May 23, 2019

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"Gilly," said Miss Ellis with a shake of her long blonde hair toward the passenger in the back seat. "I need to feel that you are willing to make some effort."
Beezus and Ramona (Ramona Quimby #1)
Beverly Cleary

Beezus and Ramona (Ramona Quimby #1)

By: Beverly Cleary
Recommended for grade(s): 3

Having a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn't always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to be the responsible older sister she knows she ought to be...especially when Ramona threatens to ruin Beezus's birthday party. —from the HarperCollins website

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When Mischief Came to Town
Katrina Nannestad

When Mischief Came to Town

By: Katrina Nannestad
Recommended for grade(s): 5

When Inge Maria Jensen's mother dies, the ten-year-old girl in braids is sent from Copenhagen to live on her grandmother's farm on the Danish island of Bornholm. The whimsical Inge is desperate to tease a smile out of her stern-seeming but "jelly-soft" grandmother with nonsensical songs and Hans Christian Andersen stories. A nostalgic nod to Pippi Longstocking and Heidi, this cozy, humorous novel explores love and loss . . . and the unsung magic of mischief.  --From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Krystal Sutherland

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

By: Krystal Sutherland
Recommended for grade(s): 9

From the author of Our Chemical Hearts comes the hilarious, reality-bending tale of two outsiders facing their greatest fears about life and love--one debilitating phobia at a time. Ever since Esther Solar's grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther's father is agoraphobic and hasn't left the basement in six years, her twin brother can't be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck. The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them. Esther doesn't know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she'd been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn't counted on: love. -- From Penguin

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The Great Gilly Hopkins
Katherine Paterson

The Great Gilly Hopkins

By: Katherine Paterson
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

Nobody Gets The Better of The Great Gilly Hopkins. Eleven-year-old Gilly Hopkins is famous for being brash, brilliant, and completely unmanageable. None of her foster homes has been able to tame her yet. So when Gilly is sent to live with the Trotters—by far the strangest foster family of all-she decides to put her brilliant mind to work. What she needs is a plan that will make her real mother rescue her so she can stop being a foster child once and for all. But the rescue doesn't work out quite the way Gilly planned A Newbery Honor Book. —from the Scholastic website

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