School Visit Book List 2011

During May 2011, Mrs. Jarombek visited North Mianus, ISD, Riverside, and Old Greenwich Schools to recommend new and exciting books!

Here is the list of books she talked about, along with brief summaries. 

 

You can ask for copies of these books at the Youth Services Desk!

 

 

 

Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea

 

It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There's Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much. . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything-- and everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

The Birthday Ball

The Birthday Ball, by Lois Lowry

 

Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her sixteenth birthday ball. Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen, she escapes her fate for a week. Disguised as a peasant, she attends the village school as the smart new girl, "Pat," and attracts friends and the attention of the handsome school master. What began as a cure for boredom becomes a chance for Princess Patricia Priscilla to break the rules and marry the man she loves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Candymakers

The Candymakers, by Wendy Mass

 

Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew? Logan, the Candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone? Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink? Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it's a feather? Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook? This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations. 

 

 

 

 

 

A Dog's Way Home

A Dog's Way Home, by Bobbie Pyron

Abby knows that Tam, her Shetland sheepdog, is her north star, and she's pretty certain she's his, too. But when an accident separates Abby and Tam, it feels as though all the stars have fallen out of the sky and nothing will ever be right again. As the days between them turn to weeks, then months, dangers and changes fill up Abby's and Tam's lives. Will they ever find their way home to each other? An unforgettable tale of the many miles, months, and mountains that divide two loyal friends-- but that can't possibly keep them apart.

 

 

 

 

 

The Emerald Atlas

The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1), by John Stephens

 

Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world. If an ancient prophecy is correct, what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

 

 

 

 

 

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester, by Barbara O'Connor

 

Owen Jester wishes his family hadn’t moved to his grandfather’s house after his dad lost his job. For one thing, his grandfather’s live-in nurse sure knows how to ruin anyone’s idea of a good time. And then there’s Viola, the girl next door, who can’t ever mind her own business. She even thinks Owen should put his freshly captured bullfrog back into the pond. Then late one night, Owen hears a curious noise when the train passes by his grandfather’s house. Something mysterious and wonderful has fallen off the train. When Owen finally discovers what it is, he realizes he just might need a know-it-all after all. But can he trust Viola keep the most fantastic secret to ever tumble into Carter, Georgia?

 

 

 

 

Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry, by M.P. Kozlowsky

 

Juniper Berry's parents are the most beloved actor and actress in the world-- but Juniper can't help but feel they haven't been quite right lately. And she and her friend Giles are determined to find out why. On a cold and rainy night, Juniper follows her parents as they sneak out of the house and enter the woods. What she discovers is an underworld filled with contradictions: one that is terrifying and enticing, lorded over by a creature both sinister and seductive, who can sell you all the world's secrets bound in a balloon. For the first time, Juniper and Giles have a choice to make. And it will be up to them to confront their own fears in order to save the ones who couldn't.

 

 

 

 

 

The Search for WondLa

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi

 

When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures-- a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, "WondLa."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger

 

Dwight, a loser, talks to his sixth-grade classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prophetic. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tale Dark and Grimm

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz

 

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches. Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Fredle

Young Fredle, by Cynthia Voigt

 

Fredle is an earnest young mouse, suddenly cast out of his cozy home behind the kitchen cabinets and into the outside. It's a new world of color and texture and grass and sky. But with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers and raccoons and a different sort of mouse (field mice, they're called) not entirely trustworthy. Do the dangers outweigh the thrill of discovery? Fredle's quest to get back inside soon becomes a wild adventure of predators and allies, of color and sound, of discovery and nostalgia. And, as Fredle himself will come to understand, of freedom.

 

 

 

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