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  • Awesome Friendly Adventure

    by Jeff Kinney Year Published: 2020 High Interest

    Has Ms Celmins read it?  No.  Does she need to? No. Everyone who loves Diary of a Wimpy Kid loves the Friendly Kid, too.  Same illustrations, different kid.  We now have two copies waiting to be checked out.  Be one of the first to read this adventure.


    "From the imagination of Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland’s mom from the White Warlock. Will our heroes survive?"

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    Scary Stories for Young Foxes

    by Christian McKay Heidicker Year Published: 2019 fantasy adventure

    If you like furry characters or a coming-of-age story, this one's for you.  Two young foxes are exposed to the challenges of growing up after being forced to leave the comfort of their dens.  They learn that all they know isn't exactly helpful.  Their separate quests to find their mothers lead to a chance meeting and a lasting bond that changes them forever.

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  • Redwood and Ponytail

    by K. A. Holt Year Published: 2019 Verse Novel

    What a sensitive, gently thought out, free-verse novel. If the book looks too big for you, don't be fooled.  It isn't.  The author tells the story changing narrators so you know what they are thinking.  School can be awkward school and it is hard when your parents put pressure on you to be like them. Whether you are a boy or a girl, you'll like this book because the relationship that builds between these two girls is confusing, like any "like" relationship can be.  Anyone can relate to the characters and what it is like to be trying to "be cool" and "accept yourself" at the same time. 

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  • The Crossover

    by Kwame Alexander Year Published: 2014 Novel in Verse, FIC ALE

    This book is in verse.  I reads just like any book written in typical prose, except it is better.  Lively.  Shorter.


    It is not as much about basketball as it is about life.  I don't even really like basketball that much, and I was captured by this book.  The title is a pun.  Can you figure out why?  

    Read this book if you think most chapter books are "too long."  


    We met Kwame Alexander and his friend at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ on April 16.  It was the best library-sponsored field trip yet.

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  • Ghost (bk 1, Track series)

    by Jason Reynolds Year Published: 2016 Fiction (series), FIC REY

    Another book that is more about life than it is about the sport of track.  What is it about these metaphors?  Not too long of a book.  It has 3 others that follow it.  Each is about a different kid, but they are all on the same team.  Each is also in a different aspect of the sport.  

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  • How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine

    by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville Year Published: 2018 Picture Book, E GRA

    Temple Grandin, a woman who is an accomplished scientist and author has another of her stories told in picture book form.


    "As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t like hugs. Temple wanted to be held—but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills, sandpaper, and awful cologne, coming at her all at once. Would she ever get to enjoy the comfort of a hug?

    Then one day, Temple had an idea. If she couldn’t receive a hug, she would make one…she would build a hug machine!" 

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    This Kid Can Fly

    by Aaron Philip ; with Tonya Bolden Year Published: 2016 Memoir, 921 PHI

    After a seriously premature birth left Philip with cerebral palsy severe enough to affect his motor skills, his family invested not only money but energy and love to provide the best treatment and education available. Born in Antigua and Barbuda, Philip moved to New York City as a toddler, where he now attends high school in between maintaining a popular Tumblr, Aaronverse. Intelligent, creative, and high spirited, Philip has stepped up to both physical and economic challenges, and as his genial, conversational memoir reveals, he's gone well beyond just mainstreaming. He writes not just of therapies and physical challenges but provides insightful observations about how his economic class and immigrant status affect his experience. In outlining his needs as a physically challenged kid, particularly the everyday obstacles most kids take for granted, he offers readers an opportunity to cultivate understanding and empathy. Similar to Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare (2014), for slightly older readers, this inspiring glimpse into the life of a real kid goes beyond disability to celebrate his remarkable ability. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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