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.
Summary: When Webster the dog arrives at Green Meadows Farm he has already been adopted, mistreated, and given away three times and is done with people, but the other animals of the shelter will not let him give up on the possibility of a special family.
Summary: Lu Wonder, a bright, curious girl who hopes to be a scientist, sets out from her Kansas home in 1855 with her best friend Eustace, a slave, on a journey to Antarctica to protect a mysterious artifact and hide it from the man responsible for her father’s death.
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It was great to see most of our group this week! We welcomed Ms. Linda, our new Teen Librarian, as well.
Our favorite continues to be The War That Saved My Life, and we updated our cart by taking off 14 titles! During our ‘Speed Reading’ session, we shared a LOT of great books with each other. We are looking forward to more reading each week. What is your favorite so far this year?
It was wonderful to see all the kids who attended this meeting! Our discussion was on the Newbery criteria “Presentation of Information” and we shared more non-fiction titles. It seems that so far our front runner for non-fiction is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. What is YOUR favorite non-fiction published this year?
Summary: In 1883 thirteen-year-old Katrien Courtlandt is more interested in science and exploring the Javanese jungle for beetles with her native friend, than in becoming a young lady like her despised cousin Brigitta–but when Krakatoa erupts, the tsunami hits, and their families are swept away the two cousins must struggle to survive together.
Summary: When eleven-year-old Ivy Blake leaves the nice farm family where she has been living in upstate New York and moves back in with her mother she is finally forced to face up to the fact that her alcoholic, dysfunctional parent will never be able to provide her with a stable home–and if she wants to achieve her dreams she is going to have to take charge of her own future.
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