Posted on May 19, 2014 by Ms. Martha
Summary: In 1860, eleven-year-old Becky Thatcher is the new girl in town, determined to have adventures like she promised her brother Jon before he died. With her Mama frozen in grief and her Daddy busy as town judge, Becky spends much of her time on her own, getting into mischief. Before long, she joins the boys at school in a bet to steal from the Widow Douglas, and Becky convinces her new best friend, Amy Lawrence, to join her. But the theft doesn’t go as planned, and Widow Douglas ends up being unfairly accused of grave robbing as a result. So Becky concocts a plan to clear the Widow’s name. If she pulls it off, she might just get her Mama to notice her again, as well as fulfill her promise to Jon in a most unexpected way. That is, if that tattletale Tom Sawyer will quit following her around.
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Filed under: 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery | Tagged: 2015, adventure, grief, historical fiction, mischief | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 1, 2014 by Ms. Martha
Summary: Twelve-year-old Jewel was born on the day her brother Bird died and lives in a house of silence and secrets, but a new boy in her Iowa town may help find the answers Jewel wants despite her Jamaican grandfather’s warning that he is a “duppy,” a malevolent spirit.
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Filed under: 2014-2015 Club, What We're Reading | Tagged: 2015, family problems, grief, Iowa, racially mixed people, selective mutism, superstition | 7 Comments »
Posted on April 17, 2014 by Ms. Martha
Summary: When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. In Narragansett Bay, scrabbling out a living as a quahogger isn’t easy, but with the help of some local clammers, Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family’s security and save the diner in time. Told with cinematic suspense and a true compassion for the characters, Swim That Rock is a fast-paced coming-of-age story that beautifully and evocatively captures the essence of coastal Rhode Island life, the struggles of blue-collar family dynamics, and the dreams of one boy to come into his own.
Filed under: 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery | Tagged: 2015, family business, grief, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 28, 2013 by Ms. Martha
Summary: A boy finds solace in his art and community after his mother dies and his father retreats into himself.
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Filed under: 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery | Tagged: 2013, art, Ashville, grief | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 8, 2012 by Ms. Martha
Summary: Massachusetts thirteen-year-old Clare, grieving after her mother’s recent death, reluctantly travels with her father to spend nine weeks in a remote village in Malawi, where new friends and experiences help open her mind and heart.
Filed under: 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery | Tagged: 2012, fathers and daughters, grief, Malawi | 3 Comments »