,|
Adventurous Fantasy: Wings of Fire Series by Tui Sutherland The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy -- a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.
|Art for Wings of Fire by Valentino|
Emotional Historical Fiction: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (251 pg. RL 5.0) It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn't get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family's coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie's concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family's small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie's struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight—the fight to stay alive.
|"Feels like you can't stop reading it because it's such a good book!" -Maddie C.|
Fun Mystery: If You're Reading This, It's Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosc (385 pg. RL 5.0) The second book in the Secret series picks up with Cass and Max-Ernest. The due discover the Museum of Magic, unscramble more coded messages, and solve new mysteries in their attempt to thwart the Terces Society's ambitions of discovering immortality.
|Art for If You're Reading This, It's Too Late by Allison H.|
Magical Adventure: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (377 pgs. 4.9) Percy, expelled from six schools for being unable to control his temper, learns the truth from his mother that his father is the Greek god Poseidon, and is sent to Camp Half Blood where he is befriended by a satyr and the demigod daughter of Athena who join him in a journey to the Underworld to retrieve Zeus's lightning bolt and prevent a catastrophic war.
|"It's a mix between Greek Mythology and modern life."-Ella D.|
|Big Nate "shows how Nate struggles in school but still is able to have fun." -Nathan C.|
Tales of a Mischief Maker: Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things. But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome. Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher's pet.
|Big Nate artwork by Nathan C.|
|Mrs. Azzaro and Ulysses agree that Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures is both laugh-out-loud funny and meaningful.|