July 31, 2019

Think you know books?

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

Brian Robeson stared out the window of the small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below. It was a small plane, a Cessna 406--a bushplane--and the engine was so loud, so roaring and consuming and loud, that it ruined any chance for conversation.
My Name is Brain Brian
Jeanne Betancourt

My Name is Brain Brian

By: Jeanne Betancourt
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5, 6

Struggling with problems that the kids in his class see as clowning around, such as mixing things up and spelling letters backwards, Brian learns he has dyslexia and suffers peer teasing when his friends do not understand. --from Scholastic.

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Kit's Wilderness
David Almond

Kit's Wilderness

By: David Almond
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

Written in haunting, lyrical prose, Kit's Wilderness examines the bonds of family from one generation to the next, and explores how meaning and beauty can be revealed from the depths of darkness. The Watson family moves to Stoneygate, an old coal-mining town, to care for Kit's recently widowed grandfather. When Kit meets John Askew, another boy whose family has both worked and died in the mines, Askew invites Kit to join him in playing a game called Death. As Kit's grandfather tells him stories of the mine's past and the history of the Watson family, Askew takes Kit into the mines, where the boys look to find the childhood ghosts of their long-gone ancestors. 2001 Michael Printz Award Winner.  —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Paper Airplanes
Dawn O'Porter

Paper Airplanes

By: Dawn O'Porter
Recommended for grade(s): 9

Renée and Flo are the most unlikely of friends. Introspective and studious Flo and outspoken, wild, and sexually curious Renée have barely spoken in their years of going to school together in Guernsey, a small British island off the coast of France. And yet, when tragedy strikes, it is only wild child Renée, who lost her mother at a young age, who is able to comfort a grieving Flo. The girls form an intense bond that sees them through a host of deeply relatable, wince-inducing experiences—drunken snogging; a séance in which clueless friends offer to summon Renée’s mother; dating a guy for free fish and chips. But toxic mean girls and personal betrayals threaten to tear the girls’ delicate new friendship apart. In this gripping debut, Dawn O’Porter shines an unflinchingly honest, humorous light on female friendship, lost innocence, and that moment when you are teetering on the threshold of adult life. -- From Abrams

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Hatchet
Gary Paulsen

Hatchet

By: Gary Paulsen
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

Since it was first published in 1987, the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson's survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic. Stranded in the desolate wilderness, Brian uses his instincts and his hatchet to stay alive for fifty-four harrowing days. A Newbery Honor Book. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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