May 8, 2019

Think you know books?

Which one starts like this? Click on a book below to answer

My name is Matt Pin, and her name, I remember, is Phang My. His name I will never say, though forever I carry his blood in my blood, forever his bones stretch in my bones.
All The Broken Pieces
Ann Burg

All The Broken Pieces

By: Ann Burg
Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7, 8

Two years after being airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted: by bombs that fell like dead crows, by smoke and death, by the brother — and the terrible secret — he left behind. Now in a loving adoptive home in the United States, over the course of a baseball season, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past, and slowly, sometimes painfully, heal. By turns harrowing, dreamlike, sad, and triumphant, this searing novel in verse reveals an unforgettable and little-seen perspective on the Vietnam War and its survivors. —from the Scholastic website

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A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

By: Patrick Ness
Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7, 8

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting— he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd— whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself— Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined. ALA and YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction 2012.  Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. —from the website at Hachette

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The Boneshaker
Kate Milford

The Boneshaker

By: Kate Milford
Recommended for grade(s): 6

Thirteen-year-old Natalie Minks loves machines, particularly automata—self-operating mechanical devices, usually powered by clockwork. When Jake Limberleg and his traveling medicine show arrive in her small Missouri town with a mysterious vehicle under a tarp and an uncanny ability to make Natalie’s half-built automaton move, she feels in her gut that something about this caravan of healers is a bit off. Her uneasiness leads her to investigate the intricate maze of the medicine show, where she discovers a horrible truth and realizes that only she has the power to set things right. Set in 1914, The Boneshaker is a gripping, richly textured novel about family, community, courage, and looking evil directly in the face in order to conquer it. -- From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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A Grain of Rice
Helena Clare Pittman

A Grain of Rice

By: Helena Clare Pittman
Recommended for grade(s): 6

Now with a newly refreshed design, this classic mathematical folktale tells the story of a clever farmer who outwits the Emperor of China and becomes the wealthiest man in the world—all starting with one grain of rice. When a humble farmer named Pong Lo asks for the hand of the Emperor’s beautiful daughter, the Emperor is enraged. Whoever heard of a peasant marrying a princess? But Pong Lo is wiser than the Emperor knows. And when he concocts a potion that saves the Princess’s life, the Emperor gladly offers him any reward he chooses—except the Princess. Pong Lo makes a surprising request. He asks for a single grain of rice, doubled every day for one hundred days. The baffled Emperor obliges—only to discover that if you’re as clever as Pong Lo, you can turn a single grain of rice into all the wealth and happiness in the world! -- From Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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