Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Last in a Long Line of Rebels, by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Summary: When the city of Zollicoffer, Tennessee, where her family lives, announces plans to seize their one hundred seventy-five year old house through eminent domain, twelve-year-old Louise Mayhew needs to come up with a way to save it–and her ancestor’s Civil War diary linking the house to the Underground Railroad, as well as a hidden treasure, seem to offer her family the best chance of saving their home.

Nancy Paulsen Books

Posted in 2015-2016 Club

2015 Favorites List from Summer Reading

2015-KidsWe  had a great meeting Friday, coinciding with the beginning of school (traditional calendar).  The highlight this time was in suggesting titles for this Favorites List:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Kamkwamba
Catch You Later Traitor by Avi
The Curious Tale of the In-Between by DeStefano
Echo by Ryan
The Edge by Smith
Fish in a Tree by Hunt
The Girl in the Torch by Sharenow
How to Speak Dolphin by Rorby
I am Princess X by Priest
Like a River by Wiechman
Mark of the Thief by Nielsen
Nooks and Crannies by Lawson
Red Butterfly by Sonnichsen
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Pearsall
Stella by Starlight by Draper
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Yeh
The War that Saved My Life by Bradley
The Way Home Looks Now by Shang
Wish Girl by Loftin

Feel free to list your current favorite title from 2015 in the comments below.

Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

This Side of Wild, by Gary Paulsen

Summary: Author Gary Paulsen shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.

Simon&Schuster