July 26, 2019

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

If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer.... If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire. For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

By: Shel Silverstein
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5, 6

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There you'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. --From the website at HarperCollins

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Behold the Dreamers
Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers

By: Imbolo Mbue
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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27 Magic Words
Sharelle Byars Moranville

27 Magic Words

By: Sharelle Byars Moranville
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

An irrepressible ten-year-old must reconcile her fantasies with reality in this beautifully written novel about facing the future. Although eleven-year-old Kobi's parents sailed into a storm at sea five years ago, she knows they are alive. If she says "Avanti!" she can see them. Now that her wealthy Parisian Grandmama is sending Kobi and her sister away to live with Uncle Wim in Iowa, she will need the magic words her mother left her more than ever. To fit in at her new American school , Kobi tells lies that soon catch up with her, and leans heavily on her magic. In a heart-wrenching climax, she must confront not only the untruths she has told others but the stories she has made herself believe. Only then will she be able to grieve for her parents and move on with her life. --From Holiday House

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Liar, Liar
Gary Paulsen

Liar, Liar

By: Gary Paulsen
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8

A darkly funny, intense memoir of addiction and mental illness, relapse and recovery, memory and storytelling, from an acclaimed novelist. When Rob Roberge learns that he's likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to (somewhat faithfully) record the most formative moments of his life—ranging from the brutal murder of his childhood girlfriend, to a diagnosis of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, to opening for famed indie band Yo La Tengo at The Fillmore in San Francisco. But the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile are the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception. As Liar twists and turns through Roberge's life, it turns the familiar story of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll on its head. Darkly comic and brutally frank, it offers a remarkable portrait of a down and out existence scattered across the country, from musicians' crashpads around Boston, to his hoarder grandmother's house in Florida, to a painful moment of reckoning in the scorched Wonder Valley desert of California. As Roberge struggles to stay afloat on a sea of broken promises and betrayed relationships, pulled ever under by the twin anchors of addiction and mental illness, he is forced to acknowledge the increasingly blurred line between the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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