School Visit Book List 2007

During the month of May 2007, Mrs. Mac and Mrs. K. visited

North Mianus, ISD, Riverside, and Old Greenwich Schools to tell you about new and exciting books!

 

Here is a list of the titles they talked about, with brief summaries of the books.

 

Click on the book cover to view the item in the catalog and to place a hold.

 

 

 

Pish Posh, by Helen Potter

Pish Posh, by Helen Potter

Each night at the Pish Posh restaurant, ultra-snobby Clara Frankofile watches the glittery movie actresses and princesses, and decides who is important enough to stay and who she will kick to the sidewalk in disgrace. But Clara’s world is turned upside down when she discovers that a peculiar mystery is happening in the restaurant, right under her upturned nose. With the help of a whip-smart twelve-year-old jewel thief, Clara embarks on a wildly dangerous mission through the streets of New York to solve a two-hundred-year-old secret.

 

 

The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron

The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron

[Winner of the Newbery Medal] Lucky, age ten, can't wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the only choice she has. It's all Brigitte's fault-- for wanting to go back to France. Guardians are supposed to stay put and look after girls in their care! So Lucky sets own on her own. But she hadn't planned on a dust storm. Or needing to lug the world's heaviest survival-kit backpack into the desert.

 

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with that of an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate mystery.

 

 

 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy: The Hero Revealed, by William Boniface

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy: The Hero Revealed, by William Boniface

In the town of Superopolis, Ordinary Boy is definitely the odd lad out. Everybody else in this crowded hero hamlet has some kind of superpower. The only problem is that they are not very bright. When Professor Brain-Drain looses his evil scheme on Superopolis, there is only one person to save the hometown from dastardly destruction. Can you guess who it is?

 

 

Half-Moon Investigations, by Eoin Colfer

Half-Moon Investigations, by Eoin Colfer

Fletcher Moon has never been like other kids. For one thing, he has had to suffer the humiliating nickname "Half Moon" because of his short stature. But the real reason Fletcher is different is that ever since he was a baby, he's had the nose for sniffing out mysteries. After graduating at the top of his Internet class, he is officially certified as the youngest detective in the world. Everything is going along fine until two things happen: a classmate hires him to solve a crime, and his prized badge is stolen. All signs point to the town's most notorious crime family, the Sharkeys. As Fletcher follows the clues, evidence of a conspiracy begins to emerge. Fletcher has twelve hours to find the guilty party -- or he is the guilty party.

 

 

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little, by Peggy Gifford

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little, by Peggy Gifford

It wasn't as if Moxy Maxwell hadn't tried to do her summer reading. She and Stuart Little had been inseparable all summer, like best friends. But now it's the end of August—the day before fourth grade. And if Moxy doesn't read all of Stuart Little immediately, there are going to be "consequences." It may look like Moxy is doing nothing, but actually she is very busy with a zillion highly crucial things...

 

 

Heat, by Mike Lupica

Heat, by Mike Lupica

Newly-orphaned after his father led the family's escape from Cuba, Michael has no one to watch out for him except his older brother Carlos, who is only 17. If Social Services hears of the boys' situation, they will be separated in the foster care system-- or even worse, sent back to Cuba. So the boys do their best to carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. Until, that is, someone asks how a 12-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws.

 

 

The Homework Machine, by Dan Gutman

The Homework Machine, by Dan Gutman

The unlikely foursome-- made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker-- are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code-named Belch, is doing their homework for them, they start spending a lot of time together, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want when you are keeping a secret.

 

 

 

Penny From Heaven, by Jennifer Holm

Penny From Heaven, by Jennifer Holm

[A Newbery Honor Book] It's 1953, and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing's that easy in Penny's family. For starters, she can't go swimming because her mother's afraid she'll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father's name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren't speaking to each other! Inspired by the author's own Italian-American family, Penny from Heaven is a shining story about the everyday and the extraordinary, and about a time in America's history, not all that long ago, when being Italian meant that you were the enemy.

 

 

Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini, by Sid Fleischman

Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini, by Sid Fleischman

[Non-Fiction] Who was this man who could walk through brick walls and, with a snap of his fingers, vanish elephants? In these pages you will meet the astonishing Houdini-- magician, ghost chaser, daredevil, pioneer aviator, and king of escape artists. No jail cell or straitjacket could hold him! He shucked off handcuffs as easily as gloves. Here are the stories of how a knockabout kid named Ehrich Weiss, the son of an impoverished rabbi, presto-changoed himself into the legendary Harry Houdini. Here, too, are rare photographs never before seen by the general reader!

 

 

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